Saturday, September 21, 2013

“A Prayer for Ice Cream”

That Day, while reading some life lessons of common people, I read a story which made me realize we were better off as a kid,life had so many better meanings. It was an interesting story about a kid’s belief and our convictions. All these years while growing up we have lost our faith in kindness and good deeds that we believed so much when we were just kids.

Last week I went to a restaurant with my group of friends. Next to our table, a kid about six-seven year old asked his father if he could say prayer. As they bowed their heads the child said, "God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if dad gets me an ice cream. And Peace and justice for all! Amen."

Along with applaud from my friends and other people around; I heard an old woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-creams and stuff, we never did that ". Hearing this, the kid burst into tears and asked his dad, "Did I do it wrong? will God be angry with me?"

As his father tried to assure him that he had done a good job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He smiled at the child and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." "Really?" kid asked.

"Of course, trust me." Said the old man!

Then in a dramatic whisper he added, "Too bad people never ask God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul and heart sometimes”, indicating towards the old woman whose remark had started this whole thing.

Naturally, the dad bought his kid an ice cream at the end of the meal. As we looked for the kid’s excitement, he stared at his ice cream for a moment and then did something special. He picked up his cornetto and quietly walked over and placed it in front of the old woman. And With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul and heart sometimes, and my soul is good already.”
It doesn't matter what we wish for, what does matter is the intentions behind them.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Drive your goals with power of enthusiam


             Everyone needs a goal in his life. But every goal that we aim for should have meaning. Lot of times it has happened with us that we want something badly and when we finally get it we don’t know what to do with it. This can be better understood with the following story:  A man once brought new dog to his home. But it had a habit of sitting by the roadside waiting for vehicles that passed by the road. When a vehicle passes through he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. This used to continue for some days. So one day the man’s wife asked him "Do you think our dog is ever going to catch a car?" The man replied, "That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one”. The point is many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing pointless goals. These people follow meaningless paths and end up with nothing.

Goals give a sense of direction to our life. Having a passion for something wouldn’t get us to our goals we need to be in right direction towards it. Enthusiasm without direction is like wildfire and leads to frustration. Goals give a sense of direction. Would you sit in a train or an airplane without knowing where it is taking you? Even then people go through their life without any aim for their life.

           “A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment.”

Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results...

So keep trying because when you have ambition for something you will find a way to fulfill it. Like bill Bradley said, Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in”.

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