Be Content About Your Life

by Stephen on June 12, 2011 · 48 comments

in Inspirational stories

Wonder if any of you ever had the feeling that life is bad, real bad… and you wish you were in another situation? Do you find that life seems to make things difficult for you, work sucks, life sucks, everything seems to go wrong?

It was not until yesterday that I totally changed my views about life; after a conversation with one of my friends.

He told me despite taking 2 jobs, and bringing back barely above $1000 per month, he is happy as he is. I wonder how he can be as happy as he is now, considering that he has to skimp his life with the low pay to support a pair of old-age parents, in-laws, wife, 2 daughters and the many bills of a household.

He explained that it was through one incident that he saw in India.

That happened a few years ago when he was really feeling low and was touring India after a major setback. He said that right in front of his very eyes, he saw an Indian mother chopped off her child’s right hand with a chopper. The helplessness in the mother’s eyes, the scream of the pain from the innocent 4 years old child haunted him until today. You may ask why did the mother do so, has the child been naughty, was the child’s hand infected??

No, it was done for two simple words — to beg. The desperate mother deliberately caused the child to be handicapped so that the child can go out to the streets to beg. I cannot accept how this could happen, but it really did, just in another part of the world which I don’t see.

Taken aback by the scene, he dropped a small piece of bread he was eating half-way. And almost instantly, flock of 5 or 6 children swamp towards this small piece of bread which was then covered with sand, robbing of bits from one another. The natural reaction of hunger. Striken by the happenings, he instructed his guide to drive him to the nearest bakery. He arrived at two bakeries and bought every single loaf of bread he found in the bakeries.

The owner is dumb-folded, but willing, sold everything. He spent less than $100 to obtain about 400 loaf of bread (this is less than $0.25/per loaf) and spend another $100 to get daily necessities. Off he went in the truck full of bread into the streets. As he distributed the bread and necessities to the children (mostly handicapped) and a few adults, he received cheers and bows from these unfortunate. For the first time in life he wonder how people can give up their dignity for a loaf of bread which cost less than $0.25. He began to ask himself how fortunate he is as a Singaporean. How fortunate he to be able to have a complete body, have a job, have a family, have the chance to complain what food is nice what isn’t, have the chance to be clothed, have the many things that these people in front of him are deprived of…

Now I begin to think and feel it, too. Was my life really that bad?

Perhaps….no… it should not be bad at all….

What about you? Maybe the next time you think you are, think about the child who lost one hand to beg on the streets.

Story By Wendy Tan
Story Submitted to AcademicTips.org By Laura

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Sk Sanaullah — June 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Excellent

2. Aroonkumar — June 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Nice one Stephen!!

3. Krishan Vohra — June 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Very good story. Give appeal.

4. Rachel — June 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

heart touching

5. Uma — July 12, 2011 at 2:32 am

Good one!!!!

6. Feri — July 20, 2011 at 5:38 am

Moving one, really….. it really is…thanks a loooooot….

7. harvinder kumar — July 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

WONDERFUL

8. Manish Roy — August 4, 2011 at 3:34 am

Really very effective and directive story….thanx a looooot……

9. Madan — August 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

Nice… but it’s not only about India, you can find fight for hunger everywhere in whole world whether it is India or Singapore.

10. Samir Yadav — August 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This touch my heart… and i thank to god for give me…complete body…great parents who understand me.: now i will try to understand my god{my parent}.

11. Axel Williams — August 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That was a heart touching story..

12. Priyanka Kumari — September 9, 2011 at 4:19 am

By reading this story I realised that I am one of the happiest girl in the world…………………………thank you GOD for giving me so much………..and also thanks to my mom and dad and my only elder brother for giving me such a wonderful life……………….thanks to all the world

13. Shalini Sairam — September 19, 2011 at 3:20 am

Very well said and really thanks a ton for sharing this true fact of life. It is very unfortunate that people do not realise what they have and keep running after things which are fake. I am thankful to Sai and my parents and this world for everything what I have and will keep sharing my happiness with others as i do now. Om sairam!

14. Bhawana — September 24, 2011 at 3:42 am

Thanx 4 this heart touching story which make us realize that how lucky we are? It’s also give us a moral that GOD give make us able to help those who are unable.

15. Xin — October 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

Yes, this story made us realized how lucky we are that we don’t have to beg just to survive. But I’d like to comment on the what that particular mother did to her child–IT’S NOT RIGHT! What kind of a mother would harm her child for the sake of survival?? And does the mother’s actions actually mean that she doesn’t want to BEG, let along WORK for her family?? God blessed us with kids so we could protect and nurture them. He entrusted us with this task. How could that mother just chop her kid’s hand and just think of another way to save her family? SHAME on her!!!

16. Ogwo David Emenike — November 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Great piece! A time will come in a man’s life when he has to accept himself for better, for worse, and be contempt with what and where the heavenly fate has found for him.

17. Gaurav_Luthra — December 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

I got the lesson from the story, I appreciate your way to make us understand that we are very lucky. But I don’t believe a mother can do this, sorry 4 that. And we should not ignore the fact that we can be lucky for them also to provide atleast some food to them.

18. Nikhil — December 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

very touching story

19. John — December 7, 2011 at 4:26 am

Now that was an amazing insight !!!
but it is depressing to realize that only a few of us really understand how privileged we are… Ah it is just so tough to be
happy and be satisfied…

20. Shreya — December 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

It’s not possible, a mother cannot chop her child’s hand to beg.. anywhere in world.. I have seen hunger & poverty around me… and many beggars too, beggar despise us by behaving either as physically challenged to earn more money.. or sometimes gang abduct child & may be chop their limbs..& force them to become beggar… But a mother cannot harm a child like this…

21. Dave — December 21, 2011 at 3:52 am

That story reminds me of the episodes in Slumdog Millionare where the “beggar boss” blinded one of the kids because the handicapped will earn double….. ( >_< )

22. Brian Low — January 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Great story :) I will always remember the story about the kid whose arm been chopped off

23. Suman — January 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thx, nice story. And sorry for those poor indian kids. I have even seen poor people in india eating vomite of other people. May God bless them

24. Himanshu — February 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Nice inspirational story but india is not like that really ..

25. Joy — April 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

Of course, they never think what they have in the hand. Question is: Is this really people think below why not trying to see top one or above them.

26. lamia — May 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

Thank you a lot. I try never to complain, when I feel That I want to complain I thing people who with great pleasure want to be in my place. That’s why I am greatful to Allah for all things (both bad and good) He gave, He aworded me…

27. Ade — June 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

After reading the story, I just closed my eyes to thank God. Nice story.

28. SHIKHA — June 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

This is a really nice story but India is also known for its mother’s love.

29. Paulami — July 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I have never known what hunger is!!! and I hpoe the same for every other child!

30. Mathalen — July 10, 2012 at 3:16 am

This story is really, really excellent… it has made me realize who I am..

31. Nathan — July 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

That is true…

32. Soni — August 16, 2012 at 1:56 am

Yeah, I agree with the thought but it’s not about the place specific, it’s the action against need or hunger… it can be anywhere..

33. Chandum — August 19, 2012 at 5:32 am

Fantastic……

34. Bhe — September 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

It made me cry….huhuhu…

35. Embroidery Digitizing — December 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

It is too much informative and I did not know about it before reading it. I liked it very much.

36. Paul — December 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

A very heart touching story, I realized how lucky I am even though I am not in a very well condition, at least I am having complete body parts.. Thanks for sharing this story it’s worth reading.

37. Esther — December 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

Cute. Thanks for sharing it with us.

38. Charm ♥ — December 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Yes. Dave was right. It was shown in slumdog millionaire that the beggar boss made the children handicapped to earn more. My heart was crushed when I read that part. But this story really made me think if my life was too bad. I realized that I should start to appreciate even little things I have in my life specially greater or more important things in my life right now. ☺. thumbs up!

39. Rakesh — December 28, 2012 at 3:19 am

This is wrong to say that such thing happen in india. It happens in every part of the world.

40. Shanthi — December 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

Nice and touching story!!!

41. Chandni Wadhwani — February 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

When we achieve one thing we wish for other human
Nature is unsatisfied and we lure for materialistic
Things even after knwng nthng is gotta go wth us..
If u have enuf with u den leave ur greed aside nd help
D ones who suffer even to hv their daily bread..
WHEN WE CAN NO LONGER CHANGE A SITUATION
WE ARE CHALLENGED TO CHANGE OURSELVES..
So start taking steps individually if u want every
Man to sleep with his tummy full…

42. Aryan — February 13, 2013 at 12:36 am

I agree with Rakesh, but govt should take necessary steps for the same and I must say my life is not that bad. :)

43. Urvashi Nautiyal — August 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for telling us how lucky we are, but country should not be mentioned because poverty does not belong to India only.

44. Sunita — August 14, 2013 at 5:43 am

Yes, of course… I really thanks to God to give me a life full of all resources.. which a person needs to live a Great Life with joy…and that too depends… how fortunate one feels about his conditions as Life is at every next step a fight, full of surprises.

45. Santosh — September 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Very touching story. I think we all got this story. I request to all my brothers and sisters please help someone whenever you can.

46. Rita — September 25, 2013 at 1:00 am

This is what I thought to do to help others in need because I have been there. But we have to be careful.

47. Lala — November 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

Good story but I think hunger and poverty is not only in India but other countries too You can read more about somalia too

48. Asha — December 2, 2013 at 6:58 am

I feel the mother may not be a real mother, probably the child could be an abducted one.

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