Monday, November 06, 2006

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது

ஆங்கிலமாக இருந்தாலும் அருமையாக இருந்த ஆர்ட்டிக்கிள்

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination

We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another

Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough,and that will be well when they are older

Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we we must deal with them Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years

We tell ourselves, our life will be better when our spouses gets his/her act together,when we have a nice car, when we can take a vocation, when we finally retire

The truth is that there is no better time to be than right now
If not, then when?

Your life will always be full of challenges It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all

For the longest time , it seemed that life was about to start. Real life.

But there was always some obstacle along te way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start.

That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness.
So enjoy every moment.
Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to loose ten pounds, to gain ten pounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car , for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring , for summer, for fall, for winter, for for the first or fifteent of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn……….before deciding to be HAPPY.

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination.
There is no better time to be Happy than….
Live and enjoy the moment.

Now think and try to answer these questions:
1. Name the 5 richest people in the world
2. Name the last 5 Miss Universe Winners
3. Name the last 10 Nobel Prize Winners.
4. Name the last 10 Winners of the Best Actor Oscar.
Cant do it? Rather difficult , isn’t it?
Don’t worry , nobody remembers that.
Applause dies away!
Trophies gather dust!
Winners are soon forgotten!
Now answer these questions:
1. Name three teachers who contributed to your education
2. Name three friends who helped you in your hour of need.
3. Think of a few people who made you feel special
4. Name five people whom you like to spend time with.
More manageable! It’s easier, isn’t it?

The people who mean something to your life are not rated the ``Best’’, don’t have the most money, haven’t won the greatest prizes…They are the ones who care about you, take care of you , those who, no matter what, stay close by.
Think about it for a moment.
Life is very short!
And you, in which list are you? Don’t know?
Let me give you a hand.
You are not among the most ``famous”, but among those to whom I remember to send this message…….

Sometime ago, at the Seattle Olympics, nine Athelets, all mentally or physically challenged, were standing on the start line for the 100m race. The gun fired and the race began. Not everyone was running,but everyone wanted to participateand win.
They run in threes, a boy tripled and fell, did a few somersaults and started crying. The other eight heard him crying. They slowed down and looked behind them. They stopped and came back……All of them. A girl with Down’s Syndrome sat down next to him , hugged him and asked,`` feeling better now?”.Then all nine walked shoulder to shoulder to finish the line.
The whole crowd stood up and applauded. And the applause lasted a very long time….People who witnessed this still talk about it. Why?

Because deep down inside us , we all know that the most important thing in life is much more than winning for ourselves. The most important thing in this life is to help others to win. Even if that means slowing down and changing our own race.

``A candle looses nothing if it is used to light another one”