Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Right Way To Feel Like A Hero
A young man, a student in one the universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor,who was commonly called the student's friend,for his kindness to even those who waited for his instructions.As they went along,on the path they saw a pair of old shoes,which they thought belonged to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day's work. The student turned to the professor saying,"Let us play a trick.We will hide his shoes,and conceal ourselves behind those bushes,and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them." "My young friend," answered the professor,"We should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor.You are rich,and hence may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man.Put a coin in to each shoe,and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him." The student did so,and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by.The poor man soon finished his work,and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes.While putting on his coat he slipped his foot in to one of his shoes.Feeling something hard,he stooped down to feel what it was ,and found the coin..Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance.He gazed upon the coin,turned it round,and looked at it again and again.He then looked around him on all sides,but no person was to be seen.He now put the money in to his pocket,and proceeded to put on the other shoe;but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees,looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thankgiving,in which he spoke of his wife,sick and helpless,and his childen without bread,whom the timely bounty,from some unknown hand,would save from perishing. The student stood there deeply affected,and his eyes filled with tears."Now",said the professor,"are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?" The youth replied, "You have taught me a leson which I will never forget.I feel now the truth of those words,which I never understood before:"There are right ways to feel like a hero and wrong ways to feel like a hero.when you choose the right ways to feel like a hero,you also create yourself.when you choose the wrong ways to feel like a hero,you destroy yourself in the process."Thank you so much,Sir."