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Story: The Scholar and the Ferryman

by Ahmed.
A scholar of language and grammar undertook a journey. A river had to be crossed. As was the custom in those days, the scholar hired the boat of a waiting ferryman who took people across the river.
During the journey, the scholar asked the ferryman, with obvious pride and mockery, if he knew anything about grammar and the rules of language.
The ferryman simply replied, "I don't."
"Alas!" retorted the rude scholar of grammar, "You have wasted half of your life."
At this, the sailor was terribly hurt and aggrieved. But he kept quiet. Suddenly the boat was extremely nervous in the high waves and gushing water. "Do you know how to swim, learned Sir?" asked the sailor.
"No!" said the scholar.
The ferryman remarked, "Alas! You have wasted your whole life for the boat is sure to capsize in a few minutes."
Moral: Knowledge in one branch is not enough to be proud about.

Story: The King's Teeth

Category: Contemporary n Modern

Once there was a king who dreamt that he lost all his teeth

The king then summoned two dream interpreter to decipher to him the meaning of his dream

teeth, tooth, golden tooth, king teeth
The first man told the king that the dream means that all the royal family would die. Hearing that, the king had the guards beat and punish him outside.

On the other hand, the second man told the king that the dream means that the king would live longer than the royal family, which actually means that the royal family would perish first. Because of his wise words, the king grant him a treasure gift.
People can escape perils in life by acting rightly, saying rightly and doing things at the right time. The same meaning delivered in different way may produce differing effect.

15 Ways to Recharge Your Energy Levels!

Do you get that feeling sometimes like you're so tired your head is just going to drop down at any moment? We've all been there, and it's hard to deal with this feeling, especially when doing something important like work or hanging out with family. That is why we've gathered these 15 ways to energize yourself you can do almost anywhere! We hope this will help charge your battery!
1. Eat a banana
Bananas provide minerals, nutrients and stimulants such as potassium, which provides controlled energy, preferred to the type of energy obtained all at once from simple sugars.
2. Place head between your legs
This trick will get blood flowing to your head. Sit on a chair and put your head between your legs. Send your arms towards the floor and relax your body for 20 seconds. After the time has passed, rise slowly, vertebra by vertebra. This exercise will give you energy that gradually unfolds.
3. Drink Green Tea
Yes we've said it before, but the fact still remains that green tea has an abundance of phytochemicals called tannins. These help, among other things, to calm the nervous system and thus increase the feeling of well-being.
4. Pinch your cheeks
Our grandparents probably had a good reason to pinch our cheek. This stimulates the blood flow to the face and makes you feel more alert.
5. Drink lots of water
All body systems require a large amount of water to function. In the absence of water in the body, proper functioning slows, blood flow becomes weaker and less oxygen reaches the brain. Drink a glass of water every two hours at least, when the goal is to drink 8-12 glasses of water a day.
6. Get some sun
Small doses of vitamin D can be a great incentive. Take a walk or sit a few minutes in the sun. Fresh air combined with natural light will make you feel more alert.
7. Move the body
Once you feel the fatigue taking over, get up and shake your body. Do some stretching, push-ups, a short trip or just a few jumps instead. Movement stimulates blood flow in the body and releases endorphins that make you feel alert.
8. Laugh out loud
Laughter has been shown to destress us but also acts as a natural stimulant. A good belly laugh releases endorphins that neutralize the bad effects of the hormone cortisol (stress hormone), increase blood flow and oxygen and give you a sense of well being.
9. Take a deep breath
Take a deep breath and slowly let it out through your nose, and again, fill your abdomen and exhale, emptying all the air from your lungs. Do it three times. Breathing will help your body relax and get rid of toxins, and the oxygen will stimulate you.
10. Put in a house plant
Stuffy offices have limited air movement which can increase fatigue and cause headaches and allergies. Insert household plants that can help filter out volatile chemical compounds and airborne pollutants, as well as stimulate air movement to better help you deal with the standing air, and make you feel less fatigued.
11. Smell a lemon
Certain smells like citrus, ginger and mint can produce a stimulating effects and increase alertness. Light a scented candle or sniff a lemon for stimulating energy and improved mood.
12. Surround yourself in red 
Studies show that the color red is associated with a sense of victory and confidence. Try to surround yourself in shades of red to elevate your mood.
13. Sit upright
it wouldn't hurt to stand up straight in the chair. An Upright posture not only helps blood and oxygen to move more freely, but also enhances the sense of security.
14. Wake up the brain 
When the brain feels drowsy, try to wake him by solving a crossword puzzle, reading aloud, talking to a friend, a quick recitation or singing. 
15. Play with a pet
Spend time with your furry friend. It will make you feel happier and more energetic!

Everyone is unique - The Real Life Analogy

By Junaid Tahir
Once a teacher took his class to a park and asked them to observe the park for a short span of time but all of them should not move from their location. After 5 minutes teacher asked each student to share what he/she has noticed. One student mentioned that he felt cool breeze which made him fresh and energetic. All students were cheered up by listening to this comment as they also started feeling the same. Another student said that green leaves and colorful flowers are an indication of life, hope and prosperity. All students felt optimist about this comment. Another student said that the silence in the surroundings and the yellow color of some of the leaves made him sad, lonely and pessimist about life. To this comment, all other students started feeling sad and soon they yelled at him about being negative and spreading negative feelings. The teacher asked the students stop criticizing their fellow being and stay silent. Article written by Junaid.Tahir

The teacher then said to his students that each one of them was given the same kind of situation/circumstances however each student had different observation and feelings like being happy, sad, fresh, cheerful, pessimist, optimist etc however by logic no one was completely wrong.  The Teacher further elaborated that each one of us is a unique personality. The observations and feelings of each individual can be unique however we must not disgrace anyone about what he has observed or felt. Our fellow beings can be slightly wrong, fully wrong or cent percent right at different moments in life. The uniqueness of each individual is as a result of his/her thought process, comprehension levels, mood swings, brought up, judgment style, vision & knowledge of the world, analytical skills and so on. However, the wisdom is to respect the feeling and actions of each individual as much as possible. And in case we want to correct someone, we must adapt a polite and decent approach and advice to the person should not be given in public rather in private. This is to ensure that respect and dignity of the person is not compromised.

30+ Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress at Work

Have you ever wondered why you are not able to do more at work? What are some of the things that come to mind? Is it the lack of planning or passion for the work you do, or not liking your co-workers, your boss, or your salary, etc.?

The list can go on and on, but one way to help you achieve more at work is to learn different ways to reduce stress. If you are less stressed at work, you will be better able to focus and accomplish more tasks. By reducing stress you will be able to become more efficient, work with enthusiasm, and produce great results. Another great way to be less stressed would be to do work that you love!

If you want to reduce stress at work, simply find a few different ways that will help you to reduce that stress. Remember, what works for Peter does not always work for Paul, so don’t give up if the first few things you try don’t work for you. The good news is, reducing stress at work does not have to be difficult, and below you will find 32 simple things you can try out. They are some of the most common things individuals like you have used to reduce stress and get on with the job.

32 simple ways to reduce stress at work

1. Talk to a co-worker and keep the conversation positive. Ask for help if you need it.

2. Watch sports videos during lunch and short breaks.

3. Go outside and take a walk, even if it’s just for five minutes. Running won’t hurt either.

4. Eat some healthy snacks or food. Dark chocolate is excellent.

5. Listen to audio books, or read a book.

6. Take pictures of the beautiful scenery around your work place.

7. Watch hilarious videos. You can easily find one on YouTube, Vine, Google, etc.

8. Find out what is stressing you, and try to change how you feel about it.

9. If you work standing up, try sitting down for a few minutes, and vice versa.

10. Read the news. Stay abreast with what’s going on in the world to see the bigger picture.

11. Breathe in deeply, and out again. Do this for a few minutes.

12. Chew gum. Yes, it’s that simple.

13. Stretch your body. Stretch your muscles, legs, hands, etc.

14. Socialize and meet someone new at your work place.

15. Meditate.

16. Massage your neck, shoulders, and back with your hands.

17. Write in your journal. If you do not have one, write about your dream life.

18. Reminisce your past times, those euphoric moments when you felt alive.

19. Wash your face or your hands with cold water on hot days, and warm water on cold days.

20. Laugh out loud ( LOL!). Laughter is a great way to reduce stress.

21. Move away from your computer, smartphones, etc. and observe your surroundings.

22. Take your shoes off, and walk barefoot. Enjoy being barefooted for a minute.

23. Spin in your chair for a few seconds.

24. Do some pushups.

25. Reach out to one of your friends. Send an email or call them on your phone.

26. Look out the window and admire nature.

27. Drink some tea or coffee.

28. Eat lunch with your best co-workers and do not talk about work.

29. Turn on your favorite internet radio.

30. Pranks. ONLY the ones that will make people laugh and talk!

31. Re-organize and prioritize your tasks.

These are all simple stress reduction methods, and do not cost an arm and leg. Stress can negatively impact your life directly, and those around you indirectly. I hope these tips will help you reduce stress while you work, and improve your life.

How do you reduce stress at work? What can you add to this list?

Source: LifeHack

10 Tips for Better Business Writing

Writing in a business environment is an activity with associated norms, challenges, and opportunities. Keep the following points in mind as you craft communication in the context of a company or an organization.

1. Clarity
Be clear. Clarity is the primary goal of all communication, and in business writing, the degree of transparency in one's message can determine whether one succeeds or fails in a venture, whether you're transmitting a report or closing a deal. State the intention of your message, provide the necessary details, and request the precise response you need or want.

2. Active Voice
Employ active construction (subject-verb-object). "This report was sent to me by John Smith" is not wrong, and it's probably the best choice if you want to distinguish one report from another, but consider whether "John Smith" should be the subject of the sentence; the active syntax is more vigorous, and usually more appropriate.

3. Direct Language
Construct concise, declarative statements. Your goal is to provide or invite information, or to persuade or be persuaded. Your time is valuable to you, but the recipient or recipients of your communication also have constraints and deadlines, so take the time to express yourself with economy and directness.

4. Simple Words
Favor plain, clear words and phrases over technical terms, jargon, or buzzwords. Take care not to complicate your vocabulary or stiffen your tone in an attempt to seem more businesslike or expert. By all means, use proper terminology to enhance clarity and demonstrate your knowledge and skills, but imagine how you would speak to your intended audience, and write with a conversational glossary in mind.

5. Tone
Strike a balance in tone that depends on the particular context of the communication. Even within categories (memos, whether in print or in email form, or marketing content), the feel of the correspondence will depend on many factors. Consult with management and colleagues, study precedents, and consider the audience when settling on the voice of a particular message.

6. Role
Consider the role of a particular piece of communication. If it's summarizing a report, don't go into so much detail that the report itself is unnecessary (unless, of course, you're providing an executive summary for a company leader who doesn't have time to read it). If it's part of a larger project, match your writing style to the approach of the overall suite of materials.

7. Goal
Focus on the expected or hoped-for outcome. Whether you're writing to a superior or a subordinate, or to a colleague or someone outside your company or organization, be clear but courteous about the goal of your correspondence.

8. Candor
Avoid euphemisms or generic references; name topics outright. Diplomacy is a foundation of successful business transactions, but you can undermine success by seeming too solicitous or vague about sensitive matters. Be forthright in your discussion.

9. Formality
Standards for business correspondence have become more relaxed, but maintain a professional tone, avoiding slang or text-speak, exclamation points, and overly informal salutations and sign-offs.

10. Words with Friends
Be cautious about making exceptions about formality when corresponding with coworkers or associates you consider friends or confidants. Just because you dish or swear when the two of you chat in person doesn't mean you should do so in email messages or other electronic communications located on a company network. Drop the formality a notch, certainly, but don't document your lapses in professional behavior.

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10 Lessons You Learn Too Late in Life

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

Have you ever asked yourself the question How did it get so late so soon?, while you got caught up in everyday hustle and bustle you completely forgot to live. Take time to realize what you want and need. Take time to take risks. Take time to love, laugh, cry, learn, and forgive. Life is shorter than it often seems.
Here are ten things you need to know, before it's too late:
This moment is your life:
Your life is not what happens between of your birth and death, its what happens between now and your next breath. The present the right here and now is all the life you ever get. Live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret. Do what
makes you happy and do the best you can with what you have in this moment; because that is all you can ever expect of anyone, including yourself.
The sacrifices you make today will pay dividends in the future:
When it comes to grinding in those hours and working hard to achieve a dream which could be anything from earning a degree to building a business, or any other personal achievement, you need to dig deep and ask yourself: Am I willing to live a few years of my life like many people wont, so I can spend the rest of my life like many people cant?
You are your most important relationship:
Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone elses
approval. You must first full understandyourself and know how health your relationship with yourself is before you can have a healthy relationship with others.
You have to feel worthwhile and acceptable in your own eyes, so that youll be able to look confidently into someone elses and connect with them.

When you procrastinate, you become a slave to yesterday:

Being Proactive today can take such a massive load off your back tomorrow. So do something right now that your future self will thank you for.
By doing that, tomorrow youll be happy you started today.

Failures are only lessons:

Good things come to those who are patient and still hope, even though theyve been let down and disappointed, to those who still

believe even though theyve failed at something, to those who still love even though theyve been hurt before. So never regret anything that has happened in the past; it cannot be changed, undone or forgotten.
Take it all as lessons learned and move on with grace.

A persons actions speak the truth:

Youre going to come across people in your life who will always talk the talk; but in the end, its always their actions you should judge them by. So pay attention to what people do, and be someone who lives by everything he says.
Their actions will tell you everything you need to know.

Behind every beautiful life, there has been some kind of pain:

You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn, these are the classic lessons of life. Nobody is perfect, but everyone ishuman. Youve been hurt, but youre alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love.
We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the Corner.

A lifetime isnt very long:

This is your life, and youve got to fight for it. Fight for what you believe in, live for what you believe in. Fight for whats important to you. Fight for the people you love, and never forget to tell them how much they mean to you. Realize that right now youre lucky because you still have a chance, every breath you take is another chance to change how you lived the last.
So stop for a moment and think. Whatever you still need to do, start doing it today. There are only so many tomorrows.

Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place:
Smile at people who look like they are having a rough day, be kind to them, let them know that there is reason to be happy. Kindness is the only investment that never fails, and wherever there is a human being, theres an opportunity for kindness.
Learn to give, even if it's just a smile, not because you have too much, but because you understand there are so many others who feel like they have nothing at all.

Time and experience heals pain:

No one can say that a huge loss or pain caused is not and important Life event, but a different perspective might be to understand that an overwhelmingly painful event in your life right now will one day be part of your much larger past and not nearly as significant as it seems.
Because overcoming it might just open doors for you to experience things that you never have.


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