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An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.
‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but
not on the other pot’s side?’
‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big advice on the door on which it was written:
“Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away”.
We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym”.
In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up.
Everyone thought: “Who is this guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!”.One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless.
They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.There was a mirror inside the coffin and everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said:
“There is only one person who is capable to set limits to your growth: it is YOU.
You are the only person who can revolutionize your life.
You are the only person who can influence your happiness, your realization and your success.
You are the only person who can help yourself.
Your life does not change when your boss changes,
when your friends change,
when your parents change,
when your partner changes,
when your company changes.
Your life changes when YOU change,
when you go beyond your limiting beliefs,
when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life.
“The most important relationship you can have,
is the one you have with yourself”
Examine yourself, watch yourself.
Don’t be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses.
Be a winner, build yourself and your reality.
The world is like a mirror: it gives back to anyone the reflection of the thoughts in which one has strongly believed.
The world and your reality are like mirrors laying in a coffin, which show to any individual the death of his divine capability to imagine and create his happiness and his success.
It’s the way you face Life that makes the difference.
Take good care of your self.
The 90-year-old, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied,
even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
Her husband recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.
As she was walking to the elevator, the nurse provided her a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.
“I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old kid just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied.
“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not. It doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
And as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”
She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank u for your part in filling my memory bank.
I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said:
“Remember the five simple rules to be happy”
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.”
One day, I hopped into a taxi and took off for the airport . We were driving in the right lane when suddenly, a black car, jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed the brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!
The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. I mean, was really friendly.
So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call,
‘The Law of the Garbage Truck‘
“Many people are like garbage trucks.
They run around full of garbage,
full of frustration, full of anger,
and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place
to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.
NEVER take it personally.
Just smile, wave, wish them well,
and move on with the routine life.
” Don’t take their garbage and spread
it to other people at work,
at home or on the streets
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so……
‘Love the people who treat you right..
Pray for the ones who don’t.’
A very rightly said quote:
Life is 10% what you make and 90% how you take!!!!
… that nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.
You keep wanting to know how things will play out, keep asking to see the future.
God doesn’t give anyone the power to know the future,
because life becomes maddeningly boring when you know everything upfront. So, instead of struggling, enjoy the uncertainty – to be alive means to not know.
Our Birth is our Opening Balance
Our Death is our Closing Balance ?
Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities
Our Creative Ideas are our Assets
Heart is our Current Asset
Soul is our Fixed Asset
Brain is our Fixed Deposit
Thoughts are our Current Account
Achievements are our Capital
Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade
Friends are our General Reserves
Values & Behaviour are our Goodwill
Patience is our Interest Earned
Love is our Dividend
Children are our Bonus Issues
Education is Brands / Patents
Knowledge is our Investment
Experience is our Premium Account
Our aim is to tally the Balance Sheet accurately……. and the goal is to get the ‘Best Presented Accounts’ Award!
There once was a very wealthy and successful man.
He had more money than he could ever spend and
he was admired and looked up to by his community.
Still, he knew that something was missing in his life.
He wasn’t happy. All his life he had pursued happiness
and strived for happiness but had never been able to find it.
Then one day he heard about a hidden temple in Nepal
that had a special room that contained
the secret to happiness. He immediately sold all
that he owned and set out to find this hidden temple.
After many years of searching and countless hardships
he arrived there. He was weary and pennyless,
but he knew that none of that mattered now
that he had found the temple.
He asked a wise, smiling monk if he could enter the special room.
The monk agreed and showed him the stairsleading to the room.
He climbed them with legs shaking with anticipation
and slowly opened the door.
He stared into the room with sunlight streaming
through the window and saw what he had come
so far to find. There hanging on the wall
was the secret of happiness.
The man gazed at his reflection in the mirror and laughed.
It is time that we all realized that we are the secret
to our own happiness. Happiness is a choice
that we make within. God loves us and gives
each one of us the ability to fill our lives
with love, joy, peace, happiness, and oneness with HIM.
We need only choose to do so
moment by moment and day by day.
It doesn’t matter what our outer circumstances are either,
because the Kingdom of Heaven is within us.
Don’t spend the rest of your life searching
the world for happiness then.
Just look in the mirror and laugh.
Just let the happiness flow from your
heart, mind, and soul until it fills your life
and the lives of all those around you..
… that there is no such thing as conditional love. Love is either unconditional or it’s no love. You might like someone conditional on their personality or behavior or circumstances. But love accepts no boundaries. So never say ‘I love you because’, for love has no cause, love comes from God.
You do not have to pretend in order
to seem more like someone else.
You weren’t meant to be like someone else.
You do not have to lie to conceal
the parts of you that are not like
what you see in anyone else.
You were meant to be different.
Nowhere ever in all of history will
the same things be going on in
anyone’s mind, soul and spirit
as are going on in yours right now.
If you did not exist, there would be
a hole in creation, a gap in history,
something missing from the plan
for humankind. Treasure your uniqueness.
It is a gift given only to you.
Enjoy it and share it!
No one can reach out to others in
the same way that you can.
No one can speak your words.
No one can convey your meanings.
No one can comfort with your kind of comfort. No one can bring your kind
of understanding to another person.
No one can be cheerful and lighthearted
and joyous in your way.
No one can smile your smile.
No one else can bring the whole
unique impact of you to another human being.
Share your uniqueness.
Let it be free to flow out among
your family and friends and people
you meet in the rush and clutter
of living wherever you are.
That gift of yourself was given you
to enjoy and share. Give yourself away!
See it! Receive it! Let it tickle you!
Let it form you and nudge you
and inspire you!
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things —your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff. ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for
the things that are important to you.
‘Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’
‘The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’