Being Helpful

A young woman decided to end her life guilt-filled life by committing suicide. Scores of people watched silently as she waded fully dressed into a lake. One person, however, acted. He was an eighteen-year-old cobbler, partly paralyzed by polio. The young man hobbled on his crutch through the water as far as he could. He pleaded with the young woman, who was up to her neck in water.
“I can’t go on living,” she cried. ‘Leave me alone. I want to die.’
‘Look at me,’ the man said quietly. ‘I am a cripple, But I don’t want to kill myself.’
After staring at him for a while, she slowly started moving towards him. Then she accompanied him back to the shore.

No matter what your limitations, you are of special value in God’s eyes. You have an important role to play on the stage of life. Find fulfillment for yourself and remind others that they also count.

Quote: “The service we render for others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth.” – Wilfred Grenfell


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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