The Three Brothers

The Three Brothers

Once upon a time there were three brothers who lived in a small hut in the forest. Every day they went out to chop wood, sell it at the market and make a living. Even though they had a good life they yearned for more. They were not happy. One day as the brothers came home, they saw an old woman bent over carrying a heavy sack. Immediately they offered to help her and carried the sack for her to her house. The woman asked the brothers if she could help them with anything in return for their help. “We’re not happy” Said the older brother “What would make you happy?” asked the woman “A huge mansion with lots of servants” Said the older brother “A big farm that produces lots of crops” Said the middle brother “A beautiful wife that will be there for me when I get back from work” Said the third brother “If that will make you happy, you certainly deserve those things for your kindness. Go home and your wishes will come true” Said the old woman. They came home and instead of the hut was a huge mansion with servants that waited outside to greet them. Nearby was a field with crops like the second brother asked. A young beautiful woman told the third brother she’s his wife. They were delighted! They thanked their lucky stars and began getting used to their new lifestyle. Quickly the days went by and soon it was a year. The happiness didn’t last long. The older brother got sick of taking care of the mansion and managing the servants, so it became run down. The second brother got sick of plowing the fields, so the crops decreased. The third brother got used to his beautiful wife, he stopped complimenting her and spending time with her, so she became bitter. And again the three brothers weren’t happy. They decided to pay a visit to the old woman. “She’s a magician, she made our wishes come true. She’ll tell us the secret to happiness.” They went to the house of the old woman and told her what has been happening. “Please tell us how to be happy” “The secret to happiness is gratitude” she said “When you learn to be grateful for what you have, only then will you be truly happy”. The three brothers understood that they have taken what they had for granted and that is why their happiness didn’t last. They went home and changed their ways. They first brother began appreciating the servants and his mansion. Very fast it looked back as it once was. The second brother plowed his fields properly and enjoyed plentiful...

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The seven wonders of the world

The seven wonders of the world

A group of American school children were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders Of The World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids 2. Taj Mahal 3. Grand Canyon 4. Machu Picchu in Peru 5. Empire State Building 6. St. Peter’s Basilica 7. Great Wall of China While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.” The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the “Seven Wonders Of The World” are: 1. To see 2. To hear 3. To touch 4. To taste 5. To walk 6. To laugh 7. To love The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous. A gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built nor bought. ==== It’s so easy to get caught in little things, get upset over silly stuff and forget the true most important things in life. They are usually not things money can buy. Count your blessings- xoxoxo...

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The son on the train

A man with his 25 year old son were traveling on the train. The son sat next to the window, and kept exclaiming with excitement: “Dad! Look at the clouds! They are so fluffy and travel softly through the sky!” “Look how blue the sky is!” “Dad! Look at the green fields, the color is so vibrant and they go on forever!” “Look at the birds!  They fly so gracefully! “The sun! OMG the sun! It’s so bright and it’s rays shine so beautifully!” The couple that were sitting next to them were growing impatient as the dad just smiled and nodded at his son. At first they were stealing glances and then were outright staring. Eventually the woman couldn’t help it anymore. “Have you considered getting your son checked, sir?” She said rudely “This is NOT appropriate behavior for a 25 year old man!” “In fact I did” Said the father “We are now back from the hospital. He just had surgery that restored his eyesight. He was born blind and is now seeing for the first time!” ===== We never know what the person next to us is going through, so we have to reserve judgment because we truly have no clue. I know it’s a cliche but things are never what they seem. One of my favorite sayings by Robin Williams is: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always” ====== UPDATE I wanted to thank you for your prayers for me the other day. As I mentioned, I am going through a serious health challenge and started a new medication last Monday. The new medication is working, thank god. Things are getting better slowly but surely. There are some side effects but they are subsiding and I am sure they will be gone soon. I truly believe in the collective power of prayers and that is why I asked. It worked. Thank you again for your prayers. I was scared and your prayers kept me going. My prayers for the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families. <3 xoxoxo Keren...

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