Yes! Most of our problems appear as they do because of the way we look at them. So there is a need to change the way you look at a problem!!

Do you hate your job and feel that you are grossly underpaid? Is there a subject that you despise and hate studying? Is there someone who is being rude and nasty to you all the time? Have you been wondering why things are the way they are? May be you should hear the story of the evil monster and the little boy.

Long ago, there lived a monster in a tiny village. The villagers were terrified of it and felt their hamlet was cursed to have such a creature living in their midst. Several men tried to fight the monster. One man attacked it with a sword, but the creature grabbed the weapon, almost magically pulled out another sword-twice as large, twice as sharp- and cut the man in half. Another time, a villager set off with a huge wooden club to clobber the monster. The monster responded by slamming the man with a wooden club twice as heavy as the one he had brought along. On yet another occasion, a villager tried to set the monster on fire. But the monster merely opened its mouth to swallow the fire and, in turn, spewed leaping flames that roasted the poor man.

Scared by these incidences, the village folk gave up trying to fight the monster. They began to believe that this was their fate and they would have to learn to live with it. Then, one day, a little boy said he would go and vanquish the monster. The people were surprised, but despite their skepticism, went along to see the little boy take on the monster.

As the boy looked up at the giant, the monster just flared its nostrils and glared back. The people were frightened. The little boy took out an apple and offered it to the monster. The monster grabbed it, popped it into its mouth, and then thrust its clenched fist in front of the boy. As the fist slowed opened, the people were astonished to see that it held two delicious apples. Twice as red and twice as large as the boy had offered.

The boy then took out a little earthen pot with some water and gave it to the monster. It took that and responded by placing in front of the boy two urns made of gold, filled with delicious juice. The people were ecstatic. They suddenly realized that the monster was not a curse, but a boon to the village. The little boy smiled and the giant just smiled back.

While this story is centuries old, the monster is still around us- in colleges, in offices and in our lives. Most of our problems appear as they do because of the way we look at them. You get back what you give. Twice as much!!

Is someone being rude to you? May be you need to change the way you behave with them. And no, don’t wait for them to change, you need to change first! If you get to work every morning hating each moment you spend in office, it is unlikely you will do a great job. Be nice to the college’s ‘Ms Nasty’. You will discover that the evil monster is infact a benevolent giant.

It is significant that it took a little child to discover the true colours of the monster. Children don’t have preconceived notions. They believe the world is a wonderful place. Its only as they grow up that the optimism vanished and the negative conditioning sets in.

Let that child in you take over. Look at everything you dread with fresh eyes- be it rude colleagues, a tough boss or a horrible job. May be monster is really a nice guy. Change the way you look at it and see the difference!


What you give, you get back!



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