Inspirational quotes, inspiring stories

Handling Problems and Stress

If modern world has given us many facilities, it has also brought some unpleasant things. Yes, I am talking about problems and stress. Who is not affected with the malaise of stress? It is almost like, more money, more success, and more fame then also more stress. And you need to live with it. So how to deal with this universal phenomenon? First, accept that you cannot run away from stress and problems. They are going to be there.

 If you accept the existence of problems, you have already made a good beginning towards solving it. Because, there is no point denying the existence of something that is there in your life. Accepting the chain of problems will make rest of the task easier. Now you can focus on what are the problems and what is it that causes you stress. Don’t just sit there moaning over problems. Make a move. Don’t just sit idle and think about series of problems affecting your life.

 As they say, ‘smell the roses’ which simply means, go out, visit a new place and feel the flow of new energy moving in your body. A good trip is a great stress buster. It has terrific healing effect. Just switching off your mind from what is going around you is a wonderful way to relax and rejuvenate. 

 If you are looking for a quick-fix solution to your stress, just call one of your true friends. You must be having few good friends whom you can always rely upon. Just talk to them, ask for suggestions or simply share whatever is going in your mind. You will realize that just expressing your thoughts have made you lighter. Laugh a little. It will help you in relieving tension and loosening the tightened muscles. Finally, if nothing works, pray. No matter, what religion you believe in, but almighty is one for all of us. Pray and feel good. Remember, life is good. Almost always.


Prepare Yourself For Success

Success is a process that comes with lots of preparation and perseverance. There is no short-cut to success. However, you can always prepare yourself to success by taking right steps. The first thing that you seriously need to develop is, reading skills. It has been found that, slowly people are losing their reading habits because of lack of time and other constraints. Well, where there is a will, there is a way. If you can just devote 1-2 hours per day on reading, you will gain more knowledge, better perspective and will certainly feel rejuvenated. Most of the successful leaders are always good readers.

Networking is a very useful factor in success. It’s hard to achieve success by keeping yourself isolated. The more you try to establish your networking skills, better it will be for your career growth. You can learn a lot from successful people through networking. You will also come across interesting perspectives shared by people in your network. It is also important to find a mentor who can guide you in your pursuit.

Successful people love to share their success. Usually, they are more than willing to provide useful suggestions and guidance to people who seek advice. These people have been there, done that. Talking with such people about your success and failures can be extremely helpful.

If you want to achieve success, make sure to keep yourself updated with new skills and knowledge. Things are changing at a rapid pace so it’s better to move forward with time and acquire new skills. Remember, the road to success is always under construction. So keep reflecting on your journey and keep learning. Success will be yours.      

Famous Happiness Quotes

So what’s the most common thing universally desired by entire human civilization? Still thinking or just wondering what to choose from success, satisfaction, peace or Happiness? Yes, I agree that all of them are important but perhaps purpose of all the activities performed by humans is just one and that is happiness. The search of happiness has remained an ever-going process for mankind. This is what led Prince Siddhartha to turn into Buddha. Happiness is what many illustrious sages sought while meditating for years. All the actions are of no use if happiness cannot be attained. So let’s have a look at some of the most relevant and helpful happiness quotes.

 What are the aims which are at the same time duties? They are perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others.

– Immanuel Kant

 The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.

– Erasmus

 Great efforts from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.

– William Ellery Channing

I have learnt to seek my happiness in limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.

– John Stuart Mill

 Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.

– Epictetus

 Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.

– John Balguy

 We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 Happiness consists not in having much, but in wanting no more than you have.

– Lydia Maria Child

 A man who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.

– Sir J. Stephen

 Oh, be he king or peasant, he is happiest

Who in his home finds peace.

– Goethe

 Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.

– J. Petit Senn

 Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;

Bliss is the same in subject or in king.

– Alexander Pope

 To be secure, be humble. To be happy, be content.

– James Hurdis

 It is not great, but little good-haps that make up happiness.

– J. Paul F. Richter

 Happy the man, and happy he alone,

He who can call today his own:

He who, secure within, can say —

Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.

– John Dryden


The Blessings of Life

Recently I came across a story that at once made me feel sad and at the same time, forced me to think about blessings of God that sometimes remain unnoticed to our eyes. There is this high probability of people reading this article are comfortably sitting in a good chair, enjoying blessings of life. It is also likely that you don’t really have to worry about hunger, starvation, poverty and other such existential issues. But do you really feel like going back to your past once in a while and acknowledging or even accepting what parents, family members and friends have done for you?  Do you feel like thanking them for even small deeds? Or your expectation gets better to those feelings of gratitude? Well, the answer lies within you but what you can do in meantime is to read this touching story and then perhaps, you will know what you are supposed to do!

“A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private   study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.”

New Year Resolutions

New Year is about to begin in 2 weeks time. Whenever someone mentions New Year, first word that comes to your mind is Resolutions! Lots and lots of resolutions by almost all the people. But what is ironical is a greater percentage of people abandon their New Year resolutions within the first three months of the year. The reason is simple. Some of them make practically impossible resolution or too ambitious to achieve. Some people seriously think they can fulfill their resolutions but some excuse or other and it remains incomplete. The thing is, mind must know what is within plausible limits and what lies outside the limitations. Ambition and deep desire is one thing but trying to tame impossible targets is altogether different.

The ideal way is to make a commitment and not a resolution. The word resolution itself has acquired a negative connotation and is kind of taken in a funny way. Whereas if you make commitment, things will make more sense as mind will be aware of a new term and that proves to be of great help. Another good idea is not to make resolutions with others. Do it in a different way when not everyone is doing the same. Try to devote a part of your emotion to the commitment. You must feel very strongly about the commitment you are going to make. Lastly, pen down whatever you have decided it goes a long way in reaffirming your commitment. Verbal and written must go together. The last thing is, give your commitment and resolution some time. Believe in the process and it will happen. Just go for it.

Sharing A Story- “The Window”

Recently I came across a wonderful story and thought of sharing with you. It is a heart-warming tale that emphasizes virtue of positivity and optimism. The search of happiness is eternal but it can be found in small things of life. One need not to go to unknown lands to search for elusive happiness. Look beside you, you will find it somewhere hidden. Happiness is not just made of large things, big events and major achievements. It is also made of small things that we people normally tend to ignore. Let’s read this wonderful story and learn our lessons.

“Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour a day to drain the fluids from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and   families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed next to the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed would live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the outside world. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man had said. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm amid flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.  Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an alien thought entered his head: Why should he have all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see  anything? It didn’t seem fair. As the thought fermented, the man felt ashamed at first. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He   began to brood and found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window – and that thought now controlled his life.

Late one night, as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man   watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room, he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes, the coughing and choking stopped, along with the sound of breathing. Now, there was only silence–deathly silence.

The following morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendant to take it away–no words, no fuss. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his   first look. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. “

–          (Author Unknown)

I Can

yes_we_canYour statements hold such great importance in your lives. The speech you make, the sentences you utter in the course of a day so much reflects your thinking. Wise people have said, always think before you speak because of simple reason that your words make your personality. Using affirmative sentences in a confident manner changes a lot about your underlying belief. Imagine starting your speech with ‘I Can’ on a regular basis and witness the change. Although small, but these changes bring major positive effects in one’s life. While you speak think of yourself as an accomplisher and as someone who has dreams and then speak words.

Procrastination is a problem, a real big problem. Procrastination delays movement and causes impediment. If you have faith and good speech and still you are not able to make any move then blame it on procrastination factor. Take a step forward and don’t look back. And even if you look back it should be for the purpose of reflecting upon how things have gone and what you could have done to make journey more fruitful. Actions must take place or else you will keep staring at opportunities gone by. Nobody likes to miss his moments and take actions and move ahead.

Don’t fear taking risks. A risk taker goes a long way in deciding one’s fate. Risk and reward run together. But before taking risks, think about all the factors involved and try to master your fears. That is the key to gain confidence and proclaim proudly, Yes, I Can.