Once a great temple was being under the supervision of a famous architect an apprentice requested him to give him an opportunity to design and arrange the glass for just one of the windows.

The architect did not want to discourage the ambitious apprentice.

But at the same time, he had did not want to risk the waste of costly glass. So, he permitted him to try his hand on one small window on the condition that he would provide the material for himself.

The apprentice was in a fix for some time. But soon a very good idea struck him. He decided to use the pieces of glass that had been cut off and thrown away. He collected and arranged bits of glass and made a design of rare beauty. After the erection of the church, those who visited it where very impressed by the beautiful design of the window.

This anecdote tells us about the genius and skill of the young apprentice. It also tells us about his ability to put small wasteful things to proper use. We learn the same lesson from Gandhi life also.

Gandhi did not like to waste anything. He valued even little things like a button, a nail or a piece of paper. He used envelopes made from small pieces of scrap paper. He often wrote letters and made important notes on the blank side of printed or hand written papers.

Once Gandhi lost the pencil stump he had been using for a long time. He searched for it but could not find it. Someone brought a new pencil for him but he would not take it. He insisted that he must have the lost one. After a long search, it was found out and handed over to Gandhi. He felt very happy to get it back Gandhi did not the wastage of even a particle of food of a drop of water.

We should also value little things. Whenever possible, we should make useful things from them. We should not just throw them away.


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