How our inner Ego sometimes misjudges a PERSON
I just received this email from one old friend and its worthy to share with you all.
A lady in a faded grey dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun
suit walked in timidly without an appointment into the Harvard
University President's outer office. The secretary could tell in a
moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard
and probably didn't even deserve to be in Harvard.
"We want to see the President "the man said softly.
"He'll be busy all day "the secretary snapped.
"We'll wait" the lady replied.
For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would
finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't and the secretary
grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president.
"Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave" she said to
him. The President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the
The lady told him "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He
loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was
accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial
to him, somewhere on campus."
The president wasn't touched....He was shocked. "Madam "he said,
gruffly, " we can't put up a statue for every person who attended
Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."
"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly "We don't want to erect a statue.
We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."
The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and
homespun suit, and then exclaimed, "A building ! Do you have any
earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half
million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."
For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he
could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said
quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university ? Why don't we
just start our own?"
Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and
bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away,
traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the
University that bears their name. Stanford University, a memorial to a
son that Harvard no longer cared about.
Most of the time we judge people by their outer appearance, which can
be misleading.. And in this impression, we tend to treat people badly
by thinking they can do nothing for us. Thus we tend to lose our
potential good friends, employees or customers.
In our Life, we seldom get people with whom we want to share & grow
our thought process. But because of our inner EGO we miss them
It is you who have to decide with whom you are getting associated in
day to day life.