Thanks to a friend, here is a lovely anecdote on spiritual living
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.
His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, he’s much younger than I expected."
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!
Have lunch with God…….may be daily.
Simple Truths but so beautifully said.
Success is begins in the mind. One has to be a believer, first, if one wishes to be an achiever. Never under-estimate yourself. You have no idea how often can you surprise yourself. So to begin with, let’s get in the belief, "I Can."
2. Clarity of Vision:
There is no point running around without knowing where one wants to reach. you must get your job cut out. Greatest achievers in the world have been visionaries. Know exactly what you are best at and give it your best shot.
3. Setting the Right Goals:
The goals should be realistic .The goals should be achievable ,and yet challenging enough – neither too easy nor too difficult -something in the middle.
4. Be focused:
If the sun’s rays are focused on a piece of paper with a lens, the intensity of the concentrated energy burns the paper. Focus on your objective will enhance the intensity of the effects of your efforts.
5. No Short Cuts to Success:
There are no short cuts to success. Divide your overall goals into smaller targets. Divide your monthly plans into weekly and weekly plans into daily plans and see how simple can things be.
6. Take Risks:
Without any risk no progress is possible. Life comes to a stable standstill. People who take chances are the people who get ahead in life. The only way to reduce risk is to take risks.
7. Take the Initiative:
People who take the initiative make the most of their lives. Proactive people do not wait for success to happen; rather they make it happen. As they say, ‘JUST DO IT’.
8. Never Hesitate to Struggle:
No one has ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it. Struggle, hard struggle, is a key to success.
9. Own Responsibility:
Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. People, who own complete responsibility of their lives, are the people who make the most of it.
10. Never Give Up:
Many people who failed in life, where those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Success demands extra-ordinary amount of perseverance. Never, never, give up.
How you speak is as important as what is said. An Interesting Spiritual thought in Sanskrit
Satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah
Speak truth in such a way that it is pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others.
Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality.
To speak truth is an eternal value irrespective of time and place. But the expression of truth should be accompanied by two conditions.
Firstly, it should be presented in a loving manner and secondly it should be spoken for the betterment of others.
A fable to illustrate this
The King And The Astrologer
A king produced his horoscope before an astrologer and asked him about his future. The astrologer pondered the positions of the planets and consulted the Stars and finally gave his verdict: “Maharaja, all your relatives will die before you, you will perform their obsequies with your own hands”.
The king became furious. He was very much attached to his family and could not tolerate such a verdict. The king at once ordered that the poor astrologer be imprisoned for life.
Then the king sent for another astrologer. This man was more tactful than the first. He found that the previous astrologer’s readings were absolutely correct. So, he tactfully put the same truth the other way round. He said:
“Maharaja, you have a very long life. You will live longer than all your relatives”.
This also meant that all his relatives would die while the king was alive. The same fact had been very tactfully. The king was highly pleased with the astrologer and gave him rich and costly presents.
Therefore it is said that even while telling the truth, one should tell it in a pleasant manner. Even a truth should not be told in a way that will hurt the feelings of others.
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Do we lack common sense?
Yesterday, Gun instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to a 9 year old girl outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, was killed.
What makes this bizzare is that he was shot and killed by a Uzi submachine gun operated by the 9 year old girl! Just 9 years!
This is not isolated. In 2008, an 8-year-old boy died after shooting himself in the head at a gun expo near Springfield, Massachusetts, when the Uzi kicked back.
Makes me ask a simple question “Why is a child allowed to use an automatic weapon?” Is this what we call civilization?
Plano was recently ranked No. 2 on the Best Cities for Working Parents report by NerdWallet.
Cities were awarded points in the data-driven study with each of the following four categories weighted as 25 percent of the total score: city affordability, child care affordability, high-quality schools and family friendliness.
Other Top 10 cities are Chandler, Ariz., Fremont, Calif., Irvine, Calif., Garland, El Paso, Lexington, Ken., Chesapeake, Va. and Mesa, Ariz, in order. The top 100 cities include 13 Texas cities with Arlington ranked No. 19, Fort Worth ranked No. 24, Irving ranked No. 38 and Dallas ranked No. 58.
For information on the study, visit nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/economics/best-cities-working-parents/.