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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Know Thyself

A Tibetan student was practicing
meditation in his cell when a spider
descended from the ceiling and hung
suspended in front of him.

It slowly spun around, attached to
the end of its web, until the novice
tried to catch it, at which point it
raced back up to the ceiling in a

Every day for a week the student's
meditation was disturbed by the spider.
It even seemed that it was getting
bigger, that it was becoming more
adventurous, and sometimes tried to
swing back and forth in front of him,
with all its legs spread wide.

"This spider is bothering me,"
thought the novice, "and making fun of
me. I'll catch it one day, I know will!"

He became so upset that he went to
ask the advice of his Spiritual Master.

"I hid a knife in my sleeve while I
was meditating," he said. "I wanted to
kill the spider when it came down, but
I didn't succeed. It disappeared the
moment I thought about catching it."

"Replace your knife with a piece of
chalk," the Master replied, "and make a
cross on the spider's back each time it
disturbs your meditation. Come back and
see me in a week."

A week later the novice returned to
his Master's cell and knelt down before
him, his head lowered.

"Lift your robe and look at
yourself," the Master instructed.

To his great surprise, the novice saw
a big X drawn on his own chest.

This short parable may seem absurd,
and yet it contains a profound truth.

The spider that disturbed the novice
during his meditation was his own bad
conscience, which always surfaces when
we are most relaxed. And what do we do?
We accuse it of trying to harm us, we
say that it is someone else, we seek a
threatening monster to fight with. But
the monster, the spider, is our own

We have to be able to look at
ourselves objectively in order to
overcome our worries, before they
assume a form that we have not chosen.

"Know thyself!"

This phrase is attributed to
Socrates, but it also appears on the
facade of the Temple of Delphi. 2500
years later it is still relevant, and
will always remain so!

Author unknown
Posted by Priya Deelchand

Laugh at yourself and at life

"Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously."
Og Mandino

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Joy in the morning

Here is a story by Steve Goodier that I would like to share with you today.

Does this sound familiar?

James was cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket
from a shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed it was
over eleven years old. He felt sure the shoes would not still be
there, but decided to stop by anyway and check.

He handed the ticket to the man behind the counter, who didn't seem to
be surprised at the date. "Just a minute," said the clerk. " I'll have
to look for these." He disappeared into a back room.

After a few minutes, the clerk called out, "Here they are!"

"That's terrific!" said James, hardly believing his good fortune.

The man came back to the counter, empty-handed. "They'll be ready
Thursday," he said.

We should all be masters of patience; after all, we've had plenty of
practice. But waiting for shoes is one thing, waiting to heal from a
hurt or waiting for a persistent problem to change can be far more

James Melvin Washington shared some wisdom about the importance of
patience in those tough times of life. He said, "My grandmother used
to tell me that every loss is temporary, that every rainy day is
temporary, that every hardship is temporary. She used to tell me,
'Son, every goodbye ain't gone. Just hold on - there's joy coming in
the morning.'"

Are you holding on? It may seem dark now, but morning is coming.

Wish you all a joy filled life!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Learn from your mistakes

A humorous story has it that a newly appointed young clergy
person was contacted by a local funeral director to hold a
graveside service at a small country cemetery in Iowa. There was
to be no funeral, just the committal, because the deceased had no
family or friends left in the state.

The young pastor started early to cemetery, but soon became lost.
After making several wrong turns, he finally arrived a half-hour
late. The hearse was nowhere in sight and cemetery workers were
relaxing under a near-by tree, eating their lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found that the vault lid
was already in place. He took out his book and read the service.
As he returned to his car, he overheard one of the workers say,
“Maybe we’d better tell him it’s a septic tank.”

Why is it we make our biggest mistakes in public? And some people
can’t avoid it…former hockey goalie Jacques Plante wonders,
“How would you like a job where, if you made a mistake, a big,
red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”

But we should never give up our right to be wrong. Good judgment
comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment. It
is your right to be wrong. “No (one) ever became great or good
except through many and great mistakes,” said William E.
Gladstone. Great mistakes are opportunities for great learning.
And great learning makes for great living.

You have a right to be wrong. And if you are to build a great
life, you have a duty to make great mistakes. If possible, laugh
at them. Always learn from them. And try to make sure your next
mistake is one you haven’t made before!

Posted by Priya Deelchand

There is always a solution

Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano,
a mother took her boy to a Paderewski concert.
After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the
audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the
opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the
little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door

When the houselights dimmed and the concert was about to begin,
the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child was
missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on
the impressive Steinway on stage.

In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard,
innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly
moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit.
Keep playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with
his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm
reached around to the other side of the child and he added a
running obbligato.

Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a
frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
And the audience was mesmerized.

Whatever our situation in life and history--however outrageous,
however desperate, DON'T QUIT. There is always a solution.
You have the power to transform any problem into a way to
mesmerize your audience...

- Author unknown -
Posted by Priya Deelchand