By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 02-01-2018
A young man went into a telephone booth and dialed a number. When the persons on the other picked the call, the man asked, “Madam, can you give me the job of mowing your lawn?” The woman replied, “I already have someone to mow my lawn.” But the young man insisted: “I will mow your lawn for half the price of the person who does it now.” The woman responded that she was very satisfied with the present employee and there was no need for changing him.
The man persisted and said, “I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all in the neighborhood.” Again the woman answered in the negative. With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The telephone booth operator, who was listening to this conversation, walked over to the man and said, “I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.” The young man replied, “No thanks, I was just checking my performance on the job I already have. I am the one who is working for the lady I was talking to!”
Self appraisal or self examination needs great courage and humility. It presupposes one’s willingness to improve, grow and do better. And it can bring great dividends. It is said that the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.
About The Author
Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.