Jun 9, 2017

Live to the fullest

An old man was walking down a lonely street. He could barely walk and he was struggling. So as he was walking, he ended up falling. The man still kept walking with great struggle.

A Stranger watching all this - a young man in his thirties went over to help him. The Old man was grateful for the unexpected aid .Both the men got into a casual  conversation. Once they reached the old man’s destination ,he waved a good bye and thanked the stranger enough for his help .

As the Old man was walking away , the stranger told him "You should stay inside where it is safe. It's dangerous walking down these streets". He turned around and replied, " I love walking and I love walking way more than I am afraid of falling". Perplexed, the young man asked ,"Well, what about your safety? Don't you want to live long enough?"

The Old Man replied,"Living means doing what you love to do. If I have to fall here and there to do what I want to do in life, then so be it."

“The Cost of not following your heart to do things that you want to do, is spending rest of your life wishing you had” and the Old man is abundantly right.

Living means doing what you love to do !!!

Stay alive and live life to the fullest!!

Jun 2, 2017

Be your own Judge...

Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course under a great master. This young artist decided to assess his skills to give his best stroke on the canvas. He took 3 days and painted beautiful scenery.

Based on his masters advice he decided to display it on a busy street-square of the small town he was resident of. He wanted people's opinion about his caliber and painting skills.

He put his creation at a busy street-crossing with a board below the painting which read-"Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes, please put a cross wherever you spot a mistake in the painting…

When he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvas was filled with cross marks and some people had even written their comments on the painting.

Disheartened and heartbroken he ran to his masters place and burst into tears. Sobbing inconsolably he told his master about what happened and showed the pathetic state of his creation which was filled with marks everywhere. Such was the state of the painting that even the colors were not visible, one could only see cross marks and correction remarks.

This young artist felt rejected and was disheartened.

The Master smiled and suggested "My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have learnt to paint flawlessly.

Just paint exactly similar painting once again and give it to me.

Will you do that for your master?.."

Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later he presented an exact replica of his earlier painting to his master. The Master took that gracefully and smiled.

They reached the same street-square and displayed the same painting exactly where the artist had placed it a few days earlier. Now master took out another board which read -"Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes - I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do me a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it."

The Master and the disciple walked back home. They both visited the place same evening. The Young painter was surprised to see that there was not a single correction done so far. But master wasn't satisfied and he told his disciple "May be one day was too little a time for people to come up with ideas and take out time out of their busy schedules to correct it so let us keep it here for one more day. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we can expect some corrections coming in."

Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched.. They kept the painting there for a week and still no correction came in!

The Master finally said,” It just takes a stroke of a paint brush to make a cross mark in a painting but a great deal of knowledge to evaluate and correct it “

" If you take the world to be your judge, you would always be disappointed. People tend to make judgments, pass remarks on others without any authenticity and seriousness. Be your own judge and trade your virtues with the world for an equitable and fair consideration. You can be assured that you would never be disappointed with yourself or your work."

May 26, 2017

Speak Positive

A man joined a monastery in which the monks were allowed to speak only two words every seven years. After the first seven years had passed, the new initiate met with the abbot, who asked him, "Well, what are your two words?"

"Food's bad", replied the man, who then went back to his silence.

Seven years later the clergyman asked, "What are your two words now?"

"Bed's hard", the man responded.

Seven years later - twenty-one years after his initial entry into the monastery - the man met with the abbot for the third and final time. "And what are your two words this time?" the abbot asked.

"I quit."

"Well, I'm not surprised," the cleric answered disgustedly. "All you've done since you got here is complain!"

Contrary to what you may have heard, talk is not cheap. Talk is powerful ! What we say is important. Our vocabulary should be filled with words of hope and dreams. Be known as someone who speaks positively and these words in turn bring positivity to your life.

Two words for all of us today “Speak Positive”.

May 19, 2017

The Candy Shop...

A kid walked into a candy shop with his dad and was bedazzled by the array of treats on offer. “What should I choose?  What should I choose?  What should I choose?”  He asked himself.

“Come on son, we don’t have all day,” his dad said.

“These are my favorites.  No wait, these are my favorites.” He walked along the aisles, picking up bags and putting them back. He just couldn’t make up his mind.

“Quick son, make up your mind, we have to go,”  His impatient dad said.

Frantically, the boy ran around the store, his eyes moving from one shelf to another, but all of the options looked so good and he couldn’t make a decision.

Eventually, the dad had enough, grabbed his son by the hand and they walked out of the store empty-handed.  The young boy had tears in his eyes.  He wanted them all, but ended up with nothing because he couldn’t choose just one.

We all are decision makers.

The world is that candy store. We have a myriad of options available to us, but if we don’t choose to decide on anything that’s in front of us – be it our career, education, relationships, investments, or other important issues, we will choose to end up empty-handed.

Sometimes we worry about making the wrong choice. What if we regret the direction that we take and it’s too late to go back?

The bigger danger is when we make no decision at all ,ending up going nowhere than to take a decision and stick to it with all our heart to make it work for us .

Next time you are presented with options in our life and your mind flutters , just remember this “ You empower the decisions you take and there are no good or bad choices.” Choose one and back it with your actions further, you will end up with making it the right choice.

May 12, 2017

Poisonous Herbs

A newly wed girl named Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her mother-in-law .Their personalities were very different and she criticized Li-Li constantly. All the anger and tension was causing great distress.

Weeks passed. Li-Li couldn’t tolerate her mother-in-law' any longer. She went to see an old man Huang, who sold herbs. She asked him for some poisonous herbs so that she could solve the problem once and for all. Huang thought for a while and gave her a package of herbs saying,” These herbs  will act as a slow poison. Add these herbs in her serving every day. To make sure that nobody suspects you, be very careful and remain friendly towards her.Don't argue with her. Obey her wishes and treat her like a queen!"

Months went by. Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law every day. She controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and pretended to treat her like her own mother. Six months had passed, the whole scenario had changed. Li-Li found that her mother-in-law had become much kinder and easier to get along with. The mother-in-law' s attitude towards Li-Li also changed and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter.

Li-Li went back to Huang and begged, "Please help me to keep the poison from killing my mother-in-law. She's changed into such a nice woman and I love her. I do not want her to die. Huang smiled and said "Li-Li, there's nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude towards her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.

We do come across people with whom we have trouble  getting along with. But in reality HAVE YOU REALIZED how you feel about others is exactly how they will feel about you? . Next time you come across such thoughts  ,remember “the poison is in your mind and your attitude”.

“It’s true that “Love Begets Love “

May 5, 2017

Never Give up...

There was a cricket batsman  making his debut in Test cricket at the international level . He scored a duck in his first innings and again, in his second innings.

They dropped him. So he went back to the nets for more practice. More first-class cricket. More runs. Waiting for that elusive call to play for his nation. After twenty-one months, he got a second chance.

This time, he tried harder. His scores: 0 in the first innings, 1 in the second. Dropped again. He went back to the grind and scored tonnes of runs in first-class cricket. Runs that seemed inadequate to erase the painful memories of the Test failures. Well, seventeen months later, opportunity knocked yet again. He got to bat in both innings of the Test. His scores: 0 and 0. Phew!

Back to the grind. Would the selectors ever give him another chance? They said he lacked big-match temperament. His technique wasn’t good enough at the highest level. Undaunted, he kept trying.

Three years later, he got another chance. This time, he made runs. He came good and in an illustrious career thereafter, he went on to score over 5000 runs for his nation. That included sixteen centuries and six double hundreds. And he went on to captain his country. All this despite taking over six years to score his second run in Test cricket. Wow! What a guy! This is none other than Marvan Attapattu- one of the Sri Lankan cricketing legends .

How many of us can handle failure as well as he did? Six years of trying, and failing!! He must have been tempted to pursue another career. Change his sport perhaps. Play county cricket. Or, oh well, just give up. But he didn’t and that made the difference.

We all hear stories of talented people who gave up before their potential was realized. People who changed jobs and careers when success seemed elusive.

The next time you are staring at possible failure or rejection, think of Marvan. Remember this: If you don’t give up, if you believe in yourself, if you stay the course, the run will eventually come. What more, you could even become a captain someday and excel in your respective field.

NEVER GIVE UP !

Apr 28, 2017

The Brighter Side...

A  king had a frightening dream. He dreamt that all his teeth has fallen out, one after the other. Very upset about this, he called for a dream interpreter. 

The man listened with great concern to the king’s account of his dream and said to him, “Your Majesty, I have bad news for you. Just as you lost all your teeth, you will lose all of your family, one after the other.” This sad interpretation kindled the king’s rage. The dream interpreter, who had nothing better to say, was thrown in jail at the king’s command. 

Then the king summoned a different dream interpreter. This one heard him tell the dream and then said, “Your Majesty, I have good news for you. You will become older than all of your family. You will outlive them all. Long live the king ”! 

The king rejoiced and rewarded the man richly for saying this. But the courtiers were very surprised. “Your words were really no different from your poor predecessor’s. But why was he punished, while you received a reward?” they asked. The lucky dream interpreter replied, “You are right. We both interpreted the dream in the same way but it is not a question of what you say, but also how you say it.”

Everything in our daily lives has two sides – the bright and the dark or as it is presented to us in reality , the bright and the less bright .The wiser one chooses the brighter side.

Apr 21, 2017

The Salesman...

A Salesman was given a vigorous target of selling $100,000 worth of medical equipment each month, the most on his team, and was expected to somehow get to $140,000.Every month he kept falling short of the target and his old aged boss grew disappointed with him. 

The next day he took the salesman for a coffee and tried to strike a conversation ,”Do you think the market is dull?” The young salesman replied “ I understand the set target ,but in reality it is not that easy. We all know that targets are usually overambitious .Isn’t it ? “

The elderly boss gave a reassuring smile and continued ,”Tell me what would it take for you to sell $200,000 worth of equipment each month”. 

"$200,000!" he shouted. "No! That's impossible. "You don't understand. I want to hit $140,000 a month, and even that is so hard that I don't know how I'll do it and here you fantasize about $200,000.” The boss insisted ,”Just play along ,give it a try seriously assuming that $200,000 is your real target “

The salesman laughed and said "Okay, but remember, we're talking about something that's impossible”. He then started listing things. After he got through the ridiculous ideas, like stealing other people's accounts and cooking the books, he began to think of more ideas. At first it was hard.

"I'd have to be in two places at once," he said. "I'd have to make twice as many presentations as I'm making. I'd have to present to two clients at once!"

Then it hit him. All of a sudden he got the idea that he might be able to stage a large presentation of his product with a number of clients in the room at one time. "I could rent a room at a hotel and have 20 people in for coffee and donuts, and I could make a big deal out of it," he said. A number of other ideas came to him- ways to combine his cold-calling with his travel time, ways to utilize e-mail as a sales tool, how to use the administrative staff better. Ideas poured in while the old aged boss wrote them furiously on a flip pad and handed it over to him saying ,” All your ideas were a result of his thinking big- "How would I sell $200,000 if I absolutely had to?"

He surpassed his goal and achieved over $200,000 sales the very next month.

Many of us become self-satisfied with what we do right now and that is what makes us stagnant .Take a certain goal and double it, Or triple it, Or multiply it by 10. And then ask yourself, quite seriously, what you would have to do to achieve that new goal. You will end up  with ideas that can turn the impossible to possible.

If your goal doesn’t challenge you , it doesn’t change you

Apr 14, 2017

The Falcon

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived. The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.

He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring to me, the doer of this miracle.”

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings but at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. 

Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!

Apr 7, 2017

The Monk

A young man met an accomplished monk and asked him for the secret to success. The Monk asked the young man to meet him near a river the next morning to know about it .

Next morning when they met ,the monk asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, the monk took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but the monk was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. 

The Monk 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. 

The Monk asked: " What did you want the most when you were there?" The boy replied "Air."

The Monk said "My son, 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.

Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results. A burning desire with a staunch belief is the starting point of all accomplishments. The motivation to succeed comes from the burning desire to achieve a purpose. 

Whenever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. 

Mar 31, 2017

Happy by choice...

A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care of his appearance, is moving into an old people's home. After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.

His wife of 80 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home. As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, the room service describes his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain.

"I like it very much", he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy. "You haven't even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there.", the room service replied.

"That has nothing to do with it ", the old man explained. "It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor rather it depends on how I decide to see it."

"I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order."

Every day is a gift. Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is alright. It means that you decide to see beyond Imperfections.

Mar 24, 2017

Relax

As an old gentleman walked into a super market, he noticed a small girl crying loudly. She was no older than 2 and was trying to persuade her mom to buy her something she wanted. Her mom just said calmly – “Jennifer, relax.”

The girl immediately started crying even louder. Again, her mom said – “Jennifer, relax.”

By now, the girl had started screaming and was attracting a lot of attention. This time, her mom said calmly – “Jennifer, you don’t want to create a scene in the supermarket. So, relax.”

The man walked to the mom and said – “I am amazed at how calm you are. But, surely, she can’t understand what you’re saying, can she?”

“What makes you think I was talking to her?” – the mom replied.

The quality of your communication with the world determines your impact, but it is the quality of your communication with yourself that determines your happiness. The impact made without happiness is akin to an artificial flower – looks good from a distance but lacks the substance and aroma that makes a flower special.

So, let’s communicate better with ourselves and remember to treat ourselves with infinite patience and kindness. 

And, of course, the next time you find yourself in a situation that tests your patience, remember.. “Jennifer, relax".

Mar 17, 2017

Rise to the top

A weaponry unit of an army was assigned to a set of people who were taken as “Prisoners of war” from a losing nation . These units produced the finest swords for the army which helped win more battles for their new king. Impressed with the sword making unit ,the king called upon the prisoner in charge of the unit to offer him a reward.

The King told the prisoner ,”I am impressed with the swords you make. They have helped us a long way in winning the toughest of battles  .I would like to offer you a role in my army .So tell me prisoner ,what was your role in your army before you lost the battle to us ?”.

The prisoner replied ,”Thank you Majesty. I had worked for a dairy farm before “. The King was taken aback.

The King questioned, ”How could you produce the best quality swords if you haven’t had an experience in sword making at all?”

The prisoner answered by detailing the job he had done before ,” I started working in this dairy when I was a kid and my first job was to fill the milk bottles. On my way home after a ten hours work day, I constantly asked myself what I was learning on a daily basis.”

He continued explaining, ”The bottles were of different sizes, some were pints, half gallons and others were gallons. They all had different sized necks. No matter what the size and the shape of the bottle is, the cream always rises to the top. I promised myself to be the cream ,wherever I am”
  
Irrespective of the circumstances or the role they play, winners always rise to the top . The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Mar 8, 2017

# Be Bold for Change

One night the President of a country and his wife decided to do something out of routine. They decided to go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn’t too luxurious.

When they were arrived at the restaurant the owner of the restaurant himself walked them in to their fine dining area and took orders. After the orders were placed, the owner of the restaurant asked the President’s secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. 

They obliged and the first lady had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation the President asked the first lady, “Why was he so interested in talking to you.” 

She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. 

The President then said, “So if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant working along with him ? ”

The first lady responded, “I don’t think so …. If I had married him, he would now be the President of this country.”

Woman is not only an epitome of beauty, wisdom and care, but she has also matched steps with the men in the world and at times has surpassed them too.

To all the women who are the real creators of this society we live in , "Be bold for change !"

Wish you all a happy women’s day.

Mar 3, 2017

Building Bridges

Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms got into a conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a few days work," he said.

"Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?"

"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor, in fact, it's my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence - an 8-foot fence - so I won't need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow."

The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day.

The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing.

About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped.

There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge... a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work handrails and all - and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched.

"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."

The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. "No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother.

"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but, I have many more bridges to build."

Feb 24, 2017

A mother's belief....

One day Thomas Edison came home and handed over a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child, “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”

Many years after Edison’s mother had died, Edison had become one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was going through the old closet and he found the folded letter which was given to him by his teacher . He opened it, the message written on the letter was, “Your son is mentally ill. We cannot let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.”

Edison was emotional upon reading it and then he wrote in his diary, “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.” Edison said many years later, "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint."

A mother’s encouragement and positive affirmation changed the destiny of a child who became one of the greatest minds to live on earth. 

Never give up, Be confident. Always remember, be it in life, sports, career or any competition – any battle is won twice – First in your head and then in reality...

Stay Positive!!

Feb 17, 2017

Strength and weakness

A 10-year-old boy decided to learn judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. 

“Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.

Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.

This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.

He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.

“Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

“You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”

The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.

Sometimes we  blame ourselves for our weaknesses but we don’t’ realize that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special so, live your life to its fullest and make the best of it!”

Feb 10, 2017

Attached strings

A  Mother was  flying  a  kite. Her son was watching her carefully. After some time the son said "Mom….because of the string the kite is not able to go higher any further”

"Hearing this, the mother smiles  and breaks the string. The kite went higher and then shortly after that, it comes down and falls on the ground. The child gets very dejected and sad.

The mother sits next to him and calmly explains: 

"Son, in life after we reach a certain level we feel that there are certain things that are not letting us grow any further like Home, Family, Friends, Culture etc. 

We feel the need  to be  free from those strings which we believe are stopping us from going higher. But, remember son "That our home , family, friends and culture are those things that will help us stay stable in life which will in turn take us to great heights . 

If we try to break away from those strings our condition will be similar to the kite". We'll fall down soon..

We are what we are now due to the way these beautiful elements have played their part in our lives- home, culture, family, friends and relationships … Spending time with them will strengthen our core  and help keep us stable while we are flying high... 

Feb 3, 2017

50 crores

There was a trader who lived in a small town in India. He kept saving all the money he earned throughout. One fine day he decided to count  his savings so far and to his surprise it had summed up to a whopping fifty crore rupees.

“Good enough now“ said the man and promised himself that he will enjoy the rest of his life with this huge sum of earnings. The moment he decided that he would start using the fifty crores, he sensed that someone was standing right in front of him ,staring at him intensely.
The trader was alarmed and he shouted to the unknown man ,”Who are you ?!!! How dare you come into my house without my permission”. The man explained, ”My name is Death. I don’t come with an invitation .I come and…”invite”.

The trader cried , “This is not fair. When are you planning to take me ?”. Death replied , ”Right now”. The trader explained “Just now I had finished counting, I have fifty crores with me which I had earned all my life and only now I have decided to enjoy it .You cannot do this to me“. Death replied, ”Your time is over and you don’t have a choice here “

The trader went on to bargain , “I will offer you half the money I have got .Give me at least one month of life so that I can enjoy the wealth I hold and then I will be willing to come .Death said , ”I don’t think you understand how I operate. I don’t negotiate ,your time is over and so I am here to take you away.

“I will give you the entire sum of fifty crores I have got ,Just give me one day’s time in life”. But Death said, ”I cannot give you a minute extra .The trader pleaded “At least give me one last moment in life. Death yielded and said, ”Ok whatever you wish to do , do it for one moment”. The trader ran to his scribbling pad and wrote, “All of you who have money ,immediately start enjoying it “.He added note to it “I just realized that even with a sum of fifty crores I could not buy one minute of life with it !”

Think about our everyday lives . All day we keep working so hard to make money without realizing that there is a limit to which it can aid us. 

Money cannot buy a day in your life . If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!  Make the most of today.”

Jan 27, 2017

The Jigsaw puzzle

There was a man who had the habit of reading the newspaper in the morning. He would do anything else only after reading the entire newspaper.

One morning while he was reading the news columns, his six year old daughter was insisting  that he play with her. The father was interrupted by the child’s actions. He saw a full page advertisement of a courier company with the world map on it .

Instantly the father tore the advertisement into pieces from the paper. He scattered the pieces of paper all-round the room and told the kid "Dear, this is your jigsaw puzzle. Complete this and I will  play with you soon after you are done"

Within ten minutes the child came back to the father , "Dad look. I am done".

The father was shocked at  the speed at which the kid had completed that jigsaw puzzle. Immediately the child said, "Dad ,I do know why you are shocked. When you tore the newspaper advertisement , I noticed the picture of a man behind the advertisement page"

The child continued stating, "Dad, I do not know where exactly New Zealand is, where exactly Japan ,Canada are …but I know one thing . I know where the  nose should be, where the eyes should be, where the forehead should be. I got the man right and the map  came out right. "

We cannot solve the jigsaw puzzles in our lives with the same thinking that went in to creating them. The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite your possibilities of becoming successful!!