Power of Thought…………

Once a mentally troubled child came home and gave a letter to his mother.  He told her, “My teacher gave this letter to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” Reading through the letter, the mother could not believe her eyes.  Gradually her eyes filled with tears.  “Mum is there a problem? Did I do something wrong in school?” the boy asked.

With a shaky voice, the mother slowly began to read the contents of the letter to her son, “Your son is a genius.  This school is too small for him and does not have enough good teachers to train him.  Please teach him yourself.” The boy was dumbfounded.  The next morning, Nancy Edison pulled her son out of the school and from that day, began to teach him diligently at home.

Many years later, Thomas Edison had grown into the most prolific inventor of his time.  He had invented the electric generator, the first record player (called the phonograph then), submarine radar, a cinema, and about one thousand other inventions that helped to usher in the modern age.  He was celebrated worldwide as the father of inventions.  Meanwhile, his mother had passed away quietly.

One day he was going through her closet and found the letter which was given to him by his teacher for his mother.  He remembered it was the same letter that made his mother pull him out of school and undertake many years of homeschooling.  So he opened it.  The message written in the letter was, “Your son is mentally ill.  We cannot let him attend our school anymore.  He is expelled.”  Thomas Edison then realized what his mother did, which probably saved his life and future. For several hours he sat motionless with tears streaming down his face.  Finally, he gathered enough strength and wrote in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was a mentally ill child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century.” 

From this we can learn that a single negative word can make or destroy anyone’s future.  We all have a role to play in building and activating the glorious destiny of friends and family.  Be Inspired.  Always Tell them Positive things to make them motivated in life.………….

102 thoughts on “Power of Thought…………

    1. Dear Kamal and Sue,

      I have tears in my eyes. This is another case of “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.”

      According to Redlands Daily Facts (March 7, 2009 at 12:00 a.m.):

      It is easier to test this adage by looking at the lives of famous people in history, because of the details that we amass on those in the public light.

      All in all, a memorable story that is too rarely told!

      Still, Edison was far from perfect and had been quite cruel and decidedly ruthless at times, especially in how he waged war against another genius that was Tesla.

      Yours sincerely,


      1. Omg my son loved it and when I responded to you .. I hadn’t heard the twist which is when I had tears running down my cheeks and read it to my son and hubby,.
        soo moving. love and blessings to you too


      2. These stories are always motivating and inspiring. So nice you read it to your son and husband. The mother was such an amazing woman. One negative word would have destroyed his life. Thanks a lot 😊😊😊😊💕💕💕💕💕


  1. How well I remember the careless words spoken by adults to my siblings and me, and my own children. (not just teachers but parents and many other adults as well). I hope I have not repeated those mistakes to any child. (K)

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  2. What a wonderful teaching story. Thank you, Kamal! There are few teachers who can put their self-assessment on the back burner and give students more credit. xx Michael


  3. This story brought tears to my eyes, Kamal. What a poignant example for the power of positive words. He was a genius, reading his vast list of inventions, but his mother was brilliant in her maternal ways. Thank you for sharing. 💗

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  4. Hi Kamal,
    Can you do me a favor and lmk if you see me in reader today? If not can you go on my site now and say that you did not see me in reader. WP… one of those days. thanks my friend!💖


  5. Kind words of support can do miracles.. They can reveal the hidden talents inside us.. Let’s be positive and spray good energy everywhere.. Stay blesssed dear friend Kamal 🌹😍


  6. Kamal, this is an incredible and powerful story. I’m moved to learn about Edison’s amazing mother; how her positive spirit ensured her son fulfilled all his potential. Had she read the letter out loud the world may well have been a very different place. Thank you so much for sharing with us. x


  7. An excellent reminder,Kamal,of the power of words to make or break a person. A salute to Edison’s mother. If not for her,how long would the world be in the dark. Thank you for sharing this. ❤️

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