Do not foucus on the surface . . .


Do Not Judge People By Focusing On The Surface

A cruise ship met with an accident at sea. On the ship was a couple, after having made their way to the lifeboat; they realized that there was only space for one-person left. At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself. The woman stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.

The teacher stopped and asked, “What do you think she shouted?”

Most of the students excitedly answered, “I hate you! I was blind!”

Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she got him to answer and he replied, “Teacher, I believe she would have shouted – Take care of our child!”

The teacher was surprised, asking, “Have you heard this story before?”

The boy shook his head, “Nope, but that was what my mum told my dad before she died due to a disease.”

The teacher lamented, “The answer is right.”

The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly. Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings. It turns out that when parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.

He wrote in his diary, “How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone.”

This is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first. May be…

  • those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are rich but because they value friendship above money. 
  • those who take the initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility. 
  • those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them. 
  • those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything but because they see you as a true brother and friend.

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