The Stone Cutter’s Wishes

From “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff… There was once a stonecutter, who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day, he passed a wealthy merchant’s house, and through the open gateway, saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter. To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. “How powerful that official is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be a high official!” Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed. It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. “How powerful the sun is!” he thought. “I wish that I could be the sun!” Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his...

Youth

  Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of the mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.   Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.   Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.   Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.   When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.   Stay young and vigorous,  David...

On Winning and Loosing

A great anecdote by Jeffrey J. Mayer in “Time Management for Dummies”… When I was younger, I had a wonderful tennis instructor who had a very interesting outlook on the game and on life. He said to me, “Jeff, if you’re getting beat, change your game. And if you’re still losing, change your game again. In the end, you may still get beat, but lose as many different ways as you can!” If you haven’t experienced failure, you haven’t been trying hard enough. When you succeed, relish the fruits of your hard work. When you fail, see failure not as an end in and of itself, but as an opportunity for learning. It gives you the opportunity to look back and to analyze what happened. What did you do right? What did you do wrong? What worked? What didn’t? And why? Then go back out and try again. The amazing thing is: Winners lose more than losers lose. David...

Achieve Fulfillment

Most people make a BIG mistake. They strive to be happy. That’s easy! You can find happiness at a Pizza Hut, in a movie theater or at a bar. Now the wise seek — fulfillment. George Bernard Shaw… “This is the true joy in life–that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work the more I live. “I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” Live and devote yourself in doing the things you love and what matters to you most as if the Universe depends on it; David...

Sharing Gratefulness

DO YOU REMEMBER WHO GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST BREAK? Someone saw something in you once. That’s partly why you are where you are today. It could have been a thoughtful parent, a perceptive teacher, a demanding drill sergeant, an appreciative employer or just a friend who dug down in his pocket and came up with a few bucks. Whoever it was, had the kindness and the foresight to bet on your future. Those are two beautiful qualities that separate the human being from the orangutan. In the next 24 hours, take 10 minutes to write a grateful note to the person who helped you. You’ll keep a wonderful friendship alive. Matter of fact, take another 10 minutes to give someone else a break. Who knows? Someday you might get a nice letter. It could be one of the most gratifying messages you ever read. One of several inspirational messages published in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL by UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION GOYA & write that note,   David...

Walk the Talk

Do you talk the talk or do you WALK THE TALK? As Norman Vincent Peale said: “Nothing is more confusing than people who give good advice but set bad examples.” A POEM… I’d rather see a sermon Than hear one any day. I’d rather once you walk with me Than merely show the way. The eye’s a better pupil And more willing than the ear. Fine counsel is confusing But the example’s always clear. I soon can learn to do it If you let me see it done. I can see your hands in action But your tongue too fast may run. And the lectures you deliver May be very fine and true But I’d rather get my lesson By observing what you do. For a person must understand you And the high advice you give. But there’s no misunderstanding How you act and how you live. AUTHOR UNKNOWN GOYA & walk the talk, David...

The Art of Achievement

THE ART OF ACHIEVEMENT YOU hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts. YOU select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad. YOU select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong. YOU select the colors of your acts: cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big. Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision…you dream a dream. YOU visualize yourself as the man you want to be. YOU see yourself as a builder, making a creative contribution to the evolution of modern civilization. YOU strive to make the ideal in your mind become a reality on the canvas of Time. YOU select and mix the positive colors of heart, mind and spirit into the qualities of effective living: patience, determination, endurance, self-discipline, work, love and faith. Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career. THERE are the bold, sweeping strokes of one increasing, dynamic purpose. THERE are the lights and shadows that make your life deep and strong. THERE are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth. The art of achievement is the art of making life…your life…a masterpiece.   David...

WORK SMART, NOT HARD

IF SOME IS GOOD, MORE IS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER. For example, if two aspirin get rid of your headache in 30 minutes, wouldn’t it be better to take ten of them so you could get rid of the headache in six minutes? Of course not! Sometimes LESS is MORE. A story… Once there was a small logging company in the Pacific Northwest. One day they hired a former pro football player. This huge 300-pounder was not only incredibly strong but also in great cardiovascular shape. He came to work his first day with a macho “I’m going to show you guys” attitude. He got an ax and started chopping. Every once in a while, he noticed all of the other lumberjacks taking breaks, walking up and down the road. Not he. He chopped and chopped and chopped. At the end of the day, all the workers met in the boss’ office to get their pay which was based on the number of trees they chopped down. The new guy went first and and proudly told the boss that he chopped down twenty-one trees. There were chuckles from the other men. Embarrassed, the big guy pointed to an older man and defiantly asked him how many trees he chopped down? “Sixty-four.” He asked another… “Fifty-six.” Then they all chimed in… “Forty-four.” “Fifty-one.” “Sixty-eight.” “Seventy.” Totally humbled, he asked, “I was working much harder than you guys. How could all of you chop down so many trees when you all were taking so many breaks?” The oldest of the men said, “Young fella, you’re working too hard. When you thought we...

“FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND”

  There is no competition on the extra mile. If you can hang on until you catch on — you’ll be successful. Here’s a quote from a former heavyweight champion of the world Gentleman Jim Corbett… FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND… remembering that the man who always FIGHTS ONE MORE ROUND is never whipped. Keep on keeping on, David...

A SHORT COURSE IN MOTIVATION

Everything you need to know about motivation can be summarized in the following words: IF YOU HAVE A BIG ENOUGH “WHY,” YOU WILL ALWAYS DISCOVER THE “HOW.” That’s it. If you want something bad enough, you’ll always find a way. As the great motivational speaker Les Brown says: “You got to be hungry.” Here’s a Zen story… * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A Zen master out for a walk with one of his students pointed to a fox chasing a rabbit. “According to ancient fable, the rabbit will get away from the fox,” the master said. “Not so,” replied the student. “The fox is faster.” “But the rabbit will elude him,” insisted the master. “Why are you so certain?” asked the student. “Because the fox is running for his dinner and the rabbit is running for its life,” answered the master. (from “Zen in the Martial Arts” by Joe Hyams) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The fox might have been hungry…but the rabbit was hungrier. The rabbit had a MUCH BIGGER “why.” David...