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Must Read: 10 short stories with deep meanings

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Take a break from whatever you are doing now. Relax, get a cup of coffee and soak in these heart warming short stories. These short life tales will make your day. Read on:

1) She was very excited today, after all the school was re-opening after a long summer break.
Now, once again, she could start selling stationery at the traffic signal to feed her family.

2) She, a renowned artist and a strict mother, often scolded her 6-year-old son for he could never draw a line straight.
As he breathed slowly into the ventilator, she begged him to make one more crooked line on the ECG.

3) “Everyone goes with the flow… but the one who goes against it becomes someone remarkable.”
Before I could explain this to the traffic police, the man issued me a Fine.

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4) Their love was different; She was happy every time he kicked her in the stomach.
Every time he kicked she loved him more. She waited for the time she would hold her baby for the first time.

5) All my toys are yours…!
Read her brother’s death note.

6) They took his father,
and only returned a flag.

7) At 25, I became a mother of one; at 27 I became a mother of two; and today, at 55, I have become a mother of three!
My son got married today, and brought home his wife!

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8) “Born to rich parents, this boy is so lucky,” exclaimed the neighbours!
Somewhere in heaven, three unborn sisters cried.

9) “You ruined my career, I was supposed to be an executive director,” she thought to herself.
The little angel held her finger tightly and she forgot everything; A mother was born.

10) Once a 5-year-old boy was standing barefoot in the shallow water of the ocean.
He was repeating the same sentence to the waves – “Even if you touch my feet a thousand times, I won’t forgive you for taking my parents away.”

 

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Slow down: This poem by a teenage cancer patient will open your eyes

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We all are rushing through life, in search of an Oasis of succour, which often is a mere illusion. Where are we heading and why, is a dilemma for one and all. In such a time, we need to relax, take a deep breath and contemplate, look at life from a new perspective.

And this poem from a teenager with cancer will open your eyes.
SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
 Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,’Hi’

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last..

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

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We all SHOULD and MUST follow UBUNTU: Learn and change your LIFE

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Life is amazing and beautiful and there are learning in every nook and corner on this world.

Similarly, I learnt something the other day about Ubuntu, a wonderful concept.

What is it?

Here’s learn and embrace humanity via a story.

An anthropologist studying the habits and customs of an African tribe found himself surrounded by children most days. So he decided to play a little game with them. He managed to get candy from the nearest town and put it all in a decorated basket at the foot of a tree.

Then he called the children and suggested they play the game. When the anthropologist said “now”, the children had to run to the tree and the first one to get there could have all the candy to him/herself.

So the children all lined up waiting for the signal. When the anthropologist said “now”, all of the children took each other by the hand ran together towards the tree. They all arrived at the same time divided up the candy, sat down and began to happily munch away.

The anthropologist went over to them and asked why they had all run together when any one of them could have had the candy all to themselves.

The children responded: “Ubuntu. How could any one of us be happy if all the others were sad?”

Ubuntu is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu gave this explanation in 2008 :

“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality –

Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”

This is the true spirit of human development and cause of human evolution. Ubuntu. Once again, we are proud to say Ubuntu, I am what I am because of who we all are.. This is not a story as such, but a feeling to be expressed.

Ubuntu…it is!!!

Lower Your Expectations From Others! How?

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William Shakespeare has said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” But we are all humans. In our relationships, no matter of whatsoever nature, we expect reciprocations or initiatives. Even as parents, we expect our children to obey, to appreciate what we are doing for them, and be there for us as we get older. Friends expect us to be there for them. In business or professional relationships, there is a clear give and take policy.

Having said this, how many actually get what they want out of the people in their lives? Think…

The Marathi movie Natasamrat, that recently released is an excellent example of this imbalance. It speaks about a famous theatre personality who wanted to retire peacefully and in that desire, he wills away all his property and wealth to his children. Upon staying with him, he realizes that things are not how he had dreamt. The children he thought would behave with him in a particular manner suddenly seemed so different and his world changed slowly.

This is very much how life is. We expect that in a given situation will behave in a particular manner and more often than not, these expectations are never met with.

There are two major reasons for this. One is that the way the other person thinks and perceives may not be in the same line as your thought and perception. The other probable reason could be the person concerned does not care for you. Either way there is bound to be disheartenment. While the relationship suffers, you will also feel so much pain in your heart.

So what do we do to keep our minds very happy and fluttering? Simple, expect almost nothing from anyone. This is well said but is that practical? No. Our bonds are based on the expectations of support, trust and love that will strengthen only if reciprocated.

However, the greatest strength lies in our hearts and we are our greatest support. If we engage ourselves in positive activities and positive company, we will have more positivity within us to deal with issues ourselves rather than to lean for support on any one person. Some few important tweaks that will make a huge impact on your life

Always make and keep friends

Continue to make good friends whenever you come across people with whom you can match your wavelength. That way you will always have someone or the other up for you at your time of need reducing too much dependence on any one relation.

Engage in hobbies

Find your own happiness in what you do. That will not only keep you positively occupied but will fill your life with a lot of joy. It will also give you ways to vent your expressions and feelings and alternate propositions to get over any negative thought.

Keep yourself healthy and fit

A healthy body will harbour a very healthy mind. As long as you are fit, you will not easily succumb to negative feelings. You can continue to keep your mind happily engaged.

These are important so that you are strong by yourself. The stronger a personality you are, the lesser you will depend on anyone else for support. The lesser you will look around for assistance and support, the lesser you will be hurt.

We are living in an extremely fast paced world. Here each one has their own routine and is hard pressed for time. Similarly emotions that were precious earlier are not so valued anymore. People want faster gratifications and for much lesser investment of time and emotion.

Similarly we are living in a world where material requirements are eating into the time and leisure. It is becoming very difficult to get time from anyone. In such a world, we must also measure our expectations and vet out whether it is possible for one to deliver what is expected.

The key to remaining smartly engaged in any relationship is therefore to expect less. The relationship will always sail through most smoothly.

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Sandhya Parameshwaran

Author: SuccessYeti

Philosophy: This Conversation Between Ramkrishna Paramahansa & Swami Vivekananda Shall Solve Your Doubts About Life

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A rare conversation between Ramkrishna Paramahansa & Swami Vivekananda… It’s one of  the best message I have come across….

1. Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

2. Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.

3. Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

4. Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- 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.

5. Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and then lessons .

6. Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides the way.

7. Swami Vivekanand:- Does failure hurt more than moving in the right direction?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you.

8. Swami Vivekanand:- In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- 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.

9. Swami Vivekanand:- What surprises you about people?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?”

10. Swami Vivekanand:- How can I get the best out of life?

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

11. Swami Vivekanand:- One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- There are no unanswered prayers. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve.

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