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His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer.

One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”

“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked.

“Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.”

And that he did.

Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? ———“Penicillin.”

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. – His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: “What goes around comes around.”
Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Sachin
    July 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    My opinion…hell & heaven both a person has to face in his/her life. Only thing matters is how & what the person does in their life. If we do good we will get the positive returns in our lives which is “Heaven” otherwise option for hell is always there to enjoy…..heheh.. coz of the fact “What goes around comes around”>>>>

  2. July 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    @ Sachin – Fully agreed, what goes comes around ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. pinky
    July 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

    agreed–whtever you do,you get here only good or bad–Hell has three gates: lust, anger, and greedโ€

  4. July 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    @ Pinky – Wow, that was something new about Hell having 3 gates (lust, anger and greed). Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dhiraj
    July 28, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Really an Inspiring one and encourages to do positive & right things. Thanks Rajiv for sharing another quality thought.

  6. July 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    @ Dhiraj – Yes its truly inspiring, if you help lift someone, someone will help lift you on your rainy daiys. God is great ๐Ÿ™‚

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