Once, a professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see; asked the students,"How much do you think this glass weighs?"
"50gms!?"..."100gms!"..."125gms" the students answered."I really don't know unless I weigh it" said the professor, "but, my question is What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?""Nothing" the students said."OK, what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?" the professor asked.
"Your arm would begin to ache" said one of the students.
"You're right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?""Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis"?"have to go to hospital for sure"? ventured another student; all the students laughed."Very good! But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?" asked the professor. "No" replied the students"Then what caused the arm ache; the muscle stress? Instead what should I do?" The students were puzzled."Put the glass down!" said one of the students.
"Exactly!" said the professor "Life's problems are something like this. Hold them for a few minutes in your head; they seem OK. Think of them for a long time; they begin to ache. Hold them even longer; they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything. It's important to think of the challenges (problems) in your life, but EVEN MORE IMPORTANT to 'put them down' at the end of every day before you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh; strong ; can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way! " Remember?"PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY! That's life!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
|I am in Frankfurt Currently, came here on 10th Sept 2006, will be here for one more week.|
its a business trip, i am working here for citigroup, who are going live on our software - Numero UNO - FLEXCUBE this month end.
I was roaming around near HauptBahnof (Haupt - Main, Bahnof - Railway station) yesterday & i shot this video. ambience was really full of life & happiness in air....
The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste. To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.
The frozen fish brought lower price.So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.
So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they manage to get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?To keep the fish tasting fresh, Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.
As soon as you reach your goals, such as finding a wonderful mate, starting a successful company, paying off your debts or whatever, you might lose your passion. You don't need to work so hard so you relax. Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. L. Ron Hubbard observed it in the early 1950's. "Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment."The Benefits of a Challenge: The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a good problem. If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are happy. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!
Recommendations: Instead of avoiding challenges jump into them. Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy the game. If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up. Failing makes you tired. Instead, reorganize. Find more determination, more knowledge, more help. Don't create success and lie in it. You have resources, skills and abilities to make a difference. Put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
This Opera house is very near to the Citigroup's building where i work.
every day when i come out of the underground, first thing i see is this amazing building.
i think this building is clicked thousand times every day.
even i clicked it couple of times.
it might look like a historical monumnet, but actually it is a replica.
the actual building was flattened in WW2 like many other buildings. but Germans have put their best efforts to replicate many of those buildings.
as the name suggests, it looks like you can see some opera performing here, but unfortunately that is not the case.
day time, you can go in & have a cup of coffee as there are some shops inside but honestly i have not ventured yet.
more about frankfurt in next post..
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