Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Whole World Stinks

I read this passage somewhere (author not known) and wish to share with you all for the message it contains
" Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in unanimous agreement on one point: "We become what we think about." Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: "A man's life is what his thoughts make of it." In the Bible we find: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting Limburger cheese on Grandfather's mustache. Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, "This room stinks." Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same. Desperately he made his way outside only to find that "the whole world stinks!"
So it is when we fill our minds with negativism. Everything we experience and everybody we encounter will carry the scent we hold in our mind."


  1. First to comment :)
    Short post with a strong message. Now that grandpa has to think about shaving his mustache off to know that not the entire world is stinking :)

  2. nice one
    short and to the point
    we are the way we think

  3. Beautifully written and message well-conveyed.

    We should definitely try to keep the mind free of negative thoughts. But that does not mean shutting our eyes to the grim reality around us and trying to live in an ivory-tower.

    We should see both the beautiful and the ugly. Only then can we choose, in the real sense.

    Best wishes, and thanks a lot for this post. Have a nice day, Parthasarathi :)

  4. :) Smirky.. A powerful thought in the simplest of manners.. good one

  5. Very true, perfectly conveyed:) The world stinks coz we carry the stench on us, a bit of change in our attitude would change the world for us!How true!

  6. WOW! Very very true sir. Great story shared!

  7. Very true.. We all look at the world with our own respective perspectives.... And believe that we know best :)

  8. Wonderful sir,

    வெள்ளந்தனைய மலர் நீட்டம் மாந்தர்தம்
    உள்ளந்தனைய உயர்வு- திருக்குறள்

  9. That is what we call looking at the world with jaundiced eye. Once krishna was going around with his friends when they chanced upon a very dirty ,repulsive dog and his friends cringed at its sight. Krishna looked at the dog and it gave him a smile. Krishna commented upon its beautiful ,white teeth and the cute smile.
    It is what we choose to see.

  10. This reminds me of the book I have read some time back: The Secret..."thoughts become things"....very wise words.

  11. Great story, is this your own?