Friday, December 21, 2012

I am


Communication doesn't happen without listening. Listening doesn't happen when the listener is alienated.
Nothing alienates a listener faster than the repeated use of "I".

A wise man and a great communicator passed on his secret, a secret that had in turn been passed to him early in his career.

"Take 10 letters/memos/e-mails that you've written trying to get something done, change someone's mind, motivate your team, create activity.  Red circle every time you refer to yourself.  Now rewrite the message without referring to yourself.  Which version would you rather read?  Which version motivates better?  Which version focuses on the message?  Which version focuses on the messenger?"

I'm delighted to...

I'm glad that I am able to announce that I will...

I think we should...

In my opinion...

In my day we...

Where I come from we...

I promise that when I have time I will gather a group of my advisors and devote my full time and all of my skill and energy...

Beware the great "I Am".

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Thrifty Tailor



Once there was a tailor and a very fine tailor he was. He was also very thrifty. He wasted nothing!

A rich landowner came to him with a roll of the finest cloth. “Make me suit of this material”, he said, “and I will pay you well!”.

The tailor sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made the suit. And a very fine suit it was! He took it to the rich landowner, who was very pleased.

When the tailor returned to his workshop, he looked at the material that was left and thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!” So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart top coat. And a very smart top coat it was! He put it on and he wore it every day, and he wore it every day and he wore it every day until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!” So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart jacket. And a very smart jacket it was! He put it on and he wore it every day and he wore it every day and he wore it every day, until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!”. So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart waistcoat. And a very smart waistcoat it was! He put it on and he wore it every day and he wore it every day and he wore it every day, until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!” So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart cap. And a very smart cap it was! He put it on and he wore it every day and he wore it every day and he wore it every day, until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!” So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart tie. And a very smart tie it was! He put it on and he wore it every day and he wore it every day and he wore it every day, until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make something else!” So being a thrifty tailor, he sat up all night and he cut and he sewed and he snipped and he stitched. And in the morning he had made a very smart button. And a very smart button it was! He sewed it to his shirt and he wore it every day and he wore it every day and he wore it every day until it was all worn out!

And he was just about to throw it away, when he thought to himself, “Just a minute – there’s enough material to make – a story!"


A mentor

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mornings



Author Henry David Thoreau, upon awakening, would lie in his bed for a while and recount to himself all the good news that he could think of.

Then, he arose to meet the day in a world filled with good things, wonderful people, and great opportunities! He used this practice of spiritual motivation at the start of each day to infuse himself with new zeal and enthusiasm.

Learn to express your gratitude every day, and the happier you will be.

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A Bouquet for mother




A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away. As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.

He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother. But I only have seventy-five cents, and a rose costs two dollars.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home.

She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.”

She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mark Twain's letter



At one time in his varied career Mark Twain was not only poor, but he did not make a practice of associating with millionaires. The paragraph which follows is taken from an open letter to Commodore Vanderbilt. One paragraph of the "Open Letter" is worth embalming here:

Poor Vanderbilt! How I pity you: and this is honest. You are an old man, and ought to have some rest, and yet you have to struggle, and deny yourself, and rob yourself of restful sleep and peace of mind, because you need money so badly. I always feel for a man who is so poverty ridden as you. Don't misunderstand me, Vanderbilt. I know you own seventy millions: but then you know and I know that it isn't what man has that constitutes wealth. No--it is to be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich. Seventy times seventy millions can't make him rich, as long as his poor heart is breaking for more. I am just about rich enough to buy the least valuable horse in your stable, perhaps, but I cannot sincerely and honestly take an oath that I need any more now. And so I am rich. But you, you have got seventy millions and you need five hundred millions, and are really suffering for it. Your poverty is something appalling. I tell you truly that I do not believe I could live twenty-four hours with the awful weight of four hundred and thirty millions of abject want crushing down upon me. I should die under it. My soul is so wrought upon by your helpless pauperism that if you came to me now, I would freely put ten cents in your tin cup, if you carry one, and say, "God pity you, poor unfortunate."

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French food rules

A CUP OF JO: Motherhood Mondays: French Kids Eat Everything (good for my own eating habits, too ha)

Stranded on the road



Once a young man was riding an old Ford car. On the way, it broke down. He tried all possible ways to repair the car but alas - nothing worked. He was stranded on the road and hours passed by. Later an old man came that way.

Seeing the sad state of this young man, he asked him whether he could help him. The young man joyfully agreed. As he was looking, the old man did something on the engine and within a few minutes, the problem was solved.

In sheer amazement, the young man asked the old man how he could solve the problem within such short time. The old man replied, “I am Henry Ford. I am the one who manufactured this car!”

All of us need wisdom to run our lives well. We may obtain knowledge from various places but nothing compares as good as God’s wisdom. Like Henry Ford, God is the One who created us and everything present in this universe. He has the right answer for our questions and right solution for our problems. There is nothing about which God would comment, “ Charlie, I never thought of that!”

The Bible calls God the 'All-Knowing God'. He knows everything about the past, the present and the future – all about everybody and everything.

When someone finds something new, we call it Discovery! Why - because it was already there! It’s just now that somebody found it. God knew about it all the time!

That’s precisely what Proverbs 21:30 says, “There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord.” In other words, all that wisdom we need in this world is already present within God. He has inscribed it in His Works. No one can add anything more to it.

Jesus regularly sought after His Father’s wisdom as He was on this earth. That that fetched Him success even during difficult times.

Whatever be your field or work, God’s wisdom enables you to excel in that area – business, family, education, arts, administration, justice, service, hospitality, ministry, and even at school. Let us take time daily to obtain wisdom from the Lord through His Words, without being stranded in our journey. It’s totally worth it. His wisdom makes people fly high!