The Extra Knock

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Juaning was a very poor woman who had nothing to feed her children. She thought of approaching Don Carlos, an old rich man who was known to be very generous. She decided to do this and walked on the road going to the mansion of Don Carlos. Along the way, she met Trining, a peasant as poor as she was. They conversed and found out that both of them were going to Don Carlos to beg.

“Don Carlos is very generous,” Trining told Juaning. “But then, we must be patient . He is already an old man without servants. His room is at the topmost part of the mansion. Whenever someone knocks at his door, it takes a long time before he can go down and open the door. Besides his hearing is so poor that we have to knock continuously to be sure that we are heard.” With the piece of advice, they continued on their journey.

Finally, they reached the huge mansion and found themselves standing in front of two gigantic doors. Juaning decided to knock on the first door and Trining on the other. They knock until their knuckles were red, and still the door did not open.

Juaning became very impatient and complained, “My patience is used up” she said, “I shall count my knocks to one hundred and if the door shall not open still, I shall leave.”

Just after a few moments, while she was on the road going back, Juaning looked back and saw Trining behind her carrying a bag filled with silver coins.

“Where did you get that?” Juaning asked Trining.

“Don Carlos gave it to me,” Trining answered.

“How can that be?” she questioned strongly. “I knocked for one hundred times and my door did not open. How come your door did?”

Trining answered, “I almost left when you gave up because I also counted my knocks while you were counting yours. After the one hundredth knock, the door remained closed, and you left. I almost followed you, but before I left, I decided to knock just one more time. After my one hundred first knock, Don Carlos finally reached the door and opened it. I told him of my difficulty and he gave me the money. The extra knock made the difference.”



LIFE’S LESSON and REFLECTION: Life is a struggle, don’t give up!

Life has a way of kicking us when we’re down. And just when we think we can’t fall any lower, we get kicked again.

We all take knocks in life and it is important to remember that setbacks, failures, and tragedy are a part of life. Whether we manage to find joy and success in the daily struggle of life is largely dependent on our ability to persevere through even the toughest adversity without ever giving up.

Remember that things can turn around in an instant. Keep moving forward, even when it feels like it would be easier for you to just lie down and give up. Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

And if one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. Continue working harder and bear in mind that hard work has never killed anyone and no one ever drowned in sweat. The key word is reaching hard!



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