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September 25, 2018 Leave a comment Go to comments

No one is useless. I came across this story and had to share it right away:

There was once a young man who did not get the chance to go to university after high school, so his mother got him a wife. After the wedding, he got a job as a teacher in a primary school. Unfortunately, due to his shyness and lack of experience, he was squashed and taunted by the students. After about a week, he quit.

When he returned home, feeling ashamed and ridiculed, his wife dried his tears. She comforted him with these words: ‘When one is too full, he could either pour it out what’s in him or pour nothing out at all. Do not be too sad about it. There is probably a more suitable job waiting for you out there.”

Later on, he found another job. But not long after, he was fired because his employer thought he was too slow compared to his colleagues. He went home feeling inadequate. In school, he was ridiculed by his students, and now, at this job, he was fired for not being competent. This time, his wife said: “There are always people who are skillful and those who are non-skillful. Most of them have experience from their years of work, but you were in school all those years, so how could you have acquired the skills needed?”

He kept getting jobs, but never stayed long in any of them for one reason or the other. Each time, he would return home with a dejected spirit, and each time, his wife would always comfort him. Never for once, was she disappointed or resentful.

He was in his thirties when he realized he had a flair for languages. He became a counselor in a school for the deaf and mute. A few years later, he opened a school for the disabled. Later on, he set up a chain of stores in different cities, selling apparatus & equipment for the disabled. He became a multi-millionaire. That man was John Doe.

One day, he asked his wife: “When I was looking bleakly at my own future, what’s the reason that you had so much faith in me?” His wife gave him a very simple answer. She said: “When a piece of land is not suitable for planting wheat, we could try planting beans. If the beans are not growing well, we could try planting fruits or gourds. If the vegetation is not economical, we can instead scatter buckwheat seeds. These seeds will one day bloom into flowers. On any arable land, there will be one seed that will germinate and grow.”

He cried after listening to his wife’s explanation. His wife’s faith, love and patience in him is likened to that one seed in the land. This is the seed that persists and creates a miracle on the piece of land.

In this world, there’s no one person who is useless. It is just might be that they have not positioned themselves firmly in right place.

I don’t know how true the story. I tried to verify it but no luck. Nonetheless, the message in it is clear. My takeaway is “Never give up on anyone. Sometimes all they need is a little encouragement. Everyone has a gift, and once they find the right place for it, they will flourish.

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