Jack and Merlin’s marriage was on the rocks. Twenty years of married life was enough they thought. Finally they decided on a divorce. As Jack was trying to settle the financial accounts so that the divorce could be an amicable one, he came across some old cheque books.
One cancelled cheque after another stirred up memories of a long forgotten past: the first cheque was for the hotel where he and his wife had spent their honeymoon, the second cheque for their first car, the third for the hospital bill for their daughter’s birth, the fourth cheque for Rs. 2,00,000 as payment on their first home.
Finally, he could stand it no longer. He pushed the cheque books aside, reached for the telephone, and called his wife. He told her that they had invested too much in each other to throw it all away. He asked her if they could make a fresh beginning. In a short time harmony was restored to their home and they were together again.
Memories of the past often lead us back to the investments we have made in life – in things, persons and events that have become part and parcel of our lives. The pledges and the promises that we have uttered in days past lead us to a humble acceptance of our weakness and become the foundation for a better future.
Quote: “We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.” – Madam Chiang Kai-shek