Life Lessons

A father before he died said to his son: “this is a watch your grandfather gave and this is more than 200 years old, but before I give it to you go to the watch shop on the first street, and tell him I want to sell it, and see how much it is”. 👇🏽

He went and then came back to his father, and said, “The watchmaker wanted to pay 5 dollars because it’s old”. Then he said to him: “Now go to the coffee shop”. He went and then came back, and said: “He wanted to pay $5 father”. “Now go to the museum and show that watch”. He went then came back, and said to his father “THEY OFFERED ME A MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS PIECE!!!”. The father said: “I wanted to let you know that the right place will recognize your value. Don’t put yourself in the wrong place and get angry if you’re not appreciated according to your worth. He who knows your value is he who appreciates you. Don’t stay in a place that doesn’t suit you”. Know your worth. The Right Place/Person will recognize Your Value!

Singer, model , former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, said in an interview: “After 50 years, beauty is the result of kindness, elegance & your thoughts. It is no longer about the body and physical features. Beauty becomes a state of one’s spirit; a sparkle in the eyes; one’s temperament. Sensuality emerges more in one’s appearance! A bored woman can be pretty before she is 50. A selfish woman can be pretty before 50. A depressed woman can be pretty before 50. An unpleasant woman can be pretty before 50. An opportunistic woman can be pretty before 50. A cowardly woman can be pretty before 50. But not after……  After 50 what illuminates the skin is whether she is loved or not; whether she is well mannered or not. After 50, beauty comes from character…by the way in which problems are faced; from the joy of awakening, and the lightness of sleep. After 50, friendship is the cream that stretches wrinkles; affection is the sunscreen that protects the face. Beauty becomes communication and good humor. Beauty becomes intelligence and kindness. After 59, 60, 65 years, ONLY happiness rejuvenates!! STAY BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

TIME WILL COME!

New York is 3 hours ahead of California but it does not mean that California is slow, or that New York is fast. Both are working based on their own “Time Zone.”

Some one is still single. Someone got married and ‘waited’ 10 years before having a child. There is another who had a baby within a year of marriage.

Someone got married between 25-30 and became Widow/Widower at 40 while another got married at 40 and lived happily with the spouse till old age with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job; and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately!

Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became a CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years. Everyone works based on their ‘Time Zone’, People can have things worked out only according to their pace. Work in your “time zone”.

Your Colleagues, friends, younger ones might “seem” to go ahead of you. May be some might “seem” behind you. Don’t envy them or mock them, it’s their ‘Time Zone.’ You are in yours! Hold on, be strong, and stay true to yourself. All things shall work together for your good. You’re not late … You are not early … you’re very much On time!😊👍stay blessed. You Are In Your Time Zone… ============================= Consider this scenario:You were eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocked over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You harshly scolded her for knocking the coffee cup over. She broke down in tears. After scolding her, you turned to your wife and criticized her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle followed. You stormed upstairs and changed your shirt.

Back downstairs you found your daughter had been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She eventually missed the school bus. Your wife must leave immediately for work. You rushed to the car and drove your daughter to school. Because you were late, you drove 80km/hr on a 60km/hr speed limit. After a 15 minute delay and eventually having to pay a traffic fine, you arrived at your daughter’s school. Your daughter ran into the school premises without saying good-bye. You arrived at your office 20 minutes late only to discover you forgot your briefcase at home. Your day has started terribly already. As it continued, it seemed to get worse and worse. You transfered the aggression on your customers and subordinates in the office. You looked forward to going home. When you arrived home, you found a small wedge in your relationship with your wife and daughter because of how you reacted in the morning.

The question now is, what or who created the bad day? A) The coffee B) Your daughter C) Your wife D) The road safety officer E) You

The answer is You. Yes, you! You had no control over what happened with the coffee, but YOUR REACTION to the little scenario created the bad day. HERE IS WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED: Coffee splashed over you. Your daughter was about to cry. You gently said “It’s OK honey, you just need to be more careful next time”. You rushed upstairs, grab a new shirt and your briefcase. You came downstairs in time, looked through the window and saw your child getting into the school bus. She turned and waved. You and your wife kissed before you both went to work. You arrived 5 minutes early and cheerfully greeted staff. Your boss commented on how good a day you were having. Do you notice the difference? Two different scenarios both started the same way, but ended differently. Why? Because of YOUR REACTION. You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% is determined by YOUR REACTION. HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLE.

1.) If someone says something negative about you, don’t be upset. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don’t have to let the negative comment affect you. React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend or relationship, being fired, getting stressed out, etc. 2.)

HOW TO STOP KIDS FROM TELLING LIES

This is a narration by Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi*
When I was sixteen years old, we lived in South Africa about eighteen miles outside the city. 

One Saturday my father had to go to town to attend a conference and he didn’t feel like driving so he asked me if I would drive him into town and bring him back in the evening. My parents also gave me many small chores to do in the town, like getting the car serviced and the oil changed. When I left my father at the conference venue, he said, “At five o’clock in the evening, come here and pick me up, and we’ll go home together.”
I said, “Fine.”

I rushed off, did all my chores as quickly as possible, left the car in the garage—and went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a double feature that I didn’t realize the passage of time. The movie ended at 5:30, I came out and ran to the garage and rushed to where my dad was waiting for me. It was almost six o’clock when I reached there and he was wondering what had happened to me. The first question he asked me was,*“Why are you late?” Instead of telling him the truth, I lied to him, and I said, “The car wasn’t ready; I had to wait for the car”, not realizing that he had already called the garage.

When he caught me in the lie, he said, “There’s something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn’t give you the confidence to tell me the truth, that made you feel you had to lie to me. I’ve got to find out where I went wrong with you, and to do that I’m going to walk home.”
There was absolutely nothing I could do to make him change his mind—and I couldn’t leave him and go away. 

For five and a half hours I crawled along in the car behind Father, watching him go through all this pain and agony for a stupid lie. I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again.

It’s almost fifty years since the event, and every time I think about it I still get goose bumps. That is the power of non-violent action. 
It’s a lasting thing. It’s a change we bring through love, not fear. 

Anything that is brought by fear doesn’t last. But anything that is done by love lasts forever. – Arun Gandhi

TRUE STORY

Last week I went to my tailor’s and met a gentleman I later found out was 74, who was there to repair the tailor’s generator. While talking he said that being at the tailor’s reminded him of an incident when he was 3 or 4. His mother bought a beautiful piece of fabric and told him she was going to get it made into a lovely outfit for him. Now I don’t know the specifics but one day afterwards he went to the tailor’s and found the fabric cut into several pieces. He ran home to tell his mother that the fabric had been destroyed, crying along the way. But his mother gently explained the process of dress-making to him, saying something along the lines of, “for you to get that outfit you want, it has to first be cut into pieces and then sown together to become whole again.By the time the gentleman finished speaking I knew I had received a life lesson.

Sometimes you pray to God for Him to make something of your life. But when you look at that life it seems like everything is in pieces, that it is a mess because things seem all over the place; nothing seems to make sense; nothing seems to be coming together. But like a tailor, God has cut the fabric of your life into many pieces. And while you experience this disjointed feeling, He is actually putting the pieces together in the proper way, not necessarily the way you thought of, to make a beautiful outfit, one far better than you ever imagined.

Wherever you currently find yourself in the tailoring process, my counsel to you is to hold on. God has not finished with you yet. He is at work, working towards making you whole again, and more beautiful than you can ever imagine. If, like the infant version of the elderly gentleman, you feel the urge to cry, follow his example and run into the arms of the One who loves you above all others, and let Him lovingly reassure you that all is well and going according to the plan. If you’re reading this, I feel God wants me to tell you that He loves you. He will never leave or forsake you. So just hold on!

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