Big John

By Joseph Mattappally on 05-03-2010

One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started
his bus and drove off along the route. It was his duty to collect the charges
and manage all passengers. Things went generally well for the first few stops. At
the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got in – six feet eight, built like
a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said,
“Big John doesn't pay!” and sat down at the back.

The driver was five feet three, thin and basically meek…
Naturally, he didn't argue with Big John, but he wasn't happy about it. The
next day also the same thing happened – Big John got in, said “Big John
doesn't pay!” and sat down…..and the next day…..and the one after that….
and so forth; it continued every day. This irritated the bus driver, who
started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of his size.

Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body
building program, karate, judo and all that good stuff.  By the end of the summer, he had become quite
strong. So on the next Monday, when Big John got on the bus and said, “Big
John doesn't pay!” the driver stood up, glared back and screamed,
“And why not?”  With a
surprised look on his face, Big John replied, “Big John has a Bus
pass.”

With a smile on our face, we end up reading such humorous
stories. In real life, when similar blunders happen to people we know, we might
celebrate the situation, simply laughing out for long. But, have we ever looked
into our own attitudes to problems? How many times have we tried to solve a
problem without first ascertaining that what we try to solve is worth a problem?
If we decide to know the problem before we try to solve it…..I assure you that
we save half of the vital energy; because it is the head that consumes 80% of
the body energy and it is for thinking that the head spends the most. The
physical benefits of ‘right awareness’ also are not too small to be ignored. 

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.