Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015-39 - Level of Confidence…

On a long flight passengers were not being served beverages or meals, because the flight was expecting turbulence. Intermittently, warnings were being given by the pilot to keep the seat belts fastened. The passengers were slowly getting scared.

And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the darkening skies and within moments the great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean. One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash.

As the man looked around the plane, he could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.

Amidst all this, the man suddenly saw a girl to whom the storm meant nothing. She had tucked both her feet beneath her and was reading a book. Everything within her small world was calm and orderly without a sign of worry and fear. While all the adults were scared to death, this marvellous child was completely composed and unafraid.

Unable to withhold his curiosity, when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time. Having commented about the storm and behaviour of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The sweet child replied, “Sir, my dad is the pilot and he is taking me home.”

~ Author Unknown

“What could we accomplish ourselves, if we knew others would not fail?"

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015-38 - Improved attitude

No matter how good and positive your attitude may be, you can improve it. And when you improve your attitude, your attitude improves you.

To improve your attitude, you don’t have to deny reality. When you improve your attitude, it doesn’t mean things will be perfect.

What it means is that you’ll be more positive, more effective, and more solidly focused on the best possibilities. What it means is that you’ll live and act from a position of strength.

With an improved attitude, you can still clearly see all the problems. Yet instead of living in fear of them, you’ll choose to be bigger than those problems.

Right now, there’s a certain way you feel about life, and a certain way you expect life to be. Just think of what could happen if you made the choice to raise those expectations.

Whether you have a great attitude or a lousy one, decide today to improve it. For where your attitude goes, your life will quickly follow.

~ Ralph Marston

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it."

~ Mary Engelbreit

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

2015-37 - In a room…

There were four candles burning. The ambiance was so soft you could hear them talking.

The first one said, “I am PEACE, however nobody can keep me lit. I believe I will go out.”

It’s flame rapidly diminishes and goes out completely.

The second one says, “I am FAITH. Most of all I am no longer indispensable, so it does not make any sense that I stay lit any longer.”

When it finished talking a breeze softly blew on it, putting it out.

Sadly, the third candle spoke in its turn. “I am LOVE. I have not gotten the strength to stay lit. People put me aside and don’t understand my importance. They even forget to love those who are nearest to them.” And waiting no longer, it too goes out.

Suddenly a child entered the room and saw three candles not burning. “Why are you not burning you are supposed to stay lit till the end.”

Saying this the child began to cry. Then the fourth candle said, “Don’t be afraid, while I am still burning we can re-light the other candles, I am HOPE.”
With shining eyes, the child took the candle of Hope and lit the other candles.

The flame of Hope should never go out from our life so that each of us can maintain HOPE, FAITH, PEACE and LOVE.

~ Author Unknown


“When the world says Give Up", Hope whispers "Try it one more time."

~ Anonymous

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

2015-36 - The Value Of A Smile

The value of a smile is priceless, yet it is the cheapest, easiest, most rewarding, and most sincere gift to anyone that crosses your path. A smile makes a person's day, anybody's day, even a stranger's day. A smile is infectious. Start infecting people with your smile today!

A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement. It brings rest to the weary, sunshine to those who are sad, and hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.

A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought, begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will. You have to be willing to give a smile away before it can do anyone else any good.

So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile, let him have one of yours anyway. Nobody needs a smile as much as the person who has none to give.

~ Author Unknown


“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
~ William Arthur Ward

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015-35 - God's Embroidery

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee, look up from the floor, and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. As from the underside, I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "Son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass, and then I would hear mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." This I did, only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower, or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.

Then mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."
There is a pre-drawn plan for each one of us. Though it might look messy from the other side, we just have to follow the path.

~ Author Unknown

“Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.”

~ Joni Eareckson Tada