Monday, January 31, 2011

Inspiring Story: Attitude is everything

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always 
in a good mood and always had something positive to say. 
When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 
"If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters 
who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. 
The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. 
He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, 
Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side 
of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to 
Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person 
all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, 
you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood 
or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. 
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or 
I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. 
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept 
their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. 
I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away 
all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react 
to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. 
You choose to be in a good or bad mood. The bottom line: 
It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry
 to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him 
when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed 
to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and 
was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers.

While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off 
the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found 
relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released 
from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, 
he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through 
his mind as the robbery took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked 
the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered 
that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. 
I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to 
be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the 
expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. 
In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. 
"She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses 
stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 
'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. 
Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.
 I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inspiring Story: Greed is a Curse..

Once upon a time there lived a cloth merchant in a village with his wife 
and two children. They were indeed quite well-off. They had a beautiful hen 
which laid an egg everyday. It was not an ordinary egg, rather, a golden egg. 
But the man was not satisfied with what he used to get daily. 
He was a get rich-trice kind of a person.

The man wanted to get all the golden eggs from his hen at one single go. 
So, one day he thought hard and at last clicked upon a plan. He decided 
to kill the hen and get all the eggs together.

So, the next day when the hen laid a golden egg, the man caught hold of it, 
took a sharp knife, chopped off its neck and cut its body open. 

There was nothing but blood all around & no trace of any egg at all. 
He was highly grieved because now he would not get even one single egg.

His life was going on smoothly with one egg a day but now, he himself made 
his life miserable. The outcome of his greed was that he started becoming 
poorer & poorer day by day and ultimately became a pauper. 
How jinxed and how much foolish he was. 

Lesson from The Story:

So, the moral of the story is- one who desires more, looses all. 
One should remain satisfied with what one gets.

Author: Unknown

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Story: A Little Girl and Her Father..

A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge.
The father was kind of scared So he asked his little daughter, 
"Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that 
You don't fall into the river." 
The little girl said, "No,Dad. You hold my hand." 
"What's the difference?" 
Asked the puzzled father.

"There's a big difference," replied the little girl. 
"If I hold your hand and something happens to me, 
chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, 
I know for sure that no matter what happens, 
you will never let my hand go."

In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind,
 but in its bond. So hold the hand of the person whom you love 
rather than expecting them to hold yours... 

This message is too short but carries 
a lot of feelings its the best Thing....


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Story: Words and Actions Should Always Be The Same

There once was a boy who loved eating sweets. He always asked for 
sweets from his father. His father was a poor man. He could not always 
afford sweets for his son. But the little boy did not understand this, and 
demanded sweets all the time.

The boy's father thought hard about how to stop the child asking for 
so many sweets. There was a very holy man living nearby at that time. 
The boy's father had an idea. He decided to take the boy to 
the great man who might be able to persuade the child to stop asking 
for sweets all the time.

The boy and his father went along to the great man. The father said to him, 
"O great saint, could you ask my son to stop asking for sweets which 
I cannot afford?" The great man was in difficulty, because he liked sweets 
How could he ask the boy to give up asking for sweets? 
The holy man told the father 
to bring his son back after one month.

During that month, the holy man gave up eating sweets, 
and when the boy and his father returned after a month, 
the holy man said to the boy "My dear child, will you stop asking 
for sweets which your father cannot afford to give you?"

From then on, the boy stopped asking for sweets.The boy's father 
asked the saint, "Why did you not ask my son to give up 
asking for sweets when we came to you a month ago?" 
The saint replied, "How could I ask a boy to give up sweets 
when I loved sweets myself. In the last month 
I gave up eating sweets."

A person's example is much more powerful than just his words. 
When we ask someone to do something, we must do it ourselves also. 
We should not ask others to do what we do not do ourselves.

Moral of The Story: 

Always make sure that your actions and your words are same

Author: Unknown

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Inspiring Story: The Wall Of Resentment..

A story tells of a merchant in a small town who had
identical twin sons. The boys worked for their father
in the department store he owned and, 
when he Died, they took over the store.

Everything went well until the day a twenty-dollar bill 
disappeared. One of the brothers had left the bill
on the cash register and walked outside with
A customer. When he returned, the money was gone.

He asked his brother, "Did you see that twenty-dollar bill
on the cash register?" His brother replied that he had not.
But the young man kept probing and Questioning.
He would not let it alone. "Twenty-dollar bills
just don't get up and walk away! Surely you must
have seen it!" There was subtle accusation
In his voice. Tempers began to rise. Resentment set in.
Before long, a deep and bitter chasm divided 
the young men. They refused to speak. 

They finally Decided they could no longer work together 
and a dividing wall was built down 
the center of the store. For twenty years hostility
and bitterness grew, Spreading to their 
families and to the community. 

Then one day a man in an automobile licensed in 
another state stopped in front of the store. 
He walked in and asked the clerk, "How long 
have you been Here?" The clerk replied that
he'd been there all his life. The customer said, 
"I must share something with you. Twenty years ago 
I was 'riding the rails' and Came into this town in a boxcar.
I hadn't eaten for three days. I came into this store
from the back door and saw a twenty-dollar bill 
on the cash register. I put it in my pocket and 
walked out. All these years I haven't been able
to forget that. I know it wasn't much money,
but I had to come back and ask your Forgiveness."

The stranger was amazed to see tears well up in the eyes
of this middle-aged man. "Would you please go next door
and tell that same story to the man in The store?"
he said. Then the man was even more amazed to see 
two middle-aged men, who looked very much alike, 
embracing each other and weeping together 
In the front of the store. 

After twenty years, the brokenness was mended. 
The wall of resentment that divided them came down.

Lesson to Learn from The Story

It is so often the little things - like resentments - 
that finally divide people. And the solution,
of course, is to let them go. There is really nothing
Particularly profound about it. But for fulfilling 
and lasting relationships, letting them go is a must.
Refuse to carry around bitterness and 
you may Be surprised at how much energy you have left 
for building bonds with those you love 

Author Unknown

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Inspiring Story: The Nails in the Fence..

There once was a boy who had a temper. His father gave him 
a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, 
he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 50 nails into the fence. Over 
the next few weeks as he learned to control his anger 
the number of nails hammered gradually dwindled down. 

He discovered it was easier to hold his temper 
than to drive nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when he didn't lose his temper. 
He told his father and his father suggested that the boy now 
pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his anger. 
The days passed and the boy told his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took the boy by the hand and led him to the fence. 
He said look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same, 

Lesson from The Story:

when you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like 
the ones on the fence. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. 
it won't matter how many times you say I am sorry, 
the wound is still there. 

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Our Friends,Family and 
Love Once are very rare. they make you smile and encourage you 
to succeed. They lend an ear, and always want to open their hearts to us. 

Author: Unknown

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Story: Family

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Oh excuse me please," 
was my reply. He said, "Please excuse me too; I wasn't 
watching for you." 

We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way 
saying good-bye. But at home a difference is told, How we treat 
our loved ones, young and old. Later that day, cooking 
the evening meal, my son stood beside me very still. 
As I turned, I nearly knocked him down. 

  "Move out of the way," I said with a frown. He walked away, 
his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken. 
While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me 
and said, "While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy 
you use, but the children you love, you seem to abuse. 

  Go and look on the kitchen floor, you'll find some flowers 
there by the door. Those are the flowers he brought for you. 
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. He stood 
very quietly not to spoil the surprise, and you never saw 
the tears that filled his little eyes." 

  By this time, I felt very small, and now my tears began to fall. 

  I quietly went and knelt by his bed, "Wake up, little one, 
wake up," I said. "Are these the flowers you picked for me?"   
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. I picked 'em because 
they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue." 
I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't 
have yelled at you that way."   He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. 
I love you anyway." 

I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially 
the blue."   Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company 
that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. 
But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of 
their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more 
into work than to our own family - an unwise investment indeed, 
don't you think? 
  So what is behind the story? Do you know what the word FAMILY means? 


Friday, January 14, 2011

Inspiring Story of Elderly Carpenter : Building for Life..

An elderly Carpenter was ready to retire. He told his 
Employer-Contractor of his plans to leave the house 
building business and live a more leisurely life with his 
wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss 
the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The Contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked 
if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. 
The Carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see 
that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy 
workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate 
way to end his career.

When the Carpenter finished his work the builder came 
to inspect the house, the Contractor handed the front-door 
key to the Carpenter. "This is your house," he said, 
"my gift to you."

What a shock! What a shame! If he had only know 
he was building his own house, he would have done it all 
so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had 
built none to well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, 
reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than 
the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. 
Then with a shock we look at the situation 

we have created and find that we are now living in the 
house we have built. If we had realized, we would have done it 
differently.Think of yourself as the Carpenter. Think about 
your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, 
or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will 
ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day 
deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on 
the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project."

Lesson from the Story:

Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result 
of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow 
will be the result of your attitudes and choices you make today


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life is a very Beautiful Journey..

Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations 
and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, 
our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, 
throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges.

Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, 
and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that 
will come between the paths that we are destined to take.

In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles. 
Sometimes these obstacles are really blessings in disguise, 
only we don't realize that at the time.

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, 
some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. 
How we react to what we are faced with determines what kind of outcome 
the rest of our journey through life will be like.

When things don't always go our way, we have two choices in dealing 
with the situations. We can focus on the fact that things didn't go 
how we had hoped they would and let life pass us by, or two, we can make 
the best out of the situation and know that these are only temporary setbacks 
and find the lessons that are to be learned.

Time stops for no one, and if we allow ourselves to focus on the negative 
we might miss out on some really amazing things that life has to offer. 
We can't go back to the past, we can only take the lessons that 
we have learned and the experiences that we have gained from it 
and move on. It is because of the heartaches, as well as the hardships, 
that in the end help to make us a stronger person.

The people that we meet on our journey, are people that we are destined 
to meet. Everybody comes into our lives for some reason or another and 
we don't always know their purpose until it is too late. They all play 
some kind of role. Some may stay for a lifetime; others may only stay 
for a short while.

It is often the people who stay for only a short time that end up making 
a lasting impression not only in our lives, but in our hearts as well. 
Although we may not realize it at the time, they will make a difference 
and change our lives in a way we never could imagine. To think that 
one person can have such a profound affect on your life forever is truly 
a blessing. It is because of these encounters that we learn some of life's 
best lessons and sometimes we even learn a little bit about ourselves.

People will come and go into our lives quickly, but sometimes we are lucky 
to meet that one special person that will stay in our hearts forever 
no matter what. Even though we may not always end up being with 
that person and they may not always stay in our life for as long as we like, 
the lessons that we have learned from them and the experiences that 
we have gained from meeting that person, will stay with us forever.

It's these things that will give us strength to continue on with our journey. 
We know that we can always look back on those times of our past and know 
that because of that one individual, we are who we are and we can remember 
the wonderful moments that we have shared with that person.

Memories are priceless treasures that we can cherish forever in our hearts. 
They also enables us to continue on with our journey for whatever life has 
in store for us. Sometimes all it takes is one special person to help us 
look inside ourselves and find a whole different person that 
we never knew existed. Our eyes are suddenly opened to a world 
we never knew existed- a world where time is so precious and moments 
never seem to last long enough.

Throughout this adventure, people will give you advice and insights on 
how to live your life but when it all comes down to it, you must always do 
what you feel is right. Always follow your heart, and most importantly 
never have any regrets. Don't hold anything back.

Say what you want to say, and do what you want to do, because sometimes 
we don't get a second chance to say or do what we should have 
the first time around.

It is often said that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. 
It all depends on how one defines the word "strong" 
It can have different meanings to different people.

Conclusion of the Mail :

In this sense, "stronger" means looking back at the person you were and 
comparing it to the person you have become today. It also means 
looking deep into your soul and realizing that the person you are today 
couldn't exist if it weren't for the things that have happened in the past 
or for the people that you have met. Everything that happens in our life 
happens for a reason and sometimes that means we must face heartaches 
in order to experience joy.
Aurhor: Unknown