Thursday, May 10, 2007

A beautiful parable

My friend Rajeev Singh sent me this beautiful parable from Durban.Cannot resist posting this, since this shows the true contrast between good communication and better communication. The beauty in the message is its sheer simplicity.Here it goes.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were u the one who changed my sign this morning? What did u write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what u said but in a different way."What he had written was: "Today is a beautiful day & I cannot see it."

Do u think the first sign & the second sign were saying the same thing? Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral of the Story:
Be thankful for what you have.
Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

I liked it so much I thought I will share this with the readers of Y-Axis.Thanks Rajeev
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3 comments:

Sara said...

Great post!! and it added one word to my thin vocabulary -parable -I hade to look it up!!

Rajesh Kumar said...

Sara: Sometimes I had heavy words just to appeal to my readers like you, a cheap PR trick to appear scholarly!!

Piyush said...

Whatever trick it is but sometimes such simple posts make it lighter while reading heavy content everyday.