Don’t Give Up

By Joseph Mattappally on 18-06-2010

One day a young lady was driving along with her father.
They came upon a storm, and the young lady asked her father, what should I
do?”He said “keep driving”. Cars began to pull over to the side,
the storm was getting worse.”What should I do?” The young lady asked.”Keep
driving,” her father replied. On up a few feet, she noticed that eighteen
wheelers were also pulling over.

She told her dad, “I must pull over, I can barely
see ahead. It is terrible, and everyone is pulling over!” Her father told
her, “Don't give up, it might lead more vehicles to give up…just keep
driving!” Now the storm was terrible, but she never stopped driving, and
soon she could see a little more clearly. After a couple of miles she was again
on dry land, and the sun came out. Her father said, “Now you can pull over
and get out.” She said, “But why now?” He said, “When you
get out, look back at all the people that gave up and are still in the storm,
because you never gave upyour storm is now over; because you drove on, others
continue in good hope.”

Rather than a touching street episode, the story serves
a great purpose; it motivates. Motivation, according to Indian saints, is the
biggest energy source.  A close analysis
reveals that nothing happens unless being motivated.

Gautam Buddha was going to a distant village with his
prime disciple, Ananada. They had to reach the intended village before night
fall. As they passed many villages, Ananda became too tired and he began asking
the villagers in secret, regarding the distance to that particular village. To
his surprise, everyone though from different villages, answered the same thing,
‘two more miles left’. Wondering how unique each villager is in saying a lie,
Ananda at last turned to his Master and asked him why all these people could be
equally untrue.

Buddha smiled in secret and told him that they are all
his disciples only. Ananda was shocked to think that it was to live in lies
that his Master has taught them. Buddha told him further that unless they were
saying so, he would have stopped walking much before, thinking that it is so
long for him that day. Buddha considered right motivation to be a very holy
deed. This is why it is important that we always care to inject the spirit of
motivation everywhere and never utter a discouraging word to anybody we happen
to interact. 

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.