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Gift of Life

A Compilation of Inspirational Stories and Anecdotes

2. Take Responsibility For Your Actions (By correcting ourselves, we help others correct themselves)

A teenager had just passed his driving test and was eager to drive his fatherís car. His father agreed. He asked his son to drop him at a place that was some 18 kilometers from home before he took the car for servicing. The father then wanted his son to pick him up at four in the after noon so that they could go home together.

The boy dropped off his father, took the car to the garage and went to watch a film. Losing track of time, he continued to watch the film until 6 p.m.

Afraid his father would scold him for being late and would never give him the car again, the boy collected the car, arrived at the appointed place and said, " Dad, Iím sorry Iím late but it took the mechanic longer than usual to service the car".

"Son, I phoned the garage", his father replied. "The car was ready at 4 p.m."

The boy looked down. " Iím sorry, but I went to watch a film."

"Son, I Ďm very angry," replied the father after a moment of thought. " But not with you. Iím angry with myself. Where did I go wrong as a father? Why did you have to lie to me? Take the car home. I will introspect as I walk".

The boy trailed behind his father, imploring him to sit inside the car. But his father continued walking silently, soul-searching all the way back home. Distraught, the son pledged to never again lie to his parents.

Gift of Life Home (Table of Contents)

Previous Chapter: 1. The Secret Lies Within (Character and success emerge from oneís heart)

Next Chapter: 3. Learn to Choose Life (Life is a matter of choice)

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Gift of Life is a compilation of stories, anecdotes and articles by Raju Baby Thaluvachira, India

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