Work Appreciation

 

My request is that please read this and get your children also read it.

One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent.

He asked, Did you obtain any scholarships in school…?
the youth answered “NO”.

Who paid for your school fees…?
” Parents “, he replied.

“Where did they work……?”

“They worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands.
The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

“Have you ever helped your parents wash the clothes ?”

“Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books.
Besides, my parents can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request.

When you go home today, go and clean your parents hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt dejected.
When he went back home, he asked his parents to let him clean their hands.
His parents felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings,
They showed their hands to their son.

The youth cleaned their hands slowly.
His tear fell as he did that.
It was the first time he noticed that his parents hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in their hands.

Some bruises were so painful that they winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees.

The bruises in the hands were the price that the parents had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his parents hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for them.

That night, parents and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked:

“Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house….?”

The youth answered,
I cleaned my parents hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

“I now know what appreciation is. Without my parents, I would not be who I am today…

By helping my parents, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said,
“This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first.

He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts.

If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead…?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV.

But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it.

After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters.

It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way.

You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow grey, same as the parent of that young person.

The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done…

Try to forward this story to as many as possible…this may change somebody’s fate.

This will also change someone’s attitude

Blessings..!!!

 

(Source: www)

The Abundance Principle : Give Before You Receive

The Abundance Principle

Once a man got lost in a desert. The water in his flask had run out two days ago, and he was on his last legs. He knew that if he didn’t get some water soon, he would surely die.

The man saw a small hut ahead of him. He thought it would be a mirage or maybe a hallucination, but having no other option, he moved toward it. As he got closer, he realized it was quite real. So he dragged his tired body to the door with the last of his strength.

The hut was not occupied and seemed like it had been abandoned for quite some time. The man entered into it, hoping against hope that he might find water inside.

His heart skipped a beat when he saw what was in the hut – a water hand pump…… It had a pipe going down through the floor, perhaps tapping a source of water deep under-ground.

He began working the hand pump, but no water came out. He kept at it and still nothing happened. Finally he gave up from exhaustion and frustration. He threw up his hands in despair. It looked as if he was going to die after all.

Then the man noticed a bottle in one corner of the hut. It was filled with water and corked up to prevent evaporation.

He uncorked the bottle and was about to gulp down the sweet life-giving water, when he noticed a piece of paper attached to it. Handwriting on the paper read : “Use this water to start the pump. Don’t forget to fill the bottle when you’re done.”

He had a dilemma. He could follow the instruction and pour the water into the pump, or he could ignore it and just drink the water.

What to do? If he let the water go into the pump, what assurance did he have that it would work?

What if the pump malfunctioned? What if the pipe had a leak?

What if the underground reservoir had long dried up?

But then… maybe the instruction was correct. Should he risk it? If it turned out to be false, he would be throwing away the last water he would ever see.

Hands trembling, he poured the water into the pump. Then he closed his eyes, said a prayer, and started working the pump.

He heard a gurgling sound, and then water came gushing out, more than he could possibly use. He luxuriated in the cool and refreshing stream. He was going to live!

After drinking his fill and feeling much better, he looked around the hut. He found a pencil and a map of the region. The map showed that he was still far away from civilization, but at least now he knew where he was and which direction to go.

He filled his flask for the journey ahead. He also filled the bottle and put the cork back in. Before leaving the hut, he added his own writing below the instruction: “Believe me, it works!”

This story is all about life. It teaches us that We must GIVE before We can RECEIVE Abundantly.

More importantly, it also teaches that FAITH plays an important role in GIVING.

The man did not know if his action would be rewarded, but he proceeded regardless.

Without knowing what to expect, he made a Leap of Faith.

Water in this story represents the Good things in Life

Give life some “Water” to Work with, and it will RETURN far more than you put in………!!!

(Source : online mags)

The Fisherman and The Businessman

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.

As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.

The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”

The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”

“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.

The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”

The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.

“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”

The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”

The fisherman asks, “And after that?”

The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”

The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

classic Brazilian story, probably also present in other cultures. Someone found the English version, but I could not identify the translator. 

(sourced from noted writer PAULO COELHO‘s Blog)

Maturing Gracefully – Yes, I Am Changing !!!

 

YES, I AM CHANGING!

Days slip into weeks, weeks turn into months and months transform into years. Calendars are changing and so am I.

Yes, I am changing. In certain things age has mellowed me down, in others I have become more aggressive. Sometimes I find myself acting very wisely and sometimes I just go crazy. Certain issues will have me speaking vociferously whereas at other issues I just shrug and remain silent.

Yes, I am changing! After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

Yes, I am changing. I just realised that I am not ‘Atlas’ and the world does not rest on my shoulders.

Yes, I am changing. I have now stopped bargaining with the poor vegetable and fruit vendors. After all, a few bucks more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

Yes, I am changing. I pay the Cabby and walk away without waiting for the change. The extra money might bring a smile on his face. After all he is toiling much harder for a living than me.

Yes, I am changing. I have learnt not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. After all, the onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

Yes, I am changing. I give compliments freely and generously now . After all its a mood enhancer not only for the recipient but also for me.

Yes, I am changing. I am learning not to let others make me feel incompetent. After all I am not only what they see in me. I might not be good at certain things but I am excellent at others.

Yes, I am changing. I walk away from people who don’t value me. After all, they might not know my worth, but I do.

Yes, I am changing. I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. After all I am not a rat and neither am I in any race.

Yes, I am changing. I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. After all it’s my emotions that make me human.

Yes, I am changing. I now tell people if I like them. After all, there is nothing wrong in liking someone.

Yes, I am changing. I demand for whatever is due to me. After all, accepting injustice is almost as bad as doing injustice.

Yes, I am changing. I have learnt to live each day as it were the last. After all, it might be the last.

Yes, I am changing. I am doing what makes me happy. After all, I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to me.

And I am loving the new me!

NAIVEDYAM: WILL GOD EAT OUR OFFERINGS?

 

Here is a very good explanation about Neivedyam (offerings) to God.

Will God come and eat our offerings?

Many of us could not get proper explanation from our elders.

An attempt is made here.

A Guru-Shishya conversation:

The sishya who doesn’t believe in God, asked his Guru thus:

“Does God accept our ‘neivedhyam’ (offerings)?

If God eats away the ‘prasadham’ then from where can we distribute it to others?

Does God really consume the ‘prasadham’, Guruji?”

The Guru did not say anything.

Instead, asked the student to prepare for classes.

That day, the Guru was teaching his class about the ‘upanishads’.

He taught them the ‘mantra’ : “poornamadham, poornamidham, poornasya poornaadaaya….”

and explained that :

‘every thing came out from “Poorna or Totality.”
( Ishavasya upanishad ).

Later,
Everyone was instructed to practice the mantra byheart.

So all the boys started praciting.

After a while,

The Guru came back and asked that very student who had raised his doubt about Neivedyam to recite the mantra without seeing the book,

which he did.

Now the Guru gave a smile and asked this particular shishya who didn’t believe in God :

‘Did you really memorize everything as it is in the book?

The shishya said : “Yes Guruji, I’ve recited whatever is written as in the book.

The Guru asked: “If you have taken every word into your mind then how come the words are still there in the book?

He then explained:

The words in your mind are in the SOOKSHMA STHITI (unseen form).

The words in the book are there in the STOOLASTHITI (seen).

GOD too is in the ‘sooksma sthiti’.

The offering made to Him is done in ‘stoola sthiti’.

Thus,

God takes the food in ‘sookshmam’, in sookshma stithi.

Hence the food doesn’t become any less in quantity.

While GOD takes it in the “sookshma sthiti”,

We take it as ‘prasadam’ in ‘sthoola sthiti’.

Hearing this the sishya felt guilty for his disbelief in God and surrendered himself to his GURU.

When Bhakti enters Food,
Food becomes Prasad…

When Bhakti enters Hunger,
Hunger becomes a Fast…

When Bhakti enters Water,
Water becomes Charanamrit…

When Bhakti enters Travel,
Travel becomes a Pilgrimage…

When Bhakti enters Music ,
Music becomes Kirtan…

When Bhakti enters a House,
House becomes a Temple…

When Bhakti enters Actions,
Actions become Services…

When Bhakti enters in Work,
Work becomes Karma…

When Bhakti enters a Man,
Man becomes Human…

When Bhakti enters social media
Chat becomes Satsang

🙏🙏🙏

U R Important

 

U r important

A cobbler lived in a large village and he was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.

However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots.

This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart.

While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.

His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was ok.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.

As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.

This simple principle is so often disregarded.

If you are in a responsible position and are one of the important links in the groups survival chain and if You do not look after yourself, after a while you’ll be no good to anyone else either.

Your best intentions will mean nothing and you’ll be unable to do what you’re meant to do.

This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers even parents, breadwinners, homemakers and daughters-in-law!

If you don’t take the time to care for yourself, no-one else will.

Are you taking care of yourself?

Take Care, stay Blessed!

GRANDMA IN COURT.. Brilliantly Hilarious: 😃😃😃😃😃

 

Lawyers should never ask grandmas’ a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer!

In a trial, a small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly grandmother to the stand.

He approached her and asked; “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”

She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you’re a big disappointment to me..
You lie, cheat on your wife, manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you..”

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney (the opponent’s lawyer)?”

She again replied, “Why, yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster. He’s lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. ..Yes I know him.”

The defense attorney almost died.

The judge asked both lawyers to approach the bench and in a quiet voice said:

“If either of you rascals asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you to jail for contempt of court !

 

(Source: www)

Interesting Sign Posts

 

A sign in a shoe repair store : “We will heel you, We will save your sole, We will even dye for you!”

At an Eye Clinic : “If you don’t see what you’re looking for, You’ve come to the right place.”;

On a Plumber’s truck : “We repair what your husband fixed”;

On an Electrician’s truck : “Let us remove your shorts”;

In a Non-smoking Area : “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action”;

At a Car Dealership : “The best way to get back on your feet – miss a car payment.”;

At the Electric Company : “We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don’t, YOU will be de-lighted.”;

In a Restaurant window : “Don’t stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.”;

In the front yard of a Funeral Home : “Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”;

Last but not least and I LOVE THIS……….

Sign on the back of Septic Tank Truck :

“Caution – This Truck is full of Political Promises”

 

Source: Whatsapp

11 Short Horror stories at their best. Wrapped up in just 2 sentences or less….

 

1. Husband kills his wife while their 5 yr old son was still sleeping.
The weird thing was that kid didn’t ask 4 his mom even 3 days after she went missing.
Father:” Is there something that you want to ask me ? ”
Kid : “I just wonder, why mom is always standing BEHIND YOU . .

2. I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.

3. The last thing I saw was my alarm clock flashing 12:07 before she pushed her long rotting nails through my chest, her other hand muffling my screams. I sat bolt upright, relieved it was only a dream, but as I saw my alarm clock read 12:06, I heard my closet door creak open.

4. In all of the time that I’ve lived alone in this house, I swear to God I’ve closed more doors than I’ve opened.

5. A girl heard her mom yell her name from downstairs, so she got up & started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mom pulled her into her room & said “I heard that, too.”

6. My wife woke me up last night to tell me there was an intruder in our house. She was murdered by an intruder 2 years ago.

7. I always thought my cat had a staring problem. she always seemed fixated on my face. Until one day, when I realized that she was always looking just behind me.

8. There’s nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it’s 1 a.m. & you’re home alone.

9. I begin tucking him into bed & he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.”
I look underneath for his amusement & see him.. another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.”

10. You get home, tired after a long day’s work & ready for a relaxing night alone. You reach for the light switch, but another hand is already there.

11. There was a picture in my phone of me sleeping. I live alone.

 

(Source: whatsapp)

Whose Ramayana is better — Hanuman or Valmiki ??

 

When Valmiki completed his Ramayana, Narada wasn’t impressed. ‘It is good, but Hanuman’s is better’, he said.

‘Hanuman has written the Ramayana too!’, Valmiki didn’t like this at all, and wondered whose Ramayana was better. So he set out to find Hanuman.

In Kadali-vana, grove of plantains, he found Ramayana inscribed on seven broad leaves of a banana tree.

He read it and found it to be perfect. The most exquisite choice of grammar and vocabulary, metre and melody. He couldn’t help himself. He started to cry.

‘Is it so bad?’ asked Hanuman
‘No, it is so good’, said Valmiki
‘Then why are you crying?’ asked Hanuman.

‘Because after reading your Ramayana no one will read my Ramayana,’ replied Valmiki.

Hearing this Hanuman simply tore up the seven banana leaves stating ” Now no one will ever read Hanuman’s Ramayana.'”

Hanuman said, ‘You need your Ramayana more than I need mine. You wrote your Ramayana so that the world remembers Valmiki; I wrote my Ramayana so that I remember Ram.’

At that moment he realized how he had been consumed by the desire for validation through his work.

He had not used the work to liberate himself from the fear of invalidation. He had not appreciated the essence of Ram’s tale to unknot his mind.

His Ramayana was a product of ambition; but Hanuman’s Ramayana was a product of affection.

That’s why Hanuman’s Ramayana sounded so much better. Valmiki realized that “Greater than Ram…is the name of Ram!” (राम से बड़ा राम का नाम).

There are people like Hanuman who don’t want to be famous. They just do their jobs and fulfill their purpose.

So let us not be like Valmiki, thinking our ”Ramayana” is the best.

There are many unsung “Hanumans” too…in our life…your spouse, mother, father, friends….let’s remember them and be grateful to all….

Points to ponder:

1. Which area of your life are you seeking validation?

2. Who are you seeking validation from?

3. Know that you are complete and perfect with all your imperfections!

 

(Source : www )

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