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Learning 666 “Repairing the boat hole.”

A man was asked to paint a boat.

He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.
The painter was surprised and said “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat Sir!” 

“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for having repaired the hole in the boat.”

“Ah! But it was such a small service… certainly it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”

“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened.

When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.

When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.

They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.

When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”

So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

You may have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ along the way… of several people without realizing how many lives you’ve saved.

*So let’s Keep up the Good work, no matter how small it may seem to be.*

Want to thank Everyone who Repaired my boat this year in every way like Good Wishes, Good thoughts, Love, Care & Prayers…
Thank you !

May God bless you always.

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Learning 657

Thoughts  are  vital,  living things,  little  bundles of  energy,  if  you  will.  

Most  people  don’t  give any  thought  to  the nature  of  their  thoughts  and  yet,  the  quality of your  thinking  determines  the  quality  of your  life.  

Thoughts  are just  as  much  a  part  of  the material  world  as  the  lake  you  swim  in or the street  you  walk  on.  Weak  minds  lead  to weak  actions.  

A strong,  disciplined  mind,  which  anyone  can cultivate  through  daily practice,  can  achieve miracles.  

If  you  want  to  live  life  to  the  fullest, care  for your  thoughts  as  you  would  your  most prized  possessions.

Work  hard  to  remove  all  inner  turbulence. The  rewards  will  be abundant.

Learning 656

The  secret  of  happiness  is  simple:  find  out what you truly  love to do and then direct all of your energy towards doing it.  

If  you  study  the  happiest,  healthiest,  most  satisfied  people  of our  world,  you  will  see  that  each  and  every  one  of  them  has  found their  passion  in  life,  and  then  spent  their  days  pursuing  it.  

This calling  is  almost  always  one  that,  in  some  way,  serves  others.  Once you  are  concentrating  your  mind  power  and  energy  on  a  pursuit that  you  love,  abundance  flows  into  your  life,  and  all  your  desires are  fulfilled  with  ease  and  grace.” 

“So  simply  figure  out  what  turns  you  on  and  then  do  it?” 

Victor  Frankl  said  it  more  elegantly  when  he  wrote:  ‘Success,  like  happiness,  cannot  be pursued.  It  must  ensue.  And  it  only  does  so  as  the  unintended  side effect  of  one’s  personal  dedication  to  a  cause  greater  than  oneself.’ 

Once  you  find  out  what  your  life’s  work  is,  your  world  will  come alive.  You  will  wake  up  every  morning  with  a  limitless  reservoir  of energy  and  enthusiasm.  

All  your  thoughts  will  be  focused  on  your definite  objective.  You  won’t  have  time  to  waste  time.  

Valuable mental  power  will,  therefore,  not  be  wasted  on  trifling  thoughts. You  will  automatically  erase  the  worry  habit  and  become  far  more effective  and  productive.  

Interestingly,  you  will  also  have  a  deep sense  of  inner  harmony,  as  if  you  are  somehow  being  guided  to realize  your  mission.  It  is  a  wonderful  feeling. 

Learning 653

The  Chinese  character  for ‘crisis’  is  comprised  of  two  sub-characters:  one  that  spells  ‘danger’ and  another  that  spells  ‘opportunity.’  I  guess  that  even  the  ancient Chinese  knew  that  there  is  a  bright  side  to  the  darkest circumstance  —  if  you  have  the  courage  to  look  for  it.

There  are  no  mistakes  in  life, only lessons.  There  is  no  such  thing  as  a  negative  experience,  only opportunities  to  grow,  learn  and  advance  along  the  road  of  selfmastery.  From  struggle  comes  strength.  Even  pain  can  be  a wonderful  teacher.

Absolutely.  To  transcend  pain,  you  must  first  experience  it.  Or to  put  it  another  way,  how  can  you  really  know  the  joy  of  being  on the  summit  of  the  mountain  unless  you  have  first  visited  the  lowest valley.  

“To  savor  the  good  one  must  know  the  bad?” 

Learning 652

I never found the companion that was so companiable as solitude. – Heney David Thoreau

 The biggest lesson is “What the soul needs doesn’t cost a dime.”

Instead, a good rule of thumb to live by is to cultivate simplicity. Sell what you don’t need, as this is sure to help you nurture your intellect.

Be ambitious and move with confidence toward your dreams.

Don’t assume your dreams are out of reach just because they might seem too ambitious or uncommon to someone else. 

Progress is made by those with ambitious ideas, so shoot for the stars and get to work on building the foundation that will allow you to turn that dream into a reality. Once you reach that goal, you’ll find the success is even better than you imagined.

Learning 635

“IF IT’S ON THE CALENDER, IT HAPPENS.” – Gretchen Rubin 

The strategy of scheduling is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. It also forces us to confront the natural limits of the day. Scheduling one activity makes that time unavailable for anything else. It makes activities automatic, which builds habits.

Learning 634

“All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits – practical, emotional, and intellectual – systematically organized for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny.” – William James