Friday, July 4, 2014
“Those who Cheat their Parents Cheat themselves at the End of their Lives” - Professor M.S.Rao
“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.” - Elvis Presley
In June 2014, I met an old man of 62 years who survived a massive heart attack. He is known to me for the last 40 years. He was bedridden and was unable to move. I saw him as a young man; as a middle aged man; and now as an old man. As a young, he was very energetic and handsome. As a middle aged man, he was little worried with lots of responsibilities. As an old man he was totally dejected with life. I felt very bad at his pathetic position. I have the habit of asking old people the lessons they learnt and the message they like to share with the world.
When I asked him the lessons he learnt, he replied that 62 years was not the age to be bedridden. He said that he had encountered several challenges in his life since childhood. One of his daughters eloped with a boy at the time of marriage recently. It upset him and led to massive heart attack. He said that children who cheat their parents get cheated at the end of their lives. I thought to write on this trigger to enlighten the world.
Some children think of fooling their parents. They treat it as a fun but the fact is that they lose the trust from their parents. They don’t realize that they hurt their parents by fooling them. When people cheat others it affects them emotionally as they often think about it throughout their lives. It remains as an unpleasant one forever and bugs them throughout their lives. When parents come to know that their children cheated them, they cannot digest it and suffer silently within themselves. In that situation, parents must come out openly and express their emotions and feelings to their children. It helps in correcting their children and putting them on the right track. The reality is that children often tend to fool their parents not with an intention to hurt but to make fun or hide their failures or secrets. The parents must enlighten their children the difference between fooling and cheating.
Hence, parents must inculcate ethics and etiquette in their children since childhood and enlighten them from time to time with the right values and morals to groom them as good citizens. The children should also not get influenced by age pressure and peer pressure and must think what is right and wrong before they do anything. It helps them avoid emotional baggage in future; avoid regrets at their deathbed; and keep their parents hale and hearty apart from evolving as good citizens.
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” - Abraham Lincoln
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