- A rich man looked through his window and saw a poor man picking up something to eat from his dustbin. He had not eaten from days and was so hungry that for him nothing mattered but some food. The rich man thought to himself and said, ‘Thank God I am not poor.’
- The poor man looked around for a place to rest on the sidewalk and saw a naked man misbehaving on the street corner with some people. He said to himself, ‘Thank God I am not mad.’
- The mad man looked ahead and saw an ambulance carrying a patient. He said to himself, ‘Thank God I am not sick.’
- Then a sick person in hospital who was waiting in the aisle for a Doctor’s visit, saw a trolley taking a dead body to the mortuary. He said to himself, ‘Thank God I am not dead’.
- Only a dead person cannot thank God for blessing him with His showers of Grace, because he is already dead. All these people were so happy that they were not in those other pair of shoes and thanked God for His little mercies that He had bestowed on them.
Why don’t you thank God today for all your blessings and for the gift of life for giving us another beautiful day? In hardships and sorrows be grateful and at peace. No life is more secured that a life that is surrendered to God. There is always something to be Thankful for each and every day, when you see the beauty of being alive under God’s grace.
Enjoy every moment in life that is priceless and precious. Remain humble and have a good heart and see yourself in others. Spread your wings far and beyond. Life is simple and beautiful.
Air Commodore Rathi was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He, however, ejected himself and parachuted to safety. He won great acclaims and appreciations from many army personnel and his comrades. After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said, very politely: ‘You are Captain Rathi and you flew jet fighters. Five years back you were shot down.’ ‘How in the world did you know that?’ asked Rathi, very much astounded. He had never seen this man in his life. ‘I packed your parachute,’ the man smiled and replied.
Rathi gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if his parachute had not worked, he would not be here today. He could not sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered to himself, “How many times I might have seen him and not even said Good Morning, how are you?’ or some kind of pleasantries just because, I was a fighter pilot, much above him in rank and status and that person was simply a safety worker.’
So friends, who is packing your parachute? Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. We need many kinds of parachutes, we need the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual parachute. We call on all these supports before safety. Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. These men really deserve all the applause and awards in life.
We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize the people who pack your parachute. Acknowledge them for who they are. Kind and gentle words though can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.
I just want to thank everyone who packed my parachute this year one way or the other, through their words, deeds and prayers.
I was a wandering dream
Upon the horizons mist
An emerald in the deep blue seas
Flying high with the birds
Dancing on the meadows lips
Singing sweet nothings
And out of this eagerness
Dreams were born, limitless and timeless
And dreams were spaces
Moving freely without measures
Throbbing rhythmically like memories
Of yesteryears gone by
And fervent longings for tomorrows
My face was uplifted to the sun
And my eyes were overflowing
With my own beautiful light
As I was simply A Wandering Dream……….
Enjoy these two-liners, they are full of wit and laughter for a Beautiful Soul with some genuine observations:
-The difference between in-laws and outlaws?
Outlaws are wanted.
-Can February March?
No. But April May!
-How do you know that carrots are good for your eyesight?
Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?
-Did you know that Alcohol is a perfect solvent?
Because it dissolves marriages, families and careers.
–Music Teacher: What is your favorite musical instrument?
Kid: The lunch bell.
-Who is an Archaeologist: Someone whose career lies in ruins.
-What did the triangle say to the circle?
You are Pointless.
-There are two kinds of people who do not say much?
Those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.
-Why did the boy tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?
He did not want to wake up the sleeping pills.
A good laugh and happiness are like sweet perfumes. You cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Love without condition and be cheerful and smiling at all times.
Life is simple, live it fully and happily with fun and frolic…………
A girl by name Dina went to school in the neighbouring village where she was not known well by many folks in her village as she and her mom had shifted from another village and they were quite new here. She was enrolled in a school and for almost three weeks, she came to school late and every time the teacher punished her never asking her what was the reason.
On the fourth week, Dina did not attend school at all and many thought she had GIVEN UP on school due to the everyday punishment. However, Dina reported again on the fifth week and this time she came earlier than everybody. When the teacher came to class, Dina was punished for not attending school the previous week but the teacher was also kind enough to commend her for coming early that day, stating that the punishments had finally yielded some positive results.
Just then Dina asked if she could say something and the teacher gave her permission. She said, ‘I have been raised up by a single mother without a brother and a sister. Five weeks ago, my mother fell ill and was hospitalized. The three weeks I came late, I had to prepare something for her every morning and pass by the hospital to deliver the same. Unfortunately, my mother passed away last week and that is the reason I did not come to school. We buried her last Friday. Today I came early since I did not have to prepare anything or even pass by the hospital. And now that she is gone, I will always be here early.’
And then she sat down, no one in the whole class was able to hold their tears, the teacher was not spared either. From this heart touching story we get to learn that how many times do we judge others for things we know not? We ask so many unwanted questions that are simply not required and do we ever attempt to understand their situation or we just judge from the case scenarios.
Some situations are not relative and what we think could be very far from the truth. Don’t assume you know what others go through or that people move in the same pace or direction as you. Life is far from that: Just be kind enough to love one another, take time and kindly find out why your friend is not calling you, why your messages are not being replied promptly, why someone is missing in our midst as a colleague, friend, brother or sister even why someone is always late. Be kind, always and be nice to others, who knows what will happen to us too.
Life is beautiful, simple and enjoy it to its fullest. Do not waste it. Embrace and Love Life…………
Oh! Beautiful Soul is a Poem written by Rumi and it goes like this:
Oh! Beautiful Soul
You worry too much
You fear too easily
Upon the scars of misfortunes
You have seen your own strength
You have seen your own beauty
You have seen your golden wings
Fly to heavens mystical glory
Then why do you worry?
Why do you fret and fume?
Oh! Beautiful Soul
Why are you knocking
At every other door?
Go, knock at the door
Of your own heart
You are in truth
The ethereal, the charming
The soul, of the soul, of the soul……………..
– Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman, and I wished I were as beautiful as her. When suddenly, she rose to leave as her stop had come, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch. But as she passed, she gave me such a broad smile. Oh! Dear God, forgive me when I whine. I have such beautiful two legs; the world is mine.
-I stopped to buy some candy at a store nearby. The lad who sold it had such charm and a wonderful expression. I talked with him and he seemed so glad to chat with me. It was so nice to be pleasant with people even though they are strangers. And as I left, he said to me, ‘I thank you, you have been so kind. It is so nice to talk with folks like you. You see, I am blind.’ Oh! Dear God, forgive me when I whine. I have two eyes; the world is mine.
-Later, while walking down the street, I saw a child I knew. He stood and watched the others play, but he did not know what to do. I stopped a moment and then I said, ‘Why do you not join the other boys dear and play with them?’ He looked ahead without a word. I forgot, he could not hear me. Oh! Dear God, forgive me when I whine. I have two ears; the world is mine.
With feet to take me where I would love to go, with eyes to see the sunset’s glow and the moon’s lovely emerald skies in the dark night and with ears to hear what I would like to know, Oh! Dear God, forgive me when I whine. I have been blessed a million times indeed and the world is such a beautiful place to live in and it is all mine. The reason why I thank you so much Dear God, is because I know I deserve Nothing but you have given me Everything and I shall cherish everything as a blessing.
Sometimes in life what you want is not what you always get, but in the end, what you get is so much better than what you always wanted. These people who had these deficiencies in life were not complaining or crying at life’s miseries instead they were so happy and friendly. Trust God completely and allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.