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The famous actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator or
Commando), who later became Governor of the State of California,
USA, posted a picture of himself sleeping in the street under his
famous bronze statue, and wrote sadly (“How times changed”).
The reason he slept there and wrote the sentence was not only odd
to many but intriguing. Some thought he was a nut or in the usual
joking mood as a famous actor, though rare.
Then a journalist took a bold step to approach him and ask why he
was sleeping in the public glare when he could have afford all the
comforts inside his home or better still in the hotel.
Do you know what he found out?
Arnold Schwarzenegger told him that he was not a nut neither too
old to forget his senses and propriety. He was neither catching his
fun, but rather making a statement of life.
He recalled that when he was the Governor of the State of
California, he was invited to officially open the massive multimillion
dollar hotel where his statue was placed in front of it in his honour.
He noted further that the hotel management publicly declared at
the opening ceremony that “at any time you come back, you will
meet a room reserved in your name that will be placed at your
disposal free of charge.”
He said he never came back while in office. However years later he
recalled those promises after leaving office and decided to come
back and spend a time in the hotel either for free or at paying cost.
However what he discovered on arrival is that the hotel
administration had refused to give him a room arguing that the
hotel was fully booked, even when he was ready to pay. He
therefore decided to place a cover under the statue and sleep.
Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the reporter to send this message of
reflection as a lesson to those in position of responsibility thus:
“When you are in a position, people may be praising you. Don’t let
it get to your head or your heart. Be yourself and don’t get carried
away. Even if they mean to be true and sincere, check yourself that
you have not exceeded your limits.
Be sure that you are doing what is right and what is good. Don’t
place any expectation on others and don’t look away at your
friends and family or make enemies for yourself. Let your door be
open to everyone and open your mind to anyone making a point.
They may be your guardian angels. No one knows it all.
Remember that your position is for a while. The people who
surround you to seek your favour may even forget you sooner than
you can remember. Those who spent time with you are no
exception. You may be lonely someday. Even some of the people
you helped may eventually loath you.
Remember, what you have to your name is your good works. The
legacies that you left in the sands of time. That is what will speak
for you. Do not assume that every word spoken to you in office
will be kept as a promise in future.
Do not trust your position, name, power, money, fame or
intelligence as a magic to open doors in future. Only trust in your
good work and legacies because nothing last long in life but death.
Yes, times have changed.

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  1. Great lesson

  2. Ok

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