“Motivation” – Ariya

Motivation enriches the ability

Once was a young boy who came for school soccer practice regularly
Everyday his pa used to accompany him and ‘watched’ the game avidly
Though the boy never made to the team his father sat through patiently
The day of the first competitive match neither the boy nor the father came

Four days later knockout stage boy arrived and pleaded with the coach
Insisted how important to have a place in the team to impress his dad
As his ability did not match the rest of the team the wish was denied
With a determined face the boy pledged today he would win the match

He insisted intensely to be included and desire to win the game for his pa
Teacher exclaimed, ‘your father came everyday and knew you did not play’
But boy’s pleading was so much finally teacher relented him into the team
The boy played very well and won the match, was judged as hero of the day

Pleasantly surprised by the unexpected turn around of the little fellow
Teacher asked as to what was different that day for his improved display
The boy with tearful eyes said his blind father died three days ago
From above now he is watching with divine eyes how his son would play

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Ariya

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