50 rupees

A must read short story of HELP :
“I lost Rs. 50 somewhere on the road!

On my way I found a piece of paper tied to an electric pole, with a small note on it.

I was curious to know what was written, hence went closer and read it. “I lost Rs. 50 somewhere on the road. If any of you find it, please give it to me at this address. My vision isn’t great so please help.”

I was to follow that address and found an old hut in shatters with an older woman sitting outside. She was frail and asked who is it, following my footsteps.

I said I came by this way, found Rs. 50 on the road so wanted to handover to you.

She began crying on hearing this. She said “my dear I have had atleast 30-40 people come over and give me Rs. 50 saying they found it on the road. I didn’t write that note; I cannot even see properly nor do i know to read and write”

I said it’s OK amma you keep it. She asked me to tear that note off on my way back.

I walked back with a million thoughts as to who could have written that note? She would have asked everyone to tear that note but none did. I mentally thanked that person and realised that we just have to feel the need to help, there are many ways to do.He/she just wanted to help this old woman

Someone stopped me n asked, “Bro, can you help me with this address? I found a 50 rupee note, want to handover””

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Ubuntu 

*UBUNTU* – 
UBUNTU IS a very nice story from Africa …
The motivation behind the Ubuntu culture in Africa …
An Anthropologist proposed a game to the African tribal children …
He placed a basket of sweets near a tree
And made the children stand 100 metres away. 
Then announced that whoever reaches first would get all the sweets in the basket.
When he said ‘ready steady go!’ …
Do you know what these children did?
They all held each other’s hands, ran together towards the tree, divided the sweets equally among themselves, ate the sweets and enjoyed it.
When the Anthropologist asked them why they did so,

  

They answered ‘Ubuntu’.
Which meant –

_’How can one be happy when the others are sad?’_
Ubuntu in their language means –

_’I am because we are!’_
A strong message for all generations !!!!
Let all of us always have this attitude and spread happiness wherever we go.
Let’s have a *_Ubuntu_* Life … … *I AM BECAUSE WE ARE…*

Prayer worth

Martha, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. 

She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would give  her a few groceries on credit. 

 

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food.

 

The grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store at once.

 

In desperation, she pleaded: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’

 

The grocer told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge account at his store. 

A well-dressed stranger standing beside the counter, overheard the conversation between the two. He walked forward and told the grocer that he would pay for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’

 

Martha replied, ‘Yes sir.’     ‘O.K’ he said, ‘put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.’

 

Martha hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

 

The eyes of the grocer  showed amazement when the scales went down and stayed down.

 

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the stranger and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

 

The stranger smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.

 

The grocer stood there in utter frustration.  Finally, he grabbed the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it in great amazement.

 

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:

 

‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.’

 

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had gathered and stood in stunned silence.

 

Martha thanked him and left the store. The stranger who was Jesus, handed a Gold coin to the grocer and said the Creator  knows how much a prayer weighs.’

 

THE POWER: When you receive this, say a prayer. That’s all you have to do.

 

Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks for your own good fortune…

 

I believe if you will send this  out with prayer in faith, you will receive what you need God to do in you and your families’ life..

 

So dear friend,  trust God to know your very own needs, heal the sick, provide food for the hungry, clothes and shelter for those that don’t have as we do. 

 

*My prayer for you today*:

 

_*The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that will send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Jesus Saviour to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God’s love as you send this prayer to everybody on your list. Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He is LOVE*_!

 

TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and within hours, you will have caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other. Then sit back and watch the power and love of God  in your life.

Never forget your friend

I never sat on a sofa with my father & after my marriage, he had already left me…….

“Many years ago, after I got married I was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping frozen juice during a visit to my father.
As I talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, my father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look at me.
“Never forget your friends,” he advised, “they will become more important as you get older.”
“Regardless of how much you love your family and the children you happen to have, you will always need friends. 
Remember to go out with them occasionally, do activities with them, call them …”
“What strange advice!” I thought. “I just entered the married world, I am an adult and surely my wife and the family that we will start will be everything I need to make sense of my life.”
Yet I obeyed him; kept in touch with my friends and annually increased their number. Over the years, I became aware that my father knew what he was talking about!
In as much as time and nature carry out their designs and mysteries on a man, friends are the bulwarks of his life.
After some years of life, here is what I learned:
Time passes.

Life goes on.

The distances increase

Children grow up & and become independent and although the it breaks the parents’ heart but they are often separated from them.
Jobs come and go.
Illusions, desires, attractions, sex … weaken.
People do what they should not do.
The parents die.
Colleagues forget the favors.
The races are over.
But, true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles they are.
A friend is never more distant than the reach of a need, reaching out to you intervening in your favor, waiting for you with open arms or with blessings for your life.
When we started this adventure called LIFE, we did not know of the incredible joys or sorrows that were ahead. 
We did not know how much we would need from one another. 

Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends.
Dedicated to all my Friends.❤❤❤

Parents live forever

Parents live forever…
They say when parents die, the world comes to an end. The house looks empty. But I feel that parents live forever and they stay with us. It’s we who forget them.
The fact of the matter is that a brother has the eyes of the beloved father, a sister’s pretty face is like that of your compassionate mother, a sibling smiles like dad or a sister cooks like mom.
Parents don’t die. They never leave us. The live among us. They live in us.
We’re  reflections of our parents. Despite their physical absence, they continue to live in us.
When you want to remember your parents or you want to see them, when you want to be with them, simply gather your siblings around you. And you’ll find the mesmerizing smile of your mom in one sibling, the soothing voice of your dad in another. You’ll feel them very close to you. All around you. Deep inside you.
The garden of love that our parents cultivate and grow with love, from the time we’re born, with their blood, sweat and tears will continue to bloom, unaffected by the cycles of tough weather. They shelter us in tough times. 
But there are times, when we forget all their hard work and destroy the paradise they built, with our selfishness, hatred, and opportunistic attitude. 
Parents don’t die. We put them to death.
Love your parents. Love your siblings. Continue to feed the garden that your parents cultivated with love and compassion so that it never ceases to bloom and blossom. 

You’ll make your world a living paradise on earth. A heaven that only knows love, compassion, care, respect… with your loved ones around you.

Getting old

WE ALL GET OLD IN THE END….
I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now.
Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers..
I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
When I was a child I thought “Nap Time” was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.
The biggest lie I tell myself is…”I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”
If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven’t met yet.
Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just going to transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?
Of course, I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.
At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
Actually, I’m not complaining because I am a Seenager. (A Senior Teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I now have my own pad.

I don’t have a curfew.

And I don’t have acne.

Life is great.
I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can’t remember their names.
Now, I’m wondering…did I send this to you, or did you send it to me?

Slow down culture

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Slow Down Culture in Sweden Vs.Hustling Culture of US.

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It’s been 18 years since I joined Volvo, a Swedish company. Working for them has proven to be an interesting experience. Any project here takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.
Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to possess a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x number  of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. In the end, this always yields better results.
Put in other words:

1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo , a state in Brazil .

2. Sweden has 2 million inhabitants.

3. Stockholm has 500,000 people.

4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, Nokia are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.
The first time I was in Sweden , one of my colleagues picked me up at the hotel every morning. It was September, bit cold and snowy. We would arrive early at the company and he would park far away from the entrance (2000 employees drive their car to work). The first day, I didn’t say anything, either the second or third. One morning I asked, “Do you have a fixed parking space? I’ve noticed we park far from the entrance even when there are no other cars in the lot.” To which he replied, “Since we’re here early we’ll have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. Don’t you think so?” Imagine my face. (And imagine a corporate parking lot in US!) 
Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe named Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week. Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization, fuelled by the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”, “life quality” or the quality of being”.
French people, even though they work only 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 29 hour workweeks and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. It means reducing rejects and wastage. It means re-establishing family values, friends. This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, perfection, with more attention to detail and less stress. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous future. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do.
It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of the human spirit.
Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment.
As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalized world.

Balance

*BALANCE*
1. *Noah* built the *ark* by faith but, he used measurements. There is a place for rational thinking in our walk of faith. Not all decisions should be made with blind hope! 
2. *Sarah’s pregnancy* was a miracle, but it took nine months just like any other. God’s plans do not negate the importance of process. Sometime you need to wait or work it out.
3. The *stone* that killed *Goliath* might have been anointed, but *David’s skill* was also involved. Developing skills does not mean you are not anointed. If you play a piano, play it to the fullest. Don’t take us through the agony of listening to your cacophony in the name of “singing to the Lord”. Skills are important. There is nothing rude with telling that sister “you can’t sing, find something else to do in the house of God”.
4. *Esther* received favor to become *queen*, but she also bathed and prepared her appearance. Preparation is key to become fit for the occasion. Get knowledge, go to school. Stop blaming auto-correct, check your spelling even here on social media. Prepare, because some of us expect nothing but the best from you!
5. The *promised land* was full of milk and honey, but they also had to plow, feed cattle, and take care of sheep. Miracles are communication tools that God uses to instill trust, faith and the knowledge of his nature. You need to work, don’t expect miracles in a specific area of life all the time. No one pays rent for a full year with miracle money. We need it, we want it, but God wants what is permanent.
6. *God* is the one who *created human capacity* to memorize things, yet he also told many prophets to write their message. Spirituality does not mean we should not use tools to package the message.
7. *Ruth* received favor to marry *Boaz*, but the coaching of Naomi was necessary. Human coaching is necessary, you need to submit and learn from someone. It will spare you from silly mistakes.
8. *Moses* could hear directly from God, but he was wearing himself out with work, it was the wisdom of his father in law that saved him from dying a premature death with exhaustion. It is wisdom to put on a seat belt, brush teeth, and adhere to medical advise. Being spiritual does not mean asking angels to cook food for you!
9. *Namaan* was a mighty soldier and a friend of Kings, but he acted as influenced by a Jewish maiden. Even important people are influenced by”insignificant”people. The key thing is proximity that generates influence.
Mishandling of the natural world can cause hinderance to progress, and a total neglect of the spiritual world will definitely cause total failure in all areas of life. 
*Balance is the key.*

When to be silent

*Ancient Indian words of wisdom.*    

*Vacho Vegam (WHEN TO BE SILENT – few practical tips):*
1.  Be silent – in the heat of

     anger.

2.  Be silent – when you don’t

     have all the facts.

3.  Be silent – when you

     haven’t verified the story.

4.   Be silent – if your words 

     will offend a weaker

     Person.

5.  Be silent – when it is time 

     to listen.

6.  Be silent – when you are 

     tempted to make light of 

     holy things.

7.  Be silent – when you are 

     tempted to joke about 

     sin.

8.  Be silent – if you would be

     ashamed of your word 

     later.

9.  Be silent – if your words 

     would convey the wrong 

     impression.

10. Be silent – if the issue is 

      none of your business.

11. Be silent – when you are 

      tempted to tell an 

      outright lie.

12. Be silent – if your words 

      will damage someone 

      else’s reputation.

13. Be silent – if your words 

      will damage a friendship.

14. Be silent – when you are 

      feeling critical.

15. Be silent – if you can’t  

      say it without screaming.

16. Be silent – if your words 

      will be a poor reflection 

      of your friends and

      family.

17. Be silent – if you may   

       have to eat your words 

       later.

18. Be silent – if you have 

       already said it more 

       than one time.

19. Be silent – when you are 

      tempted to flatter a 

      wicked person.

20. Be silent – when you are 

      supposed to be working 

      instead.

21. Be silent – when your

       words do not do any 

       good to anyone

       including yourself.
*”WHOEVER GUARDS HIS TONGUE KEEPS HIS SOUL AWAY FROM TROUBLES”*

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