This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

True Love

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It was approximately 8:30am when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s, arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00am.

While the doctor got the needed supplies to remove his stitches, they began to engage in conversation. The doctor asked the man if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, why he was in such a hurry.

The man told the doctor that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. His wife had been there for awhile and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As they talked, and the doctor finished dressing his wound, he asked the man if his wife would be worried as he was a bit late. The man replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

The doctor was surprised, and asked, “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

The man smiled as he patted the doctor’s hand and said, “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The Dilemma (2)

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The girl’s dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking. Think of the consequences if she chooses one of the above logical answers.

Well, here is what she did …

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

“Oh, how clumsy of me,” she said. “But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

Since the remaining pebble was black, it was assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don’t attempt to think.

The Dilemma (1)

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In a small village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a village moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the farmer’s debt if he could marry his daughter.

Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal. So the cunning money-lender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. Then the girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

  1. If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven.
  2. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven.
  3. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. If you had to advise the girl, what would you have told her?

  1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.
  2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the money-lender as a cheat.
  3. The girl should pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

What would you recommend to the girl to do?

[ To be continued ... ]

Two Camels

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Two camels – a mother and a baby, were lazing around and having a conversation.

Baby: Mother, can I ask you some questions?

Mother: Sure! Why son, is there something bothering you?

Baby: Why do we have humps?

Mother: Well son, we are desert animals, we need the humps to store water and we are known to survive without water.

Baby: Okay, then why are our legs long and our feet rounded?

Mother: Son, obviously they are meant for walking in the desert. You know with these legs we can move around the desert better than anyone.

Baby: Okay, then why are our eye lashes so long? Sometimes it is bothering my sight.

Mother: My son, those long thick eye lashes are your protective cover. They help to protect your eyes from the desert sand and wind.

The mother camel was proud and her eyes were brimming with pride.

Baby: I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert … Then what the hell are we doing here in a zoo?

Skills, knowledge, abilities and experience are only useful when you are in the right place and given the opportunity.

A Letter from Grandpa

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My dear grandkids,

Your thoughtful parents urged me to write down some advice for you, the important things that I have learned about life. I am beginning this list on the eve of my 72nd birthday.

1. Each one of you is a wonderful gift both to your family and to the world. Remember it always, especially when the cold winds of doubt and discouragement fall upon your life.

2. Be not afraid … of anyone or of anything when it comes to living your life most fully. Pursue your hopes and your dreams no matter how difficult or “different” they may seem to others. Far too many people don’t do what they want or should do because of what they imagine others may think or say. Remember, if they don’t bring you chicken soup when you’re sick or stand by you when you’re in trouble, they don’t matter. Avoid those sour-souled pessimists who listen to your dreams then say, “Yeah, but what if …” The heck with “what if …” Do it! The worst thing in life is to look back and say: “I would have; I could have; I should have.” Take risks, make mistakes.

3. Everyone in the world is just an ordinary person. Some people may wear fancy hats or have big titles or (temporarily) have power and want you to think they are above the rest. Don’t believe them. They have the same doubts, fears, and hopes; they eat, drink and sleep like everyone else. Question authority always but be wise and careful about the way you do it.

4. Make a Life List of all those things you want to do: travel to places; learn a skill; master a language; meet someone special. Make it long and do some things from it every year. Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow” (or next month or next year). That is the surest way to fail to do something. There is no tomorrow, and there is no “right” time to begin something except now.

5. Be kind and go out of your way to help people – especially the weak, the fearful, and children. Everyone is carrying a special sorrow, and they need our compassion.

6. Read books, as many as you can. They are a wonderful source of delight, wisdom, and inspiration. They need no batteries or connections, and they can go anywhere.

7. Be truthful.

8. Travel: always but especially when you are young. Don’t wait until you have “enough” money or until everything is “just right.” That never happens. Get your passport today.

9. Pick your job or profession because you love to do it. Sure, there will be some things hard about it, but a job must be a joy. Beware of taking a job for money alone – it will cripple your soul.

10. Don’t yell. It never works, and it hurts both yourself and others. Every time I have yelled, I have failed.

11. Always keep promises to children. Don’t say “we’ll see” when you mean “no”. Children expect the truth; give it to them with love and kindness.

12. Never tell anyone you love them when you don’t.

13. Live in harmony with Nature: go into the outdoors, woods, mountains, sea, desert. It’s important for your soul.

14. Hug people you love. Tell them how much they mean to you now; don’t wait until it’s too late.

15. Be grateful. There is a saying: “This is a day in our lives, and it will not come again.” Live every day with this in mind.

Unsung Hero

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As a TV commercial, “Unsung Hero” may not do a good job in promoting the product. You only know the name of the product in the last 10 seconds and it’s totally not relevant to the story in the commercial.

However this 3-minute video will make you feel so grateful for the good in this world.  A man’s simple acts of kindness truly made a beautiful difference. What happened at 1:52 will deeply touch your heart.

In your life, what is that you desire most?

Just Hold On

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There was a couple who used to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques, pottery and especially teacups. One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup.

They said, “May we see that? We’ve never seen one quite so beautiful.”

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke:

“You don’t understand, I haven’t always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red and clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, ‘Let me alone,’ but he only smiled, ’Not yet.’

Then I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around. ‘Stop it! I’m getting dizzy!’ I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, ‘Not yet.’

Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips, as he shook his head, ‘Not yet.’

Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. That’s better and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible; I thought I would gag. ‘Stop it, stop it!’ I cried. He only nodded, ‘Not yet.’

Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded, I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, ‘Not yet.’

Then I knew there wasn’t any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, ‘Look at you.’ And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful.’

‘I want you to remember,’ he said, ‘I know it’s hurt to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

I knew it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any colour in your life.

And if I hadn’t put you back in the second oven, you wouldn’t survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are what you should be.’”

While you are in your toughest phase of life, you are going through the journey to make the best of what you can be. Just hold on.

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