Wednesday, February 9, 2011

cont. Stories to live by

(The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.)

When a pprofessor served coffee to his former students who complained to him of stress in their working lives, he brought out an assortment of cups-porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal , some plain looking, some expensive, others exquisite. After the students selected a cup of coffee the professor said," All the nice looking cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain ones. I can assure you that the cup itself add no quality to the coffee. What you wanted was coffee, not the cup. But you consciously went for the best cup and began eyeing each other's cup. While it is normal to want only the best for yourselves, but that is the source for your problems and stress. Sometimes by concentrating only on the things like the cup, we fail to enjoy the goodness God has provided for us." The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

(Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick to get your attention! It's our choice. Listen to the whisper...or wait for the brick!)

 A young executive was driving fast when a brick smashed into the car's side door! He stopped, reversed to the spot where the brick was thrown, grabbed the nearest kid shouting, "What was all that about? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. What did you do that for?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please mister...please, I'm sorry...I didn't know what else to do," he pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." The youth pointed to a spot near a parked car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

The sobbing boy asked, "Would you please help me get him back onto his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."Moved beyond words, the young executive hurriedly lent a hand and lifted the boy back onto the wheelchair. "Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. The executive watched as the little boy pushed his wheelchair-bound brother away. The damage was noticeable, but the executive never  bothered to repair the dent just to remind him of the incident. Don't rush through life. God always whispers to us. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us.

(The difference between perserverance and obstinacy is having a strong will and not having one.)

When two frogs fell into a bucket of milk,, they faced a situation that became a matter of life or death. Both of them tried to jump to freedom, but the sides were steep and they had no foundation to spring from. One of them despaired, stopped jumping and soon sank to the bottom and drowned. The other saw no likehood of success, but kept on trying. Although despair started to creep into its mind, it kept on kicking. Although growing tired and weary, he never stopped, knowing that if he did, he would end up like the other frog at the bottom of the bucket. Eventually its persistence churned the milk into butter. The hardened surface became a springboard. The relieved frog grabbed the opportunity and jumped away to freedom. Those who don't give up and presevere will enjoy the fruits of their labors.

(Forget your hurts, count your blessings!)

Two friends were crossing the desert. At one point they had an argument, and one slapped the other. The one who got slapped, without saying anything wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."
They kept on walking till they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath, the one got slapped got stuck in the mire and was drowning, but his friend saved him. After the ordeal, he wrote on a stone, "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."
The friend who had slapped him, then saved his life asked, "After I slapped you, you wrote on sand, and now on a stone, why?" His friend replied, "When someone hurts us, we should write it down on sand where winds of forgiveness will erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we should engrave it on stone so that it will never be forgotten." Write your hurts in sand, but crave your blessings in stone.