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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kisah Orang Tua dan Kala Jengking

English Version

An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water. He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature.

When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water. The man realizing that the scorpion was drowning again, got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again.

A young girl standing by, approached the old man and said, “Excuse me Sir, you are going to hurt yourself trying to save the evil-vicious creature, why do you insist? Don't you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?”

The man replied, “The nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. My nature will not change in helping the scorpion.”

So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved its life.

MORAL LESSON:

Do not change your nature. If someone hurts you, just take precautions. Some pursue happiness while others create it. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.
                                                                                                               


VERSI BAHASA MELAYU

Seorang tua yang telah menyaksikan seekor kala jengking terjatuh didalam sebuah kolam dan sedang kelemasan dan memutuskan untuk menyelamatkannya. Beliau dengan tenang menghulurkan tangan untuk menyelamatkan makhluk Allah yang bernasib malang tersebut.

Namun apabila dibantu, kala jengking telah menyengat orang tua tersebut. Kerana kesakitan yang amat sangat orang tua itu melepaskan kembali kala jengking tersebut  dan ia jatuh kembali ke dalam air. Sekali lagi kala jengking itu kelemasan dan terkapai-kapai didalam air dan lelaki tua merasa kasihan lalu kembali  mencuba untuk menyelamatkan makhluk malang tersebut namun sekali lagi orang tua itu disengat. Kala jengking tersebut kembali terjatuh ke dalam kolam.

Seorang gadis muda yang menyaksikan peristiwa tersebut menghampiri lelaki tua itu dan berkata, "Maafkan saya pakcik, pakcik akan hanya mencederakan diri sendiri untuk cuba menyelamatkan makhluk yang jahat itu, kenapa pakcik masih mahu menolong binatang yang tidak mengenang budi itu? Setiap kali ditolong, ia akan hanya menyengat pakcik? "

Lelaki tua itu sambil mengetap bibir menahan kesakitan menjawab, "Sifat kala jengking adalah untuk menyengat dan saya pula adalah untuk membantu. Sifat semula jadi saya tidak akan berubah dalam membantu walaupun makhluk yang saya bantu adalah seekor kala jengking."

Lelaki tua tersebut berfikir seketika dan mengunakan sehelai daun dari pokok yang berhampiran untuk menarik kala jengking keluar dari air dan kemudian telah berjaya menyelamatkannya.

PENGAJARAN:

Janganlah mengubah sifat baik anda. Jika seseorang menyakiti anda, ambillah langkah berjaga-jaga. Didunia ini, ada yang hanya mengejar kebahagiaan diri sendiri tanpa mempedulikan perasaan orang lain, sementara orang lain berusaha keras menciptakan kebahagiaan. Biarlah hati nurani yang tulus menjadi panduan dalam apa jua yang anda lakukan.

Friday, August 30, 2013

A Doctor's note

It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in his eighties arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than an hour before someone would to able to attend to him. I saw him check his watch anxiously for the time and decided to evaluate his wound since I was not busy with another patient.

On examination, the wound was well healed. Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get a nurse to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

We began to engage in a conversation while I was taking care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment later as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no and said that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.

I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and asked if she would be upset if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and she had not been able to recognize him since five years ago.

I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?"

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is."

I had to hold back my tears as he left.

I had goose bumps on my arm, and I thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life."

True love is neither physical nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.