The Funny Clown
There is a famous story about a man who, desperately ill, goes to see a psychologist.
He tells the doctor that he has lost his desire to live and is seriously considering suicide.
The therapist listens attentively and then tells the patient that what he needs is a good belly laugh; he needs to take life a little less seriously.
He advises the unhappy man to go to the circus that night and spend the evening laughing at Andoy, the world's funniest clown.
"Seeing Andoy," the doctor says, "will help you relax and recover your perspective."
The patient rises to his feet, turns, and ambles to the door.
As he starts to leave the doctor says, "By the way, what is your name?"
The man turns back and looks sadly at the doctor, then says: "I am Andoy."
It is just as impossible for us to give our lives the meaning we thirst for as it is for a car to fill itself up with gas.
We were made to live in communion with God, which we can attain through friendship with Christ - who is the true meaning of every human life, both here on earth, and forever hereafter.
Are You a Potato, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean?
Once a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Her father, who was a chef by profession, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.
Once the three pots began to boil, he placed Potatoes in one pot, Eggs in the second pot and ground Coffee Beans in the third pot.
He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.
After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”
“Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.
He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently.
The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adapting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.
Do Not Judge People By Focusing On The Surface
A cruise ship met with an accident at sea. On the ship was a couple, after having made their way to the lifeboat; they realized that there was only space for one-person left. At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself. The woman stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.
The teacher stopped and asked, "What do you think she shouted?"
Most of the students excitedly answered, "I hate you! I was blind!"
Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she got him to answer and he replied, "Teacher, I believe she would have shouted - Take care of our child!"
The teacher was surprised, asking, "Have you heard this story before?"
The boy shook his head, "Nope, but that was what my mum told my dad before she died due to a disease.”
The teacher lamented, "The answer is right.”
The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly. Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings. It turns out that when parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.
He wrote in his diary, "How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone.”
This is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first. May be...
- those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are rich but because they value friendship above money.
- those who take the initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility.
- those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them.
- those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything but because they see you as a true brother and friend.
Nail in the Fence
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all.
He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.
Friends (religious brothers especially) are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
You are all my friends and I am honored!
Please forgive me if I ever left a hole in your fence…………….