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Philosophy of the Bottle-Jar

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was. So 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 if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is 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, 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. Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

But then a student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of water. Of course the water filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

The moral of this tale is: No matter how full your life is, there is always room for a cup of tea with your loved ones 😀

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Denzel Washington’s Speech

Another inspirational speech by Hollywood actor Denzel Washington, after the Steve Jobs’ super-inspiring speech posted earlier.

Be Kind :)

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an un-truth.
Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Bob Martin. Mrs. Brenn had watched Bob the year before, and had noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Bob could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Brenn would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then putting a big ‘F ‘ at the top of his papers.
At the school where Mrs. Brenn taught, she was required to review each child’s past records and she put Bob’s off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Bob’s first grade teacher wrote, ‘Bob is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners… He is a joy to be around..’ His second grade teacher wrote, ‘Bob is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness, and life at home must be a struggle.’ His third grade teacher wrote, ‘His mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.’ Bob’s fourth grade teacher wrote, ‘Bob is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.’

By now, Mrs. Brenn realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Bob’s. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Brenn took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Bob stayed after school that day just long enough to say, ‘Mrs. Brenn , today you smelled just like my Mom used to.’ After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching, reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Brenn paid particular attention to Bob.

As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Bob had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Bob became one of her ‘teacher’s pets..’

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Bob, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by before she got another note from Bob. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Brenn that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life. Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer…. The letter was signed, Bob Martin, MD.
The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Bob said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Brenn might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Brenn did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Bob remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other, and Dr. Martin whispered in Mrs. Brenn’s ear:
‘Thank you Mrs. Brenn for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.’
Mrs. Brenn, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, ‘Bob, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn’t know how to teach until I met you.’

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it! ‘Believe in Angels, and then return the favor

Do you really love Music ?

In Washington DC, at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After about four minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About four minutes later, the violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At six minutes, a young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At ten minutes, a three-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At forty-five minutes: The musician played continuously. Only six people stopped and listened for a short while. About twenty gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After one hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions :

In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty ?

If so, do we stop to appreciate it ?

Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context ?

 

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this :

 

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…

 

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life ?

Read the full story Here

 

One of the best videos I have seen after a long time which tells what’s the flaw in the current educational system. Here, Sir Ken Robinson  speaks about the imminent changes needed which can really change the productivity of Tomorrow !! A must-watch !!

 

 

He was a young boy who lived with his elderly Mother. His mother wanted him to learn how to play the piano because she longed to hear her son play for her. She sent her son to a piano teacher who took Robby in, under her guidance. However, there was one small problem. Because Robby was not musically inclined and therefore was very slow in Learning. The teacher did not have much faith in the boy because of his Weakness. The mother was very enthusiastic and every week she would send Robby to the teacher. One day Robby stopped attending the piano lessons. The teacher thought that he had given up and in fact she was quite pleased since she did not give much hope to Robby.

Not long after, the piano teacher was given the task to organize a piano concert in town. She sent out circulars to invite the Students and public to attend the event. Suddenly, she received a call from Robby who offered to take part in the concert. The teacher told Robby that he was not good enough and that he was no longer a student since he had stopped coming for lessons. Robby begged her to give him a chance and promised that he would not let her down. Finally, she gave in and she put him to play last, hoping that he will Change his mind at the last minute. When the big day came, the hall was packed and the children gave their best performance.

Finally, it was Robby’s turn to play and as his name was announced, he walked in. He was not in proper attire and his hair was not properly groomed. The teacher was really nervous since Robby’s performance could spoil the whole evening’s brilliant performance. As Robby started playing, the crowd became silent and was amazed at the skill of this little boy. In fact, he gave the best performance of the evening. At the end of his presentation the crowd and the piano teacher gave him a standing ovation. The crowd asked Robby how he managed to play so brilliantly. With a microphone in front of him, he said, “I was not able to attend the weekly piano lessons as there was no one to send me because my Mother was sick with cancer. She just passed away this morning and I wanted her to hear me play. You see, this is the first time she is able to hear me play because when she was alive she was deaf and now I know, she is listening to me. I have to play my best for her!”

This is indeed a touching story of love and excellence. When you have a Passion and a reason to do something, you will surely excel. You may not be Talented or gifted but if you have a strong enough reason to do something, you will be able to tap into your inner God given potential.

Why Me ??

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS which he got due to infected blood he received during a heart surgery in 1983. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:
“Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?

To this Arthur Ashe replied: “The world over — 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals,

when I was holding a cup I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’

And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’

Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrow keeps you Human, Failure keeps you humble and Success keeps you glowing, but only Faith & Attitude keeps you going

Motivation is the source of Power

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit.

When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?”

The frog explained to them that: ” He was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.”

 

This story teaches two lessons:

(1) There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.
(2) A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.

 

Be careful of what you say. Speak good to those who cross your path. The power of words… it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is that individual who will take the time to encourage another !!