Bad Time’s Story

The Candle

There was once a big wax candle who had the highest opinion of his merits..
I, he said, am made of the purest wax, cast in the best mold.. I burn more brilliantly than any other candle, and I outlast them all.. I belong in the high chandelier or the silver candlestick..

What a delightful life you must lead, the tallow candle admitted.. I am only tallow.. Just a tallow dip.. But it’s a comfort to think how much better off I am than the taper.. He’s only dipped twice, while I am dipped eight times to make a thick and respectable candle of me.. I’ m satisfied..

To be sure it would be better to be born of wax than of tallow, and a lucky thing to be shaped in a mold, but one isn’t asked how he wants to be born.. Your place is in the big rooms with glass chandeliers.. Mine is in the kitchen.. But kitchen is a good place too.. All the food in the house comes from there..

There are more important things in the world than food, the wax candle boasted.. There’s the glitter of good society in which I shine.. Why, I and all my family are invited to a ball that’s being given here this very evening..


No sooner had he said this than all the wax candles were sent for.. But the tallow candle was not left behind.. The mistress of the house took it in her own hand and carried it to the kitchen, where a poor boy waited with his basket full of potatoes and a few apples that she had given him..

And here’s a candle for you too, my little friend,. she told him.. Your mother can use it to work by when she sits up late at night..

The lady’s small daughter stood close beside her mother, and when she heard the magic words late at night, she forgot to be shy..

I’m going to stay up late tonight too!. she exclaimed. ” We are to have a ball this evening, and I’m to wear my big red ribbon.. No candle ever could shine like the eyes of a child..

Happiness is a blessed thing to see, the tallow candle thought to himself.. I mustn’t forget how it looks, for I certainly shan’t see it again.. They put him in the basket and closed the lid.. Away the boy went with it..

Where can he be taking me?. the candle wondered.. I may have to live with poor people who don’t even own a brass candlestick, while the wax candle sits in silver and beams at all the best people.. How fine it must be to shine in good company.. But this is what I get for being tallow, not wax..

And the candle did come to live with poor people.. They were a widow and her three children, who had a low ceilinged room across the way from the well to do house..

God bless our neighbor for all that she gave us, the widow said.. This good candle will burn far into the night..

She struck a match to it.. Fut, fie, he sputtered.. What a vile smelling match she lights me with.. Would anyone offer such a kitchen match to the wax candle, in the well to do house across the way?.

There the candles were lighted too.. They made the street bright as carriages came rumbling with guests dressed in their best for the ball. The music struck up..
Now the ball’s beginning..

The tallow candle burned brighter as he remembered the happy little girl whose face was more shining than the light of all those wax candles.. I’ll never see anything like that again..
The smallest of the poor children reached up, for she was very small, and put her arms around the necks of her brother and sister.. What she had to tell them was so important that it had to be whispered.. Tonight we’re going to have just think of it warm potatoes, this very night..

Her face beamed with happiness and the candle beamed right back at her.. He saw happiness again, and a gladness as great as when the little girl in the well to do house said, We’re having a ball this evening, and I’m to wear my red ribbon..
Is it such a treat to get warm potatoes?. the candle wondered.. Little children must manage to be happy here too.. He wept tallow tears of joy, and more than that a candle cannot do..
The table was spread and the potatoes were eaten.. How good they tasted!. It was a real feast.. There was an apple for everyone, and the smallest child said grace..


Now thanks, dear Lord, I give to Thee
That Thou again hast filled me. Amen..


And didn’t I say it nicely?. the little girl asked..


Don’t say such things, her mother told her.. Just thank the good Lord for filling you up..

The children went to bed, were kissed good night, and fell fast asleep.. Their mother sat up late and sewed to make a living for them and for herself.. From the well to do house came light and music.. But the stars overhead shone on all the houses, rich or poor, with the same light, clear and kind..

This has been a wonderful evening, the tallow candle told himself.. Can the wax candle have had any better time of it in his silver candlestick?. I’d like to know that before I’m burned out..

He remembered the two happy children, one face lighted up by the wax candle, the other shining in the tallow candle’s light..

One was happy as the other. Yes, that is the whole story!.

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Learn & Eran

Chuan and Jing joined a wholesale company together just after graduation.. Both worked very hard..
After several years, the boss promoted Jing to sales executive but Chuan remained a sales rep..

One day Chuan could not take it anymore, tender resignation to the boss and complained the boss did not value hard working staff, but only promoted those who flattered him..

The boss knew that Chuan worked very hard for the years, but in order to help Chuan realize the difference between him and Jing, the boss asked Chuan to do the following.. Go and find out anyone selling water melon in the market?. Chuan returned and said yes.. The boss asked how much per kg?. Chuan went back to the market to ask and returned to inform boss the $12 per kg..

Boss told Chuan, I will ask Jing the same question?. Jing went, returned and said, boss, only one person selling water melon.. $12 per kg, $100 for 10 kg, he has inventory of 340 melons..

On the table 58 melons, every melon weighs about 15 kg, bought from the South two days ago, they are fresh and red, good quality..
Chuan was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Jing..

He decided not to resign but to learn from Jing..
My dear friends, a more successful person is more observant, think more and understand in depth.. For the same matter, a more successful person sees several years ahead, while you see only tomorrow.. The difference between a year and a day is 365 times, how could you win?.

Think! how far have you seen ahead in your life?. How thoughtful in depth are you?.

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Don’t be Afraid!

Don’t be Afraid!

Here we are, afraid of losing what we have all the time, holding on to it so tight that not a soul can touch it.. We think by hiding it from the world, it’s hidden and it’s ours. Nothing is. Nothing ever will be.. For, nothing ever was..

If you think there is anything that you have, that’s yours, be it money, a house, a job, or a girlfriend.. it’s nothing but an illusion.. It’ll all disappear.. in one blow .

One blow, my man.
Here we are, so insecure that we are afraid of re-starting our lives, so we just carry on trying to sort out the current mess.. The thought that we should give it all up and just start all over with nothing might cross our minds some time, sure, but we get scared and we push away anything that scares us..

There is nothing I can ever achieve or gain that I cannot lose, in a matter of seconds.. You have never gained enough to not be able to lose it all, in just a few minutes..

What you think is yours, was never yours and will never be yours.. Whatever you make here, you leave here.. You came naked and you’re going to go back naked..

So what are you afraid of ?
Let all be lost.. Let them take away everything.. As long as you have your heart beating strong, as long as you have your nostrils working fine, as long as the blood flows in your veins, you will live, you will breathe and you can get it all back.. again and again.. For, if you can do it once, you can damn well do it again.. It’s just a game we play Life..

By Rohit Wadhwaney”

Thank you 😊.

Believe IN yourself!

Motivation

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren’t the way you had hoped they would be…

That’s when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down…

But those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself..

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them..

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you.. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are..

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be..
Because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you..

Keep Believing in Yourself!

Thank you 😊.

Bank Account

Time Bank

Imagine there is a bank, which credits your account each morning with Rs 86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.. What would you do?.

Draw out every pence, of course!.

Well, everyone has such a bank.. Its name is Time..
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.. It carries over no balance.. It allows no overdraft..

Each day it opens a new account for you.. Each night it burns the records of the day.. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours..

There is no going back.. There is no drawing against the

tomorrow.

Therefore, there is never not enough time or too much time.. Time management is decided by us alone and nobody else.. It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do it..____

Information please!

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood.. I remember well the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box..

I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to talk to it.. Then discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know..

“Information Please” could supply any body’s number and the correct time..

My first personal experience with this genie in the bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor.. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer..

The pain was terrible, but there didn’t seem to be any reason in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy.. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger., finally arriving at the stairway…

The telephone!. Quickly, I ran for the foot stool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing.. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear..

“Information Please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear..

Information please.

I hurt my finger I wailed into the phone.. The tears came readily enough now that I had an audience..

Isn’t your mother home ? came the question..

No body’s home but me, I blubbered…

Are you bleeding ?. the voice asked..

No, I replied.. I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts..

Can you open your icebox ? she asked.. I said I could…

Then chip off a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger, said the voice..

After that, I called “Information Please” for everything.. I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was.. She helped me with my math.. She told me my pet chipmunk, that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts..

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary died.. I called “Information Please” and told her the sad story.. She listened, then said the usual things grown ups say to soothe a child.. But I was un-consoled. I asked her, Why is it that birds should sing so beautiful and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage ?.

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in..

Somehow I felt better..

Another day I was on the telephone. “Information Please.”.

“Information,” said the now familiar voice..

How do you spell fix ? I asked..


All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the tall, shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall.. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me.. Often, In moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy..

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle I had about half an hour or so between planes.. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now.. Then, without thinking what I was doing,, I dialed my hometown operator and said,, “Information, please.”

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well..

“Information.”

I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, Could you please tell me how to spell fix.?.

There was a long pause.. Then came the soft spoken answer, I guess your finger must have healed by now..

I laughed, So it’s really still you, I said. I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time..

I wonder, she said, if you know how much your calls meant to me.. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls..

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister..

Please do, she said.. Just ask for Sally…

Three months later I was back in Seattle.. A different voice answered, “Information.”

I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.

Yes, a very old friend, I answered…

I’m sorry to have to tell you this, she said.. Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago… Before I could hang up she said, Wait a minute.. Did you say your name was Paul

“Yes..”.

Well, Sally left a message for you.. She wrote it down in case you called.. Let me read it to you. The note said, Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in.. He’ll know what I mean.

I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant…

#Moral: Never underestimate the impression you may make on others….___

Thank you 😊.

Value of Time!

Anthony was a very lazy boy and always used to postpone things..

One day his father called him and made him understand the value of time that one should always do things on time.. Anthony promised his father that he would never postpone things..

One day, he came to know that he had won the first prize in a singing competition that was held the previous month.. He was asked to collect the prize the same day.. He didn’t care and went to collect the prize the next day.. But the prize became useless for him, as it was a ticket to a circus show, which was held the previous day….

Anthony learnt a lesson from this incident…

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English Quotes (10)

1. Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get..

2. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else..

3. I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance..

4. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful..

5. Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want..

6. One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it..

7. Good things come to those who wait.. greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen..

8. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn.. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude..

9. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure..

10. Go where you are celebrated not tolerated.. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start..

Thank you 😊