Value What is Yours

The owner of a small estate, met his friend, the poet Olavo Bilac, on the street and asked him, “Mr. Bilac, I need to sell my small farm that you know so well. Could you please write an advertisement for me to be put in the local paper?”

Bilac agreed and wrote the following words, “For sale, a beautiful property, where birds sing at dawn in extensive woodland, bi-sected by the brilliant and sparkling waters of a large stream. The house is bathed by the rising son and offers tranquil shade in the evenings on the veranda.”

Some time later, the poet met his friend and asked him whether he had sold the property? To which he replied, “I’ve changed my mind. When I read wat you had written, I realized the treasure that was mine.”

Some times, you underestimate the good things you have and the value that is yours. The moment you know your strength, you begin to realize the treasure that is yours and inherit the riches of the earth. In the words of Benjamin Disraeli, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”

Quote: “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of trust, sacred to our touch.”E.E. Cummings


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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