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Psalm of life

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Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

Attitude of gratitude

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Gratitude is an ingredient that turns lack into more than enough, sorrow into happiness and defeat into victory. If we want to create a more happy, fulfilled life, if we want to have abundance on every level of life, the way is to feel blessed for whatever we have. I could have more than I have, but what if I could have less than I have. Happy and abundant is he, who is deeply grateful by heart. In real sense gratitude is an attitude. Here are few inspiring words for developing gratitude.
Be thankful that you don’t have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
For it gives you an opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times,
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be than…

Learn to wait

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Learn to wait - life’s hardest lesson Conned, perchance, through blinding tears; While the heart throbs sadly echo To the tread of passing years. Learn to wait - hope’s slow fruition;
Faint not, though the way seems long; There is joy in each condition; Hearts through suffering may grow strong, This a soul untouched by sorrow Aims not at a higher state; Joy seeks not a brighter morrow; Only sad hearts learn to wait.
Author Unknown

Who is happy ?

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A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”
He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”
The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”
The peacock replied, “I always thought that I w…

Be the master of self

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“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves.”
~ Swami Vivekananda (CW.II.225)
If anyone asks us why are you not successful ? We will have number of reasons. Human tendency is to point a finger and say that you did it to me. We always blame someone or something and run away. We are at a whim of the wind and floating around with nothing going for us. We may have a stiff attitude and say, “You are responsible, not me! So you need to change!” How childish it is that we are willing to change everybody and everything around us where we have no control, and not willing to change our own self where we have control !
A boss is willing to change an employee and an employee is willing to change his boss or a company! Parents are willing to change their children and children are willing to change their parents! A husband is willing to change his wif…

A dialogue with God

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Once a man looked at sky and asked, "Oh God, please talk to me." Then a bulbul bird sang a beautiful song. But a man could not hear it!!
Then again he looked at sky and whispered, "Oh God, I want to listen your voice!" At the same time thunder stroked in clouds with long rumbling sound and lightning. But the lost man did not get it!!  
He was amazed for ignorance of God! At that dark night when no one was nearby, he said, "Oh god, I want to see you! Please give me your glance!" At the same time one star twinkled with sparking shine. But that man could not perceive it!!
Now he was about to cry. He said, "Oh God, I do not understand that why are you ignoring me? At least show me your miracle today!" At the same time pain of delivery started to his wife. Immediately he brought her to hospital. After some time he was gifted with a cute child with beautiful eyes. But alas! That man was still not able to understand anything!!
Now he became angry. He yell…

Put on shoes than to carpet the earth !

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One day, a young King decided to visit the local townspeople. He rarely went outside of the palace grounds, but he did enjoy meeting the people that came to visit him. He also enjoyed being barefoot. He loved to stroll through his scenic gardens and green lawns, enjoying the feel of the well-tended earth beneath his feet.

The day was beautiful, so, with his court accompanying him, the King began walking towards the nearest town. The road was hard and barren, with wheel ruts, and sharp pebbles in the street, and while the townspeople were thrilled to see their King, the poor King was in terrible discomfort the entire time.

After returning to his palace, the King examined his feet. They were blistered and bruised from the day's walk. He had never been in so much pain.

He didn't want this to dampen his spirits, though. He had enjoyed his visit with the local people, and he wanted to see them more often, but he couldn't bare the thought of spending another day on that terrible…

Colored toys

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When I bring to you colored toys, my child,
I understand why there is such a play of colors on clouds, on water,
and why flowers are painted in tints
when I give colored toys to you, my child.

When I sing to make you dance
I truly know why there is music in leaves,
and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart of the listening earth
when I sing to make you dance.

When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands
I know why there is honey in the cup of the flowers
and why fruits are secretly filled with sweet juice
when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.

When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling,
I surely understand what pleasure streams from the sky in morning light,
and what delight that is that is which the summer breeze brings to my body

An attitude

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As I think and grow, I understand the impact of an attitude in life. An attitude is more important than reality. It is more valuable than education or money, success or failure, skills or appearance & what others say or act. An attitude is higher than everything. It can make or break. It can create or destroy. Ultimately it plays a vital role in building a life.
Remarkable thing is that we are the in-charge of our attitude and we have a choice to have it positive or negative. We can’t avoid the inevitable, but we can do one thing that is to play with an attitude. Who can play with own attitude is the master of self. So if we want to master the self then we must learn how to master an attitude.The man with a mastery of an attidue can overcome any obstacle and rule over any circumstance that falls in life. “Mastering others is strength, but mastering self is true power.” Lao Tzu

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
~ Winston Churchill

"Attitude …

Let me not pray

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Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant that I may not be a coward, feeling Your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of Your hand in my failure.

By Rabindranath Tagore

Attitude determines altitude

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It is wisely said that "Attitude determines altitude." It is very interesting to know that what winners say and what losers say. After all what we say reflects our attitude. Think and decide what category I belong to. And If anyone find that he needs to change ... then change what we think and say and be a winner. It is too simple to act. 
The Winner is always part of the answer;
The Loser is always part of the problem. 
The Winner always has a program;
The Loser always has an excuse.
The Winner says, “Let me do it for you”; The Loser says, “That is not my job.”
The Winner sees an answer for every problem; The Loser sees a problem for every answer.
The Winner says, “It may be difficult but it is possible”; The Loser says, “It may be possible but it is too difficult.”
When a Winner makes a mistake, he says, “I was wrong”;
When a Loser makes a mistake, he says, “It wasn't my fault.”
A Winner makes commitments;
A Loser makes promises.
Winners have dreams;
Losers have schemes.
Winners s…