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Lessons Learnt In (Re)Morse Code

Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse code operator.

Answering an advertisement in the newspaper, he went to the office address listed. He entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until summoned to enter the Manager's office.
LESSONS IN (RE)MORSE CODEThe young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, he stood up, crossed the room to the of the manager's office and walked right in. Naturally, the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn't heard any summons yet. They assumed that the young man who had gone into the office had made a mistake, and he would be ineligible.
Within a few minutes, however the manager escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, "Gentleman, thank you very much/or coming but the job has been filled."

The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, "Wait a minute, I don't understand! He was the last to come in, and we never got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That's not fair!"
The manager said, "I'm sorry, but all the time you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse code: 'If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.' None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his."

Life has its own subtle ways of whispering wisdom, pre-empting opportunities, echoing answers, directing courses. Who said, "The world outside is tough". It is only challenging. Live in awareness, else we will miss it all.

( from Kan Sai Light, volume 111, July October 2003)


Volume 01: PDS / 07 Date : DEC 01 2003