Avoid Blemishes, Accept Blisses: Motivational Story

Once a certain professor entered into the class and told his students straightway “Hello, boys and girls, today I am gonna take a surprising test among you. Just get yourself ready for the test, ok.” The students waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin.

The professor walked around the class and handed the question papers with the text facing downwards.

Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions, but just a black dot in the centre of the page. The professor thoroughly read through everyone’s bewildered expressions and said-  “I want you to write what you see there.”

All the students got perplexed. Out of their confusion they started abiding by the order they are asked to do.

Now the examination was over. The professor took all the answer sheets and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc.  After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain:

“I am not gonna grade you on this test; I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. This is exactly what we end to do with our lives. We have a white paper to hold onto and enjoy, but we are so busy contemplating about the dark spots that’s in there. Life is a special gift and we will always have reasons to celebrate. It is changing and renewing everyday- our friends, jobs, livelihood, love, family, the miracles we see every day.”

And yet we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that are bothering us, the money that we need to have, the luxuries we don’t have, problems of unemployment, complications in any relationship, problems of getting a beautiful girl friend or a wife,  problems with a family member, the disappointment with a friend and so on.

You need to realize that the dark spots are very small and only few. They are small and insignificant if we can widen our horizon and look at the whole picture. And yet we allow these to pollute our minds.

Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.

Be happy and live a life positively!

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Somnath Sarkar

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