Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Domain Knowledge

One day Ravi came home from office completely exhausted after the days work. He removed his shoes, placed his kit on the stand and threw himself on the couch. His daughter who had just turned 2 years was playing with her TOY KITCHEN SET. Seeing her father’s condition, she came over to him and helped him remove his socks. Ravi’s mother had died just two days before his daughter’s birth. So he was moved by his daughter’s gesture and visualized his mother in her.

Sometime later the kid came and offered some “TEA” (just water) which she had prepared with her TOY KITCHEN SET.

Ravi had no words and his eyes watered automatically. He drank the TEA and thanked his daughter for it.

The Child became happy and ran back to her TOY KITCHEN and brought him one more cup of TEA.

Ravi drank it again and said it was it was delicious….

The Child ran back and brought him another cup of TEA.

This time Ravi drank it, hugged and kissed her and appreciated the aroma….

This went on and on, till Joe (Ravi’s wife) stepped in with the real cup of Tea that she had prepared for Ravi.

Ravi annoyed yet very proudly told Joe, "This is the way you take care of me. My daughter has already given me 20 cups of TEA in the time you have taken to prepare one”.

Joe was perplexed. She called her daughter and asked her if she could bring one cup of tea for her too…

The Child was extremely happy on hearing this….

She ran back to her TOY KITCHEN, took a toy cup and kept moving….

Joe grabbed Ravi’s hand and secretly followed the child into the house.

The child went to the toilet, opened the closet and made a cup of “TEA”, but this time for her MOM.

Joe told Ravi…. I knew that the only place where the child could reach for water is the closet.

Epilogue :  Domain Knowledge is important.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Task

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and God appeared. 

The Lord told the man that he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. 

So, this the man did, day after day. 

For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary(Satan)  decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind.

Satan said, "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved."

It gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. 
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. 

Seeing this it again said, "Why Kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." 

That's what the weary man planned to do, but then he decided to make it a Matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was only to push.And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. 
But, is that really so? Look at yourself....

Your arms are strong and muscled, 
your back sinewy and Brown; 
your hands are callused from constant pressure, 
your legs have become massive and hard. 

Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.

True, you haven't moved the rock. 

But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. And that you have done. 

Now I, my friend, will move the rock for you.

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. 

By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains. 

When everything seems to go wrong ................................ just P.U.S.H !
When the job gets you down ...............................................just P.U.S.H !
When people don't react the way you think they should....just P.U.S.H !
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due.............just P.U.S.H !
When people just don't understand you ............................ just P.U.S.H !

Epilogue : Activity is more important than the result. Most of the strategies fail for two reasons, one is failure to implement and second is misconception of the strategy. Act without question and give your feedback once the activity is over - That's how strategies become more effective.