To Yourself Be True

A king went to visit the prisoners in the state prison. He then asked each criminal what he was punished for. The king was surprised when each criminal pleaded innocence. There were many of them who said, ‘I was framed;’ ‘They ganged up on me;’ ‘It was a case of mistaken identity.’ Others, instead, blamed the police and the judges for their atrocities and biased judgement, and the witnesses who gave false evidence.

One convict, however, acknowledged his wickedness openly. He said he deserved the punishment. The king was touched by his sincerity. ‘This man is too wicked to be with such innocent people. He must leave this place at once,’ he said. Then asked the judge to try him again and set him free.

When something goes wrong, no one blames themselves – others are the ones who have done them wrong! They either misguided you, or influenced you to do wrong. They are to be blamed! The one who acknowledges his fault is wiser now than he was when he committed the wrong.

Quote: “The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it.”D.L. Moody


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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