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Peter and the Golden Thread – A Story About Living in the Moment

In his book, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” Robin Sharma tells the story of Peter and the Golden Thread.

The fable goes like this …


Peter was a young boy who could never live in the moment.

When he was in school, he dreamed of being outside playing.

When he was outside playing, he dreamed of his summer vacation.

Peter constantly daydreamed, never taking the time to savour the special moments that filled his days.

One morning, Peter was out walking in a forest near his home.  Feeling tired, he decided to rest on a patch of grass and eventually dozed off.

After only a few minutes of deep sleep, he heard someone calling his name.

“Peter! Peter!” came the shrill voice from above.

As he slowly opened his eyes, he was startled to see a striking woman standing above him.  She must have been over a hundred years old and her snow-white hair dangled well below her shoulders like a matted blanket of wool.

In this woman’s wrinkled hand was a magical little ball with a hole in the centre and out of the hole dangled a long, golden thread.

“Peter,” she said, “this is the thread of your life.  If you pull the thread just a bit, an hour will pass in seconds.  If you pull harder, whole days will pass in minutes.  And if you pull with all your might, months – even years – will pass by in days.”

Peter was very excited by this new discovery.

“I’d like to have it if I may?” he asked.

The elderly woman quickly reached down and gave the ball with the magic thread to the young boy.

The next day, Peter was sitting in the classroom feeling restless and bored.  Suddenly, he remembered his new toy.  As he pulled a little bit of the golden thread, he quickly found himself playing in his garden.

Realising the power of the magic thread, Peter soon grew tired of being a schoolboy and longed to be a teenager, with all the excitement that phase of life would bring.

So again he held the ball and pulled hard on the golden thread.

Suddenly, he was a teenager with a very pretty girlfriend named Elise.

But Peter still wasn’t content.

He had never learned to enjoy the moment and to explore the simple wonders of every stage of his life.  Instead, he dreamed of being an adult, so again he pulled hard on the thread and many years flew by in an instant.

Now he found that he was transformed into a middle-aged adult.  Elise was now his wife and Peter was surrounded by a houseful of kids.

But Peter noticed something else.

His once jet-black hair had started to turn grey and his once youthful mother, whom he loved so dearly had grown old and frail.

Yet Peter still could not live in the moment.  He had never learned to live in the now, so once again, he pulled on the magic thread and waited for the changes to appear.

Peter now found that he was a ninety-year-old man.  His thick dark hair had turned white as snow and his beautiful young wife, Elise, had also grown old and had passed away a few years earlier.

His wonderful children had grown up and left home to lead lives of their own.

For the first time in his entire life, Peter realised that he had not taken the time to embrace the wonders of living.

He had never gone fishing with his kids or taken a moonlight stroll with Elise.  He had never planted a garden or read those wonderful books his mother had loved to read.

Instead, he had hurried through life, never resting to see all that was good along the way.

Peter became very sad at this discovery.  He decided to go out to the forest where he used to walk as a boy to clear his head and warm his spirit.

As he entered the forest, he noticed that the little saplings of his childhood had grown into mighty oaks.  The forest itself had matured into a paradise of nature.

He laid down on a small patch of grass and fell into a deep slumber.

After only a minute, he heard someone calling out to him.

“Peter! Peter!” cried the voice.

He looked up in astonishment to see that it was none other than the old woman who had given him the ball with the magic golden thread many years earlier.

“How have you enjoyed my special gift?” she asked.

“At first it was fun, but now I hate it.” he responded bluntly, “My whole life has passed before my eyes without giving me the chance to enjoy it.  Sure, there would have been sad times as well as great times, but I haven’t had the chance to experience either.  I feel empty inside.  I have missed the gift of living.”

“You are very ungrateful,” said the old woman.  “Still, I will give you one last wish.”

“I’d like to go back to being a schoolboy and live my life over again,” Peter quickly responded.

He then returned to his deep sleep.

Again, he heard someone calling his name and opened his eyes.  “Who could it be this time?” he wondered.

When he opened his eyes, he was absolutely delighted to see his mother standing over his bedside.

She looked young, healthy and radiant.  Peter realised that the strange woman from the forest had indeed granted his wish and he had returned to his former life.

“Hurry up, Peter.  You sleep too much.  Your dreams will make you late for school if you don’t get up right this minute,” his mother admonished.

Needless to say, Peter dashed out of bed and began to live the way he had hoped.

He went on to live a full life, one rich with many delights, joys and triumphs, but it all started when he stopped sacrificing the present for the future and began to live in the moment.


Moral of the story is, dream for the future, but take one step at a time on working towards your goals and dream while living in the moment.

Living in the moment, is a big take away from the story, because when you really think about it, the moment is all you got, because you might die for whatever reason in a few seconds.

Death does not care who you are or how old you are, when your time is up, your dead ! Good looking people die, ugly people die, bad people die, good people die, the rich will die, the poor will die, everybody will die in the end, so death is actually the only certainty in life. So, the question is not death, the question is, what did you do with life given to you?

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10 Ritual of Radiant Life

1. RITUAL OF SOLITUDE – (MOMENT OF SILENT)

  • Moment of silent to Solitude and quiet connects you to your creative source and releases the limitless intelligence of the Universe.
  • Maybe this is the reason why Islam recommend Muslim to stand in night prayer in the last 3rd of the night, when the night is dark, and people are sleeping, to relieve yourself of your worries and prepare for the next day.
  • Maybe this is the reason why most Muslim scholar belief that night prayer would not only make your closer to God, but also happier.

2. RITUAL OF PHYSICALITY (POWER OF PHYSICAL CARE)

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  • The Ritual of Physicality is based on the principle that says as you care for the body so you care for the mind. As you prepare your body, so you prepare your mind. As you train your body, so you train your mind. Take some time every single day to nourish the temple of your body through vigorous exercise. Get
    your blood circulating and your body moving. Did you know that there are 168 hours in a week? At least five of those hours should be invested in some form of physical activity.
  • ‘To breathe properly is to live properly.'”
  • How to breathe properly ? Your belly should move out slightly. This indicates that you are breathing from the abdomen, which is good. A trick taught to me was to cup my hands over my stomach. If they moved out as I inhaled, my breathing technique was proper.

3. THE RITUAL OF LIVE NOURISHMENT

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  • A poor diet has a pronounced effect on your life. It drains your mental and physical energy. It affects your moods and it hampers the clarity of your mind.
  • ‘As you nourish your body, so you nourish your mind.'”
  • So what to eat? Live food. Live foods are the answer. Live foods are foods that are not dead. Basically, live foods are those which are created through the
    natural interaction of the sun, air, soil and water. What I’m talking about here is a vegetarian diet. Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits and grains and you might just live forever.
  • What does Islam said about that. It remind me of a speach from Hamza Yusuf on eating meat (from the audio tape “The Science of Shari’ah” ):

    “Meat is not a necessity in Shari’ah, and in the old days most Muslims used to eat meat, if they were wealthy, like middle class—once a week on Friday. If they were poor—on the Eids.”

    “So traditionally Muslims were semi-vegetarians. The Prophet was, I mean, technically, the Prophet (SAWS) was in that category. He was not a meat-eater. Most of his meals did not have meat in them. And the proof of that is clearly in the Muwatta—when Sayyidina Umar says, ‘Beware of meat, because it has an addiction like the addiction of wine.’ And the other hadith in the Muwatta—there is a chapter called ‘Bab al-Laham,’ the chapter of laham, the chapter of meat. Both are from Sayyidina Umar. And Umar, during his khilafa, prohibited people from eating meat two days in a row. He only allowed them to eat [it] every other day. And the khalifa has that right to do that. He did not let people eat meat every day � he saw one man eating meat every day, and he said to him, ‘Every time you get hungry you go out and buy meat? Right? In other words, every time your nafs wants meat, you go out and buy it?’ He said, ‘Yeah, Amir al-Mumineen, ana qaram,’ which in Arabic, ‘qaram’ means ‘I love meat’—he’s a carnivore, he loves meat. And Sayyidina Umar said, ‘It would be better for you to roll up your tummy a little bit so that other people can eat.’”

    “Now Umar, if there was a prophet after the Prophet, it would have been Umar. And that is really verging on prophecy, that statement. Because if you study the modern meat industry, you will find out that a lot of the famine in the world is a direct result of the over-consumption of meat in countries like the United States and Canada and Europe, because the amount of grain needed to produce 1 pound of meat, right, is much greater than the amount you need to produce grain itself. And beef in particular—I really recommend Rifkin’s book Beyond Beef. It’s an extraordinary book. And it’s interesting ‘Baqara’ is also a chapter of the Qur’an (‘kill the cow’), because beef-eating societies just have massive impact on the environment, on natural resources, on all these things. And traditionally the Muslims were not cow-eaters, they were sheep and lamb [-eaters] when they did eat meat.”

     

4. THE RITUAL OF ABUNDANT KNOWLEDGE

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  • It centers around the whole notion of lifelong learning and expanding your knowledge base for the good of yourself and all those around you .
  • However, knowledge is only potential power. For the power to be manifested, it must be applied. Most people know what they should do in any given situation, or in their lives for that matter. The problem is that they don’t take daily, consistent action to apply the knowledge and realize their dreams.
  • The Ritual of Abundant Knowledge is all about becoming a student of life. Even more importantly, it requires that you use what you have learned in the classroom of your existence.
  • Get my priorities straight? Try not to live your life bound by the shackles of your schedule. Instead, focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tell you to do. When you invest in yourself and start to devote yourself to raising your mind, body and character to their highest levels, you will almost feel as if you have a personal navigator inside you, telling you which things you must do to see the greatest and most rewarding results. You will stop worrying about your clock and start living your life.
  • Read regularly. Reading for thirty minutes a day will do wonders for you. But I must caution you. Do not read just anything. You must be very selective about what you put into the lush garden of your mind. It must be immensely nourishing.  Make it something that will improve both you and the quality of
    your life.

You are what you EAT & You are what you READ.

-Ahmed Deedat

    1. I would never tell you not to read as many books as you can. But remember, some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and,
      finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole. Which brings me to another point. I simply want to tell you that to truly get the best out of a great book, you must study it, not just read it.
    2. Thirty minutes a day will make a delightful difference in your life because you will quickly start to see the vast reserves of knowledge available for your use. Every answer to every problem you have ever faced is in print.
    3. All the mistakes you will ever make in your life have already been made by those that have walked before you. Do you really think that the challenges you are facing are unique to you?

5. RITUAL OF PERSONAL REFLECTION

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  • By taking the time to get to know yourself, you will connect to a dimension of your being that you never knew you had.
  • It’s actually a very practical concept. You see, we all have many sleeping talents inside of us. By taking the time to get to know them, we kindle them. However, silent contemplation will deliver even more than this. This practice will make you stronger, more at ease with yourself and wiser. It is a very rewarding use of your mind.
  • Remember, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Mistakes are part of life and essential for growth. It’s like that saying, ‘Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgment.’ But there is something very wrong with making the same mistakes over and over again, day in and day out. This shows a complete lack of self-awareness, the very quality that separates humans from animals.

6. RITUAL OF EARLY AWAKENING.

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  • One of the best pieces of advice I learned was to rise with the sun and to start the day off well. Most of us sleep far more than we need to. The average person can get by on six hours — and remain perfectly healthy and alert.
    Sleep is really nothing more than a habit and like any other habit, you can train yourself to achieve the result you want; sleeping less in this case.
  • For the first few days, you will feel very tired. I’ll freely admit this. You might even feel this way for the first week of getting up nice and early. Please see this as a small measure of short-term pain for a large measure of long-term gain. You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes — at first it’s a little hard to wear them but soon they fit like a glove. As I told you earlier, pain is often the precursor to personal growth. Don’t dread it Instead, embrace it.”
  • Here are a couple of quick tips. First, never forget that it is the quality and not the quantity of sleep that is important. It is better to have six hours of uninterrupted deep sleep than even ten hours of disturbed sleep. The whole idea is to provide your body with rest so that its natural processes can repair and restore your physical dimension to its natural state of health, a state that is diminished through the stresses and struggles of daily use.
  • The ten-minute period before you sleep and the ten-minute period after you wake up are profoundly influential on your subconscious mind. Only the most inspiring and serene thoughts should be programmed into your mind at those times.

7. RITUAL OF MUSIC

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  • And i don’t mean heavy metal or rock music. But music that give your heart joy and soothing. For Muslim, i would recommend listening to the holy Qur’an, since it has soothing effect for the soul.

8. RITUAL OF SPOKEN WORDS

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  • The sages had a series of mantras which they would recite morning, noon and night. They told me that this practice was immensely effective in keeping them focused, strong and happy.
  • For Muslim, I would recommend to recite the collection of prayers and verses of the Qur’an from Al-Mathurat as compiled by As Syahid Imam Hassan Al Banna based on authentic narration of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.

9. RITUAL OF A CONGRUENT CHARACTER.

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  • Simply stated, this ritual requires you to take daily, incremental action to build your character. Or simple Kaizen, a daily step of self-mastery and improvement.

The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: “He whose two days are equal, is a loser.”

    • Strengthening your character affects the way you see yourself and the actions you take. The actions you take come together to form your habits and, this is
      important, your habits lead you to your destiny.

You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow
a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, you reap your destiny.'”

10. RITUAL OF SIMPLICITY (requires you to live a simple life)

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Unless you reduce your needs, you will never be fulfilled. You will always be like that gambler in Las Vegas, staying at the roulette wheel for ‘just one more spin’ in
the hope that your lucky number will come up. You will always want more than you have. How can you ever be happy?”

 

 

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5 STEP METHOD FOR ATTAINING YOUR GOALS

Courtesy: The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin S.Sharma

1.Set a clear vision of your outcome

2. Create little positive pressure (bearable) to keep you inspired

3. Never set a goal without deadline,Fix one

4. A goal not committed to paper is not a goal at all. Call it a Dream Book which helps you to get to know about yourself and what you are about?

5. Magic rule of 21. (21 days mandatory to make anything your habit)….Any new action sowed will reap after 21 days (something like mandalam in spiritual terms)

 

Note: Chinese define a person’s image in 3 ways (3 mirrors)

Mirror 1. How you see yourself?

Mirror 2.How others see you?

Mirror 3.Reflects Truth

…Know the truth

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Inspired

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.