The Parrot

An Old Man was very lonely because his wife had died. He missed her very much, especially their meal-time talk and laughter.

One day, the Old Man decided to buy a Parrot. He thought a Parrot would be the best pet to have, because it could actually talk to him.

The next morning, the Old Man visited the Pet Shop. The shop owner showed him several Parrots. One called for a coach, another asked for a drink and one just made noises! Only one Parrot sat quietly.

The Old Man wondered why it was silent. The Parrot replied, “I think more!” The Old Man thought happily, Ah!  What a wise bird!’ Then, he bought the silent Parrot.

Now every day, the Old Man tried to teach his new pet to talk, sing or make a new sound. Sadly, the Parrot refused to learn anything new It would only repeat, “I think more!”

The disappointed Old Man angrily said, “Oh Parrot, you are a fool! Alas, I am a bigger fool than you, because I believed that you were wise, simply because you pretended to think more!”

Do not be fooled by those who pretend to be wise.

The Rope Dancer

Rope dancing is lovely to watch, but very hard to Hearn! A young Boy was learning this art from an old, wise Teacher.

The Teacher told the Boy to carry a long heavy pole while he learnt to dance on the rope. It would keep him steady on the rope. Otherwise, he could fall and hurt himself.

The Boy was smart and quickly learnt the art of rope dancing.

One day, the Boy complained to his Teacher, “Oh, dancing would be much easier if I did not have to carry the long, heavy pole.”

The Teacher replied, “No Son, it will help you balance better.”

However, the Boy threw the pole away and started dancing on the rope.

The Teacher watched worriedly as the Boy slipped and fell to the ground! He ran to the Boy. “Oh, you silly child! This is what happens when you disobey me.”

The Boy got up and dusted himself. He realized his mistake. He was grateful that he had not broken his neck while falling.

The Teacher said, “If you listen to me, you will never fall again.” The Boy happily agreed.

Always follow the good advice given by teachers and elders.

The Elephant and the Animals

The animals in Happy Valley were sad. They were all troubled that some creatures were unkind to the others. The strong, kind Elephant was their leader, so the animals ran to him and told him all.

The Elephant wanted to know which animals were bad. So, he called the animals for a meeting and told them to stop their bad habits. Being lazy, cruel, selfish or jealous would spoil the happiness of the whole forest.

All the gentle animals like the Dog, Camel, Sheep, Dove, Ant and Bee, listened carefully to the Elephant’s words. They nodded in agreement. However, animals like the Tiger, Wolf, Snake, Wasp, Hornet, Fly, Grasshopper and Ape became very angry with the Elephant’s words. These animals were cruel and mean to the weaker animals. They grumbled and murmured loudly.

The Elephant trumpeted for silence.

Then he continued, “I gave my advice to everyone here, but only some of you were happy to hear me!” He explained that those who agreed with his advice were the good animals, but the ones who were angry with his words were the real troublemakers!

Good advice hurts those who do wrong things.

The Spaniel and the Mastiff

One day, a good-natured Spaniel and a grumpy Mastiff were travelling on the same road.

The Spaniel, although an entire stranger to the Mastiff, very politely approached him and asked, “May I please walk with you on this journey?”

The Mastiff replied, “I have no problem, you may walk along with me.”

Both the dogs started walking together, chatting with each other.

Mastiffs are huge and by nature protective, but very ferocious dogs. Soon the two reached the next village. The Mastiff began to show his nasty nature. He growled at everyone he met, without any reason. He started leaping and snapping at them.

The annoyed villagers ran out with great sticks. They wanted to protect their own dogs. Then, they struck both the dogs mercilessly. The poor Spaniel was also not spared. He got badly beaten just for being found in the company of the nasty Mastiff.

The Spaniel said, “Alas, I was never beaten in this manner before. Now, I know that quick friendships with strangers can be bad. One’s good or bad fortune depends upon the type of friends one makes!”

Avoid bad company, as it brings ruin.

The Ass and the Gardener

Once, an Ass had an accident and lost his tail. He was very saddened by this loss. He cried the whole day and missed his tail. He thought, ‘I miss having my tail. I think I should go out and search for it!’

The Ass went all around the meadow searching for his tail. He was weeping, when he entered a garden. He crushed the plants under his feet as he was lost in his own thoughts. The Gardener saw the Ass and became alert. He thought, ‘This Ass has come to my garden to spoil my plants and eat my vegetables. I will have to save my garden from him!’

The Gardener went inside his cottage and brought a pair of scissors. When he saw the Ass walking over his vegetables and plants, he got angry. He shouted at the Ass, but the Ass did not listen to him.

The Gardener ran towards the Ass and cut off both his ears. The Ass was shocked and cried in pain. Now, besides his tail, he also cried out for the loss of his ears!

We should not lose our senses in difficult times, for we may then face more losses.

The Ape and the Carpenter

Once, an Ape was watching a Carpenter cut a wooden log into two. First the Carpenter put a small wedge into the crack of the log, to keep it open. When the crack was wide enough, he hammered in a large wedge and pulled the first one out.

At noon, the Carpenter went home for lunch. The Ape thought, ‘If the Carpenter can cut the wooden log, so can I!’

The Ape jumped and sat on the Carpenter’s bench. When he got ready to cut the log, his long tail slipped into the crack in the log.

The Ape did not notice this, but set to work. He put the first wedge in exactly as he had seen the Carpenter do it. But then he pulled it out before he had driven in the second one. The two sides of the log instantly sprang together. The Ape’s tail was caught between them.

The poor Ape cried out in pain. The Carpenter returned and laughed at the Ape. He said, “I am sure you now know what happens when you interfere in other people’s work.”

We should not interfere in other people’s work.

The Goat and the Goatherd

There was once an adventurous Goat. He was young, frisky and curious. He would ask, “What lies on the other side?” The other Goats just bleated and ate more grass.

The Goatherd would try very hard to bring this Goat back in time. The Goat would try his best to be free as long as possible.

One day, as usual, the Goat went exploring.

“Oh, no! That naughty Goat is missing again! Where has he gone now?” cried the angry Goatherd.

The Goatherd whistled till his throat dried up. He blew his horn till he was red in the face.

Tired of everything and wanting to get home to a warm supper and fire, the Goatherd threw a stone at the distant Goat.

This stone hit the Goat’s horn, which broke into two pieces.

The Goatherd was scared that the Master would shout at him for breaking the horn. So, he said to the Goat, “I beg you, do not tell the Master that I broke your horn.”

The Goat said, “You silly fellow, I won’t have to say a thing. The broken horn will tell its own story!”

Do not attempt to hide things, which cannot be hidden.

As You Sow So Shall You Reap

A HUMAN MIND

is like a Farmer’s Land

 

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land.

The land gives the farmer a choice.

He may plant in that land whatever he chooses.

The land is not concerned about this.

It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

 

Let us compare the human mind with the land

because

the mind, like the land,

doesn’t care what you plant in it.

 

It will return what you plant,

but it doesn’t care what you plant.

 

Now let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand –

ONE IS A SEED OF CORN,

THE OTHER IS NIGHTSHADE, A DEADLY POISON.

He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds – one corn, the other nightshade.

He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen?

Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

 

 

The human mind is

  FAR MORE FERTILE…  

FAR MORE INCREDIBLE ….  

FAR MORE MYSTERIOUS

than the land,

 

but it works the same way.

 

We can Plant

  SUCCESS     OR    FAILURE  

We can Plant

   CONCRETE GOAL   OR    CONFUSION  

We can Plant

  LOVE OR MISUNDERSTANDINGS 

 

We can Plant

  INSPIRATION OR  DEPRESSION

 

We can Plant

  COURAGE  OR  FEAR

 

We can Plant

  LOVE FOR HARD WORK  OR LOVE FOR LETHARGY

The human mind is the

LAST GREAT UNEXPLORED

continent on earth

 

George Bernard Shaw said,

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it?

And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about. Now, it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about.

And we become what we think about.

On the opposite side…

The person who has no goal…

who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing…he becomes nothing.

How does it work?

Why do we become what we think about?

Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know.

For that  Always Believe that

OUR HUMAN MIND is just like

A Farmer’s LAND  

 

 Closing with the same quote which we learnt in our schools…

AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP

Anger and Love – Emotional Mistake

Anger and Love - Emotional MistakeWhile a man was polishing his new car, his 6 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench.

At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father…..with painful eyes he asked, ‘Dad when will my fingers grow back?’ The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions…….sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written
‘LOVE YOU DAD’.

Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life….. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But the problem in today’s world is that, People are used and things are loved….Let’s be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved.

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they become character;Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder. God bless you. If you don’t share this on nothing bad will happen; if you do, you might change someones life

Happiness

Once a group of 50 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each one a balloon. Each one was asked to write his/her name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.

Now these delegates were let in that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written, within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.

At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
Now each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.

The speaker began— exactly this is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is.

Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.

And this is the purpose of human life.