By, SYED KALEEM GEELANI
As a kid, I just sort of took for granted that stuff got better every year—TVs got bigger and then thinner, cars got a little faster, and computers got unbelievably better on an exponential curve.
As an adult, I realized that the future is not guaranteed to be better. The default is that things stay the same (or get worse because we continue to create new problems and occasionally get in wars). The world only gets better if committed people with strong visions about the future work hard to make it better.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moving sidewalk of a career and end up deeply involved in something that does not maximize your potential. It’s never too late to change, and it’s always good to be thoughtful about the path you’re on and how to best use your time.
I wish to share a rich & rare experience, I heard about few months ago about the story of a man who received a letter in the mail. The letter remained undetected for sometime as he had stopped to check the mails in his mailbox. He had almost forgotten the mailbox outside his home.
One-day, his eye fell on the mailbox & he decided to check it. On checking it, he was amazed to see a beautifully decorated gift which was delivered six months ago. It had a beautiful wrapping of colourful flowers & other things. When he opened the gift, he saw his beautiful picture with a student at school, when he was a teacher. The picture was well framed & attractive. There was also a short note inside it reading, “To my favourite teacher who used to guide me always in every aspect of my life Thank You”. He had further written that he had been selected for courses of business studies at four renowned universities.
Imagine the joy of the teacher, after getting a gift & note from his student about his success. Teacher is the most happiest person, when his student succeeds in his life either in the way of carrying studies forward or attainning a job. The teacher might not recollect the student whom he had supported & cared but he did remember how once he had been with the students as their teacher.
It made him feel bright & proud. He checked his record of life as a teacher. He recalled his memories in the school. He recalled the time when he used to play with the students. He recalled the time when he used to teach & guide his students.
How often do we remember to thank or acknowledge the teachers or persons who shaped our lives?. This goes all in gratitude & forgetfulness. We pretend that our teacher has so many students, so many batches, my teacher will surely not remember me. But we should change this prespective, teachers never forget his students. Students always live in their memories & hearts.We should thank our thank for each & every minute which they have spend to build us by one way or the other way. Teachers are the builders of nation. We should respect our teachers. Nodoubt, they are getting paid for it but If we can remember this thing then we also should remember his hardwork to teach & guide us. We should be always thankful to all those who are having a little bit of role in building or career & guiding us to right path.
Infact, we should apply the formula respect, love, thankful & care in every aspect of our life. We should treat children’s with respect & love. I will be sharing my experience there, When I see a guy who is of lesser aged than me. I will start my conversation with a “Salaam” with him. We often play with our kids by telling them lies like I will take you to somewhere, Here is a chocolate in my pocket or anything else. Islam doesn’t allow us to do such things. A sin is written in the favour of the person who tell lies to a child by different ways. We should refrain from such words. We should destroy the ego of superiority within ourselves.
We should treat all people equally. We should share happy moments with poor & needy people. We should become a reason for their happiness. Quran Says, on the day of judgement poor people would be the first ones to enter the Jannah. We should come forward at individual level to help the poor & needy people. If we are able to pay bills & recharge our mobile phones then why are not we able to donate a little money from our pocket. We need to look upon themselves & observe ourselves. Let this year become a changing year of our life, our thoughts & our mind.
I will end up here with this beautiful story.
A huge forest fire had driven all the animals & birds from it. As the frightened creatures stood watching from a safe place, a small bird from among them flew to a lake close by & picked up some water in it’s beak, flew back to the fire, opened its beak & let the drops fall into the fire. Then it flew back to the lake & picked up another beak full. This it did tirelessly. All those watching it said discouraging things. “What do you think you are doing?”. “How is this going to make a difference?”. “Don’t be foolish,” & so on.
To all of which the little bird said, “I’m doing what I can.”
In this year, no matter how discouraging things may look, let us all do what we can
The author is a Freelance Writer & can be reached at [email protected]