Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The boy, the mother and the cherry tree - A touching short story

The 6 year old boy was playing in the small garden in his house. The garden had a few small shrubs, plants and a few trees. There were many plants with beautiful flowers and a few with strange leaves. But out of all, the boy liked the cherry tree most.

Whenever the boy asked his father about the tree, he always replied, “Your mother planted the tree.”

But the boy had never seen his mother. He never knew how she looked as they didn’t have any photograph of her. He played in the garden with other children, most of who went to the same school as him. They always talked about their mothers loudly and that was when the boy felt silent.

He heard a lot of things about mothers from his friends from the school.
The boy didn’t know what motherly embrace is. He didn’t know how mother would have protected him from bad weather and would have snatched him away from difficulties. The boy never had sweet desserts and cakes his mother would have made. The boy missed his mother a lot and so he always stayed around the cherry tree. After all, his mother planted the tree…

The boy lay asleep below the cherry tree. It began to rain, but the boy stayed dry and harmless, because the small tree protected him. A few gentle drops falling from the leaves touched his face, he woke up slowly. It was getting dark, so he went back into the house. He switched on the light his room and looked through the window. The tree was completely pink due to the flowers blossoming on it. He imagined the tree as a woman, with pink hair and white clothes with silver lining. The boy began to cry, he never missed his mother so much and he again felt asleep.
Soon seasons passed. The blossoming flowers were now delicious cherries. Though his mother wasn’t there but his father often made cherry pie, muffins, cakes and crumbles. The boy loved them all. No matter what time or which meal, if he would eat something, it must contain cherries.
The boy would do most of the activities below the cherry tree. Playing, studying, eating and sleeping in the day. The cherry tree wasn’t just a tree for him anymore; it became a part of his life, a part of his every day to day activity.

The boy still missed his mother a lot but he now appreciated cherry tree more and more because he understood why his mother planted the tree. Though she left him, she was still with him, in the form of this beautiful cherry tree.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Top 10 Qualities of Mahatma Gandhi & why you need to learn them

Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October, 1869. This day is also celebrated as the International day of Non-Violence in his honor. Mahatma is made up of two Hindi words Mahan- Aātma; meaning great soul. In this month let's remember this great soul.  When asked about what message he would like to give to the world, Gandhi said, “My life is my message” Here are 10 great strategies and virtues we should learn from the Great life of Mahatma Gandhi. All the quotes are by Mahatma Gandhi:

1. Faith in self-
 “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
“Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.”
Mahatma Gandhi wasn’t a great orator, didn’t had a very attractive physique, lived a life of simplicity and avoided limelight as much as he could, but still he is regarded as one of the Greatest persons to have ever walked on earth. The reason is he always believed in himself. He believed that he has a great responsibility to free his country and he had complete faith in himself. He knew he’d a play a significant role in the freedom of India and so he did. His faith in himself triggered the faith of millions of Indians in him.
“All of us have great abilities and great responsibilities. All of us play a very significant role in the flow of History. The reason we never realize is because we never believe we can have a worldwide impact.”

2. Resistance & Persistence-
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you and then you win.”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"In God's own words: Why every Human is Great?" - An inspiring short story

Gaia holding the earth and looking at the God
Gaia, the Goddess of earth was unhappy because all the creatures that lived on earth didn’t use up all of their unique capabilities. Gaia complained this to the God. God pointed his finger towards apes, few of which turned humans by using their brain and working with their hands. Gaia watched the growth of humans; as they also started to alter their characteristics and extracted earth’s natural resources. Then, the same human resorted themselves to vices of lust, desires, stealth, greed, hunt, denomination, anger, arrogance, bragging, gluttony, craving for power, wants…

This made Gaia unhappy; the entire human race made her sad and deepened her pain. In these dark times, when most of the human followed unfair paths and resorted themselves to vices and evil, a few human forged their character to greatness with discipline and diligence. They were called as Great people all around the earth and were honored and respected everywhere. They delighted Gaia the most. But still they were very few and only one or two of them would born in many centuries.

Finally Gaia requested God to reform humans on earth; so she could be happy and live peacefully. She also doubted that if she didn’t go to God, the human, who were increasingly indulging themselves in “World Wars” would soon annihilate themselves by fighting with each other.

God appeared before Gaia, smiled and said: “You’re most unique among all your brothers and sisters; the planet you held responsibility for is also the most unique. I understand your urge to see divine nature in human.” God paused for a few moments and then said,
        “So, from now on, each and every human would be born with the same abilities. They won’t be great from the births but they’ll become great by their endeavors. Their only mission on the earth would be to find what they love; their destiny and then they’d have to keep trailing towards it. Whatever they’d need in order to reach their destiny would be always available, either around them or within them.
In this way every human would be able to stand among the great men and be great himself.”

God said and then disappeared. Gaia was smiling, she knew all her sons and daughters are great and would keep delighting her by their great deeds...

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