Let me tell you this story:
There was a man who made his living selling balloons at streets. He had all colors of balloons Including Red, Yellow, Green.
Whenever business was slow, he would release a helium filled balloons into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one. They would come up to him, buy a balloon and his sales would go up again.
He continues this process all day.
One day, a little boy who was watching balloon seller intriguingly, came near and asked, “If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?”
Moved by the boy’s concern, the man replied with empathy. “Son, it is not the color of the balloon, it is what inside that makes it go up.”
The same thing applies to humans. It is what is inside that counts. The thing inside us that helps us Go Up in life is ‘Our Outlook’.
--plagiarized by onzie
Outlook is defined as general attitude towards life. In other words, your outlook is your attitude which becomes your reactions. Take charge of your daily outlook and change it for the better. Use your outlook as a defense against negativity.
Looking through the prism of your own confidence, you’ll see success where others see failure. Practice to fill your mind with lighter and positive thoughts, and I am sure you will feel much lighter and loaded with energy.
|An Ant in the Balcony|
One Sunday morning a wealthy man sat in his balcony enjoying sunshine and his coffee when a little ant on the small wall caught his eye which was going from one side to the other side of the balcony carrying a big leaf several times too large for its size. The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, took a diversion and then continued towards destination.
At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while, analyzed and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.
The man was captivated by the cleverness of the ant, one of God's tiniest creatures. The incident left the man in awe and forced him to contemplate over the miracle of Creation.
We worry about our family, we worry about our job, we worryabout how to earn more money, we worry about where we should live in 5 bedroom or 6 bedroom house, what kind of vehicle to buy – a Mercedes or BMW or a Porsche, what kind of dresses to wear, all sorts of things, only to abandon all these things when we reach our destination – The Grave.
Instead of carrying things like a burden, one should learn to enjoy loved possessions without too much attachment. Psychologically speaking, most of man's endeavors are triggered by inferiority complexes. Learn to fight your complexes. The more detached you are more blissful state you are in. The more contended you are, more evolved you are. And happier!
You Took My Place
There is a story about a man who visited a church. He parked his car and started toward the front entrance. Another car pulled up nearby, and the irritated driver said to him, "I always park there. You took my place!"
The visitor went inside and found that Sunday school was about to begin. He found an adult class, went inside, and sat down. A class member approached him and said, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday school, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down in an empty pew. Within moments another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit. You took my place!" The visitor was troubled, but said nothing. Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to be present with them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and cried out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, "I took your place."
Some things that happen in church are silly. Some things are downright scandalous. Some things may even be sacrilegious. But the Church is still the body of Christ and it was for the Church that Christ died—He took our place.
Way to Accomplish Pursuit of Happiness
Once a group of 500 people was attending a seminar. Suddenly the speaker stopped and decided to do a group activity. He started giving each person a balloon. Each person was then asked to write their name on it using a marker pen. Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
The people were then let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written on it within 5 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 5 minutes no one could find their own balloon. Then, the speaker asked each person to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker then began, "This is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness. And this is the purpose of human life...the pursuit of happiness."