Hope

Hope

Even though, philosophy has traditionally not paid same attention to hope as it did for attitudes like belief and desire, but still there are various discussions of hope that can be found throughout the history of philosophy. Almost all philosophers acknowledge that hope plays a significant role in human motivation.

When we compare hope with attitudes like belief and desire, this phenomenon of hope presents unique challenges to both theories of the mind and theories of value.

Hope is not only an attitude; it has cognitive components as well- as it is responsive to facts about possibility of future events. It also has conative components- hope is merely a representation of our desires.

The classic analysis of hope, which is called ‘standard account’ takes hope to be a compound attitude- a mixture of desires of an outcome and a belief in the possibility of that outcome. But it is not necessary that if we desire for an outcome and belief for its occurrence, then it is a hope. It should be driven by consistent and dedicated efforts and backed by positive desire and positive belief, and then only it will be a hope with high probability of occurrence.

We use this word “HOPE” whenever or wherever we want, but it has deep in-sighted meaning.

Value

Value

​A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 bill. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

200 hands went up.

He said,”I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.

He then asked,”Who still wants it?”

All 200 hands were still raised.

“Well,”he replied. “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.

He picked it up, and showed it to crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.

“Now, who still wants it?”

All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it didn’t decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, live crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are specialDon’t ever forget it.

Which one are you??

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

MoralIn life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

Everyone has a story in life…..

​A 24 year old boy seeing it from the train’s window shouted……

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behaviour with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…..

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said…”I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet had a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

“It is during our darkest moments that we focus to see the light.” -Aristotle

#inspiration #life #thinkbeforeyousay

How would you like to be remembered?

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.

What is your legacy?

How would you like to be remembered?

Will you be spoken well of?

Will you be remembered with love and respect?

Will you be missed?

#inspiring #life #enjoy

The 7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living

The 7 Timeless Virtues of Enlightened Living

In continuation with my previous post, wherein I narrated the story told by Sages of Sivana to Julian.

Now I would like to highlight the 7 timeless Virtues of Enlightened living and what does they symbolise.

Virtue 1-

Master our mind is symbolised by The Magnificent Garden. If we will cultivate our mind, it will blossom beyond our expectations. Also, the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our thoughts. Remember!! There are no mistakes-only lessons.

Virtue 2-

Follow our Purpose is symbolised by The Towering Lighthouse. It says, the purpose of life is a life of purpose. Set clearly defined personal, professional and spiritual goals, and then have the courage to act on them. The power of self examination comes into action.

Virtue 3-

Practice kaizen is symbolised by The Sumo Wrestler. Kaizen is the practice of self-mastery. Self-mastery is the DNA of life mastery. Success on the outside begins within. Try to do the things we fear.

Virtue 4-

Live with discipline is  symbolised by The Pink Wire Cable. As we know, discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage. The more we nurture the embryo of self -discipline, the more it will be mature. And, Will-power is the essential virtue of a fully actualised life.

Virtue 5-

Respect our time is symbolised by The Golden Stopwatch. Time is the most precious commodity and it is non renewable too. So, it is our duty to utilise it judiciously. This can be done by focusing on our priorities and maintain balance and simplifying our life.

Virtue 6-

Selflessly serve others is symbolised by The Fragrant Roses. To cultivate the sacredness of each day, we must live to give. The quality of our life ultimately comes down to the quality of our contribution. By elevating the lives of others, our life reaches its highest dimensions. The most noble thing we can do is to give others.

Virtue 7-

Embrace the Present is symbolised by The Path of diamonds. We are all here for some specific reasons. Stop being a prisoner of our past. Become the architect of our future. Live in the “now”. Savor the first of the present. Never sacrifice happiness for achievement because ultimately, we want achievement to be happy. So, never ever sacrifice happiness. Savor the journey and ‘apna har din aise jio, kaise ki aakhri ho (live each day as our last)’.

I am writing this now because I want that whoever read this, he/she will try to make this THE NEW YEAR RESOLUTION. Try atleast once and experience the magnificent results.

I would like to know who all are with me on this new path.

 

Happy new year in advance.

 

Continued…..The monk who sold his Ferrari

Continued…..The monk who sold his Ferrari

This is in continuation with my last writing. So, what Julian actually told John?

Julian told John “the ultimate secret” to lead a successful and happy life, which the Sages of Sivana, residing in the Great Himalayas, told Julian.

This is a story told by Julian, which is as follows-

You are sitting in the middle of a magnificent, lush, green garden. This garden is filled with the most spectacular flowers you have ever seen. The environment is supremely tranquil and silent. Savor the sensual delights of this garden and feel as if you have all the time in the world to enjoy this natural Oasis. As you look around you see that in the center of this magical garden stands a towering, red lighthouse, six stories high. Suddenly, the silence of the garden is disturbed by a loud creaking as the door at the base of the lighthouse opens. Out stumbles a nine-foot-tall, nine-hundred-pound Japanese sumo wrestler who casually wanders into the center of the garden.

As this sumo wrestler starts to move around the garden, he finds a shiny stopwatch which someone had left behind many years earlier. He slips it on, and falls to the ground with an enormous thud. The sumo wrestler is rendered unconscious and lies there, silent and still. Just when you think he has taken his last breath, the wrestler awakens, perhaps stirred by the fragrance of some fresh yellow roses blooming nearby. Energized, the wrestler jumps swiftly to his feet and intuitively looks to his left. He is startled by what he sees. Through the bushes at the very edge of the garden he observes a long winding path covered by millions of sparkling diamonds. Something seems to instruct the wrestler to take the path, and to his credit, he does. This path leads him down the road of everlasting joy and eternal bliss.

Now the question arises- what does this story imply??

Have patience and wait for my next writings..:D☺

Till then, identify the various symbols in the above story which provide any indication for blissful life.

Waiting for your responses!!!

#happylife #story #inspiration