The Quiz

Take the following quiz.

You don’t need a pen, pencil, or paper.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series Winners.

How did you do?

THE LESSON

NONE of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.

There are no second-rate achievers on the above quiz.
They are the best in their fields.

But the applause dies.
Awards tarnish.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now here’s another quiz.

See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Wasn’t that a lot easier?

The lesson?

The people who make a difference in your life aren’t the ones with the most
credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They’re the ones who care enough to spend personal time and effort for you.

They are special and let them know that today ūüôā

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Sand And Stone.

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.”

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND, AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE

Wisdom and Age have made me believe .. ..

I was in a hurry to grow up, thinking I was already armed with all the knowledge that I needed to defend myself with in life and all the resources I would ever need to get around. I had been reminded so many times that I would need wisdom, which came with age and I would need patience that too came with experiences .. But I prefered to rush into the hurdles of life with the limited Skills I had. Was that enough ? Not a chance .. but we all learn from our mistakes, Iike I learnt from mine. Today I have a different set of beliefs very unlike I had then .. 25 years back.  

I believe .. .. ..

¬†I believe-that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

¬†I believe-that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

 I believe-that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

 I believe-that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

¬†I believe-that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

 I believe-that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

¬†I believe-that you can keep going long after you can’t.

 I believe-that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

 I believe-that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

 I believe-that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first,the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

 I believe-that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

 I believe-that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

 I believe-that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

¬†I believe-that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down,will be the ones to help you get back up.

¬†I believe-that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

¬†I believe-that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

¬†I believe-that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

¬†I believe-that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

¬†I believe-that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

 I believe-that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,but we are responsible for who we become.

¬†I believe-that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other And just because they don’t argue,it doesn’t mean they do.

¬†I believe-that you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

 I believe-that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

¬†I believe-that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.

 I believe-that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you you will find the strength to help.

 I believe-that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

 I believe-that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned .. ..

I’ve Learned
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I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today,¬†life does go on,¬†and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person¬†by the way he/she handles three things:¬†
1. A rainy day, 
2. Lost luggage, 
3. Tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a “living”¬†is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something¬†back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.¬†
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open¬†heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be¬†one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch¬†someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm¬†hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

People will forget what you said … people will forget what you¬†did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care¬†about.

I just did. 

Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

Author Unknown

Indian School Kuwait

My charming sister Shaheen

My charming sister Shaheen

What a lovely day it turned out today. It was closest to the perfect most birthday so far. The love of my husband and children, The calls from all over from those whom I love and cheerish.  And ofcourse a lovely family meal with my sister Shaheen and her sons.

I was wondering If there is anyone out there, who has studied from Indian School of Kuwait, passed out 10th in 1987 ?¬† Particularly girls, It was not a co-education school so I would’nt know many¬†or probably any of the guys.

If you happen to read this message, please do¬†leave a message for me. Amongst my close friends were Muna Mammi¬†Kutty, Monica Narang, Mearle Menezes, Nisha,¬†Joesphine, Mamta Sanghvi, Reshma, Sharmishta, Naushaba, Sangeeta Vedi.¬†¬† Ofcourse I have tried to¬†find these people¬†on¬†Facebook as well, but I am sure they are all married and have taken their husband’s¬†family name. Well, in any case if you do know anyone who studied from Indian School in Salmiya in Kuwait,¬†it would be great to get in touch.