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What You Will Reap Tomorrow ???????
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Chrm Message From: Strategistprashant Total Posts: 55 Join Date:
Rank: Manager Post Date: 24/06/2006 02:32:44 Points: 275 Location: India

What You Will Reap Tomorrow

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose 
his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, 
he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom 
together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the 
next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you." 
 
The kids were shocked! But the emperor continued. "I am going to give each 
one of you a seed today, one very special seed. I want you to plant the 
seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have 
grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and 
the one I choose will be the next emperor!" 
 
One boy named Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a 
seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the story. She helped him 
get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it 
carefully. 

Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about 
3  weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the
plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but 
nothing ever grew. 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 5 weeks went by. Still nothing. 
By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn't have a 
plant, and he felt like a failure. 6 months went by; still nothing in 
Ling's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees 
and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn't say anything to his 
friends. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow. A year finally went by 
and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for 
inspection. 
 
Ling told his mother that he wasn't going to take an empty pot but his 
Mother said he must be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his 
stomach, but he knew his Mother was right. 

He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at 
the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful, in 
all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the 
other kinds laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, "Hey 
nice try." 
 
When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the 
youngpeople.  Ling just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and 
flowers you have grown," said the emperor. "Today, one of you will be 
appointed the next emperor!" 
 
All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with 
hisempty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was 
terrified. "The emperor knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me 
killed!" 
 
When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. "My name is Ling," 
he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor 
asked everyone to quiet down. 
 
He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, "Behold your new 
emperor! His name is Ling!" Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even 
grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor? Then the emperor said, 
"One  year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, 
plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all 
boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought 
me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not 
grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. 
 
Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot 
with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!" 

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust. 
 If you plant goodness, you will reap friends. 
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness. 
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory. 
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony. 
If you plant hard work, you will reap success. 
 If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation. 
 If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy. 
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements. 
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles. 

 But: 
 If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust. 
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness. 
 If you plant pride, you will reap destruction. 
 If you plant envy, you will reap trouble. 
 If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation. 
 If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation. 
 If you plant greed, you will reap loss. 
 If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies. 
 If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles. 
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt. 

So be careful what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap 
tomorrow. The seeds you now scatter will make life worse or better your 
life or the ones who will come after. Yes, someday, you will enjoy the 
Fruits or you will pay for the choices you plant today. 
 
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.

Regards

Prashant Iyer
9819328994
Take Care

Remember:
people will forget what you said ...
people will forget what you did ...
but people will never forget how you made them feel ...

Chrm Message From: madure Total Posts: 278 Join Date:  
Rank: Coach Post Date: 24/06/2006 05:34:50 Points: 1440 Location: India

There is a beautiful book called the book of Galations. In that there is a famous verse that captures what you said very well; Chapter 6 vs 8

" Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap"

This is a universal law. Some call it causation or Karma. So whenever we do something we must take full responsibilty for our actions and expect the consequences according to the type of action we were engaed in.

We all want to grow up and be independant - to really grow up is to take total responsibility for our own personal dreams & desires.

Elaine Maxwell had this to say:

"My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."

 

 
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