“When you are discouraged,thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings,name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” — Johnson Oatman
My father told me the following story and asked me to always remember it esp during tough times
Once upon a time, an angel and his follower went to a small town. It was late night and raining so they asked someone in the town for shelter. That person gave them shelter but was rude and put them in his basement which was leaking and it was very cold there. Angel repaired the basement, thanked the man for providing shelter and left in the morning.
Another day, angel and his follower went to some other town and it started raining again. They again asked someone for shelter. This time, the host was a poor man and had a very small house. He offered his only room to the angel and his follower and he himself slept outside the room. Next morning angle’s follower saw that the poor man’s cow who was the only source of income was dead. Angel’s follower was so confused. He asked the angel ” The other man was so rude to you still you repaired his basement and his poor man was so good to you still you killed his only source of income??”. Angle replied “This poor man was destined to die today but because of his good deeds, he was saved and instead his cow was taken. Its all fair in this system. We all reap what we sow”
When we all face tough situations, we get so angry and feel so bad for what happened without realizing that it could have been worse. I personally believe that God does the best he can and rest we all get what we sow. Two things I learned from this story:
- Irrespective of what we have done in the past and what we are doing now, the best way to make things BETTER is to start doing good karma from this moment on.
- Always count your blessings and feel grateful because things could have been worse
Just try this exercise of writing every small thing God has given you and you will have smile on your face and joy in your heart for sure.
Life is beautiful. Be grateful for the life you have been given!