Friday, February 27, 2009

Be a lake, like a dog, or a cup and truths of life!

Some inspirational e-mails are in circulation for many years and some of them keep coming back from different senders once in a while. Isn't that an indication that it has something in it? So here are such few to inspire:


An old Master instructed an unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?"the Master asked. "Awful," spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No." said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into.

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ..... Stop being a glass. Become a lake!"



If a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

*When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

*Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

*Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

*Take naps.

*Stretch before rising.

*Run, romp, and play daily.

*Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

*Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

*On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

*On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

*When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

*Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

*Be loyal.

*Never pretend to be something you're not.

*If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

*When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.



A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

The Lecturer just smiled and went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups - some porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.
The Lecturer offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves.

When all the students had a cup in hand with water, the Lecturer spoke: "If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups."

"Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold/maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change."

"If we only concentrate on the cup, we won't have time to enjoy/taste the water in it."



Don't let someone become a priority in your life,
when you are just an option in their life...

Relationships work best when they are balanced.

Never explain yourself to anyone.
Because the person who likes you doesn't need it.
and the person who dislikes you won't believe it.

When you keep saying you are busy,
then you are never free.
When you keep saying you have no time,
then you will never have time.
When you keep saying that you will do it tomorrow,
then your tomorrow will never come.

We make them cry who care for us.
We cry for those who never care for us.
And we care for those who will never cry for us.

This is the truth of life. It's strange but true.
Once you realise this, it's never too late to change.

Don't make promises when you are in joy.
Don't reply when you are sad.
Don't take decisions when you are angry.
Think twice... act wise.

Time is like a river.
You cannot touch the same water twice,
because the flow that has passed will never pass again.
Enjoy every moment of life...



Tears convey more than what words can ever say.

Lonlier you feel, lonlier the world makes you feel.

Even if you deserve the reward, you got to beg order to get it.

Words hurt more than the physical wounds suffered in life.

No matter how many times you pray you only get what you rightfully deserve.

When you are ecstatic about something there are never enough people to share it with.

A face is not as important as it is made to believe.

It’s not always a coward who gives up a fight, sometimes smart people too.

Kids are never at fault – they just mirror our faults.

One person’s misery is another person’s merriment.

Every relationship has an expiry date.

I realize that I am better when I am silent.


5 important lessons to learn from a humble pencil.

1. It tells you that everything you do will always leave a Mark
2. You can always correct the mistake you make
3. The important thing in life is what you are from inside and not from out side
4. In life you will undergo painful sharpenings which will make you better in whatever you do
5. Finally, to be the best you can be, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you


Set a goal for yourself

Smile as often as you can

Share your happiness

Be ready to help people

Be child-like

Learn to live in harmony with different people

Keep your humour

Do not be afraid under different situations

Learn to forgive

Cherish real friendship

Be co-operative and enjoy team work

Do not ignore your loved one

Be confident

Be brave and try new things

Do not take money seriously

[Source unknown]


Once all village people decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all people gathered and only one boy came with an umbrella....

That's Confidence..


Trust should be like the feeling of a one year old baby when you throw him in the air; he laughs.....because he knows you will catch him....

That's Trust..


Every night we go to bed, we have no assurance to get up alive in the next morning but still we have plans for the coming day....

That's Hope..


"The six keys to success".

1. Attitude
Bloom where you are planted. You have a choice to get back up after temporary set backs. Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference!

2. Direction
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Write your short term goals down on paper. I have discovered and continue to discover that putting your dreams and goals down on paper lock in or focus your belief that they can be achieved--even if you have to take a course correction in achieving your goals. Success comes in cans, failure comes in can'ts.

3. Values
Explore what is important to you. Maybe it is family, friends, your spirituality or working hard at any given task. I can assure you that your priorities will change as you grow older. Very important that you value yourself and treat yourself like the valuable gift from God that you are.

4. Interests
Birds of a feather flock together. This is to say that if you are hanging around winners or others with a "can do" mind-set, you'll likely adapt to this same kind of thinking. Remember--"SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES!

5. Commitment
Feelings may change, commitments do not. "Success is getting up one more time than you fall." I have often wanted to give up, and then I must think to myself about what the consequences of giving up will be. Generally, this is more than enough of a motivation to make us stick to the task at hand even if we don't feel like it. When the task is achieved, Whow!--IT FEELS GREAT!

6. Encouragement
Be an encourager and comforter to friends that are feeling discouraged. I promise that you will not regret this as you will be encouraged by one, if not many, when you are feeling down. Encouragement and love are contagious qualities that can change the minds of the most stubborn and "hard-to-get- along-with" people you know. I have seen it happen over and over again.


7 principles fo eagle...

This is a compilation by Dr.Myles Monroe and is in circulation on the internet pretty widely for sometime. The wisdom in these principles is certainly worth a read. Re-read if already read!

7 Principles of an Eagle - Dr. Myles Monroe

1. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and not with sparrows or mix with other smaller birds.

Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle.
Eagles fly with eagles and never in a flock. Even when Moses (Old Testament Bible) went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills.

Stay away from sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.
2. Eagles have strong vision, which focuses up to 5 kilometers from the air. When an eagle sights prey- even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.
3. Eagles do not eat dead things. He feeds on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but not eagles.

Steer clear of outdated and old information. Do your research well always.
4. The Eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the wings of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

We can use the storms of our lives (obstacles, trouble, etc) to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.
5. The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases until he reaches it and has to catch it before it falls to the
ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude pursued by the male until she perceives it high enough, and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment, then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her!

Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.
6. Eagles prepare for training. When about to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach; the male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth picks thorns and lays them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns, and then flies back to pick rugs to put on the grass. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass and rugs and lays them on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest and because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets jump into the nest again, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and picks them up on his back before they fall, and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly and not fall at such a fast rate.

The father and mother eagle supports them with their wings. The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and love on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.
7. When the Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.

We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Secrets, wisdom and much more...

The internet is a popular source of information dissemination. We get forwarded e-mails every day from friends about various things, some appealing, some crazy, some silly, some absurd, some colourful, some spiritual, some philosophical, some funny, some hilarious jokes, some false facts packed in attractive messages and so on. Some are very meaningful too, worth storing and reading again and again with a hope that at least a few of those get to be adapted in daily life. It is hard to adapt new things, doubtless, (how many of us change our attitudes, or open our minds to learn good things?) but it can impress at one time or other. I reproduce here a few of those I thought are carrying some wisdom which on adaption in our own lives could make us better persons, or at least some happy reading!


Our Birth is our Opening Balance!
Our Death is our Closing Balance!
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets

Heart is our Current Asset
Soul is our Fixed Asset
Brain is our Fixed Deposit
Thinking is our Current Account

Achievements are our Capital
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade
Friends are our General Reserves
Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill
Patience is our Interest Earned
Love is our Dividend
Children are our Bonus Issues
Education is Brands / Patents

Knowledge is our Investment
Experience is our Premium Account
The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.
The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award.


The Mosts... and greatests... in life

The most useless thing to do.....................Worry

The greatest Joy.................................Giving
The greatest loss.......................Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work...................Helping others
The ugliest personality trait.................Selfishness
The most endangered species.........Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource...............Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..........Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome................Fear

Most effective sleeping pill.................Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease.............Excuses

The most powerful force in life..................Love
The most dangerous pariah..................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer........The brain !

The worst thing to be without...................
The deadliest weapon.......................The tongue
The two most power-filled words..............."I Can"

The greatest asset................................Faith
The most worthless emotion...................Self-pity
The most prized possession....................Integrity

The most beautiful attire.........................SMILE!
The most powerful channel of communication......Prayer

The most contagious spirit.....................Enthusiasm

The most important thing in life.................GOD

Life ends; when you stop Dreaming,
Hope ends; when you stop Believing,
Love ends; when you stop Caring,
And Friendship ends; when you stop Sharing...!!!



To realize the value of a sister
Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years,
ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year,
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months,
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize the value of one month,
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week,
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour,
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute,
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second,
Ask a person, who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond,
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

The origin of this compilation is unknown.



Life is ADVENTURE dare it.
Life is BEAUTY worship it.
Life is CHALLENGE meet it.
Life is DREAM realize it.
Life is ENDURANCE copewith it.
Life is FRAGRANCE smell it.
Life is GAME play it.
Life is HEAVEN take it.
Life is INITIATIVE take it.
Life is JOURNEY complete it.
Life is KEROSINE burn it.
Life is LOVE enjoy it.
Life is MYSTERY unfold it.
Life is NAME find it.
Life is OPPORTUNITY catch it.
Life is PROMISE fulfil it.
Life is QUSETION answer it.
Life is REALITY face it.
Life is SONG sing it.
Life is TIME utilize it.
Life is URGE satisfy it.
Life is VOICE listen it.
Life is WEALTH acquire it.
Life is X ? solve it.
Life is YEARNING go after it.
Life is ZENITH attain


Another realistic A to Z

A is for apple, and B is for boat,
That used to be right, but now it won't float!
Age before beauty is what we once said,
But let's be a bit more realistic instead.

Now ...

A's for arthritis;
B's the bad back,
C's the chest pains,
perhaps car-d-iac?

D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight, can't read that top line!
F is for fissures and fluid retention,
G is for gas which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure--I' d rather it be low,
I is for incisions with scars you can show.
J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend,
K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L is for libido, what happened to sex?
M is for memory, I forget what comes next.
N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low,
O is for osteo, the bones that don't grow!

P is for prescriptions, I have quite a few,
just give me a pill and I'll be good as new!
Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?
R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears,
T is for Tinnitus; there's bells in my ears!
U is for urinary; big troubles with flow,
V is for vertigo, that's "dizzy," you know.

W is for worry, NOW what's going 'round?
X is for X- ray, and what might be found.
Y is another year I'm left here behind,
Z is for zest that I still have -- in my mind.

I've survived all the symptoms, my body's deployed,
And I am keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed!!!



Keep your thoughts positive,
because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive,
because your words become your actions.

Keep your actions positive,
because your actions become your habits.

Keep your habits positive,
because your habits become your lifestyle.

Keep your lifestyle positive,
because your lifestyle becomes your destiny.



Take time to WORK. It is the PRICE OF SUCCESS.
Take time to MEDITATE. It is the PRICE OF POWER.
Take time to READ. It is the WAY TO KNOWLEDGE.
Take time to be FRIENDLY. It is the ROAD TO HAPPINESS.
Take time to LAUGH. It is the MUSIC OF THE SOUL.
Most importantly, take time to LOVE AND BE LOVED.


When I say 'good morning' I mean to say:

G -od
O -ffers us His
O -utstanding
D -evotion to

M -ake us
O -bedient &
R -eady for a
N -ew day with Him.
I -nspire others please, and
N -ever forget (I prefer always remember)
G -od loves you!




Tears convey more than what words can ever say.

Lonlier you feel, lonlier the world makes you feel.

Even if I deserve the reward, I got to beg in order to get it.

Words had hurt me more than the wounds I had suffered in life.

No matter how many times I pray I only get what I rightfully deserve.

When I am ecstatic about something there are never enough people to share it with.

A face is not as important as it is made to believe.

It’s not always a coward who gives up a fight, sometimes smart people too.

Kids are never at fault – they just mirror our faults.

One person’s misery is another person’s merriment.

Every relationship has an expiry date.

I am better when I am silent.


The "BE" Attitudes

Be understanding to your perceived enemies.
Be loyal to your friends.

Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you not do everything alone.

Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with that you need yourself.

Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.

Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

Be first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
Be last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not tumble.
Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.

Be loving to those who love you.
Be loving to those who do not love you; they may change.

Above all, be yourself. JUST BE YOURSELF!



Its a good touchy message.

It does make sense and we should take the time every day to do what it says.

Around the corner I have a friend, In this great city that has no end, Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face, For life is a swift and terrible race, He knows I like him just as well, As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine if, we were younger then, And now we are busy, tired men. Tired of playing a foolish game, Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim" ,"Just to show that I'm thinking of him." But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes, And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner! yet miles away, "Here's a telegram sir". "Jim died today." And that's what we get and deserve in the end. Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love or like someone, tell them.

Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you. Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.

Seize the day. Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.


A Message by George Carlin:

Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways ,
but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things..

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.