A man at one stage in his life firmly decided to be good in his neighborhood and society around and thus live his remaining life. “What is the use of this life when I don’t see the need and difficulty of the other man next to me?” thus he thought and started showing kindness to many around through enquiring about their problems, helping out at appropriate places and being liberal in giving to them when any occasion surfaces....
Soon it became his habit and a way of life and he earned a good name around. People used to praise him as the best man in the surroundings…. He was very happy and continued his activities….
A few years passed thus….
With time he found that slowly people started responding in a different style which was originally never seen with them even though he continued his activities as usual…. His doubts firmed up, he could no more control within himself and one fine day met a well-wisher and sincerely asked the reason for the change….
The well-wisher straight away took him to a place where a contest of tug-of-war was going on between two individuals….He said, “Look! My dear! This is a game you know, in which the two parties would be pulling equally the max possible in opposite directions…. But if you observe carefully, you will notice that the moment one man releases the hold, the other too does that exactly according to the pull remaining from the opponent. And If he pulls, the other too pulls….The more he starts pulling, the more the other party does from his side to safeguard himself from coming towards the opponent side.…. In this context, can you tell me what appeals to you instantly?”
The man was blank….
“Living our life is like contesting in the game of this tug of war” said the well-wisher with a smile…. “If you care for people around without a second thought which is like releasing the pull from your side, the others too will release their hold as they feel safe in your presence and look at you instantly as their well-wisher and man of worthy of respect and worship….What all you need to do from your side is truly to release the pull….Tell me…. Presently, are you holding 'The Rope' with a feeling of pride and expectation which were not significant in you in the beginning but have surfaced slowly in time as you started rendering these Services around?”