vineri, 31 iulie 2009


Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a
timber merchant, and got it. The pay was really good and so were
the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was
determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed
him the area where he was supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter felled 18 trees.
"Congratulations," the boss said. "Keep that up!"

Very motivated by the boss' words, the woodcutter tried harder
the next day, but he only could fell 15 trees. The third day he
tried even harder, but he only could fell 10 trees. Day after day
he was felling fewer and fewer trees. "I must be losing my
strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and
apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going

"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss
"Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been busy
trying to cut trees..."

Moral: Whether it's your hands or your brains, always look after
the tools of your productivity.


joi, 30 iulie 2009


An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing
well, looked up into his eyes and said, "I understand you're a
very wise man. I'd like to know the secret of life."

The old man looked down at the youngster and replied, "I've
thought a lot in my lifetime and the secret can be summed up in
four words:

The first is THINK. Think about the values by which you wish to
live your life.

The second is BELIEVE. Believe in yourself based on the thinking
you've done about the values by which you're going to live your

The third is DREAM. Dream about the things that can be, based on
your belief in yourself and the values by which you're going to
live your life.

The last is DARE. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based
on your belief in yourself and your values."

And with that, Walt E.Disney said to the boy, "THINK, BELIEVE,


miercuri, 29 iulie 2009

Important Lesson

The following story is told by Anne Cutchings.

During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a
pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through
the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first
name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely, this was some
kind of joke.

I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I
handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question
would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the
professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are
significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all
you do is smile and say 'hello'."

I've never forgotten that lesson.

I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Moral: When you learn about big things in the world, don't
forget to learn about the important little things as well.


marți, 28 iulie 2009


~ Articol scris de Delia Muresan

Cei mai multi oameni mor cu muzica lor inca in ei. De ce se intampla asta? De cele mai multe ori pentru ca ei se tot pregatesc sa traiasca. Fara sa isi dea seama insa timpul s-a scurs.

— Oliver Holmes

Oare de unde vin regretele? Regretele vin din faptul ca incercam sa facem ceva si gresim sau vin din faptul ca nu am incercat si ne intrebam cum ar fi fost?! Regretele vin din non-actiune, pasivitate, indiferenta, frica sau vin din faptul ca da, am incercat insa nu cum ar fi trebuit si rezultatul nu este cel pe care l-am scontat.

Va propun un scenariu simplu: toti folosim emailurile, avem un inbox si avem posibilitatea de a ne organiza timpul punandu-ne remindere. De obicei folosim aceste remindere doar pentru activitatea profesionala, oare de ce uitam din start de viata personala?!

V-ati facut vreodata o lista cu ce v-ar placea sa aveti in viata voastra? De la lucruri simple precum o pereche de sandale, poate o chitara, poate un laptop nou, o vacanta exotica, sa mergeti la un concert etc, pana la sentimente minunate pe care vreti sa le traiti: implinire, iubire, respect etc?

Din pacate nu facem asta, spunem noi, din lipsa de timp, din lipsa de bani, din cauza societatii etc. Insa cred ca motivul pentru care ne este greu sa avem remindere legate de viata noastra personala este faptul ca ne e frica sa fim dezamagiti. Vestea rea este ca oricum vom fi dezamagiti, insa depinde de noi ce atitudine avem in acel moment, depinde de noi daca dorim sa moara muzica in noi si DECIDEM sa nu mai avem timp pentru sufletul nostru.

Ne place sa amanam, ne place sa tinem lucrurile bune pentru ocazii, ocazii care poate nu vor mai veni. Cati dintre voi nu ati desfacut un vin bun decat atunci “cand e o ocazie deosebita”, cati dintre voi nu ati imbracat ceva frumos doar cand a fost o ocazie speciala. Ei… vestea buna este ca in fiecare zi este o ocazie deosebita, in fiecare zi ar fi bine sa sarbatorim faptul ca existam, sa multumim pentru ceea ce avem si pentru ceea ce reprezentam.

Toti avem o muzica deosebita in noi, o muzica pe care nu o lasam sa se auda din cauza zgomotelor din exterior. E un film pe care vi-l recomand care vorbeste metaforic despre acest lucru: e vorba de “August Rush”.

A urma muzica din tine inseamna a face intai liniste si a te uita in sufletul tau, inseamna a incepe sa nu mai dai vina pe exterior pentru ce nu reusesti tu sa faci. In sufletul tau ai raspunsurile legate de ceea ce iti doresti cu adevarat de la viata ta: ce meserie te implineste, ce relatie de cuplu iti doresti, ce iti face placere sa faci in timpul liber si de unde te incarci cu resurse.

Haideti sa incepem printr-o lista a viselor noastre pe care sa nu le mai amanam. Odata scrise ele vor incepe sa prinda viata, e doar primul pas, emiterea intentiei.

Haideti sa vedem in calendarul nostru cate lucruri minunate am reusit sa le implinim si sa nu avem atatea remindere, atatea regrete, sa nu mai avem sentimentul acela: a mai trecut o zi, o luna, un an in care nu am facut nimic pentru mine. Nu doar visa la viata pe care vrei sa o traiesti, ci traieste-o!


luni, 27 iulie 2009

Good News Or Bad?

Robert De Vincenzo, the great Argentine golfer, once won a tournament and, after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to the clubhouse and prepared to leave. Some time later, he walked alone to his car in the parking lot and was approached by a young woman.

She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill and near death. She did not know how she could pay the doctor's bills and hospital expenses.

De Vincenzo was touched by her story, and he took out a pen and endorsed his winning check for payment to the woman. "Make some good days for the baby," he said as he pressed the check into her hand.

The next week he was having lunch in a country club when a Professional Golf Association official came to his table. "Some of the boys in the parking lot last week told me you met a young woman there after you won that tournament." De Vincenzo nodded.
"Well," said the official, "I have news for you. She's a phony. She has no sick baby. She's not even married. She fleeced you, my friend."

"You mean there is no baby who is dying?" said De Vincenzo.

"That's right," said the official.

"That's the best news I've heard all week." De Vincenzo said.

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.


joi, 16 iulie 2009

The Parable of the Pencil

The pencil maker took the pencil aside just before putting him into the box.

"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil,"before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget and you will become the best pencil you can be."

"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand."

"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you will need it to become a better pencil."

"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."

"Four: The most important part of you will always be what is inside."

"Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."

The pencil understood and promised to remember and went into the box with purpose in its heart.


miercuri, 15 iulie 2009

“Micile” bucurii ale vietii

Articol scris de Raluca Mohanu:

Am citit de curand cartea scrisa de Barbara Ann Kipfer, “14,000 Things To Be Happy About” (14.000 de lucruri care te fac fericit). Timp de 20 de ani Barbara a notat sarguincios lucrurile care ii aduceau bucurie.

I-am urmat exemplul, si iata “micile” bucurii ale vietii mele din ultima saptamana:

1. apus de soare pe plaja
2. aplauzele a 150 de oameni
3. fericirea lui Marian vorbindu-mi despre sotia lui de care este indragostit de 12 ani si despre bebelusul lor
4. “dancing as nobody’s watching” (dansez ca si cum nu m-ar vedea nimeni)
5. floarea de hartie primita in dar de la Gabi
6. revin cu picioarele pe Pamant datorita Gabrielei
7. calmul si caldura lui Yanis
8. valurile din Costinesti
9. rochia galbena cu bretele
10. Nicu si zambetul lui protector
11. pui cu legume la cuptor cu o crusta aburinda de mozzarela
12. am reusit sa raman calma desi am ratacit drumul de 3 ori
13. zmeura proaspata
14. noua tunsoare “garçon” a finutei mele de numai 1 an
15. masina mea pe care acum o conduc atat de usor
16. Magic FM
17. blogul lui Andrei Rosca (provocator…)
18. un SMS frumos de la Ovidiu
19. clatite de gem de visine si cappucino
20. somnul prelungit dupa 2 nopti nedormite
21. “Imagine”, John Lennon
22. salata verde cu gorgonzola si piept de pui la gratar
23. sa pregatesc lucrurile din timp
24. senzatia de usurare dupa rezultatul analizelor
25. sa fiu in masina in timp ce in Bucuresti ploua torential
26. Brandusa imi spune “mi-e dor de tine”
27. un nou client de coaching
28. ceai rece intr-o zi torida pe terasa Serendipity
29. Dana imi trimite pozele de la concertul Sinnead O’Connor; imi amintesc cum am vazut atunci 2 curcubee
30. multi oameni frumosi la cursul meu deschis
31. “Cu fiecare zi mai aproape – o psihoterapie povestita de ambii participanti”, Irvin Yalom & Ginny Elkin
32. parcul Herastrau la 8 am
33. margele colorate
34. momente in care “ies din timp”, emotie coplesitoare, senzatia ca “destinele ni se impletesc”
35. zambetul Elenei care imi aduce aminte de mama
36. rochia mov si cerceii cu floricele
37. pot sa recunosc ceea ce primesc si sa cer ceea ce am nevoie
38. o cana mare de cafea aromata, Dilema Veche si jazz in surdina

Intr-o saptamana obisnuita din viata mea am adunat 38 exemple de mici bucurii ale vietii. Desigur, in aceeasi saptamana au fost si momente de tristete, de nostalgie, de frustrare, dar pe acestea vreau sa le las sa treaca…

Vreau sa ramana doar lucrurile bune, iar unul incepe chiar acum – VACANTA!

luni, 13 iulie 2009


Varietati: exista mai multe varietati de granat. De obicei sunt combinate mai multe varietati intr-unul singur.
Culori: incolor, rosu, purpuriu, rosu-negru, verde, galben, brun, negru. Cel mai obisnuit granat este rosu-purpuriu (Almandina)
Duritate: 6,5-7,5 (din 10)
Luciu: sticlos, adamantin
Nota: Poate fi confundat cu rubinul.

Piatra recomandata pentru:
ZODIILE: Berbec, Gemeni, Rac, Leu, Fecioara, Scorpion, Sagetator, Capricorn, Varsator
CHAKRE: 1, 2, 4

Efectele asupra purtatorului:
Piatra a angajamentului total, a devotamentului, a dragostei, a stabilitatii si ordinii.
Aduce putere, rezistenta, protectie, vindecare, afectiune, compasiune, caldura, succes in afaceri, abundenta, succes, popularitate, prietenie, respect, magnetism.
Ajuta la atingerea scopurilor, la depasirea complexelor de inferioritate, la rememorarea viselor.
Protejeaza sotiile, mamele, familia.
Mareste spiritul de initiativa, respectul de sine, inteligenta, imaginatia, ambitia, increderea, creativitatea, vointa, spiritul de responsabilitate.
Trebuie purtat in perioade de tristete si mari suferinte sau in perioade de negociere.
Mareste efectele celorlalte cristale alaturi de care este purtat.
Pune in legatura cu vietile anterioare.
Bun pentru meditatie si rugaciune.
Favorizeaza relatiile, cooperarea.
Scade anxietatea, depresia, stressul exemanelor sau competitiilor.
Atrage succesul in afaceri.
Piatra a fertilitatii, a sanatatii, a energiei.
Daca este oferita cadou, este simbol al fericirii, iubirii si fidelitatii.
Protejeaza impotriva accidentelor care au la baza pierderi de sange.

Sanatate: puternic rol protector asupra sanatatii, intareste, purifica si vitalizeaza organismul, benefic in caz de infertilitate, intoxicari, hipotensiune, anemie, inflamatii, hemoragii, pietre la rinichi, operatii chirurgicale, benefic pentru sistemul circulator, inima, piele, plamani, hormoni, ficat, rinichi, hemoglobina, globule albe, coloana vertebrala, splina, tiroida, stimulent sexual, echilibreaza menstruatia.


joi, 9 iulie 2009

Be kind...

'Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.'

If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

The best vitamin for making friends..... B1.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.

One thing you can give and still your word.

You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself.

If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

Ideas won't work unless ' You' do.

Your mind is like a functions only when open..

The 10 commandments are not a multiple choice.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime! It is never too late to become what you might have been.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right.. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we've let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who's right and who's wrong that we forget what's right and wrong. Sometimes we just don't realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don't want to let that happen so I'm gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.


miercuri, 8 iulie 2009

Voi dati timp timpului?...

Aceast indemn apartine lui Francois Mitterand si cred ca poate reprezenta solutia la dilema “nu am timp” cu care ne confruntam deseori.

Dar cum “dam timp timpului”? Cred ca fiecare are propriul sau raspuns la aceasta intrebare si are propria sa “reteta” de a-si trai timpul.

Inspirata de Jean Loius Servan-Schreiber, in randurile de mai jos voi impartasi 7 metode care au dat rezultate atat in cazul meu cat si in cazul clientilor mei.

1. Am inteles ca timpul meu = viata mea. In cazul meu aceasta afirmatie a fost cea care mi-a deschis preocuparea pentru “gestionarea eficienta a timpului meu”. Din acel moment, faptul ca “nu am timp” pentru ceva important pentru mine mi s-a parut fals. Daca timpul este viata mea, este ca si cum nu as avea timp sa imi traiesc viata!

Mai mult, am devenit ceea ce Jean Loius Servan-Schreiber numeste un “maniac al vietii”. Am aceasta manie – cum sa imi traiesc viata mai bine, mai frumos, mai “rotund” si o urmaresc cu incapatanare zi de zi.

2. Eu sunt cea care decide si imi asum responsabilitatea si consecintele deciziilor (alegerilor) mele. Traiesc inter-dependent, fiind in diverse structuri sociale (familie, grup de prieteni, grupuri profesonale etc) si fiind evident influentata de acestia. Ma bucur de a fi impreuna insa decid sa fiu “posesiva” cu timpul meu. Am grija sa fiu inconjurata de oameni care imi dau energie pozitiva si sunt selectiva cu anturajul meu.

3. Accept ca nu pot stapani timpul, ci doar pot gestiona mai bine modul in care eu ma raportez la timp. Timpul nu se controleaza, nu suntem “managerii” timpului nostru. Pentru mine, timpul este de fapt o iluzie, o curgere pe care incerc sa o incadrez cu instrumentele mele limitate. Sunt de acord cu provesbul spaniol – se spune ca timpul este un individ curtenitor: in loc sa ne luptam cu el, il putem atrage de partea noastra.

4. Stiu si invat sa imi accept limitele. Rezist (uneori cu greu) tentatiei sa a ma inplica in toate proiectele sau a raspunde la toate invitatiile sociale ale prietenilor mei. Imi accept oboseala si imi respect nevoia de odihna. Spun NU.

5. Am ritualuri. Mult timp am considerat ritualurile rigide, constrangatoare si mecaniciste. Acum ma bucur de ritualurile mele – merg la lectii de tango o data pe saptamana, fac exercitii fizice in fiecare zi, vizitez minim un loc nou o data pe an. Ritualurile imi dau stabilitate si ritm in viata mea. Incep ziua si inchei ziua similar cu intrebarea: cum imi voi petrece astazi timpul/cum mi-am petrecut astazi timpul.

6. Sunt onesta fata de mine insami. Cand ma surprind ca mereu nu am timp pentru o activitate sau o persoana, ma intreb: Cata importanta reala le acord? Ce evit? De cine fug? Ce ascunde de fapt aceasta lipsa de timp?

Cand ma surpind mereu “pe fuga” ma intreb: Ce este sub aceasta agitatie? In ce mod a fi mereu “prinsa” este cea mai buna metoda pentru a fugi de mine, de golul meu interior, de tristetea mea?

Iar raspunsurile nu intarzie sa apara si sunt uneori surprinzatoare…

7. Invat permanent despre cum imi pot folosi mai bine timpul. Citesc, caut sisteme (deocamdata favoritii mei sunt Stephen Covey si Leo Babauta – Zen to Done).

Rezultate? Mai putina goana, mai mult echilibru. Mai multe lucruri facute cu placere si pasiune. Mai multa relaxare. Mai multa atentie. Mai putine relatii, dar mai profunde. Mai multa bucurie de a trai.

Voi cum dati timp timpului?

~ Articol scris de Raluca Mohanu ~

marți, 7 iulie 2009


In urma unui sondaj realizat de ziarul francez Le Figaro, Constantin Brâncuşi ocupa pozitia secunda in topul celor mai mari sculptori all-time. Din 1963 pana azi, au aparut in toate partile lumii peste 50 de carti si monografii, mii de studii si articole despre romanul nostru, stabilind in mod definitiv locul lui ca artist genial. In topul realizat de Le Figaro, Brâncuşi a fost depasit de Alberto Giacometti.

Constantin Brâncuşi ramane un nume cu care România se poate mandri. Pe 15 iunie, publicatia franceză Le Figaro a initiat un sondaj in care internautii erau invitati sa voteze cel mai mare artist al tuturor timpurilor. Cei mai buni sunt: Paul Cezzane la categoria Arta moderna (24,55%), Francis Bacon la categoria Arta postbelica (20,42%), Pierre Soulages la Arta contemporana (25,6%) şi Alberto Giacometti la categoria Sculptura (35,15%), unde Brâncuşi a ocupat locul secund, cu 18, 33% din voturi.

"Giacometti a fost preferat lui Brâncuşi, ceea ce dovedeste ca marele public il prefera pe cel care a invatat ideea sculpturii de la Brâncuşi, mai important din punct de vedere istoric. Ii inteleg, si eu sunt de acord", a declarat Gregoire Billault, director al departamentului contemporan al casei de licitatii Sotheby's din Franta.

La sondaj au fost inregistrate 23.914 voturi, 9.864 pentru Arta moderna, 5.392 pentru Arta contemporana, 4.140 la categoria de Arta contemporana şi 4.518 pentru Sculptura.

La inceputul carierei sale, sculpturile lui Brancusi au constat mai ales din reprezentari clasice ale formei umane. Perioada dintre 1897 şi 1907 este caracterizata de o acumulare sensibila cunostinte si indemanare, dar si de cautarea a diferite solutii de modelare a materialelor.

Dupa 1905, viziunea artistului a devenit mai clara si mai puternica. Ca o consecinta imediata, transformarea structurii operei sale a suferit o evolutie rapida, astfel incat, incepand inca din 1907, reprezentarile antropomorfe incep sa cedeze locul sculpturilor care vor prefigura rapid Brâncuşi de mai tarziu, acela care va urma sa intre in constiinta universala.

Din aceasta dateaza operele:
* 1897 - Craiova - Bustul lui Gheorghe Chiţu
* 1898 - Bucuresti - Bustul Vitellius
* 1900 - Bucuresti - Capul lui Laocoon
* 1902 - Bucuresti - Ecorşeul
* 1902, probabil ianuarie - Bucuresti - statuetă simbolizând muzica corală românească
* 1902, octombrie - Craiova - bustul lui Ion Georgescu-Gorjan
* 1903 - Bucuresti - bustul generalului doctor Carol Davila
* 1905 - Paris - Orgoliu
* 1906 - Paris - Copil - gips
* 1906 - Paris - Supliciu - piatra
* 1906 - Paris - Cap de copil - bronz
* 1906 - Paris - bustul Victoriei Vaschide
* 1906 - Paris - bustul doctorului Zaharia Samfirescu
* 1906 - Paris - portretul pictorului Nicolae Darascu

Coloana infinitului

Poarta sarutului


luni, 6 iulie 2009

Jane Austen

Pride and prejudice

Despre Jane Austen
1. S-a nascut intr-o familie de mici nobili englezi, din secolul al XVIII-lea. Educatia a primit-o in special de la tatal sau si de la fratii mai mari, care au incurajat-o permanent sa scrie si au sustinut-o in toate demersurile ei de a-si publica romanele.

2. O vreme a urmat cursurile de la Oxford, impreuna cu sora ei, insa, din momentul in care familia nu si-a mai putut permite, Jane Austen si-a completat educatia citind foarte mult.

3. A inceput de timpuriu sa scrie, multa vreme experimentand diverse genuri literare. Abia in jurul varstei de 35 ani si-a descoperit adevarata inclinatie. Romanul "Mandrie si prejudecata" va fi scris la 38 de ani.

4. In timpul vietii nu s-a bucurat de mare succes. Abia la mijlocul secolului al XIX-lea criticii literari aveau sa aprecieze stilul ei realist si sa ii integreze opera printre cele mai bune romane ale literaturii engleze si universale.

5. Despre Jane Austen s-au pastrat foarte putine informatii biografice. Sora sa, Cassandra, cu care a avut o relatie cordiala, a ars majoritatea scrisorilor primite de la ea. Cele pe care le-a pastrat au fost cenzurate de catre aceasta, din dorinta de a nu scoate la iveala aspecte intime ale vietii surorii ei.

6. A fost ceruta in casatorie doar o singura data in viata de fiul unor prieteni de familie, cu studii si situatie materiala foarte buna, dar deloc atragator. Gandindu-se la posibilitatea de a le oferi parintilor o batranete fericita si lipsita de griji si fratilor sai o sansa de a-si urma studiile, Jane a acceptat cererea in casatorie. A doua zi insa a revenit asupra deciziei, constientizand ca este incapabila de mezalianta. Astfel, Jane Austen a preferat sa nu se casatoreasca niciodata.

7. In tinerete era foarte sociabila, mergea in vizita la prieteni si onora majoritatea invitatiilor la baluri. Ii placea foarte mult sa danseze. Mai tarziu, a dus o viata linistita si retrasa, preferand sa si petreaca mai tot timpul scriind.


sâmbătă, 4 iulie 2009

Knowing Where To Strike

A famous shipyard in the 1970's. One day before the maiden voyage of their biggest ship to date. She wouldn't start. Something wrong with the boiler.
Checked every nut, tightened every bolt. Still nothing.
They sent for an expert. A guy from Hamburg.
Scratched his beard. Said: "My fee's $ 1000."
The foreman nodded frantically.
"Stand back," said the expert.
He gave the boiler an almighty wallop with his hammer. It hiccuped, burped, chugged into life. The foreman stood aghast.
"$1000 for one thump with a hammer?"
"No," said the expert. "For one thump with the hammer, one pound. For knowing where to thump, nine hundred and ninetynine."

Moral: Expertise is not counted in what people do, but in what people know.

(c) ManageTrainLearn 2009

vineri, 3 iulie 2009

A Bee

Truly empowering managers are often unaware of what they do to create an environment in which others flourish.

This is how Walt Disney described his role.
"You know I was stumped the other day when a little boy asked me: "Do you draw Mickey Mouse?" I had to admit I do not draw any more. "Then you think up all the jokes and ideas?" "No," I said, "I don't do that either." Finally, he looked at me and said: "Mr Disney, what do you do?" "Well," I said, "Sometimes I think of myself as a little bee. I go from one area of the studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that's the job I do. I certainly don't consider myself a businessman and I never did believe I was worth anything as an artist. Yes, I'm a bee with pollen."

Moral: You can sometimes do more through inspiration than perspiration.

joi, 2 iulie 2009

Start Anew

It was a cold December night in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas
Edison's factory was humming with activity. Work was proceeding
on a variety of fronts as the great inventor was trying to turn
more of his dreams into practical realities. Edison's plant,
made of concrete and steel, was deemed "fireproof". But it

On that cold night in 1914, the sky was lit up by a sensational
blaze that had burst through the plant roof. Edison's
24-year-old son, Charles, made a frenzied search for his famous
inventor-father. When he finally found him, he was watching the
fire. His white hair was blowing in the wind. His face was
illuminated by the leaping flames. "My heart ached for him,"
said Charles. "Here he was, 67 years old, and everything he had
worked for was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted,
"Charles! Where's your mother?" When I told him I didn't
know, he said, "Find her! Bring her here! She'll never see
anything like this as long as she lives."

Next morning, Edison looked at the ruins of the factory and said
this of his loss: "There's value in disaster. All our mistakes
are burned up. Thank God, we can start anew."

Moral: Don't worry when a seeming disaster hits you. It may just
be the chance to clear out all your mistakes and start afresh.

(c) ManageTrainLearn 2009

miercuri, 1 iulie 2009

Walt's Vision

The filmmaker Walt Disney died six years before the opening of
the first Disney World. At the opening ceremonies, two Disney
executives were sitting together.

One said:
"Too bad Walt couldn't have been here to see this."

The other replied:
"You're wrong. Walt did see it. That's why it's here."

Moral: Vision is what you see with your inspiration's eye.