Few Short Stories………

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TOTAL SURRENDER:

A person started to walk on a rope tied between two tall towers at several hundred feet above the ground. He is slowly walking balancing a long stick in his hands. He has his son sitting on his shoulders.  Everyone down were watching him in bated breath and were tensed beyond words. Some were already praying in murmurs. He slowly reached the second tower. Everyone clapped, whistled and welcomed him with utter delight. Afterwards, they shook hands and took selfies with him.

He then asked the crowd, “Do you all think I can walk back on the same rope now from this side to that side?” Crowd shouted, “Yes, Yes, you can.” “Do you trust me” he asked? They said, “Yes, yes we are ready to bet on you.  He said okay, and then asked the crowd, “Can anyone of you sit on my shoulder, I will take you to the other side safely”. There was pin drop silence and everyone became quiet. No one could say anything but stared at the man dumbfounded and some just walked off.

Belief is very different compared to Trust. For Trust you need total surrender. There is no question of ifs and buts. It is to go head long and take the plunge whatever the consequences.  This is what we all are lacking towards God in today’s world. We believe in God; we have utmost faith in Him but we don’t trust Him with ourselves.

GIVE WHILE YOU ARE LIVING:

A rich Goan landlord once asked his parish priest: “Why does everybody call me stingy when everyone knows that when I die I will leave everything I have to this church?” The priest answered, “There once was a pig and a cow in this village. The pig was unpopular and the cow was loved by all in the village.  This puzzled the pig.”

The pig said to the cow, “People speak so warmly of your good nature and your helpful attitude.  They think you are very generous because each day you give them milk, butter and cheese. But what about me? I give them everything I have. I give them the famous Goa sausages, bacon and ham. I also provide ingredients for mouth-watering sorpotel. Yet no one likes me. Why is that?”

The priest then told the man and continued on this story, “Do you know what the cow answered? The Cow said, “Perhaps it is because I give while I am still living.” The rich man understood the meaning behind this message and gave whatever he had to the needy and never looked back.

Give whenever you can there is nothing that we are taking with us. Seeing the joy on their faces makes you feel satisfied beyond measure. Be Selfless at all times.

NEVER ASK “WHY?” TO THE CREATOR:

Sometimes some things are written on your fate.  No matter how hard you may try to change them, they never change. The crow and the parrot were both created ugly.  But the parrot protested to its Creator and was made beautiful. However, the crow remained content with the will of its Creator and remained ugly. No human was ready to keep him in their house as a pet. Today the parrot with its beautiful myriad colours is in the cage where his freedom is curtailed and the crow flies free as he wishes.

Behind each and every incident there is an exquisite wisdom that maybe you will never understand it therefore, never ask “Why?” to the Creator. He knows best and has chalked out plans for each and every one in life. Do not crib and cry, “Why Me.” He knows what he is doing. Enjoy his creation and Love Life.

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Sword of Love………….

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My Dear Soul!

If only you would love to let, go

Of your unwanted fears and anxieties

Pulling you to the depths of despair

Cutting you like a Sword in half

And You, My poor ravaged Soul

Am feeling so sad seeing you like this

Left bleeding and dying on the floor

Edge this Egoist madness

Out of the window, this very moment

Life is so short My Dear Soul!

To cry and writhe in despair

Clothe yourself entirely

In my Sword of Love

Welcome gentle steps of ecstasy

As little rhythms of shyness

Fight your own battles with the heart of a Lion

Holding only the Sword of Love

And the valor in your eyes

Let our Dear God enter your core

Love would heal the Sword’s fury

For that I am pretty sure

My Dear Soul!

Thank you my lovely friend, Zaza from scribeforlove blog for always inspiring me with her Haikus and awesome Titles.

Amusing facts of Life………..

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Life is a wonderful preposition, but the first 100 years are the toughest. The person who knows what really life is all about, only he will stand the test of time.

Man comes into this world without his consent and leaves it against his will even if he does not want to depart at any age.

In infancy he is an angel; in boyhood as he becomes mischievous he is a devil, in manhood he is a fool. If he has a wife and family, he is an easy target.

If he has brains he is considered too smart for his little boots. If he goes to temple, or church, or mosque etc., he is a hypocrite and if he stays away from all these religious places he is a sinful man.

If he gives to charity or does a good deed, it is for advertisement and to show off how much benevolent he can be and if he does not, he is labelled as stingy and mean and everyone calls him names.

When he comes into this world of ours everybody wants to kiss him, hug him, cuddle him and everyone wants to have a share of him but as he grows into an adult every single person wants to kick him. He becomes impossible to live.

If he dies young, they say there was a great future before him, if he lives till a ripe old age everyone hopes he has made a ‘Will’ and when will he depart because he has become a real whiner and sometimes a burden on others.

It is therefore impossible to please everyone, so do your duty FEARLESSLY and lead a HEALTHY & WONDERFUL LIFE. Let yourself flow like a leaf in the stream of life, carried by the current of LOVE. God has a perfect timing for each and every single one on this Planet; never early; never late. It takes a little patience and faith, but its worth the wait.

Remember the Hand that Reaches Out to You……..

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As Thanksgiving day drew closer, a first-grade teacher gave her students an assignment: “Everyone listen up, this Thanksgiving I’d like you all to draw something you’re thankful for.” The children could not think of anything but Turkey and other traditional goodies as the topics of most pictures. Douglas made a different kind of picture, for he was a different kind of boy. He was miserable, frail and unhappy from beginning. As other children played at recess, Douglas would stand close by the teacher’s side.

One could only guess at the pain Douglas hid behind those sad eyes.  When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand.  Nothing else. Just an empty hand.  His image captured the imagination of his peers and they all guessed whose hand it was. “Maybe it is a farmer’s hand, because farmers raise turkeys,” said one boy. “I think it is the hand of a Police Officer, because they protect and care for us,” said another child.  “It is no doubt the hand of God himself!” said many others.

The discussion went on and on, until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself.  When the children had gone on to the other assignments, the teacher paused at Douglas’ desk and bent down. “Douglas, may I know whose hand you drew?” she asked kindly.  The little boy looked up at her and muttered, “It’s yours’ teacher.”  The teacher was completely taken by surprise.  She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there.  How often she said, ‘Take my hand, Douglas we will go outside and play.” Or, “Let me show you how to hold your pencil.” Or, “Let’s do this or that together.”

Finally, Douglas said, Teacher, this Thanksgiving I am most thankful for your hand.”  It was the first time she had seen Douglas smile wholeheartedly. Brushing aside a tear she spoke softly, “And this Thanksgiving I am most thankful for you, my kind boy.”  A teacher takes a Hand, opens a Mind and touches a Heart

The Douglas’s of this world may not always say thanks, but they will forever remember the hand that reaches out.  Be thankful to those that have shed their light to illuminate your path.

Keep On Smiling………

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Smiling is infectious

You catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today

I started smiling too

I walked around the corner

And someone saw me with a grin

When he smiled I realized

I had passed it on to him

I thought about the smile

And then realized its worth

A single smile like mine

Could travel round the earth

Let’s just make each other smile

Without a reason every day.

So if you feel a smile begin

Don’t leave it undetected

Keep on Smiling beautifully

And Start an Epidemic

Get the world infected

With your Smile today.……..

The Spirit of Being Connected…………

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No matter how many times the teeth bites the tongue, they still stay together in one’s mouth. That’s the spirit of FORGIVENESS.

Even though the eyes do not see each other, they see things together, blink simultaneously and cry together. That is the spirit of UNITY.

May we practice the spirit of forgiveness and togetherness at all times and talk cheerfully, celebrate friendships and laugh out loud till our stomach aches and we fall of from our chairs. That is the spirit of TOGETHERNESS.

We are often let down by the most trusted people and loved by the most unexpected ones.  Some make us cry for things that we have not done, while others ignore our faults and just see our smile. That is the spirit of LIVING.

Some leave us when we need them the most, while some stay with us even when asked to leave.  The world is a mixture of people.  We just need to know which hand to shake, which hand to give and which hand to hold.  That is the spirit of LEARNING TO FORGIVE.

If you can forgive yourself as well as others and learn from your mistakes, problems and heartaches will be stepping stones on your path to growing wiser and stronger. That is the spirit of GROWING WISER.

That’s the beauty of Human Relations. We are nothing without each other.  Always try to Stay Connected.  The razor blade is sharp but cannot cut a tree, the axe is strong but cannot cut the hair.  Therefore, everyone is important according to his/her unique purpose.  Never look down on others unless you are admiring their shoes.

A BEAUTIFUL QUOTE BY BUDDHA SAYS:

I am in competition with No One.  I have no desire to play the game of being better with anyone.  I am simply trying to be better than the Person I was Yesterday. Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve Peace.

The Ant & the Contact Lens…………..

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Brenda had gone for the first time mountain climbing with some of her friends.  She was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff and was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this time, her first rock climb. Her friends were a little behind. As she rested there, the safety rope that had caught her snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens that she was wearing. ‘Great’, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.’

She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn’t there. She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains.

She prayed to God, ‘Oh! God, you can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and you know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me find them.”  A little later, another set of Hikers reached the top. One of them shouted out, ‘Hey you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it.

The story does not end there. Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, “God I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy but if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.”

I think from this beautiful story it would do all of us some good to say, ‘God, I don’t know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will surely do so. I know you are always there with me showering your grace on me.”

GOD DOESN’T CALL THE QUALIFIED, HE QUALIFIES THOSE HE CALLS. Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true directions. Smile a moment and thank God for every moment. He cares for you all the way. Trust Him Who Knows All.