Aldous Huxley said, Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.
We are the authors of our own life stories. Challenges and difficulties may fall upon us, just as the monsoon rains fall upon our head. We don't seek them or solicit them. They just come our way. We must choose how to respond.
The secret of life is finding balance: not too much, not too little. Just as a car balances on four wheels, we must balance the four crucial areas of our life: our personal life, our relationships, our work life and our social contribution.
That attitude is like the air in the tyres of the car. If the tyres of the car are not at the correct pressure, there can be a puncture, stopping us from getting to our destination.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, we cannot live without a spiritual life. Spirituality, in whatever genuine form of practice, brings purpose to our life and gives us a destination worth going to.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
As you become successful, do not forget the keys to happiness.
Time flies when you're having fun. Speaking and laughing with friends makes everything easier.
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.
Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Behind the smiles, everyone is going through personal struggles we know nothing about.
Having a friend to listen to your problems and discuss them with you is the beginning of finding a solution.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Our silent presence can be more powerful than a million empty words. We all have two ears and one mouth; the amount we listen and the amount we speak should be done proportionately.
"Do you see how many people are stuck in this traffic jam? They are all like us. They may be in different cars, but they are all stuck. Look around you, one elderly gentleman there is driving a cab with British tourists in the back seat, that cab driver over there jamming to old Bollywood classics on the radio and even that Rolls- Royce in the distance. Harry winced at the sight of a car better than his. We all have three things in common: we are all stuck, we all have a journey to complete, and we all have a destination. Now imagine the traffic jam all cleared up. We would all be free to complete our journeys in peace and reach the destination that we choose.'
We must find positivity in the bleakest situations and live by the principle of gratitude.
We learned about gratitude and humility- that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean .. and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.
The sands of time slow for no man. Things change for better and for worse, but what we choose to perceive is up to us. And that is a personal choice.
Stop and reflect on your life regularly. Pressing the pause button to practice gratitude is the way to make it a constant in your life.
When things are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do, why worry?
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.
Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
We should deal with each other sensitively; our attitude towards life affects how we act in our relationships.
Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.
There are many ways to perceive others. We should start choosing the one which magnifies the positive and avoids the negative.
The bee teaches us so much,' I said, as a thought came to my mind. "They are always looking for the nectar that flowers possess and avoid lingering where there is dirt. We should be like the bee always seeing the best in people and choosing to avoid their faults.
It is strange that sword and words have the same letters. Even more strange is that they have the same effect if not handled properly.
"Our mutual funds and our relationships have one thing in common: we must invest in both before we can withdraw."
Forgiveness is a complex concept. We must understand it thoroughly to be able to internalize it.
'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
But just because I failed one time or even more than once in my life, does that really make the whole of me a failure? Similarly, just because someone may, on a rare occasion, have failed us, should we treat that person like a failure?
Everyone is going through challenges concealed from the public eye, and we need the lens of empathy to be able to see that.
To accept someone when everything is going right is easy. But when things are falling apart around you and you stick together, that's the test of a relationship. Love is when we have every reason to break up but we do not.
Watch your thoughts, they turn into words. Watch your words, they turn into actions. Watch your actions, they turn into habits. Watch your habits, they turn into character. Watch your character, it turns into your destiny.
'Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful .. that's what matters to me.'
Remember, you're not in competition with them. You're in competition with yourself. Your goal is to simply be better than what you were yesterday, not better than the other boys and girls in the class.
"Sometimes the warrior feels as if he were living two lives at once. There is a bridge that links what I do with what I would like to do, he thinks. Slowly, his dreams take over his everyday life, and then he realizes that he is ready for the thing he always wanted. Then all that is needed is a little daring, and his two lives become one."
To find your purpose in life, you must go on a journey of self-discovery.
Earn with integrity, spend with compassion!'
Live your life in such a way that those who know you but don't know God, will come to know God because they know you.
Spirituality helps develop good character. It is character that shines bright when words fail to do so.
You can be completely selfish, completely selfless or any of the combinations in between. Life is a journey from being selfish to becoming selfless.
Act without expectation.
However, the ideology behind the ice cream is: enjoy your life before it melts.
On the other hand, the candle is symbolic of another ideology: to give light to others before it melts.
We can only share wealth with others if we possess wealth. Similarly, we can love others only if we know what it feels like to be loved. We can only bring hope to others if we feel hope for ourselves. In conclusion, we can only give to others what we possess.
The first step in selflessness is to practice it with our family.
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
We can increase our scope of selflessness beyond our family by serving our community, city or even nation.
The service you do for others is the rent you pay for Your room here on earth.