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When You are Hurt

When someone expresses his anger towards us, or speaks in a belittling way, what should we do? The answers to such questions can be found in this incident from the life of Buddha.

Once Buddha went to beg with his disciple Ananda. When they approached a house for food, the lady of the house, spoke harshly. ‘You lazy fellows! You are hale and healthy…why can’t you work for your food?’ she yelled and chased them away. The disciple was enraged at the woman she used such hostile words on his great Guru.

‘Please permit me to teach that woman a solid lesson…’ he pleaded with Buddha. But Buddha walked away in silence.

A little later, Buddha handed over his water container to Ananda and went to take rest.

Having rested for a couple of hours they resumed their journey. On the way, Buddha glanced at the water container and asked, ‘Whose is this?’ ‘It is yours, Guruji!’ said Ananda. Buddha took it and looked at it once and returned it to Ananda saying, ‘No, I gifted it to you a little while ago…it is yours.’

At night, Buddha pointed to the same water container and asked once again, ‘Whose is this?’ Now Ananda said, ‘Guruji, it is mine!’

Hearing this, Buddha said laughingly, ‘I asked you the same question earlier this evening and you said it was yours. Now you are saying, it is mine. How can the same container be yours and mine at the same time?’

Though Ananda was slightly confused, he replied calmly, ‘Guruji, you said that you have gifted this container to me and I accepted it. Hence, I said that it was mine. Initially, when you gave it to me I did not consider it as mine, because, even though you had handed over the container to me it was still yours!’

Buddha smiled at Ananda and said, ‘Similarly, I did not take the words the lady spoke harshly as mine; I did not accept them. So, even though the words were spoken at me, they still belong to the lady alone. That is the reason I said that there was no need to teach her a lesson.’

The advice from Buddha to his disciple expounds a very simple truth.

· If someone calls us ‘lazy’ or ‘good for nothing’ we get affected by that word only when we take it to be ours. If we are clearly firmly and aware that we are not lazy or ‘good for nothing’, what that person says about us is just nonsense. ‘Nonsense’ would never affect us. In fact, we would not pay any heed to a person who speaks nonsense!

· If someone calls us lazy and we are deeply affected, it only reflects on our true nature of being lazy. The quality in us is pointed out by others. This is the root cause for getting affected. This gives rise to blood pressure and rancor.


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Here are the number of road fatalities in 2012 per 100,000 people in each state:

Business Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Michael Sivak, University of Michigan

North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming are the most dangerous states, with over 20 deaths per 100,000 people each. Meanwhile, more densely populated areas tend to be safer. New York had about 6 deaths per 100,000 people, Massachusetts about 5 per 100,000, and in Washington D.C., there were only about 2 deaths per 100,000 people.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/university-of-michigan-car-crash-study-2014-7#ixzz37T1vELBN

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends

forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples

build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

– Robert Kennedy (1925 – 1968)

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Can you guess the number 1 reason for death among teens? Drugs? Alcohol? Smoking? fast driving? sports?




Nearly 43 percent of high school students of driving age who were surveyed in 2011 reported texting while driving at least once in the past 30 days, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and using a phone while driving significantly increases the risk of accidents in this age group. The specific act of texting while driving has been found to raise the risk of a crash by 23 times, leading many to conclude that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.

Males were more likely to text while driving than females (46 percent vs. 40 percent), and the prevalence of texting increased with age (52 percent of those over 18 years; 46 percent of 17-year-olds; 33 percent of 16-year-olds; and 26 percent of 15-year-olds).


Teens who reported texting while driving were more likely to engage in other risky behaviors such as driving under the influence of alcohol, having unprotected sex and using an indoor tanning device.

Researchers also found that state laws banning texting while driving had little effect: 39 percent of teens reported texting in states where it is illegal.



Talk to you child about “texting while driving” TODAY.

Be Strict. “If you do text while driving, you will lose the prevelidge of driving.”

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Ten Things Your Teen Wants You to Know (But May Not Tell You)

10 Things Your Teen Wants You to Know (But May Not Tell You)

1. Please don’t give me everything I want. Saying no shows me you care. I appreciate guidelines.

2. Don’t treat me as if I were a little kid. Even though you know what’s "right", I need to discover some things for myself.

3. Respect my need for privacy. Often I need to be alone to sort things out and daydream.

4. Never say, "In my day…". That’s an immediate turn off. Besides, the pressures and responsibilities of my world are more complicated than they were when you were my age.

5. I don’t pick your clothes; please don’t criticize mine. We can disagree and still respect each other’s choices.

6. Refrain from always rescuing me; I learn most from my mistakes. Hold me accountable for the decisions I make in life; it’s the only way I’ll learn to be responsible.

7. Be brave enough to share your disappointments, thoughts and feelings with me. (By the way, I’m never too old to be told I’m loved.)

8. Don’t talk in volumes. I’ve had years of good instruction; now trust me with the wisdom you have shared.

9. I respect you when you apologize for a thoughtless deed or word on your part. It proves that neither of us is perfect.

10. Set a good example for me as God intended you to do. I pay more attention to your actions than your words.

– Dr. Kevin Leman