Friday, December 17, 2010

Little and gentle acts of kindness will certainly make a mighty changes in life !!

It is heart-touching story.  A must read.....


Dr. Frank May field was touring Tewksbury Institute when, on his way out, he accidentally collided with an elderly floor maid. To cover the awkward moment Dr. May field started asking questions.

"How long have you worked here?"

"I've worked here almost since the place opened," the maid replied.

"What can you tell me about the history of this place?" he asked.

"I don't think I can tell you anything, but I could show you something."

With that, she took his hand and led him down to the basement under the oldest section of the building. She pointed to one of what looked like small prison cells, their iron bars rusted with age, and said, "That's the cage where they used to keep Annie Sullivan."

"Who's Annie?" the doctor asked.

”Annie was a young girl who was brought in here because she was incorrigible—nobody could do anything with her. She'd bite and scream and throw her food at people. The doctors and nurses couldn't even examine her or anything. I'd see them trying with her spitting and scratching at them.

"I was only a few years younger than her myself and I used to think, 'I sure would hate to be locked up in a cage like that.' I wanted to help her, but I didn't have any idea what I could do. I mean, if the doctors and nurses couldn't help her, what could someone like me do?

"I didn't know what else to do, so I just baked her some brownies one night after work. The next day I brought them in. I walked carefully to her cage and said, 'Annie I baked these brownies just for you. I'll put them right here on the floor and you can come and get them if you want.'

"Then I got out of there just as fast as I could because I was afraid she might throw them at me. But she didn't. She actually took the brownies and ate them. After that, she was just a little bit nicer to me when I was around. And sometimes I'd talk to her. Once, I even got her laughing.

"One of the nurses noticed this and she told the doctor. They asked me if I'd help them with Annie. I said I would if I could. So that's how it came about that. Every time they wanted to see Annie or examine her, I went into the cage first and explained and calmed her down and held her hand. This is how they discovered that Annie was almost blind."

After they'd been working with her for about a year—and it was tough sledding with Annie—the Perkins institute for the Blind opened its doors. They were able to help her and she went on to study and she became a teacher herself.

Annie came back to the Tewksbury Institute to visit, and to see what she could do to help out. At first, the Director didn't say anything and then he thought about a letter he'd just received. A man had written to him about his daughter. She was absolutely unruly—almost like an animal. She was blind and deaf as well as 'deranged.' He was at his wit's end, but he didn't want to put her in an asylum. So he wrote the Institute to ask if they knew of anyone who would come to his house and work with his daughter.

And that is how Annie Sullivan became the lifelong companion of Helen Keller.

When Helen Keller received the Nobel Prize, she was asked who had the greatest impact on her life and she said, "Annie Sullivan."

But Annie said, "No Helen. The woman who had the greatest influence on both our lives was a floor maid at the Tewksbury Institute."

~   Author Unknown

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Exclusive Morning Thoughts !

The life of man is like a game with dice;
 if you don’t get the throw you want, 
you must show your skill in making the best of the throw
you get.

~   Terence

The person who knows HOW will always have a job. 
The person who knows WHY will always be his boss.

~   Diane Ravitch

Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, 
it doesn’t mean you should give up. 
It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.

~   Les Brown

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and
lifting people up.

~   John Andrew Holmes

One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that
we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared.

~   Merlin Olsen


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Start Your Day By Trying Something Different !!

Try something different

Most people are stuck right where they are. The reason they’re stuck, however, isn’t usually due to circumstances, incompetence, or lack of opportunity, but a simple unwillingness to change, to try new things.

We can make smaller, inner changes on a day-to-day, moment to moment basis – changes in our attitude, reactions, and expectations. I’m talking about being willing to take new risks, and face old fears. 

Over and over again I hear people saying things like “I’ve always done things that way” or “That’s just the type of person I am.” These things are said as if they are carved in stone. It is amazing what you can learn by simply opening your mind and trying new things.

Starting today, tell yourself that you are going to do something, however small, a little differently. Perhaps you can be more friendly to the people you work with. Maybe it’s not too late to overcome your fear of asking others to help you, or for their advice whoever you are, whatever you do, there is always something you can do a little differently. 

You may find that you love the tiny changes you make and that you can open exciting new doors by making relatively small adjustments. If you’re okay with the changes, you might want to try some other changes as well.

Source : K.N.RAJAN

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Enjoy A Blissful Morning !

Good ideas are not adopted automatically.
They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. 

~   Hyman Rickover

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. 

~   Martin Luther King Jr.

Life is too short to waste. 
Dreams are fulfilled only through action, 
not through endless planning to take action.

~   David J. Schwartz

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, 
committed citizens can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~   Margaret Mead

If you want to know what a man is really like, 
take notice how he acts when he loses money.

~   New England Proverb

It is true that money cannot buy happiness 
but it does make it possible for you to enjoy 
the best that the world has to offer.

~   George S. Clason