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Don’t Quit

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on January 1, 2009

Wish you and your family a great year ahead

Today is the start of a new year.

Though birth of a new year is nothing more than dawn of another day in the life of all those living, it still is looked at with lots of expectation. Why is that?

The new year gives us a chance to start afresh. It helps us to restart things. You can think of starting on a clean slate. Make a better beginning. Make a fresh attempt at rectifying things. Make a fresh attempt at better achievements.

I would like to start the new year by looking at this poem which I saw pasted on the wall at the office of my very first employer. The poem made an immediate impact on me. The meaning of the poem got etched in my heart forever.

Read it, even if you have read it before. It will make an impact in your life. And it is nice to start the new year with this motivating thought.

DONT QUIT

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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Wanna trade places with your wife?

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on October 18, 2008

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while  his wife stayed at home. 

He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed, "Dear  Lord, I go to work every day and put in eight hours while my wife merely  stays at home.  I want her to know what I go through,so please create a trade in our  bodies." 

God, in His infinite wisdom,granted the man's wish. 

The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. 

He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and picked up the dry cleaning, took it to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to draw out money to pay the power bill and telephone bill, drove to the power company and the phone company and paid the bills, went grocery shopping, came home and put away the groceries. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog. 

Then it was already 1:00 p.m. and he hurried to make the  beds, do the laundry, vacuum, dust, and sweep and mop the  kitchen floor. He ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an  argument with them on the way home. He set out cookies and  milk and got the kids organized to do their homework,then set up  the ironing board and watched TV while he did the ironing.

At 4:30 PM he began peeling potatoes and washed greens for salads, breaded the chops and snapped fresh beans for supper.

After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded laundry, bathed the kids, and put them to bed. At 9:00 PM he was exhausted and though his chores weren't finished,he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed  and said, Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to  envy my wife's being able to stay home all day.  Please, O Lord please, let us trade back."

The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied, "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson, and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You'll have to wait 9 months, though.  You got pregnant last night!!!"

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Moral Classes

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on October 17, 2008

When I was in the school, we used to have a one hour class every week called “Moral Class”. We used to look forward to that class as that was when no boring subjects were taught. A teacher will come to tell us stories, give us story books from the school library to read in his class or ask us to take turns to tell a story to the class.

The only criteria for all the stories that were told or given to be read was that it should have some moral and instil a sense of morality in the young minds. So that the student grew up with good values imbibed and the country in turn got good citizens who have high moral values. A strong and far sighted view.

Once you have the people with high moral values in the society, it is easy to get honest husbands, wifes, teachers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants and politicians.

When I look back and think about those classes I note that a majority of moral values and good attitude that I have today were shaped by those classes and stories that I heard.

It also makes me think that they were too few to make a strong and sound impact. The fact that the moral classes and inpartation of moral values were inadequate is very evident when you look at the society around you, including yourself. We have too few morally strong people around us. All of us sacrificy morality and honesty at some area or other. If it gives some monetory gain we are prepared to do that.

However, the little amount of moral values inculcated in us do come out time and again as we do not intrinsically like dishonesty. We do not want to be one, but we are pushed to that by the larger society. It is the society that has grown up with lower level of moral orientation that forces one to disregard the moral values. I think that no one, including the politicians whom we think are most corrupt and have no moral values, do not want to be that way.
We all crave for a morally strong socieity and that thought keeps coming out in some form or other. Take for example the many emails that we receive, with some moral story, as forwards from our friends and relatives who in turn received it from their friends and they from their friends and so on.

These emails get forwarded because each one who read that story considered that it is a nice story, it contained a nice message. The person forwarding the message was impressed by the good message in that story and that story made an impact on that person. And he considers it a good thing to share the good message with his friends and relatives so that they are also enriched with that good message or thoughts.

If you think about it deeply, the spreading of these good messages emanate from a desire that we all have. A desire to have a better socieity. A society with stronger moral values. A society with an improved degree of honesty and trust.

If the small amount of moral dose that we got in the school prompts this small activity what impact it would have had if only we had lesser 10 minutes less of Maths, Science, English and History in each school day and added those minutes to moral classes?

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I was inspired to write what you read above on reading the story below that I got on email from a friend.
A blind girl hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her.

She told her boyfriend “If only I could see the world, I will marry you”.

One day, someone donated her a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she could see the world. She could see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, “now that you could see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl looked at her boyfriend. He was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of living with a blind man for the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote to her a note that said “take good care of your eyes dear. Before they were yours, they were mine”.

This is an example of how human brain works when there is a change in the status. Very few remember what was life before and who was with them during the painful times.

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