True Motivational Stories

When Jimmy Carter was President of USA, he once had some misunderstanding with his wife. Punctuality was almost an obsession with Carter, because of his naval training.

Rosalyn, his wife, was punctual, though not up to his exacting standards. All too frequently, a deviation of five minutes or even less in their departure time would lead to an exchange of bitter words. For 38 years, it had been the most persistent cause of dissension between them.

On 18th August 1984, Carter went into his study early in the morning to work on a speech and tuned on the radio for the news. When he heard what the date was, he realized it was Rosalyn's birthday and he had not bought her a gift. Now he had no time to buy the gift. All of a sudden, he thought of doing something special without a gift.

1. What did Jimmy Carter do for his wife's birthday?
2. What is the implication of this story?

***Check with your answers only after you have tried to come up with your own.

1. He hurriedly wrote a note that was long overdue. "Happy birthday! As proof of my love, I will never again make an unpleasant comment about your tardiness." He signed it, and delivered it in an envelope, with a kiss. It is reported that till this day he has been keeping his promise and it turned out to be one of the nicest birthday presents in their married life.
2. Learn to think unconventionally. Display your creativity in as many situations as possible. The more we try, the more creative we can become. Why don't you make your next birthday gift to any of your dearest as novel and unique as was done by Jimmy Carter?

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