Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sparks of Greatness



Geniuses are rarely born. Great philosophers, scientists, poets, painters, musicians or statesmen are very few. The world remembers them with reverence for their extraordinary achievements. We, ordinary mortals, cannot do great things like them. But every one of us has the capacity to do small things with great love and compassion. Who knows better than a mother how many sleepless nights she has passed in upbringing her child? It is the love for her baby that enables her to do all sorts of things without any complaint. Mother Teresa said: “It is not how much we do but how much love we put in doing.” Doing becomes a burden because generally we do not love what we do. Doing a work with love and interest makes it enjoyable and satisfying. 

Job-dissatisfaction is a serious problem of the modern generation. They get fed up with their work and working conditions. They often switch over from one job to another. Changing your work will not lead to satisfaction. Changing the way of doing your work can make it a burden or relaxation. You should not only like your work but also love it. “When you like a flower, you pluck it; but when you love it, you water it.”

If you are a teacher and you do not feel that God has given you an opportunity to train young minds and hearts and make them good human beings, you will not enjoy the task of teaching. If you are a doctor and you do not have the urge to serve the sick people and bring them back to health and happiness, you will miss the joy of healing and curing. Similar is the case with all the professions and businesses of the world. Mere money spinning will not lead to contentment and fulfillment. Everybody cannot bring happiness and prosperity in other’s life but all have the capacity to lessen the pain and suffering of their fellow beings. I read somewhere that if you cannot be a pencil to write someone’s happiness, be a nice eraser to remove his sadness. Your small acts of goodness and charity and little deeds of love and kindness are the sparks of greatness in you.