Archive | April 9, 2013

A story of music conductor

 

This story inspired by a sermon that I had heard some time ago. I tried to create it into a short story.

At the end of a classical music concert. The audience stood up and applauded. Conductor of the orchestra got a tremendous standing ovation. But there is somethingunusual. The conductor did not immediately respond the terrific standing applause. Hejust stood up not pay homage tothe audience. The audience kept clapped loudly. The orchestra player getting a bit confused.

Conductor’s eyes swept across the concert hall. He’s looking for something. And finally his eyes fixed on the rear seat. There is someone there. And old man with white hair. The conductorstaredintothe old man.  Not long after, the old man smiled and nodded from a distance.  The conductorsmiled back and nodded too.  Then, soon helookedaround to the concert hall. He bowed a moment to salute the audience.

After the concert, the conductor assistant came and asks him…

“What happens toyou, sir?  You are not goingto salutethe audience. Is there something wrong? “

The Conductor smiled and said “Ok… Now I am going to tell you why. Actually I don’t have the courage to do so, because there is someone who more worthy than me that should get laud from the audience. He is my music teacher. Because of him I could be a good music conductor. He form andteach mewith all his heartand patience. He nevercomplained orangrywhenI often makea mistake.  I just dare a salute to the audience after he smiled and nodded. Ido notdare toprecedehim “

.” The essence of the story is, we should stay humble despite the successes we’ve achieved. We should keep our feet on the ground because the world is filled with many talented people whom exceed our own capabilities. We should also realize that we owe our successes to others who continue to support and motivate us throughout our journey. Lastly and the most important key is, God is the one who helps and gives us everything in our lives. Therefore we should remember that and do not take things for granted.

Author : Karina Susanto

 

Story to humble ourselves

 

Deep tiredly started The Discussion:

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my husband to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would
consider a bum. From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.”

“I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought. He didn’t. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. “That’s a very pretty car,” he said.

I said, “Thanks,” and continued wiping off my car. He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, “ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.

“Do you need any help?” I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.

“Don’t we all?” he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

Don’t we all?

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I
needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from
those of higher learning and accomplishments.

No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that……

– A touching story –

 

There was once this guy who was very much in love with his girl.
This romantic guy folded 1,000 pieces of paper cranes as a
gift to his girl.

Although, at that time he was just a small fry in his company, his
future didn’t seem too bright, they were very happy together. Until one day,
his girl told him she was going to Paris and will never come back. She also told
him that she cannot visualize any future for the both of them, so they went their own ways
there and then…
Heartbroken, the guy agreed. But when he regained his confidence, he
worked hard day and night, slogging his body and mind just to make something out of
himself.

Finally with all the hard work and the help of friends, this guy had
set up his own company…
You never fail until you stop trying. One rainy day, while this guy was
driving, he saw an elderly 
couple sharing an umbrella in the rain walking to some destination. Even
with the umbrella, they
were still drenched. It didn’t take him long to realize they were his
girl’s parents. With a heart
in getting back at them, he drove slowly beside the couple, wanting them
to spot him in his luxury
sedan. He wanted them to know that he wasn’t the same anymore; he had
his own company, car, condo, etc.
He made it! What he saw next confused him, the couple was walking
towards a cemetery, and so he got out
of his car and followed…and he saw his girl, a photograph of her
smiling sweetly as ever at him from
her tombstone and he saw his paper cranes right beside her…

Her parents saw him. He asked them why this had happened. They
explained, she did not leave for France at all.
She was ill with cancer. She had believed that he will make it someday,
but she did not want to be
his obstacle… therefore she had chosen to leave him. Just because
someone doesn’t love you the way you
want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have. She
had wanted her parents to put
his paper cranes beside her, because, if the day comes when fate brings
him to her again…he can take some
of those back with him… Once you have loved, you will always love. For
what’s in your mind may escape but what’s in your heart will remain forever.

The guy just wept……The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting
right beside her knowing you can’t have her,
see her or be with her ever again……. ..Hope you understand. Find
time to realize that there is one person
who means so much to you; for you might wake up one morning losing that
person who you thought meant nothing to you.

Paid in full with one glass of milk

 

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his
way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. 

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.

However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.
Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. 

She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large
glass of milk He drank it slowly, and then asked,  “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied “Mother has taught us never to
accept payment for a kindness.”
He said…  “Then I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt; stronger physically,
but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors
were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare
disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. 

When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled
his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her
room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. 

He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation
room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave
special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the
business office to pass the final bill to him for approval.

He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent
to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for
it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side as she read these
words……
“Paid in full with one glass of milk.”  (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank You,
GOD, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.”