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Excellence...

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A German once visited a temple under construction, where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God.
Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby.

Surprised, he asked the sculptor,"Do you need two statues of the same idol?"

"No," said the sculptor without looking up, "We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage."

The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. "Where is the damage?" he asked.

"There is a scratch on the nose of the idol." said the sculptor, still busy with his work.

"Where are you going to install the idol?"

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high.

The gentleman asked,"If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?"

The sculptor stopped his work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said,"I will know it."

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciate…

Give me strength

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This is my prayer to thee,
my lord---strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart. 

Give me the strength lightly
to bear my joys and sorrows.

Give me the strength
to make my love fruitful in service.

Give me the strength never
to disown the poor
or bend my knees before insolent might.

Give me the strength
to raise my mind high above daily trifles.

And give me the strength
to surrender my strength to thy will with love.

By Rabindranath Tagore