Anthony de Mello
A gambler once said to the Master, "I was caught cheating at cards yesterday, so my partners beat me up and threw me out of the window. What would you advise me to do?" The Master looked straight through the man and said, "If I were you from now on I would play on the ground floor." This startled the disciples. "Why didn't you tell him to stop gambling?" they demanded. "Because I knew he wouldn't," was the Master's simple and sagacious explanation.
Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at the last section. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel stayed there idly, doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledging Section," St. Peter told the soul. "How is it that, there is no work here?" "That's sad thing," St. Peter answered. "After the people received the blessings they asked for, very few send their acknowledgements." How does one acknowledge God's blessing?"
~ Christian Story ~
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Once, a Chinese traveller came to meet Kautilya (Chanakya). It was dusk and darkness had just started to set in. When the traveller entered Chanakya's room. he saw that Chanakya was busy writing some important papers under the lighting of an oil lamp. You know that there were no bulbs or tube lights in those days, since there was no electricity. So, in those days people used to light oil lamps Chanakya smilingly welcomed his guest and asked him to sit. He then quickly completed the work that he was doing.
~ Retold by Alice Gray
The young man sat alone on the bus and most of the time stared out the window. He was in his midtwenties, nice looking with a kind face. His dark blue shirt matched the color of his eyes. His hair was short and neat. Occasionally he would look away from the window and the anxiety on his young face touched the heart of the grandmotherly woman sitting across the aisle. The bus was just approaching the outskirts of small town when she was so drawn to the young man that she scooted across the aisle and asked permission to sit next to him.
(Dream a New Dream)
Little Chad was a shy, quiet young fella. One day he came home and told his mother he'd like to make a valentine for everyone in his class. Her heart sank. She thought, I wish he wouldn't do that! because she had watched the children when they walked home from school.