With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the
little boy greeted his father as he returned from work, "Daddy, how much do
you make an hour?"
Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a
glaring look, the father said: "Look, son, not even your mother knows that.
Don't bother me now, I'm tired."
"But Daddy, just tell me please!? How
much do you make an hour," the boy insisted.
The father finally giving up replied,
"Twenty dollars per hour." "Okay, Daddy? Could you loan me ten
dollars?" the boy asked.
Showing restlessness and positively
disturbed, the father yelled, "So that was the reason you asked how much I
earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore!"
It was already dark and the father was
meditating on what he had said and was feeling guilty. Maybe his son wanted to
Finally, trying to ease his mind, the
father went to his son's room. "Are you asleep son?" asked the father.
"No, Daddy. Why?" replied the boy
partially asleep. "Here's the money you asked for earlier," the father
"Thanks, Daddy!" rejoiced the
son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money.
"Now I have enough! Now I have twenty
dollars!" the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused
at what his son just said. "Daddy could you sell me one hour of your
IT’S WHAT YOU SAY
AND HOW YOU SAY IT
ANCIENT KING once dreamed that all his teeth had fallen out. He was naturally
concerned about his dream, so the next morning he sent for a soothsayer to
interpret his dream for him.
soothsayer listened to the king’s dream, pondered it for a moment, and then
delivered this pronouncement:
Highness, the dream means that all your relatives will die and you will be left
king was furious at the soothsayer’s interpretation, and he demanded the
soothsayer remove himself from the palace at once. Then the king called for a
second soothsayer. This soothsayer listened to the king’s dream, pondered for
a moment, and then proclaimed:
O King! The dream means that you will live many more years. In fact, you will
outlive all your relatives! LONG LIVE THE KING!”
interpretation so pleased the king that he gave the interpreter a large purse of
Essentially, the two
soothsayers made the same prediction. But there was a big difference in HOW they
delivered the message, wouldn’t you agree? As a result, there was a big
difference in how the message was received. The moral of the story is very
clear: It’s not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it that counts!
To: School Headmaster,
where his son was studying
"He will have to learn, I know, that all men are
not just and all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel, there is a hero ; that for every
selfish politician there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend.
It will take time, I know, but teach him, if you can, that a dollar earned is of
far more value than five found.
Teach him to learn to lose, and also to enjoy winning.
Steer him away from envy, if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick.
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books... but also give him quiet time to
ponder over the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers
on a green hillside.
In school teach him, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him he is
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with the tough.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting
on the bandwagon.
Teach him to listen to all men; but teach him also to filter all he hears on a
screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad.
Teach him that there is no shame in tears.
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to be beware of too much sweetness.
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to highest bidders, but never to put a
price tag on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob, and stand and fight if thinks he
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes
Let him have the courage to be impatient.
Let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.
This is a big order, but see what you can do.
He is such a fine little fellow, my son !
A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm
at sea and only two of the
men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.
The two survivors,
not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but
to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful,
they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite
sides of the island.
The first thing they prayed for was food.
The next morning, the first
man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to
eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, the first man was lonely and
he decided to pray for a
wife. The next day, another ship was wrecked, and the only survivor was
a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the
island, there was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house,
clothes, more food. The next
day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second
man still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship,
so that he and his wife could
leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of
the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to
leave the second man on the island.
He considered the other man unworthy to
receive God's blessings, since
none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first
man heard a voice from heaven
booming, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"
"My blessings are mine alone, since I
was the one who prayed for them,"
the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does
not deserve anything."
"You are mistaken!" the voice
rebuked him. "He had only one prayer,
which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of
"Tell me," the first man asked
the voice, "What did he pray for that I
should owe him anything?"
"He prayed that all your prayers be
For all we know, our blessings are not the
fruits of our prayers alone,
but those of another praying for us.