Story of a Cactus

A cactus stood all alone in the desert, wondering why it was stuck in the middle of nowhere.

I do nothing but stand tall here all day,” it sighed. “What use am I? I am the ugliest plant in the desert. My spines are thick and prickly, my leaves are rubbery and tough, my skin is thick and bumpy. I can’t offer shade or juicy fruit to any passing traveler. I don’t see that I am any use at all.”

 

All it did was stood in the sun day after day, growing taller and fatter. Its spines grew longer and its leaves tougher, and it swelled here and there until it was lumpy and lopsided all over. It truly was strange-looking. “I wish I could do something useful.” it sighed.

By day hawks circled high overhead. “What can I do with my life?” the cactus called.

Whether they heard or not, the hawks sailed away. At night, the moon floated into the sky and cast its pale glow on the desert floor. “What good can I do with my life?” the cactus repeated. The moon only stared coldly as it mounted its course.

A lizard crawled by, leaving a little trail in the sand with its tail. “What worthy deed can I do?” The cactus asked.

You?” the lizard laughed, pausing a moment. “Worthy deed? Why you can’t do anything! The hawks circled way overhead, tracing delicate patterns for us all to admire. The moon hangs high like a lantern at night, so we can see our ways home to our loved ones. Even I, the lowly lizard have something to do. I decorate the sands with these beautiful brushstrokes as I pull my tail along. But you? You do nothing but get uglier every day.

And so it went on, year after year. At last the cactus grew old and it knew its time was short.

Oh Lord,” it cried out, “I have wondered so long and I have tried so hard. Forgive me if I have failed to find something worthy to so. I fear that now it’s too late,” but just then cactus felt a strange stirring and unfolding, and it knew a surge of joy that erased all despair. At its very tip, like a sudden crown, a glorious flower suddenly opened in bloom.

Never had the desert known such a blossom. Its fragrance perfumed the air far and wide and brought happiness to all passing by. The butterflies paused to admire its beauty, and that night even moon smiled when it rose to find such a treasure.

The cactus heard a voice. “You have waited long,” Lord said. “The heart that’s seeks to do good reflects my glory, and will always bring something worthwhile to the world, something in which all can rejoice – even if for only a moment.

Moral of the Story: In two simple, yet very effective words, “Patience” and “Time”.

Patient is the key. Always have patience and keep working towards your goal no matter how difficulties you pass through, how many critics you face. Never ever get saddened and never get frustrated. Calm.

time_patienceGive time some Time. Time is the most important thing which has the ability to change everything. Whatever work we do it takes time. Tajmahal took 20 long years to get completed and once it got completed, it is known as one of the wonders of the world, it has become the Symbol of Love.

Have passion and be patient towards your goals and at the end of the day, you will find yourself at the top of the world.

Keep Smiling… 🙂

Story Credit: Unknown

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21 Suggestions for Success

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25 Life Lessons Learned by Me

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  1. Relationships matter the most, so preserve them.
  2. Don’t speak to any when you are in anger.
  3. Think Twice. Thrice. Hundred times before criticizing anyone.
  4. Time has the power to heal anything.
  5. Always be Polite. Calm. Maintain your vibrations of your mind.
  6. Always try to control your Heart and Mind rhythms. If can’t be controlled, can be dangerous for you.
  7. Love from your heart but not from your mind. Think from your mind not from your heart. Most of the time, we mix them.
  8. Live in present moment even in pressurized state of mind.
  9. The best way to being motivated is – Motivate others.
  10. Critics are wonderful creatures. Learn from them.
  11. Take Risks. I believe, take more risks when you feel luck is on your side.
  12. Smile is a wonderful gift. Let it spread like a virus.
  13. Feeling a bit low? Listen to motivational music. It will rejuvenate you.
  14. Believe in God. When feeling tensed, pass it on to God. They are always there for you.
  15. Laugh loud with friends and behave childish with your loved ones.
  16. Never argue with any one. It’s better to lose arguments most of the time.
  17. Never discuss anyone’s: Religion, Relationships and Diseases
  18. Always be positive and behave positively.
  19. Don’t judge people by their first impressions.
  20. Never regret.
  21. Be a Day dreamer.
  22. Exercise daily. It rejuvenate your confidence as well as body.
  23. Never underestimate yourself as you are the beautiful gift to someone.
  24. Always give more and expect nothing.
  25. Always use words: Please, Thank you and Sorry.

Keep Smiling… 🙂

Thanks,

Aviral

Stop dancing to negative tunes

When I was a kid, I hardly used to go out of my home. Even when bell would ring I don’t dare to open the door.

I used to skip social gatherings, festive evenings etc. and even if I had to go (forcefully) and attend these, then hardly used to talk to any one there. This doesn’t mean, I was like ‘not-to-mingle’ person but I was worried, what people will say about me. How will they react once I start talking to them. Lots of questions would arise in my mind.

I was living in an isolated world.

It happens with every one of us. It must have happened with you, if not hats off to you. I wish I would be like you.

What will people say at my back’ put me in the isolation. I could not handle criticism. This word ‘Criticism’ made me shiver. It made me frightened. Socializing with people and rubbing shoulders with them for me was like walking alone in timorous and terrified midnight in the jungle.

I was living in the midst of Critics, their criticisms and people used to gossip about me. Unfortunately, I danced to their negative tunes.

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

– Nhat Hanh

Before I move forward, let me ask you one simple question.

If you accidently caught in the marshland then what will you do to get out of it?

Yes, you guessed right!

You free your body and will try to grab some support and slowly try to come out of it. The more you make yourself rigid and stay there, the more you go deeper inside the marshy land. You know the result.

These negative people in our society who talks behind our back or criticizes us openly are not lesser than the marshy land. The more you stay with them, higher the negativity surrounds you. The more time you spend with them, more unhappiness will start revolving around your soul like satellites orbiting around the planets.

Wherever you go, they and their echoes will follow you.

What to do in these circumstances, when you get caught with these negative people while socializing?

keep calmWill you stop going or visiting these ecstatic places (the way I did)? Will you stop talking to incredible people who can inspire you, inject the positivity inside you and who can share life changing ideas?

No!

Just ignore them, live your life freely. Put the wings on your back and keep visiting numerous people no matter what they talk about you or how they react at your entrances or exits. Don’t waste your energy after them and their idiotic gossips. Entertaining these people are waste of energy, time and most importantly spoiling our mood and soul. If you don’t love talking to someone, just politely ignore them with smile on your face. Trust me, your million dollar smile will kill their egos and confidence.

ignore negative peopleNot going at such thrilled places because of the negative people will isolate you, the way it did me. Yes, I was hundred percent wrong and obviously was immature in my teenage days. But when I got to know my mistake, suddenly I worked on it and changed my attitude and it changed my life.

Now, whenever I go to parties or socialize with others, I just ignore the criticisms with my beautiful smile and never let their negativity enter in my soul. I filter out their negative impacts and receive positive vibrations from the environment, the way modern air conditioners filter out dust particles and provide you chilled air and give you soothing experience.

We go to social gatherings and meet various incredible people and increase our network. Strengthen our relationships with those who love us and care for us. Going there and not talking to beautiful people is like walking in the beautiful garden and avoiding the fragrances of the beautiful flowers.

In garden, you may get few thorns as well but because of these, will you stop visiting the garden?

Keep Smiling…. 🙂

Thanks,

Aviral