The Winning Smile


Value-Right Conduct/ Love

Sub Value- Smile, Caring


The Sultan of Arabia had grown very fond of Mulla Nasruddin and often took him along on his travels. Once, while on a journey, the royal caravan approached a small nondescript town in the desert.


On a whim, the Sultan said to the Mulla, “I wonder if people would know me in this small place. Let us stop my entourage here and enter the town on foot, and then we’ll see if they can recognize me.”


Accordingly, they dismounted and walked down the main road of the dusty town. The Sultan was surprised to see that many people smiled at Nasruddin, but ignored him completely.


Irritated and a trifle angry, he said, “I see that the people here know you but they don’t know me”

“They don’t know me either, Your Excellency” replied the Mulla, innocently.

“Then why did they only smile at you?” questioned the Sultan.

“Because I smiled at them.” said Nasruddin, smiling.



This simple tale beautifully portrays how the simplicity of a childlike smile can speak more than worldly finery and authority. Often we may believe in the power of our intelligence, or our ability to impress or argue a point, but fundamentally when we express the five human values as ‘love in action’ we will more often than not receive a response from people’s hearts and create little miracles of love. Sometimes the silent strength hidden in our soul can blossom forth in a simple smile.

The Elephant and the Rope


Value- Optimism, Truth

Sub value- Knowing one’s strength and potential, freedom

There is a story about a man who, as he was passing by some elephants, suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

elephant with a rope

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”


The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.


Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Many of us can relate to this story and the feeling of having failed at something or another over the years. Over time, we begin to think that we are not capable of doing a particular thing and we accept this as the truth and limit ourselves to a very confined world. If we could look at all the so-called ‘failures’ in our lives as just stepping stones along our path and decide to respond in a way that is positive, treat it like a process of elimination, gathering momentum and staying focused on what we would like to achieve, we will succeed. Let us not limit ourselves to a small world. Let us break free of our mental boundaries and expand out into this magnificent kingdom that we live in! We can do anything we set our heart on, if we just believe it.

Another learning from this is to free ourselves from something that ties us down. These are binding us and restricting our freedom. We begin to think that it is the ‘be all, end all’. Effort has to be put to detach ourselves with things that bind us. When we put that effort to free ourselves; we will find real freedom, happiness and peace within.




Value- Love

Sub Value- Faith, Perseverence



An eight-year-old child overheard her parents talking about her little brother. All she knew was that he was very sick and they had no money left. They were moving to a smaller house because they could not afford to stay in the present house after paying the doctor’s bills. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there was no one to loan them the money.

When she heard her daddy say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a miracle can save him now’, the little girl went to her bedroom and pulled her piggy bank from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.

Clutching the precious piggy bank tightly, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to the local drugstore. She took a quarter from her bank and placed it on the glass counter. “And what do you want?” asked the pharmacist. “It’s for my little brother,” the girl answered back. “He’s really very sick and I want to buy a miracle.” “I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So how much does a miracle cost?” “We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry,” the pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl. “Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.”

In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?” “I don’t know,” she replied with her eyes welling up. “He’s really sick and mommy says he needs an operation. But my daddy can’t pay for it, so I have brought my savings”. “How much do you have?” asked the man. “One dollar and eleven cents; but I can try and get some more”, she answered barely audibly. “Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man, “A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”

He took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other. He said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”

He met with the little girl’s brother and parents and proceeded to perform the operation without charge.  A few weeks later Andrew was home again and doing well.

One afternoon the little girl and her mom were talking. Mom said, “That surgery, was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost.” The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost.”One dollar and eleven cents” she said.

………….plus the faith and dedication of a little child.

Perseverance can make miracles happen.


This story depicts the love of a sister for her brother and her faith and perseverance to save her brother at all costs. Love, Faith and Perseverance will definitely result in a miracle. Let’s have such love for all.

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