Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Story of a blind girl...


There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.
She told her boyfriend, “If I could only see the world, I will marry you.”

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.
He asked her, “Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?” The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind.
The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her.

She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: “Take good care of my eyes dear. I’ll always love you.”

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
Life is a Gift.
Today before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who left this world too early.
Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance.
And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had a job.
And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around. And you can change the situation and be right back on top.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just for Laughs - Couple Special


Two women friends were chatting in office.
Woman 1: I had a fine evening, how was yours?
Woman 2: It was a disaster. My husband came home, ate his dinner in three minutes and fell asleep in two minutes.
You said you had a fine evening, what was the highlight?

Woman 1: Oh it was amazing! My husband came home and took me out to a romantic dinner. After dinner we walked for an hour. When we came home he lit the candles around the house and afterwards talked for an hour. It was like a fairytale!

At the same time, their husbands are talking at work.
Husband 1: How was your evening?
Husband 2: Great. I came home, dinner was on the table, I ate and fell asleep. It was great! What about you?
Husband 1: It was horrible. I came home; there was no dinner because they cut the electricity as we hadn’t paid the bill. So I had to take my wife out to dinner which was so expensive that I didn’t have money left for a cab. We had to walk home which took an hour; and when we got home remember there was no electricity so I had to light candles all over the house! After all, I was so aggravated that I couldn’t fall asleep and my wife was jabbering away for another hour!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

5 W's of Life


Who you are is what makes you special.
Don’t change for anyone unless you feel you should.

What lies ahead will always be a mystery, but do not be afraid to explore.

When life pushes you over, you push back harder.
Give back more than what Newton’s 3rd law states…

Where there are choices to make, choose the one you won’t regret.

Why things happen the way they happen in life will never be certain, take it in your stride and move forward.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Endless


Life These Days Has Become So “LESS” !!!
-Our Phone: Cordless
-Cooking: Fire-less
-Food: Fatless
-Youth: Jobless
-Leaders: Shameless
-Govt: Hopeless
-Jobs: Thankless
-Police: Clueless
-Policies: Aimless
-Labour: Effortless
-Conduct: Worthless
-Relations: Meaningless
-Attitude: Careless
-Feelings: Heartless
-Education: Valueless
-Arguments: Baseless -
Future: Directionles
 And Still Our Expectations are Endless…

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Two Days You Should NOT Worry About

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.Any person can fight the battle of just one day.

It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Why do people in anger shout at each other?

A Saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples and asked, “Why do people in anger shout at each other?”

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, “Because we lose our calm, we shout.”

“But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell them what you have to say in a soft manner.”, asked the Saint.

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained, “When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they tend to shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the harder they will have to shout to hear each other… to cover that great distance.”

The Saint continued, “What happens when folks are in love and friendship?”

“They don't shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either non-existent or very less...”

'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other that is all is needed to communicate. That is how close two people are when they love / understand each other.'

He looked at his disciples and said, “So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so much that you will not find the path to return.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Diwali Wishes


May this festival of lights bring ever-increasing HESH factor in you lives.(HESH-Health-Excellence-Success-Happiness)
 
During Diwali , all of us generally take the following actions ---
(i)Cleaning of our house and removing the waste  
(ii) Bringing new useful  things
(iii) Lighting of lamps/illumination 
(iv) joyful celebration 
(v) meeting relatives friends
 
This  Diwali , let us start similar process for our inner self , our own behavior /our own  nature--
 (i) Cleaning of our belief system for minimizing weaknesses in our behavior -(ALGEA-EIL)-(5+3)
(Anger-Lust-Greed-Ego-Attachment)- (Envy-Ignorance-Laziness)
 (ii) Include  new human qualities (strength) in belief system &  our behavior  -(10+3)
1.Dhriti (Patience )
2.Kshama (Forgiveness)
3.Dam(Control of Mind)
4.Astey (Non-stealing)
5.Shouch (Inner Purity) 
6.Indriya -Nigrah(Control of Senses ) 
7.Dhee (Wisdom)
8.Vidya (Knowledge)
9.Satyam(Truth)
10.Akrodho ( Absence of Anger)
11.Karuna(Compassion)
12.Seva (Service of Needy)
13.Maun-Shanti(Silence-Peace)
 (iii) Lighting of lamps/illumination - Knowledge - Living Life of Awareness -(Hosh Mai Jiyo)
 (iv) Joyful celebration - Joy in everyday life- (Josh Mai Jiyo)
 (v) Life of empathy /compassion -(Prem Mai Jiyo)
 
Let us hold daily introspection  meeting with "myself" for 15-30 minutes to review and ensure good progress in the above action so as to ensure continuous improvement in our own  life.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Mask

Don’t be fooled by the face I wear, for I wear a thousand masks, And none of them are me. Don’t be fooled, for goodness sake, don’t be fooled.

I give you the impression that I’m secure, that confidence is my name and coolness is my game, And that I need no one. But don’t believe me.

Beneath dwells the real me in confusion, in aloneness, in fear. That’s why I create a mask to hide behind, to shield me from the glance that knows, But such a glance is precisely my salvation.

That is, if it’s followed by acceptance, if it’s followed by love. It’s the only thing that can liberate me from my own self-built prison walls. I’m afraid that deep down I’m nothing and that I’m just no good, And that you will reject me.

And so begins the parade of masks. I idly chatter to you. I tell you everything that’s really nothing and Nothing of what’s everything, of what’s crying within me.

Please listen carefully and try to hear what I’m not saying. I’d really like to be genuine and spontaneous, and me. But you’ve got to help me. You’ve got to hold out your hand.

Each time you’re kind and gentle, and encouraging, Each time you try to understand because you really care, My heart begins to grow wings, feeble wings, but wings.

With your sensitivity and sympathy, and your power of understanding, You alone can release me from my shallow world of uncertainty.

It will not be easy for you. The nearer you approach me, The blinder I may strike back. But I’m told that Love is stronger than strong walls, And in this lies my only hope.

Please try to beat down these walls with firm hands, But gentle hands, for a child is very sensitive.
Who am I, you wonder. I am every man and every woman that you meet, And I am you, also.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Life is an ECHO

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son fell, hurts himself and screams: “Ah!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “Ah!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”

The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand.

Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When Things Go Wrong

From time to time many things will go wrong. And yet very few of them continue to stay wrong. Most wounds begin to heal almost from the moment they occur. Even the most unbearable grief will start to subside as life continues to move along.

Things that are broken get repaired or replaced. Strategies that don’t work become lessons that help you to discover and develop what will work.

When things go wrong it is not the end of the world. It is, instead, the beginning of progress and improvement, learning and growth. When things go wrong you get to find out where your efforts will truly be most effective.

You get the opportunity to build and to strengthen your character, your skills, your persistence and your confidence.

Don’t wait or wish for things to go wrong. But when they do, move on, move up and move forward.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wish HESH


H: HEALTH. 
E:EXCELLENCE
S:SUCCESS.
H:HAPPINESS   

Happy Dasara!- the festival of victory of good over evil & Excellence over average performance.

Let us give this day a special meaning in our lives as day of "Victory of Excellence in our lives" leading to high HESH life for us ,our families ,our institutions and our country.

Excellence-
      i.        Excellence in physical dimension      (body)  --  Health- High PQ
    ii.        Excellence in intellectual dimension  (brain)   -- Success  at work place-High IQ
   iii.        Excellence in emotional dimension    (mind)  -- Happiness in life &good relationships - High EQ

Hence ,we can lead a high HESH life (HESH= Health-Excellence-Success-Happiness)
by making excellence an integral part of our personal life , family life and professional life.

Identify our strengths and ensure best utilization for meeting our key goals
Identify our weaknesses and ensure minimum impact of  these on our key goals.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Last Time

My family is in the middle of a move, so we are finding ourselves doing things and going places and saying, “This will be the last time we will ever do this.

·         We went to the beach for the last time.
·         I preached for the last time.
·         I wrote my last bulletin article. We visited our neighbors for the last time.
·         We ate with friends for the last time.
We are hoping to do several things one more time.
·         We would like to make it to our favorite Mexican restaurant one more time.
·         We would like to visit our favorite park one more time.
·         We want to take a walk through our neighborhood one more time.
·         If we have a chance we will probably stop by our favorite ice cream shop for a milk shake one more time.
·         I would like to play a round of golf with my friends one more time.

Add to all the things already mentioned, there are all the people we are seeing for what may be the last time.
When we do something for what may be the last time, we tend to view it differently. We want to make a mental photograph that will never fade. We want to listen to every word. We want to hold on to every image and every comment and every relationship. Events that never really seemed significant, suddenly take on a whole new meaning. We fear that food will never taste so good, skies will never be so blue, winds will never be as fresh, or love will be as real.

Doing things for the last time is an emotionally draining and a physically tiring experience. On the other hand, unless we do some things for the last time, we cannot do other things for the first time.

As the family goes through the process of moving to a new location, we are doing many things for the last time, and the tears flow. But, in a few days, we will begin doing many other things for the first time, and the tears will flow.

Enjoy the day, even if it is for the last time, and make the most of it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Transformation

Look carefully and objectively at your weaknesses, and you will see in them the very real potential for increased strength. It can be painful to confront and to examine your weaknesses, and yet by doing so you’ll begin to tap into the strength and power which lie hidden in them. The pain you experience is the first indication that the transformation from weakness to strength has begun.

What things are holding you back? What things are making you vulnerable to the vagaries of circumstance? Find those things and go to work on them. Put your imagination and your efforts into transforming them.

The very same things which work against you can be changed so that they work for you. The energy which pushes you back can be harnessed to move you forward. Just imagine the power of that reality! Imagine it, and then set about to live it. Have the courage to face your shortcomings, the commitment to overcome them, and the positive results will be dramatic indeed.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Do you BELIEVE or do you KNOW?

Imagine you were going skydiving for the first time. Your heart would be racing as the instructor gives you final instructions before you jump from the plane.

You ask an important question, “Are you sure this parachute will work?”

Now, which answer would you prefer your instructor to give:

“I believe it will work.” or “I know it will work.”

The word belief implies question. By definition there is a degree of uncertainty. Think about it, if you believe with certainty, then you wouldn’t say, “I believe”, you would say, “I KNOW”.

To know is to be certain. There is no question in knowing. There can be no doubt found when you KNOW something. Take time to analyze your internal dialog and perspectives. Do the words you use imply empowerment or disempowerment?

I’m reminded of a story I once heard about a community. This was a test between believing and knowing.

The story goes like this…
Several years ago, a small farming community was experiencing a terrible drought. The leaders of the community called a prayer meeting in hope of everyone attending and holding a group prayer for rain.

One man was in attendance with his small son. As everyone was praying, the small boy reached up and tugged his father’s shirt to ask, “Daddy, what is everyone doing?”The man explained that everyone was praying for rain and then went back to his prayer.

The boy looked around for a few more minutes and was puzzled. He tugged again on his dad’s shirt and asked,
“Daddy, if everyone is here to pray for rain, why didn’t anyone bring an umbrella?”
Think about it…
Do you believe you can reach your goals or do you KNOW you can?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A to Z of Friendship

A Friend ……

Accepts you as you are.
Believes in you.
Calls you just to say “Hi”
Does n’t give up on you.
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes.
Gives unconditionally.
Helps you.
Invites you over.
Just likes being with you.
Keeps you close at heart.
Loves you for who you are.
Makes a difference in your life.
Never judges you.
Offers support.
Picks you up.
Quiets your fears.
Raises your spirits.
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it.
Understands you.
Values you.
X-plains things you don’t understand.
Yells when you won’t listen.
Zaps you back to reality.
Show your friends how much you care …
Credits : Bobby Jacob

Monday, September 24, 2012

My JOY, Not my JOB

“Waa, waa, waaaaaa,”cried two-month-old Micah from the nursery.
“You’re not supposed to be awake yet“, I whispered, trying not to sound disappointed. “It’s only been fifteen minutes.”
Bending over the crib to rescue my wailing daughter, I noticed the sheets beneath her bottom were wet. No-leak-diapers – yeah, right!
“Honey, did you pick up my cleaning?” yelled my husband, Michael, from our bedroom on the other side of the house.
I sighed and shook my head. I promised! How could I have forgotten?
“I’m changing the baby,” I replied. I needed to buy some time to think about how best to break the news to him.
Baby Micah began gnawing her fist as I slipped the disposable diaper beneath her tiny bottom.
You’re not supposed to eat for another forty-five minutes. I cradled my newborn in the crook of my arm and walked to the bedroom.
“I think Micah’s going through a growth spurt,” I told my husband. “She’s not sleeping much, wants to eat every other hour, and I’ve changed seven diapers this morning!”
Michael looked me in the eyes. “You forgot my dry cleaning, didn’t you?”
I nodded.
“I would have picked it up myself if you had told me,” he said with a sigh. “I don’t have anything clean that matches.”
I hung my head. “I’m sorry. It slipped my mind.”
“I don’t have time to pick it up and come home. I guess I’ll have to dress at the dry cleaners.”
Michael disappeared into the bathroom. “Did you call a housekeeper like we discussed?”
I heard him digging through the clothes hamper looking for something “not so dirty” to wear to the cleaners.
“I know I can do it myself. I just need to get organized.” I shouted defensively.
Michael put a hand on my shoulder. “I’m not attacking you,” he said, slipping on his shoes. “It’s just that, well . . . the baby’s too much for you, isn’t she?”
Micah began crying. I pushed back my own tears as I sat down in an armchair and let her nurse.
Michael was right, I thought. Being a wife, a stay-at-home mother, and trying to work full-time from home was overwhelming. It is too much, I admitted to myself. I’m doing the same amount of work as I did before the baby, plus taking care of the house, Michael, and Micah . . . It’s like having two full-time jobs! No one should have to work two full-time jobs!
For a few minutes, I sat silently as tears rolled down my cheeks.
Moments later, a thought floated into my mind: Michael and Micah are your joy, not your job.
I looked down at my nursing baby. Her face was so sweet. How could I think of her as a chore?
“Well, here I go,” Michael laughed as he walked into the living room. He was wearing dress shoes, a golf shirt and sweat pants.
“Sorry I yelled at you,” he said, as he bent to kiss me good-bye.
“No, honey, I’m sorry that I forgot your cleaning,” I replied. “I love you. Have a good day.”
That afternoon, I called a housekeeper and enlisted my mother to help with Micah a few days a week. Every time I start to feel overwhelmed, I remember that God gave me a child and husband so I could delight in them.
They are my joy, not my job.
Commitments from Husband and Wife towards house, family and each other is assumed, not expected. Live life fully – share, care !
Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Do you realize the value of TIME?

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Do the RIGHT Thing

Each day as you wake up, make the decision to strive to do what’s right.
Approach your life as you would to your game….

      When you make a mistake, learn from it, correct it, and get ready for the next point. Life moves too fast to sulk and dwell on the past.

      When you’re down, fight harder to get back on top. Life is full of hardships. Fight hard against those feelings of despair.

      When you’re doing everything right and still can’t win, be patient. No matter how good we are or how hard we struggle to make the right decisions, life often makes us wait.

      When you are on top of your game, relax and enjoy it. Life is fully appreciated when we survive adversity and can relax in the sunlight of success.

Each sunrise brings a new opportunity. No matter how bad the previous day was, today is brand new. When you wake up, seek the strength and courage to do the right thing.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Beautiful Prayer

I asked God to give me happiness,
God said, “I will give you blessings, happiness is up to you”.

I asked God to take away my habit,
God said, “It is not for me to take away, it is for you to give up”.

I asked God to spare me from pain,
God said, “Suffering draws you away from worldly care and brings you closer to being Human”.

I asked God to make my spirit grow,
God said, “You must grow on your own but I will prune you to make you beautiful”.

I asked God for all the things that I may enjoy life,
God said, “I will give you life so that you may enjoy all the things”.

I asked God to help me to love others as much as He loves me,
God had a smile on his face !

Smile spreads love; Be true, genuine – your smile will make a world of difference..

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Life by Choice, not Chance

Even when it seems there is nothing you can do, there is something you can do. No matter what the situation may be, there is always something positive you can do about it.

Sometimes you can take complete control of what’s going on. Other times you may only be able to have a slight, barely perceptible influence. Still other times the only thing you may be able to do is to change your own thinking about the situation. Yet even that can end up being a significant positive step.

Being helpful is infinitely better than being helpless. And being genuinely helpful is an option that is always open to you.

Throw up your hands in despair or frustration if you wish, but don’t expect it to get you anywhere. The more effective choice is to know, without a doubt, that there is something you can do, and to then get busy with it. Life is best when lived not by chance, but by choice.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What can a peaceful mind do?

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.

He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, "Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough."

So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, "I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction."

Moral: A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be...!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Burning Desire

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met.

Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck,

Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but

Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked, "What did you want the most when you were there?" The boy replied, "Air." Socrates said, "That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it." There is no other secret.

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cann ot produce great results.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Shoe in my basket

This incident happened during the later part of 1800s, in Bengal  when Sri Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and his few friends were busy collecting donations to start Calcutta University.

One day Vidyasagar stopped at the door of the palace of Nawab of Ayodhya. Nawab was not exactly known to be a generous person and many people tried to dissuade Vidyasagar from taking this mission.

Vidyasagar met Nawab and presented his cause. On hearing Vidyasagar’s plea, Nawab got up, pulled one of his shoes and dropped in Vidyasagar’s bag for donation. Vidyasagar did not say a word. He simply got up, thanked Nawab and left.

Next day Vidyasagar organised auction of Nawab’s shoe in front of his palace. Lot of Nawab’s knights , Jahagirdars, court members, who wanted to impress Nawab started bidding. By the mid afternoon the shoe was sold for Rs 1000. Nawab, happy to hear that his shoe fetched Rs 1000, matched the auction money. He added his own Rs. 1000 as donation.

When the destiny dropped a shoe in his basket, Vidyasagar could have walked out furious. He could have thrown the shoe on Nawab as revenge of insult. He could have got depressed and gone home and cried that nobody is willing to give him donation and given up his efforts to raise donation for the university. But he did nothing of that sort. He remained focused on the main goal. He rose above his personal feelings, ego, and insecurities and exploited the situation creatively. He rose above his insecurities and exploited that of others around him. He took that shoe and converted it to the biggest donation to University of Culcutta.

Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar converted his on-face insult and resulting disappointment into a Rs. 2000 donation plus a pleased Nawab who could be of some assistance at some point later. Calcutta University became a reality. It became a center of education for fine arts, social studies, science and technology.

Throughout our life, we will come across situations that will bring disappointment, anger, frustration, depression. But most of the times, there will be a way we can use this situation to our advantage if we remain focused on our real objective, if we engage in introspection, and if we find a creative solution by thinking outside the box. Next time when destiny hands over you a shoe when you were expecting treasures, take that as a challenge to your creativity, not as an insult to your ego. Next time you get a lemon, don’t make lemonade, try to convert it into a jackpot.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tale of Mr. Zavere Poonawala & Ganga Datt

Mr. Zavere Poonawala, a well-known Parsee industrialist in Pune had a driver named Ganga Datt with him for 30 years driving his limousine, which was originally owned by Acharya Rajneesh.

 Mr. Poonawala was in Mumbai for some important work recently, while in Pune Ganga Datt passed away.

As soon as the news reached Mr. Poonawala, he cancelled all his meetings, requested the deceased's family to await him for the cremation , he reached Pune .

He got the limo decorated and requested Ganga Datt's family to allow Ganga Datt to be taken in the Limo that he had driven wherein  Mr. Poonawala himself drove Ganga Datt on his last journey.
He said ...
Everybody earns money which is nothing unusual in that, but we should always be grateful to those people who contribute to our success. This is the belief, we have been brought up with, which made me do, what I did”.

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?

BECAUSE :
In France , where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' which is French for 'an egg.' When tennis was introduced in the US , the Americans (mis)pronounced it ;)
as ...
'LOVE'

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Innocence

A four year old kid kept telling excitedly to his teacher about his baby sister who was going to be born.
One day his mom made him feel the baby's movements by placing his palm on her stomach. The kid appeared serious and didn't say anything.

From that day onwards he stopped telling his teacher about his baby sister. Out of curiosity one day his teacher checked about his baby sister, the boy's eyes were filled with tears. He replied. My Mummy ate it!

What you want to convey and what gets conveyed may be very different – be sensitive. Innocent turn of events….

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dedicated to all daughters

A couple made a deal the night of their Marriage to NOT open the door of their room to anybody who comes knocking in the morning for any reason!In the morning the parents of the husband came & knocked on the door, the husband & the wife were looking at each other & as they agreed before, they didn't open the door.

After a while the parents of the bride came knocking at the door to check on them, the couple were looking at each other, then the bride dropped a tear & started crying she said: "I cannot keep them knocking & not open the door, I miss them already"

The husband didn't say anything & he let her open the door for her parents.

Years & years passed & the couple had 5 children, the first ones were boys & the 5th was a little girl, when she was born the father was extremely happy that Almighty blessed him with her, & he threw a huge party for her in grand style, people were so amazed with his joy & his happiness that they asked him, why are you so happy with her more than you were before with her older brothers?

He answered simply: "She is the one who will open the door for me"

Baby girls are the comfort of the eyes of their father!  They hold the key to their mothers hearts!
Daughters are really unique.   They care for their parents even after they are married.

Its rightly said, "A son is a son till he gets a Wife, a daughter is a daughter all her Life!"

Friday, April 20, 2012

Do you judge others?

A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery for a boy. He changed his clothes & rushed directly to the surgery block. He found the boy's father pacing in the hall anxiously waiting for the doctor to arrive. On seeing the Doctor the Dad yelled, "Why did you take so long to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't you have any sense of responsibility?"

The doctor calmingly responded, "I am sorry, I wasn't in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call...... And now, I wish you'd calm down so that we can focus on the task in hand"

"Calm down?! What if your son was in the operation room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now.. what will you do?" said the father angrily.

The doctor with a pleasant smile replied, "I will say what Holy Book says, "From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God". Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God's grace".

"Giving advises when we're not concerned is so easy", Murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor came out happy, "Thank God !, your son is saved !" And without waiting for the father's reply he carried on his way running. "If you have any question, ask the nurse!"

"Why is he so arrogant? He couldn't wait some minutes so that I ask about my son's state" Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.

The nurse who was with the doctor in the operation theatre answered, tears coming down her face, "His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son's surgery. And now that he saved your son's life, he left running to finish his son's burial."
Father stood spellbound trying to reflect back on the very positive attitude and sense of service of the Doctor; he felt apologetic of his behavior; sometimes we just wish we were slightly more reasonable, calm and understanding.

An Engineer

Question: Prove that (2 / 10) = 2
The Art Student: “This is out of syllabus !”
The Commerce Student: “This is wrong
The Medicine Student: “It is strange, How is it possible !”
The Engineering Student: “It is so Easy !”
See, (2 / 10) = TWO / TEN
‘T’ is common, Hence = WO / EN
Now, ‘W’ is the 23rd letter and ‘O’ is 15th;
Similarly, ‘E’ is 5th, and ‘N’ is 14th.
Hence (WO / EN) = (23+15) / (5+14)
= (38 / 19) = 2
Engineers are never worried about what is the right answer, they only ask: What answer you want…
“That is ENGINEER !”

Life Lessons

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no, it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.
He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral lessons:
Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time later .

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Do people mistake you for GOD?

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner.
In their rush, with tickets and brief-cases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of baskets of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.
All but one. He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.
He told his buddies to go on without him, waved goodbye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.
He was glad he did.
The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping, and no one to care for her plight.
The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them into the baskets, and helped set the display up once more. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.
When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $20 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”
She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.”
As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes.
She continued, “Are you God?”
He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you God?”
Do people mistake you for God?
That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like God that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.
It is the good deeds and compassionate people because of whom the world is still a place full of miracles and a better place to live!

Three wishes

A Woman was out golfing one day when she hit the ball in to the woods. She went in to the woods to look for it and found a frog in a trap.
The frog said to her, "If you release me from this trap, I will grant you three wishes."
The woman freed the frog, and the frog said, Thank you, but I failed to mention that there was a condition to your wishes. Whatever you wish for, your husband will get times ten!"
She thought for a min and said, "That's okay. – She had a plan !

For her first wish, she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The frog warned her, "You do realize that this wish will also make your husband the most handsome man in the world, and other women would flock to".
The woman replied, "That's okay, because I will be the most beautiful Woman and he will have eyes only for me." So, Granted - she's the most beautiful Woman in the world!
For her second wish, she wanted to be the richest woman in the world. The frog said, "That will make your husband the richest man in the world. And he will be ten times richer than you.

The woman said, "That's okay, because what's mine is his and what's his is mine." So, Granted - she's the richest woman in the world!

Now the frog asked about her third wish, and she answered, "I'd like a mild heart attack."

Moral of the story:
Women are clever. Don't mess with them.
Attention Ladies: This is the end of the joke for you, ignore the following section..
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Second Moral of the story:
No matter what the intensions of wife, it always results in good for their husband..
Even if it is by mistake… J

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend !

Just 5 more minutes..

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground.
“That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my daughter on the bike in the white dress.”
Then, looking at his watch, he called to his daughter. “What do you say we go, Melissa?”
Melissa pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”
The man nodded and Melissa continued to ride her bike to her heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his daughter. “Time to go now?”
Again Melissa pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.”
The man smiled and said, “OK.”
“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, “Her older brother Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Melissa. She thinks she has five more minutes to ride her bike. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch her play.”
Life is all about making priorities, what are your priorities?
Give someone you love 5 more minutes of your time today and everyday possible !

Days of the Week

Without family, friends and well-wishers, this is how your week would be
SINDay
MOURNDay
TEARSDay
WASTEDay
THIRSTDay
FIGHTDay
SHATTERDay

So, 7 days without them makes one WEAK!

Reality Snapshot

Evil and Good you do comes back to you!

A woman baked bread for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry passerby. She kept the extra bread on the Window-sill, for whosoever would take it away.


This went on, day after day. Every day, the hunch-back came, picked up the bread and uttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"
The woman felt irritated. "Not a word of gratitude," she said to herself...
"Everyday this hunch-back utters this jingle! What does he mean?

One day, out of desperation, she decided to do away with him. And what did she do? She added poison to the bread she prepared for him! As she was about to place it on the window sill, her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she thought...
Immediately she threw the bread into the fire, prepared another one and kept it on the window-sill.
As usual, the hunch-back came, picked up the bread and muttered the words: "The evil you do, remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

The hunch-back proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the mind of the woman. Everyday, as the woman placed the bread on the window-sill, she offered a prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For many months, she had no news of him.. She prayed for his safe return.

That evening, there was a knock on the door. As she opened it, she was surprised to find her son standing in the doorway.. He had grown thin and lean. His garments were tattered and torn. He was hungry, starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so hungry that I collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunch-back passed by. I begged of him for a small part of his food, and he was kind enough to give me a whole bread. "As he gave it to me, he said, "This is what I eat everyday: today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!"
As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale and red. She leaned against the door for support. She remembered the poisoned bread that she had made that morning. Had she not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he would have lost his life!

It was then that she realized the significance of the words: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!
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Do good and Don't ever stop doing good, even if it's not appreciated at that time.
Every day, a hunch-back came and took away the bread. Instead of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!"

Don't Give Up!

The goal may be closer than you think!

Seven Beliefs of Success

Excrept from the book “Unlimited Power” by Anthony Robbins, chapter 5, the Seven Beliefs of Success:

First belief:
Everything happens for a purpose and a reason. Everything you come across carries at least a seed that surpasses the hardship.

Second belief:
Nothing is called failure, there are results only. This belief is almost the result of the first belief…  It is accustomed that people fear to fail but we still remember that sometimes we wanted something but we obtained something else. Think of it, if you have failed once on something, what have you gained from that trial? No doubt it is experience. Those we fear to fail they create something inside them that would hinder success and this is what stops them from reaching their aim.

Third belief:
Take responsibility in all cases. This trait is found with all leaders. Leaders believe that whatever the results are, good or bad; it is the result of their efforts. If it is not their own work perhaps their way of thinking is the reason. If you do not believe that you can create your own world then you are under the mercy of circumstances.

Fourth belief:
It is not necessary to understand everything in order to be able to use everything. Great Leaders do not believe that they should know everything in order to use something.

Fifth belief:
People are your ultimate sources. All successful folks are well-respected in the world. The way to success starts by gathering a team of your own so you can help and share things with each other.

Sixth belief:
Work is fun. Have you ever heard of a person who succeeds through doing a work he does not like? I do not know anybody. One of the keys to success is to like what you are doing.

Seventh belief:
There is no success without commitment.  Successful folks are those who have strong belief in commitment. If you looked through history famous great people are not the smartest or the best or the fastest or the mightiest but they are strong believers in the importance of duty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Award Winning CORN Story

There was a farmer who grew superior quality and award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won honor and prizes. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learnt something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his award-winning corn seeds with his neighbor farmers.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering their corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, crosspollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is in other dimensions also !

Those who choose to be at harmony must help their neighbors and colleagues to be at peace, those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

If we are to grow good quality corn, we must help our neighbors grow good quality corn too....

Only way (the right way) to grow in an Organization is - to grow along with others and not grow at the cost of others!

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the limits of the impossible.

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. - G.B Shaw

18 Rules for a Successful Life

1. Pursue Achievable Goals.
2. Keep a Genuine Smile.
3. Share with others.
4. Help Thy Neighbors.
5. Maintain a Youthful Spirit.
6. Get along with the Rich, the Poor, the Beautiful and the Ugly.
7. Keep Cool under Pressure.
8. Lighten the Atmosphere with Humor.
9. Forgive the Annoyance of Others.
10. Have Few Pals.
11. Cooperate and Reap Greater Rewards.
12. Treasure Every Moment with Your Loved Ones.
13. Have High Confidence in Yourself.
14. Respect the Disadvantaged.
15. Indulge Yourself Occasionally.
16. Surf Net at Leisure.
17. Take Calculated Risks.
18. Understand "Money Isn’t Everything”…

Another problem of Deforestation