Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans


Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the boiled eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral:In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Which one are you?

Originally posted on Livin3

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Life is memories in bits and pieces.


This is a very warm sunny day of later summer season. The trees were colored with green and some yellow leaves. He was sitting underneath an old tree with his back to the trunk. He closed his eyes and let himself dwell into the memories of the past.

He was thinking every thing git slipped so fast from his fist but yet there were these small parts which had a whole world in them. He had smiled, he had wept. He had shared. he had help and got help. There were many people who had laughed and smiled because of him. There were kids who had stopped crying because of his small generosity. There were people who had got there needs fulfilled without being asked as he had noticed and helped.

There was he many a times struggling with life but yet there were moments he had enjoyed, those small moments which he never noticed and never realized how important and beautiful.

Watching these flash backs he realized that life has not been as unfair as he was thinking. He had though may be small but there were moments of joy, of success and of smiling.

Suddenly there was this wind blow and dust blow from the front and hit him on face and he returned to his present moment. he looked around. The wind was blowing. Many birds were flying in flocks and there were other animals grazing here and there. The water was flowing besides him with a sweet sound. He these flash back has yet again helped him avoid a life collapse and this was perhaps one of many such. No matter how hard life is those small moments of his being good and honest to himself and others will keep him floating.

The world surrounding him was falling apart. He couldn’t do nay thing but to see it fly into the air like sand. This was not a momentary event. He has been struggling with his own self for years. He made many promises to himself and broke them. The most difficult part for him was being honest to himself. He always lived a reflected life.

He got up and star walking and he was thinking how life would be if he over come his short comings and fulfilled his promises to himself and live as true himself every moment. This hope keeps him moving ahead.

Life goes on

The Obstacle in our Path



There once was a very wealthy and curious king. This king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road. Then he hid nearby to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.

The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to move the boulder.

Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant put down his load and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort but he finally succeeded.

The peasant gathered up his load and was ready to go on his way when he say a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse. The purse was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward for moving the boulder from the road.

The king showed the peasant what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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Some Bits of Inspiration


1. Everyone Has a Story in Life

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you

 

A Trip to Kashmir


one day one of my good friend, Fida Ali, called me and asked me if I want to join them for a trip to Kashmir. I said I will think  and then considering it as usual talk to be forgotten, I didnt respond. After two days he called again and ask what was my decision. I declined but he insisted and yet again I got time to think over it and then I made quite a few excuse to respond on his next call. As usual my excuses were of no use as he had made up his mind and I was already  part of the trip. So it was decided and I agreed to join them in Abbotabad that early morning.

I do not like the trips till the time i get out of the room so I was excited already when I left from Lahore. It was 10pm and I started my journey from Lahore. I reached Abbotabad early morning and had a delicious breakfast at with Fida Ali. The third member of our trip,Mr Fasi ur rehman, was coming from Islamabad. He is very nice and funny guy perfect for such long trips.

We left at 9am and somewhere on the way after exiting Mansehra we stooped at a fruit shop and bought watermellon. It was so tasty and  Fasi asked the guy if it was injection free because in cities when the fruit is tasty we doubt always it .

Then we stared the journey and at a view point in Gadi Habib Ullah we stopped for  some photography. We witness the massive plantation under Billion Tree Tsunami (BTTP). It is really an amazing work been done by Imran Khan and team, specially in an area where there is abundance of tree and large extend of deforestation was going unnoticed. Imran Khan and team did exactly the opposite.

Then the journey started and our next stop was a point near Muzaffadabad. It was really an amazing  view to see the snake shaped river engulfing the city. The Hydro power station and the zigzag road going up on the mountain was also multiplying the beauty of the city.It is small city relatively but the beauty is beyond expression.

We descended and entered the city. Contrary to our expectation Muzaffarabad is very low altitude and very hot city. We did our lunch at Royal Continental Hotel and had some rest before resuming our journey. To make sure we don’t face any issue in our upcoming remote and long journey we went to mechanic to do a check up for our vehicle.

Our next destination was Neelum Valley.

( To be continued)

The Mighty Baha Lake in Khokush Nala Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan


I had been to home on my eid holidays and soon after the eid prayers my elder brother and his friends made plans to go on hiking and fishing to Baha Lake in khokush nala. I was also invited to join them. Although I was yet relieved of the exhaustion of the long drive from Lahore to home but I couldn’t refused as it was always my dream to go on such adventurous tours.

We reached at the lake site almost at mid night and  and camped there. The weather was not that much welcoming that night and in the morning we git up early as it was cold and everyone picked up there tools and went for fishing. I also took one and went to the lake site and there i witnessed majestic view of the lake. I was standing on a big foot of rock and wind was blowing fast. I could see the waves rising in the middle of the lake and coming towards the bank. In no time they stroke with the rocks and turned back. I stopped fishing and sit there for quite long just to enjoy this majestic view. I couldn’t describe it in any better in words so I am putting up the video which I had captured and you can view and enjoy it.

 

 

Funny Moments in Courts


Court room is always instantaneous with the lawyers always shooting question at opposite parties and on witnesses.  Sometimes there happen very funny moments in exchange of words from both sides, Here are some of the most funny moments recorded in courtrooms.

1) Some things just aren’t straightforward enough

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS: By death…

ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

WITNESS: Take a guess.

2) Using the oath as a perfect reason to make a joke

LAWYER: Now sir, I’m sure you are an intelligent and honest man–

WITNESS: Thank you. If I weren’t under oath, I’d return the compliment.

3) Some questions are just too complicated

LAWYER: When he went, had you gone and had she, if she wanted to and were able, for the time being excluding all the restraints on her not to go, gone also, would he have brought you, meaning you and she, with him to the station?

OTHER LAWYER: Objection. That question should be taken out and shot.

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4) There’s never a reason not to make a pun

LAWYER: Doctor, did you say he was shot in the woods?

WITNESS: No, I said he was shot in the lumbar region.

5) Taking responses too literally

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?

WITNESS: Oral…

6) To be fair, those headlights are pretty flashy

LAWYER: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?

WITNESS: Yes.

LAWYER: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?

WITNESS: Yes, sir.

LAWYER: What did she say?

WITNESS: ‘What disco am I at?’

7) Everything is possible

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?

WITNESS: No…

ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?

WITNESS: No.

ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?

WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.

ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?

WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

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8) I don’t think that’s how memory works

ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS: I forget..

ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

9) Some people just simply aren’t good with numbers

ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?

WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.

ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?

WITNESS: Forty-five years.

10) Technically, it’s not wrong, which is the best type of being right

ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?

WITNESS: July 18th.

ATTORNEY: What year?

WITNESS: Every year.

11) That one must’ve hurt…

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?

WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.

12) Details matter

LAWYER: Any suggestions as to what prevented this from being a murder trial instead of an attempted murder trial?

WITNESS: The victim lived.

13) This seems like a trick question

LAWYER: You were there until the time you left, is that true?

14) Using the right to remain silent isn’t always the brightest idea

LAWYER: Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?

WITNESS: I refuse to answer that question.

LAWYER: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?

WITNESS: I refuse to answer that question.

LAWYER: Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?

WITNESS: No.

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15) This is when you need to switch attorneys

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?

WITNESS: Yes.

ATTORNEY: How many were boys?

WITNESS: None.

ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?

WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

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5 Reasons ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Didn’t Respond to the HBO Hack


Game of Thrones (GoT), which had its Season 7 finale last week, captured the imagination of millions with its incredible tale of kings, queens and dragons set amid some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. But it’s the story behind the story that provides the most interesting takeaways for companies.

HBO, GoT’s distributor, was hacked, and over the past few weeks, details, and entire episodes, were leaked. HBO,however, refused to pay a multi-million dollar ransom to the hackers who held those GoT secrets. And, despite intense interest in the show, most fans didn’t bite on the leaks.

Why? Credit the fan loyalty GoT had earned by providing an unparalleled entertainment experience.

How can brands build a similar level of loyalty? Customers commit to brands that are committed to them. In other words, brands that consistently provide exceptional experiences will inspire loyalty, even in the most difficult times.

Here are five experience lessons companies can learn from the GoT leak:

1: “Customer first” means you can’t be held hostage.

HBO was hacked, but the network refused to let that dictate its actions. Instead, it focused on providing the perfect fan experience, and fans responded.

Today, there are lots of loud and distracting voices. Don’t listen to them. The first rule of business is to focus on the customer experience. These people constitute your number one voice. If you’ve developed a deep relationship with your customers, then nothing and no one can hold you hostage.

An interesting example of this came in the early days of Whole Foods. The company built its first store in a floodplain thinking it would be fine. It wasn’t. Not only did the store flood, but the sewage system also leaked badly, and looters robbed what was left of the food products. But because Whole Foods provided such a unique experience, it still managed to develop a loyal customer base.

Those customers then saved the company from bankruptcy by showing up to clean up and rebuild the store.

2: Exceed expectations.

It’s hard to overstate how high fan expectations were for each episode of GoT. But the show exceeded those expectations with pretty much every episode. The entertainment experience was unparalleled, and fans responded by showing their loyalty.

When the opportunity came to engage with the leaks, most fans refused. They rewarded GoT with their loyalty and spurned the hackers. Many took to Twitter, declaring their refusal to look at the leaked material and urging others to do the same.

If you’re loyal to your customers by providing unique and powerful experiences, they’ll be loyal to you — even when something goes wrong. Take Southwest Airlines. It’s known for encouraging its employees to go above and beyond for passengers. This was manifest just a few weeks ago when an employee drove through the night to personally deliver lost luggage to a cancer patient.

3: Be transparent.

When the hackers announced that they’d breached GoT and intended to leak information and episodes, HBO didn’t hide. The network had been hacked before and made it clear that it wouldn’t negotiate with hackers. HBO acknowledged what had happened, clearly stated the principles governing its decision to not engage and held its ground.

Precendents exist in which companies, responding to attacks, have handled these incidents with dignity and transparency. Take the events surrounding the painkiller Tylenol three decades-plus ago.

Thirty-five years have passed since nine people died from taking cyanide-laced Tylenol tablets, but the way Johnson & Johnson handled that crisis is still a textbook model of transparency, responsibility and communication during a crisis.

When things go wrong, companies must remember that the key to getting through a problem is first to be transparent. Second, they must communicate with the public regularly and clearly. Third, they need to take steps to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again.

4: Build a community.

A community used to be a group of people who lived near one other. Today, the word has a much broader definition — it’s a group of people with shared interests, connections or ideas. The communities that formed around GoT were strong and committed.

Some fans went so far as to write articles noting that if people succumbed to watching the pirated episodes, then the GoTbusiness model would suffer and the franchise would be unable to continue producing content for fans. In essence, the fans appealed to the entire GoT community with the sentiment of, “You get what you pay for, so we need to keep paying for this.”

GoT became something to be experienced both in real life and online. People wanted to talk about it and share theories. If your product or service can move beyond being transactional, into something people form a community around, then you’re on to something big.

5: Provide an experience, not just a product.

This final point is the culmination of the previous four. For any product or service to be memorable, it must become an experience. Airbnb is a powerful concept,not just because it provides accommodation or helps fuel the sharing economy. Its genius came in realizing that the majority of its guests use the service as a way to save money and connect with people in areas they’re visiting, thereby enhancing the travel experience.

With GoT, HBO provided a consistent, genuine customer experience. One example: Each week, the network released the show at the same time on both TV and online, so people could watch however they wanted to. It allowed fans to experience the show in unique ways, whether gathered together with friends or watching online while simultaneously engaging in an internet forum.

Winners and losers of the future will be decided based on the types of experiences they provide. That’s the secret to GoT. It’s more than a television show. It’s an experience. And it’s one hackers had better not try to mess up again.

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NASA Cassini-The Saturn Mission


The Cassini mission to Saturn is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration ever mounted. A joint endeavor of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Cassini is a sophisticated robotic spacecraft orbiting the ringed planet and studying the Saturnian system in detail. Cassini also carried a probe called Huygens, which parachuted to the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in January 2005 and returned spectacular results.

Cassini completed its initial four-year mission to explore the Saturn System in June 2008, and the first extension, called the Cassini Equinox Mission, in September 2010. Now, the healthy spacecraft is making exciting new discoveries in a second extension called the Cassini Solstice Mission.

In late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft began a daring set of orbits called the Grand Finale, which was in some ways like a whole new mission. The spacecraft  repeatedly climbed high above Saturn’s poles, flying just outside its narrow F ring 20 times. After a last targeted Titan flyby, the spacecraft then dived between Saturn’s uppermost atmosphere and its innermost ring 22 times. As Cassini plunges past Saturn, the spacecraft collected rich and valuable information far beyond the mission’s original plan, including measuring Saturn’s gravitational and magnetic fields, determining ring mass, sampling the atmosphere and ionosphere, and making the last views of Enceladus.

See below the timeline of the mission.

Cassini Huygens Mission Timeline Infographic v1.0

Cassini Huygens Mission Timeline

Here you can view some of the breathtaking photos taken by Cassini mission spacecraft.

NASA Cassini Mission Gallery

For more details on the mission see this Cassini — The Grand Finale Facts

The Cassini-Saturn mission will officially end on 15th September 2017.

Source: NASA