Becoming the person you are meant to be…

There is a story about a rich farmer who had a beautiful garden. The garden was so beautiful, except for one blemish; it had a huge piece of rock in the midst of it. The passers-by admired it except for the stone. The farmer grew weary of this big, unattractive boulder in the center of his lawn, so he decided to do something about it.

He went to work on it with his hammer and chisel, and started chipping away bits and pieces until it became a beautiful stone elephant. When he finished, it looked gorgeous and breath-taking. The neighbors rushed in to ask, “How did you ever carve such a marvelous likeness of an elephant?”

The farmer answered, “I just chipped away everything that didn’t look like an elephant!”

The message is clear. Chip away everything that doesn’t make you a complete human being, good, attractive and acceptable! If there’s anything in you that doesn’t make you compassionate, merciful, empathetic and forgiving, then, chip it away! If you have hatred or prejudice or vengeance or envy in your heart, get rid of it! Chip away everything out of your life that doesn’t look like the person you are meant to be!

About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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