The Rest is Just Sand

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A philosophy professor stood before his class with a few items on the table in front of him. He picked up a large glass jar and started to fill it with rocks.

The professor then asked his students. “Is the jar full?”

The students nodded their heads and agreed that the jar was full.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again. “Is the jar full?”

The students again nodded their heads and agreed that the jar was full.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more. “Is the jar full?”

The students this time responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now” said the professor. “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.

“If you put the sand into the jar first” he continued. “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

Schooled

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One night four college students, instead of studying for tomorrow’s test, went out and partied – they had a really nice time.
In the morning, they hatched a plan to get out of taking a test. They covered themselves with grease and dirt and went to the dean’s office. Once there, they told the dean that the previous night there was a medical emergency. One of their friend had an accident and hence they had to rush to the hospital. On their way-back they had a flat tire and hence had to push the car back to their place.
The dean listened to their tale patiently, even though he could detect a slight hint of alcohol in their breath. After thinking for a couple of seconds the dean told them that they can take the test three days later. The students thanked the dean and left.
When the test day arrived the four students went to the dean, who put them in separate rooms for the test. They were okay with this since they had prepared well for the test. Then they saw the question paper, it had just 2 questions.
1) Your Name __________ (1 Mark)
2) Which tire burst? __________ (99 Marks)
(a) Front Left
(b) Front Right
(c) Back Left
(d) Back Right

Meaningless Goals

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A farmer had a dog that used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it.

One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a vehicle?”

The farmer replied “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he were to ever catch one?”

Many people in life behave like that dog, pursuing meaningless goals.

Little boy meets God

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“Mama! Do you know where God lives?” Raghu asked his mother innocently.

Raghu’s mother, Sandhya, thought for a second and said. “No one knows where God lives. But he visits the park in the neighborhood sometimes on Sunday’s.”

“Today is Sunday!” Raghu spoke excitedly. “Will we be going to the park today?”

Sandhya pretended to think for a moment and said. “Okay. We will go to the park today. Tell your dad to get ready soon.”

“Okay.”

“Wait! When you meet God what are you going to offer him?”

“I don’t know.”

“I’ll pack pop-corn and sweet lemon juice.”

The three soon got ready and left for the park.

“If God decides to visit the park, he sits on either one of those three benches.” Sandhya said pointing towards the three empty benches.

Raghu started playing around the benches, while Sandhya and Rahul kept an eye on him from a distance.

Soon an old woman, with a slight limp, came and sat on one of the empty bench.

Raghu curiously started looked at her. The old woman observed him and smiled back at him.

Raghu silently sat next to the old woman and started observing the wrinkles on her face, which made her look all the more beautiful.

“Are you hungry?” Raghu asked. “I brought pop-corn and sweet lemon juice for you.”

“How did you know that it is my favourite?”

For the next 30 minutes the two laughed and talked.

“Where are your parents?” The old woman asked.

“There.” Raghu pointed in their direction and they waived back.

“Now go back to them.” The old woman said. She then kissed his forehead and happily left.

With a big smile Raghu returned back to his parents.

“So, did you meet God?” Rahul asked.

“Yes. God is a woman and she has pain in her right knee.” Raghu replied immediately.

When the old woman returned back to her home, there was a big smile on her face.

“You look very happy, met someone special today?” Her son enquired.

“I had pop-corn and sweet lemon juice with God. He is much younger than I thought and has a slight lisp.”

As we Hindus say about God’s presence, Yatra Tatra Sarvatra. Meaning that God is present, here there everywhere.

God is present everywhere. All we need to do is share our happiness and make others smile to feel him.

Doing good, does us good

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To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task – Sophocles

There once lived a man who was very helpful and kindhearted. He would help someone even without asking them to pay him back. Owing to this habit of his, he did not have a lot of money, but he was able to live an agreeable and content life.

One day while he was walking on a dusty road, he saw a purse. He picked it up and noticed that the purse was empty.

“Yes this is my purse.” A beautiful young woman shouted, as she came running in his direction accompanied by a policeman.

“Where is my money?” The woman asked as tears ran down her cheeks.

“It was empty when I found it.” The man replied innocently.

“Please give me back my money. It is for my son’s medicines, he is very sick. He’s been like this since he was born, and he has no one but me to take care of him.” The woman begged.

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The man thought. “She is a single mother, and she is definitely telling the truth. I should help this needy woman.”

“Take this.” The man said as he handed over all the money that he had.

The woman left and the policeman took the man for further questioning.

As the woman walked towards the medicine store she counted the money, only to realize that it was more than twice the money she was carrying in her purse.

A few days later, the woman was walking towards the same medical store to purchase medicines for her son when she realized that she is being followed by a man.

Fearing that she is again going to be robbed, like the last time. She tightly grabbed her purse against her chest and shouted. “Help! Help! This man is trying to rob me.”

Hearing her, a group of people immediately rushed towards the man and started beating him.

A policeman rushed to the scene and shouted. “Leave him! Leave him alone!”

Hearing the policeman’s words the crowd dispersed.

The woman observed the policeman’s face and realized that he was the same policeman whom she took along to inquire about her purse.

The woman then turned her attention towards the slightly bruised man sitting on the ground. “Look! He is the same person who robbed me last time.”

“He was not the one who stole your money. He is not a thief. But seeing your condition, and hearing about your son, he gave you whatever money he was carrying.” The policeman told.

“The only reason I was following you was to make sure that no one steals your money this time.” The man said, as the policeman helped him stand-up.

The woman felt ashamed for her actions and after a couple of seconds of silence, said. “Please don’t go anywhere. Come to our place, and have dinner. I am sure my son will enjoy your company.”

Sometimes in our anger, desperation or frustration we make wrong judgments. But if we get the opportunity to rectify our mistakes, we should not hesitate. Always be humble and kind towards others who are less fortunate.

Fight your own battles

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Once upon a time in India there lived a king among frogs named Gangadatta. He ruled over a group of frogs that lived in a well.

One day, Gangadatta left his kingdom. He was fed up of his relatives pestering him over small things and decided to take revenge on everyone who constantly tormented him.

Just as he came out of his well he saw a cobra entering a hole, he immediately decided of having all his relatives, which pestered him, eaten by the cobra.

He went to the entrance of the hole, and said. “My friend, I have come here to make friendship with you. I am Gangadatta, the king of frogs.”

Hearing the voice the cobra immediately realised that this is not his kith or kin, but his natural enemy. Hence he decided not to leave the hole, since he suspected this to be some kind of a vicious plan to catch and then kill him.

“We are no friends, we are natural enemies. Why are you talking all this nonsense? Timber and fire can never be friends.” The cobra said.

“You are absolutely correct. But I seek revenge on everyone who tormented me, compelling me to leave my very own kingdom. I can lead you to the well where my kingdom was, and you can eat as many frogs as you want.”

“But a well is built by layers of stone and I have no legs. How can I possibly get into the well? And even if I manage to do so, where will I be able to sit and eat the frogs? Go away!”

“There is a nice comfortable hole at the edge of the water, where you can sit and eat as many frogs as you like. I will lead you to the inside of the well, and to the comfortable hole. But promise me that you will eat only my annoying relatives and not my friends.”

“I am old and this offer looks too good to be turned down.” The cobra thought.

The cobra agreed to the friendship and followed the frog. He went into the hole as promised. Once there, he would eat one frog whenever he would feel hungry. As days went by, the number of frogs went down and finally all the frogs that tormented Gangadatta were dead.

“All the frogs that pestered you and compelled you to leave the kingdom are dead, now only your friends remain. Please give me some more food. You are a good friend of mine, and since you lead me here it is your responsibility to keep me well fed.” The cobra said.

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Gangadatta realised his mistake but was afraid that the cobra would eat him, hence he told him to start eating the remaining frogs in well too. Gangadatta saw all his close friends eaten. Soon there were no frogs left in the well, and the cobra wanted more frogs.

“If you let me leave the well, I will bring you more frogs from the neighbouring wells. So you will be able to satisfy your hunger.” Gangadatta told the cobra.

The cobra let him go. But even after his anxious wait for several days, Gangadatta did not return.

Finally the cobra requested a lizard that lived in the walls of the well. “Please ask Gangadatta to return back. I cannot bear the separation of my dear friend.”

The lizard conveyed the message to Gangadatta who replied. “I will never return to the well again. He is starving, and a starving person can go to any extent to fulfil his needs.”

Thus Gangadatta saved his life, and the cobra had to perish inside the well without any food.

The moral is: Fight your own battles; else you will surely be destroyed.

Never give up the struggle in life

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A man passing by the elephants suddenly stopped, with a confused expression on his face he stared at the huge creatures being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg – no thick chains, no cages. It was obvious that these elephants, if they wanted to, could easily break away from their bonds, but strangely for some reason they did not.

The man saw the elephant trainer and asked him. “Why are these animals not making an effort to get away? If they want they can easily break their bonds, isn’t it?”

With a smile on his face, the trainer responded. “Yes they can easily break their bonds. The thing is, when these elephants are young, and obviously small, we use the same size rope to tie them. At that age, that rope is sufficient to hold them. As they grow up, they believe that they cannot break away. They still believe that the rope can hold them and hence they make no effort to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, held by only a small rope, many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before.

There is nothing wrong with failure, just don’t make it a habit. The important thing in life is we should never give up struggle.