Rayat was only six years old when her parents died in a car accident. She didn’t have any relative and that is why she was put in the foster care home. Because of that, she never received a proper family ambience and she had only passed her matriculation.
In between, she moved from one foster home to the other, meeting new people and new place. Every time, the people surrounding were cruel and harsh towards her, they made fun of her lack of education and her shyness.
When she was eighteen years old, she moved to the city and started earning on her own. Then also, her lack of knowledge didn’t earn her a good job. She was selected as a waitress in a cafeteria. The owner was an old lady who was kind enough to let Rayat stay in her home. In return, she had to handle two jobs at a time within the cafe.
For four long years she lived the same monotonous life when suddenly one day she got to know about her owner being ill. Quickly rushing to the house after closing the cafeteria, she settled by her side.
“Aunty, why you didn’t inform me earlier about your health? Why did you hide it from me?”, Rayat cried profusely seeing the old woman lying on the bed and fighting for her life.
“Rayat, come here dear”, she ushered Rayat with her limp hands. Without wasting time, she scooted closer to the old woman and held her hand in between her palms, “Promise me, dear, you won’t let the cafeteria get closed after I die. Promise me you will achieve what I couldn’t. You will take my small dream to a level where people will admire this place . Promise me Rayat” Rayat sobbed silently while nodding her head in a no, “Aunty you have been my strength in the past four years. How can I even think of going on without you and your support? Aunty, you were the one who had always handled the official and legal matters concerning this cafeteria. I can’t speak properly, let alone converse with the customers for more than two minutes. How am I going to fulfill your dream? I don’t have that much strength in me!”
The old woman smiled at Rayat and tightened the grip, “Rayat, strength is not when you can do something. In fact, we all can do something and that is not where our strength lies. Just like water, it’s strength lies in its flow, it’s sharpness. Water can do many things but its actual strength lies in what it couldn’t do previously. Cutting through the rocks like a knife. Be like that flowing water and do what you are thinking you can’t. And when you will achieve your goal in spite of these boulders, that day you will see your strength”.
That night Rayat slept with the old woman. However, the next morning she passed away leaving behind Rayat to fulfill her last wish. Rayat shed tears for two days but when she reminisced the moments she spent that night, she stood up with a new determination of overcoming her fears and her challenges.
She transferred the cafeteria in her name and became the legal owner. Rayat took online classes, learning how to run the business swiftly. At first, it was difficult since she didn’t know how to approach people and speak with confidence. But as days passed, she practiced in front of the mirror, nurturing herself and finally transforming into a polished woman.
Her ideas related to the cafeteria attracted many customers and her exquisite cuisine and blending taste of foods led her to a new level of success. Her business grew within the city, branches of her cafe were established in different corners. After ten years of overcoming each hurdle in her path, she stood proudly looking at her flourishing ad business. She still was that illiterate and shy Rayat but she had found her strength when she first overcame her shyness and dealt with the law firms regarding the legal ownership.
MORAL: STRENGTH DOESN’T COME FROM WHAT YOU CAN DO. IT COMES FROM OVERCOMING THE THINGS YOU ONCE THOUGHT YOU COULDN’T