Monday, February 25, 2013
Henry was called upon to recite in front of the class.
He had hardly begun when the teacher interrupted with an emphatic, “No!”
He started over and again the teacher thundered, “No!”
Humiliated, Henry sat down.
The next boy rose to recite and had just begun when the teacher shouted, “No!”
This student, however, kept on with the recitation until he completed it.
As he sat down, the teacher replied, “Very good!”
Henry was irritated. ”I recited just as he did,” he complained to the teacher.
But the teacher replied, “It is not enough to know your lesson, you must be sure. When you allowed me to stop you, it meant that you were uncertain. If the world says, ‘No!’ it is your business to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it.
Henry Ward Beecher was a prominent congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century.
When he was a young boy in school, he learned above lesson in self-confidence which he never forgot.
The world will say, ‘No!’ in a thousand ways. ‘No! You can’t do that.’ ‘No! You are wrong.’ ‘No! You are too old.’‘No! You are too young.’ ‘No! You are too weak.’ ‘No! It will never work.’ ‘No! You don’t have the education.’ ‘No! You don’t have the background.’ ‘No! You don’t have the money.’ ‘No! It can’t be done.’ And each ‘No!’ you hear has the potential to erode your confidence bit by bit until you quit all together. Though the world says, ‘No!’ to you today, you should be determined to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it! ”
And remember, when someone tells you 'No' time and again, it doesn't mean you can't do it, it simply means you can't do it with him/her.
Because of lack of self-confidence, too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. Are you one of those? - certainly not. Just look inward.
Your self-confidence is always there awaiting your attention to take you on an amazing journey of success.
If you don't believe in yourself, then who will believe in you?- Anonymous
From an email sent by Ravi Ghatole
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friends, have you heard about Luther Burbank, an American lover of trees and plants?
Luther Burbank achieved a miracle. It seems he used to talk to the seeds, to the plants continuously and finally a moment came when the plants started listening to him.
He was once working on a cactus plant for almost seven years ….continuously talking to the cactus, saying, “You need not be worried and need not be defensive. Now there is no danger to your life…You are at your friend’s house and not in a desert …!”
Friends, as we all know every cactus plant has numerous thorns to protect itself. That’s its armor against the environmental conditions, because a cactus usually grows in a desert, under insecurity and danger. A cactus surviving in a desert is a real miracle. Some cactus plants survive even for two thousand years. There is no availability of water, so survival must be a great struggle. It seems a cactus plant survives only on dewdrops. It doesn’t even have leaves, because leaves evaporate water to a great extent. Thus, cactus plays a trick so that, the sun cannot evaporate water from them, as the water is so scarce. Cacti have no leaves but only thorns and deep inside their stem they keep accumulating water. They can survive for months without any water and there is no cactus without thorns.
Luther Burbank used to continuously talk lovingly to the cactus. People started thinking he was crazy…..And then the miracle happened! …After seven years, a new branch sprouted out of that cactus plant and it was without any thorns. That was the first human contact with the world of plants. It is indeed a rare phenomenon…!
Friends, it can be seven years or seventy, who knows?
But if Luther Burbank could succeed with a cactus, then why not we try to transform ourselves, blossom and reach beyond the ultimate heights with our positive approach towards our life, understanding and positive thought process?
Please Reflect my Friends!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Unclutter your mind
The modern mind is overloaded, and that which remains unassimilated creates neurosis. It is as if, you go on eating and stuffing your body: that which is not digested by the body will prove to be poisonous. And what you eat is less important than what you hear and see. From your eyes, from your ears, from all your senses, you go on receiving a thousand and one things each moment. And there is no extra assimilation time. It is as if one were constantly sitting at the dining table, eating, eating, 24 hours a day.
This is the situation of the modern mind: it is overloaded; so many things are burdening it. It is no surprise that it breaks down. There is a limit to every mechanism. And the mind is one of the most subtle and delicate of mechanisms.
The world was very different in the past, obviously. About six weeks’ worth of sensory stimuli six hundred years ago is what we now get in a day. Six weeks’ worth of information, we are getting in a single day — about 40 times the pressure to learn and adapt. The modern man has to be capable of learning more than ever been before, because there is more to learn now. The modern man has to become capable of adapting to new situations every day because the world is changing so fast. It is a great challenge.
A great challenge, if accepted, will help tremendously in the expansion of cons c i o u s n e s s. E i t h e r modern man is going to be utterly neurotic or going to be transformed by the very pressure. It depends on how you take it. One thing is certain: there is no going back. Sensory stimuli will go on increasing more and more. You will be getting more and more information, and life will change, with faster and faster rhythms.
Meditation is needed today more than ever before; it is almost a question of life and death. In the past, it was a luxury; few people — a Buddha, a Mahavira, a Krishna — were interested in it. Others were naturally silent, naturally happy, sane. Life was moving so silently, so slowly, that even the most stupid people were capable of adapting to it. Now the change is so tremendously fast, that even the most intelligent people feel incapable of adapting to it. Every day life is different, and the pressure is great — 40 times greater.
Sleep cannot help you anymore because sleep itself is becoming overburdened. Your day is so overloaded that when you go to sleep only the body falls limp on the bed, but the mind continues to sort things out. That’s what you call dreaming: it is nothing but a desperate effort of the mind to sort things out because you won’t give any time to it.
You have to relax consciously into meditation. A few minutes of deep meditation will keep you non-neurotic. In meditation, the mind de-clutters, experiences are digested,and the overload disappears, leaving the mind fresh, young, clear and clean.
Shared by Praveen and Kinnari Shah