A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side”. Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know”.
“You don’t know? You’re a religious man. You do not know what is on the other side?”
The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room with his tail wagging and an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside ….. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough for me.”
There was a small child who was brought up by his father. His father was a highly successful and extremely bright business man. He was about 50 years old with dark brown hair and deep brown eyes. He was a very neat man but he rarely smiled. He was strict, impatient, quick with anger and very passionate. These attributes all contributed to his great success in business life, but at the same time the same qualities led him become a not very pleasant father. He drove the newest Mercedes and had the fanciest suits. He was incredibly wealthy. As he traveled a lot he didn’t spend a lot of time with his son. But this boy was compensated with expensive presents and private schooling. This was the way his father expressed his love for him. The son got used to getting everything he wished for.
When he turned 21 he was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful black sports car in a dealer’s showroom and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. He went to see the car everyday for weeks. He took the car for a test drive, he smelled the leather seats, imagined buying it and taking it home for the first time. He took pictures of it and put them all out on his wall.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. He was full of excitement like a little child. He had absolutely no doubt of getting what he wished for. Finally after days of waiting impatiently, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. He sat him down on a designer brown leather chair and looked deep into his son’s eyes and said: “I am very proud to have such a fine son and for the first time he said: “I love you”. His son not even hearing the words waited impatiently for his present. After all, he was used to expensive presents but his father expressing his feelings were unknown for him. Finally, the father handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. The son held his breath back while quickly opening the box. He had his dream car floating before his eyes. As he opened the box he found a book called “Put Your Dream to the Test”. He was disappointed almost shocked. He threw the book on the floor. Angrily he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a book?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the book behind. He moved out of the house immediately and went on his own way.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business just like his father. But business was not all he took after his father. He was as strict and impatient with his own children as his father was with him. He had a beautiful home somewhere in the countryside.
One day the man realized his father was very old and thought perhaps he should go see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. They hadn’t even spoken a word since then. The father hadn’t even met his grandchildren. Although the son decided to contact his father he kept putting it off. Many times he walked to the phone, took it up, sat down on the white leather sofa in his living room, looked at his wife for support and dialed holding his breath back and shaking all over. But before the phone could ring he hung up. This went on for weeks until one day he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to him. He needed to go home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He went into his father’s study where they last spoke and thought about the last words he heard from his father. He began to search his father’s important papers and in one of his drawers he found the still new book, just as he had left it years ago. He sat down on the same chair he was sitting those years before and recollected his memories of the situation that had separated them. With tears rolling down his face, he read the title: Put your dreams to the test. Then he opened the book and began to turn the pages. After the third page he saw a hole in the book with a car key in it. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the black sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…
“WITH LOVE TO MY PRECIOUS SON WHO MADE ME SO PROUD TODAY.”
Many times we prejudge people we meet and things we experience in life because they are not packaged as we expect them. We make drastic choices based on misunderstandings or simple ignorance and let the emotions resulting from these guide us. My advice to you is to stop for a moment and think before you make overall conclusions of a person or a situation and most importantly learn to forgive yourself and others!
A teacher from Primary School asks her students to write an essay about what they would like God to do for them. At the end of the day, while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional.
Her husband, who had just walked in, saw her crying and asked her ‘What happened?’
She answered ‘Read this. It is one of my students’ essay.’
‘Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special. Make me into a television. I want to take its place and live like the TV in my house.
Have my own special place, and have my family around ME. To be taken seriously when I talk. I want to be the center of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives even when it is not working. Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired. And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me. And I want my brothers to fight to be with me.
I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me. And last but not least, ensure that I can make them all happy and entertain them. Lord I don’t ask you for much. I just want to live like a TV.’
At that moment the husband said ‘My God, poor kid. What horrible parents!’
The wife looked up at him and said ‘That essay is our son’s !’
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.
In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.
‘When we were to be married,’ she said, ‘ my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.’ The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two Precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two Times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with Happiness.
‘Honey,’ he said, ‘that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?’ ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.
Everyone needs inspiration to cope up with life’s challenges, a motivation to push us to our limits, and a sort of mantra to bestow us with strength. These elements become the source of a mystical energy which empowers us and put us in a different height in life. They can come in various forms. Would you believe that a simple statement or remark could make a significant change in your life? So here’s my shot at changing your life for the better especially if you are currently in deep waters. I’ve compiled some of the best things that ever been said by some famous people across the universe.
I don’t dream at night, I dream all day. I dream for a living. –Steven Spielberg
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain, the lazy one never. –Benjamin Franklin
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. –Wayne Gretzky
Whatever plan one makes, there is a hidden difficulty somewhere. –Vincent Van Gogh
You can and you must expect suffering. –Mother Teresa
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. –Mother Teresa
When you’re going through hell, keep going. –Albert Einstein
Find a calling you love and you will never work a day in your life. –Confucius
The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. –Lao Tzu
Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody is watching. –Mark Twain
Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. –Thomas Jefferson
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. –Thomas Jefferson
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. –Thomas Edison
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. –Thomas Edison
If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man. –Chinese Proverb
As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big. –Donald Trump
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. –Eleanor Roosevelt
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute”, Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“That’s right”, Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,”,the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and …”
“All right”, said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“No, on the contrary.”
“So”, Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well”, concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up to him and begun insulting him.
“You have no right to be teaching others!” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but fake!”
Buddha was not upset by these insults. He just smiled. The man insulted him again and again but the only reaction he could get back from the Buddha was a smile and silence. Finally he stomped his feet and left cursing.
The disciples were feeling angry and one of them couldn’t keep quiet and asked the Buddha, “Why didn’t you reply to the old man?”
The Buddha replied, “If someone offers you a gift, and you refuse to accept it, to whom does the gift belong then?”
“Of course to the person who brought the gift”, replied the disciple.
“That is correct”, smiled the Buddha.
There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court. The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure. The farmer replied, amour Honor, I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.” The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?” The farmer replied “Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.”
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?”
“50 cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.
“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.
“35 cents,” she said brusquely.
The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.
When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.
There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.
An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation:
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden because your mother always loved planting them. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren’t in prison.
Shortly, the old man received this telegram:
‘For Heaven’s sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!! That’s where I buried the GUNS!!’
At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what had happened, and asked him what to do next.
His son’s reply was:
‘Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It’s the best I could do for you, from here.’
The law of the garbage truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we 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 on his 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. And I mean, he 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’.
He explained that 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. Don’t take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
A wise man sat in the audience and cracked a joke. Everybody laughs like crazy.
After a moment, he cracked the same joke again. This time less people laughed. He cracked the same joke again and again.
When there is no laughter in the crowd, he smiled and said: you can’t laugh at the same joke again and again, but why do you keep crying over the same thing over and over again?
One day a rich dad took his son on a trip to village. He wanted to show him how poor someone can be. They spent time on the farm of a poor family. Dad asked, “Did you see how poor they are? What did you learn?
Son said, “We have one dog, they have four, we have pool, they have rivers, we have lanterns at night, they have stars, we buy foods, they grow theirs, we have walls to protect us, they have friends, we have encyclopedias, they have bible.”
Then they headed, “Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
A wise old man was talking to a boy and said, “There are two wolves always fighting inside me. One is filled with anger, hate, jealousy, shame and lies. The other wolf is filled with love, joy, truth and peace. This battle rages inside of you and all men.”
The boy thought for a moment and asked, “Which wolf will win?”
The old man answered. “The one you feed.”
Question paper of a 5th class boy:
Write an essay about your mother in 200 words. Given the time was half an hour, boy finished the paper in first minute itself.
He just wrote one sentence but got full marks.
That one sentence was, “Any combination of 26 Alphabets can never express my mother.”
A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him.
Finally he wrote to the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: “What shall I do now?”
In due course, the reply came: “We suggest you learn to love them.”