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14 April, 2011

The Painter

Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course. He took 3 days and painted a beautiful scenery. He wanted people’s opinion about his caliber and painting skills.

He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below he kept a board which read “I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake.”

When he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with crosses and some people had even written their comments on the painting.

Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his master's place and burst into tears. The young artist was breathing heavily and the master heard him saying “I'm useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I'm not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely. I feel like dying.”

The master smiled and suggested “My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have learnt flawless painting. Do as I say without questioning it. It WILL work.”

The young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later, early morning, he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. The master took it gracefully and smiled.

“Come with me,” the master said.

They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now the master took out another board which read “Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do me a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it.”

The master and disciple walked back home.

They both visited the place the same evening. The young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. The next day again they visited and found that the painting remained untouched. They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in!


It is easier to criticize, but DIFFICULT TO IMPROVE!

There are a lot of people around us who just wait for an opportunity to criticize us. Don't get carried away or judge yourself by someone else’s criticism and feel depressed. Be yourself.


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