Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Life Explained

On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit
all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone
who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you
a life span of twenty years." The dog said: "That's a
long time to be barking. How about only ten years and
I'll give you back the other ten?" So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
"Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For
this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span " The
monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a
pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back
ten like the dog did?" And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow and
said: "You must go into the field with the farmer all
day long and suffer under the sun, have calves, and
give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I
will give you a life span of sixty years." The cow
said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live
for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back
the other forty?" And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said: "Eat,
sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll
give you twenty years." But man said: "Only twenty
years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty
the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and
the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep,
play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we
slave in the sun to support our family. For the next
ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the
grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on
the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Everyday Notes to Enjoy Life (13)

Was there a time when your boss noticed your good work or accomplishments? Or perhaps a good old neighbor noticing your orhids which you have painstakingly labored for them to grow wonderful flowers. It feels great, right? There's a feeling of satisfaction inside you, even though there isn't any material rewards. In fact an honest, sincere praise is worth more than any rewards. Somehow it lifts your moods. It keeps you on your goals. It motivates you to work even harder and it gives you a sense of pride. You would feel elated that someone appreciated you.

Praising is like putting someone in a higher pedestal without lifting a finger. The problem is that, some people find it easier to look for the flaws. Because it's much fun and amusing to gossip about other's imperfections. These people are selfish. They are jealous. And they hide their dark pride by resenting others.

Praise someone. "Lift him up" and you'll find a pleasant reward in return.