Self Esteem

Once upon a time willful kinsmen kidnapped a young prince. The kidnappers bound him and took him away to a tribal village in a remote area far, far away from his territory.

In an effort to defile him physically, emotionally and morally, they performed inhuman atrocities on his body and mind. They kept him in the company of youngsters who breathed abuses into every word they uttered. They gave him aphrodisiac food to eat. He was kept in the company of women of low character. He was constantly exposed to dishonesty, dishonour, distrust and every foul thing you could think of.

He was never allowed to fold his hands in prayer or seek the company of a good person. He was sad no doubt, but he did not break.

Days went by and the kidnappers realized that they were not succeeding in their mission, for the boy seemed to be like a rock. Then they questioned him. He said, “It is only a man who knows not what he is meant to do, that falls prey to all you have offered to me. These sensuous pleasures are attractive to one who is a servant of his senses. I am not a servant of my senses. I am their master. I command my senses. I am not their slave. One who does not know the direction of his life would embrace these things happily. But, these are definitely not for me, because I was born to be an emperor!”

If we decide to do something, we surely can do it. A person who has faith in himself; who holds himself in high esteem; is a formidable force to reckon with. Self-confidence is different from vanity.

Faith can move mountains. Faith in oneself can see you through anything. Faith in oneself comes from inner strength, good upbringing and communion with God.