Young Man in an interview

James T Johnson's photo.

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked, ‘
– Have you received a scholarship for school?’ The boy replied, ” No ‘.
-‘ It was your father who paid for your studies? ‘
-‘ Yes.’- He replied.
-‘ Where does your father work? ‘
-‘ My father is a Blacksmith’
The Director asked the young to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
-‘ Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ‘
-‘ Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
-‘ I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.’

The young felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash their hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed their hands to his son. The young washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father’s hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his study. The bruises on the hands were the price that he payed for their education, his school activities and his future.
After cleaning his father’s hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young when He asked him: -‘ Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?’
The boy replied: -‘ I washed my father’s hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop ‘
-‘ Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents , I would not be who I am today . By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping the family.

The director said, “This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others , a person who knows the hardship of others to do things, and a person who does not put money as his only goal in life”. ‘ You are hired ‘.

A child that has been coddled, Protected and usually given him what he wants, develops a mentality of ” I have the right ‘ and will always put himself first, ignoring the efforts of their parents. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we destroying our children?
You can give your child a big house , good food , computer classes , watch on a big screen TV . But when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall , please let him experience that too.
After eating have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you have no money to hire someone to do this it’s because you want to love them the right way . No matter how rich you are, you want them to understand. One day your hair will have gray hair, like the father of this young man.
The most important thing is that your child learns to appreciate the effort and to experience the difficulties and learn the ability to work with others to get things done. ”

Story By James T Johnson

From Paperboy to Top Exec… Inspirational Story…

The boy who hungered for success is now set to join a German company as its Deputy Country Manager in Sri Lanka.

When working professional Krishna Vedavyasa stepped out early one morning to buy a newspaper in Banaswadi, a young newspaper delivery boy approached him asking for Rs. 15,000 to fund his school fees. The customer met the boy’s teachers and, convinced of the boy’s sincerity, agreed to give the money. The boy, Shivakumar N., went on to study engineering, completed MBA at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata and is now set to join a German company as its Deputy Country Manager in Sri Lanka. Shivakumar was in class 8, when he walked up to Mr. Vedavyasa, who financed all his studies. “I felt like asking him (for help). I asked him,” he says. He not only sold newspapers to augment his family’s earnings, but also sold flowers, washed cars and worked as a sales representative in a car showroom. While studying and topping his class, he also moved on from delivering newspapers to an independent vendor with 500 customers.

His father was oblivious to the change. Shivakumar says, “My father never realised that I had become a vendor because I continued to wake up at 4 a.m. He continued to think that I was a delivery boy throughout.” He completed schooling in Maruthi Vidyalaya, studied engineering at Bangalore Institute of Technology and, guided by his benefactor, cleared the Common Entrance Test and got an MBA from IIM, Kolkata.

His family and the Good Samaritan, whom he describes as “the pillars” of his life, are thrilled with his success.He intends to help other youngsters who could be struggling as he did in his childhood.

About where he is today, he says, “I had a hunger for success. I focused on work and let the results follow.”


The Master’s Wisdom

Much publicity was made for the address the Master would deliver on ‘The Destruction of the World’ and a large crowd gathered at the monastery grounds to hear him. The address was over in less than a minute.

All he said was: “These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without hard work, learning without applying, religion without belief and worship without awareness.”

Down Syndrome Affected Girl Madison Tevlin – What an inspiring story!

Well my blog is equi-religious(if there exists a word like that 😉 ) . However , I’d like to share a verse from the Bible which to me… is a really really wise answer to a very very puzzling question…

And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Surely Dear Madison Tevlin… You are displaying the works of God through your singing and we all do respect you and will vow to work hard in life as you have!



New Year!.. New Hope!.. New Life!

So here we are again!…Stepping into another brand new year!.. With a lot of hope and aspiration in our hearts :)… To me this part of the year is very very exciting… It’s that time of the year when I actually analyse the previous year and how it has gone for me…The highs and the lows…The victories as well as failures..I also make a blueprint of the coming year.. How am I going to navigate through 2013! 🙂

January 1st might be just another day in our life. But there is something about the new year. It gives us freshness. It makes us want to turn things around. It might be a physical goal, a financial goal, a spiritual goal, a psychological goal..the list goes on…The collective soul of this world is reaching out to become bigger, better & stronger than what it was the previous year.

There in lies the beauty of us humans. We might be hit by the worst of hurricanes, tsunamis or earthquakes..We might wake up to hear gruesome stories that happen in and around us…We might have been hurt,cheated and broken by our near and dear ones…

But we still have the strength to hope for a better tomorrow..We still are determined to turn things around..And as long as this indomitable spirit is within us we will prevail over all darkness.

So this coming year let us all hope :)..Lets make every dream of ours become a reality. Let us be fighters who are not afraid of losing…Let us be hard-workers in our workplaces and institutions.  Let us be people who are not afraid of loving or trusting.. Let us be compassionate to the poor and also help them out keeping in mind that inflation hits beggars too!…Let us cherish each moment we spend with friends and family… Let us be responsible individuals and realise that what we do has the power to make or break another person’s life… Let us search for honour and integrity more than money or fame.. Let us respect our elders and give them the place they deserve in our lives… Let us be bold in times of doubt and uncertainty…

I can go on and on like this. It’s coz I believe that we are all children of God and we have the potential to move mountains. 🙂 Hope the positivity spreads into your minds and hearts as you read this. 😀

‘My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

Courtesy: Rascal Flatts – My wish

Happy New Year 2013 in advance,


ClearStreamofReason 😉

Faith And Toil- Conquerless Alliance!!!

Ring out the battle call of Duty!
Unfurl the flag of Faith and Toil!
We deem our soul’s eternal beauty
A lifelong Victor’s worthy spoil
A thousand such have proudly gone before us
To win and spread our School’s renown:
‘Tis ours to swell with our voices the chorus
And with our deeds enrich her crown.
Faith and Toil, conquerless alliance
Wherein we clasp human hands unto God’s!
In His control find we true self-reliance;
My hand and God’s – Whate’er the odds
My hand and God’s – Whate’er the odds
My hand and God’s
Evil’s onset hold in defiance !

I’m sure all Josephites from St. Joseph’s Boys High School will remember singing the school song lead by our very own Mr. Charles Noronha aka Charlie! But did we ever think of the meaning that it provided ? It’s crazy! When I read each line right now it just strikes a different chord altogether in my life! Our school wanted each one of us to imbibe the 2 strongest,most meaningful virtues that has potential to enrich the whole world- Faith and Toil .


What does it really mean to me?

Faith to me is Faith in God and Faith in myself.

Faith in God:The fact that I have someone who is looking after me from above. Someone who takes care of my every need. Someone who knows everything about me and who’s got a plan and purpose for me. I believe in God and his goodness. Sometimes things might not have gone the way I expected but I believe that God has something else in mind which on the longer run will make sense to me. I’ve gone through so many instances in life that I’ve wanted something so badly,din’t get it and later on realised that life din’t revolve around it anymore. That it would have just been a waste of time,energy and money had I got it. God has it all covered and when you put your faith in him,when you believe in him you will start to see your perception about things and life change too. I say this with personal conviction! 🙂

Faith in Myself: The reason I’ve started this blog is that I believe in myself and I believe that my words can have an impact on atleast a few people if not everyone. I still believe my words matter and I feel that’s the most important thing here! When each of us have faith in ourselves and we believe that we can make a difference our whole attitude and mindset will change. We will be able to ignite the fire inside us and then in another and one day make people around us believe in themselves. It’s a simple chain reaction! The world I feel is falling short of people who believe in themselves and their capabilities.The world is also falling short of people who want to make a difference. Everyone’s pretty content just taking care of their own business! Personally I don’t find meaning in life if I can’t make a difference to the people around me. I might be even mocked by my pals for being so ‘uncool’ and posting my deeper thoughts but I’m not going to be disheartened by anyone :).


When I think of the word Toil ,I think of Rabindranath Tagore’s lines from a famous poem ,

“Where tireless striving stretches it’s arms towards perfection.”

Faith in itself is not enough. If we’re only gonna have faith in God and ourselves and we don’t work towards the things we want the most, we won’t land up anywhere! I believe God wants each of us to put in hard work and to keep fighting to stay alive. To work with integrity even when noone’s around us. The biggest testimony of hard work to us Josephites is Rahul Dravid! We all know that he’s one cricketer respected the world over for his integrity and his never give up attitude. He worked hard each day in his practises and in the nets. I read recently that even at the age of 39 he used to clear all the fitness and endurance tests with ease before each tournament. Only plain hard work could have made him do that. Some people might look down on him for his non-glamorous way of playing but for me he is the best ever cricketer India has ever produced. Even if I was’nt a Josephite I would have still said this! Hands Down! He beats all the cricketing greats of our country! He has worked his ass of for our country even becoming a wicket-keeper batsman and he clearly has put our country and the team before himself. I hope that we too through our hard work may one day be as selfless and self-sacrificing as him!!

One of my favourite videos on Hard work! 🙂 enjoy 🙂

Now it’s your turn. What does Faith and Toil mean to you personally? Let us reason out 🙂