It’s just over a month, that racist insults were hurled at the Indian cricket team by spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Australia. Racist insults in Australia are quite frequent, “How?” I asked myself, “can one shield oneself from such insults which seem to be growing by the day?” and the answer seems simple:
An army base was planning war games and the leaders did not want to use live ammunition. They instructed the men to imitate the sounds of weapons. For rifle shots the soldiers were to say, “Bang, bang!” For knife thrusts, “Stab, stab!” For hand grenades, “Lob, lob!”
The games were in progress and one soldier spotted the enemy. He shouted, “Bang, bang!” Nothing happened; the man kept walking. He dashed forward and said, “Stab, stab!” Still no response. He moved back and yelled, “Lob, lob!” Again no response from the man at all. Frustrated with this he walked up to the enemy and complained, “Hey, you’re not playing fair! I said bang bang, stab, stab and lob, lob but you haven’t fallen dead as yet.”
The enemy answered, “Rumble, rumble! I’m a tank!”
Yes be a tank when others insult you.
And what does a tank have against rifle bullets? The confidence that they can’t pierce it’s armour! And where does that confidence come from? From battles that have been won!
There’s this little story I love using: On a foggy night at sea a ship’s captain saw what appeared to be the lights of another ship heading towards him. His was a battleship, a huge and powerful vessel that could plough down anything in its path. He instructed his signalman to immediately contact the other ship by signal light and sent a message, “Change your course ten degrees north!”
The reply came, “Change your course ten degrees south!”
Bristling with rage the captain strutted to the bow, glared at the enemy ship in the distance and walked back furious, then walked again to the bow and shouted across the waves, “I am the captain. Change your course ten degrees to the north!”
Pat came the reply, “I am a seaman first class, you change your course ten degrees to the south!”
The captain was furious. Into the megaphone his strong voice boomed out, “I am a battleship! Change your course ten degrees at once!”
And from the distance a voice shouted, “I am a light house. Change your course immediately!”
I love that story. It tells me that all the bullies in the world, the racist insulters, the pull downers can be dealt with if I am grounded deep like the lighthouse!
So be grounded deep in your ability to withstand the worst storm like the lighthouse, and have the confidence that comes from winning many battles!
In short, to win against insults, know yourself, and know also, that the other person doesn’t!
India went on to thrash Australia..!
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