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Weekend Story- Look Within First

Look Within

It is the story of a loving couple. For some time, the husband noticed that whenever he called out his wife when she was working, she was not responding. So, he feared that his wife did not hear as well as she used to and felt that she might need a hearing aid. But he was unsure about bringing it up with her as he did not want to hurt her feelings. So rather than picking it up on his own, he called his family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor advised the husband that there was a simple, informal test he could perform with his wife, that would give them a better idea of how bad the hearing loss was.

“Here’s what you should do,” said the doctor to the husband. “stand about 40 feet away from where your wife is, and in a normal conversational speaking tone, say something to her. See if she hears you. If you don’t get a response, go nearer 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening, when his wife was in the kitchen, cooking dinner, the husband called out from the living room, standing about 40 feet away from her. “Honey, what’s for dinner?” No response!! So he moved closer to the kitchen area, about 30 feet from his wife, and repeated like before, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still, there was no response from his wife.

Next, he moved into the dining area, which was right next to the kitchen, and asked the same question. Unfortunately, again there was no response. Finally, in desperation, the husband walked up to where his wife was in the kitchen and asked casually, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”

Turning around to her husband, the wife responded in a worried tone, “Darling, for the fourth or the fifth time I have said, Chicken. Do you have some problem hearing ?”

Sometimes, we suffer from blind spots thinking that the problem is with the others when it could actually be within us. Therefore, it is prudent to look at ourselves first before pointing out faults in others.

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