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A Crow was absolutely satisfied in life.
But one day he saw a swan...
This swan is so white and I am so black...crow thought.
This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.
He expressed his thoughts to the swan.
"Actually," the swan replied,
"I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors.
I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation."
The crow then approached the parrot.
The parrot explained,
"I lived a very happy life—until I saw a peacock.
I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors."
The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him.
After the people had left,
The crow approached the Peacock..
You are so beautiful.
Every day thousands of people come to see you.
When people see me,
they immediately shoo me away.
I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.
The peacock replied,
I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet.
But because of my beauty,
I am entrapped in this zoo.
I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage.
So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow,
I could happily roam everywhere.
That's our problem too.
We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad.
We don't value what God has given us.
This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.
Value the things God has given us.
Learn the secret of being happy and discard the comparison which leads only to unhappiness..
Diamonds are hard to find but not hard to Break.
What is the hardest thing to break then?
The answer is: HABIT !
If you break the H, you still have A BIT .
If you break the A, you still have BIT.
If you break the B, you still have IT!
Hey, after you break the T in IT, there is still the 'I'.
And that (I ) is the root cause of all the problems.
Isn't it right? !
Now you know why HABIT is so hard to break….Its destiny is in its name!
Nature has awarded us with such a great tool called conscience.
It generates positive and negative signals for the actions you perform.
When you buy food for the hungry with sincerity,
when you give some money to an orphan with love,
when you pay the education fee for a poor student,
when you give some money to a free services hospital,
your conscience sends you a thank you signal and you feel good about yourself which gives birth to your 'inner' satisfaction.
It is said that you don't really achieve deep happiness by spending on yourself; you get it when you spend on others !!! And even you achieve greater degree of contentment when you spare your time from your busy life, visit any orphans or widows place, hospitals and other deserving people of society and then spend your money on them.
From religious perspective, I believe that almost all of the religions have defined the principle of spending on humanity in order to get tranquillity, serenity and prosperity. However, we the unfortunate people, the materialistic minds, keep calculating our money and assets several times a day which increases our greed level and eventually deprives us from peace of mind. It won't be wrong if I say that our extreme love for money and being materialistic is the real killer of our happiness.
To cope up with this, the wise people highly recommended to allocate a little portion (5% of your earnings) for the genuine causes.
While the conscience claps for our good acts, it must generate red signals for our bad acts too. And if that is not happening then something is seriously wrong in our roots of faith. Considering the fact that a clean and active conscience is the best pillow, we must empower it by more positive acts as well as with daily self audits when our head is on the pillow at the end of each day.
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You Don't Need a Fancy Title or Corner Office to Be a Leader
Being a leader is having integrity. It’s following through on what you say you'll do, and being someone that others can rely on. It's holding true to your convictions, and “doing what is right, even when nobody is looking,” as the poster on the wall of my daughter's school says.
Being a leader means thinking of creative ideas for improving how things should be done, and then sharing them proactively, without worrying that someone will reject them, or even take credit for them.
Being a leader is thinking two or three steps ahead — and then plotting a path to get there. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received during my career is from a project manager I once worked with early on in my career. He told me to always be thinking one or two weeks ahead on a project. Anticipate the problems you need to solve, and start solving them before you reach the point on your plan that tells you that you should be solving them, he advised.
Being a leader is having the guts to speak up and defend yourself or your ideas, even when that makes you the “lone man (or woman) in the room.” I’ve sometimes said things that have not been aligned with the majority view, or which made some people feel uncomfortable. But at those times I remained confident that I was speaking from a place of truth, backed by facts and supported by first-hand experience.
Being a leader is treating others as you would hope they treat you. To me, this is simply the golden rule of human relationships. The most inspiring and successful leaders I know are the ones who treat everyone as people with unique personalities, unique skills, and unique interests. These leaders also recognize that everyone has a personal life beyond the office, and that the hours they spend in the office in service of the company does not define everything that they are. They have wives and husbands and children and elderly parents who rely on them back at home. And the best leaders treat everyone equally, regardless of where someone sits on the corporate pyramid, and regardless of how far up the leader has risen herself.
Being a leader is to be known as a giver, and not just a taker. Share generously of your knowledge, skills, and when needed, time, and don't always hold the expectation that you'll get something in return.
Being a leader is having confidence and trust in yourself and in your abilities — even when others don’t know you well enough (or simply don’t care enough) to have the same level of confidence and trust in you. No matter how long you’ve done something or how good you are at it, there will always be doubters. But don't let that hold you back from taking a stand on an issue or taking action to solve a problem. Even if some people don't acknowledge your strengths, your skills, or your potential,
make sure you are very clear about them.
And, above all, believe in yourself!!!.
We can all be Leaders!
I have just got a beautiful compliment today. I was at the chemist collecting my daughter's medication. She had also asked me to go to the shop next door to get some energy drinks for her, as she was about to travel on a train and she tires easily.The shop did not have what she wanted so I went to the shop near my home.As I came out of the shop I could see Margaret, my neighbour Julie's mother, across the road. I thought to myself that she has just got off the bus and is on her way to her daughter's house which is next to mine. May be I can give her a lift to her daughter's house.Then I noticed from across the busy road, that the elderly lady who I thought was Margaret was going in a different direction, down a different side street.
I was surprised because I was really sure it was Margaret. In fact, I was so sure that I took the trouble to drive across the busy road to go to Margaret. By the time I caught up with the elderly lady, she was at the bottom of a cul de sac and looked confused as she didn't recognise where she was. It was indeed Margaret.
Though I have spoken to her before and given her a lift, she needed to be reminded of who I was. Margaret got in my car.Then she gave me a big hug and said,`You must be close to God'.Wow! Margaret is very Christian and couldn't believe that the instant she realised she was lost and confused, I was there.We arrived at her daughter's house; the lights were out and it seemed Julie was not in yet. I told Margaret to go and check and that I had to take my daughter to the train station meanwhile. If Julie wasn't at home I would bring Margaret back to her own house in a bit.You would have thought I had given her a fortune.As I went to my house to pick up my daughter to leave her at the train station, I saw Julie with Margaret.
Margaret thinks I was kind to her today.Truth though is that her words will stay with me for a long time. I'm happy too that the first shop I went to didn't have what my daughter wanted, otherwise I would have never got this beautiful compliment, or been able to help Margaret.
Successful persons are those who make good use of their time. They not only do well in exams but make best use of their ‘spare’ time to be productive. Simply put, time management is life management.
1. We all have just twenty four hours. Big chunk of these go to whatever business, job or profession we are doing. Sleep, time to get ready and ‘to and fro’ to place of work also takes some time.
How well we use the leftover time or ‘spare’ time from these essentials, counts a lot. Most people waste most of this time watching TV endlessly, reading fiction novels or other such value-less reading material, endlessly gossiping about others, which includes curiosity about other peoples’ lives, their ways, lifestyle, affairs, spreading rumours, false news specially about film stars, which amount to nothing but utter waste of the most precious commodity you have, TIME.
2. Successful people, attractive and pleasant personalities or people who count and matter, make best use of their time. They do not waste their time discussing people or in things described above. Instead, they watch TV selectively essentially improving their knowledge/information, read inspiring and life-skill books to self-improve and develop useful hobbies. They also do not waste their time visiting social networking sites to fulfil their curiosity. Time is perishable and cannot be hoarded. It can only be used or wasted. How you use it, it’s all up to you.
3. Another principal of astute time management is organizing your day to day life. This includes keeping things properly at their designated place to avoid wasting time finding them, organizing things and events for the day properly, so that you have everything handy when it is needed, forgetting nothing. You also must have your priorities right, which means important things are devoted more time than lesser important or least important things. It takes same time to do something important, lesser or least important. If you have not set your priorities right, invariably, you will end up doing unimportant or least important things first, leaving hardly any time for productive important things to be done for your growth and progress.
4. Even while travelling or driving to work or otherwise, make good use of your time in thinking positive, filling your mind with positive ideas, refreshing your memories with good times you have spent with your near and dear ones, think of the ways you can tackle some recurring problems, praying, expressing silent gratitude to God, family or friends, who have contributed so much in your life, deep breathing or ‘kapaal-bhati’ (type of breathing exercise), which will make vital difference in the quality of your thinking, mental and physical health, and well-being in general.
Supposing you are travelling by local train or bus, instead of gossiping, playing cards or otherwise wasting time doing nothing, do not hesitate or feel shy to start an exercise, yoga or breathing exercise to put the available time to productive use. Many will follow you with time but initially, people are always hesitant.
Excerpts from our Book, 'What They Don't Teach in Educational Institutions'
Capt. Ravi Mahajan Retd.
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- Lose an hour in the morning and you will be looking for it in the rest of the day. - Chesterfield.
- Ordinary people think mercifully how they will spend their time ; a man of intellect tries to use it. - Schopenhauer.
- Time is a rat that slowly cuts the thread of life.
Michael Jordan was born in 1963, in the slums of Brooklyn, New York.
He had four siblings and his father's earnings were not sufficient to provide for the whole family.
He grew up in a poor neighbourhood. Exposed to mindless violence and heavy discrimination in the slums, he saw for himself only a hopeless future.
His father saw in Michael, a lost soul and decided to do something.
He gave Michael, who was 13 years old, a piece of used clothing and asked: "What do you think the value of this outfit would be?"
Jordan replied,"Maybe one dollar."
His father asked, "Can you sell it for two dollars? If you can sell it, it would mean that you are a big help to your family."
Jordan nodded his head, "I'll try, but no guarantee that I'll be successful."
Jordan carefully washed the cloth clean. Because they didn't have an iron, to smoothen the cloth, he levelled it with a clothes brush on a flat board, then kept it in the sun to dry. The next day, he brought the clothes to a crowded underground station. After offering it for more than six hours. Jordan finally managed to sell it for $2. He took the two dollar bill and ran home.
After that, everyday he looked for used clothing, washed and ironed it, and sold it in the crowd.
More than ten days later, his father again gave him a piece of used clothing, "Can you think of a way you can sell this for 20 bucks?"
Aghast, Jordan said, "How is it possible? This outfit can only fetch two dollars at the most."
His father replied, "Why don't you try it first? There might be a way."
After breaking his head for a few hours, finally, Jordan got an idea.
He asked for cousin's helpto paint a picture of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse on the garment. Then he tried to sell it in the school where the children of the rich study.
Soon a housekeeper, who was there to pick his master, bought that outfit for his master. The master was a little boy of only 10 years. He loved it so much and he gave a five dollar tip. 25 dollars was a huge amount for Jordan, the equivalent of a month's salary of his father.
When he got home, his father gave him yet another piece of used clothing, "Are you able to resell it at a price of 200 dollars?" Jordan's eyes lit up.
This time, Jordan accepted the clothes without the slightest doubt. Two months later a popular movie actress from the movie "Charlie's Angels", Farah Fawcett came to New York for her Movie promos. After the press conference, Jordan made his way through the security forces to reach the side of Farah Fawcett and requested her autograph on the piece of clothing. When Fawcett saw this innocent child asking for her autograph, she gladly signed it.
Jordan was shouting very excitedly, "This is a jersey signed by Miss Farah Fawcett, the selling price is 200 dollars!" He auctioned off the clothes, to a businessman for a price of 1,200 dollars!
Upon returning home, his father broke into TEARS and said, "I am amazed that you did it My child! You're really great! "
That night, Jordan slept alongside his father. His father said, "Son, in your experience selling these three pieces of clothing, what did you learn about success?"
Jordan replied, "Where there's a will, there's a way."
His father nodded his head, then shook his head, "What you say is not entirely wrong! But that was not my intention. I just wanted to show you that a piece of used clothing which is worth only a dollar can also be increased in value, Then how about us - living & thinking humans? We may be darker and poorer, but what if we CAN increase our VALUE."
This thought enlightened young Jordan. Even a piece of used clothing could be made dignified, then why not me? There is absolutely no reason to underestimate myself.
From then on, Michael Jordan felt that his future would be beautiful and full of hope.
He went on to become the greatest basketball player of all times.
How can I increase my own value? I am finding it a very interesting thought. I am sure, you too, will.
guys....Create Your Value