Thursday, June 12, 2008

Charity Begins At Home!

Want to share another forwarded mail here…

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Don’t Abandon your Dreams

There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th floor in a building. On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they'd have to climb the stairs home.

After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. They left their bags then and climbed on. When they had struggled to the 40th level, the younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor.

They then realized that they had only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace instead. They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open it.

And then they realized that the key was in their bags, which was left on the 20th floor!


This story reflects on our life... many of us live under the expectations of our parents, teachers and friends when young. We seldom get to do the things that WE really like and love… and are under so much pressure and stress that, by the age of 20, we get tired and decide to dump this load!

Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious wishes. But by the time we reach 40, we start to feel the loss of our vision and dreams. We begin to feel unsatisfied and start complaining and criticizing. We live life as a misery and are never satisfied.

Reaching 60, we realize that we have little left for complaining anymore, and so we begin to walk the final phase of life’s journey in peace and calmness.

We think that there is nothing left to disappoint us, only to realize that we can still not rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream ...... a dream we abandoned 60 years ago.

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I guess that sums up the life-stories of most of us…

We end up spending so much time doing what others want from us, that we never really stop to think what WE want to do in life! …

Living up to other people’s expectations from us… giving, doing and caring for others more than we ever care for ourselves… always sacrificing our needs and desires for others… killing our inner child every step of the way… until we are left with nothing but a dissatisfied life and some unfulfilled dreams…

Follow your dreams, so that you don't have to live with regrets.

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