August 2022

Balloon Man – Story that will inspire you

There was a man who made his living selling balloons at a beach. He was center of attraction for the small kids, who were coming to beach along with their families.

The balloon seller used to sell balloons of many different colors, including red, yellow, blue, orange, pink, violet and green. He knew how well the different colors attract the children.

Whenever the business used to get slow, he had a wonderful strategy to boost his sales. What the balloon seller used to do is to release a helium-filled balloon into the air. When the children saw the colorful balloon go up, they all wanted one.

They would come up to him with parents, buy a balloon and his sales would go up.

One day, when his balloon sales were low, and he used the same strategy. As expected, the balloon man felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around and found a little boy smiling towards him adopted the same strategy.

The balloon seller asked him, “Which color balloon do you want?” The innocent little boy looked towards helium-filled balloon into the air and asked with a curiosity , “If you release a black balloon, will that also fly?” 

Moved by the cute little boy’s concern, the balloon man replied gently, “My dear son, it is not the color of the balloon, it is what’s inside that makes it go up.”

It’s what’s inside that counts. Your inner beliefs, core values and principles, character and attitude which defines how successful you will be in life.

It’s inner beauty that counts not the outer one. The caste, skin color or religion does not matter in success.

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20 Best Gratitude Quotes : For Positive Emotions Every Single Day

Happiness is the best byproduct of gratitude. I feel more grounded and present when I start to appreciate what I have. I am no longer concerned about what may occur in the future. And living in the present feels so good.

It’s not just about writing a gratitude list in your bullet journal before going to bed. Gratitude is a state of mind. And practising gratitude requires a mental shift: we must stop taking our possessions for granted and instead value them as a blessing.

Make one of these gratitude quotes your mantra if you are practicing gratitude. They can serve as an excellent reminder to be grateful for all of life’s blessings.

1. “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

2. “Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”

Rhonda Byrne

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3. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder”

G.K. Chesterton

4. “If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner

5. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

Brian Tracy

6. “Gratitude is an antidote to negative emotions, a neutralizer of envy, hostility, worry, and irritation. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is present-oriented.”

Sonja Lyubomirsky

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7. “Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view”

Bryan Robles

8. “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things


9.  “Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”

Eileen Caddy

10.“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.”

Deepak Chopra

11.“Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow

Melody Beattie

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12. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”

Zig Ziglar

13. “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness—it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brene Brown

14. Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.

Dennis Prager

15.  “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” 

William Arthur Ward

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16. “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out, and the tide of love rushes in.”

Kristin Armstrong

17. “When gratitude becomes an essential foundation in our lives, miracles start to appear everywhere.”

Emmanuel Dagher

18. “Gratitude unlocks all that’s blocking us from really feeling truthful, really feeling authentic and vulnerable and happy.”

Gabrielle Bernstein

19. “Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” 

Lionel Hampton

20. “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

Alfred North Whitehead

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