A Good Teacher

There was a Boy named Ted. He was always shabbily dressed. None of the students liked him. Most of the days he used to get scolded by his class teacher due to his low marks. Every parents-teacher meeting, he would be alone and the class teacher would scold him for not bringing his parents. But he never said anything to his teacher.

One day Ted did not come to school. His class teacher tried to call his parents but nobody answered the call. It’s been few days since he had attended school and the teacher got worried. His teacher decided to visit Ted’s home. He travelled at least 10 Km and he reached a village. He asked directions from people there and came to a small house.

He saw Ted there with his Mother. Ted was surprised to see his teacher. He invited him inside and offered him water. Teacher saw that Ted’s mother was ill and that he was the only one who was taking care of his Mother. His father had passed away when he was a baby and his Mother used to work as a maid to earn for them. But since his Mother was ill , Ted had to sew dolls to get money at least for food and then he would cycle daily 10 km to school as there was no school in that village.

The teacher asked Ted “Why did you not share your situation when I was scolding you?”. Ted replied “I thought you hated me just like how the students hate me for looking dirty and getting low grades”. The teacher answered “Ted, I scolded you not because of how you looked. You are my student and it does not matter if you are rich or poor. I scolded you so that you can improve. I know you have the potential to do better. I wanted you to show other students that you are equally capable.” Ted cried and hugged his teacher. Teacher asked him to resume school after few days leave.

Ted went to school after a week. He was looking entirely different now. He was still wearing his dirty clothes but he was happy now. He stopped looking at other students instead he concentrated in his studies. He passed the class exam with highest marks. It was not his situation that stopped him from moving forward. Only thing this boy needed was a good Teacher.

You can watch the video version here https://youtu.be/UYfRNNZUC2s

Saying No

How many of you think saying No is rude? We all hesitate to say No only because we are afraid of what others might think of us.

You are invited to a marriage and you instantly say Yes. But in your mind you remember that you already have another appointment or already busy that day. But still you cant go back and say No. You wait till the day before the marriage date and say… “ hey how’s your marriage preparation going on? You know what.. I suddenly caught fever. I might not be able to travel tomorrow. But still I will try.” So here you have again delayed the process of saying No and added a lie to it as well. But you did it to not hurt the other person’s feeling.

Next day you message them instead of calling “ Hey.. sorry could not attend your marriage. I am still not well. Will visit you when I get time. Congrats Buddy!” Here you lied again and you still are unable to say No.

We are in a constant fear of rejecting someone, their opinions, their invites, their beliefs. We think if we say No they will get angry, walk away, they might do the same to us, their feelings get hurt.

But saying Yes is just a process of delaying when you will eventually say No.

Some of you may have come across situations in your life where you are asked to do something you don’t like. You hate it but to keep them happy you say Yes. Everything goes sweet and happy but there comes one day when you are no longer able to say Yes. You express your disagreement and you see they turn against you. They just want you to say Yes, no matter what happens to you. It does not matter to them that you are happy or not. Maybe this situation might have been avoided if you had said No at the start. Maybe they might not get this angry at you.

Politely say No by saying “Thank you but sorry I am already booked”, “I respect your opinion but I don’t think it will work for me”, “Thank you but I will pass this one”.

So here are some of the advantages of saying No

  • You respect yourself.
  • You become brave.
  • You stand up for yourself.
  • You take control of your life.
  • You get rid of unwanted worry.
  • You don’t give false hope to someone.
  • You come to know another person’s true behavior.
  • You save your time.
  • You start enjoying what you like.
  • You stay away from people who really don’t like you.
  • You no longer take unwanted stress.
  • You make your own decisions.

You don’t have to accept things you are not okay with.

Believe in yourself

Mary was thinking about John. John was a popular doctor with a built body. Mary walked over to the window and saw her crowded surroundings. She had always loved her home in India with its beautiful park and it was perfect for her.  

Then she saw someone in the distance. She gulped and looked at the handsome doctor. He was enjoying his walk in the park.

Mary was a beautiful cancer survivor. Even though she lost all her weight and hair, she was a brave woman who fought the disease and overcome it. When she was undergoing treatment in the hospital, it was John who treated her. He gave her the confidence that she can do anything with her will power.

Mary walked to the park and she met her doctor John. Mary said “Hi Doctor, How are you? Do you remember me?” John turned towards her and looked at her in surprise “Wow, Mary. You look beautiful. Of course I remember you! I am good. How are you?” Mary was so happy. She could not suppress her smile. Mary looked back, even more healthy “I have completely recovered Doctor, thanks to you. I have found a new job.”

John remembered how she suffered in the past years and he was happy that she trusted him and trusted herself. He said “That’s awesome Mary. See I told you, you can overcome anything if you trust yourself.” They looked at each other with delighted feelings.

You may be going through your worst days now. Believe in yourself and you will overcome it.

A hand of help

This story is about a girl named April. Her father is a businessman and mother is a housewife. They lived in a nice house which had a beautiful garden. Every evening she used to play with her friends.

One day while playing she saw a beggar. He looked like he did not eat for days. April asked her friends if they had any money but they refused to help.

April went home and counted her pocket money. She had a small amount of money. She told her father about the beggar but he was busy with work and forgot about it.

Next day she gave her pocket money to the beggar. He thanked her for the kindness. She decided to keep some food aside each day and pack it for the beggar. Everyday she gave the little food to the him. One day the beggar was not seen in the playground. April looked for him for few days but he was not there. Days passed by and she stopped looking.

Years passed by and her father got ill. She had to search for a job to support her family. She was a college student and nobody was willing to hire her without experience. She started looking for jobs in shops. As she was searching, she came across a coffee shop. She can feel the warmth as she entered the shop.

She asked the owner if there was any work she could do even for a little pay. The shop owner offered her a coffee, smiled at her and said ‘yes you can work her. I recognized you are the girl who gave me food and money when I did not have anything’.

The owner paid her well and she was able to get the best treatment for her father. Her father was able to manage his business again.

Helping someone is a blessing.

You can watch the video version here- https://youtu.be/Keqs8pzBTkw

My thoughts on Freedom

Freedom

Freedom

is an ability to do what you want without disrespecting anyone.

is to be able to express freely without hurting others.

is the right to make your own choice. You follow the culture, religion, career, interests you like.

is to be free from slavery. Where no human is owned by any other human.

is the right to justice. You are given a fair and transparent system without any discrimination.

is to live without any violence.

is to be not judged by others.

is to be treated equally and given equal opportunities.

Teamwork VS Individual work

This topic does not have a fixed answer. Some people love doing teamwork whereas others prefer working alone.

There are advantages for both Teamwork and Individual work.

Teamwork

  • Everyone works together and share their thoughts on the work.
  • You have different types of people with different knowledge so you can select the best opinion.
  • You can complete your work fast and meet the deadline.
  • You can easily get answers for your questions.
  • You can interact while working.

Individual work

  • You can take credit for all the work.
  • You have space for self-improvement.
  • You take the full responsibility.
  • You put all your efforts to complete the work.
  • You don’t have to wait for anyone and can work on the task when you want.

There are equal disadvantages for both.

Teamwork

  • You must wait for everyone to gather.
  • Sometimes you will have to reject someone’s opinion and can cause conflict.
  • You can’t take credit for all work.
  • You cannot complete the task based on your knowledge alone.

Individual work

  • You have to self-motivate yourself.
  • You may get bored working alone.
  • You will have to take blame for any mistakes.
  • You don’t have any interactions.

The list of differences can go on…There are different types of people and what they select is their choice. They know what works for them the best.

Which one do you prefer?

Teamwork

Individual work

Father’s Love

This little story is about a Father( Rishab) who works hard to earn for his family. He sacrifices his needs to feed his family and keeps his family happy even though he’s tired and struggling.

This is my first short story which I have tried to make in a comic style. Well.. you might find some mistakes in it. This is a very basic story but it made me realize how much effort it takes to write and edit. I should really appreciate people who write stories, novels, scripts as they spend long hours, days, months and even years to make it interesting to us. I remember when I used to read comic books and novels. It was really fun! I should start reading again.

Positive Attitude

How good it will be if you are happy always?

Keeping a positive attitude through every situations can be challenging.

I keep trying to be positive and its quite difficult! There are some failures, disappointments, angers in life that how much ever you try to forget it does not leave you.

I remind myself.. that’s it! I should not think about it again. Then those memories just pops up out of nowhere when you are seriously busy doing something else. I will be happily enjoying my lunch and my mind voice starts playing.. Hey you! That person treated you like that.. why? why? You did this wrong.. you are useless!

Yeah..when you get negative thoughts, you need to think something positive. Thats what everyone tells you to do and that really works!

When you face difficulties in your life, most of the times you get sad, get negative thoughts and often think low of yourself. This reduces your ability to overcome the problem. You start thinking you are not good enough but that’s not true!

If you fail in a job interview, you do feel sad but do you stop trying for another one? You will start preparing for next interview and this time you will go through few more topics or correct your previous mistakes. Continuous failures can affect your mental state. You may get tired of trying but remember you will get another chance only if you keep a positive attitude to try again.

What you can do to help yourself?

  • Never give space for negative thoughts. Keep yourself busy and think about every small things you have done right.
  • Leave your past failures and stop blaming yourself. Everybody makes mistakes and its normal.
  • Keep confidence in yourself. You can do it.
  • Be thankful for what you have.
  • Try to improve each day.
  • Every morning make a list of things you need to do.
  • Appreciate others on their achievements and appreciate yourself for making it so far.

Whenever you fail ask yourself, did you give your best in what you did? Are you challenging yourself rather than giving up?

Being positive makes you a happy person. Your optimism will help you to recognize opportunities. You will gain confidence in yourself and you will be amazed by what you are able to achieve. Your future is in your hands!

Lost your smile

Do you think that you have lost your smile?

Someone recently told me that they don’t smile anymore like they did before. What makes you lose your smile?

There can be multiple reasons.

  1. You are bored with your life. It can be because you are bored with your job or your family or having the same routine daily and you are lazy to take up new responsibilities.

2. You feel exhausted whole day and forget to appreciate those around you.

3. You have changed yourself. You used to love what you have and somehow you have stopped loving it now.

4. You don’t value yourself. You don’t spend time to take care of yourself. You don’t know what to do with your life.

Don’t worry! you can still get back your smile. Happiness is within you and you just need a reason to express it out.

  1. Start loving what you have. Stop thinking that if you had something better, it would have been good. Learn to be content with what you have. If you have a shelter, food, clothes and a family then you have everything. You can always love what you have and try to improve.

2. Find a hobby. You will be busy with your job but still you can spend time on something that you like. It refreshes your mind.

3. Learn to give. Giving makes you happy. Give to others without expecting anything. You can do this within your family or outside.

4. Look after yourself. Take sometime to appreciate yourself for what you did. Exercise daily to keep your body fit.

5. Keep yourself busy. Don’t give time to yourself to overthink. Keep yourself busy by helping or caring for your family. Keep busy in your hobby or self care.

The reason behind your smile can be very simple. Every small thing in your life matters. You can take an example of a baby who smiles for anything and everything. That innocent smile.. where does it come from? Its simple! they are happy to see you and feel you. That innocent pure smile makes us so happy.

Smile cause you are alive. Just love yourself and you will start loving whatever you have. Once you start loving, you will find happiness and when you are happy, you will start smiling again!

Struggles in Life

Have you ever wondered you have so many struggles in your life? You are stuck in a job? You want something but don’t get it? You are always unhappy about something?

Well.. I have questioned myself several times.

Life will never be full of happiness. Everyone has struggles in their life. They are struggling one way or the other. But it all depends on how you face those struggles and how you turn those struggles into something which gives you hope or improves your life.

You may think that the other person always has a smile and that their life is perfect but trust me when they are alone, they are not the same. Its just that some people are good at hiding their problems and show only their positive side. You will desire for one thing today and another tomorrow. Life is like climbing stairs, you have to take each step to reach to the top.

Life has happiness, sadness, joy and pain. That’s the beauty of Life! Its up to you to choose what you do with your struggles. You can learn to accept those pain. You can try to do something each day that will improve your life. It can be painful and difficult but don’t let it stop you.

Today might not be your day and life is never going to be perfect. Be strong, because you have the power to make your tomorrow better!