A Hammer, a Chisel, a Mountain, and Love

Guest Blog by Kevin John Delaney

This true story has the power to touch hearts and even lives. Maybe yours? ~Mitch

Dash loved his wife. When tragedy struck, he dedicated the next twenty-two years of his life to tearing down a mountain in her memory and to helping the people in his village.

Dashrath Manjhi (Dash) and his wife lived in a remote village, over thirty-four miles from the nearest town. To get to work or to gather water required traversing a treacherous and narrow mountain pass, something they had to do daily.

One day, Dash’s wife was bringing him lunch in the fields where he labored. As she climbed the mountain pass, she slipped and fell. With the nearest doctor over 30 miles away, she couldn’t get to medical care in time and she died.

Dash resolved to never let something like that happen again. With a hammer and chisel, he began a quest to cut a path through the mountain to make the nearest town more accessible. He worked the fields all day and chiseled away at the mountain at night. Dash said, “When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic, but that only steeled my resolve.”

Dashrath Manijhi

In memory of his wife, Dash chiseled away at the mountain for the next twenty-two years so that the people of his village could have access to medical care his wife didn’t have. With his hammer and chisel, he carved a path 360 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 25 feet high through the rocky mountain. His path shortened the distance to town from thirty-four miles to nine.

Twenty-five years after Dash completed his path, the government finally paved it and made his path a road. When he died, the government honored Dash with a state funeral and later issued a commemorative stamp to acknowledge his help to the people of his village.

When tragedy struck, Dash channeled his grief into a near-impossible task. He mourned the loss of his wife by ensuring others didn’t have to suffer the same fate she did. The very villagers he was trying to help ridiculed him, but Dash pressed on. He persevered for twenty-two years and accomplished his goal. He honored his wife, and he helped the people of his village.

That is the power of love and the power of perseverance. Imagine what you could do in your life if you allowed love to drive you and perseverance to prevail. What might you accomplish in the next twenty-two years?  Maybe you should find out.

Kevin John Delaneyis an author, philanthropist, and coma survivor–revived via organ transplant. His blog site is dedicated to “explor(ing) the actions we can take today to ensure our tomorrows are better than our yesterdays,” a theme he also explores in his new book,A Life Worth Living.


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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22 Responses to A Hammer, a Chisel, a Mountain, and Love

  1. Powerful story and a great lesson for all of us.

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  2. Sue Cass says:

    WOW! That’s love.

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  3. “When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic, but that only steeled my resolve.” I’m guessing most of us would say, “OK, suit yourselves, I don’t need this” and quit. God bless him.

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  4. From sweat and toil big things come. No task worth doing is without its difficulties. What a great story.

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  5. What an inspiring act of love! Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. A lovely, uplifting story. Thanks for posting.

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  7. If I could double like I would this is a great story! Thank you for sharing it. What an example of becoming a victor over circumstances rather than wallowing as a victim.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Wow!! Yes, the steam generated by loss or a struggle can move us ahead to do great things

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  9. carolghattas says:

    That was a powerful story, Mitch. Thanks for sharing Kevin’s blog post with us. A good word for all who have faced grief. Blessings.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. gregoryjoel says:

    Once again, you have been on time with a wonderful post. I needed that this morning. Grief has made the holidays difficult. I’m glad to be reminded that our loss can move us forward in ways we never knew. Thanks for re-blogging this!

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  11. Carla says:

    What an amazing story with a powerful message.

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  13. CG Thelen says:

    Wow, that is a great story of perseverance. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    That’s love in action.



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