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Opportunity: the hidden petal

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Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied. “Look closer”, he said, “and touch the…

Take wings

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Once upon a time, there was a king who had gone to visit neighbouring kingdoms. He was gifted a pair of baby Macaw Parrots by the king of the last kingdom where he was visiting. They were the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. So, upon returning to his kingdom, he called for a bird trainer and asked him to train macaw parrots.
The king also arranged a place in the palace garden for the parrots. He often looked at them from his palace window. As time passed, one day the trainer came to the palace and informed the king that though one of the parrots was flying majestically high in the sky, the other one was not moving from its branch since the day it had arrived.
Upon hearing this, the king summoned trainer and healers from the nearby kingdoms. They all tried their best, but couldn’t make the parrot fly! He even asked his courtiers to try to find a way to make the parrot fly but they all failed. The parrot was not moving from his branch at all. Finally, after trying everything, the ki…

An attitude makes all difference

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Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a shoe company to Africa to find out if there was a market for shoes.
The first salesman reported back, "There is no market where - nobody wears shoes." The second salesman reported back, "There is a huge market where - nobody wears shoes."
You can look at the same situation in two different ways - negatively or positively. The first salesman looked at it as a problem; the second one looked at it as an opportunity.
Next time we face a problem, let us ask ourselves "how can I do it?", rather than simply saying "it can't be done."
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There were two brothers. One was a drunk who beat his family. The other one was a respected and successful businessman and was loving and caring towards his family.
How could two brothers from the same parents, brought up in the same environment be so different? When asked they gave the following answers.
The first one replied "I became like this due to my childhood.…

A man with four wives

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Once upon a time, There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her & gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However, the merchant is always in fear that she might run away with some other men.
He too loved his 2nd wife. She is a very considerate person, always patient & in fact is the merchant’s confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife. She would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.
Now, the merchant’s 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love the 1st wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the merchant fell ill. Before lo…

I am blessed

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An inspiring incident of Arthur Ashe. The legendary Wimbledon Player who was dying of AIDS, which he got due to Infected Blood he received during a Heart Surgery in 1983! During his illness, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed :
" Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease ? "
To this Arthur Ashe replied :
50 Million children started playing Tennis, 5 Million learnt to play Tennis, 500 000 learnt Professional Tennis, 50 Thousand came to Circuit, 5 Thousand reached Grand Slam, 50 reached Wimbledon, 4 reached the Semifinals, 2 reached the Finals and When I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God: " Why Me ? "
So now that I'm in pain how can I ask God: " Why Me ? "
Happiness keeps us Sweet ! Trials keep us Strong ! Sorrows keep us Human ! Failure keeps us Humble ! Success keeps us Glowing ! But only, Faith keeps us Going !
Sometimes we are not satisfied with our lives, while many people in this world are dreaming of…

The cobbler's boots

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Once upon a time, there was a cobbler who was very busy. He lived in a large village and was the only cobbler in town, so he was responsible for repairing the boots of everybody else.
However, he didn’t have time to repair his own boots. This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to deteriorate and fall apart. While he worked feverishly on the boots of everyone else, his feet got blisters and he started to limp.
His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything was OK. However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet were so injured that he could no longer work and no-one’s boots got repaired.
As a consequence, soon the entire town started to limp in pain, all because the cobbler never took the time to repair his own boots.
I wrote this to illustrate a simple principle that is so often disregarded. If I don’t look after own self, after a while I’ll be no good to anyone else either. My best intentions will mean nothing and I’ll be unable to d…

The happy man's shirt

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Once upon a time, there was a happy and wealthy kingdom. An honest and just King ruled the land. But all was not well. The Queen was worried. She had noticed a change in the King's behavior. He had gone from happy and pleasant to irritable and angry. Sometimes would even seen him crying and moping around the castle. He would not eat the food on his plate and at night he would toss and turn in his bed. One morning, the King refused to get out of bed. The Queen immediately called for the royal physician. He examined the King from head to toe and decided that there was nothing physically wrong with him. The Queen did not believe it. She called for other doctors from far away kingdoms, but they too said the same thing. The Queen did not give up, for she knew there was something very wrong with the King. There was one doctor left. Dr. Monticarlo, from far away, saw the problem right away. "He has a severe case of Melancholia," he exclaimed. Everyone was shocked. The King's roy…

The burning hut

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The man was living with full faith in God. But all days are not same. One day in a terrible sea storm, he lost his direction and way. The ship sank in the sea. When he awoke, he found himself on a lonely island.
The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island! He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions and food.
As days have been passed he was weary. Overtired, he screamed to God to send help to be saved. He said, "It’s too long and hard to survive here. God ! Please evacuate me. I will lose faith if you don’t send a help now!"
But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost.
He was stung with grief and anger. "G…

Rich dad; wise son

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The short anecdote is about a father and son. The father is wealthy and, believing his son will learn from the trip, he takes the little guy to “see how poor people live.”
The dad thinks the encounter will motivate his son to work hard so that he never his live like those people. What his son learns instead blows the father away.
“One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.”
“After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. ‘It was great, Dad,’ the son replied. ‘Did you see how poor people can be?’ the father asked. ‘Oh Yeah,’ said the son.”
“After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. ‘It was great, Dad,’ the son replied. ‘Did you see how poor people can be?’ the father asked. ‘Oh Yeah,’ said the son.”
“’So what did you learn from the trip?’…

Life is like a cup of coffee

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“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” ~ William Wallace.
In life we may miss to live. What needs more importance, we give it less; what needs less importance, we give it more. Here is a short story about it.
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
Be assured that the cup itself adds no quali…

Mind own work

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One day a new employee went to the HR and said .. I'm not interested in coming to the office anymore.”

The HR responded, “But why?”

Then the boy told “Ah! I can speculate many employees speaking badly about other Employees on back of him/her; one employee who can't talk well; Few employees looking at their fellow employees in a wrong way, there are hell lot of things that I can prove you wrong in our Office”

There are people who do a lot of politics and talk all negative all the time. Few only do gossips all the time.

The HR replied “OK. But before you go, can you do me a favour: take a full glass of water and walk three times around the office area without spilling a drop on the floor.

Afterwards, leave the Office if you wish for.”

The boy thought: it's a matter of minutes for him.

And he walked three times around the office floor.

Then he reached HR saying that he is done with it.

And the HR asked “When you were walking around the Office floor did you see any employee speaking ba…