Take Time out for Yourself…………


A cobbler lived in a large town called Applestrow and as he was the only cobbler in town, he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.  He worked day and night, never gave time to himself nor had time for his family.  He was very much appreciated by all his customers. However, he did not have time to repair his own boots when they became worn-out. This was not a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.  While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet too got blisters and he started to limp and his health too with time deteriorated.

His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was okay and he was in the pink of health.  However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured, that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.  As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.

This simple principle is so often disregarded by all of us.  We take things for granted and do not spare time for ourselves in the whole day because we feel that no one can do a better job than me and therefore we keep on tiring ourselves out. If you are in a responsible position and are one of the important links in the groups survival chain and if You do not look after yourself, after a while you will be no good to anyone else either.  Your best intentions will mean nothing and you will be unable to do what you are meant to do.

This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers, doctors even parents, breadwinners, homemakers and daughter-in-laws.  If you do not take the time out every day to care for yourself, how will you continue being fit enough to offer your attention to your loved ones.

Life is very short, no one has come here to stay permanently. All created things must pass so why struggle to work industriously when the whole world is an Illusion. So then, why not have sometime for yourself and enjoy life to the fullest. Your good deeds might seem invisible, but they soon leave a trail that is imprinted on the hearts of others.


57 thoughts on “Take Time out for Yourself…………

  1. Ah..Kamal, I do love your stories very much. This story about the cobbler teaches us so much. Yes, dedication is good but we have to find a balance
    or we burn out. Literally and physically. No matter which role you have in society, this matters. Even art.😊 .

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