Friday, February 27, 2009

Be a lake, like a dog, or a cup and truths of life!

Some inspirational e-mails are in circulation for many years and some of them keep coming back from different senders once in a while. Isn't that an indication that it has something in it? So here are such few to inspire:


An old Master instructed an unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?"the Master asked. "Awful," spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the Master asked, "How does it taste?" "Good!" remarked the apprentice. "Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master. "No." said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the 'pain' depends on the container we put it into.

So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ..... Stop being a glass. Become a lake!"



If a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

*When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

*Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

*Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

*Take naps.

*Stretch before rising.

*Run, romp, and play daily.

*Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

*Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

*On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

*On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

*When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

*Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

*Be loyal.

*Never pretend to be something you're not.

*If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

*When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.



A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

The Lecturer just smiled and went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups - some porcelain, some in plastic, some in glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.
The Lecturer offered his former students the cups to get drinks for themselves.

When all the students had a cup in hand with water, the Lecturer spoke: "If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal that you only want the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all you wanted was water, not the cup, but we unconsciously went for the better cups."

"Just like in life, if Life is Water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold/maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change."

"If we only concentrate on the cup, we won't have time to enjoy/taste the water in it."



Don't let someone become a priority in your life,
when you are just an option in their life...

Relationships work best when they are balanced.

Never explain yourself to anyone.
Because the person who likes you doesn't need it.
and the person who dislikes you won't believe it.

When you keep saying you are busy,
then you are never free.
When you keep saying you have no time,
then you will never have time.
When you keep saying that you will do it tomorrow,
then your tomorrow will never come.

We make them cry who care for us.
We cry for those who never care for us.
And we care for those who will never cry for us.

This is the truth of life. It's strange but true.
Once you realise this, it's never too late to change.

Don't make promises when you are in joy.
Don't reply when you are sad.
Don't take decisions when you are angry.
Think twice... act wise.

Time is like a river.
You cannot touch the same water twice,
because the flow that has passed will never pass again.
Enjoy every moment of life...



Tears convey more than what words can ever say.

Lonlier you feel, lonlier the world makes you feel.

Even if you deserve the reward, you got to beg order to get it.

Words hurt more than the physical wounds suffered in life.

No matter how many times you pray you only get what you rightfully deserve.

When you are ecstatic about something there are never enough people to share it with.

A face is not as important as it is made to believe.

It’s not always a coward who gives up a fight, sometimes smart people too.

Kids are never at fault – they just mirror our faults.

One person’s misery is another person’s merriment.

Every relationship has an expiry date.

I realize that I am better when I am silent.


5 important lessons to learn from a humble pencil.

1. It tells you that everything you do will always leave a Mark
2. You can always correct the mistake you make
3. The important thing in life is what you are from inside and not from out side
4. In life you will undergo painful sharpenings which will make you better in whatever you do
5. Finally, to be the best you can be, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you


Set a goal for yourself

Smile as often as you can

Share your happiness

Be ready to help people

Be child-like

Learn to live in harmony with different people

Keep your humour

Do not be afraid under different situations

Learn to forgive

Cherish real friendship

Be co-operative and enjoy team work

Do not ignore your loved one

Be confident

Be brave and try new things

Do not take money seriously

[Source unknown]


Once all village people decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all people gathered and only one boy came with an umbrella....

That's Confidence..


Trust should be like the feeling of a one year old baby when you throw him in the air; he laughs.....because he knows you will catch him....

That's Trust..


Every night we go to bed, we have no assurance to get up alive in the next morning but still we have plans for the coming day....

That's Hope..


"The six keys to success".

1. Attitude
Bloom where you are planted. You have a choice to get back up after temporary set backs. Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference!

2. Direction
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Write your short term goals down on paper. I have discovered and continue to discover that putting your dreams and goals down on paper lock in or focus your belief that they can be achieved--even if you have to take a course correction in achieving your goals. Success comes in cans, failure comes in can'ts.

3. Values
Explore what is important to you. Maybe it is family, friends, your spirituality or working hard at any given task. I can assure you that your priorities will change as you grow older. Very important that you value yourself and treat yourself like the valuable gift from God that you are.

4. Interests
Birds of a feather flock together. This is to say that if you are hanging around winners or others with a "can do" mind-set, you'll likely adapt to this same kind of thinking. Remember--"SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES!

5. Commitment
Feelings may change, commitments do not. "Success is getting up one more time than you fall." I have often wanted to give up, and then I must think to myself about what the consequences of giving up will be. Generally, this is more than enough of a motivation to make us stick to the task at hand even if we don't feel like it. When the task is achieved, Whow!--IT FEELS GREAT!

6. Encouragement
Be an encourager and comforter to friends that are feeling discouraged. I promise that you will not regret this as you will be encouraged by one, if not many, when you are feeling down. Encouragement and love are contagious qualities that can change the minds of the most stubborn and "hard-to-get- along-with" people you know. I have seen it happen over and over again.


1 comment:

Lakshmi Bharadwaj said...

Wow, sure is inspiring...thanks alot for sharing. I had never recieved these e-mails before, and it was wonderful to read such great things...esp loved the "be like a dog" and truths of life! There could be nothign more truer!