Misery dinner

  • Episode 4
  • 09-11-2022
  • 10 Min Read
Misery dinner

There is not a single person, who knows not crises. The difference between people is in the strategy with which they deal with it. I am of the opinion that every crisis should be faced quite ceremoniously. Mostly because, running away from it is not the right solution. Also, liquor is not the right answer!

Prof. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia, who was a very popular motivational speaker, shared with us a striking live story. He wrote about his mother and their ‘misery dinner’. It was the night after his father came home and said that it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy, because his partner had absconded with their firm’s funds. The next day, his mother went out and sold some jewellery to buy food for a sumptuous feast. Other members of the family scolded her for it. But she told them, “The time for joy is now, when we need it most, not next week.” He says that it really was a turning point. When they met for the dinner, their elder daughter said that she can work overtime while his father said that he can sell magazines. The story says that the Buscaglias passed away, richer than they were.

A knight came to a renowned swordsman to learn sword fighting. He taught him everything with emphasis on dragon slaying. The knight was afraid of dragons and he never intended to fight with a dragon. His teacher knew this and just before his return, he whispered something into his ears and told the knight that this is a magic sentence powerful enough to lose the strength of any dragon. He returned happily with the power words. Once he came to the city, he decided to save the city

from all the dragons that disturbed it. He fought with the dragons with confidence. He also found that the magic words are working. He slew many dragons until the day he met his trainer again, who told him that the magic words he gave were not magical at all.

The next story is that of a young man who lost everything in his business. He came to the beach and sat there on a bench more or less counting the waves. Soon, a middle aged, good looking and well-dressed gentleman came there and sat beside him. They introduced each other and this young man shared all his woes. Hearing the sad story, the gentleman pulled out a check book from his side pocket and filled it with a figure of $100000. He then signed under it, gave it to the young man and said, “You may use it as you please. I will come back here, the same time, the same day next year. That day return the cash.” Soon he disappeared in the crowd.

The young man could not believe his eyes. his mouth remained half open.

He looked at the name of the person who had signed the cheque. It was one Hero Buff. Soon, he remembered that he could be the notorious drug mafia chief. My God! His history was too bad that he needed no reason to kill somebody. The young man understood that he could be killed if he failed to pay the money back.

Anyway, he decided to do some business. He also decided not to use the cheque unless in an emergency. Slowly he picked up and soon he could win back what he lost and also earn much more.

By the time a year had gone.

He came to the beach with the cheque on the assured day. But the man was not seen anywhere. The young man then went to the home guard working there and asked him if he had seen such a man anywhere.

The home guard could not identify the person. The young man further said that he had given him a cheque, a year back and now he has come to return it as promised.

“Oh! I know him,’’ cried the home guard.

“He was a ‘run away’ from the city mental hospital. His pleasure was issuing cheques to whomever that speaks to him. He is now back in the hospital.”

This young man could face the crisis successfully, simply because he had a little bit of confidence within.

Truly it is our mind that decides our fate in our fight with crises. There is a little dog inside every crisis. If we turn back boldly, it may run away!

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