Monday, February 28, 2011

Inspiring Story:Most Beautiful Heart

One day a young man was standing in the middle 
of the town proclaiming that he had the most 
beautiful heart in the whole valley.

A large crowd gathered and they all admired 
his heart for it was perfect.

There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, 
they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart 
they had ever seen. The young man was very proud 
and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd 
and said, "Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful 
as mine."The crowd and the young man looked at the old 
man's heart. It was beating strongly ... but full of scars. 
It had places where pieces had been removed and 
other pieces put in ... but they didn't fit quite right and 
there were several jagged edges.

In fact, in some places there were deep gouges 
where whole pieces were missing. The people starred ... 
how could he say his heart is more beautiful, 
they thought?

The young man looked at the old man's heart and 
saw its state and laughed. "You must be joking," he said. 
"Compare your heart with mine ... mine is perfect and 
yours is a mess of scars and tears."

"Yes," said the old man, "Yours is perfect looking ... 
but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar 
represents a person to whom I have given my love.. 
I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them. 
and often they give me a piece of their heart

which fits into the empty place in my heart ... 
but because the pieces aren't exact, I have some 
rough edges, which I cherish, 
because they remind me of the love we shared.

Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away ... 
and the other person hasn't returned a piece of 
his heart to me. These are the empty gouges ... 
giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges 
are painful, they stay open, reminding me 
of the love I have for these people too ... 
and I hope someday they may return and 
fill the space I have waiting. So now 
do you see what true beauty is?"

The young man stood silently with tears running 
down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, 
reached into his perfect young and 
beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. 
He offered it to the old man with trembling hands.

The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart 
and then took a piece from his old scarred heart 
and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart.

It fit .... but not perfectly, as there were some 
jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, 
not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, 
since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.

They embraced and walked away side by side.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Inspiring Story:Lessons on life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons 
to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them 
each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree 
that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, 
the second in the spring, the third in summer, and 
the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them 
together to describe what they had seen. The first son 
said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. 
The second son said no it was covered with green buds 
and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said
 it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet 
and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing 
he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; 
he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life 
and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, 
because they had each seen but only one season in 
the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, 
or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of 
who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come 
from that life can only be measured at the end, 
when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise 
of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of 
your fall. 

Inspiring Story:
Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy 
of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. 
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times 
are sure to come some time or later.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

You are priceless to those who love you

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by 
holding up a dollar twenty ($20) bill, in the room
of two hundred (200) people. Speaker asked, 
"Who would like this dollar twenty ($20) bill?" 
Hands started going up.

Speaker said, "I am going to give this dollar twenty 
($20) bill to one of you but first, let me do this." 
He proceeded to crumple up the dollar twenty ($20) bill. 
He asked, "Who still wants it?" Still hands were up in 
the air.

"Well, what if I do this?" He dropped it on the ground 
and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. 
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty and asked, 
"Who still wants it?" Still hands went up into the air.

My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. 
No matter what was done to the money, it was still 
wanted because it did not decrease in value. 
It was still worth dollar twenty ($20).

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled 
and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make 
and the circumstances that come our way. 
We may feel as though we are worthless and useless.

But no matter what has happened or will happen, 
you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled
or finely creased, you are still priceless to those 
who love you.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Inspiring Story: Kindness Pays

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from 
door to door to pay his way through school, found 
he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.

He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. 
However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman
opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink
 of water.

Young woman thought he looked hungry so she brought him
a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, 
"How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied "Mother has taught
 us never to accept payment for a kindness." 

He said... "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt; stronger 
physically, but his faith in God and mankind was strong also. 
He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. 
The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to 
the big city, where they called in specialists to study her 
rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. 

When he heard the name of the town she came from, 
a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and 
went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. 
He recognized her at once. He went back to the 
consultation room determined to do his best to save 
her life. From that day he gave special attention 
to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Howard Kelly 
requested the business office to pass the final bill to him 
for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something 
on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take 
the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, 
and something caught; her attention on the side as 
she read these words.....

"Paid in full with one glass of milk" 
(Signed - Dr. Howard Kelly)

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: 
"Thank You, GOD, that Your love has spread abroad 
through human hearts and hands."

Moral: When a flower blooms, its colour and scent 
first touch the garden near it, and then spread. 
In the same way, The acts of human kindness 
should first touch those nearest to him, 
his family and his neighbours.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Power of Positive Thinking: Which One Are You?

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father
 that her life was miserable and that she didn't know 
how she was going to make it.

She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. 
It seemed just as one problem was solved, another 
one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots 
with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes 
in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans 
in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to 
his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, 
wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took 
the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. 
He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. 
He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. "Daughter, what do you see?" 
"Potatoes, eggs and coffee," she hastily replied.

"Look closer", he said, "and touch the potatoes." 
She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. 
After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought 
a smile to her face.

"Father, what does this mean?" she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans 
had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, 
each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard 
and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its 
liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. 
Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were 
exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created 
something new.

"Which one are you?" he asked his daughter. "When adversity 
knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, 
an egg, or a coffee bean?"

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but 
the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you? When problems come (and they will) how 
will we react? Will they make us weak, hard hearted or will 
they cause us to change into something worthwhile?

Motivational Quote: "Happiness is not something you find, 
it's something you create."

Inspirational Quote: "Smile in pleasure, smile in pain; 
Smile when trouble pours like rain; Smile when someone hurts you, 
Smile coz someone cares for you."

Author: Unknown

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Inspiring Story: Think Positively

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat 
by his feet. He held up a sign which said: 'I am blind, 
please help.' There were only a few coins in the hat. 

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from 
his pocket and dropped them into the hat. 
He then took the sign, turned it around, and 
wrote some words. He put the sign back so that 
everyone who walked by would see the new words. 

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were 
giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man 
who had changed the sign came to see how things were. 
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, 'Were you 
the one who changed my sign this morning? 

What did you write?' 

The man said, 'I only wrote the truth. 
I said what you said but in a different way.' 

What he had written was: 
'Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.' 

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were 
saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. 
But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. 
The second sign told people they were so lucky 
that they were not blind. Should we be surprised 
that the second sign was more effective? 

Moral of the Story:
Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. 
Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Author: Unknown

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Inspiring Story of Two Friends

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. 
During some point of the journey they had an argument, and 
one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got
 slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, 
wrote in the sand: 

"Today My Best Friend Slapped me in the Face"

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided
 to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire 
and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend 
recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: 

"Today My Best Friend Saved My Life.."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, 
"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, 
why?"  The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, 
we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase 
ever erase it."

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in Stone
Author: Unknown

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wonderful Story of Wealth, Love & Success

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men 
with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did 
not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but 
you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."
"Is the man of the house home?", they asked.
"No", she replied. "He's out."
"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him 
what had happened.
"Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"
The woman went out and invited the men in.
"We do not go into a House together," they replied.
"Why is that?" she asked.
One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," 
he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing 
to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, 
"Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us 
you want in your home?"

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. 
Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!", he said. "Since that 
is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our 
home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner 
of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: 

"Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be 
filled with love!"
"Let us heed our daughter-in-law's advice," said the husband 
to his wife. "Go out and invite Love to be our guest."
The woman went out and asked the three old men, "Which one 
of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."
Love got up and started walking toward the house. 
The other two old men also got up and followed him. Surprised, 
the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, 
Why are you coming in?"
The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, 
the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you 
invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. 

Lesson from this Story:
Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!"

Author: Unknown

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Mountain Story

A son and his father were walking on the mountains.

Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: 

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, 
somewhere in the mountain: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
He receives the answer: "Who are you?"

And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
The voice answers: "I admire you!"
Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
He receives the answer: "Coward!" 

He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
The voice answers: "You are a champion!"

The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, 
but really this is LIFE.

It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, 
create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, 
improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, 
in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it."


-- Unknown Author

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Inspiring Story: Creation of a Mother

By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into 
the sixth day working overtime.  An Angel  appeared and said 
"Why are you spending so much  time on this one?" 

And the Lord answered and  said, "Have you read 
the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, 
but not elastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable; 
run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold 
three children at one time and that disappears when she 
stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee 
to a broken heart; and have six pairs of hands."

The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. 
"Six pairs of hands! No way!"  said the Angel.

The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem.
  It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!"  

"And that's on the standard model?" the Angel asked. 

The Lord nodded in agreement, "Yep, one pair of eyes 
are to see through the closed door as she asks her children 
what they are doing even though she already knows. 
Another pair in the back of her head are to see what she needs 
to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair 
are here in the front of her head.  They are for looking at 
an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him 
or her without even saying a single word." 

The Angel tried to stop the Lord  "This is too much work 
for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish." 

"But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing 
this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already 
heals herself  when she is sick and can feed a family of six 
on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to stand 
in the shower."  

The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, 
"But you have made her so soft, Lord." 

"She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. 
You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

"Will she be able to think?" asked the Angel.  

The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, 
she will be able to reason, and negotiate."

The Angel then noticed something and reached out and 
touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like You have 
a leak with this model. I told You that You were trying 
to put too much into  this one."

"That's not a leak." the Lord objected.  "That's a tear!" 

"What's the tear for?" the Angel asked.  

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, 
her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, 
her grief, and her pride."   

The Angel was impressed.  "You are a genius, Lord.  You thought 
of everything for this one.  You even created the tear!"

The Lord looked at the Angel and smiled and said, 
"I'm afraid you are wrong again.  I created the woman, 
but she created the tear!"

Author Unknown 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Powerful Inspiring Story of Two Frogs

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, 
and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other 
frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs 
that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored 
the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with 
all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, 

that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs 
took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. 
He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. 
Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop 
the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally 
made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, 
"Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that 
he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him 
the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. 
An encouraging word to someone who is down 
can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be 
what it takes to kill them.

Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross 
your path. The power of words... it is sometimes hard 
to understand that an encouraging word can go such 
a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob 
another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. 
Special is the individual who will take the time 
to encourage another.