Friday, September 22, 2017

Learn, Relax and Enjoy - 15

Creative and Innovative: THERE IS ALWAYS A BETTER WAY!

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."
What he had written was: "Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it."
Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing? Of course both signs told people the boy was blind.
But the first sign simply told people to help by putting some money in the hat. The second sign told people that they were able to enjoy the beauty of the day, but the boy could not enjoy it because he was blind.
The first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
Moral : 1. Be thankful for what you have.   
            2. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

native (adjective): belonging to a place by birth, indigenous
Turkeys are native to North America.
nascent (adjective): just born
The nascent kittens curled up with their mother.
pregnant (adjective): having a child developing in the womb, "with child"
Linda's dog is pregnant and it will have its puppies in November.
naive (adjective): lack of experience, not knowledgeable of the world
When Olivia went to New York ten year's ago she was naive, but now she is a well-seasoned traveler.
nominate (verb): to name for office
Vittorio nominated Mary for class president.
synonym (noun): a word with a similar meaning to another word in the same language
The word "fair" is a synonym for the word "just."
novelty (noun): something new
After six months the novelty of Pierre's new car is starting to wear off.
novice (noun): a newcomer, a beginner, someone new to something
Bjorn is a novice when it comes to playing poker or other card games.
operate (verb): to work, to perform
People are advised not to operate heavy machinery after drinking alcohol.
opus (noun): a musical composition
Vivaldi's opus number three is not as well known as is other compositions.
patient (adjective, noun): calm, bearing pain without complaint; a person under medical care
Josiah was patient as he waited in line for concert tickets.
Amelia has been a patient of Dr. Gustaf's for ten years.
passion (noun): a strong feeling or emotion
Barbara has a passion for motorcycle racing.
sympathy (noun): sharing another person's feelings, the ability to feel for another person's suffering
Ching expressed his deepest sympathy when hearing of Mrs. Martin's death.
pathology (noun): the study of diseases
Babu is studying pathology because he wants to learn about diseases.

1)Give feminine genders of the following:
Horse – Mare, Dog – Bitch,  Donkey – She-donkey
2)Give a word which is both a plural and a verb – Lives
3)A longitudinal instrument with a handle for lifting earth, etc. – Spade
4)Pick a word which means ‘beautiful’ -  Fare   -    Fair
5)Which word means “forever” -  All ways   -    Always
6)Correct the spellings: Enof , ofen
7)one word for “make up your mind” – Resolve
8)Complete the words with the help of the meanings given:
    LET A R GY (Laziness)                   LOGIC (Reasoning)
9)How can you write the phrase "grade A" so that it has a different meaning but sounds the      same? (gray day)
10)How can you write the phrase "iced ink" so that it has a different meaning but sounds           the  same? (I stink)
11)End this common idiom: "As busy as... (a bee)
12)What is the pole that holds up a flag called? (flagpole)
13)How do you say "not qualified" in one word? (disqualified)
14)Who holds the microphone during a ceremony? (the MC; Master of Ceremonies)
15)How do you say "not fair" in one word? (unfair)
16)How can you write the phrase "that stuff" so that it has a different meaning but sounds the same? (that's tough!)

Sleepless Night

There was an old Iranian who was intensely proud of two things – his long, white beard that reached down to his chest, and his ability to sleep the moment his head touched the pillow.
One day, his 3-year-old grandson asked him how he arranged his beard when he slept: did it go under the blanket or did it remain above it?
The old man had never paid attention to this detail, and he confessed he didn’t remember whether his beard remained above or went under the blanket. He promised to find out.
It was very cold that night. The old man got into bed and pulled the blanket over himself. Then he suddenly remembered his grandson’s question.
He became acutely conscious that his beard was under the blanket. He lifted it from under the blanket, and placed it above it. This made him feel that something was not quite right. So he tucked the beard under the blanket again. But he soon felt it would be better if it were out. In and out went the beard; first under the blanket, then above it, then under once again. The old man spent a sleepless night.

The next morning the first thing he did was cut his beard to chin level, to the great joy of his daughter who, for several months, had been urging him to do just that.
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