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Magic of will power

No matter what your condition is, you can utilise the resources available even in the worst condition and turn adversity into opportunity. To explain this, I would like to share a short story.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2010 23:17 IST
Neha Chandiok

No matter what your condition is, you can utilise the resources available even in the worst condition and turn adversity into opportunity. To explain this, I would like to share a short story.

An old man lived alone in a village. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

Dear son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato field this year. I hate to miss doing this, because your mother always loved planting without fail. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would have been over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison. Love, Dad.

Shortly, the old man received this telegram from his son in jail: "For heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden. That's where I have buried the guns!" At 4 a.m. next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any gun. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son, telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next. His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your potatoes now, Dad. It's the best I could do for you from here."

Moral of the story: No matter where you are in the world, if you have decided to do something deep from your heart, you can do it. It is the thought that matters, not where you are. It is better to light a candle than to cause the darkness.