SOULTales - Character Strengths, Stories & Vocabulary

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

An apt tale

At moments like these when we are literally crying for help, a voice, a thought, a story brings some relief...
Here is a comment by Sharadha(no blogger profile), who left this story on my comment form, and I find it so apt to what I am going through at present.
All I can say is Thank You for sharing...

hi sowmya..
reading this post, got reminded of a story i read somewhere ( a story to a storyteller:)-)

its about how a little boy who spilled the milk went on to become a world renowned scientist.

He was then a five-year-old. As he was trying to remove a vessel of milk from
the refrigerator he lost his grip on the vessel and it fell, spilling its contents
all over the kitchen floor - a veritable sea of milk!

When his mother came into the kitchen, instead of yelling at him, giving him a lecture, or punishing him she said, “Robert, what a great and wonderful
mess you have made! I have rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage has already been done. Would you like to get down and play in
the milk for a few minutes before we clean it up?” Indeed, he did.

After a few minutes his mother said, “You know, Robert, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up and restore everything to its proper order. So, how would you like to do that? We could use a sponge, a
towel, or a mop. Which do you prefer?” He chose the sponge and together they cleaned up the spilled milk.

His mother then said, “You know, what we have here is a failed experiment in how to effectively carry a big vessel of milk with two tiny hands. Let's go out in the backyard and fill the vessel with water and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.” The little boy learned that if he grasped the vessel by balancing the weight in both the hands than over-burdening
one of the hands, he could carry it without dropping it.

The now renowned scientist, when only five learned that he needn't be afraid of making mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes were just
opportunities for learning something new, which, after all, is what scientific experiments or life are all about. Even if the experiment 'doesn't work', we usually learn something valuable from it.