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Yours Humbly

Yours Humbly

Kumar Rahul Tiwary

Theodore Roosevelt was the President of US before Mr. Taft. He was extremely popular among masses; even his servants loved him.

Two years after Roosevelt retired, he called at the White House one day when the President and Mrs Taft were away. He greeted all the old White House servants by name, even the scullery maids. When he saw Alice, the kitchen maid, he asked her if she still made corn bread. Alice told him that she sometimes made it for the servants, but no one ate it upstairs.

‘They show bad taste,’ Roosevelt boomed, ‘and I will tell the President so when I see him.’

Alice brought a piece to him on a plate, and he went over to the office eating it as he went and greeting gardeners and labourers as he passed….

Ike Hoover, who had been head usher at the White House for forty years, said with tears in his eyes: ‘It is the only happy day we had in nearly two years, and not one of us would exchange it for a hundred-dollar bill.’

This incident is quoted from a book ‘Theodore Roosevelt, Hero to his Valet’, written by James E. Amos, Roosevelt’s personal attendant.

The point is: the greatest of the human beings ever alive, who were the busiest ones also, were able to do it, but most of us are not. When we talk about great achievers like Gandhi Ji and Swami Vivekananda, people say, ‘what they did is not practical today’. But as a matter of fact, the greatness of these human mountains are made by small acts of kindness, some humble ones, as Roosevelt showed here, acts which anyone and everyone can practice. Showing that you respect your servants by calling them by their names; taking care of your subordinates, by asking for their opinions and listening to them; not troubling them with your petty demands; when husband is already disturbed, not to open a debate; and even if that was a mistake by the fellow driver, not to use your vocab! In our childhood, we learnt that ‘as the fruit laden trees bend, the learned become humble’. But when we grow up, we begin to accept and many a times appreciate arrogance in our leaders. We begin to reject any points of view thrown by anyone who is ‘not there’. The snobbery becomes an attitude!

Our fellow blogger Sincere Citizen had come up with a bright new post: About the real VIPs in our lives. I want all of you to review that. [Link]

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