To Be Quiet and Alert

A group of applicants were waiting to be interviewed for a job as wireless operators. But they were talking so loudly that they paid no attention to the dots and dashes (Morse Code) which began coming over the loud speaker. A young man sitting quietly by himself suddenly jumped up and walked into the private office. He came out a few minutes later, smiling.

“Hello, Mister,” one the of the waiting applicants called out. “How did you get in ahead of us? We were here first.”
“It’s your fault. Anyone of you could have got the job,” he replied, “If you had listened to the message over the loudspeaker.”
“What message?” they asked in surprise.
“Why, the code,” he answered. It said, “The man I need must always be on the alert. The first man who gets this message and comes directly into my office will be placed on one of my first ships as operator!”

To be active and alert is an important aspect of succeeding in life. The waiting applicants were not alert to grab the opportunity which was there right in front of them because there were distracted and busy talking. But only one of the applicants was really alert. He was sitting quietly and paying attention to the dots and dashes which came over the loudspeaker. He understood the message, rushed into the office and got the job.

Quote: “Be on your guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”Mark 13:33


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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