In a classroom, a teacher asked the children to list down the Seven Wonders of the World. All the students except one little girl had written down the present day wonders. The teacher was amazed when she came across the paper on which the small girl had listed the following 7 wonders: 1. To see 2. To hear 3. To laugh 4. To feel 5. To taste 6. To love, and, more importantly 7. To be grateful.
How true!! All these aspects, which are indispensable to our existence itself, are no less than wonders! Yet we never realize their significance in our lives. For instance, if we specifically talk about ‘being grateful’, then ponder- We use the word “thank you” many times a day. We thank others for their favours, their gifts and their concern. But, how often do we really thank the Almighty for his blessings? …
However, noble souls find ample reasons to thank the Lord in every situation. The French poet, Lamartine, was talking a walk in a poor quarter of the city when he came across a humble stonecutter at work. The poet was surprised to hear him utter the words, “Thank you!” after each stroke of the hammer.
“My good man, whom are you thanking?” enquired the poet haughtily.
The stonecutter answered- “I am thanking God.”
Lamartine further said, “Had you been wealthy and prosperous, it would be natural for you to thank God. But, God thought of you just once when He made you and hasn’t remembered you since then, for He has left you to pull on a hard and tough life!”
… Thank you God! Thank you very much!- exclaimed the stonecutter and continued with the stroke of the hammer even more joyfully.
…Someone has said very beautifully, “Worthy is the one who remembers to thank the Lord for all his blessings; but admirable is the one who still thanks God in spite of difficulties.”
What made the stonecutter pass such a gratitude filled statement? How to learn to accept and regard all the favours blessed on us by God? To know this and furthermore, read the complete article in February edition of English Akhand Gyan monthly magazine.