Friday, October 08, 2004

Journey to your goal

When you push yourself too much to achieve something in life without enjoying the process, after you reach your goal you are sure to feel an emptiness, a sense of void. Achievement alone will not give you the complete happiness, but the happiness lies in the path that you take to reach your destination. "Journey to your destination" is very important and it is the one which will give you total joy and fulfillment.

When you get something easily, the human tendency is to not appreciate it. You take it for granted. At the same time when you struggle for something and then you get it, it becomes the most invaluable thing you ever possessed. So try to appreciate each small thing you have, cherish the relationships you have.

Link Timeless Wisdom

I read the articles in this website and I felt an inner strength and inner peace after reading them. It is so simple to live a beautiful and peaceful life when we shed our egos, stress and anxiety.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Important things in life....

After I read this, I re-priotized stuff in my daily life...some things do slide in life when you are heading towards your goals..a really good one with food for thought..

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of
him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the
students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas
between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was
full.They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up every! thing else. He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things -- your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff."
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all
your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for things
that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to
your happiness.

There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal. Take
care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your
priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked," he said. "It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a cup of coffee with a friend."

Golden Box..

Another good one....

Some time ago a man punished his 5-year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child pasted the gold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy."

The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He spoke to her in a harsh manner, "Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?" The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full." The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been given a golden
box filled with unconditional love from our children, family, friends and
God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.


Someone forwarded this to me and I really liked it very much..

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies for
The signs have a way of attracting children. Soon a little boy appeared
at the sign and asked, "How much are you gonna sell those puppies for?"

The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30-$50."

The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37, can I look at them?"

The store owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came his dog named Lady, running down the aisle of his store followed by five little puppies.
One puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy. He asked "What's wrong with that little dog?"

The man explained that when the puppy was born the vet said that this puppy had a bad hip socket and would limp for the rest of his life.

The little boy got really excited and said, "That's the puppy I want to

The man replied "No, you don't want to buy that little dog. If you
really want him, I'll give him to you."

The little boy got upset. He looked straight into the man's eyes and said "I don't want you to give him to me. He is worth every bit as much as the other dogs and I'll pay the full price. In fact, I will give you $2.37 now and 50 cents every month until I have him paid for."

The man countered, "You really don't want to buy this puppy son. He is never gonna be able to run, jump and play like other puppies."

The little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted,
crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the man and said, "Well, I don't run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands."

The man was now biting his bottom lip. Tears welled up in his eyes. He smiled and said, "Son, I hope and pray that each and every one of these puppies will have an owner such as you."



"Success is a person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much."

Monday, October 04, 2004

Mirror Mirror on the wall...

The most beautiful reflection of oneself is the one you see in a loved one's eyes.

No mirror in the world can show you anything perfect as that.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Getting Old Gracefully??

I just celebrated my birthday 2 weeks ago...and something I noticed in myself is that I no longer feel great and excited on my birthdays any more!! I pondered over my state for a little while and a realization dawned upon me.

When I was young (wait a sec...never in my dreams I thought I would be saying that so I should correct it and say..'younger'..yup that feels good!) when I was younger..birthday would be a special day...I would wait eagerly for the day to come, maybe a month in advance I would be bugging my mom and dad to take me out for shopping for a new dress. I would wake up very early on my birthday and would wear the new dress and distribute choclates/candies to friends and neighbours. It would be a day filled with all fun stuff with family and friends. It would be a 'perfect' day in every way.

You feel okay even you cross what they call the 'teen-age'..things are still are all grown and matured now..and ready to taste life which remained an awe for you all these years. So really not bad at all!!!

In the next few years you meet your significant other and again celebrating birthdays become interesting and exciting. But really after some years this new-found joy gets faded off as all the "good things come to an end". And now the only thing "birthday" brings with it is the reality check that you are getting old and it becomes a day when you constantly think about your age!!! Really not a fun thing to do ;-)

Now I feel that there are two roads you can take when you get old..getting old grudgingly or getting old gracefully..Maybe it is time for me to practice the art of getting old gracefully and enjoy the journey of this phase in life which will make one more wiser and experienced in life itself.

Pure Joy and Happiness

Have you experienced this...a moment suddenly when you feel happy without any reason and everything around you seems just perfect and you feel like hugging everyone and appreciate everything around you? Sounds crazy?? :-) But suddenly I felt such a pure bliss this morning while driving to work..and even though there were pressing issues both at work and in personal life..everything seemed bright and shiny and I could not control my joy. The traffic was bad and every light I had to stop..but even that seemed so smooth and perfect. Normally any day when I get caught in traffic would drive me nuts and impatient and I would curse myself for getting up late and 101 other things which I could have done or not done to have hit the road early..but today I felt so calm even though I was running late to work....I enjoyed the trees/the birds and everything around me.

A moment like this is very rare when you are in peace with your inner-self. And you are in perfect harmony with nature. I feel a moment like this nourishes your soul and enriches your very being and makes you ready to face all the crazy stuff in your life.

I have never done medidation..though I have always wanted to do that..but I cannot sit with my eyes closed even for a mind is always racing with million thoughts..should have to practice this soon..but I somehow feel that this is might be similar to a feeling that you would get when you meditate?