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  • engg_mohsin 238w

    THREE TREES ON A HILL

    Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate caring and everyone would see the beauty."

    Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."

    Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow up to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."

    After a few years of praying their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree; I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter," and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

    At the second tree the woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to a shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

    When the woodsman came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll take this one," and he cut it down.

    When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

    The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.

    The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.

    The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams. Then one day a man and a woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made for the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

    Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

    Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

    The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you. If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined. We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are best.

    --- Author Unknown

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    Motivation Quote:

    “You are human, so stop acting as if though you are a sheep and start thinking for yourself.”
    Stephen Richards

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    SUCCESS' SECRET

    During a meeting of top salespeople from around the country, the 'big cheese' himself, a man who'd consistently had the highest sales figures for the last 20 years, and who earned more money than even the owner of his company, got up to speak.

    "I am now going to reveal the secret of my success," he said. "I wrote it down on a piece of paper and I put it in this envelope. But success must be earned. So I'm going to sell the envelope to the highest bidder. You have my word that it contains what I said - the Secret of my Success, not only as a salesman, but also in life."

    The bidding started slowly... $5, then $10, then $50, $100, $130, $150, $200. Finally one of his colleagues bought the envelope for $1000.

    The happy buyer took the envelope and kept it to himself until he got home that night. Only then did he open it to learn THE SECRET OF SUCCESS.

    What do you think was written on the piece of paper?

    Think about it. Make a mental note of whatever comes to mind before reading the answer and in my opinion, what was written on that piece of paper, is worth much more than $1000.

    The winner of the auction tore open the envelope, unfolded the piece of paper and read the following hand-written words:

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    THE SUCCESS' SECRET IS... TO ASK.

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    By-Christian H. Godefroy

  • engg_mohsin 239w

    SAND AND STONE

    A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."

    They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

    After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."

    The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

    The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


    Learn to write your hurts in the sand, and to carve your benefits in stone.

  • engg_mohsin 239w

    PARABLE OF THE PENCIL

    The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

    "There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil,
    "Before I send you out into the world.
    Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."

    One: "You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand."

    Two: "You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."

    Three: "You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."

    Four: "The most important part of you will always be what's inside."

    And Five: "On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."

    The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

    Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

    One: "You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess."

    Two: "You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person."

    Three: "You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."

    Four: "The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside."

    And Five: "On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties."

    Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.

    Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

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    WHEN A LIZARD CAN, WHY CAN'T WE?

    This is a true story that happened in Japan.

    In order to renovate the house, someone in Japan breaks open the wall.

    Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls.

    When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside hammered into one of it's feet.

    He sees this, feels pity, and at the same time curious, as when he checked the nail, it was nailed 5 years ago when the house was first built !!!

    What happened?

    The lizard has survived in such position for 5 years!!!!!!!!!!

    In a dark wall partition for 5 years without moving, it is impossible and mind-boggling.

    Then he wondered how this lizard survived for 5 years! without moving a single step--since it's foot was nailed!

    So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, what it has been doing, and what and how it has been eating.

    Later, not knowing from where it came, appears another lizard, with food in it's mouth.

    Ah! He was stunned and touched deeply.

    For the lizard that was stuck by nail, another lizard has been feeding it for the past 5 years...

    Imagine? it has been doing that untiringly for 5 long years, without giving up hope on it's partner.

    Imagine what a small creature can do that a creature blessed with a brilliant mind can't.

    Please never abandon your loved ones

    Never Say you're Busy When They Really Need You ...

    You May Have The Entire World At Your Feet.....

    But You Might Be The Only World To Them....

    A Moment of negligence might break the very heart which loved you against all odds..

    Before you say something just remember.....
    it takes a moment to Break but an entire lifetime to make...

  • engg_mohsin 239w

    Pleasure and The Tongue

    A Zen master was resting with one of his disciples. At one point, he took a melon out of his bag and cut it in two so that both could eat it.

    While they were eating, the disciple said:

    'Wise master, since everything you do has a meaning, perhaps your sharing this melon with me is a sign that you have something to teach me.'

    The master continued eating in silence.

    'Your silence obviously conceals a question,' the disciple insisted, 'and it must be this: does the pleasure I am experiencing in eating this delicious fruit reside in the melon or in my tongue?'

    The master said nothing. The disciple went on excitedly:

    'And since everything in life has meaning, I think I am close to finding the answer to that question: the pleasure is an act of love and interdependence between us, because without the melon there would be no object of pleasure and without my tongue...'

    'That's enough!' said the master. 'The real fools are those who think themselves terribly intelligent and spend all their time trying to interpret everything. The melon is delicious, and that's enough, now let me eat in peace!'

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    THE MOST IMPORTANT BODY PART.

    My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body? Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer.

    When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, "My ears, Mommy."

    She said, "No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon."

    Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer.

    So this time I told her, "Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes."

    She looked at me and told me, "You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind."

    Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was, "No. But you are getting smarter every year, my child."

    Then last year, my grandpa died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. I remember that especially because it was only the second time I saw him cry. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandpa.

    She asked me, "Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?"

    I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me.

    She saw the confusion on my face and told me, "This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived in your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you were wrong and I have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson."

    She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears.

    She said, "My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder."

    I asked, "Is it because it holds up my head?"

    She replied, "No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or a loved one when they cry. Everybody needs a shoulder to cry on sometime in life. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will always have a shoulder to cry on when you need it."

    Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one.
    It is sympathetic to the pain of others.

    --- Author Unknown- From The Book Of Stories.

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    THE SECRET OF HAPINESS.

    A woman named Vicki once knew a young person at church named Susan. Susan always seemed effervescent and happy, although Vicki knew she had faced struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly ended in divorce. She had struggled to get a grip on her single life. She hadn't chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost enjoyment and satisfaction. Susan was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the junior high girls' group, and in the church renewal movement. Vicki enjoyed knowing Susan. Susan's whole face seemed to smile.

    One day Vicki asked Susan, "How is it that you are always so happy, you have so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes smiling, Susan said, "I know the Secret!"

    "What secret is that, what are you talking about?" Vicki asked. Susan replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the Secret with others."

    Vicki agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"

    The Secret is this:

    "I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to HIS riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down."

    Since I learned that Secret I am happy.

    Vicki's first thought was, that's too simple! But upon reflecting over her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy -but it didn't! She thought a better-paying job would make her happy -but it hadn't. When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story, a simple gift from God. Susan knew the secret, Vicki learned the secret, and now you know it too!

    We can't depend on people to make us happy. Only GOD in His wisdom can do that. Trust HIM! And now I pass the Secret on to you!

    --- Author Unknown.

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    The Butterfly (Struggles)

    A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Until it suddenly stopped making any progress, and looked like it was stuck.

    So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

    The man didn’t think anything of it, and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.

    Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.

    Moral of the story: Our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles we never grow and never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others.