It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words. (Bukhari)
In the old times, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful, because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very ROUGH and STONY. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather... Definitely, this would need thousands of cows' skin, and would cost a huge amount of money. Then one of his wise men told this to the king : "Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money ? Why don't you just cut a little piece of leather and cover your feet instead ?"The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a "shoe" for himself.. and thus came the invention of the "Sandal"..There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story : To make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself - your heart; and not the world..
KNOW WHEN TO CHANGE COURSE..
Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, "Light, bearing on the starboard bow." "Is it steady or moving astern?" the captain called out. The lookout replied, "Steady, captain," which meant it was on a dangerous collision course with their ship. The captain then shouted to the signalman, "Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advice you to change course 20 degrees." Back came a signal, "Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees!" In reply, the captain said, "Send: I'm a ship's captain. Change course 20 degrees, now!" "I'm a seaman second class, "came the reply, "You had better change course 20 degrees, now!" By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, "Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately."
Back came the flashing light's reply :
'THIS IS A LIGHTHOUSE !!"
These who would be costant in happiness and wisdomMust often change...~ Conficius~
It is not the strongest of the species that survive..but the most responsive to change..~ Clarence Darrow~
Do less.. but do perfectly! The imprint, or impression which you are leaving over the time, and this planet is the action you are doing! Your contribution will persist after you in this world in the form of your action. Same like an old man who is planting a fruit tree, although he understand the reality the he will not able to see its fruit in his life.. but he has a hope that his grandparents will enjoy its fruit and climb over its shoots.. passersby will take rest under its shade during hot summer, or rainy winters.. and birds will take shelter in its leaves.. the pray of gratitude will directly or indirectly appear for him from every heart of whoever will get benefit.. The old man is not doing that virtue for money or any consideration from any one in this world, he is doing it.. because virtue in its very essence is itself a return, it is giving to his heart and his action has become a source of pleasure for him! Allah is a great Admirer of virtue, He never keeps any thing, and always returns every good deed with the best consideration! He is The King of the kings, and nothing ever decreases in His treasure!
So, whenever you have chosen a job, finish it with due diligence. Just burn yourself completely, get absorbed in it completely and forget every negative thought and eliminate the wall made by the negative emotions which is causing disruption in the way of action. You will find a peace to your existence. When you have fulfilled your duty with wholeheartedly, it is followed by a deep pleasure, a mental satisfaction. And the respect will follow you as well.
The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions. - Paulo Coelho
“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself” - Shunryu Suzuki
"Whatsoever you do, do it with deep alertness; then even small things become sacred." – Osho
Whatever you are doing, do it as if it is a question of life & death. Put your total energy into it, and it will give you tremendous bliss - Osho
But the Messenger and those who believe with him strive hard with their property and their persons; and these it is who shall have the good things and these it is who shall be successful. - Quran 009.088
And (there are) others who have acknowledged their faults. They mixed a righteous action with another that was bad. It may be that Allah will relent toward them. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. - Quran 009.102