Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Be just who you are

A woman has a near death experience in the hospital. She sees God and asks, "Is it time for me to die?"

"Not at all," God replies, "you have 38 years, 2 months and 26 days to live."

Elated by the good news, she regains strength and has a variety of extra procedures done before she leaves the hospital. She has a facelift, a tummy tuck and liposuction, and has the hospital hair dresser dye her hair bright red for good measure.

Feeling fit for her next 38 years, she checks out of the hospital and is promptly run over by an ambulance and killed.

A short while later she sees God and cries, "What happened!? You said I had 38 years more to live. Why did you let that ambulance run me over?"

"Oh, sorry." replied God. "I didn't recognize you!"

Life offers each of us a pathway to learning, growth and giving. Don't waste your time trying to be someone you're not.

Acknowledge what you love, enjoy what turns you on, and pursue whatever brings out the very best in you. Discover, and then be who you are.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Its how you take it

There were two brothers in a small village in the Eastern Cape. The twin brothers grew up knowing nothing else but poverty. Their father was an alcoholic and their mother a domestic worker. They grew up with very little.

Bad luck crushed their hopes even further. On their way home one day, their parents died instantly in a bus accident. No wonder the brothers' condition became even worse. At age 17 they separated.

Years and years later a family member decided to find them for a family reunion. One of the brothers was a wealthy engineer owning a construction company. He had a wife and three beautiful kids. However, the other was an alcoholic with no sense of direction for his life.

The family member asked the engineer, "How did your life turn out like this?"

"My father was an alcoholic. My parents died when I was small. I had no option but to come out of this desperate situation I was in. What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" he answered.

She moved on to the other brother with the same question.

"My father was an alcoholic. My parents died when I was small. This is how life treated me. What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" was his answer.

People are not disturbed by the things that happen, but by their perception of the things that happen.


Interview with God

What if, in one of those dark and deep moments of reflection, you get a chance to have a heart-to-heart talk with God himself? What would he have to say to your doubts, your fears, and those unresolved questions?

Here's the reply: Click to see

Enjoy the presentation.


Saturday, January 5, 2008

Idol & Stepping Stone

In a temple, when the priest had gone for lunch, the idol of the Lord and the stepping stone started conversing.

Stepping Stone: "What a good fate you have. We both were the same lump of rock for millions of years. The sculptor carved an idol out of you and every one is worshipping you. And look at me, I am a stepping stone and every one stands on me and stamps on. What kind of life is this?"

The Idol kept smiling and never bothered to answer this, now, routine murmur from the stepping stone. But the stepping stone will never stop his constant bickering.

The Idol finally replied: “But do you remember that when the sculptor set out to carve an idol, it was you he chose, first. You were so impatient. In one strike, you broke in to two . But when he tried on me, I grinned and bore all the hammers and chisel strikes with patience . Here I am the worshipful and happy idol and you are the Stepping Stone."

The difference between success and failure is patience and persistence.


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Survivors of Sep 11

After Sept. 11th, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space.

At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive, and, would you believe, all the stories were about small 'little' things. Such as:

The head of the company survived that day because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts!

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time!

One of them missed his bus!

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change!

One's car wouldn't start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn't get ready as soon as he should have. One couldn't get a taxi.

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid -- and that is why he is alive today!

Now when you are stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone... all the little things that annoy you, just say to yourself: Maybe, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.

So next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated. Just say to yourself:

Maybe, just maybe, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Koi is a species of Japanese fish. The fascinating thing about the Koi is that if you keep it in a small fish bowl, it will grow to be only about two to three inches long. Place the Koi in a larger tank or small pond and it will reach six to ten inches. Put it in a large pond, and it may get as long as a foot and a half. However, if you put it in a huge lake where it can really stretch out, it has the potential to reach sizes up to three feet.

People, like the Koi, will grow to the dimensions of their boundaries. Fortunately, unlike Koi, we have the advantage of helping our people select their boundaries. And it is the leader's job to set the kind of boundaries that allow people to reach their full potential.