Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Star Thrower...

Our world has been profoundly influenced by the thoughts, beliefs and actions of all its past and present habitants. History is created not only by those whose names are revered and celebrated, but also by the infamous and unknown. All those who live, carve out in some special way their very own niche.

In his book, "The Star Thrower", Loren E.Eisley talks of the day when he was walking on the beach sands where hundreds of starfish had been washed up on the shore.
He noticed a little boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean.
He observed the boy for a few minutes, accosted him and asked what he was upto.
The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea, otherwise, they would die.
Eisley was both touched and amused. He asked the boy; how saving a few when so many were doomed would make any difference whatsoever?
The boy picked up a starfish and as he threw it back, said…
"It's going to make a lot of difference to this one!"
Eisley left the beach and went home to continue writing only to discover that he could not type a single word.
He returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the little boy throw starfish into the sea.

Monday, 20 February 2017


                                                               Successful or Useful?

When asked what he wished to become, as a young man, Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein was reported to have said, "I want to become a useful person, not a successful person."

Asked what he meant by it, the eminent physicist replied, "A successful person is one who takes from society more than what he gives it. A useful person is one who gives the society more than what he takes from it."

                                                                     STAY CALM

When you feel like saying something
That you know you will regret,
Or keenly feel an insult
Not quite easy to forget,
That's the time to curb resentment
And maintain a mental peace,
For when your mind is tranquil
All your ill thoughts simply cease.

It's easy to be angry
When defrauded or defied,
To be peeved and disappointed
If your wishes are denied;
But to win a worthwhile battle
Over selfishness and spite,
You must learn to keep strict silence
Though you know you're in the right.

So keep your mental balance
When confronted by a foe,
Be it enemy in ambush
Or some danger that you know.
If you are poised and tranquil
When all around is strife,
Be assured that you have mastered
The most vital thing in life.