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Habit of obligation, a must for success - innervoice@hindustantimes.com

Tapan Susheel

THE EXPRESSION OF OBLIGATION IS A HABIT, AND THE HABIT OF OBLIGATION IS A MUST FOR SUCCESS AS IT REFLECTS OUR CHARACTER
 Once a money lender was approached by a young man for loan. The money lender invited him for lunch so that he could set the deal. He arranged lunch in the courtyard of his house, where his dog and tenant were also present.
The money lender served food to his guest and sat afar in a corner of the courtyard in silence till the young man finished the food. As the lunch got over, the money lender said tersely, "I can't give you loan on any terms as I don't find you a genuine person who can repay my loan."
Baffled on the sudden change of mood of the money lender, the young man said: "What is wrong with me, sir? You have been very sympathetic about me since the first day of our meetings and you invited me today for such a delicious lunch.
Why have you suddenly changed your mind?" The moneylender told him that he didn't have the habit of obligation. On being asked how he reached that conclusion, the money lender said: "See, my dog was present during the lunch and you did not even throw a piece of bread to him while he was surely expecting it from you. If you can't give something to someone from what I gave to you then how I can expect that you will repay my loan?" The fable has a message: that the expression of obligation is a sort of habit, and the habit of obligation is a must for any success as it reflects our basic character. Obligation arises out of a sense of duty.
Through the positive development of habits we can change our destiny.
But one thing is sure here that your destiny will rely on the forms of habits, and the habits of caring, obligation and helping others are those things that make a person so wonderful no matter what faith, religion, status he belongs to.
Aristotle, too, had said somewhat like this centuries ago: "We are what we repeatedly do."

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