December 28, 2011
AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE FOR LEARNING
Environment is the best book, from which children learn most of the basic lessons of life. Environment in its broader sense that incorporates :
Natural Environment with water, mud, sand, rock, plants,trees, hills,insects, birds and animals.
Social Environment includes family, friends and community and man-made environment.
Built-Environment made out of combinations of inert building materials, product of a design process.
Your comments are welcome.
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ಮೊನ್ನೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ವಿಧ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ ಸತ್ತನೆಂಬ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಬಂತು. 2 ನೆ ವರ್ಷದ ಎಂಜಿನೀರಿಂಗ್ ವ್ಯಾಸಂಗ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಈ ಹುಡುಗ ತನ್ನ ಗೆಳೆಯ ಗೆಳತಿಯರ ಜೊತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಸರ್ಗ ಧಾಮಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ ಸವಿದು ಭಾನುವಾರವನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ಥಕ ಪ್ರವಾಸವನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಬರಲೆಂದು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ. ನಿಸರ್ಗವನ್ನು ಸವಿಯುವಾಗ ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಕಸ್ಮಾತ್ತಾಗಿ ಬಿದ್ದು ಹೃದಯಾಘಾತದಿಂದ ಅಸು ನೀಗಿದ. 19 -20 ರ ನಡುವಿನ ಪ್ರಾಯದ ಹುಡುಗ ಅನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಂದ ಕಾಣದ ಲೋಕಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಬೆಳೆಸಿದ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಆದರು ಆಘಾತವೇ! ಚುರುಕು ಬುದ್ದಿಯ, ಬುದ್ದಿವಂತ,ಸ್ನೇಹಮಯಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದನೆಂದು ಅವನನ್ನು ಸಮೀಪದಿಂದ ಬಲ್ಲ ಅವನ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ದುಃಖಪಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ. ಈ ಹುಡುಗನ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತನಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟೊಂದು ದುಃಖ ಆಗಿರಬೇಕಾದರೆ ಈ ಹುಡುಗನ ಹೆತ್ತವರ ದುಃಖ ಊಹಿಸಲು ಅಸಾಧ್ಯ.
ಇಂತಹ ಒಂದು ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆದವರ ಮಾತು ಬೇರೆಯಾಗಿಯೇ ಸಾಗಿತ್ತು. " ದೇವರು ಅದೆಂತ ಕಟುಕ ರೀ, ಇಷ್ಟು ಚೆಂದದ ಹುಡುಗನೇ ಬೇಕಿತ್ತಾ? ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಜನ ಸಾಯಲು ಹಾತೊರೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ ಆ ಕಾಯಿಲೆಯವರನ್ನು, ಮುದುಕರನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಈ ಮುದ್ದಾದ ಹುಡುಗನನ್ನು ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಬಿಟ್ಟನಲ್ಲ?" ಎಂದು ಸಂತಾಪ ವ್ಯಕ್ತ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ, ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬರು " ಈ ಹುಡುಗರಿಗೆ ಬುದ್ದಿ ಇದೆಯೇ? ಅಲ್ಲಾರಿ, ನೀರಿನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಯಾಕೆ ಹೋಗಬೇಕಾಗಿತ್ತು? ಹುಡುಗಾಟದ ವಯಸ್ಸು ನೋಡಿ ಹೀಗೆಲ್ಲ ಆಡಿಸುತ್ತೆ." "ಇವರು ಟೂರ್ ಹೋಗಲಿಲ್ಲಂತ ಯಾರು ಅಳುತ್ತಿದ್ರು ಹೇಳಿ, ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಏನೋ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಿಡ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಅನುಭವಿಸೋರಿಗೆ ತಾನೇ ತಿಳಿಯೋದು" ಎಂದರು ಮಗದೊಬ್ಬರು. " ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಕಷ್ಟ ಬಿದ್ದು ಓದಿಸ್ತಾ ಇದ್ರು, ನೋಡಿ ಹೀಗೆ ಆಗೋಯ್ತು". ಎಂದರು ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬರು. ಹೀಗೆ ಸಾಗಿತ್ತು ಮಾತಿನ ಲಹರಿ.
ಜನರ ಮಾತಿಗೆ ಕೊನೆ ಮೊದಲಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಹಿಡಿತವಿರದೆ ಸಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇದನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಾ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತು ಗಮನಿಸುವಾಗ ನನ್ನ ವಿಚಾರ ಲಹರಿ ಓಡಿದ್ದೆ ಬೇರೆ ದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ. ಸಾವು ಯಾರನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿ ಕೇಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತೆ? ಯಾವಾಗ ಬರುತ್ತೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಯಾರಿಗೆ ತಾನೆ ಗೊತ್ತು? ಹುಟ್ಟು ಎಂಬುದು ಬಂದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಸಾವು ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿಂದೆಯೇ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ನಾವು ಹುಟ್ಟುವ ಮೊದಲು ಒಂದು unconditional agreement ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡೆ ಬಂದಿರುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಯಾವಾಗ ಕರೆದರೂ ಯಾವ ಸಬೂಬು ಹೇಳದೆ ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ಹೊರಡುತ್ತೇವೆ ಎಂದು. ಸಾವು ಯಾವ ಕ್ಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಂದು ಯಾರಿಗೂ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗದ ಹಾಗೆ ಯಮ ಕರೆಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಸಾವಿಗೊಂದು ಕಾರಣ ಮಾತ್ರ ನೀಡೆ ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಹುಟ್ಟಿನಷ್ಟೇ ಸಾವು ಕೂಡ ನಿಗೂಡ. ಕೆಲವರು ಮುಂದೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೆಲವರು ಹಿಂದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಎಲ್ಲರು ಹೋಗಲೇ ಬೇಕಾದ ಜಾಗ ಇದು. ಪ್ರತಿ ಸಾವು ಕೂಡ ನಮಗೊಂದು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತದೆ. "ನೀನು ಸಾವಿನ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದಿಯ".
ಉಳಿದಷ್ಟು ದಿನದಲ್ಲಿ ನನ್ನ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಸಾರ್ಥಕ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು? ಇರುವಷ್ಟು ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೇನು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು? ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾದಷ್ಟು ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ತೊಂದರೆ ಕೊಡದೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಬದುಕಬಹುದು? ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವನ್ನ ಎಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕರಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು? ನಾವೆಷ್ಟು ಹೃದಯವನ್ತರಾಗಿ ಬಾಳಬಹುದು? ಹೇಗೆ ಉತ್ಸಾಹದಿಂದ ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನು ನೋಡಬಹುದು? ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಪ್ರೇಮದಿಂದ ಎಷ್ಟು ಕಾಲ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರರಾಗಿ ಬಾಳುವೆ ನಡೆಸಬಹುದು? ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಕಾರಾತ್ಮಕವಾಗಿ ಚಿಂತನೆ ನಡೆಸಿ,ಅದರಂತೆ ಬಾಳುವೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರೆ ಸಾವಿನಲ್ಲೂ ಧನ್ಯತೆ ಸಿಗಬಹುದೇನೋ ಎಂದೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.
ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಚಿಂತನೆ ಏನು?
December 4, 2011
November 30, 2011
When I am happy, I see the happiness in others. When I am depressed, I notice that people's eyes look sad.
When I am weary, I see the world as boring and unattractive.
-SteveChan ಈ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ಒಂದು ರೀತಿಯ ರಹಸ್ಯ, ವಿಚಿತ್ರ, ಸುಂದರ, ಅಸಹನೀಯ, ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಯಾಗಿ ಹಲವಾರ ವಿಚಾರವಂತರು ತಮ್ಮ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಧಾಖಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರೂ ಬದುಕನ್ನ ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಅರ್ಥಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸುಖ, ದುಃಖ, ನೋವು, ನಲಿವು, ಪ್ರೀತಿ, ದ್ವೇಷ, ರೋಗ,ಬಡತನ, ಸಿರಿತನ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಮಜಲುಗಳ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಬದುಕು ಸವೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಬದುಕು ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣವೆನಿಸಿದರೆ ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಥಹೀನ. ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಸುಂದರ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ನಿರಾಶೆ. "ಏಕೆ ಹೀಗೆ? ಹಾಗಾದರೆ ಬದುಕು ಎಂದರೆ ನಿಜವಾದ ಅರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನು?" ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಯುವಕನೊಬ್ಬನ ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿತು. ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಯೋಚಿಸಿದ,ಸರಿಯಾದ ಉತ್ತರ ಸಿಗಲಿಲ್ಲ.
November 29, 2011
Be thankful for what you have.
Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets.
When Life gives you 100 reasons to cry,
Face your past without regret.
Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear.
Keep the faith and drop the fear.
Don't believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs.
Life is a mystery to solve not a problem to resolve.
Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
Each day is as special as you want it to
be.........MAKE IT GREAT
From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: "Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease"?
To this Arthur Ashe replied:
"The world over -- 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals,
when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD 'Why me?'.
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD 'Why me?' "
"Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrow keeps you Human,
Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing,
November 28, 2011
ಭಾವನೆಗಳು ............ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಹರಟೆ..........1
November 26, 2011
Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come
back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO".
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.
She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their
plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.
Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept
watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim m felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were
beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows
I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed- Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!". Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.
But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later
November 23, 2011
November 22, 2011
ONE BEDROOM FLAT... - A Bitter Reality
As the dream of most parents I had acquired a degree in Software
Engineering and joined a company based in USA ,
the land of braves and opportunity.
When I arrived in USA , it was as if a dream had come true .
Here at last I was in the place where I want to be. I decided I would be
staying in this country for about Five years in which time I would have
earned enough money to settle down in India .
My father was a government employee and after his retirement, the only
asset he could acquire was a decent one bedroom flat.
I wanted to do some thing more than him. I started feeling homesick and
lonely as the time passed. I used to call home and speak to my parents
every week using cheap international phone cards. Two years passed, two
years of Burgers at McDonald's and pizzas and discos and 2 years
watching the foreign exchange rate getting happy whenever the Rupee
value went down.
Finally I decided to get married. Told my parents that I have only 10
days of holidays and everything must be done within these 10 days. I got
my ticket booked in the cheapest flight. Was jubilant and was actually
enjoying hopping for gifts for all my friends back home. If I miss
anyone then there will be talks. After reaching home I spent home one
week going through all the photographs of girls and as the time was
getting shorter I was forced to select one candidate.
In-laws told me, to my surprise, that I would have to get married in 2-3
days, as I will not get anymore holidays. After the marriage, it was
time to return to USA , after giving some money to my parents and telling
the neighbors to look after them, we returned to USA .
My wife enjoyed this country for about two months and then she started
feeling lonely. The frequency of calling India increased to twice in a
week sometimes 3 times a week. Our savings started diminishing.
After two more years we started to have kids.
Two lovely kids, a boy and a girl,
were gifted to us by the almighty. Every time I spoke to my parents, they
asked me to come to India so that they can see their grand-children.
Every year I decide to go to India .. But part work part monetary
conditions prevented it. Years went by and visiting India was a distant
dream. Then suddenly one day I got a message that my parents were
seriously sick. I tried but I couldn't get any holidays and thus could
not go to India .. The next message I got was my parents had passed away
and as there was no one to do the last rights the society members had
done whatever they could. I was depressed. My parents had passed away
without seeing their grand children.
After couple more years passed away, much to my children's dislike and
my wife's joy we returned to India to settle down. I started to look for
a suitable property, but to my dismay my savings were short and the
property prices had gone up during all these years. I had to return to
the USA ..
My wife refused to come back with me and my children refused to stay in
India .. My 2 children and I returned to USA after promising my wife I
would be back for good after two years.
Time passed by, my daughter decided to get married to an American and my
son was happy living in USA ..
I decided that had enough and wound-up every
thing and returned to India . I had just enough money to buy a
decent 02 bedroom flat in a well-developed locality.
Now I am 60 years old and the only time I go out of the flat is for the
routine visit to the nearby temple. My faithful wife has also left me
and gone to the holy abode.
Sometimes I wondered was it worth all this? My father, even after
staying in India , had a house to his name and I too have the same
I lost my parents and children for just ONE EXTRA BEDROOM.
Looking out from the window I see a lot of children dancing.
This damned cable TV has spoiled our new generation and these
children are losing their values and culture because of it.
I get occasional cards from my children asking I am alright.
Well at least they remember me.
Now perhaps after I die it will be the neighbors again who will be
performing my last rights, God Bless them. But the question still
remains 'was all this worth it?'
I am still searching for an answer...... ......... .!!!
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ಮಾತು ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮೌನ ಬಂಗಾರ
ಮಾತು ನೂರ ಹೇಳಿದರೆ
ಮೌನ ಸಾವಿರ ಚಿಂತಿಸಿತು.
ಮಾತು ಮಾತು ಮಾತಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿ
ನನ್ನ ಮಾತು ಕೊನೆಗೊಂದು ದಿನ
ಅಂದು ಮೌನದಲಿ ನೆಲೆನಿಂತಾಗ
ಕಾಣುವ ಅಂತರದರ್ಶನ ಭಯಾನಕ.
ತನ್ನ ಮಾತಿನಿಂದಾದ ಅಚಾತುರ್ಯ
ರಹಸ್ಯದಲಿ ಕಂಡ ವಾಮಾಚಾರ
ಮೌನದಲಿ ಕೂತು ಬೆನ್ನಿಗೆ ಕತ್ತು ತಿರುಗಿಸಿದಾಗ
ಕಾಣುವುದು ಸರಿಪಡಿಸಲಾಗದ ಪಾಪದರ್ಶನ.
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ಮೂಲೆಗುಂಪಾಗಿ ಹಾಸಿಗೆ ಹಿಡಿದಾಗ
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ಬೆನ್ನು ಹತ್ತಿದಾಗ ಮೌನ ........ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಬಂಗಾರ.
ಹೆಚ್ ಏನ್ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್
22 ನವೆಂಬೆರ್ 2011
November 19, 2011
Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
GOD: Hello. Did you call me?
Me: Called you? No, who is this?
GOD: This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will chat.
Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the
midst of something.
GOD: What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.
Me: Don't know. But I can't find free time. Life has become hectic. It's
rush hour all the time.
GOD: Sure. Activity gets you busy . But Productivity gets you results.
Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me: I understand. But I still can't figure out. By the way, I was not
expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.
GOD: Well I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving you some
clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the medium you are
Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?
GOD: Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it
Me: why are we then constantly unhappy?
GOD: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are
worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's
why you are not happy.
Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?
GOD: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.
Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty.
GOD: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?
GOD: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified
without fire. Good people go through trials, but don't suffer. With that
experience their life becomes better not bitter.
Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?
GOD: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test
first and the lessons afterwards.
Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can't we be free
GOD: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons (to)
Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance,
not when you are free from problems.
Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we are
GOD: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look
inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes
provide sight. Heart provides insight.
Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving in the
right direction. What should I do?
GOD: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure
as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing
you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.
Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?
GOD: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to
go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.
Me: What surprises you about people?
GOD: when they suffer they ask, "why me?" When they prosper, they never ask
"Why me" Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on
the side of the truth.
Me: Sometimes I ask, who I am, why am I here. I can't get the answer.
GOD: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be.
Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a
process of discovery but a process of creation.
Me: How can I get the best out of life?
GOD: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear.
Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.
GOD: There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO.
Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat. I am so happy to start the day with
a new sense of inspiration.
Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.
POINTED REPLIES ... Three moments in time ...
... WHEN YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP
Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw once started
addressing a public meeting at Ahmedabad in English.
The crowd started chanting, "Speak in Gujarati.
We will hear you only if you speak in Gujarati."
Field Marshal Sam Bahadur Maneckshaw stopped.
Swept the audience with a hard stare and replied,
"Friends, I have fought many a battle in my long career.
I have learned Punjabi from men of the Sikh Regiment;
Marathi from the Maratha Regiment; Tamil from the men
of the Madras Sappers; Bengali from the men of the
Bengal Sappers, Hindi from the Bihar Regiment;
and even Nepali from the Gurkha Regiment.
Unfortunately there was no soldier from Gujarat
from whom I could have learned Gujarati."
........ You could have heard a pin drop
JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France
in the early 60's when Charles DeGaule, the French
President, decided to pull out of NATO.
DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France
as soon as possible.
Rusk responded "does that include the 180,000
who are buried here ?"
DeGaule could not respond.
............. You could have heard a pin drop
Robert Whiting, an elderly US gentleman of 83,
arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes
to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, Monsieur ?"
the Customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
" Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, 'The last time I was here,
I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports
on arrival in France !" the Customs officer sneered.
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard look.
Then he quietly explained ... " Well, when I came ashore at
Omaha Beach, at 4:40am, on D-Day in 1944, to help liberate
your country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a
passport to. ... "
............. You could have heard a pin drop
WHAT DO YOU SAY?