Choose Your Echo……….

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A man was taking his son out for a walk in a nearby forest. Suddenly the boy tripped and feeling a sharp pain, he screamed, ‘AHHH!’ Surprised, he hears a voice coming from the mountain, ‘AHHH!’ He was taken aback as it was his first experience of an ECHO.  Filled with curiosity, he screams: ‘Who are you?’, but the only answer he received was, ‘Who are you?’ This made him angry, so he shouted, ‘You are a coward!’ and the voice answered, ‘You are a coward!’

He looked very confused at his father and asked ‘Dad, what’s going on. Who is he who is talking back to me?’ ‘Son,’ the man replies, ‘pay attention. Say something nice to him.’ Then the son screams, ‘I love you!’ the voice answers, ‘I love you!’  Realizing his son’s confusion the man takes over the conversation with nature and shouts, ‘You are wonderful!’ and the voice answered, ‘You are wonderful!’ The boy is thrilled but still cannot understand what is going on.

The father further explains, ‘Son, people call this an ECHO, but truly it is LIFE. Life always gives you back what you give out. Life is a MIRROR of your actions. If you want more love and kindness from everyone, give more love and kindness. If you want people to be patient and respectful, then be patient and respectful first. This rule of nature applies to every aspect of our lives. An Echo is nature’s way of teaching us to do unto others what we wish them to do to us and wish for others what we wish for ourselves.

Life always gives you back what you give out. Give your hands to Serve others and your Hearts to Love. Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doing. Choose your ECHO wisely. 

Live Simply, Love Unconditionally, Enjoy Life.

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On the Waves of a Piano…….

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Playing a symphony

On the waves of a Piano

Slender Fingers moving musically

Keys that danced to his touch

Creating notes of magical felicity

On rosettes and germaniums

Who sang his first song

Ecstatically flirting with joy

Rapturous love on his face

Sang to her sweet Loveliness

Every moment an upsurge

Whispering soft tunes of a song-bird

Floating tenderly in her ears

The beauty, the serenity

The delight, the muse

He was her handsome lover

Who had eyes only for her

From the crowds that adored Him  

And she who basked in his love

Sat in wonder, like a quivering feather

Deaf to the thundering applause

On the Waves of a Piano………..

Happy Souls Are We…………

Following lines on A ‘Happy Soul‘ were written at a Buddhist Monastery in Lamayuru, a small hamlet on the way to Leh. Take a look:

Who’s a Happy Soul?

  1. A Happy Soul stops trying to change others, but instead focuses on changing self.
  2. A Happy Soul is one who accepts people for who they are and not at their face-value.
  3. A Happy Soul is one who understands that everyone is right in one’s own perspective.
  4. A Happy Soul is one who learns to ‘let go’. He does not carry any burdens.
  5. A Happy Soul is one who is able to drop expectations from every relationship and gives unconditionally for the sake of giving.
  6. A Happy Soul is one who understands that whatever we do, we do it for our own peace of mind.
  7. A Happy Soul is one who stops proving to the world how intelligent one is.  He is always happy the way he is.
  8. A Happy Soul is one who does not seek approval from others.
  9. A Happy Soul is one who stops comparing with others.
  10. A Happy Soul is one who is at peace with oneself.
  11. A Happy Soul is one who is able to differentiate between ‘need’ and ‘want’ and is able to let go of one’s wants.
  12. A Happy Soul is one who stops attaching ‘happiness’ to material things.

Shine so beautifully and whatever you decide you do in life, make sure it makes you happy. If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down. Here’s wishing all, a life of a Happy Soul. 

A Layman’s Advice too counts…………

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An Engineer in a car manufacturing company designs a world class car. The owner is very impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot.  While trying to bring out the car from the manufacturing area to the showroom, they realized that the car is 2 inches taller than the entrance.  The Engineer felt very bad that he did not notice this fault before creating the car.

The owner was completely baffled as to how will he be able to take it outside of the manufacturing area. The painter said that they can bring out the car but there will be a few scratches on top of the car which could be touched upon later.  The Engineer said that they can break the entrance, take the car out and later re-do it. The owner was not convinced with any of these unwise ideas and felt like it is a bad sign to break or scratch any part of his new car.

An ordinary watchman of the building was observing all the drama from the side and slowly approached the owner.  He wanted to give an idea if they had no problem. They wondered what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give. The Engineer said to the two people, ‘Why not let us see what input he too can give us’. The watchman said: ‘The car is only a few inches taller than the entrance so, simply release the air in the Tyre, the height of the car will sink and you can easily take it out.’  Everyone clapped and said, ‘What a smart and intelligent guy is he. How could we not think like him?’

In life do not analyse the problems only from an expert point of view alone.  There is always a layman’s outlook that gives an alternate solution at a given point of time. Why undervalue anyone whether big or small. Everyone is worth their while. Life issues are also the same. Many a times a friend’s entrance door falls short by a few inches, we feel taller.  Release some Air(Ego), and adjust the height (Attitude).

Think simple, do simple and live simple because first and foremost we are happy souls. Share, care and respect one and all.

Real Brain Teasers……..

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TRICKY QUESTIONS AND EQUALLY WITTY ANSWERS GIVEN BY IAS OFFICERS WHO WERE GIVING TESTS AS CANDIDATES:

-How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

CONCRETE FLOORS ARE VERY HARD TO CRACK.

-If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?

NO TIME AT ALL IT IS ALREADY BUILT.

-If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?

VERY LARGE HANDS.

-How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

IT IS NOT A PROBLEM, SINCE YOU WILL NEVER FIND AN ELEPHANT WITH ONE HAND.

-How can a man go eight days without sleep?

HE SLEEPS AT NIGHT

-If you throw a blue stone into the red sea what will it become?

IT WILL BECOME WET.

What often falls but never gets hurt?

RAIN.

-What is that no man ever saw which never was but always will be?

TOMORROW.

-What looks like half apple?

THE OTHER HALF.

-What can you never eat at breakfast?

DINNER.

-What gets wet while drying?

A TOWEL.

-What happened when wheel was invented?

IT CAUSED A GREAT REVOLUTION.

-How is it easy to weigh a fish?

BECAUSE IT HAS ITS OWN SCALES. 

Enjoy these fun loving brain teasers and have a happy and cheerful life.

The Day I gave up being Petty……………

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I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled so beautifully and said to me in all confidence:

‘I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters. These fights did not bother me at all.

I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me. These people did not matter to me one bit. I kept from gossip mongers.

I stopped fighting for attention. It did not bother me whether anyone liked me or not. I was totally detached from flattery.

I stopped fighting with my in-laws. There was not much to talk about. I wanted my peace of mind.

I stopped fighting to meet people’s expectation of me. It was not required. I was doing whatever I wanted for my satisfaction.

I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people. These people would never understand my point of view even if I wanted to. So at one stage I gave up for my own good.

I stopped fighting to please everyone.  It is a hopeless cause and in return I suffered as it is of no use pleasing others as people are never satisfied.  I stopped fighting completely to prove they were wrong about me. I simply wanted peace and calmness for myself. I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight about.

And I finally started fighting for:

My vision, my dreams, my ideas and my destiny. The day I gave up on small fights and unnecessary quarrels is the day I started becoming successful and so much more content. Some fights are not worth your time, choose what you fight for wisely to live a happily and cheerfully.

Confident walking is more successful than confused running. Follow no one but learn from everyone. Live your life and forget your age.

Hearts – Like Doors………….

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Hearts like doors

Opens with effortless ease

That radiates as a loving friend

With a warm ‘thank you Sir

And if you please’.

 

But today I take the liberty

To change the words to read

‘Hearts like doors, open with ease

With utmost care and love

And compassion if you please!’

 

Hearts give us precious life

It can flutter and flirt too

And can be wayward as hell

Keeps you active and cheerful

Glowing through every life

 

The heart beats softly, gently

For the one person it loves tenderly

It waits patiently, its angelic wings spread

And when it is freed with care

It flies eternally to that Open Door……………