“Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.” — Jackson Brown Jr.
One great king, Prasenjita, contemporary to Gautam Buddha, had come to see Gautam Buddha for the first time. His wife had been a lay-disciple of Gautam Buddha for a long time before she was married to Prasenjita. She was a daughter of a greater king.
So when Gautam Buddha came to Prasenjita’s capital, the wife said to the husband, “It does not look right that when a man like Gautam Buddha comes to your capital, you don’t go to welcome him. I am going. He is sure to ask about you. What am I to say?”
The husband thought for a moment, and he said, “Okay, I am coming also. But because I am coming for the first time, I would like to give him some present. I have one very great diamond; even emperors are jealous because of that diamond. Buddha must appreciate it, so I will take the diamond.”
The wife started laughing. She said, “Rather than the diamond, it will be better if you take a lotus flower from our big pond. To the Buddha the lotus flower is more beautiful. What will he do with the diamond? It will be an unnecessary burden.”
He said, “I will take both and let us see who wins.”
So he came on his golden chariot to the commune of Buddha, where ten thousand monks were sitting around him. Just before he was going to start his morning talk, the golden chariot of the king stopped, so he waited for the king to come in.
The king came in front of him, and first he offered Buddha the diamond. Buddha said, “Drop it!” It was very difficult for Prasenjita to drop his diamond — that was his very life! — but not to drop it also was difficult. Before ten thousand people Buddha had said it — “and you have offered the diamond so it no longer belongs to you.” He hesitated. Buddha said, “Drop it!” So he dropped the diamond, reluctantly, and offered the lotus flower with the other hand.
Buddha said, “Drop it!”
Prasenjita thought, “Is this man crazy?” He dropped the lotus flower, and Buddha said, “Don’t you listen? Drop it!”
He said, “Both my hands are empty. Now what do you want me to drop?”
At that moment, one of the oldest disciples of Buddha, Sariputra, said, “You don’t understand. Buddha is not saying to drop the diamond, or to drop the flower. He is saying, `Drop your personality. Drop that you are a king. Drop this mask, be just human, because through the mask it is impossible for me to approach you.’”
He had never thought about it. But a great silence, and ten thousand people… and he fell spontaneously at the feet of Buddha.
Buddha said, “That’s what I have been telling you: drop it. Now sit down. Be just human.Here nobody is an emperor and nobody is a beggar. Here everybody is himself. Just be yourself. This being an emperor can be taken away from you.
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Meet ninety eight year old man Dobri Dobrev, he lost his hearing in the world war two. Daily he walks 10 kms from his village town in homemade cloths and leather shoes to town of Sofia, where he spends the day begging for cash.
Though a well known fixture round a couple of of the city’s church buildings, recognized for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was not too long ago people found out that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — in opposition to the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and the utility payments of orphanages, residing instead off his month-to-month state pension of 80 euros.
Compassion can move our heart deeply. From this story we must learn that, to show compassion towards others, money and position is not priority. As long as we listen to our hearts, we are sure to find peace and love in everyone and in everything.
I hope Dobri Dobrev knows how much love and respect he has gained over the world, by doing what he has done. Let’s do something unconditionally for someone (human or animal) today. Little act of kindness will come back to you with big reward.
Each living being has the identical general wish – to be happy and to avoid suffering. Even newborn infants, animals, and bugs have this want. It has been our major wish when you consider that beginning-less time and it’s with us all the time, even all through our sleep. We spend our whole lifestyles working hard to fulfill this want.
in view that this world evolved, human beings have spent a lot time and power making improvements to exterior stipulations of their search for happiness and a option to their many issues. What has been the end result?
as a substitute of their wishes being fulfilled, human suffering has continued to increase whereas the expertise of happiness and peace is lowering. This certainly shows that we want to find a genuine means for gaining pure happiness and freedom from distress.
When issues go improper in our existence and we come upon troublesome eventualities we tend to regard the placement itself as the problem, but in reality whatever issues we face come from aspect of the mind. If we are to respond tough situations with a good or peaceful mind, there would be no problems for us; indeed we can even come to treat them as challenges or alternatives for growth and development. issues arise only if we respond to difficulties with a poor state of mind. subsequently, if we wish to be free from problems we must analyze to keep watch over our mind.
If you don’t love yourself, you can not love others.
~ His Holiness the Dalailama