Ship!!!


Blessings !!!

 

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.

 

The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

 

However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

 

The first thing they prayed for was food.

 

The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit.

 

The other man’s parcel of land remained barren.

 

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife.

 

The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was a woman who swam to his side of the land.

 

On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

 

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food.

 

The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him.

 

However, the second man still had nothing.

 

Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island.

 

In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island.

 

The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.

 

He considered the other man unworthy to receive God’s blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

 

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, “Why are you leaving your companion on the island?”

 

“My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered.

 

“His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything.”

 

“You are mistaken!” the voice rebuked him.

 

“He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings.”

 

“Tell me,” the first man asked the voice, “What did he pray for that I should owe him anything?”

 

“He prayed that all your prayers be answered.”

 

Moral of the story:

 

For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.

 

Urs,

 

SRK

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THE STRANGER IN THE GARDEN !!!


THE STRANGER IN THE GARDEN

 

Once upon a time there was a man who had a big garden.

 

He had planted many fruit trees and cared for them till they bear fruits.

 

Now he wanted to pick up the fruits and sell them to make money for his family.

 

One fine day while picking fruits with his son, the man saw a stranger sitting on the branch of a tree and picking the fruits.

 

This man become angry and shouted, “Hey you! What are you doing on my tree?

 

Aren’t you ashamed of stealing fruits in the day time?”

 

The stranger on the branch just looked at the gardener but didn’t reply, and continued picking the fruits.

 

The gardener was very angry and shouted again,

 

“For a whole year I have taken care of these trees, you have no right to take the fruits without my permission so come down at once!”

 

The stranger on the tree answered,

 

“Why should I come down? This is the garden of God and I am the servant of God, so I have the right to pick these fruits and you should not interfere between the work of God and his servant.”

 

The gardener was very surprised at this answer and thought of a plan.

 

He called his son and said, “go bring a rope and get this man down from the tree.”

 

His son brought the rope and the gardener ordered him to tie the stranger to the tree.

 

The gardener then took a stick and started to beat the stranger.

 

The stranger began to scream. “Why are you beating me? You have no right to do this.”

 

The gardener paid no attention and continued beating him.

 

The stranger screamed, “Don’t you fear God, you are beating an innocent man?

 

The gardener answered,

 

“Why should I fear? This wood in my hand belongs to God and I am too the servant of God, so I have nothing to fear, and you shouldn’t interfere with the work of God and his servant.”

 

The stranger hesitated and then spoke,

 

“Wait don’t beat me, I am sorry for taking the fruits.

 

This is your garden and I should seek your permission before taking the fruits.

 

So, please forgive and set me free.”

 

The gardener smiled and said,

 

“Since you have now realized your mistake, I will forgive you but remember that God has given all his servants brain so every person’s deeds are in his own hands.”

 

Then the gardener untied him and let him go free.

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

Don’t We All !!!


DON’T WE ALL

 

I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car.

 

I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to get out of work.

 

Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum.

 

From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money.

 

There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered.

 

This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.”

 

“I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought. He didn’t.

 

He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

 

After a few minutes he spoke.

 

“That’s a very pretty car,” he said.

 

He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him.

 

His scraggly blond beard keeps more than his face warm.

 

I said, “Thanks,” and continued wiping off my car.

 

He sat there quietly as I worked.

 

The expected plea for money never came.

 

As the silence between us widened something inside said, “Ask him if he needs any help.”

 

I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.

 

“Do you need any help?” I asked.

 

He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.

 

We often look for wisdom in great men and women.

 

We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments.

 

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand.

 

He spoke the three words that shook me.

 

“Don’t we all?” he said.

 

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.

 

Don’t we all?

 

I needed help.

 

Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help.

 

I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

 

Those three little words still ring true.

 

No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

 

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

 

Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that.

 

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.

 

They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have.

 

A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.

 

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets.

 

Maybe he was more than that.

 

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise, to messenger to a soul too comfortable in them.

 

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, and then said, “Go messenger to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help.”

 

Don’t we all?

 

“…..Even a smile can be charity…..”

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

MAY I NEVER GET TOO BUSY IN MY OWN AFFAIRS!


 

MAY I NEVER GET TOO BUSY IN MY OWN AFFAIRS!

 

It was a bitter, cold evening.

 

The old man’s beard was glazed by winter’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river.

 

The wait seemed endless.

 

His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

 

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path.

 

Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend.

 

He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention.

 

Then another passed by… and another.

 

Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue.

 

As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn’t appear to be a passageway by foot.”

 

Reining his horse, the rider replied, “Sure thing. Hop aboard.”

 

Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse.

 

The horseman took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which was just a few miles away.

 

As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman’s curiosity caused him to inquire,

 

“Sir, I notice that you let several other riders pass by without making an effort to secure a ride. Then I came up and you immediately asked me for a ride.

 

I’m curious why, on such a bitter winter night; you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had refused and left you there?”

 

The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse, looked the rider straight in the eyes, and replied,

 

“I’ve been around here for some time. I reckon I know people pretty good.”

 

The old-timer continued,

 

“I looked into the eyes of the other riders and immediately saw there was no concern for my situation. It would have been useless even to ask them for a ride.

 

But when I looked into your eyes, kindness and compassion were evident.

 

I knew, then and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the opportunity to give me assistance in my time of need.”

 

Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply.

 

“I’m most grateful for what you have said,” he told the old man.

 

“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.”

 

Urs,

 

SRK

 

Dont Overstress Urself!!!


PUT THE GLASS DOWN!

 

A professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it.

 

He held it up for all to see and asked the students, “How much do you think this glass weighs?”

 

‘50 gms!’…. ‘100 gms!’…… ‘125 gms’ …… the students answered.

 

“I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”

 

“Nothing” the students said.

 

“Ok! What would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?” the professor asked.

 

“Your arm would begin to ache,” said one of the students.

 

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

 

“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress and paralysis and have to go to hospital for sure!” ventured another student; and all the students laughed.

 

“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” asked the professor.

 

“No” the students said.

 

“Then what caused the arm ache and the muscle stress?” The students were puzzled.

 

“Put the glass down!” said one of the students.

 

“Exactly!” said the professor.

 

“Life’s problems are something like this. Hold it for a few minutes in your head and they seem okay. Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold it even longer and they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.”

 

“It’s important to think of the challenges (problems) in your life, but EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to have trust in God and to ‘put them down’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep.

 

That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh and strong and can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!”

 

So, as it becomes time for you to leave office today, Remember friend to “PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY” and have tranquility by putting trust in Almighty.

 

By worrying so much, do not turn your life to hell. Good luck.

 

Urs,

 

SRK

Love & Time !!!


LOVE & TIME

 

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love.

 

One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left.

 

Except for Love.

 

Love was the only one who stayed.

 

Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.

 

When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

 

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat.

 

Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?”

 

Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

 

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel.

 

“Vanity, please help me!”

 

“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

 

Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”

 

“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!” Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.

 

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder.

 

So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going.

 

When they arrived at dry land, the elder went his own way.

 

Realizing how much was owed the elder, Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who helped me?”

 

“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.

 

“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?” Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

Wealth-Love-Success!!!


Wealth-Love-Success!!!

 

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard.

 

She did not recognize them.

 

She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”

 

“Is the man of the house home?”, they asked.

 

“No,” she replied. “He’s out.”

 

“Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

 

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

 

“Go tell them I am home and invite them in!”

 

The woman went out and invited the men in.

 

“We do not go into a House together,” they replied.

 

“Why is that?” she asked.

 

One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.”

 

Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

 

The woman went in and told her husband what was said.

 

Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!,” he said.

 

“Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”

 

His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”

 

Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house.

 

She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

 

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife.

 

“Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

 

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”

 

Love got up and started walking toward the house.

 

The other 2 also got up and followed him.

 

Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?”

 

The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!”

 

Cheers,

 

SRK