This post is about what happens in a typical middle-class household. The son was no longer liking living in his house. His father kept nagging him for minor things such as “You are leaving the room without turning off the fan”, “The TV is on in the room even when there is no one around – switch it off”, “put the pen in the pen stand, it is lying on the floor “, and so on ….
Today the son has a job interview and he starts to think aloud “As soon as I get the job, I would get to leave the town and I would be spared from all this nagging from my father”.
As the son reached the interview center, he found that there was no security guard present at the gate. The protruding latch was hitting the people entering through the gate. The son rearranged the latch properly, shut the gate and entered the office area.
On the way to the entrance of the main corridor there were beautiful flower pots placed on the side. The son observed that the gardener had kept the water from the hosepipe running and the water was overflowing from the hosepipe on to the corridor. The son placed the hosepipe into the flower pot and moved forward. The son climbed the stairs to go to the first level where the interview was scheduled to take place. While passing the mezzanine floor, he noticed an isolated passage where the light switched on probably since the previous night. The switched the light off impulsively.
Having reached the first floor, there were many job aspirants in a large hall waiting for their turn to be interviewed. As the son stepped on the welcome mat, he noticed that the mat was turned upside down. He straightened the mat.
When the son was called in for the interview, the officer took his certificates from him and asked him “when can you join work?” The son was confused as the boss asked again “What are you thinking? We did not ask any question to anyone here because by asking few questions we will not be able to make a clear assessment of an individual’s skill. Our test was to assess the attitude and behavior of the candidate and we observed everyone through the CCTV. You were the only one who set everything right along the way from the gate to the main hall. That is why we decided to select you for the job” said the boss.
The son realized that he used to get so irritated at his father’s discipline and it was this discipline that got him the job.
The son realized that a rock does not become a beautiful sculpture if it were to resist the pain of the chisel which chips it into shape. We need to chisel out our bad habits and this is what the father was doing as a sculptor.
We tend to treat our father as our teacher till we are five years old, a villain when we are twenty but a guidepost when he is no more in our midst.
We must never hurt our parents while they are alive and then remember them fondly after they have passed away.
Prof. Chandru Kanaya
Faculty of Business Administration, London American City College, UAE