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the circle of kindness

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In 1892 at Stanford University, an 18-year-old student 
was struggling to pay his fees. He was an orphan, 
and not knowing where to turn for money, 
he came up with a bright idea. He and a friend decided 
to host a musical concert on campus to raise money 
for their education. 

They reached out to the great pianist Ignacy J. Paderewski. 
His manager demanded a guaranteed fee of $2000 
for the piano recital. A deal was struck and the boys 
began to work to make the concert a success. 
The big day arrived. But unfortunately, they had not 
managed to sell enough tickets. The total collection was 
only $1600. Disappointed, they went to Paderewski and 
explained their plight. 

They gave him the entire $1600, plus a cheque for the 
balance $400. They promised to honour the cheque at 
the soonest possible. “No,” said Paderewski. 
“This is not acceptable.” He tore up the cheque, returned the 
$1600 and told the two boys: “Here’s the $1600. 
Please deduct whatever expenses you have incurred.
 Keep the money you n…

The Magic cup Paradox

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A man who found a magic cup and learned 
that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. 


But even though he had always been poor, 
he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. 
So he found ways to make himself sad so 
that his tears could make him rich. As the 
pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. 


The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain 
of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into 
the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms.
"Well," he said, "if I may ask, why did the 
man kill his wife? In fact, why did he ever have 
to feel sad to shed tears? 
Couldn't he have just smelled an onion?"
There could be other solutions to our problems
than just sorrow.

White and Black Pebble

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Many years ago in a small town, a farmer had the misfortune 
of owing a large amount of money to the moneylender. 

The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's 
beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would 
forgot the farmer's debt if he could marry her daughter. 
Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and 
a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to 
pick one pebble from the bag. If she picked the black pebble, 
she would become the moneylender's wife and her father's 
debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she 
need not marry him and her father's debt would still be forgiven. 
But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's garden. 
As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. 
As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl n…

What Should He Do

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In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-
flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labour pains begin. At the same moment, dark clouds gather 
around above 


& lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left & sees a hunter with his 
bow extended pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.


What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labour! What will happen? Will the deer survive? Will she give birth to a fawn? Will the fawn survive? Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire?


Will she perish to the hunters’ arrow? Will she die a horrible death at the hands 
of the hungry lion approaching her? She is constrained by the fire on the one side 
& the flowing river on the other & boxed in by 
her natural predators. What does she do? She focuses on giving birth to a new life.


The sequence of events that follows are: - Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter. - He releases the arrow which zips past the 

The Fool Kid

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I read this story somewhere, which portrays 
an excellent example for presence of mind. There was a barber shop in a locality. 
The barber’s neighbor had a son who was 
8 years old. He would frequently enter the barber 
shop for no reason.


The barber would take two one rupee coins in 
left hand and one five rupee coin in the right hand, 
and ask the child, which one you want. 
The boy would choose the hand with two one rupee 
coins, and move away happily with those two coins.


The customers in the shop would laugh at the foolishness 
of the child. The barber would laugh sadistically 
with a satisfaction on fooling the kid. The barber did this daily. Every time the child 
chose the smaller value and got laughed at.


The kid's mother got the news from neighbors 
about how her son was fooled everyday. 
Mother felt bad that her son was made fun of everyday. She called her son and asked, ‘Don't you know that 
the value of two one rupee coin is lesser than one five 
rupee coin? Weren't you taught in y…

The Poor

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A mature person One day, a wealthy father traveled 
with his son to the countryside for he was keen 
to show his son how the poor people live. 
They spent a couple of days on the farm of what 
would be considered a very poor family. 

When the duo returned from their trip, the father 
asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’ ‘It was great, Dad,’ the son replied.

‘Did you see how the poor people live?’ 
the father asked. ‘Oh yeah,’ said the son. ‘So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?’ 
asked the father.

The son answered, ‘I saw that we have 
one dog, and they had four. 
We have a pool that reaches to the middle 
of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end. 

We have imported lanterns in our garden, 
and they have the stars at night. 
Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they 
have the whole horizon. 

We have a small 
piece of land to live on, and they have fields 
that go beyond our sight. We have servants 
who serve us, but they serve others. 
We buy our food, but they grow theirs. 
We have wall…

the hotle clerk

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One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia, USA. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night. Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The hotel clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple with compassion and explained that there were three conventions going on in town. “All of our rooms are taken,” the clerk said. Seeing their predicament, the courteous clerk made a gracious offer to couple. “But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o’clock in the morning.

Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.” The couple declined saying it would cause inconvenience to him, but the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me, I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them. So the couple agreed. As he…