The Missing Watch

Value – Peace

Sub-value – Silence, calmness

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. Though it was an ordinary watch, it held immense sentimental value for him.

After searching high and low in the hay for a long while, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn.
He promised them that the child who found it would be amply rewarded.

Hearing this and excited about the reward, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.
Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.
After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand.
The farmer was both happy and surprised, so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen.
In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.”


A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be.




The Kind Neighbour




Value: Love

Sub Value- Compassion, doing the right

Once upon a time, there lived a farmer, named Tuan who had a little land. Tuan was a very kind and good-natured person. He lived in a hut on his land with his wife and children and earned by selling whatever crops he could produce on his small land.

Tuan loved to help others. Whenever someone fell ill or needed something badly, Tuan was sure to be there to help that person. If someone died in the village, Tuan assisted the family members of the deceased person in whatever way he could. If anyone fell ill at night, Tuan was right beside the village doctor to help him prepare the medicines and tend to the sick. There seemed to be none who hated this man, he appeared to be loved by one and all.

But there was one person who hated Tuan with all his heart. He was Juan, a neighbour of Tuan, who lived in the land next to him. A lazy person by nature, Juan hardly put in as much effort to cultivate his land as Tuan did to produce crops in his own. So when the harvest season arrived every year, Juan found that he had very few crops to sell. Tuan on the other hand, earned a handsome profit through the selling of his produces.

One year, Juan could no longer contain his jealousy. Just days before Tuan was to reap his harvest, Juan set fire to his crops at night. Tuan was asleep at this time and it was only the alertness of one of his other neighbours that saved much of his crops from being perished in the deadly flames of the fire that Juan had lighted.


When the flames were doused, Tuan saw which direction the fire had started from. Juan’s animosity towards him was unknown to Tuan. But he let the matters rest and decided to take action only if he saw Juan repeating his dastardly act once again.

That year, Tuan managed to sell the rest of his crops at a good price but he could not make much profit for a good part of his produce had been burnt. He had a heavy heart but he did not like to tell anyone about it.

Only days later, Tuan was awakened by the sound of lamentations. He went out to find a crowd beside Juan’s hut. He rushed to find that Juan’s son had fallen ill. He found that the village doctor was unable to provide a cure to his illness. Tuan knew what he had to do. He untied his own horse and rode it. Then he rushed to the town that was ten miles away and fetched a more experienced doctor who lived there.

This doctor was able to guess the disease correctly and provided an exact cure for it. Within hours, the boy was found to sleep soundly and Tuan went with the doctor to take him back to the town.

A day later, Juan went to Tuan’s hut and began to weep bitterly. He confessed to his sins but was surprised when Tuan told him that he knew about it all.

“You knew that I had set fire to your crops? And still you fetched the doctor for my son?” asked the astonished Juan.

Tuan nodded and said, “I did what I knew was right. Could I do wrong just because you had done so?”

Juan stood up and embraced Tuan. Both men were in tears and so were the others who stood by them.

From that day, Juan changed himself. Within a year, he could produce much crops in his land through his hard work. When the others asked him how he had changed so much, he only replied,

“It was the goodness and love of Tuan that transformed me.”


Be nice to your friends. Be nicer to your enemies. We feel it is often easier said than done. It is always easy to love a friend but difficult to love one who has not been good to us. However if we just give some thought to this, we will realise that by helping the people who were unkind to us, we have ourselves begun the process of transformation in us before it transforms the other person. We will be much happier within if we do what is right rather than being bitter. It requires much strength to develop this quality and once we have this we will always be happy and spread love and joy around us. We will see ourselves always surrounded by love.

Sharing this story on the holy ‘Easter Day’. It conveys the message of Lord Jesus- “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”



Only time will value love

Value: Love

Many years ago all feelings and emotions gathered on a coastal island, to spend their vacation. Each one of them was having a jolly good time, when suddenly one day there was weather announcement, a warning of an approaching storm, and so all had to leave the island as soon as possible.
This caused considerable panic among them, as all of them rushed to their boats; strangely enough only Love did not wish to be hurried. There was so much to do, so by the time Love finished its work, realized that it was time to leave, there were no boats left to carry Love; nevertheless Love looked around with Hope.

prosperity boat
As Prosperity was passing by in its classy boat, Love requested , “Please, take me in your boat”, but Prosperity replied, “My boat is full of gold and other precious possessions, there is no place for you”.
Then Vanity came in a lovely boat, again Love asked, “Vanity, could you take me in your boat? Please, help me”. Vanity said, “No, your feet are muddy, and I don‘t want my boat get dirty”.

vanity boat
Sometime later, as Sorrow was passing by , Love called out for help. But Sorrow answered, “I am so sad, I want to be by myself”.
A little later, Happiness came along, Love asked for help, but Happiness was too happy, it was hardly concerned about anyone.

time boatSuddenly, from nowhere, somebody called out, “Love, come along, I will take you with me“. Love did not recognize its saviour, just gratefully jumped on to the boat.

When everyone had reached safety of the shore, Love got off the boat and bumped into Knowledge. Love asked, “Knowledge, do you know who helped me when everyone else turned away”? Knowledge smiled: “That was Time, because only Time knows your true value and what you are capable of. Only you, dear Love can bring peace and happiness”.


The message of this story is that when we are prosperous, we underrate Love. When we feel important, we do not appreciate love. And even in happiness and sorrow we overlook love. Only with time we realize the true value of love. Why wait and not cherish and share Love every day in your life.

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