I received this in an email today.
- One of the best sermons from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - The founder of Art of living.
A plum once said, 'just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.'
Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality.
You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.
Never stoop down in order to gain recognition. Never let go of your true self to win a relationship. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest Glory - your uniqueness, for momentary validation. Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people. The group that does not accept you as YOU is not Your world.
There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king /queen by just being yourself. Find that world...
In fact, that world will find You. What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted.
Everything and everybody has been designed with a Proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfill only by being our unique self. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I alone can serve my purpose. You are here to be you... Just YOU.
There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and he was sent; A time when a Christ was required and he was sent; a time when a Mahatma was required and he was sent; There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent. Let us be the best we can be.
In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinity of time to come, there will be no one like you. Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated.
You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece. .. Your Master's piece. Celebrate your Uniqueness.?"
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Six simple practices to happiness;
1. Accept; What is, is. What is not, is not.
2. Learn to laugh at yourself. See the lighter side.
3. Keep a smile. Cause a smile.
4. Put enthusiasm into everything.
5. Give more than you receive.
6. Count your blessings and practise gratitude.
Source unknown but here is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's website