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Twinkies and Root Beer

 

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.

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When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. 

The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons. 

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The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. 
He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie.
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The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy.
His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.
Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug.
The man gave him his biggest smile ever.
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When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later,
 his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.
 She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?
 
“He replied, “I had lunch with God.”
 But before his mother could respond, he added,
“You know what? God’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”
 
Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home.
His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked,
” Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”
He replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.”
However, before his son responded, he added,
” You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”
 
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
 a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
 
~author unknown~
Story shared by my sweetheart, my wife, Siham.
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About Holi Festival

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Holi is a festival celebrated in north India. It marks the coming of Spring, usually in March.

Celebrations

Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun than religious observance.

Holi is a colorful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and colored water.

Bonfires are lit and roasting grains, pop corn, coconut and chick peas are thrown on.

The next day, people of all ages go into the streets for fun and paint-throwing. Everyone gets involved – with no distinctions between caste, class, age or gender.

People have fun by smearing each other with dry colors called Gulal and throwing colored water at each other, all done in a spirit of celebration.

Religious story

Holi also celebrates Krishna, and the legend of Holika and Prahlad.

Some believe the origin of the festival lies with Krishna who was very mischievous as a young boy and threw colored water over the gopis (milkmaids) This developed into the practical jokes and games of Holi.

The story of Prahlad is seen to symbolize good overcoming evil and is why traditionally bonfires are lit at Holi.

Prahlad was a prince. His father, the king wanted everyone in his kingdom to worship him. But Prahlad refused. The king’s sister Holika, who was supposed to be immune to fire due to a boon, tricked her nephew Prahlad into sitting on her lap in a bonfire in order to destroy him. But because she was using her powers for evil, the plan failed and Prahlad emerged from the fire unharmed, while Holika was devoured by the flames.

In some parts of India effigies of Holika are burnt on the fire. Ashes from Holi bonfires are thought to bring good luck. holi-5

(Since I have many “friends” across the world who may be curious to know what Holi is, I decided to put this post.)

(As explained on http://www.bbc.co.uk)

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Mother & God

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By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into the sixth day working overtime.  An Angel  appeared and said “Why are you spending so much  time on this one?”

And the Lord answered and  said, “Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not elastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands.”

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. “Six pairs of hands! No way!”  said the Angel.

The Lord replied, “Oh, it’s not the hands that are the problem.  It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!”

“And that’s on the standard model?” the Angel asked.

The Lord nodded in agreement, “Yep, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head.  They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word.”

The Angel tried to stop the Lord  “This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

“But I can’t!” The Lord protested, “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself  when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand in the shower.”

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft,” the Lord agreed, “but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?” asked the Angel.

The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”

The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman’s cheek. “Oops, it looks like You have a leak with this model. I told You that You were trying to put too much into  this one.”

“That’s not a leak.” the Lord objected.  “That’s a tear!”

“What’s the tear for?” the Angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.”

The Angel was impressed.  “You are a genius, Lord.  You thought of everything for this one.  You even created the tear!”

The Lord looked at the Angel and smiled and said, “I’m afraid you are wrong again.  I created the woman, but she created the tear!”

 

 

Mothers Day

(Story Credit : My dear wife Siham)

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He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

Trust your Self.  

Trust your Infinite Self.

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Why Shout?

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Proverbs 15:1 –  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger…..

A theology professor was teaching about proverbs 15:1. He asked his students:

“Why do we shout in anger?  Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?”

The students thought for a while. One of them said, because we lose our calm, we shout for that.

“But why shout when the other person is just next to you?” asked the professor. “Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you are angry?”

The students gave some other answers but none satisfied the professor. Finally he explained,

“When two people are angry at each other, their hearts psychologically distance themselves. To cover the distance, they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will shout to hear each other through that great distance.

Then the professor asked, “What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why?  Because their hearts are psychologically very close. The distance between them is very small.”

The professor continued, “When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they even get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all….”

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Attitude and Emotions!!!

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When someone is doing or about to do something,

in a way we don’t want it to be done,

and when we are not able to accept it, we become Angry.

But, when we are able to accept it, we remain Tolerant.

When someone has or is able to produce something,

which we don’t have or not able to produce,

and when we are not able to accept it, we become Jealous.

But, if we are able to accept it, we get Inspired.

Just a thought of someone,

who is not physically present then,

and when are not able to accept it, we feel the pain of “Separation”.

But if we are able to accept it, we nourish the “Memories”.

So what is the Equation for Emotion?!

Something + Acceptance = Positive Emotion

Something + Non Acceptance = Negative Emotion

 

So, the Real cause of our Positive or Negative Emotion is….

….NOT ‘Something’ or ‘Someone’ …!

But, our Perspective … our Perception …. our Attitude….

….our  ‘Acceptance’ or ‘Non acceptance’ (of ‘Something’ or ‘Someone’),

that makes the Difference!

It is not the World and People out there,

but our Response & Reactions to the situations & people,

that determines the State of Mind and Mood we slip into…!

Next time when you feel disturbed,

analysis the situation with the above equation in mind,

and be assured that you will be back to Normal,

if you can just replace ‘Resistance’ with ‘Acceptance!

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“Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place known as the “House of 1000 Mirrors”.

A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly.

 As he left the House, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often!”

 In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again…”

 All the faces in this world are Mirrors!!!!

Now the question is “What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?!”

 

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