Mr. Oak had a fascination for gems and would collect precious gems from all over the world. He was generous and believed in charity. Every year he would organize grants for NGOs and Researchers. He believed that one day he would identify a gem in a human being.
He was getting old and before he reached the unknown abode, he wished to identify at least one gem who is a human being.
He declares a grant of US$5M to NGOs who will be able to identify individuals in society who are
1) Non corrupt
2) Have achieved significant performances in past 5 years with evidences
3) Contributed to a society project freely for past 5 years with evidences
4) Have a simple living style but who still enjoys the world and is go getter
5) Has chalked out a road map of self education for self for next 5 years.
The NGOs begin wondering what is the logic behind this whole collection of set of humans.
The global search begins. It includes people from all walks of life. Many NGO officials whisper among themselves ‘How can anyone prove they are not corrupt”
Oak says ‘Do you understand the process of purification?’
NGO coordinator Pamila say ‘Yes we do understand that’
Oak ‘What is it?’
Pamila ‘Give the object a treatment and purify it’
Oak ‘So don’t stop searching even if one parameter is missing out it should work out’
Oak soon gets a sample of 1 million records across world and he puts his data analytics team to work and to surprise finds 0 results satisfying all parameters and over 30000 satisfying at least 4 parameters, 60000 with 3 parameters and Oak decides to stop..
Oak looks at the sky and tells loudly “Do you know God. I collected gems of all types, purified and even have many museums. 30000 fulfilling only 4 parameters. How to cleanse them to have all the 5 qualities?’
Oak gets an idea ‘Let us network them and give them tasks’
Oak networks all of them..
After 12 months, he again asks the NGOs to collect data
He gets only 5000 records and none satisfying more then 2 parameters.
He looks at god and says ‘I made a mistake. Gems need to always be looked in isolation and never put them together as if we do that, they are now an ornament which can be put by many but its uniqueness is lost’
Moral of the story: Don’t set too high expectations for people around you and your own self, in Imperfections identify perfections but set a tolerance limit and move ahead. We are not here to give a 100% pure gem, we are here to identify the gem in us and at least utilize those potentials to an extent that it begins appearing 100% pure. The hard work in that journey is what which gives the results rather then the gem itself.