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A group of children are playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child is playing on the disused track, the rest on the optional one.

The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing at the disused one would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?


Lets pause to think what decision we would eventually make...

Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one lone child. You may think the same way, I guess. But did you think that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the used track was sidelined. And in the case where he was sacrificed, none shed a tear for him.

The scenario teaches us another lesson that while we are taking right decisions in our life, its our moral responsibility to teach others about the dangers of chosing the wrong options. If we do not do this we might have to suffer, like the boy in this scenario. If the kid opted to teach his fellow freinds about the in-service track, all of them would be safe and sound.

While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right ones.

"Remember that what's right isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right."

Everybody makes mistakes, that's why they put erasers on pencils.

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Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile soil.

The first seed said, "I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth's crust above me ... I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring ... I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the blessing of the morning dew on my petals!"

And so she grew...

The second seed said, "I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don't know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts ... what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe."

And so she waited...

A yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.

Moral of the Story...Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.

Patty Hansen
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An eight-year-old boy went to his grandfather and proudly announced,

"I am going to be very successful when I grow up. Can you give me any tips on how to get there?"

The grandfather nodded, and without saying a word, took the boy by the hand and walked him to a nearby plant nursery.

There, the two of them chose and purchased two small saplings.

They returned home and planted one of them in the back yard.

The other sapling was placed in a pot and kept indoors.

"Which one do you think will be the most successful in the future?" asked the grandfather.

The boy thought for a moment and said, "The indoor tree.

It's protected and safe while the outdoor one has to cope with the elements." The grandfather shrugged his shoulders and said, "We'll see." The grandfather carefully tended to both plants and in a few years,

The boy, now a teenager came to visit.

"You never really answered my question from when I was a young boy.

How can I become successful when I grow up?" he asked. The old man showed the teenager the indoor tree and then took him

Outside to have a look at the towering tree outside.

"Which one is bigger?" the grandfather asked.

"The outside one. But that doesn't make sense,

It has to cope with many more challenges than the inside one." The grandfather smiled, "Yes, but the risk of dealing with challenges is worth it as it has the freedom to spread its roots wide and its leaves towards the heavens.

Boy, remember this and you be successful in whatever you do; If you choose the safe option all of your life you will never grow and be all that you can be, but if you are willing to face the world head-on with all of its dangers and challenges, the sky's the limit."

The young man looked up at the tall tree, took a deep breath and nodded his head,

Knowing that his wise grandfather was right. The same is true for all of us.


Great challenges also allow for great expansion.

If we did not have the challenge, would we even seek the solution?

Choosing the safe path, cannot create great success. All great leaders have taken risks, be it in business, political and even personal life.

Many times, amazing paths reveal themselves out of great adversity.

Think of the difficult times in your life. Can you say you have learned a lesson?

Can you say a few years later that a wonderful path revealed itself out of those times?

I certainly can, with all the pain I have experienced in my life,

Many good things have revealed themselves to me as a direct result

Of the pain.

I am not saying pain is necessary, but when it happens,

there's a beautiful silver lining to it every time. Growth and expansion are sure to follow –

Help is on the way.



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Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.
The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes."
The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."

This simple short story provides one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways - negatively or positively.

We could explain this also in terms of seeing a situation's problems and disadvantages, instead of its opportunities and benefits.

When telling this story its impact is increased by using exactly the same form of words (e.g., "nobody wears shoes") in each salesman's report. This emphasizes that two quite different interpretations are made of a single situation.

On the same line we counter so my situation in our daily work life, which certainly can become an opportunity for us and our mindset play a vital role to make that count an win-win situation.
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Genetics is one of the fastest-developing fields of study today and it seems that no week passes within some new discovery of the intricacies of human genes. Of course, home genetic testing kits aren’t as sophisticated as what you can get in an actual lab, but they are fun and helpful in many ways. Considering that their sales exceeded 12 million in 2017 (MIT Technology Review), it becomes obvious that these tests are used by a great number of people. They do this either for fun or to find some answers in regards to their ancestry and health. If you want to try out these kits yourself, you’ll need to choose the right kind to achieve your exact goals.


Home Genetic Tests: What They Are and Why They Are Popular

Home genetic test kits are exactly what their name implies. Those are kits that allow you to perform a simple DNA test at home. The important thing to understand if you want to pick up genetic testing as a hobby is that these kits are extremely diverse. Therefore, you need to decide exactly what kind of information you are interested in.

Some of the things you can learn with the help of home DNA tests include:

  • Ancestry
  • Paternity
  • Heritage
  • Health risks
  • Fitness blueprints (understanding of your metabolism rate)

Unsurprisingly, these tests are extremely popular with a variety of people. They are so much of a phenomenon that the market for genetic health testing has grown to $99 million in 2017 and it’s expected to reach $310 million by 2022 (Kalorama Information Research). This growth is fueled by the rising popularity of at-home genetic testing as a hobby. Uncovering the mysteries of one’s own body and ancestry is definitely more captivating than playing with puzzles or collecting stamps. And as technology develops and home genetic testing kits become more sophisticated, this activity becomes even more interesting.

However, you shouldn’t forget about the limitations of DNA self-test kits.


Ancestry – Yes, Medicine – No: How Home Genetic Tests Work

If you plan to try genetic testing at home, you need to understand that no matter what kind of kit you use, you shouldn’t make any health-related decisions based on its results. It’s true that these kits are rather simple to use and they can provide accurate information on a variety of issues. However, they are not ratified as authentic medical tests.

This means that even if the information they provide is correct, you cannot rely on it only when making decisions that will affect your health. It’s imperative that you double-check with your doctor about any issue you might have uncovered when taking a home DNA test. And bear in mind that these kits aren’t very ‘sensitive’. Therefore, health-related information they provide might be inaccurate.

On the other hand, the ancestry-defining aspect of home genetic test kits is definitely very accurate. Therefore, you can trust those results and use them in your genealogy projects.


Leading Players on the Home Genetic Testing Market

Due to the size of the home genetic testing kits market choosing what’s the best one for you can be extremely difficult. As accuracy and quality matter greatly for these items, you should consider choosing one of the top 3 leading DNA kits. Those are MyHeritage, 23AndMe, and Ancestry.com. Each of them has a huge database and guarantees highly comprehensible results.

MyHeritage is a new player on this market as it launched testing only in 2016. Despite this, today it has one of the biggest databases in the world. The reason for this is not only the quality of the tests. It’s also the low cost, which makes MyHeritage one of the most accessible DNA testing of this caliber.

23AndMe is not cheap but it’s the definitive industry leader. These laboratories are using the most cutting-edge technology and often act as industry pioneers. Therefore, the results you get through 23AndMe tests are as accurate as one can get from a home genetic testing kit.

Ancestry.com is bog, trustworthy, and reasonably priced. This is the kit you should be using if you are interested in finding out ethnicity. Overall, it’s a great service for genealogy enthusiasts because you also get a set of family tree tools as part of the deal.

Today, genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America (TIME). It’s hard to say whether it was the popularization of home genetic testing kits that pushed it so high up or if it was the demand for better tools that prompted the development of these kits. Most likely, both factors are equally important.

It’s even harder to say why exactly genealogy is so popular in the US. Perhaps this is because discovering one’s ancestry and ethnic identity helps them find spiritual connections in the land of their ancestors. Americans have always been proud of their heritage, despite the fact that many family generations might not have visited the faraway country their ancestors came from.

The only thing one can be sure of is that home genetic testing kits help take this hobby to a new level. With these tests, everyone can uncover some exciting details about themselves and often find some emotional benefits from understanding and accepting one’s ancestry.


Home Genetic Testing and Privacy: Things to Consider

One thing you have to consider very carefully before you decide to try out various home DNA testing kits is your privacy. If you are one of the people who are worried about matters like internet surveillance (which is a legitimate concern), you might not feel comfortable uploading your personal DNA information online. There are quite a few stories like this that fuel the paranoia of those who are afraid of their private information being stolen and misused.

However, the truth of the matter is that when dealing with reliable providers, you can be safe. Of course, the information the genetic testing lab will know about you is rather intimate. But objectively, it’s rather harmless to your person as compared to someone stealing your social security number.

To prevent problems regarding privacy, you need to use trusted home genetic testing kits only and find out what exactly the lab will be able to do with your results. It’s true that some labs sell this information. Therefore, pay attention to the fine print and read every page of Terms and Conditions thoroughly.
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A renowned Tennis Player, was stricken by HIV from a contaminated blood transfusion which he received during his heart bypass surgery.

He was a legendary player. People from all over the world were very sad to hear the news. He received millions of get well soon letters and cards from his fans all over the world. One of the letters read:

"It is very sad to know about your illness. Why did God let this happen to you?"

The Tennis Player wrote a reply to this fan saying:

"Millions of children start playing tennis. Hundreds of thousands of them learn to play proper Tennis. Tens of Thousands of them learn professional Tennis. Thousands of them go to Tennis tournaments around the world. Some 5 thousand make it to Grand Slam and around 100 make it to Wimbledon. Just 4 make it to Semi Finals and 2 to finals and only ONE wins. And I was that ONE out of millions of people around the world.

When I was holding the Wimbledon Championship Trophy I never asked God "Why Me?" So I have no right to ask God "why me?" during my times of hardship."

Isn't it true that a human being often forgets God during times of happiness? Whenever he achieves something in his life he attributes it to himself, his hard work and support from his family and friends and forgets to thank God. But what does the same person do when he is afflicted by a misfortune? The same person who takes credit for every achievement of his now starts blaming God for his misfortune.

Moral: God keeps reminding people of His existence by giving them trials and afflictions, because people tend to forget God during their good times and such people only become aware of God if harm touches them. Never forget God in your good times. And if you are going through bad times, thank God even more for the times could have been worse.
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What Is A Skip Bin?
A dumpster or skip bin is a rectangular-shaped waste container that is available in a range of sizes and is used to dispose of multiple types of waste.

A complete skip has a design that allows for it to be loaded onto a specially manufactured truck. Skip bins are ordered by clients to be placed at a designated site for as long as needed and are collected once the skip is full or the rental period has expired.

It can be highly beneficial to make use of skip hire, as it saves you the trouble of having to drive to dump sites to dispose of rubbish bags yourself and often need to do with multiple trips.

Size And Type Of Skip Bin
The type and size bin you’ll be needing is dependent on the quantity and types of waste you need to dispose of. 


Waste Types:

Mixed domestic waste – all general waste including carpets and furniture etc.
Mixed building waste – all general domestic waste or building or industrial waste including light goods.
Garden waste – any outdoor waste, including tree trimmings, soil and clay, tree stumps etc.
Light goods – all mixed commercial and domestic waste, including cardboard, paper, wood, plastic and ceiling boards.
Heavy goods – all mixed industrial and domestic waste, including brick, mortar, hardcore building materials and concrete etc.


Considerations Of What You Should And Shouldn’t Do When Hiring A Skip
It is essential to pinpoint what types of waste you are planning to get rid of when hiring a skip. For instance, mini skip bins Perth are suitable for mixed domestic waste but not for heavy goods such as bricks or building materials.
1.       Always separate the wastes according to the category they fall into and use a suitable skip.
2.       Discuss your choices with the skip bin hire professional to make sure you’re not exceeding the weight limitations of the skip you’re planning to use.
3.       Always disassemble furniture items before loading them into the skip and heavier items must be placed at the bottom of the bin.
4.       Make sure the skip bin is kept on your property to avoid passers-by or neighbours to dump their rubbish in your container.
5.       Avoid dumping prohibited waste in your skips like oils, paint, chemicals, cylinders, batteries, explosives, liquids or other toxic materials.
6.       Avoid mixing types of wastes and dispose of the specific types of waste in their respective kinds of skips.
7.       Never fill a skip to the brim as it can create unsafe conditions for transporting and travelling with a skip, plus it is illegal to carry any bins that are too heavy or overflowing.


Conclusion:
There are many plus points associated with hiring a skip bin for residential or commercial use. Hiring a skip is convenient for disposing of all household rubbish, renovation rubble, business waste and construction rubbish. Make sure you are considering making use of skip hire professionals to take care of the waste for you.
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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 unclean. By crushing it, my leg would have become dirty and I wanted to avoid it. Hence, I moved aside.”

Flash: 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.
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Being crystal clear
Your employees will struggle if you're not absolutely clear about what you envision and expect. What are your priorities? What do you consider a stellar job? What makes your heart sing? What makes your skin crawl?
Learning by example can be the best teacher of being a boss. No matter how lovely your boss was, how quirky or how cruel, she had something to teach you—how to speak to a team, how not to speak to a team and a million things in between. From micro-managers to absent managers, all bosses have room to grow and to become better bosses.

This kind of knowledge is power for you and your team. It didn't occur to me to tell my first boss I would be late for a meeting that included company bigwigs (above him). Had I known First Boss despised being out of the loop, I would have clued him in. I failed to do so, and was taken aback by his anger. His reaction seemed out of the blue, but it was perfectly in line with his personality. Had I known, I could have avoided the erroneous conflict.

The more you communicate your wants and needs, the better equipped your employees are to deliver. When I knew my former boss cared deeply about fostering close bonds with regulars, I focused my energy on doing so. I implemented systems to give our regulars perks and extra love. This helped our business grow.

These days, I like to begin any project with a set of goals. It's easier for everyone to work effectively when they know precisely what they are working towards.

Empathizing
At a previous job, I kept trying to grab my boss's attention. I longed for a minute of her time. I wanted some direction, some instructions. I felt lost, and hoped she would hold my hand a little. She wouldn't and didn't. When I finally managed to poke into her office and ask for help (she was often nowhere to be found), she told me she'd be right back, bolted and left me waiting for her indefinitely. Oh, the awkwardness.

"She's really, really busy," my co-workers explained. I was skeptical. Too busy for five minutes for her new and eager employee?

Yes. Too busy for me! I was tempted to take it personally and sulk. But instead, I reached out to others for guidance. My boss's boss proved incredibly generous with his time and issued key advice. My colleague, too, exhibited incredible kindness. He sat with me for several hours, explaining procedures and goals and systems. He showed me around and introduced me around.
Delegate, if you need to. Say: "Bob will be explaining your role here, and getting you set up." That's fine. Her actions? Not so laudable.

I learned here that my boss was trying her best, even if it seemed odd. She was human. She had great qualities and terrible qualities, and she was working with what she had. She had her own headache-inducing pressures to contend with and her own bosses to manage.
Try to understand, likewise, what your staff is going through. What are their pressures, stressors and what is standing in their way? Everyone likes, and needs, to feel understood. A little empathy can go a long way.

Focus on solutions
My head would spin when I saw my promiscuously e-mailing boss's encyclopedia-like laundry list of worries. The cooks are noisy, and the customers are distracting! The music is too quiet! The music is too loud! The bartender is texting behind the bar! Why are we running out of bread?

What saved me, and perhaps my boss, from a nervous breakdown was to transform her concerns into concrete problems. Concrete problems have concrete solutions. For example, how can we ensure an adequate supply of bread on slow and busy nights, alike? The answer: Bake extra bread for freezing so that in an emergency, we will have an ample bread stash.

Don't waste too much energy fretting and stressing about what's very, very wrong, even (especially) if you feel imprisoned in a worry-fest. Direct your efforts instead towards making things as right as possible. Focus your demands on creating solutions, not on bemoaning everything that's not perfect.

Kick butt
The easiest, hardest, most surefire way to lead a great team is to lead by example. Knock your staff's socks off with your insight, persistence and savvy. Work hard and smart, and work some more.
If your people know what you want and what you're all about, if you are forgiving—or at least aware—of everyone's challenges, if you are ready to focus on building instead of wallowing in the rubble, go for it. Blow 'em away. Shine in the light of your talents and accomplish big things. Your staff will love you and respect you and follow you down the road to fireworks and success.

http://www.openforum.com/articles/how-my-bosses-taught-me-to-be-a-better-boss
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A 54-year-old man from in Keshavpuram, Delhi, has been hailed a hero after he sacrificed his own life, saving a family of eight from a burning fire. Satyabir Panchal was sleeping on Tuesday when he heard the screams outside.



A fire broke out on the ground floor of a private diagnostic centre, next to Panchal’s house in north-west Delhi’s Tri Nagar. The building owner Rajesh Gupta had taken his family to the top floor to escape the flames.

Panchal who ran a fire extinguisher shop wasted no time to step out and help his neighbours. “Panchal runs a fire extinguisher shop in Trinagar and he arrived with four fire extinguishers. There were eight people inside the building. He, along with others, tried to douse the fire and he also called his son to bring more fire extinguishers,” a senior police officer said.



While Panchal and his son were fighting a fire on the ground floor of the five-storey building, a cylinder exploded. Glass and metal pieces hit Sanchal on his neck. He was declared brought dead at a nearby hospital.

Officers said the fire appears to have been caused by a short-circuit. Prima facie, it appears that Panchal died when an oxygen cylinder exploded and a piece pierced his neck.

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A famous writer was in his study room.

He picked up his pen and started writing:

  • Last year, I had a surgery and my gall bladder was removed.
  • I had to stay stuck to the bed due to this surgery for a long time.
  • The same year I reached the age of 60 years and had to give up my favorite job.
  • I had spent 30 years of my life in this publishing company.
  • The same year I experienced the tragedy of my father's death.
  • And in the same year my son failed in his medical exam because he had a car accident.
  • He had to stay inactive due to his leg in plaster cast for several weeks.
  • The serious damage to my car was another loss.

At the end he wrote: Alas! It was such a bad year!!

When the writer's wife entered the room, she found he husband looking sad lost in his thoughts.

From behind his back she read what was written on the paper. She left the room silently and came back with another paper and placed it on side of her husband's desk.When the writer saw this paper, he found this written on it:

  • Last year I finally got rid of my gall bladder due to which I had spent years in pain.
  • I turned 60 with sound health and got retired from my job.
  • Now I can utilize my time to write something better with more focus and peace.
  • The same year my father, at the age of 95, without depending on anyone or without any critical condition met his Creator.
  • The same year, God blessed my son with a new life.
  • My car was destroyed but my son stayed alive without suffering from any permanent disability

At the end she wrote: This year was an immense blessing of God and it passed well!!

Moral:
In our lives , we must see that it‘s not happiness that makes us grateful but sincere appreciation and gratitude for Allah's blessings.
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Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, and all of the others, including Love.

One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all repaired their boats and left.
Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment.
When the island was almost sinking, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No I can't..There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place for you here."
Love decided to ask Vanity, who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, "Vanity, please help me!" "I can't help you Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness let me go with you." "Oh...Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"
Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her!
Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you." It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder her name.
When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Love, realizing how much he owed the elder, asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?"
"It was Time," Knowledge answered.
"Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is.
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STEPHEN -MOTIVATIONAL STORIES

A son took his old father to a restaurant for an evening dinner. Father being very old and weak, while eating, dropped food on his shirt and trousers.

Others diners watched him in disgust while his son was calm.


After he finished eating, his son who was not at all embarrassed, quietly took him to the wash room, wiped the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his spectacles firmly.
When they came out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that.

The son settled the bill and started walking out with his father.

At that time, an old man amongst the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think you have left something behind?”

The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t.”


The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You left a lesson for every son and hope for every father.”
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Last week I was doing my grocery shopping at a local store. I was in a hurry because I had to get to work. I had purchased a package of sports drink and, when checking out, put it on the bottom of the cart. In my haste, I did not put it in my car when I emptied the cart.

Later, I went back to the store and the cart was not there in the rack. One of the high school students that was retrieving carts came by and I asked if anyone had turned in the beverages. She said she did not notice but with a big smile said, "If you can wait, I will go in and check." A few minutes later, she came out with the beverages and said, "Here they are." I was very surprised someone had taken the time to turn them in. It may not have seemed like much and it was only a few dollars, but what a lift to know there are still honest, caring people out there.

 Source; Values
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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."
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Don, a senior vice president for sales at a global manufacturing company, wakes up late, scrambles to get showered and dressed, has an argument with his teenage daughter over breakfast, then gets stuck in traffic on the way to work and realizes he will be late for his first meeting.


Donna, a marketing executive, wakes at 6 for a quick spin on the exercise bike, takes a moment to stretch and relax, then quickly gets herself ready, dresses and feeds her two kids before walking them to the bus, then catches the train to the office.
Which executive will have a more productive day at work?


That depends on whether Don—who’s had the more difficult morning—is able to manage his state of mind. For 20 years, we’ve worked with leaders in more than 30 countries and across diverse industries to help them understand how state of mind (that is, their moment-to-moment experience of life as generated by their thinking and as expressed by their feelings) can affect their leadership, and to help them manage their respective states of mind, rather than being managed by them.
Two years ago our organization launched a long-term global research initiative to provide quantitative data on the topic. We selected 18 states of mind and surveyed leaders around the world on how often they experience each one, the impact of each on their effectiveness and performance, and what they do to manage their states of mind. To date, we have surveyed and interviewed over 740 leaders.
Below is a chart that lists the percentage of leaders who reported experiencing each of the 18 states of mind often or regularly:

Of the 18 states of mind in the chart, it came as no surprise that 94% of respondents reported that Calm, Happy and Energized (CHE) are the three that drive the greatest levels of effectiveness and performance. As Giglio Del Borgo, a country manager at Experian explains: “If you are energized, without being necessarily too excited about things or euphoric, that energy will transmit into the people working around you.”
The chart clearly shows that most leaders seem able to access CHE states on a regular basis. However, Frustrated, Anxious, Tired and Stressed (FATS) states of mind were also relatively common. And we found that certain factors such as age, gender, organizational level, organizational tenure, span of influence, and type/size of organization, are correlated with similar states of mind, with lower states more prevalent in certain categories of people—including the young, the male, those with less tenure, and those operating at lower organizational levels.
Most leaders reported that FATS states often yield benefits in the short term but are detrimental in the long term – especially to relationships. They also report that it is difficult to shift out of these states of mind when they are consistently present in the organizational culture or environment. Davida Fedeli, a former vice-president of human resources for Western Union Europe, told us: “There were times during the change integration process when I was constantly feeling frustrated because I was second-guessing stakeholder expectations. [But] at the end of the day, I was not getting the results I wanted by continuously staying in that state of mind.”
The leaders who responded to our survey also reported that it is much harder to shift from below the line states of mind to above the line states of mind. As Jim Daniell, COO of Oxfam America, noted, “When you’re stressed and frustrated it is much harder to see the state of mind you are in, and unless you have clear strategies to be aware of it when you are in it and then shift it, you more than likely will cause serious harm to yourself and your organization.”
So how do leaders shift from lower states of mind to higher states of mind and improve their effectiveness and performance? And how can they help other people in their organizations who tend to default to lower states of mind do the same? We’ve consolidated the best practices into four categories:




Thoughts and feelings. Acknowledge your emotions to reduce their intensity. Allow your thoughts to be transient. Visualize positive images to generate positive feelings. Refocus your attention on different stimuli. Journal to find clarity. And engage in meaningful conversations to foster understanding and optimism.
Physiology. Use deep breathing to reduce stress. Stretch to loosen muscles, stimulate blood flow and improve cognitive function. And take breaks to clear the mind, relax the prefrontal cortex and increase contentment.
External environment. Adjust lighting and block noise to generate calm. Listen to music to stimulate reflection. Eliminate clutter to reduce anxiety and improve focus. And spend time in nature to shift perspective.
Health and well-being. Eat a well-balanced diet, stick to an exercise regimen and get adequate sleep to maintain your energy and balance.
Everything in the last category is a must-do. From the others, we recommend choosing the handful of practices that work best for you, then employing them together with consistency.
Don did just that. Realizing the state he was in, he took stock of his anxiety, engaged in deep breathing, visualized having a positive conversation with his daughter, and accepted that he would not change the traffic. He then began to explore how he would manage his lateness and his workload. His state of mind shifted and he felt clear for the first time that day.
Alexander Caillet is an organizational psychologist and international management consultant. He is on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership and its Leadership Coaching program.
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One Sunday morning a wealthy man sat in his balcony enjoying sunshine and his coffee when a little ant caught his eye which was
going from one side to the other side of the balcony carrying a big leaf
several times more than its size. The man watched it for more than an hour.
He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, ,
took a diversion and then continued towards destination.

At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor.
It paused for a little while, analyzed and then laid the huge leaf over the crack,
walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.

The man was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of God's tiniest creatures.
The incident left the man in awe and forced him to contemplate over
the miracle of Creation.

It showed the greatness of the Creator. In front of his eyes there was
this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze,
contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome. Along with all these
capabilities, the man also noticed that this tiny creature shared
some human shortcomings.

The man saw about an hour later the creature had reached its destination –
a tiny hole in the floor which was an entrance to its underground dwelling.
And it was at this point that the ant's shortcoming that it shared with
the man was revealed. How could the ant carry into the tiny hole the
large leaf that it had managed to carefully bring to the destination?
It simply couldn't!

So the tiny creature, after all the painstaking and hard work and exercising great skills,
overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left behind the
large leaf and went home empty-handed.



The ant had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey
and in the end the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it. The creature
had no option, but to leave it behind to reach its destination.
The man learned a great lesson that day.

Isn't that the truth about our lives?

We worry about our family, we worry about our job, we worry about
how to earn more money, we worry about where we should live –
5 bedroom or 6 bedroom house, what kind of vehicle to buy –
a Mercedes or BMW or a Porsche, what kind of dresses to wear,
all sorts of things, only to abandon all these things when we reach our destination –
The Grave.

We don't realise in our life's journey that these are just burdens that
we are carrying with utmost care and fear of losing them, only to find
that at the end they are useless and we can't take them with us.

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My Dad was the last of the craftsman - while other's added workers to take on bigger jobs, Dad remained a "business" unto himself, painting homes and hanging wallpaper to the best of his decades of experience.

Many times I would be invited to the garage where he would have me guess which paint swatch or cabinet finish was the original and which was the one he just created.


Other times, he'd take me to the site and show the final outcome of an extra tough wallpaper job. The excellent work didn't surprise me, but what he did before he smoothed on the last section, did - he signed and dated the wall.


"I always sign my work," he said and then added, "Can you sign the end of your day?"
I'll never forget the message or the man.
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Vacations allow individuals to release the stress of living in a competitive world. And nothing can be more precious than getting to spend your vacations at an idyllic location with your partner. After you have chosen the destination that you wish to visit, it is time to set your itinerary. Most individuals often waste the golden opportunities of vacations by spending time and money on activities that are available back home. The whole idea of a vacation is to have a great time, so why waste it on mundane activities. Here’s a little bucket list of activities for your vacation.

Soak In The Sun And The Sand

Perhaps the most suitable place for a getaway is always a coastal location that offers you a fantastic view of the sea. For instance, Knowles Maui oceanfront vacation rentals offers a fabulous view, with the windows opening up to the sea, allowing you to experience the sea wind in your face right in your rooms. One of the advantages of oceanfront properties is the unmatched experience of getting to dip your feet in the cool sea late at night, before you hit the bed.

Check Out The Outdoors And Hike Through The Trails

Check out the outdoors of the location and take a hike through trails that are adventurous. Choose the location with care - when you hike, you are basically trying to take in the sights of nature’s resplendent beauty. Something that is off the beaten path, and wild would be a great way to experience the real joys of hiking. Ideally the trail should not be over crowded, and should offer breathtaking sights to hikers. If you plan to hike with your partner, then you can choose a trail that both of you are comfortable with. There really is no point in hiking to the point of complete exhaustion.

Relish The Local Cuisine And Street Food

When you are out on a vacation, you need to try out the local cuisine without fail. Not checking out the street food is like wasting your opportunity. Take your time to stroll through the location and try out the various exotic dishes. If you happen to check into a location that has restaurants and eateries that specialize in the local food, you can consider yourself fortunate. Regardless of the availability of restaurants, you need to go out to popular hangouts and check out the food.

When on a vacation, you need to enjoy every moment of the quality time that you get to spend with your loved one. It is only on a vacation that you find the time to enjoy food and activities together. It is therefore necessary to take your time and indulge yourself in activities with great enthusiasm, without rushing through it, or packing too many activities in your itinerary. If you wish to have a well rounded experience with many activities, it is necessary to take a vacation of the right duration.
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The Secret of Life is that:

There are no Rules.

There is no Right or Wrong,

The Standards we know were created

By people as smart as You and Me,

The Difference was

They did it with

Bigger Attitude and Stronger conviction..

SO

Say What you like

Do what you feel

But do them with conviction and attitude…

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After years of hard & dedicated service to his Company, Ajay was being
appointed at an elegant reception as the new Director.

It was a small function where his wife Anita , a Home Executive & some of
the wives of the other persons in top management were also present.

In an adjacent room, Ann, the wife of the CEO of the Company, asked Ajay's
wife a very odd & unusual question; "Does your husband make you happy?"

The husband, Ajay, who at that moment was not at her side, but was
sufficiently near to hear the question, paid attention to the conversation,
sitting up slightly, feeling secure, even filling his chest lightly in pride
& hope,that she would definitely not publically lower or degrade her husband,
would answer affirmatively, since she had always been there for him during their marriage and generally in life.
Nevertheless, to both his & the others' surprise, she replied simply; "No,
no, he doesn't make me happy..."

The room became uncomfortably silent, as if everyone was listening to the
spouse's response. There was a sudden coldness in the air. The husband was
petrified. A frown appeared on his face. He couldn't believe what his wife was
saying, especially at such an important occasion for him. To the amazement
of her husband & of everyone!

Anita sat up firmly & explained in a modest but stern tone to the other wives
who were present;
"No, he doesn't make me happy... I AM HAPPY

​ by my own choice​ .
The fact that I am happy or not doesn't depend on him, but on me.
Both of us have the intellect & discretion to reason, interpret & decide.
And I am the person upon whom my happiness depends.

I make the choice to be happy in each situation & in each moment of my life

​ with Ajay​ .
If my happiness were to depend on other people, on other things or
circumstances on the face of this earth, I would be in serious trouble!

Over my life I have learned a couple of things: I decide to be happy & the
rest is a matter of 'experiences or circumstances' like helping,
understanding, accepting, listening, consoling & with my spouse, I have
lived & practiced this many times.

Honestly, true happiness lies in being content"

Relieved & reassured, a smile was clearly noticed on Ajay's face.

​​
Happiness will always be found in contentment, forgiveness & in loving
ourselves & others. To truly love is difficult, it is to forgive unconditionally,
to live, to take the "experiences or circumstances" as they are, facing
them together & being happy with conviction.

There are those who say I cannot be happy :
* Because I am sick.
* Because I have no money.
* Because it is too cold.
* Because they insulted me.
* Because someone stopped loving me.
* Because someone didn't appreciate me.
But what they don't know is that they can be happy even though sick, whether
it is too hot, whether they have money or not, whether someone has insulted
them, or someone didn't love or hasn't valued them.

Being Happy is an attitude about life & each one of us must decide!

Being Happy, depends on us! It Depends on Me.
I fall. I rise. I make mistakes. I live. I learn. I have been hurt but I am live.
I am human. I am not perfect but I am Thankful.!!




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A Chinese farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could give him a million frogs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog ! The farmer replied, 'There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs - millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!' So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said, 'Well... where are all the frogs?' The farmer said, 'I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!


( Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.)


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There was once an earnest gardener who loved his work and his produce. One day he was walking through his delightful garden and happened to notice a weed. The gardener was particularly tired so he decided to leave it.

The next day he had to leave to visit his relatives in another country for two weeks. When he came back, the back yard was covered in weeds and all his produce was dead!

REFLECTION

Likewise, if we allow just one bad thought in our head and fail to remove it, it will sprout and instead of having to pick one weed, we will have too much to control.
If we destroy our negative thoughts, by allowing positive ones to grow, they will display in our personality like a beautiful garden.

Thats the power of positive thought. We are, what our thoughts are.
We should always entertain only good and positive thoughts in our mind and never give way for anything negative!
Be alert and conscious of your thoughts and pick out the weeds of your negative thoughts consciously and quickly, at the right moment--
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About ten years ago when I was an undergraduate in college, I was working as an intern at my University's Museum of Natural History. One day while working at the cash register in the gift shop, I saw an elderly couple come in with a little girl in a wheelchair.
  As I looked closer at this girl, I saw that she was kind of perched on her chair. I then realized she had no arms or legs, just a head, neck and torso. She was wearing a little white dress with red polka dots.
  As the couple wheeled her up to me I was looking down at the register. I turned my head toward the girl and gave her a wink. As I took the money from her grandparents, I looked back at the girl, who was giving me the cutest, largest smile I have ever seen. All of a sudden her handicap was gone and all I saw was this beautiful girl, whose smile just melted me and almost instantly gave me a completely new sense of what life is all about. She took me from a poor, unhappy college student and brought me into her world; a world of smiles, love and warmth.
  That was ten years ago. I'm a successful business person now and whenever I get down and think about the troubles of the world, I think about that little girl and the remarkable lesson about life that she taught me.
  Source: Submitted by a Writer of AL-Islaah Publications.
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There once was a happy monkey wandering the jungle, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest. He sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.

He admired his new possessions proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He became so attached to them, that he didn't even notice his hunger at first.

A fruit tree reminded him, but he felt the apples in his hands. He couldn't bear to set them down to reach for the fruit. In fact, he couldn't relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but
less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.

The apples became heavier, and the poor little monkey thought about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn't climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go?

Letting go of such valuable things seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling it's fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples and reached up for his meal. He was happy again.

Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. A man carries an image of himself as "productive" - carries it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life. Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples - they prove he's "doing everything he can." He holds onto them compulsively.
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Not only are ticks nasty little critters, but they are also the cause of some severe health conditions relating to your pets. By following a few simple preventative actions, you can protect your pet from having these parasites and prevent any discomfort or illness as a result of a tick bite.

1.    Apply fleas and tick treatment throughout the year
Ticks and fleas are more commonly spotted during the warmer summer months, some of them can survive indoors during the colder months. Veterinarians recommend that you must take preventative steps throughout the year, not only during the warmer Seasons. Ask your Vet to suggest the best remedy for your animal and make sure you follow the instructions correctly.

2.    Don’t use old or expired products
More and more products are manufactured. It may be a great idea to ask your veterinarian every now and again about the latest products. Make sure you always check expiry dates on the packaging, as the products lose effectiveness once they’ve gone past their expiry date.

3.    Avoid using canine products on cats
Tick and flea preventative products that are specially formulated for canines can contain ingredients that are lethal to cats and can result in severe illness which may require veterinarian services. Products must always be used as intended.

4.    Check your pets regularly
Do a thorough evaluation of your pet’s skin, under armpits and the ears for possible ticks or bites. The best way to inhibit serious illnesses such as Lyme disease or tick paralysis is finding and eliminating ticks as soon as possible. Ensure your remove a tick correctly. Monitor the behaviour of your pet carefully and if you suspect that your pet has a life-threatening disease such as tick paralysis you need to get your pet to a veterinarian for tick paralysis treatment immediately.

5.    Grooming
Grooming is an excellent way to check your pet regularly for parasites that may be hidden under your pet’s fur, and it calls for a great opportunity to spend quality time with your dog or cat.

6.    Keeping the yard clean
Another excellent preventative measure is to clean your yard often by mowing the lawn (as ticks like to sit in high grass), raking leaves and sweeping areas around the house and areas where your pet spend a lot of time to prevent fleas or other parasites from breeding.

7.    Take your pets for regular check-ups
A veterinarian can examine your pet during his routine check-ups and make sure your pet is free from any parasites or related problems.

Conditions that are caused by ticks:

Lyme disease
Transmitted by ticks and include symptoms of swollen joints, lameness fever and poor appetite.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
A serious infection with symptoms of painful muscles and joints, poor appetite and fever.

Ehrlichiosis
Can be a severe or mild infection and include symptoms of high fever, bleeding, depression and appetite loss.

Tick paralysis
Can be a life-threatening disease and must be treated immediately. Include symptoms such as fast heart rate, high blood pressure, vomiting, unsteadiness and paralysis in the hind legs.