Being careful or careless . . !

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YOU know Bob, my wife told me the other day, “It’s time we changed our furniture!” “Why?” I asked, “Our furniture is fine!” “It’s old!” I looked at my furniture. It was certainly old, but it was durable and good.

It was over thirty years old! I stared at it again, and realized that the reason I loved it was because my father had designed it many decades back and every time I sat on it my hands felt the wood, and thought of the mind that had shaped it.

In other words the furniture was precious to me and I had therefore been very careful with it.

JRD Tata had a friend who used to say that he misplaces and loses his pen very often. He will use only very cheap pens so that he need not worry about losing them.

He was worried about carelessness habit. JRD suggested to him to buy the costliest pen he could afford and see what happens.

He did that and purchased a 22 carat gold Cross pen.After nearly six months JRD met him and asked him if he continues to misplace his pen.

His friend said that he is very careful about his costly pen and he is surprised how he has changed! JRD explained to him that the value of the pen made the difference and there was nothing wrong with him as a person! This is what happens in our life.

We are careful with things which we value most. If we value our Health, we will be careful about what and how we eat; if we value our Friends, we will treat them with respect; if we value Money, we will be careful while spending; if we value our Time, we will not waste it.

if we value Relationship we will not break it. Carefulness is a basic trait all of us have, we know when to be careful!

Carelessness only shows what we don’t value something. I sit on my furniture again and run my hands on the elegant design, my wife looks at me and sighs.

I know what’s on her mind, and even as I look at the furniture I hear my mind saying silently, “Dad, you know you sure designed good furniture!” And then I hear his voice coming to me over the ages, “No Bob, because you loved me so much, you look after what I made!” Oh yes, we are careful with things we value the most..!