Of foolish fathers and otherwise children

This is the story of two brothers. One was a drug addict and drunkard who frequently beat up his family. The other was a very successful businessman who was respected in society and had a wonderful family. So people wanted to find out why two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment could be so different.

The first one was asked “How come you do what you do? You are a drug addict, drunk and you beat your family. What motivates you?”

He said; “My father,”

They asked; “What about your father?”

He said; “My father was a drug addict, a drunk and he beat his family. What do you expect me to be? That is what I am.”

They went to the other brother who was doing everything right and asked him the same question. “How come you are doing everything right? What is your source of motivation?”

He said; “My father. When I was a little boy, I used to see my dad drunk and doing all the wrong things. I made up my mind. That is not what I wanted to be.”


How many people even ignored calls from their fathers on father’s Days. They don’t call to celebrate their fathers yet they won’t pick their calls too. They are bitter for one reason or the other. My father did this and that and so I will never forgive him, they say. But hey, who are we to judge? Who are we not to forgive? Your Dad was bad so you should be good once you now know how bad his actions were. If you have any issue with you Dad for which reason you didn’t call him yesterday, kindly pick your phone and do so or pay a visit.

A wise man once said, “we cannot live long enough to make all mistakes in life, but we can learn from the mistakes of others.”

We are all motivated either positively or negatively by the same actions. Both children were deriving the strengths and motivation from the same source.

But one was using it positively and the other negatively. Negative motivation brings the desire to take the easier way which ends up being the tougher way. You have power to choose how you are influenced by actions of others. Actions of your parents, your bosses, your mates and your religious leaders.


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