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  • Writer's pictureanjali mohapatra

Pride goes before a fall!

Once, a wealthy man out of pride, drove his luxurious car at full speed. Engrossed with music, he didn't pay any attention to the traffic sign of a curved path. Eventually, he faced a severe accident. The car flung into the air and dashed on the road. He was found unconscious in a pool of blood. However, with the help of bystanders, he was admitted to one of the best hospitals in the town.

When he opened his eyes, he realized that no part of his body was left without white bandages. He couldn't move his body even an inch. The man couldn't remember what exactly had happened. A few minutes later, the doctor came to his cabin. The doctor smiled at him with complete sympathy and came close to him.

‘Hi! How are you feeling, sir?’

He swayed his head with much difficulty.

The doctor softly explained that he would recover, but it would take time because of his multiple injuries and diseases. However, the doctor assuaged him to keep his patience.

Having heard his words, tears welled up in his eyes. A few days passed, he managed to speak. When the doctor visited him again, he became too impatient and said, ‘Doctor, please do something so that I can be released from the hospital. I would spend as much money as you want.’

The doctor smiled. He gently said, ‘Sir, I am only a doctor, not God. Only God can do some miracles! I am trying my best but unfortunately, you have some diseases because of which the healing process is slow. Money can't help anyway! Be patient, you will be ok!’ After a little chit-chatting, the doctor went away for the next patient.

The man lolled down in his bed without any further grumbling. The most horrible thoughts seized his mind now and then. At last, he thought of God. He babbled out, ‘Oh, God! Where are You? Please give me some resolutions!’

He felt as if some unusual sound responded to him, ‘Go ahead! Ask me.’

Without any delay, he spoke, ‘Why me, my Lord? Why am I getting this punishment?’

‘It’s simple. You broke the law and got the reward.’

‘How is it? I didn't break the law.’

‘Yes, you are! The road is not your private property. While driving, you are supposed to obey the rules. You drove out of your mind. That time also, I saved you. You dashed on a tree, but just in the reverse direction a truck with sharp iron rods fully loaded, was coming. Had you been dashed with that, you would be dead by now. I always extend my helping hand but people can't see it. Be careful next time, otherwise, you may not be saved.’

‘Well! B-but, My Lord, what about my diseases? How will I be cured?’

‘Hm, I made you wealthy. That doesn't mean, you would spend the money as you pleased. Your lavish intake of unhealthy food created problems for you. You have diabetes, kidney, and stomach problems, yet you didn't take any precautions. You didn't care for your diabetes, the weak functioning of some of the parts of your body, rather than ignoring everything, you went on with your bad habits. I warned you through the voice of doctors, but you were adamant and blindfolded with your luxurious lifestyle. That again puts you into trouble. If you could have taken some care from the beginning of the disease, you could be cured early.’

‘Oh, God! At least have mercy upon me! Please do something for me. This pain is unbearable. I can't tolerate it anymore. The food I love, can't eat anymore. Driving was my passion, but the doctor banned it in the future. Money is drained out of my account because of my treatments. How can I survive? Show me some path, God! I feel exhausted, helpless, please give me the strength!’

A soft chuckling sound vibrated in his ear drum. The man heard the voice again, ‘Well! You thought that you could buy the world with your money! You have enough! Now go, get it, and be happy!’

'I do understand my Lord! Please forgive me!’

‘Listen, wealth is nothing before health! Look at yourself. No money can take your internal pain! That will only add more stress and disappointment. Besides that what do you think? How many days your money can run if you would stay in a crippled condition? Think wisely and do some good work. Maybe, your health would improve.’

'What is that good work, my Lord?’

‘There is no boundary for good works. ‘Humanity’ is enough to define the words ‘good work’! I have given you the most valuable thing in this world, that is ‘brain’, of course! Now think wisely and do the work, that's my resolution for you.’

The man desperately looked at all sides to hear the voice, but there was no more response…….

When the man recollected his past deeds, he regretted his acts. He was astonished whether he had a conversation with God or it was his conscience who reminded him about his acts. He realized that truly money could do nothing except supply some temporary pleasure. Wealth is nothing before health! When he realized this, he felt ashamed of his pride!

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