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Wisdom Pearls For Life

Wisdom Pearls For Life

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Published by Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra
Wisdom Pearls For Life: A collection of wonderful stories towards wisdom and learning for life. A must for all as a personal library. Cheers. Please share with all fathers/ mothers/ teachers/ relations: A request for share by Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra. Cheers and May GOD bless us all.
Wisdom Pearls For Life: A collection of wonderful stories towards wisdom and learning for life. A must for all as a personal library. Cheers. Please share with all fathers/ mothers/ teachers/ relations: A request for share by Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra. Cheers and May GOD bless us all.

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An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a
schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, "Let me tell you a
story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken
so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down,
and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing
your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many
times."

He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good
and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does
not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only fight
when it is right to do so, and in the right way."

"But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him
into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He
cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is hard to live
with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominant my
spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eye and asked, "Which
one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather solemnly said, "The one I feed."

“Wisdom Pearls”

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Three Powerful Words

A funny story is told about General George Patton from his World War
II days. He once accepted an invitation to dine at a press camp in
Africa. Wine was served in canteen cups but, obviously thinking he
was served coffee, Patton poured cream into his cup. As he stirred in
sugar, Patton was warned that his cup contained red wine and not
coffee.

Now, General Patton could never, never be wrong. Without hesitating
he replied, "I know. I like my wine this way." And he drank it!

I relate this story because I see something of myself, and perhaps
most of us, here. It is difficult to admit mistakes. It is hard to admit
when we are wrong. Three of life's most difficult words to say are, "I
was wrong."

But they are also three of the most powerful words we can utter. "I
was wrong" breaks down barriers between people. It brings estranged
people together. And it creates a climate where intimacy and love
may flourish. You may be surprised at how positively many people
respond to the words, "I was wrong"!

Naturally, it is a risk. But to admit when you are wrong is not to
confess that you are a "bad" person. Simply an honest one and true
friends will appreciate you for it.

Whole and happy lives are built by people who have learned the
power of intimacy, in part, through the use of the words "I was
wrong."

“Wisdom Pearls”

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