Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Look inside. God dwells in your heart.

Worth a read especially for the stressed out !

A SPLITTING HEADACHE...

The proprietor of a coffee shop had been busy all day.
Being Saturday, it was very crowded and the customers were just unending.

He had been on his toes since morning.
Towards the evening he felt a splitting headache surfacing.

As the clock ticked away, his headache worsened. Unable to bear it, he stepped out of the shop leaving his staff to look after the sales.

He walked across the street to the Chemist, to buy himself a painkiller to relieve his headache.
He swallowed the pill and felt relieved.
He knew that in a few minutes he would feel better.

As he strolled out of the shop, he casually asked the salesgirl, "Where is Mr Savarkar (the Chemist)? He's not at the cash counter today!"

The girl replied, "Sir, Mr Savarkar had a splitting headache and said he was going across to the coffee shop.
He said a cup of hot coffee would relieve him of his headache."

The man's mouth went dry and he mumbled, "Oh! I see."

This is a typical case of looking outside ourselves for something that we have within us.
How strange but true!

The chemist relieves his headache by drinking coffee and the coffee shop owner finds relief in a pain relieving pill!

A man hunts across the lengths and breadths of the universe to find peace.
Eventually he finds it in his heart and realizes that peace is really a state of mind.

He undertakes many a pilgrimage to find God.
Eventually he realizes that God is the in- dweller of the heart.

Have an incredible Life...😃🙏🏽👍🏼🌺

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Are you Hurt? Remember, Happiness is always yours.

Are you Hurt?
Remember, Happiness is always yours.

On his first day in office as President, when Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address.

One man stood up. He was a rich Aristocrat.

He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed; they thought they had made a fool of Lincoln.

But certain people are made of a totally different mettle.

Lincoln looked at the man directly in the eye and said, “Sir, I know that my father used to make shoes for your family, and there will be many others here. Because he made shoes the way nobody else can, he was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes; he poured his whole soul into them. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes myself. If you have any complaint I can make you another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius, a great creator and I am proud of my father”.

The whole Senate was struck dumb. They could not understand what kind of man Abraham Lincoln was. He was proud because his father did his job so well that not even a single complaint had ever been heard.

Remember:

“No one can hurt you without your consent.”

“It is not what happens to us that hurts us. It is our response that hurts us. Be excellent at your work no matter what work you do,

Happiness is always yours.😀

Saturday, September 16, 2017

An Elephant Story.

An elephant took a bath in a river and was walking on the road. When it neared a bridge, it saw a pig fully soaked in mud coming from the opposite direction. The elephant quietly moved to one side, allowed the dirty pig to pass and then continued its onward journey.

The unclean pig later spoke to its friends in arrogance, “See how big I am; even the elephant was afraid of me and moved to one side to let me pass”.

On hearing this, some elephants questioned their friend, the reason for its action. Was it out of fear?

The elephant smiled and replied, “I could have easily crushed the pig under my leg, but I was clean and the pig was very dirty. By crushing it, my leg will become dirty and I wanted to avoid it. Hence, I moved aside.”

This story reveals :
Realized souls will avoid contact with negativity not out of fear, but out of desire to keep away from impurity though they are strong enough to destroy the impurity.

You need not react to every opinion, every comment, or every situation.

Kick the drama and keep going ahead.

Choose your battles wisely... Not everything deserves your time and attention.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Seven short stories shared by Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

7 short stories shared by Satya Nadella, CEO-Microsoft: Must Read.

1. LOOKING BACK:

Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."

2. LOVE CONQUERS PAIN:

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

3. LOOKING BACK:

Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

4. AFFECTION:

Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

5. JOY:

Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

6. KINDNESS:

Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

7. SHARING:

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

Cheers to life..!😊

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SEVEN LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM AN EAGLE....

SEVEN LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES TO LEARN FROM AN EAGLE....

1. Eagles fly Alone and at Hi gh Altitudes.
They don't fly with crow, and other small birds.

MEANING; Stay away from narrow-minded people, those that bring you down. Eagle flies with Eagles. Keep good company.

2. Eagles have an Accurate Vision. They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5km away. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

MEANING; Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacles and you will succeed.

3. Eagles do not Eat Dead things. They Feed only on Fresh Prey.

MEANING; Do not rely on your past success, keep looking for new frontiers to conquer. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past.

4. Eagles Love the Storm.
When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited, the eagle uses the storms wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree.

MEANING; Face your challenges head on knowing that these will make you emerge stronger and better than you were. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges, rather they relish them and use them profitably.

5. When a Female Eagle Meets a Male Eagle and they want to mate, she flies down to earth, picks a twig and flies back into the air with the male eagle in hot pursuit. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she drops the twig and let it fall to the ground while she watches. The male eagle chases after the twig and catches it before it reached the ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude and drop the twig again for the male eagle to chase. This goes on for hours with the height increasing each time 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.

MEANING; Whether in private life or business, one should test the commitment of the people intended for partnership.

6. Eagles Prepare for Training;
They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually flies when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest.

MEANING; Leave your Comfort Zone, there is No Growth There.

7. When the Eagle Grows Old,
His feathers becomes weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before.

MEANING; We occasionally need to shed off old habit no matter how difficult, things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go of.

YES, NEVER GIVE UP,
BE AN EAGLE, NEVER EVER GIVE UP !!!

Don't we all need help?

*DON'T WE ALL*

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car.

I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a tramp.

From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.

There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don't want to be bothered.

This was one of those "don't want to be bothered times."

"I hope he doesn't ask me for any money,"  I thought.

He didn't.

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke.

"That's a very pretty car," he said.

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him.

His scraggly blond beard keep more than his face warm.

I said, "thanks," and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened something inside said, "ask him if he needs any help."

I was sure that he would say "yes" but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

We often look for wisdom in great men and women.

We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments.

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand.

He spoke the three words that shook me.

"Don't we all?" he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a tramp in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

*Don't we all?*

I needed help.

Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help.

I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

Those three little words still ring true.

No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that.

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.

They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have -

*A different perspective on life,

*a glimpse at something beautiful,

* a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets.

Maybe he was more than that.

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to minister to a soul too comfortable in themselves.

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a tramp, then said, "go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help."

*DON'T WE ALL?*

Matter of Perspective.

What a wonderful post. It changed my *perception on perception•

Sharing! .... Do read

A teacher teaching Maths to a six-year-old asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple & one apple, how many apples will you have?”

With a few seconds the boy replied confidently, “Four!”

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).

She was disappointed. “May be the child did not listen properly,” she thought.

She repeated, “pls listen carefully.

It is very simple. You will be able to do it right if you listen carefully.

If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

The boy had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face.

He calculated again on his fingers.

But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make his teacher happy.

This time hesitatingly he replied, “Four...”

The disappointment stayed on teacher’s face.

She remembered that the boy loves strawberries.

She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and that is making him lose focus.

This time with exaggerated excitement & twinkling eyes she asked ...

“If I give you one strawberry & one strawberry & one strawberry, then how many will you have?”

Seeing the teacher happy, the young boy calculated on his fingers again.

There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher.

She wanted her new approach to succeed.

With a hesitating smile, the young boy replied, “Three?”

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded.

She wanted to congratulate herself.

But one last thing remained.

Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?”

Promptly the answer was “Four!”

The teacher was aghast.

“How.... tell me, How?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young boy replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”

Lessons to Learn: When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you are expecting, it is not necessarily they are wrong.

There may be an angle that we may not have understood at all.

We need to learn to appreciate and understand different perspectives.

Quite often, we try and impose our perspectives on others and then wonder what went wrong.

The next time someone gives you a different perspective than yours, sit down and gently ask " can you please help me understand"?......


Abilene Paradox - “The Inability to Manage Agreement".

The Abilene Paradox

"On my birthday a couple of years back, I wanted to take my family out for dinner. I asked my wife where we can go. Knowing that I like Indian food, she immediately said: “Let’s go to Rajdhani - The Thali Restaurant.”

My son and daughter both nodded in agreement. On return my son said: “I wish Pappa had taken us to Mainland China – he loves Chinese food.” “Or at least to Copper Chimney for the wonderful Punjabi food” added my daughter. “Yes, I too would have loved to go Mainland China”, I said.

My wife looked surprised: “But didn’t we all unanimously agree to go to Rajdhani” she asked.

I said sheepishly “I didn’t want you to feel bad.” And both my children nodded in agreement. Here were four people who of their own volition would not have gone to ‘Rajdhani - The Thali Restaurant', but collectively agreed to go there. "

This also happens in the corporate world. This is the Abilene Paradox. Prof. Jerry Harvey calls it “The Inability to Manage Agreement”.

Abilene Paradox occurs when a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is contrary to the preferences of many of the individuals in the group.

Prof. Harvey states in his paper ‘The Abilene Paradox’: “Organizations frequently take actions in contradiction to what they really want to do and therefore defeat the very purpose they are trying to achieve”. This is the inability to manage agreement.

He adds: “The inability to manage agreement, not the inability to manage conflict, is the essential symptom that defines organizations caught in the web of the Abilene Paradox.”

In the corporate world, when the top boss throws an idea, the group immediately agrees. This is because everyone in the group thinks he would look stupid if he disagrees.  Standing out as a lone voice is very embarrassing. This leads the group to decide on ‘yes’ when ‘no’ would have been the personal (and the correct) response of the majority.

I love this from Ayn Rand: “If we have an endless number of individual minds who are weak, meek, submissive and impotent – who renounce their creative supremacy for the sake of the “whole” and accept humbly the ‘whole’s verdict’ – we don’t get a collective super-brain. We get only the weak, meek, submissive and impotent collective mind.”

Life's Little Joys.

Beautiful Story 👍 Made Me Smile 😊
I hope this makes everyone else smile too.

A man often bought oranges from an old lady.
After they were weighed, paid for and put in his bag, he would always pick one from his bag, peel it, put a segment in his mouth, complain it's sour and pass on the orange to the seller.

The old lady would put one segment in her mouth and retort, "why, it's sweet," but by then he was gone with his bag.

His wife, always with him, asked, "the oranges are always sweet, then why this drama every time?"
He smiled, "the old Mother sells sweet oranges but never eats them herself. This way I get her to eat one, without losing her money. That's all."

The vegetable seller next to the old lady, saw this everyday.
She chided, "every time this man fusses over your oranges, and I see that you always weigh a few extra for him. Why?"
The old lady smiled, "I know he does this to feed me an orange, only, he thinks I don't understand. I never weigh extra. His love tilts the scale slightly every time."

*Life's joys are in these sweet little gestures of love and respect for our fellow beings*
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*O God, Grant us always the ability to show such amazing kindness and Gestures
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50 Most positive one liners.

🌞50 most positive one liners...
1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first, and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you are not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, always.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
22. Be a good loser for your
loved ones.
23. Be a good winner of
Hearts.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don't burn bridges. You will be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read: "No Regrets!".
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you will regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Forgive quickly. Life is short.
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 AM.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone's day by encouraging them.
44. Become someone's hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you are a guest in someone's home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don't expect life to be fair...

Good Practices followed by Army Officers.

Some of the Good Practices Followed by the Army Officers in Army

1.        Always follow the FM Chitwode;s Motto taught in the Indian Military Academy:

      “First - the Safety, Honor and Welfare of your Country come First–Always and Every time.

       Second – the Honor, Welfare and Comfort of the Men You Command come Next.

       Third – Your Own Ease, Comfort and Safety come Last – Always and Every Time”

2.     Never criticise the predecessor or organisation.

3.     Never carry your bad baggage to the new office.

4.     Never criticise food, staff and facilities.

5.     Senior always foots the bill when entertaining juniors in the cafe.

6.     Take full responsibility for failures and give full credit for all good work to subordinates.

7.     Never take meal before men during any ops.

8.     Never ask for personal rewards for any good work.

9.     Army courts donot adjourn for more than few days.

10. Cannot sit over a mail of letter for lack/ delay in decision.

11. Mail/ comn to be sent on Need Basis, unlike civil cc to all.

12.  Treat govt money as your own.

13.  Vigorous Persuasion of agenda points post meeting.

14.   Rarely a  tea parties during office hours.

15.  Learn to adapt- Every two years one is in a different chair, task, env, location and men.

16.  Leave your worries at home. None is interested.

17. Best of friends suddenly turn foe when one does a wrong thing.

18.  We fix accountability irrespective of relocations/ change of job.

19.  Understand- Nothing remains confidential when sent electronically.

20.   Be wise to take decisions since lives are always at stake.

21.  A bad decision will not cause financial loss or crash share market, but  human lives.

22. Take no cognizance of anonymous letters.

23.   Never discuss women, wine, wealth, politics and religion.

24. Your religion is the religion of your men.

25.  When one visits temple, he must visit Gurudwara, Mosque and Church if co- located.

26.  Never demean anyone.

27.  Never insult anyone in public.

28.  Never insult / bullshit anyone in front of his/ her juniors.

29. Never shout in the public/ mess.

30.  Always meet and pat he last man in the chain/ command.

31. Always dress for the specific occasion/ event.

32.  Never receive anyone in Chapels or sandals.

33.  Always dress up when expecting someone.

34.  Never visit another officer if an office in chapels/ sandals.

35.  Never wear high heels for any official function.

36. Always attend to the ladies  first irrespective of her status, position or relationship.

37. Never be late for any official or pvt event .

38. If late, simply say sorry. No excuse like traffic jams, tyre puncture, imp call etc.

39. Never borrow money from junior. Learn to manage.

40. Be miser while using Govt money/ resources.

41.  When calling on someone, seek permission to leave after 30 min or max 45 min.

42. Never have more than two drinks when it is on the house.

43. Eat something light prior to going for a formal cocktails.

44. Ensure last man gets sufficient food.

45.   Always have a Check List for every activity.

46.  Late last night cannot be an excuse to be late the next day.

47.  Never task a junior if you cannot perform the same task.

48. Biggest welfare of the subordinates lies in training them .

Enchanting Kerala.


Kerala

The first beggar-free city in India.

India’s first ‘Digital State’ -2015

The first state to have 100% banking inclusion - 2007

First school for girls (1859) unprecedented in the Indian subcontinent

First mosque in India is 629 AD( 7th oldest in the world)

First church in India (52 AD). Christianity has been in Kerala longer than it has been in Europe.

First synagogue in India
(the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations)

The first state in India to reach 100% literacy rate.

The first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon :)

UNICEF and the World Health Organization(WHO) designated Kerala the world's first "baby-friendly state"

Listed in world top 5 family destinations by Lonely Planet repeatedly (in 2016 as well)

UN awarded Kerala for its global leadership in creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, (the first time India has ever won the recognition)

Natgeo - Ten Paradises of the world' and '50 of the world's top places to see

Highest Human Development Index

The highest literacy rate

The highest life expectancy(77yrs)

The highest sex ratio (F more the M)

The highest media exposure (99%)

Highest % of elders (12.6 %)

Cleanest city 2016 -Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the basis solid municipal waste mgmt

Highest per capita liquor consumption

Highest gold buyers (20 % India yrly)

The highest mobile penetration

Highest road density in India (5,268.69 km per 1,000 sq km

Highest home ownership (87.5 %)

The highest rural per capita consumption per month

Highest Remittances -40% of india
Rs 1 lakh crore ($14.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2015-16.

Highest hospitals beds 330 beds per 100000

Kerala with only 2.76 per cent of Indian population, utilises  nearly 15 per cent of the consumer durables in India

The leading destination for luxury cars (13 % sales of premium cars.)

BSNL-Kerala is the highest profit making circle in the country

Ranks second as state with least poverty (Goa is 1) .7%  while national average is 21.92%.

Lowest maternal mortality rate.

Lowest Infant mortality rate (12 per 1,000 ) India stands at 44!

Lowest Hunger index -17.66 (India is 23.31.)

The lowest population growth rate.

The least corrupted state. 
All the 11 public services are ranked the least corrupt in the country

Only state where Ayurveda is still a main stream medicine

25% of India's 15,000 plant species are in Kerala.

Supplies 60% of worlds white coir fibre.

The world's oldest teak plantation.

Has the oldest existing martial art form, Kalaripayattu, dates back more than 2000 years.

Has the oldest library. (184 years)

Richest temple in the world: - Padmanabhaswamy Temple is in Kerala. This is also the richest place of worship in the world of all times with estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults (not accounting for historical value)

Kerala is the only state in India with palliative care policy (Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness)

Kerala has only 3% of India's population but It provides two-thirds of India's palliative care services.


Kerala had been a notable centre of Vediclearning, having produced one of the most influential Hindu philosophers, Adi Shankaracharya.

In feudal Kerala, though only the Nambudiris received an education in Vedas, other castes as well as women were open to receive education in Sanskrit, mathematics and astronomy, in contrast to other parts of India

This level of learning by non-Brahmin learning was not seen in other parts of India.

Three gold loan companies in Kerala have more precious metal in their vaults than the gold reserves of Singapore, Sweden or Australia.

Worlds Largest and Longest Teak are in Kerala.

Worlds Only Teak Museum is in Nilambur, Kerala .

The only drive in Beach in India is Muzhuppilangadi, Kannur, North Kerala

 

Ten Inspiting Quotes from Mother Teresa.


TEN INSPIRING QUOTATIONS FROM MOTHER TERESA.
. The poor do not need our sympathy and pity, the poor need our love and compassion.
2. If you can't feed hundred people than just feed one.
3. Peace begins with a smile.
4. I do not pray for success. I asks for faithfulness
5. What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
6. God doesn't require us to success, he require that only you try.
7. If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
8. Some people come in our life as a blessing and some come in our life as a lessons.
9. Not all of us can do great things but we can do small thing with great love.
10. If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Going Beyond your Duty.

A man was asked to paint a boat.
He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.
While painting, he realized there was a hole in the hull and decided to repair it.
When finished painting, he received his money and left.
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice check, much higher than the payment for painting.
The painter was surprised:
- You've already paid me for painting the boat!
- he said.
- But this is not for the  paint job.

It's for having repaired the hole in the boat.
- Ah! But it was such a small service ... certainly it's not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant!
My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened. When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.
When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.
They did not know that there was a hole.
I was not at home at that time.
When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did?You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your "small" good deed.

💙 So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the "leaks"* you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.
You may have repaired numerous "boat holes" along the way, of several people without realizing how many lives you've saved.


 

 

Symptoms Of INNER PEACE:

Symptoms Of INNER PEACE:

1) Frequent Attacks Of Smiling
2) Frequent Overwhelming Episodes Of Appreciation
3) Loss Of Interest In Judging Other People In Their Actions
4) Loss Of Ability To Worry
5) Tendency To Act Based On Hope Rather Than On Fear
6) Ability To Enjoy Each Moment
7) Susceptibility To Give & Receive Love
8) Sharing Whatever Little You Have To People With Less In Life

If Symptoms Persist,
Just PRAISE & THANK the almighty power within!
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35 ancient Japanese sayings.

35 ancient Japanese sayings.
  • If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it.
  • Having taken the time to think, venture to act. Once you’ve done so, stop thinking.
  • Do not hold back that which is departing; do not chase away that which is arriving.
  • Fast means going slowly without interruption.
  • It is better to be the enemy of a good person than the friend of a bad one.
  • There has never been a great individual who did not have ordinary people at their side.
  • He who strongly desires to rise up will think of a way to build a ladder.
  • A husband and wife should be similar to a hand and an eye: when one’s hand hurts, the eyes cry; and when the eyes cry, the hand wipes away one’s tears.
  • The sun does not know who is right or who is wrong. It shines without purpose and provides warmth to all.
  • A frog in a well does not know the greatness of the sea.
  • A long journey always begins with a short one.
  • He who drinks does not know the dangers of wine; he who doesn’t drink does not know its benefits.
  • Even if a sword is only required once in a lifetime, it should be worn all the time.
  • Beautiful flowers do not bear good fruit.
  • Grief, like a torn dress, should always be left at home.
  • When one is in love, even the scars left by smallpox are as beautiful as dimples on a person’s cheeks.
  • No one has ever stumbled whilst lying in bed.
  • One kind word can keep you warm for three months of winter.
  • Always make way for fools and madmen.
  • If you want to paint a branch, you have to hear the breath of the wind.
  • Check seven times before ever doubting someone.
  • Do everything that you can and leave the rest to fate.
  • Excessive honesty often borders on stupidity.
  • Fortune will always come in to a house with laughter.
  • He who endures for just half an hour longer than his opponent can achieve victory.
  • As soon as stones can swim, leaves will sink.
  • Even monkeys can fall from their trees.
  • Cold tea and cold rice are tolerable; what is intolerable is a cold gaze and harsh words.
  • If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.
  • If a woman wants something, she’ll climb a mountain to get it.
  • Ask a question and you feel shame for a moment. Not asking and not knowing means you will feel shame for your whole life.
  • A bad craftsman never made a perfect vase.
  • The earth always hardens after the rain.
  • The deepest rivers flow in silence.
  • If you decide to set off on your own journey, you’ll find yourself alone for a thousand kilometers.

Avoid Hesitation - A moments hesitation can cost us your greatest victory.

Neil Armstrong, he is the 1st person to set his foot in moon.

But, do you know who was supposed to be the 1st person?  Many don't know...

His name is Edwin C Aldarin...
He was the pilot for the Apollo mission. He was working for the American Airforce. Moreover he had experience of space walking, hence selected as the pilot.

Neil Armstrong worked for the American Navy. He was selected for his courage as co-pilot.

When the Apollo mission landed on moon, they received a command from NASA, "pilot first".

But Aldarin was hesitant, "what will happen", "will I get sucked in or will I burn out", etc. The hesitation was not for hours, but few seconds.

In the meantime, NASA sent the next command, "co-pilot next".

Within next second, Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon & became part of world history.

World history was changed in 1 second... Though Aldarin had the qualification and talent, because of hesitation, he is not recognised by many people.

The world remembers only person who comes first...
This is a good example of how people lose out because of hesitation & fear. *Whenever you see the moon, remember this*, a moments hesitation can stop us from our *greatest victory*.

*We all have great potential* in us, the only thing that stops us from achieving what we are supposed to achieve is our hesitation, fear and shyness.

Many people are shy to ask, shy to appreciate others, & some are shy to share this message. If we fail to do the right things, we will most likely do the wrong things.

Avoid hesitation.

Enjoy your Coffee.

Very good story. Will Change our vision.

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to
visit their old university professor.

Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups porcelain, plastic,
glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite -
telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want

Only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you
consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other's cups.

Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change. Some times, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it."

Don't let the cups drive you... Enjoy the coffee instead .

HAVE A GREAT DAY WITH THIS WONDERFUL THOUGHT ON MIND...

Autophagy nobel prize and the importance of fasting.

This year's Nobel prize for medicine has gone to a Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi for his research on autophagy. Autophagy means to "self eat". In other words, the process by which the human body eats it own damaged cells and unused proteins. Autophagy is a natural process and also one which occurs in cases of starvation. The failure of autophagy is one of the main reasons for accumulation of damaged cells which eventually leads to various diseases in the body. Autophagy is important to prevent/fight cancer and also plays a vital role in degrading and 'consuming' cells infected by bacteria and viruses.

I have to observe here that ancient India had recommended a practice of fasting (Ekadasi) one day in a fortnight. Many of us religiously follow this practice to this day as a penance for spiritual progress without any idea of the biological and therapeutic benefits of this practice. Through this process of fasting induced autophagy, our body repaired its damaged and degenerated cells or used up the proteins of the damaged cells for its survival.

Whenever modern science conquers a frontier in any field, it somehow relates back to a quaint spiritual practice followed in India for generations.

A day in a fortnight spent in prayer and divine contemplation was a tonic for the mind and soul while the practice of fasting ensured that the body would heal and rejuvenate itself.

Clearly, our ancients believed in a process of holistic healing of both the body and the mind.  They were able to, quite remarkably, connect the yearning for spiritual progress in a human being with the biological necessity of the human body. One cannot but marvel, and bow our heads with admiration and reverence, at their wisdom and deep scientific understanding of the body and the mind.

Fifty Positive One Liners.


Fifty Positive One-Liners..

Worthy of reading again & again..

Simple and Straight..

1. Have a firm handshake.
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2. Look people in the eye.
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3. Sing in the shower.
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4. Own a great stereo system.
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5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
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6. Keep secrets.
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7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
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8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
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9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
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10. Whistle.
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11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
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12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness, or misery.
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13. Make it a habit to do nice things, for people who will never find out.
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14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
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15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
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16. When playing games with children, let them win.
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17. Give people a second chance, always.
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18. Be romantic.
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19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
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20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
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21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
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22. Be a good loser for your
loved ones.
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23. Be a good winner of hearts.
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24. Think twice, before burdening a friend with a secret.
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25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
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26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
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27. Keep it simple.
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28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
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29. Don't burn bridges.
You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
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30. Live your life, so that your epitaph could read..
'No Regrets.'
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31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
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32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
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33. Remember, no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
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34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
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35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
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36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.
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37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
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38. Forgive quickly. Life is short.
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39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
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40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 am.
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41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
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42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
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43. Make someone's day, by encouraging them.
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44. Become someone's hero.
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45. Marry only for love.
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46. Count your blessings.
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47. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
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48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
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49. Remember, that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
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50. Don't expect life to be fair. It rarely seems so.
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A reminder of lists every Catholic Should be Familiar With

A reminder of lists every Catholic Should be Familiar With

The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
1.Baptism
2.Confirmation (Chrismation)
3.Eucharist
4.Penance (Confession, Reconciliation)
5.Matrimony
6.Holy Orders
7.Extreme Unction (Annointing of the Sick


The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
1.To feed the hungry
2.To give drink to the thirsty
3.To clothe the naked
4.To shelter the homeless
5.To visit the sick
6.To visit the imprisoned
7.To bury the dead


The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
1.To counsel the doubtful
2.To instruct the ignorant
3.To admonish the sinner
4.To comfort the sorrowful
5.To forgive all injuries
6.To bear wrongs patiently
7.To pray for the living and the dead


The 3 Eminent Good Works
1.Prayer
2.Fasting
3.Almsgiving


The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost
1.Wisdom
2.Understanding
3.Counsel
4.Fortitude
5.Knowledge
6.Piety
7.Fear of the Lord

Class of Gifts of the Holy Ghost known as Charismata
1.Gift of speaking with wisdom
2.Gift of speaking with knowledge
3.Faith
4.Grace of healing
5.Gift of miracles
6.Gift of prophecy
7.Gift of discerning spirits
8.Gift of tongues
9.Gift of interpreting speeches


The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost
1.Charity
2.Joy
3.Peace
4.Patience
5.Benignity
6.Goodness
7.Longanimity
8.Mildness
9.Faith
10.Modesty
11.Continency
12.Chastity


The 3 Theological Virtues
1.Faith
2.Hope
3.Charity


The 4 Cardinal Virtues
1.Prudence
2.Justice
3.Fortitude
4.Temperance


The 7 Capital Sins
1.Pride
2.Greed
3.Lust
4.Anger
5.Gluttony
6.Envy
7.Sloth


The 6 Sins against the Holy Ghost
1.Presumption
2.Despair
3.Resisting the known truth
4.Envy of another’s spiritual good
5.Obstinacy in sin
6.Final impenitence


The 4 Sins that Cry Out to Heaven
1.Willful murder
2.The sin of Sodom
3.Oppression of the poor
4.Defrauding laborers of their wages


Conditions for Mortal Sin
1.Grave matter
2.Full knowledge
3.Deliberate consent


The 9 Ways We Participate in Others' Sins
1.By counsel
2.By command
3.By consent
4.By provocation
5.By praise or flattery
6.By concealment
7.By partaking
8.By silence
9.By defense of the ill done


The 10 Commandments
1.Thou shalt not have other gods besides Me
2.Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain
3.Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day
4.Honor thy father and thy mother
5.Thou shalt not murder
6.Thou shalt not commit adultery
7.Thou shalt not steal
8.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
9.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife
10.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods


The 2 Greatest Commandments
1.To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength.
2.To love thy neighbor as thyself.


The 3 Evangelical Counsels
1.Voluntary poverty
2.Perpetual chastity
3.Entire obedience.


The 6 Precepts of the Church (The Duties of a Catholic)
1.To go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days
2.To go to Confession at least once a year (traditionally done during Lent)
3.To receive the Eucharist at least once a year, during the Easter Season (known as the "Easter duty")
4.To observe the days of fasting and abstinence
5.To help to provide for the needs of the Church according to one's abilities and station in life
6.To obey the marriage laws of the Church


The 3 Powers of the Soul
1.Memory
2.Intellect
3.Will


The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
1.The Apostles Creed
2.The Seven Sacraments
3.The Ten Commandments
4.The Lord's Prayer


The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority
1.Sacred Scripture
2.Sacred Tradition
3.Living Magisterium


The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
1.Munus docendi (duty to teach, based on Christ's role as Prophet)
2.Munus sanctificandi (duty to sanctify, based on Chris's role as Priest)
3.Munus regendi (duty to shepherd, based on Christ's role as King)


The 3 Parts of the Church
1.The Church Militant (Christians on Earth)
2.The Church Suffering (Christians in Purgatory)
3.The Church Triumphant (Christians in Heaven)


The 4 Marks of the Church
1.Unity
2.Sanctity
3.Catholicity
4.Apostolicity


The 12 Tribes of Israel
In order of their birth:
1.Reuben
2.Simeon
3.Levi
4.Judah
5.Zabulon
6.Issachar
7.Dan
8.Gad
9.Asher
10.Naphtali
11.Joseph (Menasseh and Ephraim)
12.Benjamin


The 8 Beatitudes
1.Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
2.Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
3.Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted
4.Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill
5.Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
6.Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God
7.Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God
8.Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven


The 14 Stations of the Cross
1.Jesus is Condemned to Die
2.Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross
3.Jesus Falls the First Time
4.Jesus Meets His Mother
5.Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
6.Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face
7.Jesus Falls the Second Time
8.Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
9.Jesus Falls the Third Time
10.Jesus is Stripped
11.Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
12.Jesus Dies on the Cross
13.Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
14.Jesus is Laid in the Tomb


The 15 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary & When They are Prayed

Joyful:
1.Annunciation
2.Visitation
3.Nativity
4.Presentation
5.Finding Jesus in the Temple

Sorrowful:
1.Agony in the Garden
2.The Scourging
3.Crowning with thorns
4.Carrying of the Cross
5.Crucifixion
                                                     

Luminous.                                     
1. Baptism of Jesus.
2. Manifestation of Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana.
3. Proclamation of the kingdom of God.
4. The Transfiguration.
5. The institution of the Holy Eucharist 

Glorious:
1.Resurrection
2.Ascension
3.Pentecost
4.Assumption
5.Crowning of Mary

Mondays: Joyful
Tuesdays: Sorrowful
Wednesdays:Glorious
Thursdays: Joyful
Fridays: Sorrowful
Saturdays: Glorious
Sundays in Advent, Christmastide & Epiphany: Joyful
Sundays in Eastertide & Time After Pentecost:Glorious
All of Septuagesima & Lent: Sorrowful


The 9 Choirs of Angels
In ascending order:
1.Angels
2.Archangels
3.Principalities
4.Powers
5.Virtues
6.Dominions
7.Thrones
8.Cherubim
9.Seraphim


The 3 Levels of Reverence
1.Dulia:the reverence we give to Saints
2.Hyperdulia:the reverence we give to Mary as the greatest of Saints and Mother of God
3.Latria:the reverence and worship we give to God alone


The 14 Holy Helpers
1.St. George, Martyr, April 23
2.St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, February 3
3.St. Pantaleon, Martyr, July 27
4.St. Vitus, Martyr, June 15
5.St. Erasmus (Elmo), Bishop and Martyr, June 2
6.St. Christopher, Martyr, July 25
7.St. Giles, Abbot, September 1
8.St. Cyriacus (Cyriac), Martyr, August 8
9.St. Achatius, Martyr, May 8
10.St. Dionysius (Denis), Bishop and Martyr, October 9
11.St. Eustachius (Eustace), Martyr, September 20
12.St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr, November 25
13.St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr, July 20
14.St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr, December 4


The 7 Last Words of Christ
1.Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
2.Amen I say to thee: This day thou shalt be with me in paradise.  (Luke 23:43)
3.Woman, behold thy son. . . .Behold thy mother. (John 19:26-27)
4.Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? (My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?) (Matthew 27:46, ref. Psalm 21)
5.I thirst. (John 19:28)
6.It is consummated.(John 19:30)
7.Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46, ref. Psalm 30:6)


The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)
1.Death
2.Ju

I am a Sales Guy!!


I go through the pain of being rejected everyday from people who don't add value at all to my personal life !!
I get yelled at by people I have not met at all ! I get pushed and pressed at all levels just to get the target set for me ! I am beaten down and pushed to the ground on a daily basis just to react to the rejections on a daily basis !!
However, I am the guy that stands tall to face any situation in life ! I think like an entrepreneur and hell I am an entrepreneur coz there is no rule or theory that teaches you sales!! I am also the guy who can talk my way out of any situation in life and I am also the guy who can talk and read people at the same time .. I am a mixture of being street smart and intelligent because no other profession in the corporate world has the need to read the most complex code in the world ! And no, I am not talking about a code written in Java or c#. I am talking about the human mind !!

I am a sales guy and I am proud of it !! 

Share this blog with all the people who are in sales and also pass it on to the others as well. This will help them to understand the importance of the sales function .

Cheers to sales !
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Friday, September 08, 2017

Can you imagine reading your own obituary in the newspaper?

Alfred Nobel:
How a mistake led to the Nobel Prizes!

Can you imagine reading your own obituary in the newspaper?

What would people say about you?

Alfred Nobel got the chance to read his own death notice, and he didn’t like what he saw.

Alfred Nobel was a very wealthy and successful man. He had become an expert in chemistry and invented three of the most commonly used explosives in the world - dynamite, gelignite (used in mining) and ballistite, which is still used as a rocket propellant today.

With the huge fortune he made from these inventions, Nobel bought an engineering company called Bofors and turned it into an arms manufacturer. He made another enormous fortune designing cannons and guns and selling them around the world.

Then, in 1888, Alfred’s brother died while visiting France.

A French newspaper thought it was Alfred who had died and they published an obituary that began like this: THE MERCHANT OF DEATH IS DEAD. Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday….

Alfred Nobel was shocked. Was this what people thought of him? Was this the legacy he would leave to the world?

That’s when he decided to use his vast wealth to make a positive difference. Nobel set up a foundation with $250 million dollars in funding. Every year the foundation would consult the leading experts in the world and hand out prizes to people who had made great contributions to humanity. There would be prizes for sciences, for literature, and for promoting peace.

Today the Nobel Prizes are probably the best known and most prestigious awards in the world. They have been awarded to great scientists, authors and activists and helped draw attention to many outstanding works and worthy causes.

Nobel set up his foundation in 1895: just in time to influence his own obituary. He died only a year later. The Nobel Prizes accomplished his wish; they created a very different legacy for him than a reputation as “The Merchant of Death.”

He is not remembered as an explosives inventor or arms dealer, but as one of the greatest philanthropists of all time. He is also a great example of how it is never too late to change your life and help make the world a better place.

Wonder how we will be remembered as 🤔🍀?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Advice from an 80 year old man.

ADVICE FROM AN 80 YEAR OLD MAN! IT IS A TRUE PRICELESS MASTER PIECE!

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system. Music is life.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Don't expect life to be fair.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery ABSOLUTELY!.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that he has.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but NOT a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let him be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, NO REGRETS.
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell people you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favourite prayer
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of greeting cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone's hero.
45. Marry only for love, it is key to your happiness if every other thing fails.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus/house/street/
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with PEOPLE. That is emotional intelligence.
50. Share this to help your friends.          
51. Make sure someone says  THANK-YOU to you every day.

Kindness is not a debt you pay, but an investment you make.

"Kindness is not a debt you pay, but an investment you make."

Today, I have two stories for you. Both of them are true. Here's the first one:

Maxwell Morrison was well and truly screwed. He was standing in a courtroom in Bangkok, waiting for his sentence. The offence was drug trafficking, and if found guilty, the sentence would be life in one of the most horrific prisons in the world. The problem was that Maxwell was innocent. the drugs had been found stashed in a musical instrument he had agreed to carry through the checkpoint for a woman who had appeared to have her hands full with a baby, two young children and a whole lot of hand luggage. Of course, the moment the sniffer dogs singled him out for special attention, the woman and her children evaporated into thin air.

He had tried to explain this to the judge in his super-fast-track case, which had so far lasted less than 45 minutes, but the prosecution had countered by pointing out that it would take a very stupid person indeed to be suckered into carrying anything through a security checkpoint for a stranger - especially in this modern post-9/11 world. They had also pointed out that back home in Nottingham, Maxwell was a police officer. A security expert, who could never be as naïve as he was now pretending to be. Maxwell's only counter-argument to that had been, "Appearances can be deceptive". The Judge had given him the strangest look when he said that.

No, things were certainly not going well for him in this case. His only witness had been a British passenger who had seemed a bit drunk during her testimony. She admitted she had seen the woman hand the instrument to Maxwell, but added that they appeared to be travelling together. Again, Maxwell's defence was, "Appearances can be deceptive".

He remembered with irony the first time he had actually heard the expression "Appearances can be deceptive". It was in the eighties. He was a teenager going through a punk rock phase. He wore nothing but black, had multiple body piercings and was always playing with a scary-looking flip-knife. All the kids in school were afraid of him and steered well clear. One afternoon when he was enjoying some peace and quiet behind the boat shed, listening to Grateful Dead on his walkman, he heard a commotion. Three kids were bullying a foreign student. They were about to throw the little kid into the river, and the poor boy kept crying, "Please! Please, I can't swim!"

Maxwell intervened. At first, the three bullies wanted to fight it out, but Maxwell was a good three inches taller than the tallest of them. Plus, he had his knife, and he made them believe he was happy to use it. So they dropped the little foreign boy and went off to find a new victim. Maxwell asked the relieved kid if he was alright. The boy adjusted his glasses, looked at Maxwell for a long moment and said, "Appearances can be deceptive".

"Why do you say that?" Maxwell asked.

"Well, everybody thinks you're scary. Some kids even said you stabbed a teacher once. You're the last person I'd have expected to come to my aid. But thank you for doing so. I would have drowned if you hadn't. In Thailand where I come from, you owe the person who saves your life an eternal debt which you spend the rest of your life paying back. My name is Tran Pack, and I will never forget what you did for me." With that, he shook Maxwell's hand and ran off.

Back in the Bangkok courtroom, Maxwell allowed himself a wry smile as he recalled that childhood episode. Thirty years after he saved a Thai kid's life, he was now a 45-year old policeman, about to spend the rest of his own life in a Thai prison, all because appearances can be deceptive. He snapped out of his reflections as the judge banged his gavel three times. It was time for the verdict.

And that's where I'll end the first story. Here's the second story.

Judge Tran Pack could not believe his eyes when Maxwell Morrison walked into his courtroom. Thirty two years had not done much to change his appearance, so Tran recognised him at once. He listened patiently for 45 minutes and then banged his gavel three times before giving the verdict. "Mr Morrison, appearances can indeed be deceptive. Not guilty. You're free to go."

And that is the end of the second story.

My people, I know I don't need to say much more about the lessons from these two stories. As you live your lives, please take every opportunity to do something unforgettable for someone who can't pay you back today. They'll pay you back tomorrow with interest.

Kindness is not a debt you pay, but an investment you make.
😊👍🏻

Friday, September 01, 2017

Thoughts - How we see life.

How we see life

A man who has gone out of his town comes back and finds that his house is on fire.

It was one of the most beautiful houses in the town, and the man loved the house the most! Many were ready to give double price for the house, but he had never agreed for any price and now it is just burning before his eyes.

And thousands of people have gathered, but nothing can be done, the fire has spread so far that even if you try to put it out, nothing will be saved. So he becomes very sad.

His son comes running and whispers something in his ear:

"Don't be worried. I sold it yesterday and at a very good price ― three times.

The offer was so good I could not wait for you. Forgive me."

Father said, "thank God, it's not ours now!" Then the father is relaxed and became a silent watcher, just like 1000s of other watchers.

Please think about it!

Just a moment before he was not a watcher, he was attached.

It is the same house....the same fire.... everything is the same...but now he is not concerned.
In fact started enjoying it just as everybody else in the crowd.

Then the second son comes running, and he says to the father, "What are you doing? You are smiling ― and the house is on fire?" The father said, "Don't you know, your brother has sold it."

He said, "We have taken only advance amount, not settled fully. I doubt now that the man is going to purchase it now."

Again, everything changes!!

Tears which had disappeared, have come back to the father's eyes, his smile is no more there, his heart is beating fast. The 'watcher' is gone. He is again attached.

And then the third son comes, and he says, "That man is a man of his word. I have just come from him. He said, 'It doesn't matter whether the house is burnt or not, it is mine. And I am going to pay the price that I have settled for. Neither you knew, nor I knew that the house would catch on fire.'"

Again the joy is back and family became 'watchers'! The attachment is no more there.

Actually nothing is changing!

Just the feeling that "I am the owner! I am not the owner of the house!" makes the whole difference.

The Moral :

This simple methodology of watching the mind, That you have nothing to do with it.

Everything starts with a Thought!

Most of the thoughts are not yours but from your parents, your teachers, your friends, the books, the movies, the television, the newspapers.

Just count how many thoughts are your own, and you will be surprised that not a single thought is your own. All are from other sources, all are borrowed ― either dumped by others on you, or foolishly dumped by yourself upon yourself, but nothing is yours.

Sow a thought, you reap an action.

Sow an act, you reap a habit.

Sow a habit, you reap a character.

Sow a character, you reap a destiny..!

🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞

There is no one but you...Sri Sri.


There is no one but You...

How many times have you waited for someone to reply to the message you wrote, but never received it?
How many times have you dressed up for someone, waiting to hear from them that you’re beautiful?

How many times have you waited for someone’s call, so that they make you feel happy?

How many times have you waited for someone to appreciate the work you’re doing, so it’s easier for you to continue doing it?

With the reply that never came, the compliment you didn’t hear, the phone call that wasn’t intended, and the appreciation that was held back –

you and I, we lost our self-worth.
Since kindergarten, we began to associate our self-worth with the golden stars our teachers gave us.

By middle school, this turned into how popular people thought we were and by college, we were living on the compliments we received, and the number of people who praised us.

And till today, we think that our worth is determined by the way others perceive us. Thus, we want our friends to give joy to us, we want our partners to constantly praise us, we want to be noticed, and we want to be appreciated.

Slowly, and gradually, this will harm us. Seeking approval and validation from others will change into a permanent, life-long struggle if we don’t start believing in ourselves.

Stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself – carefully. Speak to your reflection.
Tell your reflection you are beautiful, you are strong. Tell your reflection that you appreciate yourself, that you love yourself, that you want to make yourself happy. Tell your reflection that you’ll be there for yourself.

Because, sooner or later, you will realize that there is no one who will always be there for you, there is no one but You :)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Gratitude for the ones who pack your parachute.

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many.

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said "You're Captain Vishal ! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Vishal.

"I packed your parachute," the man smiled and replied.
Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn't worked, I wouldn’t be here today.

Vishal couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker"

So friends, who is packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane is shot down – we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, the spiritual parachute & the Financial Parachute.We call on all these supports before reaching safety.Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize the people who pack your parachute.

😊 I just want to THANK 🙏 Everyone who Packed  my parachute one way or the other - through your words, deeds, prayers.  Cheers.