Saturday, 14 March 2015

Two Frogs -- Fable # 2

Two Frogs - fable #

This is a fable of two frogs, the fat frog and the skinny one. One day while looking for some food, they jumped into a pot of milk. The sides of the pot were very greasy and slippery. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get out. They kept moving around in the pot.

After a while the fat frog said to his skinny friend, "There's no use paddling any longer. We're just going to drown, so we might as well give up." The skinny frog replied, "Hold on, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out." And so they continued paddling for another couple of hours.

Again the fat frog said, "I'm getting very tired. I'm going to stop paddling and drown. There's no one coming to get us out of here." But the skinny frog replied, " Keep paddling, keep trying." And so they continued for yet another couple of hours.

Finally the fat frog said, "I can't go on any longer. Where's the sense in this? What's the use? We're going to drown anyway." So saying, he stopped paddling and gave up. But the skinny frog kept on paddling.

Ten minutes later, the skinny frog felt something solid under his feet. He had churned the milk into butter, hopped onto it and got out of the pot.

One piece of advice that comes to us from almost every successful person is, 'Do Not Quit.' 
It is very easy to lose hope. It is very easy to get frustrated because we do not see any positive results inspite of our efforts. It is very easy to quit because there are too many obstacles in our path.

But remember that often we lose hope and give up just before the breakthrough comes, just before success shows up.
Remember what Harriet Beecher Stowe said, 
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that it just the place and time that the tide will turn."  

If you enjoyed this fable, check out 'Two Frogs - A Fable'

Monday, 2 March 2015

A Love Story


Emotions and Feelings, all lived together on a sunny island out in the beautiful ocean. There were times when they disagreed with each other and got into arguments, but for the most part there was peace and quiet on the island.

One day, without any warning, dark clouds gathered above. A powerful gust of wind brought the rain and storm rushing over the little island, threatening to drown it. All the Feelings were scared. 
Hope called out to Faith, and the two of them asked Courage to touch each of the Feelings. Love set to work and in no time had a boat ready to carry them all to safety. All the Feelings jumped into the boat but one of them refused to get in. Love got off to check who it was, and found Ego there.

Love tried very hard to convince Ego to get into the boat before it was too late, but Ego refused to move. Everyone urged Love to leave Ego alone. That was not easy. You see Love was created to love, and so stayed back with Ego. All the Feelings escaped to safety. Love died because of Ego.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Power of Prayer.

The Power of Prayer is a topic of considerable debate. There are as many arguments for and against it, as there are believers and non-believers.

The following true story which has been aired and published, provides interesting fodder for thought.

Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity centre in Kolkata, India, was bustling with activities. Her three hundred novices were all busy at work.

The novice who was in charge of the kitchen came out looking perturbed, and informed her that they were running short of flour, and would not be able to make chapatis (flat bread) for three hundred people. 

It was a panic-moment, but not for the saintly nun. Everyone expected her to pick up the phone and call her local benefactors to supply them with food. Instead she did something most people would say was completely crazy. She turned to the worried novice and said, "Sister, go into the chapel and tell Jesus that we have no food. Okay, that's settled, what's next?"

A short while later the doorbell rang. Standing there was a stranger who asked to see Mother Teresa. He informed her that the teachers of the government schools had decided to go on a strike, and classes were dismissed. He had 7000 lunches on his hands, and no idea what to do with them. He wondered if she could help him out!

Faith was demonstrated here beyond doubt. Mother Teresa's remark, "Okay, that's settled..." clearly indicated that she knew for sure that her prayer would be heard and answered. Remember this when you pray. Just know that you will surely get what you are praying for, and you will. Did Jesus not say that when you pray, believe that what you are asking for has been done, and it will be done?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

15 Wisdom keys from George Matthew Adams

15 Wisdom Keys from George Matthew Adams... 

  • Learn something from everything, from everyone--even yourself.
  • There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
  • If you do not love your work, you can't keep it long.
  • Liberate your love and it extends into everything you do. It enlarges your soul and strengthens your body.
  • You can't get anything without giving something.
  • No matter where you go, no matter with whom you talk, no matter what you read, be sure to absorb something that you can lay aside and later adapt.
  • The glory of creating something--of just doing a thing for the pure pleasure of having done it, outweighs all that mere wealth could return.
  • In this life, we get only those things for which we hunt, for which we strive, and for which we are willing to make a sacrifice.
  • We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.
  • A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation, is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.
  • I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
  • What you think, means more than anything else in your life, more than what you earn, more than where you live, more than your social position, and more than what anyone else may think about you.
  • I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it, and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.
  • Few people wear out before their time. Mostly they rust out, worry out, run out, spill out.
  • No one owns you.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year---2015

A new year begins today, and the possibilities are unlimited.        

new days,
new ways,
new dreams,
and old dreams with new starts.  

new things to try,
new skills to master,
new habits to build,
and old habits to break.

new books to read,
new healthy eating,
new hopes to cheer you on, 
and new challenges to face,

new joys,
new thrills,
new blessings,
and remember, 
Happiness is a Choice.