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Story To Reflect Upon 143, 144

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Two short stories with good moral lessons.
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Story To Reflect Upon 143, 144

  1. 1. Story To Reflect Upon 143 The Empty Soap Box A Japanese Cosmetics company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. The Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. The engineers devised an X-ray machine with high resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. This cost a lot of money and trouble. A workman instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line. Reflection * There are always simple solutions to problems. One needs to develop divergent and creative thinking … to be able to think out of the box. * Life has its share of problems. We need to take this as a challenge … to seek for solutions rather than always merely complaining. Only then can we grow in the mind.
  2. 2. Story To Reflect Upon 144 Chasing For Happiness Once upon a time, an old cat was walking down the street looking for his supper. As he walked along, he came upon a beautiful young cat who was running around in circles chasing her tail. Around and around she went trying as hard as she could to catch her tail. The old cat stopped and asked her, "What are you doing?" The young cat slowed down and replied that she had been taught that joy, happiness, success and luck were all in the tip of her tail. "All that I have to do is catch the end of my tail, and I will have the happy life,” she said. The old cat replied, "I've been around for a long time, and I know that joy, happiness, success and luck are in the tip of my tail; but, you know if I don't chase it and work my very hardest and don't worry about it, the happy life follows me wherever I go. My tail follows me everywhere, so I don't need to chase it." Reflections * Happiness isn't a place, a time, or a possession. You have to make it happen. * Happiness lies within. Stop chasing for it outside. Live life wisely and mindfully. Work hard. Just do your best. Develop contentment. Then happiness will follow you naturally.

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