marți, 30 iunie 2009

Digging the Garden

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his
potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would
have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his
son and explained his situation:

Dear Son,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to
plant my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the
garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I'm just
getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here,
all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for
me, if you weren't in prison.

Shortly, the old man received this telegram: "For Heaven's
sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden!! That's where I buried the

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen FBI agents and local police
officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding
any money. Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son
telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.

His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad.
It's the best I could do for you from here."

Moral: Even when you think you can't help others, because of
your situation, just be a little imaginative and see what


marți, 23 iunie 2009

The Stand-In Tenor

Several years ago, a world-famous tenor had been booked to appear
at a Paris opera house. The performance was a sell-out. However,
just before the curtain rose, the house manager took the stage
and announced that, due to a throat infection, the star could not
appear. Instead, they had found a replacement at short notice.

The audience groaned in disappointment. The name of the stand-in
was hardly noticed.

The stand-in gave the performance of his life. At the end, there
was an uncomfortable silence as he stepped forward to take his
bow. No one applauded.

Then from an upstairs balcony, a boy shouted out: "Well done,
Dad! I thought you were great!"

Within a few seconds, the silence of the auditorium was broken
with thunderous and heartfelt applause.

Moral: Praise people for what they do, not what they do compared
to others.


vineri, 19 iunie 2009

Growing Good Corn

James Bender, in his book "How to Talk Well", relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a
newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it.

The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbours. "How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "don't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn."

Moral: We can only really win, when we help others win as well.


joi, 18 iunie 2009

Rabbit Goes To School

This anecdote comes from Donald Clifton and Paula Nelson.

When Rabbit first went to school, he was delighted with what the
instructor told him. "Rabbit, you have fine legs. You hop well,
spring well and jump well. With some guidance, you can be an
excellent jumper." Rabbit loved every minute of the Hopping
class and excelled.

Then the Head Teacher said: "But Rabbit, you don't swim well or
climb trees at all well. You must stop the Jumping class and
concentrate on swimming and tree climbing."
So, Rabbit left the Jumping class that he loved and went to the
Swimming class and Tree climbing class that he hated.

After a while, miserable and dispirited, he begged his parents to
take him out of school. "If only I'd been allowed to stay in
Jumping," he thought.

Moral: For excellent performance, get people to develop what they
are already good at.


vineri, 12 iunie 2009

Cand ai un vis

“Cand ai un vis, intreg Universul conspira la realizarea lui” spunea Coelho in “Alchimistul”. Un mod poetic de a sugera ca Legea Atractiei raspunde indeosebi la ceea ce te pasioneaza, la ceea ce iti face inima sa vibreze.
Visul este de fapt mai mult o viziune, materializarea unei inalte aspiratii care, de cele mai multe ori, nu se refera doar la tine. Ci are in vedere binele comun, interesul de dezvoltare al unui grup mai mare, cresterea unei comunitati.

Fragment ~ de Marius Stan (

miercuri, 3 iunie 2009

Good Thoughts

"How do I stop my negative thoughts?" - is a question that I have been asked many times. If you have ever asked this question then you will feel such enormous relief in knowing the answer, because it is so simple. How do you stop negative thoughts? You plant good thoughts!

When you try to stop negative thoughts, you are focusing on what you don't want - negative thoughts - and you will attract an abundance of them. They can never disappear if you are focused on them. The "stop" part is irrelevant - the negative thoughts are your focus. It doesn't matter if you are trying to stop negative thoughts or control them or push them away, the result is the same. Your focus is on negative thoughts, and by the law of attraction you are inviting more of them to you.

The truth is always simple and it is always easy. To stop negative thoughts, just plant good thoughts! Deliberately plant good thoughts! You plant good thoughts by making it a daily practice to appreciate all the things in your day. Appreciate your health, your car, your home, your family, your job, your friends, your surroundings, your meals, your pets, and the magnificent beauty of the day. Compliment, praise, and give thanks to all things. Every time you say "Thank you" it is a good thought! As you plant more and more good thoughts, the negative thoughts will be wiped out. Why? Because your focus is on good thoughts, and what you focus on you attract.

So don't give any attention to negative thoughts. Don't worry about them. If any come, make light of them, shrug them off, and let them be your reminder to deliberately think more good thoughts now.

The more good thoughts you can plant in a day, the faster your life will be utterly transformed into all good. If you spend only one day speaking of good things and saying "Thank you" at every single opportunity, you will not believe your tomorrow. Deliberately thinking good thoughts is exactly like planting seeds. As you think good thoughts you are planting good seeds inside you, and the Universe will transform those seeds into a garden of paradise. How will the garden of paradise appear? As your life!

~ Article written by Rhonda Byrne