Birthday Poem

May your year be filled with health and love,And blessings flowing from above.May your path shine bright and clear,And you enjoy a wonderful, fulfilling year! Written by Art Palvanov

Life is a gift

A blind girl hated herself for being blind. She did not love everyone, except for the one she loved. He supported her in everything. She said that if she could only look and see this world, she would certainly marry her fiancé. Someone once donated a pair of their eyes for her. Now she could see, including her fiancé. … Read more

Stiff or Soft

Men are born soft and supple; dead , they are stiff, low and hard. Plants are born tender and plaint; dead , they are brittle and dry.  Thus, whoever is stiff and inflexible Is a discipline of death. Whoever is soft and yielding, Is discipline of life.  The hard and stiff will be broken.  The … Read more

Fear or faith

Three men found that they could no longer sleep because of their deep-seated fears. Their lives were in a state of stasis because of their constant worries, so they set out on a pilgrimage to find a wise man who lived high in the mountains, so high up above the tree line that no vegetation … Read more

Where is grandpa?

Story of a grandson who came to grandpa. Grandpa asks him “where is grandpa?” The grandson answers, “here” pointing to the beard. “But that’s just grandpas beard” This continues with other body parts. Then the child goes away. A few minutes pass and the child screams “grandpa” and grandpa turns to face him. The child … Read more

Life is like a bicycle

When life is easy, it’s like going downhill on a bike. But real growth happens when you go up and it’s hard.

The power of habits

In 1965 a Hungarian man named Laszlo Polgar wrote a series of strange letters to a woman named Klara. Laszlo was a firm believer in hard work. In fact, it was all he believed in. He completely rejected the idea of innate talent. He claimed that with deliberate practice and the development of good habits, … Read more

Father with 2 noisy kids

A man is riding on a train from a hard day at work.  Then another man comes in with 2 kids. The kids are running and making lots of noise.    The first man gets furious. After some time he can’t take it anymore, so he rises and yells at the father: “what kind of father … Read more

Looking for luck

Once upon a time, the unluckiest man in the world was sitting on a bench. ‘Why does everything I do go wrong?’ he asked himself. ‘I’ve lost my job. I’ve lost my girlfriend, my home – I’ve lost everything!’ Then he had an idea. ‘I’ll walk to the end of the world and I’ll ask … Read more

If I Could Just Get Organized

There may be nothing wrong with you, The way you live, the work you do, But I can very plainly see Exactly what is wrong with me. It isn’t that I’m indolent, Or dodging duty by intent; I work as hard as anyone, And yet I get so little done, The morning goes, the noon … Read more

How to Get to Heaven

A man with a dog walked on a long and tiresome road. He walked for a long time and got very tired. The dog was tired too.  Suddenly in front of him he noticed an oasis! A beautiful gate – and behind the fence – music, flowers, the sound of a stream.  “What is this … Read more

Difference between physical and spiritual 

I once watched a teacher explaining to young children the difference between a physical possession and a spiritual one.  He had them build a paper model of Jerusalem. Then (this was in the days of tape-recorders) he put on a tape with a song about Jerusalem that he taught to the class.  At the end … Read more

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The blind beggar

An old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner in the rush-hour begging for money. On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: ‘Blind – Please help’. No-one was giving him any money. A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and … Read more

We are trees, living two lives at once.

We are trees, living two lives at once. One life breaking out through the soil into this world. And even then, with all our might, we struggle to rise yet higher, climbing up towards the sun, desperate not to be torn away by the fury of its storms or consumed by its fires. Then there … Read more

Meaningful chat: lucky or unlucky?

Let’s say, for example, that you were in a bank as it was being robbed and suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. Are you unlucky because you were the only one who was shot? Or were you lucky to be shot in the arm and not in the head?  

2 Apples

A lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands. Her mom came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile: my sweetie, could you give your mom one of your  apples? The girl looked up at her mom for some seconds, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, … Read more

In mother’s womb

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind … Read more

The Carpenter 

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife, enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker … Read more

Cracked Pots

A water bearer had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream … Read more

Story of Man Falling Off a Cliff

There is a story of a man who’s walking along a cliff and suddenly loses his balance and falls off. As he was falling off, he was able to grab and hold on to the ledge. So, he is barely hanging there, holding on to his life. After a while he decides to call for … Read more

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