“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Bernard Shaw
The above quotation by Lord Bernard Shaw is a stark reality. Right from birth we grow up with certain notions and beliefs which we consider to be the ultimate. When life is not static and change takes every moment, how can we keep our mind closed. With an open mind we can experience new ideas in our life. A closed mind is like stagnant water which is full of moss, and has no utility. It is the need of the day that we change with changing perceptions. If we stick to the same old ideas which people followed in ancient times then we will never progress. In fact, if the head of the family is a person who does not have an open mind, then his next generation has to pay the price for it.
This is a real story of a man, who refused to change with the passage of time. Hira Singh , resident of a small town was a widower. He had two daughters, Meenu and Sonu. The sisters studied upto class x in the local school. This man was not at all amenable to any new ideas. After successfully completing class x ,the girls wanted to get admission in class xi. Being close minded he flatly refused . Sonu, the younger one, borrowed money from a friend and took admission in class xi. She took up a few tuitions, went to a big city, studied in a college and became an advocate. She married a judge and led a comfortable life.It was her own effort and open mindedness that she could achieve so much in life. On the other side, due to the close minded nature of her father, her sister had to suffer. She was married to a man, who died of heart attack. leaving two small children. Hira Singh was the most dejected person on earth. It was his lack of open mindedness which ruined the life of his own daughter .
Written for A to Z Challenge, 2015