Monday Musings

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The Vision of an Unknown Netizen

One of the most important lessons you can learn on your road to success is that failure is not a final destination, but rather a place you pass through on your way to achieving your goals. Remember these points:
1. There is only one road to Success City

2. The road to Success City passes through Failureville

3. People are so afraid of driving through Failureville and they never begin their journey. So what does this mean in the real world?

It means that failure is not the opposite of success as many people assume; on the contrary, failure is an important part of achieving success. In fact, it is usually through the process of trying and failing that we learn the lessons we need, in
order to ultimately achieve our goals in life.

My favourite  quote regarding the relationship between failure and success comes from the legendary basketball player Michael Jordan:  “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to
take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
When you understand the fact that success lies on the other side of failure you will be much better prepared for the journey that leads to achieving your most important life goals.

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 14-09-2017
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Inner Strength

A ruthless Chinese general in Tibet would mercilessly kill all the Buddhist monks and destroy their places of worship. All the monks would flee when they heard he was coming. One day he arrived at the gates of a well-known monastery.  The general was pleased to hear that all the monks had fled. However, an officer reported to him that in the inner courtyard
there remained one solitary monk. He strode off into the cloister and went right up to the monk who was sitting there peacefully and meditating. “Don’t you know who I am?” shouted the general. “Without blinking an eye, I can run you right through with my sword”. The monk gently, but firmly responded: “Don’t you know who I am? Without blinking an eye, I can let you run me through with that sword”.
Nothing, not even the fiercest sword, can frighten us or destroy our inner peace if we discover and recognize the presence of God in us. Our inner strength comes not from the swords and guns, but from the power of God who resides in us. We can withstand and endure the persecutions of any sort if we trust in Him who is the source of life.

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 29-08-2017
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It’s You

One day when all the employees reached the office, they saw a big notice on the door in which it was written: “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym”. In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of their colleagues, but after a while they started getting curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself.

The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up. Everyone thought: “Who is this
guy who was hindering my progress? Well, at least he died!” One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it they suddenly became speechless. They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul.

There was a mirror inside the coffin: everyone who looked inside it could see himself.

There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: “There is only one person who is capable of hindering your growth in this company: it is YOU.”

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 16-08-2017
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Suicide – The Common Killer

Suicide has become a common killer today. Reports suggest that nearly 1 million people worldwide commit suicide each year. And
those who attempt to commit suicide number anywhere from 10 million to 20 million annually. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 10-24 years of age. Suicide is the process of purposely ending one’s own life. In some societies suicide attempt is considered a crime. However, in most cultures and religious traditions, killing oneself is considered negative, immoral and
even sinful. It also brings far reaching repercussions and untold grief, guilt and shame to the immediate family and friends of the one who killed himself/herself.

People today develop suicidal tendency, as they identify themselves with a materialistic society where success is measured in terms of recognition, wealth and power. When these are threatened or denied, they lose meaning for life. Real or imagined losses can trigger suicidal thoughts, especially among the youngsters. Break up of a relationship, loss of a friend or a family member, some mental illness, extreme disillusionment with oneself for some failure in life, monetary losses, poverty, etc., can lead a person to taking his/her life. Human mind is a delicate faculty and it does not need much to lose its balance, especially if it is not trained to be strong and happy. However, most cases of suicide are preventable by taking effective precautionary measures. Those who undergo stress and emotional struggles due to failures and losses as well as those with mental illness need strong support system. They need to have someone like a trusted friend, a parent, a sibling, a counsellor, a spiritual advisor to talk to and share their
concerns. If they show some warning symptoms, it is important to prescribe professional treatment.

The best and most effective preventive system for suicide is a happy and united family. This, of course, is not to deny the
suicide incidents among people who live with strong family ties. It is possible that even while living in an intact family, one can lose hope and meaning for life. However today there is no better system in existence than a family that shares, supports, encourages and prays together. It is in and through family that children learn the values of life, faith in God, spiritual practices and hope for life which are essential for a happy life.

God is the author of life. He alone has the right to take life away in the manner and time he decides. Through belief in God we
understand that life is precious and it is worth living.

Suicide is an act of self centeredness. Taking away one’s life is in a way running away from others and showing disregard for their
feelings and needs. Conversely, to be other-centred, to be sensitive and helpful to others and to be involved in the affairs and problems of the society are sure insulations against suicidal tendencies.

A person with good habits such as wholesome reading, sports and personal prayer are less likely to harbour suicidal thoughts ever in life. “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be
greater than our suffering.” Ben Okri, Nigerian Writer.

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 05-07-2017
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The Death of a Man

A great warrior did not return from the hunt. His family finally gave him up for dead. His youngest child but each day would ask, “Where is my father? Where is my father?”

The child’s older brothers, who were magicians, finally went forth to find him. They came upon his broken spear and a pile of bones. The first son assembled the bones into a skeleton; the second son put flesh upon the bones; the third son breathed life into the flesh.

The warrior arose and walked into the village where there was great celebration. He said,

“I will give a fine gift to the one who has brought me back to life.”

Each one of his sons cried out, “Give it to me, for I have done the most.”

“I will give the gift to my youngest child,” said the warrior.

“For it is this child, who saved my life. A man is never truly dead until he is forgotten!”

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 20-06-2017
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The smart way to catch Burglars

 It was late and Charlie was about to climb into bed when his wife informed him that there was a light on in their garden shed. Charlie started to go outside to turn off the light but noticed some people in the shed who were busy stealing his things.He ran back inside right away and called the cops, who asked him “Are there any intruders in your house?” to which Charlie replied no and explained his circumstances. The cops told Charlie that all patrol cars were otherwise occupied, and that he should just lock his door and a uniformed cop would be at his house when one was free.Charlie answered, “Alright,” hung up, waited 30 seconds, and then called the cops again.”Hello, I just called a short while ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. I want to let you know that they're not a problem anymore because I've just shot every one of them.”Charlie then hung up the phone. In five short minutes, three patrol cars, a SWAT team, and an ambulance arrived, and Of course, the cops caught the burglars in the act.One of the cops snapped at Charlie: “I thought you said that you shot every one of them!””I thought you said there were no patrol cars free!” Charlie answered.

By Admin on 31-07-2011
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War of Words


A king sent a
message to the ruler of a neighboring country. The message read: “Send me
a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else…”

 The king on getting
the message wrote back: “We don't have such a diamond and if we
had…”

The first king got
very angry and declared war on his neighbor. The fighting went on for several
months till a third king arranged a meeting between the two warring rulers. So
they met and the first king said to the other: “What did you mean when you
said, 'Send me a blue diamond as large as a pigeon's egg or else…'?”

“Why,” he replied, “I meant a blue diamond as large as a
pigeon's egg or else… some other diamond. I love diamonds. But what did you
mean when you said, 'We don't have such a diamond and if we had-'?”

“It is easy to guess my meaning,” said the other man. “What I
wanted to say was, if we had such a diamond we would have gladly sent it to
you.”

The Kings pledged
to write more clearly in future communications and embraced and made peace.

 

By Admin on 21-09-2010
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Bearded Fool


A man, reading a
book by candle-light, came across a sentence which stated that men with long
beards were fools. This distressed the man because he had a long beard himself.
He had always thought the beard made him look scholarly and dignified, but now
he began to wonder if perhaps he had not been laboring under a delusion.  

He decided to do
away with the beard there and then and gathering it up in his hands, held the
tip to the candle flame. It caught fire and burnt faster than he had expected.
In a moment the beard was all gone. Then a spark leapt up into the hair on his
head and before he knew what was happening, the hair on his head was reduced to
ash.

 His cry of alarm brought his neighbors
running. They were shocked to see his scorched face and the smoke curling up
from his head.

“What
happened?” they asked, dowsing him with water.

 “Whatever was to have happened, has
happened,” said the man, sadly. “I read that men with long beards
were fools and I behaved like one.”

By Admin on 14-09-2010
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Pleasant Truth

Jyeshthadevi,
goddess of poverty, and Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, once had an argument about
who was more beautiful. As they were arguing, they saw a merchant coming
towards them and decided to ask him to settle the matter. The merchant was
filled with awe when they told him who they were, but he turned pale when they
told him what they wanted him to do. It was plain to him that Lakshmi was the
more beautiful of the two, but how could he tell Jyeshthadevi that? She would
be furious and would probably reduce him to poverty.

But he was a clever
man and quickly gathering his wits, said: “O Lakshmi, you are more
beautiful than any other woman on earth or in heaven when you're entering a
house, but you, O Jyeshthadevi, words fail to describe your grace and elegance
when you are leaving. There is none to compare with you in beauty then.”

It was a judgment
that pleased both the contestants because each thought she had been adjudged
the winner. But the real winner, of course, was the merchant. He had won the
favour of the goddess of plenty without displeasing her powerful rival!!

By Admin on 07-09-2010
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Same Crime, Three Punishments

A
man was caught stealing a bag of onions and taken before a judge.  The judge gave him a choice of three
punishments: eat the onions he had stolen at one sitting; submit to a hundred
lashes of the whip or pay a fine. 
The man said he would eat the onions. He began confidently enough but after
eating a few, his eyes began to burn, his nose started running and his mouth
felt as if it were on fire. “I can’t eat the onions,” he said. “Give me the lashes instead.”
But after he had received a few strokes he began to turn and twist to avoid the
whip.
“I can’t bear it!” he screamed, finally. “I’ll pay the fine.”
So he paid the fine and was let off, but he became the laughing-stock of the
city for having taken three punishments for the same crime.

Speaking
without thinking might double your troubles.  

By Admin on 31-08-2010