The Dog and the Reflection

The Dog and the Reflection


The Dog and the Reflection

Once upon a time, a dog lived in a small town. Every day, he would sit outside the butcher’s shop hoping that the butcher would toss him a bone. One day he was sitting there when the butchered took pity on him and gave him the biggest, juiciest bone he had ever had!

The dog couldn’t believe his fortune. He immediately got up and happily scurried away with the bone in his mouth. He wished to enjoy his prized bone alone so he went around in search of the best spot to devour it. With the bone in mouth, he came across a river.

As he crossed the narrow footbridge, he happened to look down at his reflection in the water. In his haste and excitement, he failed to realize that it was his own reflection. The silly dog thought it was another dog, carrying a juicy bone, even larger than his!

Greed took over him and he jumped into the river with the intention of snatching the bone from the other dog. Alas! It was only his reaction. He splashed straight into the water and struggled for his dear life, swimming to the shore. At last, he was able to scramble out of the river.

Wet and dripping, he looked for his bone but by that time it was nowhere to be found. He realized his mistake and sadly thought, “If only I had not been greedy! I almost drowned and lost the good bone only because of my greed. How can I be so foolish?”

The dog regretted his folly for a long time but there was nothing to be done now!

The story teaches us an important lesson about life. We often find ourselves wishing for the things that others have but we forget to appreciate what life has offered us!

Michael Leunig defines this human nature by saying that,

“The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power.”

What we need to realize is that greed is like a bottomless pit. No amount of money, love or any other possession can fill it. It will exhaust the person in an endless effort to satisfy but it has no end. Efforts fueled by greed and jealousy can never achieve satisfaction because your needs have a limit but greed does not.

Our preoccupation with possessions is what prevents us from living our lives to the best so learn to let go of greed and jealousy and see how it completely changes your life. A person free from greed is the one who enjoys his life to the fullest.    Are you that person?

 


A person free from greed is the one who enjoys his life to the fullest. Are you that person?


A Selection of Preoccupation Quotes


“We preoccupy ourselves with what we had — or what we want to have — at the expense of what we have.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana


“Traffic is more of the in between time where we think more about where we are going than where we are at the moment.” ~ Tom Vanderbilt



“When you are on your purpose, your preoccupation isn’t what you don’t have yet. You’ve already drunk too much of WHO YOU ARE and WHY YOU ARE here in this universe and in this generation.” ~ Assegid Habtewold



“It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the thick of thin things.” ~ Stephen R. Covey


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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree


The Giving Tree

Who doesn’t know about the legendary tale of the giving tree?

At some point in time in our childhood, our parents have read this story to us. Back then, it gave us a clear sense of their selfless and unconditional love. Now that we are grown-ups, this story can give us so much more!

Keep reading to find out what the giving tree has in store for you!

 

Once upon a time, there was a tree.

She loved a little boy who played with her leaves, swung on her branches and climbed on her trunk. He ate her apples

and the tree was happy.

Soon the boy grew older and the tree felt alone as the boy’s visits grew scarce.

After a while the boy came to see the tree. The tree was happy to see the boy all grown-up. She invited him to swing on her branches, climb her trunk and eat her apples.

The boy though was not interested in playing.

“I want money and I want to buy things with money. Can you give me that?”

The tree was saddened. She could not give the boy any money since she didn’t have any.

“You can take my apples and sell them. They will bring you money and you will be happy.”

She made a suggestion to the boy who happily took her apples.

The tree was happy.

After a few more years, the boy visited the tree again. The tree greeted him joyfully and invited him to play. However, the boy was too old to find happiness in play anymore. He wanted more.

“I want to have a house and a wife and children.”

The tree was saddened. She could not give the boy a house since her own house was the forest.

“You can cut my branches and make a house for yourself and your family. Then you will be happy.”

The tree offered the boy her branches and the boy happily cut the branches of the tree to build himself a house.

The tree was happy.

For a few more years, the boy did not visit the tree and the tree was sad.

Suddenly, the boy appeared again now quite aged. He had everything in life but he was still not happy.

The tree invited him to play with her and be happy.

However, the boy wanted something else.

“I need a boat to sail away.”

The tree was sad. She could not provide him a boat because she didn’t have any.

“You can cut off my trunk to build a boat and sail away. Then you will be happy.”

The boy cut her trunk and sailed away happily.

The tree was happy.

Many years went by, the boy returned to the tree once more, now very old and fragile.

The tree spoke up sadly, “I do not have any apples, branches or the trunk to make you happy. I am just an old stump.”

The boy answered, “I do not have the strength in my teeth to eat apples, nor do I have the power in my legs for swinging on branches or climbing on tree trunks. I just need to sit down. I am too old and tired.”

The tree smiled. “Yes, you can sit on my stump. Then you will be happy.”

The tree was happy.         The END

 

Time withers everything.

The feeling of loss and longing that develops in us as time passes, is one that the giving tree expresses in just a handful of lines. We learn that loss is imperative in life. The tree gives up so much over time just to make the boy happy while the boy still loses everything he has as time goes by.

Except his relationship with the tree!

He could still count on her to comfort him in his time of need.

The giving tree teaches us to cherish our relationships more than the things we earn in life. At the end of the day, things are just that: things! They can perish over time. Our relationships and the support they give us last for a lifetime!


"Treasure your relationships, not your possessions." ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo



A Selection of Relationship Quotes


“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha


“I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.” ~ Miranda Kerr


“Trust is the most important part of a relationship, closely followed by communication. I think that if you have those two things, everything else falls into place – your affection, your emotional connection.” ~ Vanessa Lachey


“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo


 

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Water the Rose Despite Its Thorns

Water the Rose Despite Its Thorns

Water the Rose Despite Its Thorns

We never hesitate to pick a rose despite the fact that the thorns can prick us; similarly, we should not be afraid to take risks and love people who may not seem to deserve it. Everyone is flawed and make mistakes every now and then but why focus on them? Focus on what you like about people and be empathetic to bring out peace and happiness in your life.

This story of an old man and a scorpion is the perfect example of how one should show kindness even to those who hurt us.

One morning, when passing a stream, a wise old man saw a scorpion. It was floating helplessly in the water. The old man knew that the scorpion will definitely drown if he does not do anything to save its life. Thinking quickly, the old man stretched out on a root of a nearby tree that has branched out into the river and bent down to rescue the drowning scorpion.

As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively, the old man withdrew his hand. He lost balance and almost fell into the stream himself. His hand became swollen and his face contorted in pain but he did not give up.

As soon as the pain subsided, he reached out for the scorpion again. This time he got to the scorpion but as he was pulling it out of the water, the scorpion stung him again. Due to the terrible pain, the old man let go of the scorpion and it fell back into the water.

The man thought for a while and broke off a branch from a tree. He put it in water to stop the scorpion from flowing away. The scorpion quickly climbed on the branch and the man safely pulled it out of the water.

A young boy standing by approached the old man and said, “Excuse me, Sir, I am curious to know why you risked your life for that malevolent creature? It stung you twice and caused you so much pain, yet you choose to save its life, why did you that?”

The old man smiled at his innocent inquiry and replied, “Dear boy, you are right! The scorpion is indeed a malevolent creature and it is its nature to sting but mine is to save, why shall I change my nature because of a scorpion?” he continued, “Don’t we always water a rose, despite its thorns? Similarly, we should love all creatures’ despite their flaws.”

If showing kindness to people is your virtue; do not change it for anyone. It is okay to look out for yourself. Take precaution if someone hurts you but always let your conscience be clear. As it is said, being kind is good but being kind without expecting anything in return is the best!


 


A Selection of Kindness Quotes

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~ John Ruskin

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.” ~ 2 Samuel 2:6


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My Journey Back to Light

My Journey Back to Light


My Journey Back to Light

At an alcoholics anonymous meeting, Jack Davidson shared his transforming tale. The way he fought against all odds and became the motivational speaker he is today.

What is his secret? According to him, it is the fact that he never loses the sight of light.

He explains what this light in the story below:

‘What are you most afraid of?

Is it the failure? Or maybe it is death? Do you still keep the night lamp on for fear of the dark?

Like many people, darkness scares me but it is not the childlike phobia of the monsters lurking underneath nor is it the absence of light. I am afraid of the inner darkness that engulfs our souls…that makes us stray from the straight path and delves us deep into the alley of chaos.

They say that addiction often runs in our veins. My father was an alcoholic so I was bound to become one sometime or the other. My time came when I lost my job. I couldn’t stand this dead-end of an unemployment phase.

Every time I scanned the classified ads, I felt that I was either overqualified or under experienced to work. It made me feel too old and too naïve at the same time. The ads taunted me and told me that I was a failure.

Therefore, unwinding with a bottle of beer after another failed attempt at securing a job became routine. I didn’t realize when one glass became two and three cans became a carton.

Gradually I stopped praying to God and I never let my shadow darken the church doors. I lived in sin and drowned in beer.

You know what I am saying?

My life became a constant series of hangovers. When the liquor didn’t work I moved on to harder drugs. This was the case until one fine evening I OD (overdosed). The man who found my numb body was not a pastor but he was a man of faith.

He stood by me when the ambulance pulled in and paramedics delivered their medical mumbo-jumbo. The nurses say that he stayed with me all night. However, I was too unconscious for days to notice his presence.

My mother said I was a lost cause and no penny would be wasted on a druggie like me. She was right I didn’t need her money. My guardian angel had already paid the bills and left me a note.

When I finally met the man he told me how he had stumbled into the bathroom after a rough day. He was contemplating suicide but when he saw me, it was as if death stared back at him. Then and there he promised that he would save me and himself and make us a better person.

The act that I had somehow saved a man’s life left me stunned. I thought about all the lives this story may save and started imparting the encounter with anyone I met.’’

Davison concluded his lecture with one of Aristotle’s most famous quotes,

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~ Aristotle

 

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." ~ Aristotle


A Selection of Seeing The Light Quotes

“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” ~  Michael Morpurgo


“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”  ~ Og Mandino


“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” ~  Helen Keller


 

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Looking at the World from a Different Perspective

Looking at the World from a Different Perspective


Looking at the World from a Different Perspective

Once upon a time, a man lived alone in a village. As he grew old his eyesight deteriorated until he could not see at all. The old man would go to the woods every night to get water from the pond. Since he had spent all his life in the village, he knew his way by heart and easily managed to bring back water every night despite losing his vision.

What puzzled the villagers was that although the old man was blind, yet he would carry around a lighted lamp. They simply could not understand why he would want to carry the extra burden of the lamp, yet they never questioned him of the fear of sounding rude. After all, the old man was a good person and they did not want to hurt his feelings.

One day, a group of young travelers stopped to spend a night at the village and they came across the old man when he was coming back from the woods; pail full water in one hand, a lighted lamp in the other. They saw that the man was blind, yet he was carrying the lamp. To them, it was utter stupidity! Why would you carry around a lamp when you can’t even see!

They could not help but laugh at the old man and started making fun of him. As he came closer, one of them asked, “Hey old man! You are blind as a bat, you cannot see anything! Why do you still carry a lamp then?”

“Maybe he is blind AND stupid!” said another boy and they all roared with laughter. Instead of getting offended, the blind man kindly smiled at their remarks and explained, “My dear sons, yes you are right, I am blind as a bat and cannot see a thing. Neither do I need a lamp to light up my path but I am not carrying the lamp for myself. I carry this lamp for people like you, people who can see.”

Curious by his answer, a young man inquired further, “What do you mean, old man?” The old man continued to explain, “Well, since I am blind I can’t see you, but my lamp makes sure that YOU see me and not bump into me. I know it gets really dark out here so you may ever end up pushing me over if you don’t see me. This is the reason that I carry the lamp with me every night!”

The group of travelers felt ashamed for calling the man stupid when he was smarter than all of them. They immediately apologized for their behavior. “It is okay!” said the old man, “You remarked on what you saw and understood. It happens to all of us! We fail to realize that there are more than one ways to look at things and forget to take other people’s perspective into consideration.”

The group of travelers realized their mistake and promised to always stay open to different opinions. They apologized again and the old man forgave them. He invited them to spend the night at his house!

 

MORAL: Always be respectful and try to see things from other’s point of view. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean  it’s wrong!


 

“Each person does see the world in a different way. There is not a single, unifying, objective truth. We’re all limited by our perspective.” ~ Siri Hustvedt



A Selection of Perspective Quotes

“I don’t go by or change my attitude based on what people say. At the end of the day, they, too, are judging me from their perspective. I would rather be myself and let people accept me for what I am than be somebody who I am not, just because I want people’s approval.” ~ Karan Patel


“Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.” ~ Sterling K. Brown



“You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective.” ~ Denis Waitley



“Each person does see the world in a different way. There is not a single, unifying, objective truth. We’re all limited by our perspective.” ~ Siri Hustvedt

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Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice


Breaking the Ice

We often find it hard to settle into a new environment. Sometimes, we have no clue how to initiate the simplest of conversations. This is the kind of thing that keeps us from forming a meaningful relationship in our lives. Simply put, breaking the ice may seem like the most difficult job in the world!

So was it for the little rabbit that tried it and failed, yet it only took ONE word for him to break the ice!

There was a little rabbit living with his mum and dad. Although, the rabbit’s life was luxurious and he had everything he could dream of, he didn’t have the most precious of the things: FRIENDS.

Sure he could speak his heart with his parents and tell them the worries that lingered his mind. But he could never tell them his deepest, darkest desires. Nor did he have the courage to tell them about his fears. He strongly felt that he needed a confidant in his life to confide his feelings into.

It was not that he had never tried to talk to his school mates, but somehow, he always came up short and his efforts never paid off. Once, the squirrel that sat next to him needed a pencil and he had extended the extra one he had. The squirrel smiled and took the pencil but didn’t say a word.

But when you come to think of it, neither had he when he had offered the pencil to the squirrel.

He didn’t know why but every time he tried to talk to someone, he felt as if he had a lump in his throat. His mouth would go try and he would find himself just too nervous to say anything. This nervousness was not doing him any favors.

The next day when the rabbit returned to school, he waited impatiently for the squirrel. He felt even more nervous at the thought of talking to him. His face fell and he felt really sad that he couldn’t even make a friend.

His teacher, Mrs. Fox saw the look of sadness on his face and asked him, “What’s wrong, dear?”

The rabbit blinked furiously not knowing how exactly to tell Mrs. Fox what was wrong. He began nevertheless as she stood waiting for his answer. “I want to be friends with the squirrel. But I don’t know how….”

Mrs. Fox smiled kindly at him. After a moment she said, “Just say ‘Hi’, the rest will get figured out all by itself.”

At that moment the squirrel entered the classroom and approached their desk. The rabbit looked at Mrs. Fox who nodded encouragingly. He took a deep breath, smiled and turned to the squirrel. “Hi!”

The squirrel who was taking off his bag looked at the rabbit a full minute then smiled widely. “Hey, how are you?”

The rabbit stared. This was easy. “I am good, what about you?” He asked curious to listen to his reply. But just as the squirrel answered he realized this conversation was never difficult, all he ever needed to do was break the ice!

 

Moral: Break the ice! The rest will happen automatically… Life!   

You can use any of the following sentences as effective ice breakers!

“How are you doing today?” (Small Talk)

“Nice Earrings!” (Praises)

“Oh, did you hear about….” (News)

Try these and change your life forever!

 

 


A Selection of Meaningful Relationship Quotes

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.” ~ Albert Schweitzer


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one” ~ C.S. Lewis



“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.” ~ Anthony Robbins


 

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Do Not Judge Life by a Single Bad Season

Do Not Judge Life by a Single Bad Season


Do Not Judge Life by a Single Bad Season

Imagine driving on a long and empty road. You have everything under control. Your car rockets away at a sharp speed. You feel as if nothing can ever go wrong here. Suddenly, your tire bumps into the protruded edge of a speed-breaker and you end up with a flat tire.

At that moment, you realize how out of control everything is. You learn in that moment that life is unpredictable. It is in that moment that you understand that you never actually had any control in your life. However, the moment your tire goes out but your car manages to maintain balance and you manage to escape an accident unscathed, you learn something else too. Life is not always bad, it is also good. Life also shows you mercy.

Although, your car suffered a loss, you didn’t!

Life may seem unfortunate and bad at times, but you will find that it is not defined by one bad incident or time period. It has many facets, both good and bad. The following story of a wise man clearly shows us the true meaning of life.

Once upon a time…..

In a village, long ago, there lived a wise man. This man had a beautiful steed. The horse was the only source of making money for the man. One day, the horse ran away from the man’s stable. When it ran away, the rest of the villagers visited the wise man to offer their condolences to him over the loss of such a valuable steed. The old man shrugged with the words, “Who could say? We shall see.”

A few days later, the steed returned to the man and accompanying the steed, were 12 more horses. The man had now more ways to increase his income. So, the villagers went to congratulate him on his good luck. The man said the same words. “Who could say? We shall see.”

After some time, the wise man’s son fell off the back of one of the wild horses while he was training them. He broke his leg. The villagers again condemned the accident. The wise man answered with the very words he had spoken before. A few days after the incident, all the able-bodied boys in the kingdom were taken to be enrolled in the King’s army. The wise man’s son was saved because his leg was broken. Again, the villagers congratulated the wise man but he replied to them in the same words.

Moral: You never know what life has in store for you. Don’t judge life by a single bad season.

We must learn from the example of the wise man not to focus on just ONE bad or ONE good phase that happened in our lives. Life is made up of so much more. If we live our lives following in the footsteps of the wise man, our expectations won’t disappoint us and we will quit judging our lives for either being good or bad!

Live every day to the best of your ability, regardless of how it passed!

 

"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." ~ Dalai Lama


A Selection of Do Not Judge Quotes

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” ~ Dalai Lama


“Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.” ~ Nancy Lopez

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A Pathway to Happiness

A Pathway to Happiness


A Pathway to Happiness

Happiness is not about what you have, what you’ve been through or where you are; it is more about how you think. What many of us fail to realize is that happiness is achievable and can be created through self-awareness.

If you are generally unhappy with your life, maybe it’s time to ponder upon what changes you can make to lead a happier, more contented life. The pathway to happiness is quite simple if you figure it out.

Come aboard the train to happiness and have a look at the stops on the pathway leading to a happier life.

First Stop – Learn to Appreciate

The first stop on your path to happiness is learning to appreciate. Unhappy people have a common trait; they forget to appreciate the little things in life. When you start being thankful to God for His blessings, no matter how big or small, you get on the track towards happiness!

Once you start viewing the world with the intention of appreciating life, you will see beauty in every aspect of life. You will realize that you have always been surrounded by treasured things; you just didn’t notice them before! From the sound of birds chirping in the morning to the joyful smile of an unknown kid on the train, cherish all of it.

Most of all, time, health and family are three assets that we rarely appreciate until they are depleted. So be thankful simply for being alive and be grateful for your family and friends. When you can express your appreciation, sincerely, without expecting anything in return then you are ready to continue your journey on the path of happiness.

Second Stop – Learn to Forgive

It is said that the best way to parts ways with a bad experience is to forgive the people who hurt you. The path to happiness has no place for grudges. You can be truly happy only when you let go of the past. Forgiveness does not change the past but it has the power to change the future.

First of all, learn to forgive yourself. We all make mistakes at some points in our lives but some people dwell on their mistakes for too long. It is important to learn from your mistakes but it is also important to forgive yourself. Always remember to be kind to yourself because once you realize your mistakes, it’s already time to let go of them.

Secondly, learn to forgive others. Marianne Williamson perfectly summed up the power of forgiveness when she said, “Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”

Most of all, never hesitate to seek forgiveness when you are at fault because it is the only way to deal with your conscience.

Last Stop – Keep Faith

Keeping faith is the final stop on your path to happiness. When things go wrong, keep faith in God and never stop believing in yourself. Don’t lose heart and keep working towards your goal with determination. Remember, genuine efforts are never wasted; they always pay off in one way or another!

Congratulations! You have now reached your destination of peace and happiness!

 

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley


A Selection of Happiness Quotes

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~ George Sand


“Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.” ~ Kareena Kapoor Khan



“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~ Omar Khayyam


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

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Something is Better than Nothing

Something is Better than Nothing

Something is Better than Nothing

There once lived a fisherman. The sole source of survival for this poor man was his fish. Not only did he sell the fish in the market to meet his expenses, he also ate it to get by.

One day, the fisherman reached the shore with high hopes of catching enough fish to feed him that day and for selling. However, to his dismay, he was only able to catch a little fry.

The fisherman looked at the little fish disappointedly. He had only been able to catch one small fish when he needed to have more to sell. This little creature would not even be able to fulfill his hunger let alone make him any money. Nevertheless, he opened his basket to put the fish inside it.

Just when he was about to throw it inside the basket, he heard a little whimper from the fish. He gave it a closer look as the fish spoke up. “Mr. Fisherman, please let me go.” Said the fish leaving the fisherman astounded. Getting over the fact that the fish could speak, the fisherman waited to hear the rest of its words.

“Spare me, Mr. Fisherman. I am too small to fulfill your hunger. You will gain nothing by carrying me home with you. If you let me go now, I will grow even bigger and in time, I will have enough meat on me to match your appetite. I will make a much better meal then.”

The fisherman thought over these words and even considered letting go of the fish. After all, it was making sense. It would be able to grow up considerably in the future and will certainly make a plentiful meal. Then he contemplated the fact that he would be able to see the fish all grown up and ready to serve him the meal he deserved, if could catch it the next time. He also thought over the fact that he had nothing at all to eat, today!

What was he going to do if he let the fry go? With that thought, he put the fish inside his basket, completely ignoring its offer. That night, the fisherman had something to eat because of the fry.

Moral: Something is better than nothing!

We are not always thankful for what we have. As a consequence, we end up losing the things that we do have. No matter how small or how invaluable they may seem to us, the things that we do get are good enough to meet our needs. You can see this message quite visible in the fable.

The fisherman ultimately understood this fact and saved the fish that he had caught with so much effort. He realized that no matter what, the fry would at least keep him from going hungry that night.

We need to follow the same example in our lives. We MUST make the best of EVERY opportunity we get, no matter how minute or feeble it may seem to us!

 

"We MUST make the best of EVERY opportunity we get, no matter how minute or feeble it may seem to us!" ~ Richard Bejah


A Selection of Better Than Nothing Quotes

“Something is better than nothing. Doin’ anything for a man, there’s investments involved, there’s time and production. It’s better to give him ten bucks and get a record out than to never record the cat.” ~ Brownie McGhee


“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale


“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

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Give Respect to Earn Respect

Give Respect to Earn Respect

Give Respect to Earn Respect

Once upon a time, a mighty lioness lived in a jungle. The lioness was feared by all the animals. The giraffes would run at the sight of the lioness, zebra and antelope would gallop at her name and even snappy crocodiles steer clear of her.

One day, a tiny mouse was running in the tall grass of the jungle when he bumped into the lioness. She was sleeping and immediately woke up when she felt something tickling her nose. The mouse has accidentally scampered onto her face!

The lioness roared in anger, “How dare you!” and was about to swipe the mouse with a deadly blow when he begged, “My mighty queen, forgive me! I was running through the tall grass, searching for scraps to eat, I did not see you. I never meant to run onto your nose and disturb your sleep.”

The lioness realized that the mouse has made an honest mistake. She smiled at him and said, “Don’t be afraid, little fellow. I surely would not have forgiven you if you dared to do this on purpose but everyone makes mistakes once in a while. It’s alright. Run along now!”

“Oh, thank you, my queen. I hope that one day I can be of great assistance to you” The lioness laughed for how could a little mouse help the mighty queen.

Weeks went by and the lioness forgot about the mouse. One day she was out for a stroll when suddenly the ground beneath her feet collapsed. She has fallen into a trap! The lioness tried to jump out but she was tangled in a net. The more she struggled, the more tangled it became. She tried all night to escape but alas, it was of no use.

The lioness knew that her end was near because the hunters would come in the morning to check the traps. She has given up all hope when, just before dawn, she heard a little voice, “My queen” it said, “Finally I can be of service to you!” The lioness looked up in surprise and was delighted to see the same mouse that has bumped into her a long time ago.

The tiny mouse got to work at once, he started to gnaw through the net and the lioness was free within minutes. She thanked the mouse for saving her life but then said, “All the animals are scared of me. Most of them would have been happy if the hunters got me, but you went out of your way to save my life! Why did you do it?”

The little mouse replied, “My queen, I am also scared of you but that day when you forgave me and treated me with respect, you earned my respect in return! I became your loyal subject. I would not have helped you if I was only scared of you but your kindness has earned my respect. I couldn’t let the hunters get you.”

It is said that after that day, the lioness and the mouse became good friends and always helped each other out.

This story teaches us a lesson about human behavior. Everyone wants to be respected but you must be willing to give respect first because that’s the only way to earn it. So, never be disrespectful and value not only people but also their opinions.



A Selection of Respect Quotes

“Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.” ~ Mona Sutphen


“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” ~ Bruce Lee


“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” ~Bryant H. McGill

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