Sam, a young boy, was hustling down his old bicycle in the streets. As usual, there were people queuing in the vicinity of a dented building. He was trying to run pass the crowd when suddenly the cycling chain broke into two pieces.
‘Many times I told my father to get me a new one’, he murmured angrily to himself, as he stood there helpless for a while.
Another boy Jim, who was standing in a long queue nearby, was watching the boy. He saw what was happening. More so, he was envious of the boy’s bicycle. As the boy was cursing, he knew that the boy had a father too.
‘Oh! I wish I had a daddy too’ he sighed heavily. Jim was trying to get shelter for the night for him and his sick mother. They are force out of their rented room few months ago. Jim was happy they got a shelter for the night.
Meanwhile Sam seems to have a terrible day. But his mother came, and took him home in their car.
Sam’s mother doesn’t look happy either. By the way and how she behaves with his son; it seems she was too tired taking care of everything for the family.
In a moment, they reached home. They called the local mechanical agency to fix the broken bicycle. The mechanic came late. However, he managed to get there just before darkness takeover the dimming sunlight.
Sam’s mother enquired what took him so long. The mechanic apologized, and told her that he had to buy some medicines on the way and that takes time more than usual.
The mechanic told them, he needed the money for his treatment, so he came despite that. If not he wouldn’t have come. He further told her that he used to work in a company. In the company, he was in the back office operations. However, he could no more meet his employer’s daily requirement due to his body ailments. One day, he had to quit the job and he requested his employer to help him.
The request was granted and that is to remain available when there is excess demand for service. But this time, as a mechanics, the skill he learned during his stay with them.
However, one thing is certain. He will be able to pay for few medicines more. The poor mechanic look so happy with what he got, his life. He was cheerful and happy, humming few songs while repairing the cycle.
The necessary repairing is done. He put his tools in a bag, and was about to leave the place. He was so good in his work. It left Sam giving him a big smile.
Out of a sudden Sam’s father appeared and thank the mechanic. He shook his hand and told him that he was watching from the window, as he was performing his job.
‘You came in the right time,’ he said. The mechanic was wondering what he was trying to say.
Then he added, ‘I will not bring home my workplace stress with me anymore. I needed to be happier that I was able to work although I do not fully love my job’.
Contentment depends on our approach to life.
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