THE RETURN GIFT
that evening Ramu was ambling down the street next to his
house. Suddenly he saw a group of people in white clothes,
they were carrying a body. He asked a passer by what's all
the fuss about. He told him someone had died. He had seen
such a thing for the first time in his life. A current of
fear ran through his whole body .He was aghast and he trembled
with fear .His eyes were frozen and he was dumbstruck.
He ran towards
his house and hugged his mother tightly and narrated the whole
incident to her and asked her what death was to which she
replied in plain words that it was a natural phenomenon and
every creature who comes on this earth has to die. He said
then what's the use of life if we have to die. She asked
him not to to worry so much and asked him to go to sleep.
The mystery was
not leaving him and even followed him in his dreams where he
had a meeting with God, obviously the only question he asked Why
do you give us life if you have to take it back?
God said my dear son
what happens when you go to a birthday party. He said that I give
a gift to my friend along with good wishes and blessings, we enjoy
a lot and at the end he gives a return gift and we accept it with
and replied "Same is the case here my son, life is
a gift which I give to you on your birth along with my blessings
and death is the return gift which I take back from you so
instead of worrying about the return gift enjoy and utilize
the gift which I have bestowed upon you and be ready to give
me the return gift with a thanks.
Ramu felt relaxed
and rejuvenated with energy because he had understood the mystery
of life and death and from that day onwards he pledged not to waste
even a single moment of his precious life.
Contributing Story Teller