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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Optimistic attitude of a true seeker

Life is full of avenues and opportunities as long as you keep your hopes alive. A seeker is always optimistic and never gives up. A seeker with an open mind keep on listening to different saints, continue to read one scripture after another, keep on exploring different forms of sadhna with a fire in his belly to realize the true Self and finally attains the goal – the goal of achieving liberty while living, not after death. 

This principle is not only true in the spiritual world, but also in the material world. Let me tell you an inspiring story.

This is the story of a boy from Kentucky. At age 5, his father died. At age 16, he quit school. At age 17, he had already lost four jobs. At age 18, he got married. He joined the army and washed out there. At age 20, his wife left him and took their baby. He became a cook in a small cafe and convinced his wife to return home. 

At age 65, he retired. He felt like a failure and decided to commit suicide. He sat writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life and thought about how good of a cook he was. So, he spent $87, fried up some chicken using his recipe and went door to door in the neighborhood to sell. At age 73, Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a millionaire.

There are a lot of inspiring messages hidden in the story.

  • It’s never too old for dream.
  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. -Martin Luther King
  • He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. -Muhammad Ali
  • Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow might be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.
  • Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
  • Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.- Albert Einstein
  • There will be tough times, but the difficulties that you face should make you more determined to achieve your objective and to win against the odds. 
  • You already have what it takes for success. Just go for it.
  • No guts no glory.

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