Do you know who you are ?
You may be a product of your environment, or you may think you are a mere child born in to a specific family. You may even think that you are a result of the great, important, elite, schools and colleges that you have attended throughout the years.
Are you who you are because of where you were born? So many questions. So many options and possible answers.
Here is a story about Thomas Edison.
One day when Thomas Edison came home from school, he gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.”
The eyes of his mother were tearful and she read the letter to her child out loud: “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”
Many, many years had passed, after Edison’s mother died. By this time he was one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was looking through some old family things when he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He picked it up and unfolded it. On the paper was written: “Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school any more.”
At that point Edison cried for hours and then he wrote these words in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”
Isn’t this story amazing? What if Thomas Edison’s mother had read him the actual letter from the school… This only goes to show us that it is so important to have a good support system and loyal, loving people behind us. People that believe in us until we can believe in ourselves and figure out our own purpose in life. Giving us a chance to learn and grow in our skills and talents.
So many times, people are quick to point out our faults and shortcomings. They may be diligent to let us know that we are mistaken, at least according to them. This obviously makes them feel better to make someone else feel like they are small and wrong in whatever they have expressed. The more they put people down the better they feel. Although this is sad that some people are like this, it does happen all the time. There are bully’s and rude people in every area of life. Thank goodness there are also people like Thomas Edison’s wonderful mother, who didn’t have the heart to share the true words of the school letter, thus crushing her special son and keeping him in a small little box. She gave him the chance to be more of a genius than a addled child as reported by his teacher. She was a true hero and helped him become who he was born to be.