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    Have great Day !!

    “Learn to write your pains on the sand where winds of joy can erase it away.
    Cover your happiness on stone where even rain can not dare to wash it away.”

    The true winner

    This is a true story that had happened in 1892 at
    Stanford University. Its moral will always be relevant. A young,
    18–year–old student was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, and
    not knowing where to turn for money, he came up with a bright idea. A
    friend and he decided to host a musical concert on campus to raise money
    for their education. They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J.
    Paderewski. His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 for the piano
    recital. A deal was struck. And the boys began to work to make the concert
    a success.

    The big day arrived. Paderewski performed at
    Stanford. But unfortunately, they had not managed to sell enough tickets.
    The total collection was only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski
    and explained their plight. They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque
    for the balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque soonest possible.
    "No." said Paderewski. "This is not acceptable." He tore up the cheque,
    returned the $1600 and told the two boys "Here’s the $1600. Please deduct
    whatever expenses you have incurred. Keep the money you need for your
    fees. And just give me whatever is left" The boys were surprised, and
    thanked him profusely.

    It was a small act of kindness. But it clearly
    marked out Paderewski as a great human being. Why should he help two
    people he did not even know? We all come across situations like these in
    our lives. And most of us only think "If I help them, what would happen to
    me?" The truly great people think, "If I don’t help them, what will happen
    to them?" They don’t do it expecting something in return. They do it
    because they feel it’s the right thing to do.

    Paderewski later went on to become the Prime
    Minister of Poland. He was a great leader, but unfortunately when the
    World War began, Poland was ravaged. There were over 1.5 million people spare time
    starving in his country, and no money to feed them. Paderewski did not
    know where to turn for help. He reached out to the US Food and Relief
    Administration for help. The head there was a man called Herbert Hoover –
    who later went on to become the US President. Hoover agreed to help and
    quickly shipped tons of food grains to feed the starving Polish people. A
    calamity was averted.

    Paderewski was relieved. He decided to go across to
    meet Hoover and personally thank him. When Paderewski began to thank
    Hoover for his noble gesture, Hoover quickly interjected and said, "You
    shouldn’t be thanking me Mr. Prime Minister. You may not remember this,
    but several years ago, you helped two young students go through college in
    the US. I was one of them."The world is a wonderful place. What goes
    around comes around !