There was this old vulcanizer that had been good at his job. He had started from when he was young, and people had no respect for him. Nonetheless, he continued at his job, and he was doing very well. They despised him because of the nature of his job, but the man was prospering, as he was coping with the way he was being treated as nobody.
One day, a man came for the vulcanizer, and thereafter they couldn’t find the good and diligent vulcanizer again. Meanwhile, he was the only vulcanizer in that village. The motorists and car owners were becoming pedestrians because of their bad and deflated tires, and they began to notice how important this man is in their lives.
They were falling sick, and they were dying. People were sent to fetch the man from all neighboring towns and cities. To their surprise, when the old vulcanizer was finally found, he was living big, and they couldn’t curtail it. Then, he narrated how he became a big man to them.
He said the man that came for him some years back was one of the people he motivated and gave a piece of advice to sometimes. The man made use of the piece of advice and he became very great. When the man came for him, he told him that, “Old man, there is something you are good at, but you haven’t discovered.” The old vulcanizer said, “I can’t stop being a vulcanizer.” The man replied, “Yes, I know you are born to be a vulcanizer, but this time you’ll be a ‘Vulcanizer of Destiny.’
“There are many people out there that need the touch of your words,” said the man to the old vulcanizer. “There are many people out there that their lives have been deflated, shattered, and battered. They need to be remolded and inflated. That was the state I was when you advised me then, here I am today a great man, giving birth to great men.” “You gave birth to me through your words, and I gave birth to you making you great. You’re better at being a vulcanizer of destinies than that of tires.”
Those were the words that gave birth to a new me, though still a vulcanizer, but a ‘Vulcanizer of Destiny.’ This is how they learned their lessons that every trade and profession is equally important.
(c) Peter Adewumi