The partner who hogs the covers every night,
Because he is not out with someone else.
The child who is not cleaning his room, but
is watching TV, because that means he is at
Homeand not on the streets.
For the taxes that I pay,
Because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party,
Because it means that I have been
Surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug,
Because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work,
Because it means I am in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing,
Windows that need cleaning,
And gutters that need fixing,
Because it means I have a home.
For the parking spot I find at thefar
End of the parking lot, because it means
I amcapable of walking and that I have
Been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating/cooling bill,
Because it means I am warm/refreshed.
For the lady behind me in church that
Sings off key, because it means that
I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and Ironing,
Because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at
The end of the day, because it means
I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the
Early morning hours, because it
Means I amalive.
For too much e-Mail,
Because it means I have friends who
Are thinking of me.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
A young man called Ramaswami died an untimely death. His parents, wife and nine year old son were crying bitterly, sitting next to his dead body. They all happened to be disciples of a holy man whom they called 'Maharaj Ji'.
When Maharaj Ji learnt that Ramaswami had died, he came to visit the family.He entered the house and found the family wailing inconsolably. Seeing Maharaj Ji, the wife started crying even louder. She sobbed saying, "Maharaj Ji, he has died too early, he was so young.Oh! I would do anything to make him alive again. What will happen to our son? I am so helpless and miserable." Maharaj Ji tried to pacify the crying lady and the old parents, but the loss was too much for them to come to terms with so easily. Eventually, Maharaj Ji said, "All right, get me a glass of water." Maharaj Ji sat near the dead body and put the glass next to it. He said, "Now, who ever wants that Ramaswami should become alive again may drink this water. Ramaswami shall come back to life, but the person who drinks the water shall die!"
The wife looked at the old mother and the old mother looked at the wife. The old father looked at Ramaswami's son. But no one came forward. Then Maharaj Ji said to the old father,"Babuji, wouldn't you give your life for your son?" The old man said,"Well, I have my responsibility towards my wife. If I die who will look after her? I cannot offer my life to you."
MaharajJi looked questioningly at the old woman and said, "Amma?" She said,"My daughter is due to deliver her first baby. She will be coming to stay for a month. If I die who will look after her and the newborn. Why don't you ask Ramaswami's wife?"
MaharajJi smiled and looked at the young widow. She widened her tear filled eyes and said,"Maharaj Ji, I need to live for my son. If I die, who will look after him? He needs me. Please don't ask me to do this."
MaharajJi asked the son, "Well little boy, would you like to give your life for your father?" Before the boy could say anything, his mother pulled him to her breast and said, "Maharaj Ji, are you insane? My son is only nine. He has not yet lived his life. How could you even think of such a thing?"
MaharajJi said, "Well it seems, that all of you are very much needed for the things you need to do in this world. It seems Ramaswamiwas the only one that could be spared. That is why God chose to take him away. So shall we proceed with his last rites? It's getting late."
God's plan is impeccable. Sometimes man is unable to understand God's design. The time of entry and exit for each one of us, is in God's hands. It is His prerogative alone to pluck the flower He wishes to. It is no body's prerogative to question His will.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
If you have a bad day at work, be thankful. Appreciate that you have a job. Some people don't.
When you pay your bills, be thankful. You can pay them.
If you see a gray hair, be thankful. Think of the cancer patient in chemotherapy who only wishes for any hair.
When you find yourself waiting in line or the recipient of poor service, be thankful. Think about the people who have no food to eat at all.
When you realize how much work it is to take care of a house, be thankful you have a house. Think about those who only wish they had a house to take care of.
When you feel like complaining because you have to walk a long distance from your car, be thankful. Think of what it would be like not to be able to walk!
If you get irritated by other people's anger, apathy, ignorance, bitterness, or insecurities, be thankful. Things could be worse. You could be one of them!
When you think everything in your world is terrible, and you want to give up, think of the people who have been told they only have a certain amount of time to live. They don't want to give up.
Live life to its fullest. Appreciate life.
Please send this message on to everyone you know.
It's your attitude and not your aptitude that determines your altitude.
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008