A boy went to the pet store to buy a puppy. Four of them were sitting together, priced at $50 each. Then there was one sitting alone in a corner. The boy asked if that was from the same litter, if it was for sale, and why it was sitting alone. The store owner replied that it was from the same litter, it was a deformed one, and not for sale.
The boy asked what the deformity was. The store owner replied that the puppy was born without a hip socket and had a leg missing. The boy asked, “What will you do with this one?” The reply was it would be put to sleep. The boy asked if he could play with that puppy. The store owner said, “Sure.” The boy picked the puppy up and the puppy licked him on the ear. Instantly the boy decided that was the puppy he wanted to buy. The store owner said “That is not for sale!” The boy insisted.
The store owner agreed. The boy pulled out $2 from his pocket and ran to get $48 from his mother. As he reached the door the store owner shouted after him, “I don’t understand why you would pay full money for this one when you could buy a good one for the same price.” The boy didn’t say a word. He just lifted his left trouser leg and he was wearing a brace. The pet store owner said, “I understand. Go ahead, take this one.” This is empathy.
He is Always There to Meet Me!
Two friends met each other after a long interval of time. Both were salesmen, earnestly engaged in building up their careers.
One of them was downcast. “I’m doing very well,” he said ruefully. “Whenever I go to meet the top man in any office, he is sure to be out! How can I make my sales prosper? I know this is going to happen to me again and again. I make my appointment, I reach on time – but I am sure I will not meet the person concerned. Invariably, they tell me he has just left! It’s hopeless I tell you!”
His friend replied, “Whenever I go to meet someone important, I surely expect to find him there! I’m confident that I can convince him to do business with me, and I always come away with a successful sale!”
Thoughts have power. Thoughts constitute the ink in the pen of our life. We will do well to remember that we are writing our own destiny with our thoughts!
How Would You Like to Be Remembered
About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The newspapers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake.
His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure,his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, Dynamite King Dies. And also He was the merchant of death. This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words merchant of death, he asked himself a question, Is this how I am going to be remembered?
He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered.
From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize. Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, We should step back and do the same.
What is your legacy?
How would you like to be remembered?
Will you be spoken well of?
Will you be remembered with love and respect?
Will you be missed?
A change is as good as a rest.
Whether this change is as major as a change of employment or as minor as a leisure pursuit which occupies your entire attention for an hour three
times a week, these changes in routine, and mindset are entirely totally engaging which requires deep concentration so that your mind is free from the
mundane but seemingly important aspects of your day.
Many executives are becoming involved in the martial arts for just this reason.
If your mind wanders for even a split second, a harsh lesson is soon learned.
Pain is a great motivator and always will be.
Contrary to popular opinion, stress is not a bad thing.
It allows us to perform at peak levels and can assist us through the flood of chemicals it releases within our bodies.
What is harmful is too much stress, or more particularly, a lack of relief from stress.
The times of stress must be balanced nicely with times of pure relaxion and leisure for us to be healthy and at our best.
Many of the great leaders of our time were exposed to crushing workloads and the burdens of high office.
But they prospered by developing strategies to balance the challenging times with fun and calming times.
President Kennedy would have regular naps in his White House office.
Winston Churchill had the same practice and slept for one hour every afternoon to stay alert, focused and calm.
Not only is it essential to be physically relaxed to maintain optimal health but one must couple this trait with mental serenity.
Too often people think that vigorous exercise, good nutrition and pleasant leisure activities will be the panacea for all ills.
These pursuits must be combined with positive thinking and peace of mind for true happiness and longevity.
A contented mind is a continual feast.
Greed and material desires must be curbed to achieve lasting happiness and serenity.
Be happy with what you have.
Place greater importance on saying happy than amassing material possessions.
A zest for life is developed and carefully nurtured through thoughtful activities and pursuits.
Do you really need all of those material possessions? One can develop contentment just as one develops patience, courage and concentration
– with daily practice and sincere desire.
Remember this ancient Indian proverb: “If you conquer your mind, you conquer the world.”
It has been rightly said that “you sow an action, you reap a habit.
You sow a habit, you reap a character.
You sow a character, you reap a destiny.” The essence of a person is his character – make yours unique, unblemished and strong.
Do not say you will do anything unless you will indeed do it.
Speak the truth and measure your words wisely.
Be humble, straightforward and peaceful.
Remember the overriding law of nature: positive overcomes the negative.
Just as valuable energy is wasted by spending time on activities that are of no value, energy can be wasted on loose thinking.
Imagine that your mind has an energy measure of 1000 watts at its disposal.
Each time your mind wanders off the project at hand, to a nagging worry, to all the things to do by the end of the day, 100 watts is lost.
Quite soon the entire energy supply is gone.
This is the nature of the mind.
Fail to discipline it and your energy levels will be depleted and your accomplishments will be minimal.
Control it and you will see great things happening.
You will feel more powerful and achieve difficult tasks with ease.
The 19th century philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel summed it up nicely: “for purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
Think of three people who can provide you with inspiration, motivation and support for your goals and aspirations.
Plan to meet with each one of them over the next few weeks.
Listen enthusiastically to them and brainstorm with them.
Map out a strategy and take their wise counsel.
Make everyone of your days a true masterpiece.
Remember the old saying: “It’s not who you think you are that holds you back but what you think you’re not.”
On the subject of conversation, a Chinese proverb states as follows : “a single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.”
Seek out the wise and learn from them.
They are just waiting for that small spark of interest to tell you all that you need to know.