Guard your Rest

June 29, 2007

The society we live in seems determined to pack as much as possible into every day – work, recreation, family time, good deeds – everything, it seems, but rest and relaxation.

Our hectic lifestyles seem shortsighted in light of the fact that physicians say rest enhances the enjoyment and effectiveness of all our other efforts.

Rest, both physical and mental, will render you more alert, more productive, more efficient, and less irritable – in a word, happier!

Use it as a baseline for all your other activities.

Your body will thank you for it.

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Have a restful weekend!

Painting: “Early Morning Light” by Aldo Luongo

Ask for Help

June 27, 2007

When we feel weak or unsure, it is hard to reach out for help. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to “go it alone”. You don’t.

Many worries are born of isolation. Turn to loved ones and friends for the help you need to sort through your worries. Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

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“Help, I need somebody!”

We live in a society that is constantly challenging us to stretch beyond our limits and reach for the stars. Pleas for help as well as demands on our time and energies lie around every corner. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Eventually, we each have to accept the fact that no one can do it all. Freedom comes when we learn to say no.

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Saying no frees you to say yes to those things that bring the greatest satisfaction and sense of well-being. It also allows you to de-clutter your life and restore balance. It is the first step to leading a simpler, more productive life.

Healthy boundaries allow us to be true to who we are and what we are meant to do.

“What is this?”

June 25, 2007

An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 year-old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?”
The Son replied “It is a crow.”

After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?”
The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow.”

After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, “What is this?”
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son’s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. “It’s a crow, a crow”.

A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is this?”
This time the Son shouted at his Father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW.’ Are you not able to understand this?”

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:

“Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.

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While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this?”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.

So.. if your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.

From today say this aloud, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me. They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today”.

Note: A friend emailed me this touching story.

Funny but True

June 23, 2007

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
                                                                                                – Miss Piggy –