The most precious gift

Nothing is more valuable than dear life

a chicken out of an eggSometime ago, I read an amusing story about a newly married couple. They were on their honeymoon, and were staying on the 15th floor of a 5-star hotel.

The young husband took his wife in his arms and said to her, "Honey, you can't imagine how much I love you! You are so precious to me, more precious than I can ever express in words!"

At that very moment, the floor began to sway under his feet, the walls and doors and windows seemed to move. Cries of "Earthquake! Earthquake!" filled the corridor outside.

Immediately, the young husband rushed out of the room. He did not bother to wait for the elevator to take him down from the 15th floor. He went down 15 flights of steps, as fast as his legs could carry him, and did not stop till he arrived on the ground floor and rushed out of the hotel.

He had forgotten all about his precious wife! She joined him much later, when the conscientious hotel staff had helped evacuate all guests.

She said to him bitterly, "What was it you were telling me? That I was your most precious possession—and yet you completely forgot me when it came to saving your own life!"

Let us face it friends—our life is more precious by far than anything else in this world. All your property, your bank accounts, your stocks and shares, your silver and gold, you would gladly part with, to be able to retain this most precious possession —your life!

A luxury cruise liner was on its way from London to New York. On the high seas, there was a sudden mishap; the engines failed and the liner began to sink.

Too late they realised that there were not enough lifeboats to save everyone on board. The captain announced that the passengers would have to pick lots to decide who would be the fortunate ones to get places in the lifeboats.

And so the lots were cast. There was a rich man on board who was not lucky enough to secure a place. He went to each passenger who had a place in the lifeboat and said, "Here is a blank cheque! Take as much money as you wish! Give me your place in exchange!"

People stared at him in disbelief. "What are you talking?" they said to him. "Even if you give us all the gold in the world, we would not exchange this place with you! You can keep your millions—our life is more precious to us!"

Life is indeed, man's most precious possession!

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J P Vaswani
J P Vaswani - or Dada as he is affectionately called - is the spiritual head of The Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Pune. He is the moving force behind the multitude of humanitarian work that the mission does. Dada has received the prestigious U-Thant Peace Award for his dedicated service to the world peace.

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