Category: Inspirational

What is the value of life?

Inspirational, Short Stories

A beautiful message that I received now:A man went to Guru Nanak Sahib and asked, “What’s the value of life?”

Gurunanak ji gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this stone, but don’t sell it.”

The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it’s cost would be.

The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone.”

The man apologized and said that the guru has asked him not to sell it.

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. “What could be the value of this stone?” he asked the vegetable seller. The seller saw the shiny stone and said, “Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone.”

The man again apologized and said he can’t sell it.

Further ahead, he went into a jewelery shop and asked the value of the stone.

The jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 50 Lakhs for this stone.” When the man shook his head, the jeweler said, “Alright, alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone.” 

The man explained that he can’t sell the stone. Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the seller the value of this stone.

When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent down and touched his head in front of the ruby.

“From where did you bring this priceless ruby from?” he asked. “Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I won’t be able to purchase this priceless stone.

Stunned and confused, the man returned to the guru and told him what

had happened. “Now tell me what is the value of life, Guru Ji?”

Gurunanak said, “The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler and the Precious Stone’s Seller explain the value of our life… You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but

people will value you based on their financial status, their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don’t fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value.”

Respect yourself. You are also Unique. No one can Replace you!

What is the most important part of the body?

Inspirational, Short Stories

My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct Answer..
When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, ‘My ears, Mommy..’ 

She said, ‘No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon..’ 

Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer..

So this time I told her, ‘Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes..’ 

She looked at me and told me, ‘You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind..’ 

Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, ‘No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child..’ 

Then one year, my grandfather died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried..

I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry..

My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to my Grandfather.. 

She asked me, ‘Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear??’ 

I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me..

She saw the confusion on my face and told me, ‘This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why.. 

But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson..’   

She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, ‘My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder..’ 

I asked, ‘Is it because it holds up my head??’ 

She replied, ‘No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it..’

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did . But people will NEVER forget how you made them feel.

The Cockroach Theory for Self Development

Inspirational

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. All in a sudden she started screaming out of fear.

With a panic-stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.

The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.cockroach

The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?

He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos. It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.

I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.

It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me. More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:

I understood, I should not react in life. I should always respond.

The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.

A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE.

Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life.. He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!

God will save me!

Inspirational

There was a flood in a village. One man said to everyone, “I’ll stay! God will save me!” 

The flood got higher and a boat came and the man in it said “Come on mate, get in!” 

“No” replied the man. God will save me! 

The flood got very high now and the man had to stand on the roof of his house. 

A helicopter soon came and the man offered him help.“ 

No, God will save me!” he said 

Eventually he died by drowning. 

He got by the gates of heaven and he said to God “Why didn’t you save me?” 

God replied, “For goodness sake! I sent a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want!”

Struggles help all of us in Nature

Inspirational

A man, an avid Gardener saw a small Butterfly laying few eggs in one of the pots in his garden.

Since that day he looked at the egg with ever growing curiosity and eagerness.

The egg started to move and shake a little.

He was excited to see a new life coming up right in front of his eyes.

He spent hours watching the egg now. The egg started to expand and develop cracks.

A tiny head and antennae started to come out ever so slowly. The man’s excitement knew no bounds.

He got his magnifying glasses and sat to watch the life and body of a pupa coming out.

He saw the struggle of the tender pupa and couldn’t resist his urge to “HELP”.

He went and got a tender forceps to help the egg break, a nip here, a nip there to help the struggling life and the pupa was out. The man was ecstatic!

He waited now each day for the pupa to grow and fly like a beautiful butterfly, but alas that never happened.

The larvae pupa had a oversized head and kept crawling along in the pot for the full 4 weeks and died!

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Depressed the man went to his botanist friend and asked the reason.

His friend told him the struggle to break out of the egg helps the larvae to send blood to its wings and the head push helps the head to remain small so that the tender wings can support it thru its 4 week life cycle. In his eagerness to help, the man destroyed a beautiful life!

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Struggles help all of us, that’s why a bit of effort goes a long way to develop our strength to face life’s difficulties!

As parents, we sometimes go too far trying to help and protect our kids from life’s harsh realities and disappointments.

We don’t want our kids to struggle like we did.

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Dan Kindlon says that over-protected children are more likely to struggle in relationships and with challenges.

We’re sending our kids the message that they’re not capable of helping themselves.

To quote clinical psychologist, Dr. Wendy ‘s Moral:

“It is Our Job to prepare Our Children for the Road & Not prepare the Road for Our Children”