Join date: 2007-11-14
|Subject: informative stories Fri May 09, 2008 1:32 am|| |
Lesson: Maintaining a positive attitude during adversity
I heard the story told recently about a king in Africa who had a close friend
that he grew up with. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation
that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This is
One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend
would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done
something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from
his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the
situation the friend remarked as usual, "This is good!". To which the king
replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and proceeded to send his friend to jail.
About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known
to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took them to their village.
They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the
As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was
missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less
than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way.
As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and
felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail
to speak with his friend. "You were right" he said, "it was good that my
thumb was blown off." And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just
happened. "And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It
was bad for me to do this."
"No," his friend replied, "this is good!"
"What do you mean, 'this is good'! How could it be good that I sent my friend
to jail for a year."
"If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you."
Rom 8:28 -- And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Tests are benefits from God, for which we should thank Him. Grief and sorrow
do not come to us by chance, they are sent to us by the Divine Mercy for our
Abdu'l-Baha: Paris Talks, page 50
Donkey In The Well
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The
animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried
to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the
animal was old and the well needed to be covered up
anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the
donkey. So he invited all his neighbors to come over
and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt
into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was
happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's
amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked
down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With
every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was
doing something amazing. He would shake it off and
take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued
to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it
off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was
amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the
well and trotted off!
Moral: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds
of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to
shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles
is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest
wells just by not stopping ... never giving up! Shake
it off and take a step up!
Remember these six simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
6. Have Faith.
Subject: Lesson for us all
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high
One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do
you know what I just heard about your friend?"
Hold on a minute," Socrates replied.
"Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test.
It's called the Triple Filter Test."
That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about
my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what
you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The
first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are
about to tell me is true?"
No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..." All
right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now
let's try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. Is what you are
about to tell me about my friend something good?" No, on the contrary..."
So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about
him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test
though, because there's one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. Is
what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?" No,
Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is
neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"
This is why Socrates was a great philosopher & held in such high
Friends, use this triple filter each time you hear loose talk
about any or anything.
Ya Allah Ya Rab Al`Almin Y a Rahmanu Ya Rahim Ya Rabi Let The Ummah Rise Again Let Us See Day Light A gain Once Again