​How Would You Like to Be Remembered !

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 Son Who Hated His Father

A Son Who Hated His Father

A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.


As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.


Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him.


He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things.


When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.


He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.


As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.


How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

Never Judge Anyone Before Knowing the Situation !


Never Judge Anyone Before Knowing the Situation


Doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor.


On seeing him, the dad yelled:

“Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”


The doctor smiled & said:

“I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”


“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily


The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”


“Giving advises when we’re not concerned is so easy” Murmured the father.


The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy,

“Thank goodness!, your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”


“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.


The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

Sharpen Your Axe ! 


Sharpen Your Axe
Jo John, a woodcutter, worked for a company for five years but never got a raise. The company hired Bill and within a year he got a raise. This caused resentment in John and he went to his boss to talk about it. The boss said, “You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up.” John went back, started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn’t able to cut more trees. He went back to his boss and told him his dilemma. The boss told John to go talk to Bill. “Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and l don’t.” John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, “After every tree l cut, l take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” This question hit home like a bullet and John got his answer​.

A Change Is As Good As A Rest !

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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.

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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.

Stress Is Not A Bad Thing !

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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.

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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.

 

Be Happy With What You Have !

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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.

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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.”

Positive Overcomes The Negative !

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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.

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Remember the overriding law of nature: positive overcomes the negative.

The Nature Of The Mind !

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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.

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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.”

A True Masterpiece !

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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.”