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A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. 

 

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A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and drove the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?  That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic. “Please mister … please, I’m sorry… I didn’t know what else to do,” he pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop…”

The Brick
With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said.  “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

 

“Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger.
Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the little boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention! 

 

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(Photo credit: Influence versus Control)

(Photo credit: Influence versus Control)

A farmer owned a beautiful mare which was praised far and wide. One day this beautiful horse disappeared. The people of his village offered sympathy to the farmer for his great misfortune. The farmer said simply, “That’s the way it is.”

A few days later the lost mare returned, followed by a beautiful wild stallion. The village congratulated the farmer for his good fortune. He said, “That’s the way it is.”

Some time later, farmer’s only son, while riding the stallion, fell off and broke his leg. The village people once again expressed their sympathy at farmer’s misfortune. The farmer again said, “That’s the way it is.”
Soon thereafter, war broke out and all the young men of the village except the farmer’s lame son were drafted and were killed in battle. The village people were amazed at the farmer’s good luck. His son was the only young man left alive in the village. But the farmer kept his same attitude: despite all the turmoil, gains and losses, he gave the same reply, “That’s the way it is.”

My dear readers, do you agree with the connect between Acceptance and Awareness?  

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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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Grandpa’s Letter ….

Happy now

One day, a young man was cleaning out his late grandfather’s belongings when he came across a bright red envelope. Written on the front were the words, “To my grandson.” Recognizing his grandfather’s handwriting, the boy opened the envelope. A letter inside read:

Dear Grandson,

Years ago you came to me for help. You said, “Grandpa, how is it that you’ve accomplished so much in your life? You’re still full of energy, and I’m already tired of struggling. How can I get that same enthusiasm that you’ve got?”

I didn’t know what to say to you then. But knowing my days are numbered, I figure that I owe you an answer. So here is what I believe. I think a lot of it has to do with how a person looks at things. I call it ‘keeping your eyes wide open.’

First, realize that life is filled with surprises, but many are good ones. If you don’t keep watching for them, you’ll miss half the excitement. Expect to be thrilled once in a while, and you will be.

When you meet up with challengeswelcome them. They’ll leave you wiser, stronger, and more capable than you were the day before. When you make a mistake, be grateful for the things it taught you. Resolve to use that lesson to help you reach your goals.

And always follow the rules. Even the little ones. When you follow the rules, life works. If you think you ever really get by with breaking the rules, you’re only fooling yourself.

It’s also important to decide exactly what you want. Then keep your mind focused on it and be prepared to receive it.

But be ready to end up in some new places too. As you grow with the years, you’ll be given bigger shoes to fill. So be ready for endings as well as challenging beginnings.

Sometimes we have to be brave enough to move from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Life isn’t just reaching peaks. Part of it is moving from one peak to the next. If you rest too long in between, you might be tempted to quit. Leave the past in the past. Climb the next mountain and enjoy the view.

Dump things that weigh you down emotionally and spiritually. When an old resentment, belief, or attitude becomes heavy, lighten your load. Shed those hurtful attitudes that slow you down and drain your energy.

Remember that your choices will create your successes and your failures. So consider all the pathways ahead and decide which ones to follow. Then believe in yourself, get up and get going.

Also be sure to take breaks once in a while. They’ll give you a renewed commitment to your dreams and a cheerful, healthy perception of the things that matter the most to you.

Most important of all, never give up on yourself. The person that ends up a winner is the one who resolves to win. Give life everything you’ve got and life will give its best back to you.

Love always,
Grandpa

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!!!

Zen Flow Chart

Once a small boy asked his mother“Mother, what is the secret of life?”
With a smile the mother replied … “My dear, the Secret of Life simply is, Being Happy!”
This was deeply registered in the child’s heart and later that day, which was his first day in class I, his class teacher was asking everyone in the class to relate what they wanted to become in their life when they grew up ……

Some students replied, ‘Engineer’, while some answered ‘Doctor’ ….. and so on. When this little boy’s turn came, he got up promptly and remembering his mother’s words replied, “I’d grow up to be Happy!”
At this juncture, his teacher tried to once again explain the question and said “Dear child, I think you didn’t understand my question……”.

At this, the boy replied, “but teacher, I think you did not understand the meaning of life yet….!”

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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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