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True Friendship

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And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is un-acclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

 

Poet : Khalil Gibran

True love

Khalil Gibran (April 1913)

Khalil Gibran (April 1913) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and I could hear from a distance the agitated murmur of the rivulet singing its way briskly into the valley.

When the birds took shelter among the boughs, and the flowers folded their petals, and tremendous silence descended, I heard a rustle of feet though the grass. I took heed and saw a young couple approaching my arbor. The say under a tree where I could see them without being seen.

After he looked about in every direction, I heard the young man saying, “Sit by me, my beloved, and listen to my heart; smile, for your happiness is a symbol of our future; be merry, for the sparkling days rejoice with us.

“My soul is warning me of the doubt in your heart, for doubt in love is a sin. “Soon you will be the owner of this vast land, lighted by this beautiful moon; soon you will be the mistress of my palace, and all the servants and maids will obey your commands.

“Smile, my beloved, like the gold smiles from my father’s coffers.

“My heart refuses to deny you its secret. Twelve months of comfort and travel await us; for a year we will spend my father’s gold at the blue lakes of Switzerland, and viewing the edifices of Italy and Egypt, and resting under the Holy Cedars of Lebanon; you will meet the princesses who will envy you for your jewels and clothes.

“All these things I will do for you; will you be satisfied?”

In a little while I saw them walking and stepping on flowers as the rich step upon the hearts of the poor. As they disappeared from my sight, I commenced to make comparison between love and money, and to analyze their position in the heart.

Money! The source of insincere love; the spring of false light and fortune; the well of poisoned water; the desperation of old age!

I was still wandering in the vast desert of contemplation when a forlorn and specter-like couple passed by me and sat on the grass; a young man and a young woman who had left their farming shacks in the nearby fields for this cool and solitary place.

After a few moments of complete silence, I heard the following words uttered with sighs from weather-bitten lips, “Shed not tears, my beloved; love that opens our eyes and enslaves our hearts can give us the blessing of patience. Be consoled in our delay our delay, for we have taken an oath and entered Love’s shrine; for our love will ever grow in adversity; for it is in Love’s name that we are suffering the obstacles of poverty and the sharpness of misery and the emptiness of separation. I shall attack these hardships until I triumph and place in your hands a strength that will help over all things to complete the journey of life.

“Love – which is God – will consider our sighs and tears as incense burned at His altar and He will reward us with fortitude. Good-bye, my beloved; I must leave before the heartening moon vanishes.”

A pure voice, combined of the consuming flame of love, and the hopeless bitterness of longing and the resolved sweetness of patience, said, “Good-bye, my beloved.”

They separated, and the elegy to their union was smothered by the wails of my crying heart.

I looked upon slumbering Nature, and with deep reflection discovered the reality of a vast and infinite thing — something no power could demand, influence acquire, nor riches purchase. Nor could it be effaced by the tears of time or deadened by sorrow; a thing which cannot be discovered by the blue lakes of Switzerland or the beautiful edifices of Italy.

It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter, flourishes in spring, casts a breeze in summer, and bears fruit in autumn — I found Love.

POET:KHALIL GIBRAN

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Cut the comedy! But Why????

Humor Defense

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“Humor is a serious thing, I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost”.       James Thurber

At a very early age, every human is inflicted with the sense of humor.It allows them to let loose of themselves once in a while and laugh at situations, people, events and words which appear funny.It pleases people, makes them smile or laugh.

Sense of humor is vital, because it allows us to shed our woes and blues, therefore giving us the strength to survive in the tempest.People who have this sense in ample amounts are proved to be generally more happier than those lacking it.

“Love is an attachment to another self.Humor is a form of self-detachment – a way of looking at one’s existence, one’s misfortune, or one’s discomfort.if you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same:you forget yourself”.

Humor has the power to give mental and physical health.It is usually seen that people who enjoy and humor and comedy and who usually keep themselves happy generally don’t get sick.It enhances life itself.Research has shown that muscle relaxation results from a good belly laugh. Laughter gives your heart a good exercise too.

Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford) sporting his ...

Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford) in 'Some mothers do ave em' (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Humor helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15times per day.What happened to the other 385 laughs?”

Humor has a direct impact on pain too.People experiencing pain forget about it when they find something amusing and laugh to their heart’s content.Therefore,entertainers, humorists, jesters, clowns, comedians, funny people all are doctors!

“Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully”.        Max Eastman

Humor is not taken that well by one part of the society.It’s not unusal, because not everyone can understand or tolerate humor.It develops tolerance and understanding within the society of comical behavior.It translates harsh words of truth into a sugar-coated tablet.

“Many a true word is spoken in jest”.      English Proverb

“You are not angry with people when you laugh at them.Humor teaches them tolerance”.    William Somerset  Maugham

Jackie Chan at the Cannes Film festival.

Jackie Chan at the Cannes Film festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the other hand, there is lack of quality in comedy.Jokes and gestures are more cheap and shallow while satire’s are more offensive, racist, and hurt the sentiments of groups of people, race, nations and beliefs.Humor should develop tolerance, but must never test the patience of people.

“Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood”.         Mary Hirsch

The act of creating humorous work to make people laugh is Comedy.Comedy has many types:Slapstick, satire, parody, standup, sitcom etc.Each and every form is unique, intended to capture the wit of the audience.

Not everyone can honor comedy.And similarly not everyone is witty or funny.I find myself lacking the ability to create humor.I hope and wish that i am able to develop the ability to bring smiles but… i believe it cannot be acquired,this art is inborn, either you have it, or you don’t.People who have such an ability to create ripples of laughter are truly blessed.

“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable”.          Billy Graham

Title card for Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I often feel, that to give others a good laugh is tough, and it has its own dilemma.Those who make others laugh, cannot cry.People expect them to laugh even in most grim circumstances.They hide their tears and troubles, but no one, not even comedy can releive them.They are forced to wear a funny mask in public, so that others can laugh their heads off, but in order to do so they hide their feelings, emotions and grief.They make themselves the laughing stock of the town in order to bring smiles, and maybe loose their own smile in the process.Just like laughter,tears are also a therapy.No one should be deprived of them.

I can declare without hesitation, that those who make others laugh are the most compassionate beings on earth, to give outbursts of laughter to someone is not easy as well as the most beneficial and valuable achievement.I wonder how it feels to spread laughter through humor?

History has seen great comedians in times.Few of my favourites are Charlie Chaplin, Curly Larry and Moe (The three Stooges), Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Jackie Chan, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, Lucy Ball, and there are thousands more…

The man who Came to Dinner, film poster

The man who Came to Dinner, film poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s great to have people who can make you laugh when you are down.The world should be proud of all those humorous witty funny lot of humans.They are unique, God-gifted truly blessed beings.The world has learnt laughter from them.They bring sunshine to our lives!

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.        Francis Bacon

Every now and then we need to open up to humor and comedy in our lives, because it brings a feeling of well-being, lightens moods, blows away troubles, spreads health, and makes us strong, strong enough to face criticism, to be able to laugh at ourselves and others, to laugh forsakes of laughter only.

“A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own, absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins,or nearly all,save those worth committing”.  Samuel Butler

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Life is getting difficult and lonesome.It will become easier if we add a dash of humor to it.If you can’t create humor, learn to value and enjoy it!These gem of a people with their talents tend to vanish away our miseries.They are sent by God to make us realize how precious our laughter is, and how lighter it makes us feel.They make us realize how important it is to spread this laughter and how  wonderful are the people who wipe out tears of pain, and instead, roll down tears of laughter down our cheeks!

A few years ago Richard Wiseman went in search of the world’s funniest joke.The results are described in his book ‘Quirkology‘.The book contains the 1001 jokes out of those submitted into his database.A few are given below:

A few Good Laughs for you from ‘Quirkology’:

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Patient:Doctor Doctor – I can’t get this song out of my head and it’s driving me mad!I can’t stop humming “It’s good to touch the green green grass of home”.

Doctor;”Hmm, sound like Tom Jones Syndrome”
Patient:”Never heard of it!”
Doctor:”Well it’s not unusual…”

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What happens to the composer’s when they die?
They decompose.

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A drummer gets fed up with all the comments denying he’s a real musician, and so he

decides to learn some new instruments.He visits his local Music shop, and spends an hour
looking around and deliberating.
“Right”!He says, after an age.”I’ll have the shiny red one, and the accordion thing over there”.
“I’ll do you a deal”says the Music Shop Manager,”You can buy the fire extinguisher, but the
radiator is staying where it is”.

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How did the elephant get on the tree? A:Sat on an acorn and waited for it to grow.
How did the elephant get off the tree? A:Sat on a leaf and waited till Autumn

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Matt:I got a set of golf clubs for my wife.
Ben:Nice trade!

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I am now on a seafood diet.
I see food and I eat it! (That’s me!)

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What’s the difference between a rainstorm and a lion with a toothache?
A:One pours with rain and the other roars with pain.

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Here are a few works of those remarkable people making us laugh!

Faulty Towers :A biscuit with your rat?

The Three Stooges Pull a Teeth Out:

Charlie Chaplin -Modern Times:

If you don’t have a smile, i’l give you one of mine! :)

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I had a smile, I gave my smile away

The milkman and the postman enjoyed it every day

I took it to the shop, I had it on the street

I gave it without thinking, to all I chanced to meet

I gave my smile away, as thoughtless

Ever thought why we humans are blessed with a gift of a smile?Smile is a response to a stimuli, your body sometimes automatically generates it and a smile comes naturally and spontaneously.Also at times we feel something is funny or beautiful and we pass a smile willingly.Smile detoxifys our hearts, emotions, thoughts as well as our biological system.

Science proves that smile releases essential hormones in the bloodstream called endorphins and T-cells.A natural feeling of well-being comes with the release of these hormones and all kinds of stress and depression is gone with the wind.Also, smile is a catharsis for our emotional stress.

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We are not blessed with the art and science of smiling only…..this world is full of reasons to smile.Nature has so much to offer, beauty of the sunshine, clouds drifting by, raindrops, rainbows, flowers,waterfalls, greenery growing even at the most unexpected places, colors, trees swaying in the wind with leaves blowing everywhere in autumn, feeling the breeze blowing gently, birds chirping, the young ones of animals with their innocent looks, beautiful peacocks, butterflies, babies with their cute looks and gestures, a moonlight starry night sky…….There’s beauty everywhere, and they generate notions for beaming 🙂

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I am always so inclined to smiling when i look at kids.They smile unconditionally. Tickle them and they chuckle, catch a glimpse of them when they are watching their favourite cartoons or playing with their favourite toy…they are so excited, faces all lit up with smiles, their eyes are so full of amazement seems they’ll pop right out and fall on the floor!They get so amused whenever something makes them pleased and smile wholeheartedly whenever they find a thing worthy of appreciation.Even a few animals have such smiley faces,although they can’t smile.Look at the bottlenose dolphins, they are such lovely treat to watch, seems they are passing you a smile!But, we must always remember, that the smile of our kids will be strengthened by our own, because they always look upto us, and we need to practice it ourselves more often, as i read somewhere a beautiful quote:

“Children learn to smile from their parents”. Shinichi Suzuki

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We can also trigger reasons to smile!I do know a few people i met in my life, which hardly smile, infact i can declare without hesitation that they may never had smiled in all their lives…which reminds me of a Russian fairytale i read as a child, of a princess who NEVER smiled, and how one day she saw an ordinary man passing under her window falling in a puddle of mud and started laughing loud.It takes a jiffy to smile, we just need to be sincere enough to feel happy, because it is happiness which initiates a sunshine smile on our faces.Even the craziest things can bring a smile on someone’s face, even an incident!

If we notice, most of us are more often gloomy and sad, as compared to being cheerful or happy.What we don’t know is that it is a sign of psychological disorders!If that’s so, majority of people living on this earth are moving towards serious psychological problems, and they don’t even know it.Solution, however is in our own hands, but some of us are weak emotionally and they can’t fight it out.Most of them carry artificial smiles and they think they fool the world, infact they fool themselves.They should understand how smile or laughter invigorates us.The strength, is always within our grasp!

“Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval”. Thomas S. Monson

We are becoming more and more eccentric i feel.The focus of our attention becomes the melancholy in our lives, in the lives of others, all around this world.We are also creating more and more miseries in this world.All of these factors make us loose our focus from the small teeny weeny good things in life, everybody experiences them but doesn’t consider them worthy of our consideration.We need to make those small moments of joy the highlights of our life, and if others don’t give us reasons to be happy for, we can always create them.

“And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Nobody can deprive us from our share of ecstacy!We can never let others deprive us of what is ours, we need to obtain happiness, and than share it with others who need it.Let those people know that they can never come in the way of the sun!Sunshine will reach everywhere, and lit all faces with beaming smiles.

“Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears.”        Anonymous

Doing what makes us happy gives us satisfaction and pleasure to smile.We can sing or dance in the rain, listen to good music,read interesting books, watch comedy movies, create some piece of art, bake a cake, cook a meal for our family, travel, recalling good memories…..we don’t usually take out much time for doing something everyday which truly is for our sakes and which makes us feel good.Instead, most of us are entangled with our daily routines, doing things which please others.We need to do things for us everyday, so that it pumps us with pleasure and enjoyment, to last throughout.Only then we can do things selflessly for others, and complete our daily chores and tasks without considering them a load or excess baggage.

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Being gracious also makes us happy.Feeding the birds or the ducks in the pond, helping an elderly cross the street, Sharing ur umbrella with some one in need on a rainy day, making someone feel good about themselves, taking out time for others and sharing it with them, giving a candy to a little kid who’s crying for some reason, any act of goodness which gives a sense of peace and gratification, a delightful experience which keeps us glad and raises our spirits.If we feel a sense of accomplishment, it certainly generates plenty of booming smiles…

How many of us are happy with life and what it has to offer?There are heaps of dis-satisfaction within all of us, with our lives and the way they are going.We need to remember that life is an amalgamation of both light and darknesss, the sun doesn’t shine all the time, the clouds do come up, but we can always hurl them away:

“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”             William R. Alger

“Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you.”            Anna Lee

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Have we ever thought to be thankful to one and all who are responsible for this world, this life and everything that’s in it?The answer of majority will be no.We just expect and want everyone to meet our expectations, but we never really are thankful to those who meet them.It’s time to be gracious – to God first of all, who has blessed us with life, our parents who bring us into this world and raise us with care and love, our homelands for giving us identity, our siblings, better half’s, friends and even kids,who brighten up our lives.We have so much to be thankful for and happy about!Life is full of smiles, we just need to grab them and stick them on our faces, feeling and experiencing them from the depths of our hearts.

There is alot of negativity within humans, we are not considerate and kind towards others.The more goodness encompasses us, the more we will be happy, and the more happiness we can spread around.

“It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.”           Unknown

Also, without making happiness available to all the rest of the world, what do we have to glanceupon and smile?There are many deprived, under priviledged in this world.Without showing empathy towards them, we can only frown:

“Let him who expects one class of society to prosper into highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side of his face can smile while the other is pinched. Try whether.”            Thomas Fuller 

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Life is all flamboyant, adorned with needed joys and knitted carefully with beauty to rejoice.Because, we need to uplift our broken hearts and weary spirits after agony – all those dull moments in our lives deserve smiles even more.What’s the use of the capacity to chirk up, if we don’t amidst sorrow?

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief”.          

William Shakespeare (Othello)

So…where’s that good old Mona Lisa smile of our’s, hmmm have to find it here somewhere! Let’s Smile ….. a while, to become as happy as a clam, face the troubles in life with a big bright smile, let’s show this world that we are humans who are blessed with the strength and purpose to smile, and we will definately do so!May we all be surrounded by happiness as long as we live, and may we carry it and spread it where ever we go!Let’s achieve Euphoria!

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. “

Quoted in Movie ‘P.S. I Love You’, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I leave you with a few scenes of one of my favorite comedian, and a wonderful human being, who chose the best purpose for  his life, donating his time and efforts to charity, and Cracking up all of us with gales of laughter and leaving us with grins ear to ear!This is a tribute to you – Jerry Lewis! Enjoy your weekends with this dose of unlimited solace and laughter……

Jerry Lewis:The Disorderly Orderly

Jerry Lewis:Hardly Working

Jerry Lewis:Cracking Up