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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The important things in life - Pebbles, Rocks and Sand - By Unknown

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table 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 rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

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, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – 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, 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 rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Boy and the Apple Tree - By Unknown

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day. He climbed to the treetop, ate the apples, and took naps under the cool shade of the tree. He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by, the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree every day.

One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked upset. "Come and play with me," the tree asked the boy. "I am no longer a kid! I do not play around trees anymore,” the boy replied proudly and said, "I want toys. I need money to buy them." The tree, feeling dejected said, "Sorry, but I do not have money, but you can pick all my apples and sell them, so then you will have money." The boy was so excited. He picked all the apples off the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was deeply saddened.

One day, the boy who now became a man returned and the tree was very excited, "Come and play with me!" the tree said. The man replied annoyed, "I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family and we need a house for shelter. Can you help me?". The tree replied
regrettably, "Sorry, but I do not have a house, however you can chop off my branches to build your house." So the man urgently cut all the branches of the tree and left happily. The tree was glad to see him happy. However, the man never came back and the tree, once again, eventually felt lonely and upset.

One hot summer day, the man returned and the tree was delighted.

"Come and play with me!" the tree said. The man replied, "I am getting old. I want to go sailing to relax in my old age. Can you give me a boat?" asked the man. Without hesitation the tree said, "Use my trunk to build your boat. You can sail far away and be happy.” So the man cut the large tree trunk to make his boat. He went sailing and left the tree alone.

Finally, after many years, the man returned. The tree quickly said, "Sorry, my boy, but I do not have anything for you anymore. No more apples for you". The man replied with a toothless smile and said, "No problem, I do not have any teeth to bite". The tree continued, "I don’t have a trunk for you to climb on." The man replied softly, "I am too old for that now". The tree then said disappointingly, "I really cannot give you anything, the only thing that remains are my dying roots". The man replied reassuringly, "I do not need much now, just a place to rest. I am exhausted after all these years". The tree then replied enthusiastically, "Good! Old tree roots are the best place to lean on and rest. Come! Come and sit down with me and rest." The man slowly sat down next to the tree. The tree smiled with tears.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Never take love for granted - By O. Henry

A very poor man lived with his wife. One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed. The man felt very sorry and said no.

He explained that he did not even have enough money to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken. She did not insist on her request. The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife.

He came home in the evening with the comb in his hand ready to give to his wife. He was surprised when he saw his wife with a very short hair cut. She had sold her hair and was holding a new watch band.

Tears flowed simultaneously from their eyes, not for the futility of their actions, but for the reciprocity of their love.

MORAL: To love is nothing, to be loved is something but to love and to be loved by the one you love,that is EVERYTHING. Never take love for granted.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The link between Man & God... By Unknown

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty.

He asks one of his new students to stand and…..

Prof: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.

Prof: Is God good?

Student: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?

Student: Yes..

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?

Student: No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From….God…

Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?

Student: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?
(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?

Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist.

What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Prof: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?

Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture the after becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat..

But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light…..But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor.Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain,sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?


(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir… The link between man & god is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Suitcase - By Unknown

A man died, when he realized it, he saw God coming closer with a suitcase in his hand.

God said: Alright son its time to go.

Surprised the man responded: Now? So soon? I had a lot of plans...

God -I'm sorry, but its time to go.

- What do you have in that suitcase? the man asked.

- God answered: Your belongings.

- My belongings? You mean my things, my clothes, my money?
- God answered: Those things were not yours, they belonged to the earth.

- Is it my memories? The man asked.
-God answered: those never belonged to you, they belonged to Time.

- Is it my talents?
-God answered: Those were never yours, they belonged to the circumstances.

- Is it my friends and family?
-God answered: I'm sorry they were never yours, they belonged to the path.

- Is it my wife and son?
- God answered: They were never yours, they belonged to your heart.

- Is it my body?
- God answered: That was never yours, it belonged to the dust.

-Is it my soul?
God answered: No, that is mine.

Full of fear, the man took the suitcase from god and opened it just to find out the suitcase was empty.

- With a tear coming down his cheek the man said: I never had anything???

-God answered: That is correct, every moment you lived were only yours. Life is just a moment. A moment that belongs to you.

For this reason enjoy this time while you have it. Don't let anything that you think you own, stop you from doing so.

-Live Now
-Live your life
- Don't forget to be happy, that is the only thing that matters.
- Material things and everything else that you fought for stay here.
-YOU CAN'T TAKE ANYTHING