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The Lost Son

A young widower, who loved his five year old son very much, was away on business when bandits came who burned down the whole village and took his son away. When the man returned, he saw the ruins and panicked. He took the burnt corpse of an infant to be his son and cried uncontrollably. He organized a cremation ceremony, collected the ashes and put them in a beautiful little bag which he always kept with him.

Soon afterwards, his real son escaped from the bandits and found his way home. He arrived at his father’s new cottage at midnight and knocked at the door.

The father, still grieving asked: “Who is it?”

The child answered, “It is me papa, open the door.”

But in his agitated state of mind, convinced his son was dead, the father thought that some young boy was making fun of him. He shouted: “Go away!”, and continued to cry.

After some time, the son left. Father and son never saw each other again.

Moral of the story: Sometime, somewhere, you take something to be the truth. If you cling to it so much, even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it.

– Originally published in July 2012

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Life is to Keep Smiling

If at times you feel you want to cry
And life seems such a trial
Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile
– Alexandra Skiathitis

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it. It takes 64 muscles of the face to make a frown, and only 13 to make a smile. Why the extra effort?

– Originally published in July 2012

Workplace Small Talks

“Married people are happier. Like our manager, he looks happy every day.”
“He only looks happy at work.”

“Why not you just walk faster?”
“You know, we need to waste as much time as possible here.”

“When do you want this done?”
“Yesterday, you are actually late already.”

“How many issues did you find from testing?”
“Just one, the thing cannot be powered on.”

“Why the internet in the office is so slow?”
“I think it exceeds the download limit and is throttled to a lower speed.”

“I assume your productivity is doubled as compared with others.”
“But my pay does not reflect that.”

“Why are you just staring at your monitor and doing nothing?”
“You are talking to my avatar and my body is sleeping at home.”

“Did you integrate your component into our system and do the test?”
“No.”
“Then how do you know your component works?”
“It works, if not, it’s your system’s problems.”

“Did you fix the crashing of the software?”
“Yes, it now restarts automatically when crashes and nobody will aware.”

I once chatted with my HR manager in the kitchen while I was washing my cup:
Me: Do you know one of our team members got the swine flu and his whole family needs to be quarantined for 2 weeks?
Her: No, that’s horrible. Are you close to him?
Me: Oh, he drove me to the train station the last day he’s here. You know, he coughed like he’s going to died inside the car.
There was a moment of silence. I turned and she had gone already.

Finally, an email from my boss:
Hi Guys,
For those of you that don’t know I will be on leave tomorrow, I will be on leave tomorrow.

– Originally published in July 2012

The Worm

Two monks lived together in a monastery for many years; they were great friends. Then they died within a few months of one another. One of them got reborn in the heaven realms, the other monk got reborn as a worm in a mud pile.

The one up in the heaven realms was having a wonderful time, enjoying all the heavenly pleasures. But he started thinking about his friend, “I wonder where my old mate has gone?” So he scanned all of the heaven realms, but could not find his friend. Then he scanned the realm of human beings, but he could not see any trace of his friend there, so he looked in the realm of animals and then of insects. Finally he found him, reborn as a worm in a mud pile. “Wow!” He thought: “I am going to help my friend. I am going to go down there to that mud pile and take him up to the heavenly realm so he too can enjoy the heavenly pleasures and bliss of living in these wonderful realms.”

So he went down to the mud pile and called his mate. And the little worm wriggled out and said: “Who are you?”

“I am your friend. We used to be monks together in a past life, and I have come up to take you to the heaven realms where life is wonderful and blissful.”

But the worm said: “Go away, get lost!”

“But I am your friend, and I live in the heaven realms,” and he described the heaven realms to his friend. But the worm said: “No thank you, I am quite happy here in my mud pile. Please go away.”

Then the heavenly being thought: “Well if I could only just grab hold of him and take him up to the heaven realms, he could see for himself.” So he grabbed hold of the worm and started tugging at him; and the harder he tugged, the harder that worm clung to his pile of mud.

Do you get it? How many of us are attached to our pile of mud and feel comfortable?

– Originally published in June 2012

Life is to Keep Fighting

Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about it when it happens to us.
– George H. Allen

– Originally published in June 2012

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking you hung my first painting on the refrigerator.
And I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you fed a stray cat.
And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you baked a birthday cake just for me.
And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you kissed me good-night.
And I felt safe and loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you made a meal and took it to a friend who was sick.
And I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you gave your time and money to help people who had nothing.
And I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes.
And I learned that sometimes things hurt but that it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you smiled.
And it made me want to look that pretty too.

When you thought I wasn’t looking you cared.
And I wanted to be a good and productive person like you when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking …
I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know.
And I wanted to say thank you for all those things you did when you thought I wasn’t looking.

– Originally published in June 2012

Magic of Our Own

I watched a magic show on TV when I was a kid. The magician broke a light bulb and started eating the broken glasses. “So cool, it comes in handy when feeling hungry,” I thought. At a click of his fingers, he flipped a stack of white paper and turned them into $100 notes. “Wow, this is my dream job.” At that time, I really thought what he did was real.

When I grew up, I know that what the magicians performed are just tricks and they simply cheat the audience through their quick movement and tools. But I still like to watch their performance. May be everyone is looking forward that there is magic in this world. At the end, it doesn’t matter it is truth or not, the important thing is what you choose to believe.

We may sometimes act as a magician in our life. Did you ever lie or cheat to achieve a positive outcome? It sounds odd to do the right thing in a wrong way. I see my job as a problem solver who deal with the problems myself and hide them from people. There were instances that I knew there were some major issues but I reassured others everything was fine. There were times that I had no confidence whether I could resolve the problems on time but I kept calm and claimed that we were making progress. I also made up excuses to convince people to give us more time to work on the problems.

We keep telling ourselves “we can do it” and we eventually believe that is true. I may not be a role model as a totally honest person, but like magicians, my tricks never mean to harm anyone. If people cannot help with the situation, why not let them sleep with a sweet dream and leave the worry to someone else?

I believe everyone in their lifetime comes face-to-face with a bit of magic. It’s the kind of magic that reminds us of the thing that can be easily forgotten – hope. They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world – someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. So, always give yourself something to look forward to.

– Originally published in June 2012