Inspirational quotes, inspiring stories


Do Not Fear
June 26, 2008, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

Fear is one of the worst enemies of human kind. Fear is more of instinctive and reactive phenomenon. Fear makes us forget our inherent strengths. But once our will decides to take it on, we realize that we have within our right now, everything we need to deal with and whatever the world can throw at us. They say that, an arrow can be shot by dragging the bow back; similarly, if life is dragging back with elements of fear, be aggressive. Handle it with aplomb. Because life is getting ready to launch us to greater heights. When we fail, we should not take two steps back, because we may just be one step behind success.

Let’s share a poem from gospel lyrics which diminishes the myth of fear.

There’s nothing to fear — you’re as good as the best,

As strong as the mightiest, too.

You can win in every battle or test;

For there’s no one just like you.

There’s only one you in the world today;

So nobody else, you see,

Can do your work in as fine a way:

You’re the only you there’ll be !

So face the world, and all life is yours

To conquer and love and live:

And you’ll find the happiness that endures

In just the measure you give;

There’s nothing too good for you to possess,

Nor heights where you cannot go:

Your power is more than belief or guess —

It is something you have to know.

There is nothing to fear — you can and you will.

For you are the invincible you.

Set your foot on the highest hill —

There’s nothing you cannot do.

— Author Unknown




It could not be done!
June 20, 2008, 7:54 am
Filed under: Attitude


How many times do you start getting this feeling that, I won’t be able to do this work any more? That, this work is not in my hands? That, this work is beyond my capabilities? Most likely answer would be, very often! Yes, we come across such situations in our life on a regular basis where things seem impossible to perform! But then, it’s a different fun performing things which we earlier thought to be impossible!
This poem emphasizes on that very point. And yes, remember to say, ‘it can always be done!’

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That maybe it couldn’t, but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so “till he tried.”
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried, he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it.”
But he took off his coat and took off his hat
And the first thing he knew he’d begun it.
With the lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Then take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it.

By:- Edgar A. Guest



Be The Best of Whatever You Are
June 16, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life

Danny Kaye had once said, “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” The poem I would be sharing today emphasizes on intrinsic human strengths. If any human wishes to excel in his or her chosen field, he or she can. Life is a thing to be lived fully. As it has been said “There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” So one should always strive to fulfill one’s capabilities. Lets enjoy this poem and start believing our capabilities.

 

Be The Best of Whatever You Are

 

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,

Be a scrub in the valley-but be

The best little scrub by the side of the rill;

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

 

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,

And some highway happier make;

If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass-

But the liveliest bass in the lake!

 

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,

There’s something for all of us here,

There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,

And the task you must do is the near.

 

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,

If you can’t be the sun be a star;

It isn’t by size that you win or you fail-

Be the best of whatever you are!

 

By: – Douglas Malloch

 



Sculptor’s Attitude – Part Two
June 13, 2008, 11:56 am
Filed under: Inspiration

 

Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

 

Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

 

Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

 

Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

 

Today I can mourn my lack of friend or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

 

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

 

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

 

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provide shelter for my mind, body and soul.

 

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.

 

What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

 

Have a GREAT DAY……unless you have other plans.

 

By: – Author Unknown




Sculptor’s Attitude – Part One
June 9, 2008, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Musings Of Life

This was one of those articles you come across once in a while and get hooked on to it. When you read articles like these, the first immediate reaction is you start thinking. You get immersed in the ocean of thoughts wondering about the relevance of the mindset and deep convictions lying within. We think of our values and wonder are we living our life the way always wished to? Sometimes it better to stop for a while, reflect on the things happening around us, happening to us and then moving on.

 

Today, I would be sharing one such thought pattern which we must think about and try to learn something. It has been said that, most difficult of the times can be more readily endured if we strive to retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. For the time being lets pursue that sculptor’s attitude.

 

Sculptor’s Attitude

 

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.

 

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

To Be Continued—



The Wise Man and The Fool
June 7, 2008, 11:27 am
Filed under: Attitude

Some times back, I came across this poem and it hit me hard. Somehow it made me stop in my path and realize that how exactly we define a wise person and a fool. It always depends upon our attitude. This word “attitude” determines so much. It not only affects us but our friends, family and colleagues as well. Just thinking deep about this poem will give us a complete new perspective.

 

The Wise Man and The Fool

by John McLeod

 

Said the wise man to the fool one day:

“I’ve got a hundred candles,

And lots of copper candlesticks with ornamental handles,

They cost me every cent I had

But I shall be all right,

And in the darkness of the eve I’ll have a splendid light.”

 

 

The fool said: “Yes, you may be wise,

But then again, p’raps not,

Only pence had I to buy, one candle’s all I got,

But then, I bought some matches too

And you, the silly goose,

Bought none, and so without a light

Your candles are no use!”

 

 

The moral of the story

Is simplicity’s defence

 

For even the buffooning clown

May have some common sense!

 

The wise man and the village fool,

But tell me which is which?

 

The one with only coppers?

Or the other very rich?

 

Think about it. Its worth spending few moments on the essence of this poem.



Footprints
June 4, 2008, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

World is still divided about existence of God. It has been a constant tussle between Science, Arts, Scriptures, Theology on the subject of God. But we all agree there is a superpower. Call it destiny or luck or anything as you like but we all realize not everything is in our hand. We do pray in the time of distress. We seek blessings from mother earth.

Today, I am sharing a famous story depicting God’s help in the time of crisis.

 

Footprints

 

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scene from his life. He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand.

 

When the last scene of his life flashed before him he noticed that many times there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it was at the very lowest times in his life.

 

He questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

 

The LORD replied, “My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

 

By: – Margaret Powers