Day with a Difference – 30-Nov-12

Quote of the day

“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.”
– Unknown
Thought of the day
A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday."

Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.

"Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it," Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in." Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your Father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life," she said.

"He’s the one who taught me carpentry," he said, "I wouldn’t be in this business if it wasn’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important. Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture…Jack stopped suddenly.

"What’s wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.

"The box is gone," he said.

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was, ‘The thing I value most’," Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said, "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The package was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.

"Mr. Harold Belser" it read.

Jack took the package out to his car and ripped it open. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I value most in my life". A small key was taped to the letter. His heart raced as tears filled his eyes. Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! – Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most…was…my time."

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant, asked. "I need some time to spend with my son," he said. "Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time".

Source: http://www.orgcoach.net/time.html

Joke of the day
A man had been driving all night and by morning was still far from his destination. He decided to stop at the next city he came to, and park somewhere quiet so he could get an hour or two of sleep. As luck would have it, the quiet place he chose happened to be on one of the citys major jogging routes. No sooner had he settled back to snooze when there came a knocking on his window. He looked out and saw a jogger running in place. "Yes?" "Excuse me, sir," the jogger said, "do you have the time?" The man looked at the car clock and answered, "8:15". The jogger said thanks and left. The man settled back again, and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and another jogger. "Excuse me, sir, do you have the time?" "8:25!" The jogger said thanks and left. Now the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one disturbed him. To avoid the problem, he got out a pen and paper and put a sign in his window saying, "I do not know the time!" Once again he settled back to sleep. He was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window. "Sir, sir? Its 8:45!."
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

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Day with a Difference – 30-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 29-Nov-12

Quote of the day
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” -Tim Duncan

Fact of the day

Joke of the day
Holmes and Dr.Watson were going camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said: Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see? Watson replied: I see millions and millions of stars. Holmes said: and what do you deduce from that? Watson replied: Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, quite likely there are some planets like earth out there. And if there are a few planets like earth out there, there might also be life. And Holmes said: Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent!!
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 29-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 28-Nov-12

Quote of the day
“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” – Socrates

Thought of the day
A young man asked Socrates the secret of success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him into the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and swiftly ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled the boy’s head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked him, "what did you want the most when you were there?" The boy replied, "Air". Socrates said, "That is the secret of success! When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it!" There is no other secret
Joke of the day
A young businessman had just started his own firm. He rented beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hot shot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working. He threw huge figures around and made giant commitments. Finally he hung up and asked the visitor, "Can I help you?" The man said, "Yeah, I’ve come to activate your phone lines."
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 28-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 27-Nov-12

Quote of the day
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. -Aristotle

Thought of the day – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s life may be one where stories of faith and courage become the staple of every topic concerning the plight of equality for all mankind. As Nelson Mandela sat in a four cornered room, his dreams for a better and equal Africa remained the life-blood of his survival throughout his twenty three year imprisonment. There is so much that can be written about the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, it would probably encompass a lifetime to cover what he has contributed to so many of his African people. Freedom comes with a dear price, and for so many people of South Africa that have endured the pains of oppression and ridicule, Nelson Mandela has remained that one vision of shining light that uplifted a nation from the strong hold of subjugation. "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." Nelson Mandela always provided positive insight when situations seemed bleak and out of reach. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." And what is fear, but to dabble in the recess of your soul when hope seems but a dream. "If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness." In this lifetime there have been few men that have moved people to work for a cause such as what Nelson Mandela has believed to be for the benefit of all people. "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart." How can people from different backgrounds and faith come together as one? "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner." In times of danger and distress, Nelson Mandela paints the perfect portrayal to peace and prosperity as mentioned in these next few quotations. "It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership." There can be no stronger kinship than love, this invisible force bonds mankind fellowship to all belongings of worth. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." All of Nelson Mandela quotations bear a universal truth; his story has been one of struggle and humility – walking in the face of many surmountable challenges. Nelson Mandela’s faith is a testament of unyielding courage abiding by God’s holy resolve.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/historical-examples-courage-no2-nelson-mandela-2110632.html?cat=37

Joke of the day
What is the best example of ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity?

A Mosquito lands on your wife’s face,

& u get the rarest opportunity of your life..

Never miss it!

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 27-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 26-Nov-12

Quote of the day
What you are seeking is following you. Of course existence does not blow a horn, nor call out to you, because calling out will be a violation of your freedom. It whispers, it secretly says something in your ear. But you are so occupied, when do you listen to this whispering? You are so full of noise, so much reflecting for and against is moving in your mind, you are so involved in seeking…! – OSHO

Thought of the day
Someone had travelled to a foreign city and got lost there. He did not understand the language. He became very nervous. And in his nervousness he forgot the nam

e of his hotel, and forgot the phone number too. Then his panic increased: now how will he inquire? He was looking with great anxiety as he walked along the road, looking for someone who could understand his language. It was an eastern country, in the far east, and this American! He was looking to see if any white skinned person appeared, who will understand his speech, or if he could find a store with an English sign board, so he can go ask there.

He was walking along looking with such intensity, sweating, that he did not hear that a police car was coming behind him sounding the horn again and again. The police had begun to suspect that the man was lost. He heard the horn only after two minutes. He stopped in shock. The police got out and said, ”Are you in your senses or not? We have been sounding the horn for two minutes, we suspected you might be lost, come ride in the car.”

He said, ”This is strange! I was searching ahead for someone who can guide me, and the guide was behind me. But I was so absorbed in my search that I didn’t hear the horn sounding behind me. I didn’t even look back.”

Joke of the day
Dear Dad,

$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying very

hard. With all my $tuff, I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o if

you would like, you can ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear

from you.

Love,

Your $on.

Dear Son,

I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep

even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge

is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.

Love,

Dad

Have a great day!

Regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 26-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 22-Nov-12

Quote of the day

“The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams” –
Paulo Celho

Thought of the day – Change
When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling.

They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’
Of course.Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will never be like the one that passed.

Living means changing – and the seasons repeat these lessons to us every year.

Changing means going through a period of depression: we still don’t know the new and we have to forget everything we used to know.

But if we are a little patient, spring ends up arriving and we forget the winter of our hopelessness.

Change and renewal are the laws of life.
It is best to get used to them and not suffer about things that only exist to bring us joy.

Source: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/11/15/change-and-renewal/

Joke of the day
Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.

Candidate: I am Rameshwar Kulkarni. I did my Tele Communication engineering from BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology.

Interviewer: BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before!

Candidate: Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it . What happened is – due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college. But my father said – "I can not invest so much of money".(The father actually said – "I will never waste so much of money on you"). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name – BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most be related to a Shetakari Mahavidyalaya.

Interviewer: ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete your engineering.

Candidate: Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, these cricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I BUNKED in 2nd and 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years.

Interviewer: But 4+2 is 6.

Candidate: Oh, is it? You know I always had PHOBIA in maths. But I will try to keep this in mind. 4+2 is 6, good, thanks. These cricket matches really affect exams a lot. I think they should ban it.

Interviewer: Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned.

Candidate: No, no… I am talking about Exams!! Interviewer: Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life?

Candidate: Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it. In fact, when i BUNKED in 3rd year, she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus corporation in Maharashtra ) through some relative.

Interviewer: Do you have any plans of higher study?

Candidate: he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing ‘lower’ education itself was so much of pain!!

Interviewer: Let’s talk about technical stuff. On which platforms have you worked?

Candidate: Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platform. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai)

Interviewer: Why VC is better than VB?

Candidate: It is a common sense – C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up with a new language VD!

Interviewer: Do you know anything about Assembly Language?

Candidate: Well, I have not heard of it. But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly.

Interviewer: Can you tell me about your current job?

Candidate: Sure, Currently I am working for Bata InfoTech ltd. Since joining BIL, I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was another software like Windows.

Interviewer: Do you have any project management experience?

Candidate: No, but I gues! s it shouldn’t be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important – I know few words like – ‘Showstoppers ‘ , ‘hotfixes’, ‘SEI-CMM’,’quality’,’versioncontrol’,’deadlines’ , ‘Customer Satisfaction’ etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes!

Interviewer: What are your expectations from our company?

Candidate: Not much. 1. I should at least get 40,000 in hand. 2. I would like to work on a live EJB project. But it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent. 3. I believe in flexi-timings. 4. Dress code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans. 5. We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork. 6. I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably 1-2 months) assignments. Personally I prefer US, Australia and Europe . As you can see I am modest and don’t have many expectations. So can I assume my selection?

Interviewer: he he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our organization. In fact I was never entertained so much before

Have a great day!

Regards,

Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 22-Nov-12

Day with a Difference – 21-Nov-12

Quote of the day
“Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.” -Thomas Dewar

Thought of the day – Overcoming
"Whenever you imagine other people as greedy, hateful, or in any way despicable, these qualities become the objects of your own mind, and, in effect, you are mixing your mind with a low type of consciousness.

Imagining your companions as extraordinary is, thus, a technique for enriching your own mind. It is not groundless imagination, for our present ordinary views of companions and objects are largely creations of our own thought. For example, a room fashioned from unpainted cement blocks and lit by fluorescent tubes is unappealing to us. Yet, if visitors from a poor country entered such a room, they might be filled with admiration.

Their delight would belie our sense that ANYONE who saw such a room, would regard it as we do. This sense derives from our misconception that the room is ugly in and of itself, irrespective of the consciousness that views it.

Until we recognize the mind as the actual perpetrator of impressions it is difficult not to be overcome by appearances. "

Jeffrey Hopkins in “The Tantric Distinction”

Source: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1762

Joke of the day
A knight kneels down to his king, "Your majesty, all the villages of your enemies in the north are burned down". The king says, "But I don’t have any enemies in the north?" The knight silently says "Not till today, your majesty"
Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 21-Nov-12