Wednesday, March 23, 2011

When excellence becomes an attitude

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Here, I bring you guys again a story which no one knows who wrote it. Its root is untraceable. But as usual, I thought, it would at least make you guys think about something very important aspect of things we do in life.
A man once paid a visit to a temple. The temple was not fully built; it had its statues, and altars all under construction. There was a sculptor outside the temple making a statue of a God. The site took him by a surprise when he saw a similar statue lying beside the sculptor.
 "Do you need two statues of the same GOD?" He couldn’t hold his curiosity.
"No," said the sculptor without looking up, "We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage."
The gentleman looked at the idol and found no apparent damages. "Where is the damage?"  
"There is a scratch on the nose of the idol," said the sculptor, still busy with his work.
"Where are you going to install the idol?"
The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high.
 "If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is scratch on the nose?" the gentleman asked.
The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said, "I will know it."
Don’t you think, “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” Ralph Marston, this quote is what’s the story is all about, that excellence is something that should come from within and reach at the end of the hands. It should begin with the pure heart and honest soul, and then we can reach at the skillful hands. But question is how many of us are really sincere and truthful? How many of us just do things for the sake of doing? Do we care about the happiness one gets doing something sincerely, well some may care, but how many? We don’t lower our heads if there is nothing that is worth down there on floor to pick up. Aren’t we too much concerned about getting something to sweeten one’s mouth at the end of everything we are asked to do or supposed to do?

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