चींटी और कबूतर की कहानी
एक बार कड़कती गर्मियों में एक चींटी को बहुत प्यास लगी हुई थी। वो पानी की तलाश में एक नदी किनारे पहुंच गयी। नदी में पानी पीने के लिए वो एक छोटी सी चट्टान पर चढ़ गयी और वहां पर वो फिसल गयी और फिसलते हुए नदी में जा गिरी।
पानी का बहाव ज्यादा तेज़ होने से वो नदी में बहने लगी। पास ही में एक पेड़ पर कबूतर बैठा हुआ था। उसने चींटी को नदी में गिरते हुए देख लिया। कबूतर ने जल्दी से एक पत्ता तोडा और नदी में चींटी के पास फेंक दिया और चींटी उसपर चढ़ गयी।
कुछ देर बाद चींटी किनारे लगी और वह पत्ते से उतर कर सूखी जमीं पर आ गयी। उसने पेड़ की तरफ देख और कबूतर को धन्यबाद दिया। शाम को उसी दिन एक शिकारी जाल लेके कबूतर को पकड़ने आया।
कबूतर पेड़ पर आराम कर रहा था और उसको शिकारी के आने का कोई अंदाजा नहीं था। चींटी ने शिकारी को देख लिया और जल्दी से पास जाके उसके पॉंव पर जोर से काटा। चींटी के काटने पर शिकारी की चीख निकल गयी और कबूतर जाग गया और उड़ गया।
नैतिक शिक्षा: कर भला हो भला। अगर आप अच्छा करोगे तो आपके साथ भी अच्छा होगा।
Are you God ?
Several years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They assured their wives that they would be home in time for Friday's supper. One thing led to another and the meeting ran overtime so the men had to race to the airport, tickets in hand. As they barged through the terminal, one man inadvertently kicked over a table supporting a basket of apples. Without stopping they all reached the plane in time and boarded it with a sigh of relief. All but one. He paused, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple-stand had been overturned. He waved goodbye to his companions and returned to the terminal. He was glad he did. The ten-year old girl was blind. The salesman gathered up the apples and noticed that several of thom were battered and bruised. He reached into his wallet and said to the girl. "Here, please take this ten dollars for the damage we did. I hope it didn't spoil your day." As the salesman started to walk away, the girl asked him slowly, "Are you God?"
A General decided to attack even though he was sure he would win, but his soldiers were full of doubt. So on the way to battle, he stopped at a shrine and went in and said some prayers. When he came back outside, he told the soldiers, "I am going to toss a coin. If it is heads, we shall win. "If it is tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal her hand." He tossed the coin. It was heads. The soldiers were so eager to fight that they won the battle easily. The next day, one of the officers with great conviction told the General, "That just goes to show that no one can change the hand of destiny." "Quite right," said the General, showing him that the coin had heads
on both sides.
A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?" The students' answers ranged from 20gm to 500gm. "It does not matter in the absolute. It depends on how long you hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it is Ok. If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance. It is the exact same weight but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes," "If we carry our burdens all the time, Sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier. What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again."
Two friends who were in the same battalion in the army were fighting a war. One evening, when one of the friends came back to his tent, he found the other friend missing. He started making queries about his friend. It was already night and some of his colleagues said that the friend had been injured very badly and there was nothing they could do except for leaving him there and by this time he must have died. Now, when this friend heard the news, he was so upset that hestartęd running tow ards the front line in the middle of the night to bring his friend back. His colleagues attempted to dissuade him from going, as he would be entering enemy territory and that in any case, it would be a futile exercise as the friend would already be dead. However, this man did not listen to their advice and went in search of his friend. He did not return throughout the night. In the morning, the colleagues who had dissuaded him, saw him returning to the camp and asked. What did you gain by going there and endangering yourself like that?" He replied, "It was no waste of my time. When I got there, I found my friend badly injured but alive. I knelt next to him, shook him awake and told him that I had come for him. He looked into my eyes and whispered; I was waiting for you. I knew that you, at least you, would come! Saying this, he died in my arms".