If a man is able to remain hopeful even in the worst situation, he has to thank the dynamic character of time. There is a time in everyone's life when things move favorably for him.
Things move so nicely and so fast that we get the feeling that somebody is working for us. But then a phase comes when even our best efforts, and most meticulously planned moves remain nonproductive. We confront one failure after another. Even our corrective actions backfire. It is nothing but the effect of the dynamic nature of time. Time has never remained same for any body.
But, it is also true that this is the dynamic character of time that generates hope in us and makes us continue with our efforts even in the worst situation. The wise and learned understand this unique characteristic of time and develop in them the qualities of perseverance and forbearance. I know of an 80-year-old person, who, dabbling in shares, never booked a loss even if it meant waiting for 20 years and made good profits.
He has a story: A person was given capital punishment. When the time of execution came, he was asked for his last desire. He replied he regretted he couldn't teach the king's horses to fly. The king gave him one year's time to teach his horses to fly.
Relieved, he reached his home. On hearing everything, his wife was very happy but soon her ecstasy gave way to anxiety.
She said she was worried thinking what would happen after a year as she knew very well that he couldn't make horses fly.
Her husband completely relaxed and free from all tensions replied, "Look! I have come to understand the dynamic nature of time and it is this knowledge which has made me hopeful.
So many things can happen in a year. I can die before the due date. State can be attacked and the King can be replaced by some other king or this king can die. Last, who knows the horses may start flying!"