Sunday, August 17, 2008

I Am The Earth

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From: SVS
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 6:17:49 AM

This is a poem that was written by Satvik, my 9 year old grandson, and submitted for a Young Writers poetry competition. Of over 25,000 poems from all over the UK and overseas, this is one of the poems that has been chosen for publication in The Big Green Poetry Machine, London & The Home Counties Poets. The theme was on environment.

I Am The Earth

I am the Earth, a beautiful place

Where birds and sparrows sing.

I am the Earth, a beautiful place

Where plants grow thick and thin.

The animals live in harmony

The air is fresh and clean

I am the Earth, a beautiful place

Where every living thing has been.

Then man came and broke me down

He cut my trees for wood

He killed the animals for their fur

I wondered how he could.

The factories were choking me

The air was getting warm

But all I could do was watch and weep

Because man was killing its own.

Children of the world come and save me!

My future is in your hands

Stop these men from destroying me

And give me back my lands.

Donʼt use plastic, use paper or glass

Donʼt drive, may be cycle to school

Be kind to your neighbour, whatever his colour

For he is your brother, too.

Give back to the soil what youʼve taken from it

Grow lots of plants and trees

I am the Earth, a beautiful place

Letʼs keep it that way, please!

By Satvik Subramaniam

Aseem Kaistha
It's your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude.

Walk by Faith, not by sight!

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage? His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harms. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral of the story: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 'For we walk by faith, not by sight.' God Bless.

FROM: Vandana Chhatpar

Aseem Kaistha
It's your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude.

Confidence Level...

Nice Story------- ---- Original Message

Story told by a man which is most frightening yet thought-provoking experiences of his life.

He had been on a long flight. The first warning of the approaching problems came when the sign on the airplane flashed on: "Fasten your seat belts."! Then, after a while, a calm voice said, "We shall not be serving the beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened. "As he looked around the aircraft, it became obvious that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive. Later, the voice of the announcer said, "We are so sorry that we are unable to serve the meal at this time.

The turbulence is still ahead of us." And then the storm broke. The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the darkening skies and within moments that great plane was like a cork tossed around on a celestial ocean.

One moment the airplane was lifted on terrific currents of air; the next, it dropped as if it were about to crash. The man confessed that he shared the discomfort and fear of those around him. He said, "As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm. And then, I suddenly saw a girl to whom the storm meant nothing. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat and was reading a book. Everything within her small world was calm and orderly.

Sometimes she closed her eyes, then she would read again; then she would straighten her legs, but worry and fear were not in her world. When the plane was being buffeted by the terrible storm, when it lurched this way and that, as it rose and fell with frightening severity, when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid. "The man could hardly believe his eyes. It was not surprising therefore, that when the plane finally reached its destination and all the passengers were hurrying to disembark, he lingered to speak to the girl whom he had watched for such a long time.

Having commented about the storm and behavior of the plane, he asked why she had not been afraid.

The sweet child replied, "Sir, my Dad is the pilot and he is taking me home.” when you are sure of your self, your confident level is steady and you are never shaky you do the things calmly and successfully.

FROM: Shankar Bhagchandani

Aseem Kaistha
It's your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude.