DWD: “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

Thought of the day – Forgiveness

Source: http://www.iseeabeautifulfuture.com/2012/08/21/forgiveness/

Brain teaser of the day
Two friends decide to get together; so they start riding bikes towards each other. They plan to meet halfway. Each is riding at 6 MPH. They live 36 miles apart. One of them has a pet carrier pigeon and it starts flying the instant the friends start traveling. The pigeon flies back and forth at 18 MPH between the 2 friends until the friends meet.
Hint: You must presume that the pigeon can go from 0 to 18 mph instantaneously, plus also turn around instantaneously.

Answers for the last riddle is:
Cube One has the following numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Cube two has the following numbers: 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
The 6 doubles as a 9 when turned the other way around.
There is no day 00, but you still need the 0 on both cubes in order to make all the numbers between 01 and 09.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

DWD: “To be challenged in life is inevitable. To be defeated is optional.” ~Anonymous

Thought of the day – Facing Life’s Challenges
Life itself is a series of challenges, whether large or small. How do we habitually respond to daily life? Do we easily panic and become frantic, or do we stay positive and energetic? Do we make small problems big, or do we make big problems small and dissolve them into nothing? How we face the normal events of each day is generally how we will face the bigger challenges.

Let’s look at some of the qualities of people who become negative and panic versus people who respond positively and energetically. Panicky people don’t have control over their mental energies. Because their minds are unfocused, they exaggerate events. Their confusion complicates things and even small challenges appear to be big problems. They usually react emotionally to situations, so they easily become irritable, anxious, and excitable. Because of their emotionality, people who panic are often undependable and are unable to take appropriate action.

Negative people make everything a problem. They generate an incredible amount of mental and physical stress. When anything comes up that disturbs their comfort zone, they think and say things like, "It’s too difficult. I can’t do it. I never did it before. I don’t know how. Why is this happening to me?"

Succumbing to negative emotional states creates nothing but more negative reactions, such as jealousy, hatred, blame, fear, and depression. That helps neither us, the situation, nor the people around us. The moment negative emotions hit us, we have to see the urgency of generating some positive energies, instead, and start doing something good for the environment and others.

If we are often frantic, we should ask ourselves if we have the habit of procrastinating. Procrastinating itself contributes to a frantic mind. How? If we habitually postpone doing what needs to be done–whether in our physical surroundings, our health, our relationships, or whatever–neglect eventually catches up with us. If we are not used to taking timely action and life finally forces us to get things done, we can easily become frantic and filled with worries.

We cannot afford to be frantic. There is nothing, great or small, that is worth getting nervous or agitated over. Rather than creating mental problems, we should deal with life both energetically and peacefully. That is why we need to make a practice of always keeping our mind focused on consciousness and taking care of things on time, both big and small. By training ourselves to have a clear vision of the consequences of our actions (or non-actions), we can stay ten steps ahead. Then we won’t become nervous or frantic as we face our day, no matter what arises.

If we want to successfully face life’s challenges, we need a positive mindset, based on wisdom. With our minds focused, balanced, and aware, we can respond to any situation or challenge from that state. By perceiving and acting through clear perception and wisdom, rather than through feelings, we can objectively size up a situation in the moment and set right energy in motion.

Creative and positive people never buckle under when a challenge arises, or hesitate to do what needs to be done. They have the attitude that each challenge which comes is cajoling them to wake up. It is telling them that the problem that seems so difficult is nothing if they are resourceful. By taking initiative to facilitate or fix a situation, they simplify life for themselves and others.

We, too, can have the confidence to tap into our inner inspiration. We have to say to ourselves, "Accentuate the positives and forget the negatives. Focus on uplifting thoughts and doing something good."

The life which is not useful, positive, and contributing is wasted. We don’t want to waste this precious gift of life. So, if we spend all of our energy in positivity, we won’t have any energy left for negativity or self-pity. By seeing life’s challenges as positive pinpricks, like acupuncture– stimulating, not pain-inducing–we can creatively and inspiringly face each day.

We should make our motto: "Think in positives, act in positives, and live in positives." With this kind of attitude we will always say to ourselves, "Nothing is a problem. I will see every problem which comes as a challenge. So let the challenges come!"

Source: http://adityadham.com/aditya/chall.html

Brain teaser of the day
A corporate businessman has two cubes on his office desk. Every day he arranges both cubes so that the front faces show the current day of the month.

What numbers are on the faces of the cubes to allow this?

Note: You can’t represent the day "7" with a single cube with a side that says 7 on it. You have to use both cubes all the time. So the 7th day would be "07".

Answers for the last riddle is:
Fill the 5. Pour it into the 3 to get 2 gal remaining. Dump the 3. Pour the 2 gal remaining in the 5 into the 3. Fill the 5 again. Pour 1 gal from the 5 into the 3 which is currently storing 2. What remains in the 5 is 4 gal.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “To be challenged in life is inevitable. To be defeated is optional.” ~Anonymous

DWD: “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, & discipline.” -Jesse Owens

Thought of the day – 10 reasons why YOU CAN achieve your dreams
Here are 10 reasons why YOU CAN achieve your dreams:

1. You can because it’s feels great!

“To be able to get out of bed and do what you love for the rest of the day is beyond words.” – John Schroeder

Your dream exists to turn your life into a masterpiece of joy and contribution. Doing what you love and living your life on your own terms are the best things you can do for yourself.

2. You can because it’s YOUR dream

Writer Richard Bach says, “You’re never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”

The dream that is born inside your heart will never exist, if you do not have the power to make it come true. That’s a timeless truth. Since you have thought about it, then you have an innate ability to achieve it. It’s so unique that only you can make it true.

3. You can because it shapes your future

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

The world’s movers and shakers are those who believed in their dreams and persevered until they manifested what they have dreamt about. Envision your dream and see by your heart’s eyes how it can change the world and have a huge impact on so many lives.

4. You can because you can land on the clouds

“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” -Mike Tyson

When you work on your dreams, you will create your best life possible. Even if you cannot reach the stars, you will at least land on the clouds.

5. You can because you are hungry

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.” -Les Brown

Nothing will feed your hunger for making a difference more than pursuing your dream. It will add meaning to your life and make your efforts worthwhile. It will make you wake up every morning with exhilaration and enthusiasm. As Les Brown says, “You gotta be HUNGRY”

6. You can because you don’t want to die again

“When you cease to dream you cease to live.” -Malcolm Forbes

If you ignore the love and light in your heart, your soul will die of starvation. Too many people are living, but very few are actually ALIVE!

Following a dream is the only way to start living. When you dream, you become alive. And I do not think you want to ignore your dream and die again.

7. You can because you are a pioneer

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde

You will face criticism, not because you are wrong, but because you are a pioneer. People are not used to see dreamers who have crazy ideas to make the world a better place. Most people are so stuck in the rut that they do not believe someone can get out, spread his/her wings and fly high in the sky.

8. You can because you deserve it

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” -Henry David Thoreau

You deserve to have a big dream and to become remarkable. If you do not leave your mark in the world, no one will remember you. Living small makes you small and you are born to be great. You have a dream because you have a strong character that strives to live big and be big.

9. You can because there is a problem that only you can solve

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” -Edgar Cayce

You dream because you have a burning desire to solve a problem or fulfill a need that would make the world a better place. You are our answer to our most difficult questions. You owe it to us and to the world.

10. You can because you’ve got the courage

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

All what your dream needs is courage that will nurture it and make it grow beyond all limitations. And you have this courage within you. If you’re passionate about it, unleash it. No matter what you think or what other people think, YOU CAN. You deserve. You owe it to yourself and to the world. It’s time to believe in the beauty of your dreams and show the world the promise and brilliance of your legacy.

Source: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/10-reasons-you-can-achieve-your-dreams/

Brain teaser of the day
You have a three gallon and a five gallon measuring device. You wish to measure out four gallons.

Answers for the last riddle is:
There are many solutions. The following is one of them:

((8 x 3!)/3)+8
= ((8 × 3 × 2 × 1)/3)+8
= (48/3)+8
= (16)+8
= 24

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, & discipline.” -Jesse Owens

DWD: “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ~Elbert Hubbard

Thought of the day – "Failure" – A Matter of Perspective
It’s almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. People who to do so probably live so cautiously that they go nowhere. Put simply, they’re not really living at all.

The wonderful thing about failure is that it’s entirely up to us to decide how to look at it.

We can choose to see failure as "the end of the world," or as proof of just how inadequate we are. Or, we can look at failure as the incredible learning experience that it often is. Every time we fail at something, we can choose to look for the lesson we’re meant to learn. These lessons are very important; they’re how we grow, and how we keep from making that same mistake again. Failures stop us only if we let them.

It’s easy to find successful people who have experienced failure. For example:

· Steve Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985. Yet he returned in 1997, and was instrumental in helping the company develop products such as the iMac, iPod, and iPhone.

· Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest and most successful businessmen, was rejected by Harvard University.

· Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin empire, is a high school dropout.

Most of us will stumble and fall in life. Doors will get slammed in our faces, and we might make some bad decisions. But imagine if Michael Jordan had given up on his dream to play basketball when he was cut from that team. Imagine if Richard Branson had listened to the people who told him he’d never do anything worthwhile without a high school diploma.

Think of the opportunities you’ll miss if you let your failures stop you.

Failure can also teach us things about ourselves that we would never have learned otherwise. For instance, failure can help you discover how strong a person you are. Failing at something can help you discover your truest friends, or help you find unexpected motivation to succeed.

Often, valuable insights come only after a failure. Accepting and learning from those insights is key to succeeding in life.

Source: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/fear-of-failure.htm

Brain teaser of the day
How can I get the answer 24 by only using the numbers 8,8,3,3. You can use add, subtract, multiply, divide, and parentheses.

Answers for the last riddle is:
7 , count the letters of what they got.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ~Elbert Hubbard

DWD: “Practice as if you are the worst, play as if you are the best.” -Anonymous

Thought of the day – Practice makes perfect
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he was given the job. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees.

The first day, the woodcutter felled fifteen trees.

"Congratulations," the boss said, "Carry on with your work!"

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the next day, the woodcutter tried harder but he could only bring ten trees. The third day he tried even harder, but was only able to bring seven trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

"I must be losing my strength." The woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked.

"Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy with my work trying to cut trees…"

Moral: Most of us never update our skills. We assume that whatever we have learned is sufficient. But good is not good when better is expected. Honing our skills from time to time is the key to success.

It is a very motivating story, and another thing we should not forget when doing anything. We cannot succeed if we only use strength. We must use our wisdom as well, otherwise we are like the woodcutter who has been very busy trying to cut trees, but never sharpens his axe. Sharpen our wisdom by learning and practicing skills from time to time; ‘Being stronger and wiser’ is the key to success in everything we do.

Source: http://www.buddhapadipa.org/dhamma-corner/practice-makes-perfect/

Brain teaser of the day
Several people of different ages brought things for the party: Charlie, who’s 12, brought the POTATO CRISPS. Wayne brought the FIZZY LEMONADE (he’s 13). Helen (11) brought the PAPER PLATES, and her brother Peter (9) brought the PAPER CUPS. Sheila is the same age as Charlie: she brought the PARTY POPPERS. Young Horace brought the PEANUTS: how old is he? Have a great party!

Answers for the last riddle is:

WHEAT

CHEAT

CHEAP

CHEEP

CREEP

CREED

BREED

BREAD

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “Practice as if you are the worst, play as if you are the best.” -Anonymous

DWD: “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. McIntyre

Thought of the day – Improving Self-confidence
When Henry Ward Beecher was a young boy in school, he learned a lesson in self-confidence which he never forgot. He was called upon to recite in front of the class. He had hardly begun when the teacher interrupted with an emphatic, “No!” He started over and again the teacher thundered, “No!” Humiliated, Henry sat down. The next boy rose to recite and had just begun when the teacher shouted, “No!” This student, however, kept on with the recitation until he completed it. As he sat down, the teacher replied, “Very good!” Henry was irritated. ”I recited just as he did,” he complained to the teacher. But the instructor replied, “It is not enough to know your lesson, you must be sure. When you allowed me to stop you, it meant that you were uncertain. If the world says, ‘No!’ it is your business to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it.

The world will say, ‘No!’ in a thousand ways.

‘No! You can’t do that.’
‘No! You are wrong.’
‘No! You are too old.’
‘No! You are too young.’
‘No! You are too weak.’
‘No! It will never work.’
‘No! You don’t have the education.’
‘No! You don’t have the background.’
‘No! You don’t have the money.’
‘No! It can’t be done.’

And each ‘No!’ you hear has the potential to erode your confidence bit by bit until you quit all together. Though the world says, ‘No!’ to you today, you should be determined to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it! ”
Source: http://academictips.org/blogs/improving-self-confidence/

Brain teaser of the day
Doublet puzzle: Turn WHEAT into BREAD (6 links).
To know about doublets see here.

Answers for the last riddle is:

(a) The weight is sent down; the empty basket comes up.
(b) The son goes down; the weight comes up.
(c) The weight is taken out; the daughter goes down; the son up.
(d) The son gets out; the weight goes down; the empty basket up.
(e) The queen goes down; daughter and weight come up; daughter gets out.
(f) The weight foes down; empty basket up.
(g) Son goes down; weight comes up.
(h) Daughter removes weight, and goes down; son comes up.
(i) Son sends down weight; empty basket comes up.
(j) The son goes down; weight comes up.
(k) Son gets out; the weight falls to the ground.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. McIntyre

DWD: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

Thought of the day – Shark Bait
During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank. As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish. The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other. Again, the shark quickly attacked. This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off. Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail. Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition. Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up. This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks. Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether. The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack. The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.

The moral: Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go. (Read The Road Less Traveled.)

Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/21/4-short-stories-change-the-way-you-think/

Brain teaser of the day
A captive queen and her son and daughter were shut up in the top room of a very high tower. Outside their window was a pulley with a rope around it, and a basket fastened to each end of the rope of equal weight. They managed to escape with the help of this and a weight they found in the room, quite safely. It would have been dangerous for any of them to come down if they weighed 15 lbs more than the content of the other basket, for they would do so too quick, and they also managed not to weigh less either.

The one basket coming down would naturally of course draw the other basket up.

The queen weighed 195 lbs, daughter 105, son 90, and the weight 75 lbs.

How did they all escape safely?

Answers for the last riddle is:
Since there are only two barbers in town, it’s safe to assume they cut each other’s hair. This being the case, you should sit down with the barber with the messy hair.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

DWD: “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan