Sunday 4 December 2016

Greatness

Abdul Kalam struggled to study, with his passion to become an air force pilot. He failed in the interview: 9 persons were selected, and he came 10th. He came close to committing suicide, but in the end went ahead - and life opened up for him in marvellous ways. He went on to become not only one of India's most renowned scientists but also President of the nation. It is important not to allow failure to have the last word. Failures can be paths to greater things.

But we might ask ourselves: what is the meaning of great? Who is really great? Don Bosco was a poor boy who decided to give his life for other poor boys. In this lies his greatness. When life is given it is multiplied. This is what happened to Kalam. This is what happened to many others.

It is important to learn to live life not only for myself, or for my family, my community, but for the larger community, the nation, and the whole world. 

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