Story of a Pencil…

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The Pencil Maker took a pencil aside, just before putting it into the box. “There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil.

“1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

3) You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

4) The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

5) On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with determination in its heart.

 

Take a time-out to think: Put yourself in the place of this pencil :).

Allow this story of the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfil the purpose to which you were born to accomplish. Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

 

Regards,

Clearstreamofreason 😉

 

From stones to structures…..

A few days back I passed through a stone quarry and happened to take this snap:-

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Right in front of this quarry,there was this awesome structure which was newly constructed :-

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See the contrast between the primary raw material and the finished product! 🙂 Makes me correlate the same with life…

All of us have been blessed with raw materials.It’s left to us, to put these raw materials to best use so that our lives become a finished product.Just like this beautiful building here :)…

There’s something beautiful about the way God created this world.He made it in it’s most raw form.Everything we have now in our world-Be it a car,a smartphone or even a light bulb is because somewhere someone had a dream.He stood against all odds to make this dream become a reality.He would’nt take ‘No’ for an answer.He would persist in his thoughts and imagination.He would work hard each day.Failure was an everyday thing.But he would dream about being successful one day.And finally he gets there! Wow! What a feeling it must have been for him! 🙂

Right now everything in your life might not be in it’s finished form.It may not be close to that! But do you have that deep desire in you to one day achieve your dreams? Are you working towards it? Don’t you want to look back one day into your life and smile, thinking to yourself “I gave it my all, I have no regrets!”. 

Don’t you wish for a ‘Stone to Structure’ transformation?? 🙂

Always remember.

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

 

Regards,

Clearstreamofreason 😉
                                                                                             

Attitude is Everything….

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Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.’ I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers.

While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied. “Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

Jerry continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, ‘He’s a dead man.’ I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

-Francie Baltazar-Schwartz

Ingredients of a Champion…

Champions are made from something they have deep inside — a desire, a dream, a vision.

Do you have a desire burning deep inside your heart? Something that awakens you every time you think of it?

Do you dream big? Is there something you really wish to become one day? Are you scared of revealing your dreams because of fear of failure? Be brave, be bold and be a dreamer! 🙂

Do you have a vision of where you want to be in life and how you are going to achieve it? Or is your life ruled by fate and the misconception that we are puppets in the hands of destiny?

– ClearStreamofReason 🙂