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Beggar and Servant Boy - Story For Your Kids

There was a boy who used to be a servant for a rich family. They provided him accommodation, food and everyday some money for tea or snacks. This boy after finishing his morning works used to go to tea stall nearby and spend sometime drinking tea, eating and talking to regular customers. One day he was out to tea stall as usual. There was one beggar newly arrived and stayed put near tea stall. This boy found some kind of attraction towards this beggar. May be sympathy? He bought a tea and some snacks for the beggar and sat near him talking. While leaving he gave beggar whatever money left with him. 

This became a routine and continued for sometime. On the other hand, beggar's regular collections started reducing because people now used to him. But he didn't want to move to other place for better income for the beggar felt somewhat attached to the servant boy. Sometimes all the beggar's collection for whole day was what the boy gave to him. The beggar didn't like to move out of their meeting place. One day the boy didn't appear as usual. Beggar got worried but thought he might have some work to finish. Next day also the boy was not seen. Thus gone ten days. By now beggar concluded that the boy might have either gone to his native or found a new job. But beggar was more worried for the boy didn't inform him about these. So he finally decided to move to a better place next morning. That night, somebody disturbed beggar's sleep. When he woke up, he saw the boy sitting near to him and crying. Boy was looking tired. He was locked up inside the house where he worked as servant. He was not given food to eat and allowed to go out for the rich man suspected the boy to stole the necklace of his wife. 

Later after ten days of torture, when they found necklace, they thrown him out of their house. It was not boy stole the necklace but the rich man's wife forgotten where she kept. Though mistake was of rich women, the boy was thrown out of house where he served sincerely for many years! Beggar listened to the story patiently. The boy was crying for he still couldn't understand why he was thrown out. Beggar was too matured to get emotional like the boy. For him, these are common and already witnessed things. He advised the boy not to worry and he promised to take the boy with him next morning. Next day beggar took the boy with him and fed him stomachful. After finishing the breakfast, they left for a new place searching for a new experience. Later it's heard that, the boy found a new house to serve. The beggar fixed a place in near area to take care of the boy. 

of the story: 
1. The boy didn't expect anything in return when given to beggar. All he had was sympathy towards the beggar. 
2. Rich family treated boy very well for they want a good faithful servant. But when something went missing the faithful servant became the first suspect. For rich, it's easy to suspect and target poor. 
3. When the rich man found his wife to be blamed for missing necklace, he didn't care to punish her or seek pardon from the boy. Instead he thrown the boy out of his house. 
4. The boy was careless and spent all money he got for he was not matured to understand - the situations can't be same always. He thought his life will be same always. 
5. Even while boy spent money, he spent it for a good cause which came to his rescue when he was in need. Even savings wouldn't have instantly helped as the beggar did. 
6. Beggar was faithful for the hands that fed him. When got a chance he was happy to pay it back. 
7. Life is a long journey. We don't know who will support us when in need. So treating everyone nicely is important saving for future. 
8. Also the people we meet, we love, we like, we hate, we fight, we depend are sort of steps towards our journey.

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Story: The Cute Student Counts the Apples

A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Laiq asked him, "If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"Within a few seconds Laiq replied confidently, "Four!"

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three).  She was disappointed.  "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she thought.  She repeated, "Laiq, listen carefully.  If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"

Laiq 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 the teacher happy.  His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy.  This time hesitatingly he replied, "Four…"

The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face.  She remembered that Laiq liked strawberries.  She thought maybe he doesn't like apples and that is making him loose focus.  This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"
Seeing the teacher happy, young Laiq 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 young Laiq enquired, "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 Laiq answered, "Four!"

The teacher was aghast.  "How Laiq, how?" she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Laiq replied, "Because I already have one apple in my bag."
"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect don't think they are wrong.  There maybe an angle that you have not understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen with a predetermined notion."


Junaid Tahir

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Humor: The Lawyer and the Farmer :)

A big city London lawyer went duck hunting in rural Scotland. He shot and dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer's field on the other side of a fence.

As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up on his tractor and asked the lawyer what he was doing.

The lawyer responded, "I shot a duck and it fell into this field, and now I'm going to retrieve it."

The old farmer replied. "This is my property, and your not coming over here."

The indignant lawyer replied. "I'm one of the best trial lawyers in the UK, and if you don't let me get that duck, I'll sue you and take everything that you own.

The old farmer smiled and said, "Apparently, you don't know how we do things in Scotland. We settle small disagreements like this, with the Scottish Three Kick Rule."

The lawyer asked, "What is the Scottish Three Kick Rule?"

The farmer replied, "Well, first I kick you three times and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth until someone gives up."

The attorney quickly thought about the proposed contest and decided that he could easily take the old codger. He agreed to abide by the local custom.

The old farmer slowly gets down from the tractor and walked up to the city fellow. His first kick planted the toe of his heavy work boot into the lawyer legs, which dropped him to his knees.

His second kick nearly ripped the nose off his face.

The lawyer was flat on his belly, when the farmer's third kick to a kidney nearly causing him to give up, but didn't.

The lawyer summoned every bit of his will and managed to get to his feet and said, "Okay, you old tosser, now it's my turn."

The old farmer smiled and said,

"Naw, I give up, You can keep the duck! 


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Story: Manage your appearance

By Junaid Tahir
A famous scholar was delivering the lecture to some people. He had pain in his knee joints so he was sitting on a chair as his audience was aware of this knee pain. After sometime a person in a nice suit and overall decent looking personality came and asked to join. The scholar didn't find it appropriate to continue delivering the lecture in sitting position so he stood up and continued his lecture. Though he had pain in the knees but he was patient thinking that the recently joined person is a noble, wise and educated personality.
After a few moments, the person interrupted the scholar and asked, what is the time to take breakfast? The scholar wasn't expecting this stupid question so he politely said, you can take any time in the morning you wake up. The person said, what if I wake up at 2 o'clock. The scholar thought that it's time to sit on the chair again because his perception about the person was no more the same as it was some minutes ago :)

The concept here is that your first looks matter a lot. The people you meet usually make the perception about your personality up to a degree of 70%. 
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However, making a good impression doesn't mean that you have to be in a costly tuxedo or a high end car; you can still make a good impression by being decent and simple. A neat appearance, a politely started conversation, a strong hand shake, a humble voice and a warm good-bye will increase your respect a lot regardless of your financial situation, your education level and your professional or business position.  Remember the fact that human psychology, most of the time, follows the standard mental paradigms and common sense logics; which simply means that a good appearance will make a good impression. If you understand this basic concept, you can make a great deal out of it in your day to day life.

Having said that life is not about first impressions only. You need to meet same people again and again which means you need to have long term impression on others which requires you to demonstrate strongpersonality traits. This primarily involves your communication skills, your emotional and empathic skillsand  consistent behavior.

Always remember that your character is your real wealth and you must endeavor to improve this in every single aspect of your life. Below are some recommended articles in this context:

Habit of Achievement

Old, destructive habits can feel very comfortable, at least for the moment. Over time, however, those negative habits can waste an enormous part of your life, or worse.

The good news is that you can build positive, empowering habits that will soon feel just as comfortable and familiar as the old negative ones. It takes effort and commitment, and a little discomfort, yet it is well worth all that.

Instead of habits that waste your time and burden your life, you can choose habits that push you steadily forward. Instead of slowly creating heartache and disappointment, you can be steadfastly creating success and achievement.

Time can be your enemy or your friend, depending on what you do with each little moment. Make the choice, and put forth the effort, to make each moment count for something positive and meaningful.

Choose a habit that brings you down and replace it with one that lifts you up. Make it your goal to make achievement your default mode.

Some of the most powerful things you do are the things you do by habit. So choose to direct all that power in a positive, life-enriching direction. 

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