Just Do It

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Just Do It

Late one afternoon, a man named Sundar was travelling on foot through the Himalayas with a monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt like sharp blades slicing into his skin. Night was approaching when the monk warned him that they were in danger of freezing to death if they did not reach the monastery before darkness fell. Just as they were traversing a narrow path above a steep cliff, they heard a cry for help. Down the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk looked at Sundar and said, “Do not stop. That’s his fate. He must work it out for himself.” Then he quickly added while walking on, “Let’s hurry before we too perish.” But Sundar replied, “I cannot abandon him.” The monk continued to trudge through the whirling snow, while Sundar clambered down the steep embankment. The man’s leg was broken and he could not walk. So Sundar took his blanket and made a sling of it and tied the man on his back. Then, bending under the man’s weight, Sundar began the body-torturing climb.

By the time he reached the narrow path again, he was drenched in perspiration. He made his way through the deepening snow and darkness. It was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered, tough, tired and exhausted. Finally, he saw ahead the lights of the monastery. Then, for the first time, Sundar stumbled and nearly fell, but not from weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying, on the snow-covered road. Slowly, he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It was the body of the monk, frozen to death. Years later a friend of Sundar’s asked him, “What is life’s most difficult task?” Without hesitation Sundar replied, “To have no burden to carry.”

We all have several burdens to carry: studies, work, or maybe any personal issue. These burdens seem to be like a wall so high that we cannot climb over it. The way ahead seems so strenuous that you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Do you think you are alone?

Helen Keller became deaf and blind when she was 18 years old. Walt Disney had attention deficit disorder. Benjamin Franklin couldn’t afford to attend school after he turned 10, and the list goes on. But, do you think that an obstacle, however big it seems, stopped these people?
No.

Helen Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and an author of about 12 books. Walt Disney gave the children of the world Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and won more than 20 Oscars for his films. Benjamin Franklin earned the position of being one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

These great minds never gave up on their dreams and carried their burdens with a can-do attitude and turned their limitations into a guiding force to success. Nobody said that the path to success is easy, but it is definitely not impossible.

So, when faced with a tough life, with tough tasks, like Nike says, “Just Do It!”

ANCY THOMAS

CLASS TEACHER

GRADE 3L