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

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Million Dollar Lesson

A cab driver taught me a million dollar lesson in 
customer satisfaction and expectation. 
Motivational speakers charge thousands of dollars 
to impart his kind of training to corporate executives 
and staff. It cost me a $12 taxi ride. 

I had flown into Dallas for the sole purpose of calling on 
a client. Time was of the essence and my plan included 
a quick turnaround trip from and back to the airport. 
A spotless cab pulled up.

The driver rushed to open the passenger door for me 
and made sure I was comfortably seated before he closed 
the door. As he got in the driver's seat, he mentioned that 
the neatly folded Wall Street Journal next to me for my use. 
He then showed me several tapes and asked me what type 
of music I would enjoy.

Well! I looked around for a "Candid Camera!" 
Wouldn't you? I could not believe the service I was 
receiving! I took the opportunity to say, "Obviously you 
take great pride in your work. You must have a story to tell." 

"You bet," he replied, "I used to be in Corporate America. 
But I got tired of thinking my best would never 
be good enough. I decided to find my niche in life 
where I could feel proud of being the best I could be.

I knew I would never be a rocket scientist, but 
I love driving cars, being of service and feeling like I have 
done a full day's work and done it well. I evaluate 
my personal assets and... wham! I became a cab driver.

One thing I know for sure, to be good in my business 
I could simply just meet the expectations of my passengers. 
But, to be GREAT in my business, I have to EXCEED 
the customer's expectations! I like both the sound and 
the return of being 'great' better than just getting 
by on 'average'" 

Did I tip him big time? You bet! Corporate America's 
loss is the traveling folk's friend! 

Lessons to learn:

1) Go an Extra Mile when providing  any Service to others.

2) The is no good or bad job. You can make any job good.

3) Good service always brings good return.

  by : Petey Parker  

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Beautiful Inspiring Story: Mother's Love

 A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen 
one evening while she was fixing supper, and 
handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. 
After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, 
and this is what it said: 

For cutting the grass: $5.00 

For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00 

For going to the store for you: $.50 

Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25 
Taking out the garbage: $1.00 

For getting a good report card: $5.00 

For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00 

Total owed: $14.75 

Well, his mother looked at him standing there,and
 the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind.
                She picked up the pen, turned over the paper                          he'd written on, and this is what she wrote: 

For the nine months I carried you
 while you were growing inside me: 

No Charge 
For all the nights that I've sat up with you 
 doctored and prayed for you: 

No Charge 
For all the trying times, and all the tears that
  you've caused through the years: 

No Charge 
For all the nights that were filled with dread,
 and for the worries I knew were ahead: 

No Charge 
For the toys, food, clothes, and
even wiping your nose: 

No Charge 
Son, when you add it up,
 the cost of my love is: 

No Charge. 
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written,
there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked 
 straight at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you."
And then he took the pen and in great big letters
he wrote: "PAID IN FULL"

Lesson from the Above Inspiring Story:
1) You will never know how much your parents  
worth till you become a Parent 
2) Be a giver not an asker, especially with your parents.
 there is a lot to give, besides money.

Advice: IF your mom is alive and close  to you, give her
 a big kiss and ask her for forgiveness. If she is far away
call her. if she passed away, pray for her.

By unknown Author 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Story of Generous Giving

Generosity and kindness doesn't mean that you give only 
when you have lot or after fulfilling all your needs, but 
in fact you can still give when you yourself is struggling. 
Generosity literally means willingness and liberty in 
giving away ones own money, time, talent and etc 
sincerely without any personal gain as shown in the 
following story.

Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village 
collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his 
tours he addressed a meeting in Orissa. After his speech 
a poor old lady got up. She was bent with age, her hair 
was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The volunteers 
tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place 
where Mahatma Gandhi was sitting.

"I must see him," she insisted and going up to Mahatma Gandhi 
touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought 
out a copper coin and placed it at his feet. Mahatma Gandhi 
picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully. 
The Charkha Sangh funds were under the charge of 
Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked Mahatma Gandhi for the coin but 
Mahatma Gandh refused.

"I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh," 
Jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly "yet you won't trust me with a 
copper coin." "This copper coin is worth much more than 
those thousands" Mahatma Gandhi said.

"If a man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, 
it doesn't mean much."
But this coin was perhaps all that the poor old lady possessed. 
She gave me all she had. That was very generous of her. 
What a great sacrifice she made. That is why I value this copper coin 
more than a crore of rupees.

The Battle Between the Two

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about 
a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" 
inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, 
regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, 
lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. 

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, 
humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, 
compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked 
his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, 
"The one you feed."

Author: Unknown