Monday, 29 February 2016

Where There Is a Will There is a Way

Once there was a bird catcher who would catch different kinds of birds. He trained them to sing and talk and then he sold the birds to other people. He wandered from one place to another to catch and sell the birds. 

One day he caught a beautiful parrot and put him in a cage. The parrot got so scared and anxious as his freedom was taken away from him.He felt helpless and couldn't understand that what would he do now. His life was completely changed in a few seconds.

Few moments back he was flying freely in the blue sky and now he was in a prison.

 The  parrot gathered his courage and told himself, '' I should not loose hope,  I have to find a way to get out of this cage and become free again.
The bird catcher started giving training of talking and singing to  the parrot  and the poor one had to learn that because if he would not the cruel man would poke him with stick. Soon the parrot began to talk and sing well.
One day when the bird seller was selling the birds on the street a man came to him and said ,'' Do you have a talking parrot who can sing as well? I want to give that as a gift to my wife."
"Yes sir , of course I have a parrot which can talk and sing beautifully. I am sure your wife will be very happy to have that parrot."
 He showed the little parrot to that man and said to the parrot, "Come on , you little parrot, sing a song for this gentleman."
"Maybe this is the chance for me to get rid of this cruel bird catcher and to get my freedom back.", thought the little parrot.
He sang a beautiful song in a sweet and melodious voice .The man got so impressed that he bought the parrot for his wife.
He reached home with the parrot and told his wife that he had bought a talking and singing parrot for her. The woman was so happy to get the gift.
The man said to the parrot, ''Come on little parrot ,say hello to madam and sing a song for her.'' The parrot said nothing and kept quiet. "Maybe he has got scared , because he is at a new place with new people. We will try later.", said the man.
Next day the man and his wife again spoke to the parrot but he did not say anything. Maybe he will speak after some days. A whole week passed but the parrot did not speak a single word .
Now the woman lost her temper and said to her husband, '' You lied to me, this parrot can't talk , he is dumb . I will not keep this useless bird in my home. She opened the door of the cage and said to the little parrot, '' Get out from here! You are good for nothing!''
The parrot came out of the cage and flew away in the sky. As they say - ''Where there is a will there is a way.''  

Aunt Mary

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Top 10 quotes on CHANGE

10. You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller

9. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.- Leo Tolstoy

8. A year from now you will wish you had started today. — Karen Lamb

7. By changing nothing, nothing changes. – Tony Robbins

6. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. - C. S. Lewis

5. Change before you have to.- Jack Welch

4. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela

3. The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.- Albert Einstein

2. Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.- Margaret Mead

1. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.- Charles Darwin

Friday, 26 February 2016

Old Man and His Son

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:

    Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting time. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison. Love, Dad

Shortly, the old man received this telegram: ‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’ At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next. His son’s reply was: ‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’

 Moral: No Matter where you are in the World, If you have decided to do something deep from your heart, you can do it. It is the thought that matters, not where you are or where the person is.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Tale Of Two Pebbles

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. If she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?
Take a moment to ponder this. What would you recommend that the girl do?
The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

“Oh, how clumsy of me!” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
The moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty. The girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

By Edward de Bono

Most problems do have a solution, sometimes we just need to think in a different way.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Self Appraisal

A little boy went into a drug store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits (phone numbers).  The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation.

Boy: ‘Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?

Woman: (at the other end of the phone line): ‘I already have someone to cut my lawn.’

Boy: ‘Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.’

Woman: I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.

Boy: (with more perseverance) : ‘Lady, I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach , Florida.’

Woman: No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner: ‘Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.’

Boy: ‘No thanks.’

Store Owner: But you were really pleading for one.

Boy: No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the Job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!’

Moral: This is what we call ‘Self Appraisal’.  Every time if we don’t get ahead of others, we blame others for it.  We should look to our self and compare, find own weaknesses and work hard to throw away weaknesses.  Always Work Hard, Honest and with full Dedication.  It will always pay up.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Top 10 quotes on leadership

10. A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.– Zig Ziglar

9. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.– Steve Jobs

8. Tend to the people, and they will tend to the business. – John Maxwell

7. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. – Brian Tracy

6. The smartest thing I ever did was to hire my weakness.– Sara Blakely

5. You manage things; you lead people. – Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

4. Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work. – Seth Godin

3. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.– Warren Bennis

2. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.– Colin Powell

1. Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others– Lao Tuz

Friday, 19 February 2016

Learn to Appreciate

Once upon a time, there was a man who was very helpful, kindhearted, and generous. He was a man who will help someone without asking anything to pay him back. He will help someone because he wants to and he loves to.  One day while walking into a dusty road, this man saw a purse, so he picked it up and noticed that the purse was empty. Suddenly a woman with a policeman shows up and gets him arrested.

The woman kept on asking where did he hide her money but the man replied, “It was empty when I found it, Mam.” The woman yelled at him, “Please give it back, It’s for my son’s school fees.”  The man noticed that the woman really felt sad, so he handed all his money.  He could say that the woman was a single mother.  The man said, “Take these, sorry for the inconvenience.”  The woman left and policeman held he man for further questioning.

The woman was very happy but when she counted her money later on, it was doubled, she was shocked.  One day while woman was going to pay her son’s school fees towards the school, she noticed that some skinny man was walking behind her.  She thought that he may rob her, so she approached a policeman standing nearby.  He was the same policeman, who she took along to inquire about her purse.  The woman told him about the man following her, but suddenly they saw that man collapsing.  They ran at him, and saw that he was the same man whom they arrested few days back for stealing a purse.

He looked very weak and woman was confused.  The policeman said to the woman, “He didn’t return your money, he gave you his money that day.  He wasn’t the thief but hearing about you son’s school fees, he felt sad and gave you his money.”  Later, they helped man stand up, and man told the woman, “Please go ahead and pay your son’s school fees, I saw you and followed you to be sure that no one steals your son’s school fees.”   The woman was speechless.

 Moral: Life gives you strange experiences, sometime it shocks you and sometimes it may surprise you. We end up making wrong judgments or mistakes in our anger, desperation and frustration. However, when you get a second chance, correct your mistakes and return the favor. Be Kind and Generous. Learn to Appreciate what you are given.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Respect Vs Fear

Long time ago very cruel king name Augsta was ruling the city of Sprinks. All citizens were fearful because of his cruelty.
Augsta has a dog named Bruno, which he used to love more than anything, one fateful morning Bruno died. Augsta organized last rituals for dog; entire city came to cremation ground. Augsta was very happy to see that people love him so much and he felt he is the most popular king in the world. After few days Augsta died, but no one came for his funerals.

Moral: Respect is something you have to earn, you cannot force it on others to respect you. There is a thin line between Fear and Respect, every one of us should understand it and do necessary corrections in our personalities.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Helping Others

Once there was a small boy named Ramesh. He belonged to a poor family.  One day, he was crossing through the forest carrying some woods. He saw an old man who was very hungry.  Ramesh wanted to give him some food, but he did not have food for his own.  So he continued on his way.  On his way he saw a deer who was very thirsty.  He wanted to give him some water, but he did not have water for himself.  So he went on his way ahead.  Then he saw a man who wanted to make a camp but he did not have woods.  Ramesh asked his problem and gave some woods to him.  In return, he gave him some food and water.  Now he went back to the old man and gave him some food and gave some water to the deer. The old man and the deer were very happy.  Ramesh than happily went on his way.

However, one day Ramesh fell down the hill.  He was in pain but he couldn’t move and no one was there to help him.  But, the old man who he had helped before saw him, he quickly came and pulled him up the hill.  He had many wounds on his legs.  The deer whom Ramesh had gave water saw his wounds and quickly went to forest and brought some herbs.  After sometime his wounds were covered.  All were very happy that they were able to help each other.

 Moral: If you help others, then they will also help you.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Don’t accept accepted thinking

Once upon a time, accepted thinking was that the world was flat. Not so long ago, conventional wisdom was that a horse and cart was the pinnacle of human transport. Accepted thinking is always waiting to be proved wrong - and that goes for accepted business thinking too.

Smoking was once perfectly acceptable on trains and planes, until Virgin became the first airline to stop smoking on our planes, and the first rail company to ban smoking on our trains. We were met with some anger, as accepted thinking was that people should be allowed to smoke wherever they liked.

While it isn’t usually in our nature to encourage bans, it helped lots of our staff give up smoking and created a healthier environment for all. Now, of course, smoking inside public spaces is widely a thing of the past.

It used to be accepted thinking that businesses should focus upon their shareholders, then their customers, then their staff. We turned that the other way around at Virgin, where we know that looking after your employees means they will look after your customers, and in turn improve results for your shareholders. It used to be accepted thinking that companies should concentrate on profit above all else. Now more and more companies are realizing the benefits of putting purpose people and the planet alongside profit.

There is no need for anybody to always go along with the accepted way of doing things. I’ve based a lot of my career on that principle. As I have written previously, there is no such thing as an average person or a normal person. Everybody is unique and has the potential to do extraordinary things. The first step is often challenging accepted thinking.

What is your favorite example of challenging accepted thinking?

By Richard Branson

Friday, 12 February 2016

Smartest Man in the World

A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute and yelled to the passengers that they better jump, and he himself bailed out.

Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining.

The doctor grabbed one and said “I’m a doctor, I save lives, so I must live,” and jumped out.

The lawyer then said, “I’m a lawyer and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. I deserve to live.” He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.

The priest looked at the little boy and said, “My son, I’ve lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Take the last parachute and live in peace.”

The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said, “Not to worry Father. The smartest man in the world just took off with my back pack.”

Moral: Your job doesn’t always define you, but being a Good Human being Does.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Little Boy’s Love for his Family

I was walking around in a Big store making shopping, when I saw a Cashier talking to a boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. The Cashier said, "I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll." Then the little boy turned to me and asked, "Uncle, are you sure I don’t have enough money?"

I counted his cash and replied, "You know that you don’t have enough money to buy the doll, my dear." The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. "It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much . I wanted to Gift her for her Birthday. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there." His eyes were so sad while saying this.

"My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister." My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said, "I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall." Then he showed me a very nice photo of him, where he was laughing. He then told me "I want mommy to take my picture with her so my sister won’t forget me, I love my mommy and I wish she doesn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister."

Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly. I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. "Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?" He said, "OK, I hope I do have enough." I added some of my money to his with out him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said, "Thank you God for giving me enough money!" Then he looked at me and added, "I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me! I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses."

I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state.

The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away. I couldn’t stop myself. I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever…

The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him…

Moral: Respect life, Follow and Obey Rules. Don’t make anyone else to pay and bear for your mistakes. Do not make the mistakes which cost others something that can never be replaced. Always have a giving hand and extend your help to those in need and sorrow.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Dinner with a Father at Restaurant

A son took his old father to a restaurant for an evening dinner.  Father being very old and weak, while eating, dropped food on his shirt and trousers.  Other diners watched him in disgust while his son was calm.

After he finished eating, his son who was not at all embarrassed, quietly took him to the wash room, wiped the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his spectacles firmly.  When they came out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that.  The son settled the bill and started walking out with his father.

At that time, an old man among the dinners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think you have left something behind?”.

The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t”.

The old man retorted, “Yes, you have!  You left a lesson for every son and hope for every father”.

The restaurant went silent.

Moral: To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.   We all know, how our parents cared for us for every little things.  Love them, respect them, and care for them.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

5 Questions to Open the Door to a Better Workplace Culture

Most of us understand how important it is to foster a positive culture in the workplace: an environment that encourages collaboration and autonomy. A culture of learning, entrepreneurship, and cultural diversity where employees feel inspired and important. But the jury is still out on the best way to get there. This post suggests a relatively simple way to get started as a leader in purposely contributing to a better work environment—by asking five questions to push you in the right direction.

"Culture is more important than strategy." – Tony Hsieh

 The most effective strategy and the smartest people will still struggle to achieve their goals in a culture that stifles creativity and independence. In fact, with a weak strategy and a stellar culture, you’ll probably get where you need to be eventually because people thrive and make it work when given the respect and freedom to do so.

"Culture is not part of the strategy, it IS the strategy." – Jim Collins

The questions a leader asks greatly influence the reality of any team or organization. Here are five key questions to help you see the reality inside your team and its people … so you can set a course for cultural differentiation.

#1. Do you understand and communicate the shared dream?

What is the common thread in your team that ignites passion and aligns your efforts? What goal and vision unifies your people to a common purpose? Hopefully you have a mission and a strategy in place for your teams, but does it truly align with a shared purpose that everyone can get excited about?

#2. Do you care about the people you work with?
Do you care deeply for the people that work for and around you? Do you set an example of respect and an openhearted approach?

I’m talking about honest, true, genuine caring … this isn’t something you can fake. Forget any ideas you have about the workplace needing boundaries on personal sharing and connection. Yes, you may want to steer clear of religion and politics, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to know people’s hobbies, learn about their families, and care about what they’re doing after work or this weekend.

If you struggle with this one, you may need to open up a little, which brings us to #3 …

#3. Are you connected to the people you work with?
Do you allow yourself to be open and connected with your teams? It’s all too easy to stay closed off at work and “stick to business” … but is that what is best for your team and your culture? Can you really have a culture where people feel important and empowered if we all leave our true selves at the door?

Don’t be afraid to let your teams see the real you. Lead with your heart. Let people in and encourage them to do the same with each other.

#4. Are you empowering?
If you truly care, connect, and share a vision, this should come much more easily—but do you empower the people who work for you?

Company leaders want autonomous employees and employees want autonomy, but this type of culture seems to elude many while only a few have mastered the art.

The best leaders create opportunities for other to succeed, and do everything they can to help them get there. Clear expectations, the right resources, and a leader in their corner—that’s what people need and what you can give them. Read the article linked above for five steps to getting there.

#5. Are you proud, engaged, and happy?
It’s cliché because it’s true—it’s best to lead by example. Are you feeling empowered, engaged, and happy to go to work most days? Do you feel comfortable and inspired by the culture around you? If not, why not? What needs to change? What you need and what your employees need is not all that different.

If you’re reading this article and looking for ways to move in a positive direction, you’re already on the right track. Work through these questions with an open mind and a willingness to change, and you’ll be amazed at the impact you can have on your enjoyment of work and the culture that surrounds you.

Written by
Richard French

Friday, 5 February 2016

Appreciation of Hard Work

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision. The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, Never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” The youth answered “none”.

The director asked,  “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees”.

The director asked,  “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect”.

The director asked,  “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me”.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning”.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid. The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future. After finishing the cleaning of his mother’s hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother. That night, mother and son talked for a very long time. Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked:  “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?” The youth answered,  “I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes”.

The Director asked,  “please tell me your feelings”. The youth said, “Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship”.

The director said,  “This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired”. Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

 Moral: If one doesn’t understand and experience the difficulty it takes to earn the comfort provided by their loved ones, than they will never value it.  The most important thing is to experience the difficulty and learn to value hard work behind all the given comfort.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Father & Son

Once day, father was doing some work and his son came and asked, “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” Father said, “Yeah sure, what it is?” So his son asked, “Dad, how much do you make an hour?” Father got bit upset and said, “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” Son said, “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” So, father told him that “I make Rs. 500 per hour.”

“Oh”, the little boy replied, with his head down. Looking up, he said, “Dad, may I please borrow Rs. 300?” The father furiously said, “if the only reason you asked about my pay is so that you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or other nonsense, then march yourself to your room and go to bed. Think why you are being so selfish. I work hard every day and do not like this childish behavior.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think, “May be there was something he really needed to buy with that Rs. 300 and he really didn’t ask for money very often!” The man went to the door of little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you a sleep, son?” He asked. “No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy. “I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier”, said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you, Here’s the Rs.300 you asked for”.

The little boy sat straight up, smiling “oh thank you dad!” He yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled some crippled up notes. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.

“Why do you want money if you already had some?” the father grumbled. “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy I have Rs. 500 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you”. Father was dumbstruck.

Moral: It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life! We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Man With Lamp

A man woke up early in order to pray in the Mosque. He got dressed, made his ablution and was on his way to the Mosque.

On his way to the Mosque, the man fell and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself off, and headed home. At home, he changed his clothes, made his ablution, and was, again, on his way to the Mosque.

On his way to the Mosque, he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. At home he, once again, changed his clothes, made his ablution and was on his way to the Mosque.

On his way to the Mosque, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied "I saw you fall twice on your way to the Mosque, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way." The first man thanked him profusely and the two where on their way to the Mosque.

Once at the Mosque, the first man asked the man with lamp to come in and pray with him. The second man refused. The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same. The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray.

The man replied "I am Satan."

The man was shocked at this reply. Satan went on to explain, "I saw you on your way to the Mosque and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the Mosque, God forgave all of your sins. I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to the Mosque. Because of that, God forgave all the sins of the people of your household. I was afraid if i made you fall one more time, then God will forgive the sins of the people of your village, so i made sure that you reached the Mosque safely."

Do not put off a good that you intended to do as you never know how much reward you might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good.

Another thing which we can learn from this story is if we won't quit and keep trying, even the people who create hurdles will help us to achieve our goal.

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