Good to forgive

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Forgiveness

Once man named  John,  bought a new house,  big and beautiful with a garden filled with fruit trees in and around it. Nearby  in a old house lived an envious man who was constantly trying to trouble John ; the envious man threw garbage under the  John’s gates and did other nasty things just irritate John.

One day John, woke up in a good mood, went out onto the porch, and saw a bucket of dirty water there. He took the bucket of slop or dirty water,  poured out the slops, cleaned it bucket, and later picked the biggest, ripe and delicious apples from his garden and went to his envious neighbor. The envious neighbor heard a knock at the door and gleefully thought: “Finally I got it” meaning he managed to irritate John.

He opened the door expecting for a scandal, and  John gave him a bucket of apples saying:
– “Who is rich with something, shares it with other”! The envious neighbor’s jaw dropped.. he had learnt his lesson.



One should not change his/her value system and right conduct. That makes us a different and better person. We will draw more love and relations when we learn to forgive and share our love with others even those who have hurt us.


When the wind blows!

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Value- Peace

Sub Value- Faith

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands, however, most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. ‘Are you a good farm hand?’ the farmer asked him.

‘Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,’ answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help decided to hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt well satisfied with the his work. Then one night the wind howled in loudly from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, ‘Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!’

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The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, ‘No sir, told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.’

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coop and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.


When we are prepared spiritually, mentally and physically, we have nothing to fear. Can we sleep when the wind blows through our life? Faith is the foundation for our mental strength and right attitude.

Being yourself

Value- Truth

Sub Value- Grateful, Right attitude

oak tree

Once a king came to the garden and saw some trees, bushes, and flowers dying.  The King asked the oak  tree why it was dying; the oak replied that it was dying  because it couldn’t be as high as the pine. Next the King asked the  pine tree which was falling down the same question; the pine replied that it was falling because it couldn’t  give grapes like  the grapevine.  Then the King asked the grapevine why it was dying; it replied it was  because it couldn’t blossom like a rose.

pine tree

Finally the king  found a plant, which had a pleasing heart and  looked fresh. After questioning about why the plant was blooming while others were dying, the King received the following answer:

I think it’s a natural event, because when you planted me, you wanted to get  joy. If you would like to grow an oak,  a pine ,  grapes or rose, you would have  planted   them. So I think that I can’t be anything else than what I am. And I try to develop my best qualities.


We have to learn to look at ourselves. We can only be our self. It is impossible for us to become someone else. We can blossom and grow if we accept our self or we can fade if we are not happy with ourselves. Every one has a potential. a talent, an ability and a purpose for which we are here. If we accept that and make the best use of our abilities we will blossom, be happy and give joy to others as well.

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A kind gesture- Diwali 2014

Serangoon road in Singapore; well known as Little India of Singapore and a haven of shopping for Indians overflows with shoppers especially during major festivals like Diwali and Navratri.

Yesterday ie 21st Oct 2014, the eve of Diwali day was no exception. There was hardly an inch of space to move. I had gone there for the last minute shopping for flowers for the Diwali prayers. Crowds thronged each shop as if they were providing freebies. My aunt and I managed to quickly finish our shopping dreading at the prospect of finding a cab and reaching home on time.

We headed to the taxi stand in Race course road around 2.15pm to see about 10/12 people waiting ahead of us in the queue with loads of shopping. Many taxis were going to some predestined areas, so the availability of taxis were getting very limited. People were anxiously waiting for cabs to reach home at the earliest. Many times during such crowded periods, I have observed people don’t follow rules and tend to just get a cab midway on the road when many people are waiting for hours in the taxi stand. Some of them from behind the queue just take the cab when they know it is proceeding to their destination without even people in the front knowing where the cab is proceeding to. But yesterday the scene was different. I saw a good Samaritan direct and help the people waiting in the queue.

She was a kind Singaporean lady who was hailing each cab towards the front, looking out for the people from the right destinations, helping out people to load their stuff and managing the crowd so efficiently. She saw to it that everyone got the cab and were seated in comfortably. She cheerfully greeted everyone ‘Happy Diwali’ . I was touched by her kind act of waiting for such long hours and helping people to get the cabs and reach home on time. While standing in the queue I managed to click some snaps of her helping out; I share the same here. When it was our turn for the cab; I thanked her profusely and asked her name. Her reply was; “No need le, just enjoy your Deepavali. Wish you a very happy Deepavali.”


I wanted to share this kind act with all of you to make us all realise there are so many people around us who act selflessly and help out others. We should always be grateful and thankful to such people and pass the kind act around. When we find any such opportunity to help people in need we should try to be a part of it and make a difference.

I don’t know if someone is usually assigned for this role as I have not seen it any time before in so many years of my living here. Even if she was assigned for this role, she performed her duty with utmost love and sincerity, which one should learn from such people. I appreciate her kind gesture. Thank you, my fellow Singaporean. IMG_5656


The Blind Boy

Value- Optimism

Sub Value- Perception

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.


A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way ”


What he had written was: “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.”

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?


One should be thankful for what we have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives us a 100 reasons to cry, we must show life that we have 1000 reasons to smile. We must face our past without regrets. Handle our present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

Great men say, “Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness…. In the journey of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.”

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

Good Samaritan

Value- Love

Sub value- Selfless love, Kindness

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Ms Noriza A. Mansor, 49, was a total stranger to Mr Tan Soy Yong, 76, who had soiled himself while grocery shopping. But that did not stop the bedsheet promoter from reaching out to help the elderly man. She cleaned off the faeces on Mr Tan, bought him a new pair of shorts and even accompanied him home. This act of kindness took place last Tuesday at the FairPrice supermarket at Toa Payoh HDB Hub, and was reported today in The New Paper.

Ms Mansor, who works at the supermarket, had noticed that people around her were pinching their noses and looking uncomfortable about a foul smell in the air. She went about trying to locate the source of the stench, and found that it was coming from Mr Tan, who was standing at a cashier’s counter with faeces on his shorts and shins. There was also a small lump of faeces on his sandals. Mr Tan had soiled his pants while grocery shopping with his wife, Madam Lee Bee Yian, 76, who was in a wheelchair. “No one was helping him even though he looked so pitiful,” Ms Noriza told The New Paper. People were steering clear of Mr Tan and even his wife was complaining about the problem he had created, but Ms Noriza rose to action. She bought him a new pair of shorts from a store opposite the supermarket, and went to the FairPrice staff toilet to get a pail of water and some tissue. She then got Mr Tan to change into the clean shorts and asked him to sit on a nearby brick ledge, while she knelt before him and started to wipe the faeces off him. She also rinsed out his dirty sandals. All the while as she did so, she kept talking to Mr Tan. “I was telling him not to worry and that he would be clean very soon,” said Ms Noriza, a divorcee with five children aged 10 to 25.

When she was done, she accompanied the elderly couple back to their flat in Potong Pasir, before heading back to work. Ms Noriza’s kind act was observed by currency trader Goh Rong Ren, 32, who was rushing off to a dinner appointment with his friends that day when a passer-by asked him to help Ms Noriza and the elderly couple. He helped to pay for the couple’s cab fare home, and was so touched by Ms Noriza’s compassion towards Mr Tan that he wanted people to know about what she did. He then got his friend to contact The New Paper. “Her selflessness towards a total stranger moved me. It was pure and unadulterated kindness,” he said.


It requires real courage and total selflessness to do something so kind for a stranger. We might on the receiving side some day. If we can put ourselves in others shoes and be compassionate and loving towards them, we can make a difference in their lives as well as ours.

P.S This is a real incident which was reported in Strait Times dates 15 Oct 2014

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