Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2019-13 - Just Drop It...

Once a crow, holding on to a piece of meat was flying to a place to sit & eat.

However, a flock of eagles were chasing it. The crow was anxious and was flying higher and higher, yet eagles were after the poor crow.

Just then Garuda saw the plight and pain in the eyes of the crow. Coming closer to the crow, he asked, "What's wrong? You seem to be very disturbed and in stress?"

The crow cried, "Look at these eagles!! They are after me to kill me".

Garuda being the bird of wisdom spoke, "Oh my friend!! They are not after you to kill you, they are after that piece of meat that you are holding in your beak. Just drop it and see what will happen".

The crow followed the instructions of Garuda and dropped the piece of meat, and the eagles immediately flew towards the falling meat.

Garuda smiled and said "The Pain is only till you hold on to it. So, just drop it!".

~ Author Unknown

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

~ Havelock Ellis

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2019-12 - What Do You Hear?

There's a story about a Native American walking in New York City with a friend. The streets were filled with people and cars were honking.

All of  a sudden the  Native  American said, "I hear a cricket."

His friend responded, "Are you crazy? You couldn't  possibly  hear  a cricket  in  all this noise."

The Native American walked across the street to a bush and found the cricket.

"That's   incredible,"   his   friend   said. "You must have superhuman ears!"

"No," the  Native American  said. "My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for."

He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk. Even with all the noise of the city people's heads turned to see if the money was theirs.

What we hear depends on what's important to us.

~ Jane T

You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.

~ Sabrina Bryan

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019-11 - A Teacher's Lesson...

We stood there on the corridor of our classroom talking with our English teacher, not on academic matters but on general issues. He was really speaking with us as if we were full adults. We were still in our penultimate class in high school.

In the cause of our discussion, my friend made a comment. Then our teacher stopped talking for a moment and said in effect, "You have just spoken like one of my friends. He never liked it when people are ill spoken of; never accuses them when they are unable to defend themselves because of their absence." I caught a message that changed me.

From that day it sank deep into me like a command not to say anything bad about a person. When I heard a rumour about someone, I don't receive and spread it. Not that I take sides but I believe everyone needs to be treated with some level of trust and credibility until that person proves otherwise.

~ Charmaine S

Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.

~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

2019-10 - Caring...

In a ram-shackled house, far from the village, lived a young man who was mentally impaired. He was always seen in the village, working hard to fill his old bag with discarded items and scraps of food. The children of the village sneered at him; the elderly villagers looked down on him and scolded their children from coming near him.

One day, the villagers learned that the young man had passed away. He had died alone. When they went to his house, they were surprised to find the man's parents, sickly and bed-ridden in the lonely and secluded house.

The shock of their discovery brought them to their senses. They quickly realized that the young man whom they had disregarded in their village, despite his mental and physical impairments, was devoted to taking care of his sick and bedridden parents until the day he died.

With his death, he taught the villagers a valuable lesson: We can never make assumptions about others, for sometimes the most caring individuals are those we wouldn't suspect.

~ Joan Pitrousky

You really can change the world if you care enough.

~ Marian Wright Edelman