“Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love.” (Ali Ibn Abi Talib RA)
A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one would pop up.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire, and soon the pots came to boil. In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied. Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma then asked,
“What does it mean, grandmother?”
Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.
Enjoy ever moment of ever day than you can. Do not put off enjoying life for tomorrow for tomorrow may never come. Do not work and stress yourself to death with the thought that some day you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. Do not put off enjoying life for when you retire because you never know what lies ahead. While you still have health and strength find time to enjoy this gift of life because in a fleeting moment it can be gone.
My thought today is wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone made a concerted effort to be the best that they can be. Wouldn’t it be a great thing if we all tried to make life better for all of humanity. What a difference it would make to rid our hearts of hate and show love and acceptance to those we come in contact with. This world is a big place and there is room for all of us. We are all different and we may not always agree but that does not mean we cannot try to live in harmony. So today ask yourself how can I make a change. How can I help to diminish hate and rid this world of pain. We can all make a difference and it doesn’t have to be anything dramatic. Maybe we can start simply by making someone smile today.
Why Not You?
Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?
Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?
Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?
Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?
Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?
Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?
Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?
Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?
Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?
Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you?”
― Steve Maraboli,
THERE IS A REASON
For every cross we have to bear,
For every heartache, every care,
For disappointments that come our way,
For every dark and gloomy day,
There’s a reason
For every tear that we shed,
For all the dreams that rests unsaid,
For every stone that bruise our feet,
When trudging on the endless streets,
There’s a reason
For every hurt and every pain,
And all the hopes that lived in vain,
For every grief and every plight,
For every lonely hour at night,
There’s a reason
But there is One who understands
Our every ache and every pain,
We must put our trust in Him,
It will not be in vain,
For He knows the reason
5 Quotes to Inspire You
1.Your life is limited so don’t waste it
living someone else’s life.
2.Go confidently in the direction of
your dreams. Live the life you
imagined. (H.D. Thoreau)
3.We all wish that we could go through
life without risking anything. But
life teaches us that where there is no
risk there is usually no gain.
(Michael W Williams)
4.You are more capable than you ever
imagined. You are stronger than you
think. Set no limitations on yourself
you can be anything you set your mind
to be. (Marva Seaton)
5.I am not a product of my circumstances . I am a product of my decisions.