I was looking for a really good example for a lesson I wanted to share with you.
Today, I found it. You will be well served in the New Year – now nearly three weeks old! – if you pay heed.
And I found this example, by happenstance, when I was not looking. In fact, I was goofing off and watching a movie.
Let me give you some background. Saroo grew up dirt poor in India. He was very close to his elder brother Guddu who would watch out for him and play with him and promised to get him lots of jelabis – an Indian sweet that they were too poor to afford.
He was also close to his mother who would hug him and cuddle him and feed him and care for him.
When he was five years old Saroo went to sleep in a stationary train that started up and transported him to Kolkata, more than a thousand miles from home.
Destitute and starving, unable to speak Bengali, the local language, he lands up in an orphanage and is adopted by affluent Australian couple. He is brought up in Tasmania.
Flashes of his childhood keep recurring and, with the encouragement of friends, he estimates how long he was on the train and maps out places that could have been his home. He then spends months visiting these via Google Earth.
Finally he strikes paydirt and hops over to India to meet his birth family. There is a tearful reunion with his mother. And then he asks, “Where’s Guddu?”
Turns out that Guddu had been struck by a train and died the same night he was lost.
He dissolves into tears and the heartache is palpable.
For the curious, the movie is Lion and it is still playing in theaters. Doubtless it will appear soon on Netflix and other streaming services.
The lesson? Keep Reading
As human beings we are torn. We want more stuff, better relationships, richer experiences and to be known and appreciated and applauded. Our insecurities are legion and they hound us into frenetic activity as we try to quiet the shrieking, howling feverish monkey of our mind.
In his time he may have been the most powerful man in the world
He came in fashionably late and occupied his cushioned seat atop the intricately carved marble structure upon which his throne rested.
It was a hot tropical morning but his heavy robes actually kept him cool and shielded from the searing wind. His diadem laden crown felt heavy and he refrained from turning his head for fear that it would fall.
He looked at the pulsing, seething crowd below and, instantly, they fell to their knees in homage. A far larger crowd had gathered outside the mammoth, red sandstone, walls of his palace.
There was anger in the air but it was rapidly changing to fear.
He was about to help that transformation accelerate.
Today was not an ordinary court day. Today he would let his subjects know what happened when they forgot that he, and he alone, was their divinely appointed ruler.
He leaned forward slightly to look directly below him. A dozen naked men were there, each held in chains by two burly guards. They were in sorry shape. Many had broken limbs with white bones showing through torn skin. Flesh, charred with branding irons, was suppurating.
One was comatose and only the chains kept him upright.
They had all confessed. Under enhanced interrogation from his most skilled intelligence officers they had given up comrades and exposed the conspiracy. Even now his horsemen were pursuing the one surviving leader. He would soon be captured.
Now it was time to teach his subjects a lesson they would never forget. Keep Reading