Friday, October 8, 2010

Lunch with God

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted!

They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?" He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile the old woman, who also radiant with joy returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?" She replied! "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However, before her son responded, she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

Principles of an Eagle- Inspirational Article

Principles of an Eagle

Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or with other small birds.
No other bird can go to the height of the eagle..

Stay away from sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.
Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five
Kilometers away When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and
sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.

Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead
animals, but eagles will not.

Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Always do your research well.
Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm's winds to lift it higher. Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.

We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.

The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it falls to the ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.

Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.

When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects
them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly.

The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.

When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.
We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without
adding to our lives..

Monday, March 8, 2010

சிறை பறவை..... இனியில்லை நான்

சிறை பறவை.....
நான் அறிவேன் அதன் துன்பத்தை
நல்ல வேலை கடவுளே....
நான் அப்படியில்லை இனிமேலே....

சிறை பறவை....
சிறகுகள் வெட்டப்பட்டு, எங்கும் பறக்க முடியாமல்...
சிவந்த வானம் தெரிந்தும் கூட
பரந்த புல் வெளி இருந்தும் கூட
காற்றின் ஓசை காதில் விழுந்தும் கூட
சிறகை விரித்து உயர பறக்க
சுதந்திரம் இல்லா சிறை பறவை
நல்ல வேலை, கடவுளே.....
நான் அப்படியில்லை இனிமேலே

மேகக்கூட்டம் தொட்டுப்பார்த்து
மேலே...மேலே..... மேலே.... பறந்து
மனதில் உள்ள கவலை அனைத்தும்
என்றும் இல்லா ஆனந்தத்தில் ஆழ்ந்து
இதற்கு முன் சிரித்ததில்லை
இப்படி ஒரு சிரிப்பை நான்.

உன் தேவைகேற்ப நீ என்னை
உபயோகப்படுத்திக் கொண்டாய்
என தெரிந்தும் கூட
உன்னை நினைக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு நொடியும்
உள் மனதின் ஆனந்தம் புன்சிரிப்பாய் முடியும்.

சிறை பறவை....இனிமேலும் நானில்லை
சுதந்திரத்தை.....எனக்களித்தாய் நீ இன்று.

சுற்றித் திரிந்து, உயர பறந்து,
சூரியனை தொட்டுவிடும்....
சுதந்திரத்தை....எனக்களித்தாய் நீ இன்று.

அழகான இந்த உணர்வை
ஆழமாய் உணர்ந்து பார்க்க
இந்த யுகம் போதாது
கடவுளே... இந்த யுகம் போதாது.

சிறை பறவை....இனிமேலும் நானில்லை
சுதந்திரத்தை.....எனக்களித்தாய் நீ இன்று .