Edhi, An everlasting Inspiration . .
Abdul Sattar Edhi is one of the people, Humanity will always be proud on. He was a philanthropist, ascetic, and humanitarian who raised the standards of Social Work. He founded the Edhi Foundation which runs hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centers and orphanages across the whole country.
Over his life-time, Edhi Foundation expanded backed entirely with private donations including establishing a network of 1,800 minivan ambulances. By the time of his death, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children. He is known as Angel of Mercy and is considered as Pakistan’s “Most Respected” and legendary figure. In 2013, The Huffington Post claimed that he might be “the world’s greatest living humanitarian”.
The whole life of this Legend was an example of continuous hard work and firm determination. He belonged to a family, very poor monetarily but the richest by heart. His mother used to give him two Paisas and told him to spend one on his needs and the other on the needy. Not only she advised so but also asked regularly if he had spent it on poor or not. She rebuked him for not spending that money on poor and referred it as “Stealing from Poor”. This developed a life-long ability to feel the pain of humanity in the young boy and he made his way through every thick and thin to the level of most respected social worker on earth. You’ll be amazed to know that to help the deprived, Edhi started earning by selling pencils, made progress to work at a dispensary and eventually was able to open a very small medical store. He neither had resources, nor a proper plan, but he had a strong determination and a supernatural quality of working harder than possible. He started, he excelled, he changed the world and he left no excuse for people like us to not reach our goals.
The example of Edhi elevated the level of my belief on Hard Work. From my personal experience, I can repeat the words of Margaret Mead.
“I learned the value of Hard Work by working hard”
During my final year project, I had to face a lot of difficulties. I was the group leader and was responsible for everything regarding the project. I had to manage four other members, assign them tasks according to their skills, help them through those tasks and recheck their work at the end, along with my own part of the project work. It was a tough time. I had to put consecutive 18 hours or even more at some points to meet the deadlines. But it worked. Our work was appreciated by faculty members and specially by the Director of our institute. I achieved A+ in both of final semesters for the project.
When I look back at the hard time, exhausting sleepless nights and strained hands on laptop, I don’t feel bad. A feeling of accomplishment overwhelms the feeling of tiredness. I say to myself, “Hard work paid off!”
So, for me, Hard work is the thing one must never underestimate. As they say, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.
I’ll sum up the topic with a thoughtful line.
Greatness is earned, never awarded!