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  1. 1. rasayanareadersdigest Just another WordPress.com sitePoints to Ponder Search Home 01- Log of updates – of New additions Laughter – The Best Medicine Picturesque Speech Points to Ponder Quotable Quotes Subscribe rasayanareadersdigest syndicates its w eblog posts and Comments using aA Persian Fable : technology called RSS (Real Simple Syndication). You canOne day , use a service like Bloglines to get notified w hen there areA wanderer found a piece of clay, new posts to this w eblog.So redolent of perfume ArchivesIts odor scented all the room. February 2011“What art thou ?” was the quick demand:“Art thou some gem of Samarcand?” CategoriesOr spikenard rare in rich disguise , Uncategorized (1)Or other costly merchandise ?”“Nay I am but a piece of clay .” Blogroll“Then whence this wondrous sweetness ,pray?” Discuss“Friend ,if the secret I disclose , Get Inspired Get PollingI Have been dwelling with a rose “. Get Support Learn WordPress.comAcceptance:Some people confuse acceptance with apathy ,but there is WordPress Planetallthe difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between WordPress.com New swhatcan and what cannot be helped;Acceptance makes that distinction.Apathy paralyses the willto action; Acceptance frees it by relieving it of Metaimpossible burdens. RegisterAt dinner the other night, we were discussing certain of our Log inaffluent friends and I remarked to my husband : Valid XHTML“Relax, someday we will also get rich”.He reached over ,took XFNmy hand , and replied : WordPress.com“Honey, we are rich.Someday we will also have money”Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend.But it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success.Consider the hammer :It keeps its headIt does not fly off the handle.It keeps pounding away.It finds the point and drives it home.It looks at the other side too, and thus often clinches the matter.It makes mistakes, but when it does it starts all over .Formula for handling people:1.Listen to the other person’s story.2.Listento the other person’s full story.3.Listen to the other person’s full story,first. George MarshallFinally a soft voice commands closer attention than does a loud voice.People will hang on your every word only if they have to in order tocatch every word. This is something that Mafia Dons have longknown.Quentin Crisp in Doing it with style. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  2. 2. Get the right perspective.When Goliath came against Israelites thesoldiers thought “He is so big, we can never kill him.”David looked at thesame man and thought, ”He is so big, I can’t miss him”.Human Nature..A simple experiment will distinguish two types of humannature. Gather a throng of people and put them on a ferry boat. By thetime the ferry has swung into the river you will find that a certainproportion have climbed upstairs in order to be out in the deck and seewhat is to be seen as they cross over. The rest have settled indoors tolose themselves in apathy or tobacco smoke.We may divide the passengers into two classes :* Those who areinterested in crossing the river. ** Those who are merely interested ingetting across.We can apply this discovery to every walk of ourlife.HOPE – FAITH – LOVENothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime ; therefore wemust be saved by hope.Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in anyimmediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith.Nothing we do ,however virtuous ,can be accomplished alone ; thereforewe are saved by love .No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of ourfriend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must besaved by the final form of love which is forgiveness. ReinholdNiebuhrMan, despite his artistic pretensions ,and his sophistication and manyaccomplishments ,owes the fact of his existence to a 15 CM layer oftopsoil and the fact that it rains.If at first you don’t succeed, try,try again.If you still don’t succeed, stoptrying. Sit down and think it over.Persistence is a noble virtue. But it isno substitute for evaluation.I remember one winter, my dad needed firewood and he found a deadtree and sawed it down. In the spring, to his dismay new shoots sproutedaround the trunk. He said, ”I sure thought it was dead. The leaves had alldropped in wintertime. It was so cold that the twigs snapped as if therewere no life left in the old tree. But now I see there was still life at thetaproot”.He looked at me and said “Bob, don’t forget this importantlesson. Never cut a tree in wintertime. Never make a decision in lowtime. Never make your most important decisions when you are in theworst mood. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. Thenit will be time for you take a decision.IN a very entertaining work, over which we have roared in childhood, itis stated that a point has no parts and no magnitude. Humility is theluxurious art of reducing ourselves to a point, not to a small thing or alarge one, but to a thing with no size at all, so that to it all the cosmicthings are what they really are — of immeasurable stature.GK ChestertonIn formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat;but is the evolutionof real knowledge. It marks the firststep towards victory. This is onegreat reason for utmosttolerance of variety of opinion. A clash ofdoctrines isan opportunity-not a disaster.If I had influence with good fairy who is supposed to preside over thechristening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child be asense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, anunfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of lateryears, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial ,thealienation from the sources of our strength.I once had an occasion to buy a silver soup ladle. The obligingsalesman brought forth quite an array of them ,includingultimately one that was as plain and unadorned as theunclouded sky – and about as beautiful ! But the price ! It wasnearly double any of others .“You see “ the salesman explained .”In this highly ornamental converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  3. 3. ware ,the flaws do not show. This plain one has to be the verybest. Any defect would be apparent “.THERE IF YOU PLEASE ,IS A FINAL BASIS OF COMPARISONOF ALL THINGS.THE BARE DIGNITY OF THE UNADORNED THAT MAY STANDBEFORE THE WORLD, ALL UNASHAMED ,IN THECONSCIOUSNESS OF ITS PERFECTION.If your nose is close to the grindstoneAnd you hold it there long enoughIn time you’ll say there’s no such thingAs brooks that babble and birds that singThese three will all your world compose :Just you, the stone and your poor old nose.From a 200 year old stone in a country cemeteryIt is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a man in difficulty-the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse-the keeping up ahollow show that must soon come to an end.Have the courage to bepoor, and you disarm poverty ,of its sharpest sting.If I had influence with good fairy who is supposed to presideover the christening of all children I should ask that her gift toeach child be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it wouldlast throughout life, an unfailing antidote against the boredomand disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupationwith things that are artificial ,the alienation from the sourcesof our strengthIt is something to be able to paint a particular picture ,or to carve astatue ,and so to make a few objects beautiful ; But it is far more gloriousto carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which welook. To affect the quality of the day -that is the highest of the arts.ThoreauMan and eternity:…Many of our painful frustrations are caused by ourdriving desire to make an end of some or the other unfinished business.We harass our dogs and our children today, training them for tomorrow.We are in a kind of cold rage to bring about a desired end in our own timeand by our own means.Eternity must be laughing at our pretences. To bedriven by a passion to hurry the end, is to famish our lives of the livingpresentOne day when the subject of leadership was brought up by oneof the staff , President Eisenhower took out a piece of stringand laid it on his desk .”Look ” he said .”If I try to push it , I donot get anywhere .But if I pull it with me , I can take itanywhere I wantOf all the dear sights in the world, nothing is so beautiful as achild when it is giving something. Any small thing it gives. Achild gives the world to you. It opens the world to you as if itwere a book you had never been able to read. But when a giftmust be found it is always some absurd little thing, pasted oncrooked…. An angel looking like a clown.A child has so little that it can give, because it never knows ithas given you everything.“Our men are not experts” said Henry Ford. ”We have mostunfortunately found it necessary to get rid of a man as soon ashe thinks himself an expert. The moment one gets into theexpert state of mind a great number of things becomeimpossible. Our new operations are always directed by menwho have no previous knowledge of the subject and ,thereforehave not had a chance to get on really familiar terms with theimpossible.To us , the ,moment 8.17 AM Means sometrhing veryimportant ,if it happens to be the starting time of our dailytrain. To our ancestors, such an odd and eccentric instant oftime was without significance-it did not even exist.Ininventing the Locomotive ,Watt and Stevenson were part converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  4. 4. inventors of Time.Aldous HuxleyRiches of embarrassment…It is surely discreditable ,under the age of30,not to be shy. Self Assurance in the young betokens a lack ofsensibility; the boy or girl who is not shy at 22,will at 42 , become a bore.For shyness is the protective fluid within which our personalities areable to develop. Let the shy understand ,therefore ,that their disability isnot merely an inconvenience but also a privilege; a gift rather than anaffliction.Retirement: ..The riders in a race do not stop short when they reachthe goal. There is a little finishing canter before they come to a standstill.There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one’s self :Thework is done”. But just as one says that, the answer comes ”The race isover, but the work is never done while the power to work remains.” Thecanter that brings you to a standstill, need not be only coming to rest. Itcannot be, while you still Live. For to Live is to function.That is all thereis in Living. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.Reading books in one’s youth is like looking out at the moon through acrevice. Reading books in middle age is like looking at the moon in one’sown courtyard. And reading books in old age is like looking at the moonon an open terrace. That is because the depths of the benefits of readingvaries in proportion to the depths of one’s own experience.Right, left and center.We can understand political behavior better ifwe distribute opinions ,not on a straight line ,but in a circle ,so that theextreme left and right meet -as they indeed do ;Since both believe insuppressing ideas, in throttling freedom, in using violence, in making nodistinction between ideas and heresies, between treason and dissent. Thefar left and the far right have much more in common with each otherthan either does with the middle.Self Pity...In Nature we do not discover despondency, the handmaidenof despair. We never find self pity which undermines virtue more subtlythan arrant vice. Wild things do not resign or surrender. They will fightto death. Even a butterfly will defend itself.All things love life ,and if wedo not love it enough to make it seem worthwhile to ourselves and toothers, a suspicion arises that there must be something the matter withus.Take self pity out of life and you will be making great progress in theredemption of humanity. It is really a disease incident to civilization.Foras we go back towards nature, we see less and less of it and in nature’shome, none at all. Her children are valiant.Whatever may be theiradversities they do not complain.THEY ARE SELF RELIANT.THEYNEVER LOSE HOPE.Some people have a belief that every tree ,when it burns, gives back thecolours that went into its making-they see in the flaming logs the red ofmany sunsets, the purple of early dawn, the silver of moonrise and thesparkle of stars.So it is with us: what we have accepted into our heartsand made a permanent part of ourselves, is given back in times of trials.Style ,in its finest sense, is the last acquirement of the educated mind. Itis also the most useful. It pervades the whole being. The administratorwith a sense of style economizes his material. The artisan with a sense ofstyle prefers good work.Style is the ultimate morality of mind.ANWhitehead.Talent is a long patience…..It is a matter of considering longand attentively what you want to express, so that you maydiscover an aspect of it that has never before been noticed orreported. There is a part of everything that remainsunexplored ,for we have fallen into the habit of remembering,whenever we use our eyes, what people before us have thoughtof the thing we are looking at. Even the slightest thingcontains a little that is unknown. We must find it. To describea blazing fire ,or a tree in a plain, we must remain before thatfire, or tree, until they no longer resemble for us any other treeor any other fire. That is the way to become originalThe wine which is poured out first is the purest wine in the bottle, theheaviest particles and any cloudiness settling to the bottom. It is just thesame with human life. The best comes first. Are we going to let othersdrain it so as to keep the dregs for ourselves? Let that sentence stick in converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  5. 5. your mind, accepted as unquestioningly as if it had been uttered by anOracle:The only gracious way to accept an insult is, to ignore it; If you can’tignore it, top it; If you can’t top it, laugh at it;If you can’t laugh at it, It isprobably deserved.The value of passion ,like fire, s judged by the amount of warmth andlight it creates. Fanatics, like forest fires ,burn bright ,but destroy all intheir path that is tender and green.To be useful, fire must be confined. Tolive passionately, we must develop discipline. To love powerfully, wemust forge bonds of commitment.Passion is inseparable fromcompassion.The most valuable thing I have learned from life is to regret nothing. Lifeis short, nature is hostile and Man is ridiculous. But oddly enough, mostmisfortunes have their compensations, and with a certain sense ofhumour and a good deal of horse sense, one can make a fairly good job ofwhat is ,after all, a matter of very small consequence.The other day, when I could not buy my son, a toy cartI had promised,because the store was closed, we set about to build a toycartourselves.When the cart was ready to be shown to the family, I asked:“Which do you think is more fun ?making or having ?” Bill sat back amidthe sawdust and thought about it.”Making ” he said. Making must comefrom within, while having is an external circumstance, which may ormay not be worth its weight in satisfaction. The happiest people on earthare those who realize this difference early.The best thing for disturbances of the spirit is to learn. That is the onlything that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in youranatomies ,you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder in yourveins, you may miss your only love and lose your moneys to a monster,you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or knowyour honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only onething for it then-to learn.Learn why the world wags and what wags it.That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, neveralienate,never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learningis the thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn-purescience, the only purity there is. You can learn astronomy in a lifetime,natural history in three, literature in six. And then after you haveexhausted a milliard lifetimes in biology and medicine and theocriticismand geography and history and economics, why you, can start to make acartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning tobegin to beat your opponent at fencing. After that you can start again atMathematics ,until it is time to learn to plough. TH White in The Swordin the Stone.The creative process requires more than reason. Most original thinkingis not even verbal. It creates a groping experimentation with idea,governed by intuitive hunches and inspired by the unconscious. Themajority of well educated men are incapable of original thinking becausethey are unable to escape from the tyranny of reason. David OgilvyTolerance:The highest result of education is tolerance. Long ago menfought and died for their faith. But it took ages to teach them the otherkind of courage.: The courage to recognize the faiths of their brethrenand the rights of their conscience.Tolerance is the first principle ofcommunity. It is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think.The chief lesson that I have learnt in a long career is that the only way tomake a man trustworthy is to trust him :and the surest way to make himuntrustworthy is to mistrust him and show him your mistrust.From TvastriHe tookThe lightness of the leaf and the glance of the fawnthe gaiety of the sun rays and the tears of the mistthe inconstancy of the wind and the timidity of the harethe vanity of the peacock andthe softness of the down on the throat of the swallow.He addedthe harshness of the diamond converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  6. 6. the sweet flavour of honeythe cruelty of the tigerthe warmth of the fire ,and the chill of the snow,the chatter of the jay and the cooing of the turtle doveHe melted all this and formed a woman.Then He made a present of this to man.The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me. I havemet people so empty of joy that when I clasped their frostyfingertips it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeastStorm. Others there are whose hands have sunbeams in them,so that their grasp warms my heart. It may be only a theclinging touch of a child’s hand ,but there is as much potentialSunshine in it for me as there is in a loving glance forothers.Helen KellerWith health everything is a source of pleasure.Without it, nothing else,whatever it may be, is enjoyable.It follows that the greatest of follies is tosacrifice health for any other kind of happiness : For gain, advancement,learning, or fame …let alone fleeting sensual pleasures.Who is a Master ?A Master is someone who started before you did. He begins from thecenter and not the fringe. He teaches the essence. When the essence isperceived, he teaches what is necessary to expand the perception.Whatever he does, he does with the enthusiasm of doing it for the firsttime. This is the source of his unlimited energy…….Opening lines of thebook “The dancing Wu Li masters “by Gary ZukavWhen I was young, I wanted everything and all at once, untilour old Scottish Minister explained things to me like this:One night he dreamed that he saw a new shop in the Highstreet. He went in and saw an Angel behind the counter.Nervously he asked what the shop sold.“Everything your heart desires “ the Angel said.“Then I want peace on earth “ cried the Minister.” And an endto sorrow ,famine and disease”“Just one moment “ smiled the Angel. ”You haven’t quiteunderstood. We don’t sell fruits here. Only seeds”.While there is a chance in the world of you getting through yourtroubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he weresure of it. If at the end ,your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate youwill have been cheerful. HG Wells.WHAT IS A HOME ?A roof to keep out the rain.Four walls to keep out the wind.Floors to keep out the cold.Yes ,but home is more than that.It is the laugh of a baby ,the song of a mother ,the strength of afather.Warmth of loving hearts ,light from happy eyes ,kindness,loyalty ,comradeship .Home is first school and first church for young ones ,wherethey learn what is right ,what is good ,and what is kind .Where they go for comfort when they are hurt or sick.Where joy is shared and sorrow eased.Where fathers and mothers are respected and loved. Wherechildren are wanted.Where the simplest food is good enough for kings because it isearned.Where money is not so important as loving-kindness.Where even the teakettle sings from happiness.That is home.God Bless it.Ernestine Schuman-Heink.We are not sent into this world to do anything into which wecannot put our hearts .We have certain work to do for ourbread and that is to be done strenuously, other work to do for converted by Web2PDFConvert.com
  7. 7. our delight and that is to be done heartily; neither is to be doneby halves or shifts ,but with a will , and what is not worth thiseffort is not to be done at all.John Ruskin.Why do Insurance Companies, when they want to describe anact of God, pinch on something which sounds an act of devil ?One would think that God was exclusively concerned withmaking hurricanes, smallpox, thunderbolts and dry rot.Theyseem to forget that HE also manufactures rainbows, apple-blossom and siamese kittens.Leave a ReplyYour em ail address will not be published. Required fields are m ark ed * Name * Email * Website Post Comment Notify m e of follow-up com m ents via em ail. Notify m e of new posts via em ail. Blog at WordPress.com . Them e: Sapphire by Michael Martine. converted by Web2PDFConvert.com