How do you read the above words?
|A long time ago, a father and his son were traveling in the desert. They needed water and food for their travel so they prepared many things. However, while they were traveling in the desert, they got lost.
While lost and struggling in the desert, the son said to his father, “Father, now what are we supposed to do? We are going to die! Father, how did we get lost? You said that you’ve come this way many times, why did you lose the way? “The boy said this, he was worried and complained.
The father answered, “Son, let’s just walk a little more. We will soon reach the edge of the desert.”
”Father, what’s the use of going on? We are going to die soon. Father, we’re never going to see mother again! We’ll never go back home! We’re going to die here!”
Although the father was walking in the desert, comforting his son, the son continued to complain and blame his father.
“Father, why did you bring me here when you don’t know the way? Now we are going to die. Father I am thirsty, and my legs hurt. I can’t walk anymore. We’re not going to make it to the edge of the desert.”
The father said to the son, “Son, I’ve walked through this desert many times. Yes, I did lose the way this time, but we will soon reach the edge because the desert is not big. We’ve almost reached the edge of the desert. All we have to do is walk a little further.”
“Father, you’ve been saying that for two days now! We’ve been walking for days and we haven’t reached the edge of the desert. We’re going to die! I can’t walk anymore!” The son was sad, and in despair, blaming his father.
“You’re right. It was my mistake. However, we will not die. We will soon come to a village, “said the father and urged his son, who was sitting down, to walk. They began walking again. At a certain place, however, the son suddenly stopped.
“Father, now we’re surely going to die. Look over there!”
When the father looked to where the son was pointing, there was a tomb in front of it.
“Look, father that man must have been walking through this desert lost his way and died here. Look at the tomb. We are surely going to die like him.”
The father said,” Son, now we’re going to make it! We’ve made it!”
“What do you mean? He, too, must have lost his way and died.”
“No, we’ve made it! The tomb here does mean that someone died, but it also means that somebody buried him. It means that this place must be close to a village. If we go just a little further, we will come to a village. Now we’ve made it! Be strong! Let’s go!”
When the son quietly thought about it, it was true. Therefore, he got up and began to walk. When they had gone a little further, just as the father said, a house appeared. Then he and his father were able to drink water, eat food and survive.
The tomb seen through the eyes of the son was despair, and there was no hope. Although they were looking at the same tomb, hope arose in the heart of the father.
The important thing was that the son’s heart was in despair and fear, but the hope in the father’s heart was delivered to the son’s heart through his words. Hope then arose in the son’s heart as he listened to his father’s words. Both the father and the son gained the strength to walk, and they were eventually able to cross the desert and survive.
Why people are in despair because of the COVID-19?
Because no one knows when they will find the cure. If you have no solution, then you fall into despair. People who live without hope and wisdom…how do they read “HAPPINESSNOWHERE”?
They read as “HAPPINESS IS NO WHERE”
|In 1919, there was a big typhoon in Japan which caused a huge loss to the apple growers. 90% of the apples fell down and the farmers fell into despair but there was only one person who didn’t see the fallen apples on the ground but the apples that were left on the tree.
He sold the apples at a very high price and named the apples- “Success apple” ”Apple that survived the typhoon”, it was a huge profit for the farmer.
During this COVID-19, do not play the Blame game. This will not change the situation.
What do you choose? Despair or hope?
|Redwood is one of the oldest and tallest tree in the world. However their roots are very shallow but their roots reach in all directions, intertwining with other redwoods. Locked together in this way, they hold and support each other in wind and storms.
To overcome current situation, I suggest two things that need to be done/followed-
- Never accept negative thoughts into your mind because it will paralyze your thinking capacity.
- Connect your hearts.
What was the most important thing for the son to come out from the desert and despair?
Hope from father. Through conversation, the hope from his father’s heart flowed to the son’s heart.
When you connect your heart with people around you, you can gain so many things. Everyone, let us find out ‘one thing’ to be thankful every day and fight this current situation with hope and courage together.
Let’s read this “HAPPINESSISNOWHERE” as “HAPPINESS IS NOW HERE.”
Author: Mhayamo Kithan