Got this one in mail..simple yet thought provoking..
Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.
As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”
Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew.
Forget about major storms, we as human beings are not prepared for even a speed wind..forget it.. I come across people who are not prepared for a breeze. I will take a simple instance of someone coming to meet me.. most often i find they are least prepared.. forgot this… missed this question of yours.. will call my office in a minute.. ohh you will get the mail in 5 mts.. ohh no the server is taking more time.. didnt get the mail still, i will surely send it when i get back to office. Seriously this is so very common.. I always wonder why cant people come prepared.. I saves to much of sleep.
While I am typing this out it occurred, though i am well prepared for almost every thing in life, i plan years ahead.. i have never prepared for the worst storm.. when tomorrow is not there.. that storm is also something to be planned for…not with an expectation thats there is no tomorrow, but with an intention to put in more quality today..or may be live life fullest today.. to smile more today.. or most importantly to do the ‘pushed under the carpet’ activities today..
When one is prepared, there is nothing to fear. WOW! Reveling..