Tuesday’s Trilogy of Inspiration

 

Shark Bait

During a research experiment, a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.

As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.

The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.

Again, the shark quickly attacked.  This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off.  Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail.  Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition.  Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.

This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks.  Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually, the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.

The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack.  The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the baitfish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.

The moral:  Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go. 

 Being and Breathing

One warm evening many years ago…

After spending nearly every waking minute with Angel for eight straight days, I knew that I had to tell her just one thing.  So late at night, just before she fell asleep, I whispered it in her ear.  She smiled – the kind of smile that makes me smile back –and she said, “When I’m seventy-five and I think about my life and what it was like to be young, I hope that I can remember this very moment.”

A few seconds later she closed her eyes and fell asleep.  The room was peaceful – almost silent.  All I could hear was the soft purr of her breathing.  I stayed awake thinking about the time we’d spent together and all the choices in our lives that made this moment possible.  And at some point, I realized that it didn’t matter what we’d done or where we’d gone.  Nor did the future hold any significance.

All that mattered was the serenity of the moment.

Just being with her and breathing with her.

The moral:  We must not allow the clock, the calendar, and external pressures to rule our lives and blind us to the fact that each individual moment of our lives is a beautiful mystery and a miracle – especially those moments we spend in the presence of a loved one.

The Wise Woman’s Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.

The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.
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Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time — Jenn 🙂

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Better Late Than Never!?

Hello all!  It is Friday and you have made it!!!  Congrats!!!

Can you even believe FALL starts tomorrow?!?!  🙂   

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Sometimes you just need to do something different and not on schedule. 

Today, I have included a link for a “What is your color” quiz?  If you are interested just click and answer.  

https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/5ba518c695455e0013f50f4f?method=iframe 

Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time — Jenn 

 

The Hump Day Scoop

Welcome to Hump-Day ya’ll!  You are halfway there, you can do it!!

  • Today is the 262nd day of 2018.
  • There are only 3 days until Fall!!!!
  • There are 103 days left in the year.
  • Today’s date in Roman Numerals is: IX • XIX • MMXVIII
  • Sunrise here in PA is 6:47 a.m. and sunset is 7:06 p.m.
  • The moon tonight is a Waxing Gibbous.  Illumination is 73%.

I came across these two songs by a lady named Lauren Daigle.  I hope you enjoy them!  “You Say” and “Look Up Child”

Check out some of my favorite helpful, informative and fun sites!!

Weather Underground the ONLY weather site you will need!  I SWEAR by it.

Astrology.com

RefDesk your daily dose of EVERYTHING!

The Free Dictionary awesome for learning 5 new daily words and grammar!!

Khan Academy for anything Education related.  Free help for parents and students.

Bored Panda Just for stupid fun.

Animal Rescue Site  Just a button click donates food.  All purchases donate food/supplies and there are links to Veteran Affairs, Hunger, Breast Cancer, Literacy, Rainforest, Alzheimer’s, Autism and Diabetes

MoonGiant awesome, interactive sight about the solar system.

TinyBuddha quotes, stories, books, etc…   I find many of my quotes, memes and daily inspirations here.

Today is:

  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Arrrg!
  • National Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • National Woman Road Warrior Day
  • National School Backpack Awareness Day
  • National Gymnastics Day
  • National Meow Like a Pirate Day, Meoowarrg!
  • Yom Kippur     Also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.  Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Followers observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Today’s Birthdays include:

  • 1749 – Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician/astronomer
  • 1882 – Christopher Stone, 1st disc jockey in the United Kingdom
  • 1911 – William Golding, English novelist “Lord of the Flies”
  • 1928 – Adam West, American actor
  • 1941 – “Mama” Cass Elliot, rock vocalist Mamas & The Papas
  • 1958 – Lita Ford, British vocalist
  • 1964 – Trisha Yearwood, Country Singer/writer/cook/showhost     LOVE her!!
  • 1974 – Jimmy Fallon, American actor/comedian

Here are some random facts for around the water cooler!

  1. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  2. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.
  3. A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
  4. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!  26 of your 206 bones!
  5. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a space suit damages them.

Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time — Jenn

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Tuesday’s Trilogy of Inspiration

 

 

A Blind Man’s Love

A man married a beautiful girl.  He loved her very much.  One day she developed a skin disease.  Slowly she started to lose her beauty.  It so happened that one day her husband left for a tour.  While returning he met with an accident and lost his eyesight.  However, their married life continued as usual.  But as days passed she lost her beauty gradually. Blind husband did not know this and there was not any difference in their married life.  He continued to love her and she also loved him very much.  One day she died.  Her death brought him a great sorrow.  He finished all her last rites and wanted to leave that town.

A man from behind called and said, “Now how will you be able to walk all alone?  All these days your wife used to help you”.  He replied, “I am not blind.  I was acting because if she knew l could see her skin condition due to a disease, it would have pained her more than her disease.  I didn’t love her for her beauty alone, but I fell in love with her caring and loving nature.  So I pretended to be blind.  I only wanted to keep her happy”.

Moral:  When you truly love someone, you will go to any extent to keep your loved one happy and sometimes it is good for us to act blind and ignore one another’s short comings in order to be happy.  The Beauty will fade with time, but heart and soul will always be the same.  Love the person for what he/she is from inside, not from outside.

 

A Blank Question Paper

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test.  They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin.  The professor handed out the question paper with the text facing down as usual.  Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin.  To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions, just a black dot in the center of the page.

The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following, “I want you to write what you see there.”  The confused students got started on the inexplicable task.  At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students.  All of them with no exceptions described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet etc.

After all had been read, the classroom was silent.  The professor began to explain, “I am not going to grade on you this, I just wanted to give you something to think about.  No one wrote about the white part of the paper.  Everyone focused on the black dot and the same happens in our lives.  We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots.  Our life is a gift given to us by God with love and care.  We always have reasons to celebrate, nature renewing itself every day, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day.”

“However, we insist on focusing only on the dark spots, the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friends etc.  The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.  Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life.  Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.  Be happy and live a life positively!”

 

The Three Types of People

A teacher shows three toys to a student and asks the student to find out the differences. All the three toys are seemed to be identical in their shape, size, and material. After keen observation, the student observes holes in the toys. 1st toy it has holes in the ears.  The 2nd toy has holes in ear and mouth. The 3rd toy has only one hole in one ear.

Then with the help of the needle, the student puts the needle in the ear hole of the 1st toy. The needle comes out from the other ear. In the 2nd toy, when the needle was put in the ear the needle came out of a mouth. And in the 3rd toy, when the needle was put in, the needle did not come out.

The First toy represents those people around you who gives an impression that they are listening to you, all your things and care for you. But they just pretend to do so. After listening, as the needle comes out from the next ear, the things you said to them by counting on them are gone. So be careful while you are speaking with this type of people around you, who does not care for you.

The Second toy represents those people who listen to you all your things and gives an impression that they care for you. But as in the toy, the needle comes out from a mouth. These people will use your things and the words you tell them against you by telling it to others and bringing out the confidential issues for their own purpose.

The Third toy, the needle does not come out from it. These kinds of people will keep the trust you have in them. They are the ones who you can count on.

Moral: Always stay in a company of a people who are loyal and trustworthy. People, who listen to what you tell them, are not always the ones you can count on when you need them the most. 

 

Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time — Jenn

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