Monday, August 29, 2011

The Inspiring Story: Acres of Diamonds.

There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. 
He was happy because he was content. He was content because he was happy.
One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds 
and the power that goes along with them. The wise man said, 

"If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own city. 
If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own country." 
And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy 
and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and 
discontent because he was unhappy.

                            The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, 
took care of his family and went in search of diamonds. 
He looked all over Africa and couldn't find any. He looked all through Europe 
and couldn't find any.  When he got to Spain, he was emotionally, 
physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that 
he threw himself into the Barcelona River and committed suicide.

                            Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering 
the camels at a stream that ran through the farm. Across the stream, 
the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. 
He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He picked up 
the stone and put it in the living room.

That afternoon the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling. 
He asked, "Is Hafiz back?" The new owner said, "No, why do you ask?" 
The wise man said, "Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see one." 
The man said, no, that's just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I'll show you.

There are many more." They went and picked some samples and sent them 
for analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that 
the farm was indeed covered with acres and acres of diamonds.*

What is the moral of this story? There are five morals:

1. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres 
and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. 
We don't have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it.

2. The grass on the other side always looks greener.

3. While we are dyeing the grass on the other side, there are others 
who are dyeing the grass on our side. They would be happy to trade places with us.

4. When people don't know how to recognize opportunity, 
they complain of noise when it knocks.

5. The same opportunity never knocks twice. The next one may be 
better or worse, but it is never the same one.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Parable Of The Pencil

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, 
just before putting him into the box. 

"There are 5 things you need to know," 

he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. 
Always remember them and never forget, and 
you will become the best pencil you can be."

1) You will be able to do many great things, 
but only if you allow yourself to be held 
in Someone's hand."

2) You will experience a painful sharpening 
from time to time, but you'll need it to 
become a better pencil."

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes 
you might make."

  4) The most important part of you will always 
be what's inside.

5) On every surface you are used on, you must 
leave your mark. No matter what the condition, 
you must continue to write."

The pencil understood and promised to remember, 
and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. 
Always remember them and never forget, and 
you will become the best person you can be. 

1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you 

allow yourself to be held in God's hand, and allow 
other human beings to access you for the many gifts 
you possess.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from 
time to time, by going through various problems in life, 
but you'll need it to become a stronger person. 

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make. 

4) The most important part of you will always be 
what's on the inside.

5) On every surface you walk through, you must leave 
your mark. No matter what the situation, you must 
continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you 
to know that you are a special person and only you can 
fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that 
your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

Unknown Author.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Barber Who Didn't Believe

A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and 
his beard cut as always. He started to have a good 
conversation with the barber who attended him. 
They talked about so many things and various subjects. 

Suddenly, they touched the subject of God. The barber said: 
"Look man, I don't believe that God exists as you say so." 

"Why do you say that?" asked the client. "Well, it's so easy, 

you just have to go out in the street to realize that 
God does not exist. Tell me, if God exists, 
would there be so many sick people? 
Would there be abandoned children? 
If God exists, there would be no suffering nor pain. 

I can't think of a God who permits all of these things." 

The client stopped for a moment thinking but he didn't want 
to respond so as to prevent an argument. The barber finished
his job and the client went out of the shop. Just after he left 
the barber shop he saw a man in the street with a long hair 
and beard (it seems that it had been a long time since he had 
his hair cut and he looked so untidy). 

Then the client again entered the barber shop and 
he said to the barber:"know what? Barbers do not exist." 

"How come they don't exist?"-asked the barber. 

"Well I am here and I am a barber." 

"No!" the client exclaimed. "They don't exist because if they did 
there would be no people with long hair and beards like that man 
who walks in the street." 

"Ah, barbers do exist, what happens is that people do not come to us." 

"Exactly!"- affirmed the client. "That's the point. God  does exist, 

what happens is people don't go to Him and  do not look for Him 

that's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."

Author Unknown