What do you have inside?

Today i want to share with you  an interesting story that i came across. The story makes us pause and think about our own lives.

HopkinsA professor was preparing for class and decided to take an orange with him. He began to talk to a bright young man in front and asked him, “If I squeeze this orange, what will I get?”

He looked at the professor and answered, “Juice, of course!”

The professor said, “Don’t you think I could squeeze apple juice from the orange?”

Laughing, he said “No.”

“What about grapefruit juice?”

He said, “Nope.”

Ornage JuiceThe professor asked again, “What would I get from this orange?”

“Orange juice, of course”

He repeated his question, “Why? Why would I get orange juice from an orange?”

He answered, “Well, it is an orange, and that is what it has on the inside.”

The professor nodded and said, “That’s right! Let’s think that this is not an orange, but it is you.

Someone puts pressure on you and says something you don’t like.

You get offended. Fear, bitterness, hatred, and anger come out of you. Why did this happen?

The boy answered, “Because those things are on the inside.”

Now we have to consider what’s inside of you and me, because Matthew 15:18 says,
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”

Jesus was squeezed and forgiveness, love, and mercy came out of Him.

He taught us that regardless of people insulting, beating, humiliating, and treating Him worse than a criminal; He just showed love and forgiveness!

Let’s be filled with that love that comes from God, and let’s live each day by His side.

By Magdaline ’11

TRIBUTE TO JON MASSO

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Jon Masso

Dr. Masso joined Daystar in August 1998. He has served in many capacities at Daystar university. He was the senior Lecturer in Physics. He left a mark in the Alumni Association as he led the interim alumni leadership team to develop structures to resurrect the Association 4 years ago. The Alumni fraternity will remember him for providing  the critical space to re-structure the Association’s leadership and come up with the current constitution. Rest in Eternal Peace

My deepest condolences.
I have only fond memories of Jon. I remember his dedication especially when the university assigned him to work with the interim alumni leadership team to develop structures to resurrect the Association 4 years ago. We in the alumni fraternity remember him providing us the critical space to re-structure the Association’s leadership and come up with the current constitution. Despite the distance from his home at the Lukenya area and our rigorous 7a.m. meetings, Jon would be the first to arrive everyday and ensure the room was set for the meeting by the time the team members arrived at 7:00 a.m.
Our condolences to Phyllis his wife. Our joy is the knowledge that Jon has rested with his master who he served with such dedication. Omeno Suji DUAA

So sad that such people as Dr. Masso have to leave us; He really was one of the daddies we had when our daddies were away from us and we were in Athi River in the days when it was almost a desert. We have lost a Dad. Rest In Peace Dr. Masso. Mercy Kyande;Com Accounting & B/Admin & Mngt (2001); MBA – Strategic Management (2012)

Dr. Masso was a Father to us Computer Science Majors, who dedicated a lot of time & effort to our wellbeing not just academically but holistically. He was a shepherd & a true mentor who always brought out the best in us. He will surely be missed!. Denis Murila, BsC – ACS, Class of 07

Trully sad to hear this news!
Dr. Masso worked very well with the Alumni Board and was such a joy to be around. He was committed and had the best interest of both the University and the Alumni Board. Catherine Butaki; DUAA Alumni Board member 

I regret the loss of Prof. Jon Maso. I fondly remember your simple life, moulding Science department from humble beginnings as a Dean, Founding Father to Angel of Love – alternative to Valentine’s Day as a University Student in a Christian walk, a sponsor to a number of students. Daystar University Community will miss you most genuinely. Rest in the Lord Prof. Kennedy Kogutu; Communication/Marketing 2009.

 I would like to say that Dr. Jon Masso has had a good impact on many lives. He showed us servant leadership and we appreciate it. Thomas Perez Muange Munyao; Business Administration & Management2006

My first Internship on Campus, you granted me the permission and advised me on the best ways to survive in the Computer Science field. Got me the great confidence to be where I am right now and I am glad you shook my hand to it. You have been a Father to every single Science student in Daystar. Still trying to come to terms that you are not with us anymore.Your genius self can be seen in the many great men and women of today that went through you. You have left a legacy and a vacancy one will find very hard to fit. Physics could never have been taught better by anyone. This is a heavy one. Rest in Eternal Peace Dr. Jon Masso.                                                                                                BRIGHT GAMELI; Applied Computer Science 2011

Daystar University runs an enriching student exchange programme with institutions of higher learning in the United States.  I interacted with Dr. Jon Masso on its interviewing panel in my undergraduate years.  He brought an authentically American perspective to the panel, seeking to break through our illusions of his motherland.  I aced the interview, to thereafter embark on one of the most exciting times in my life.  His Christian attempt at deconstructing the Empire abides with me to date.  We last met at Kabuku, in Limuru Sub-County, just over two years ago.  A car in a convoy he and his wife were a part of, had broken down.  They were seeking local support to get moving. Vintage Dr. Masso was the one reaching out to the area’s residents!  Kwaheri Mwalimu! Jesse Masai, B.A Communication, Class of 2004. 

I never got an opportunity to attend any of his classes because I took a different field from Computer Science, but I remember him as a father figure to many of us back in 2004. Occasionally he would come to chapel on Sunday’s with Dr. Chip Kingsbury and he would have the boldest smile. He was friendly to everyone and he would always chat with you whether he knew you or not so long as you were a Daystarian. Fare thee well Dr. Masso David; Class of 2007,

We are the difference. He was a kind and gentle soul with a great sense of humor; always welcoming and pleasant. What a heavy loss. Edwin Kuria, B.A Communication, 2011.   

I am sad to hear of the passing on of my former lecturer Dr. Jon Masso. Dr. Masso was famous for walking around with his cup of steaming coffee. He passed a love for Physics to his ACS class and I thoroughly enjoyed every one of his classes and got A’s in his units. He was always listening to his students ideas and thoughts and was a jolly, generous man. May God rest his soul in peace and comfort his family and friends. Mwende Makathimo

A pleasant father figure to many, always loving and kind, may God bless and keep you in His care. Kisinga Timothy Kitheka, MBA, 2011. 

Dr. Masso was the coolest Dean of all times. He listened to everyone individually. He was such a good man. May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Joseph K Githae; Applied Computer Science Class of 2006

This is terribly sad news. May Dr Masso truly rest in God’s heavenly peace. I remember him as a warm and friendly person to everyone (students and staff) and he was passionate about all things computer science. May God comfort and help his wife Phylis and family through this sad time. Emily Momanyi; B. Com MIS 2007

A great inspirational and outspoken leader May His Soul Rest in Peace. Humphrey Asamba Enonda Communication , 2011 

My condolence to the entire Daystar fraternity I listened to Dr. Maso and his wife in kitengela early January where he was buying a safaricom line and we had a brief chat . He was humble, dedicated and a peaceful man. True to the Daystar spirit, may his soul rest in peace. Hon. Daniel Ole Kanchori

The news of Dr Masso’s death caught us by surprise and naturally, we were sad. We have lost a man who has lived in purpose and passion, with a heart for others and a vision for generations. We believe that life is about the eternal purpose that God has for each one of us. Dr Masso has accomplished what God wanted him to do here on this physical earth. This, with no doubt, is reason to celebrate the life he (dr Masso) lived. May God be glorified in Daystar as a whole even at this time of mourning a man who impacted our lives in different ways. (TIMOTHY KABERIA: 1994-1998 MWERU KABERIA: 1995-2000)

Dear Dr Masso. You were one of the greatest men of my time I have ever met. I remember those early days of my studies at Daystar University. When we were having a cup of coffee at your house in Lukenya..We shared a lot about your younger age in New England, USA. How you received the Lord and how you came to fall in love with Africa…We chatted and laughed. You wanted to know where I came from with that heavy accent which did not sound Kenyan…With my broken English and misplaced vocabularies and grammar,, you and your family listened patiently as I put my story together…I narrated how I fled to exile from Rwanda-Bukavu-Goma-Tingi-Tingi Congo-Kisangani-Mbandaka-Kinshasa-Brazzaville-Bongoville-Kigali-Kampala-Nairobi-Daystar University…”Oh boy, You have covered a 100 year journey in less than 20 years of your life,” you said to me..then we resignedly laughed. “Boy, now you have to thank God for the past and ask Him to shelve it for you because He has opened up a New Day for you. Behold a Dawn is coming,” you said to me..indeed it came to pass…Ever since we kept in contact and encouraged me along the way..I have met thousands of Daystarians who all talked well of you…each one of us has a story about Dr Masso..I am so sad you are gone but I strongly believe, although I am not the one who assigns seats in Heaven, that the Good God remembers the many lives you touched and blessed across this Great Continent and give you a better place you deserve in Heaven…R.I.P Dr Masso. William Adams TWAYIGIZE, PhD; University of New England, Australia, Daystar University, Class 2008 

It’s so sad learning about Dr. Masso’s transition to the other side..He loved what he did,. Loved his students, loved his wife… A true servant leader…Dr. Masso made me love physics… His passion was on another level. He was on a league by himself. he leaves such a great and rich legacy.I will always remember his famous phrase “FIKIRIA KWANZA, FIKIRIA TENA, FIKIRIA WAKATI WOWOTE”. See you on the other side…Waithera Kibinda 

Dr. Masso never taught me but I admired the way he treated his student’s particular those taking physics. He was one of the few lecturers who showed up at the university riding a bike perhaps to encourage students and staff to keep fit. May he rest in eternal peace. Morris Mutisya, MIS/BUS, 2011 

The  news of sudden demise of our beloved friend came as a shock to me. John was such a friendly , warm and friend to work with.I had the privilege of working with him until I exited Daystar in 2003. May the comfort of the Lord that passeth all human understand surround the family and more so his dear wife Phyllis. Solomon Liyosi; 2003 

May the Lord of comfort grant family, friends and relatives the peace that surpasses All understanding. Evans OlooM.A Counseling Psychology, 2008

That is very sad to hear. When I was doing my diploma in Athi River; I remember after finishing our last paper I was so excited to go home. The distance to the main road back then was quite a stretch and I recall Jon driving by and offering us students a ride. He was a kind soul. .Wairimu Gitau 

I learned of the heart breaking news of the demise  of Dr. Masso this morning on 27th February 2017.Its so sad that such a experienced and diligent leader like Dr. Masso would depart that soon even when his name is still aloud in our hearts. During my Four years in Daystar University, I had  the privilege of interacting with Dr. Masso as a Lecturer though I was doing Computer Science degree, and also a friend. He was very welcoming, I had an opportunity to take a meal at his house such a humble lecturer but who stood to  his decision. I salute Dr. Masso for the life he lived full of commitment to Christian servant hood during his life in Daystar University and as a serious Born again Christian. In my capacity as a 2006 grandaunt and a DUAA member, I convey my utmost condolences to the Family, relatives and friends of Dr. Masso during this difficult moment. May the Almighty God give us strength as we celebrate the life of his soldier in God’s Ministry. Isaac Muema; Community Development; 2006 

It is with profound sadness that I have received the news of the passing away of Professor Jon Masso. Words cannot begin to describe the utter shock and indescribable grief that reverberated in my heart when I received this sad email, more so at a time, when I am far away from home.
Professor Jon Masso, will be warmly remembered as a gifted scientist, who spend his time seeking sustainable solutions for Daystar University, by giving freely of his time, advice and expertise. It was indeed, my profound privilege to meet and work with him at the Athi River Campus. I fondly remember meeting him on the corridors of Athi River Campus, holding his favorite mug of Coffee.
We shared our first baptismal christian names in pronunciation, even though his was notably missing the letter “h”.
Professor Masso was meticulous in his duties and responsibilities, which he carried out without fear of favor. His brilliant insights instigated the now famous “GradeSysyem“. His humble, genuine demeanor is a legacy we shall all remember, and seek to emulate. We are forever grateful for the time God gave Professor Masso to serve Daystar University and the milestones he achieved during this tenure.
From my stand point, he was indeed Professor, and he deserves this befitting honor posthumously (DUAA former & Current Board Chair, please pursue this befitting honor in loving memory, on behalf of those he taught and mentored).
I wish to convey my deepest condolences to his dear wife, immediate family, friends and the entire Daystar University fraternity.
Lastly, I conclude with these profound words by Saint Paul, in my humble attempt at summing up my tribute to my fallen hero…..
2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (KJVR.I.P Prof. Jon Masso ( 19__ to 26th February 2016). John Theuri (DUAA Board Member) 

I am sincerely saddened to learn about the passing on of this great man of God,Dr. Masso. I came to know Masso as a very generous man,during my studies at Daystar between 2000-2004. He sponsored two talented girls who would sing for us at our small church near the University,on Sundays.I still hear their  beautiful  voices ,singing and ministering to my heart in my troubled country,South Sudan. They have been a big source of blessing to us, foreign students. The girls may have completed their University studies by now.
May The Almighty God minister his comfort and consolation to particularly his beloved wife and the entire University’s fraternity. Jesus thanks for the life of your servant Dr.Masso.  Chance Baniko; Communication Major; Class of 2004; Juba-South Sudan

It’s so sad to see a Man of God pass on into the next life… As much as I didn’t interact with him so much , the few minutes I had with him will always be cherished … May he Rest in Eternal Peace
Phillip Mului; Communication

I met John about a month ago and he remembered me as the senior most DUSA president of 2008. We exchanged niceties and off we were each on our way to hustle. He was an old man of great insight and distinction. Always encouraging urging and spurring the young computer scientists to be innovative and think beyond their world view. He was an Elder Christian and father to many of us who have walked the disciples’ journey. May the good Lord Grant his family comfort and Grace to bear the absence of this great icon.
David Ekiru; DUSA President 2008/9

Indeed it is a shock…I saw it on Facebook on someone’s status update. I remember Dr. Masso being the kindest soul ever. As I joined Daystar university back in the year 2003, excited to learn more in Computer Science. I remember him also urging us to ask questions during the physics practicals. and although some of us (me included) were dreading the CATs and assignments, he was always willing to offer an encouraging word to each student. My highlight was when the new computer labs were completed and now we could have classes without fighting for space . Comp Science students would now have ample resources to utilize and I know it was one of the projects he was really looking forward to its completion. And of course, his signature coffee mug which he carried around 🙂 I’ll remember his humility, his servant leadership, his drive to demystify the Computer Science course and his encouraging spirit.He will be missed dearly. Fly with the angels Dr. Masso. Beatrice Mwangi, Applied Computer Science, 2008

When we lost Ms Kizito, I felt heavy. The same applies to Dr. Masso. One thing I will always remember about him, is his humility and ‘Jesus’ like smile that had an effect of cooling tempers and disillusionment among us. We should emulate that humility at all times. Rest in peace Dr. Masso. Your soul is in God’s hands now. Goodbye our friend. Zachary Kago; B.A Communication (Electronic Media);2004

I am deeply saddened by the passing on of Dr. Masso and my sincere condolences
Collins Togom

I first saw you walk up the stairs of the academic square looking calm, focused and very much at home. Over time I got to know the professor who looked reserved and business like actually meant business in serving God. Your outreach to the student community is l immense only God knows how many lives you have touched and turned around not as a science professor but a faithful servant of God. Of course your contribution to the science department is equally revolutionary however my interaction with those you have pointed towards Christ or blessed in a personal way keeps on inspiring me. You have fought a good fight and now you have finished the race. May you enjoy God’s absolute presence. Till we meet again.  CHOSEN GENERATION

 Poleni sana familia ya Dr John maso , the daystar community , and the DUAA committee members since we started to date . It’s painful but I recall pastor Mulwa reading a song , at  Baptist when we had lost a teacher lady I can’t recall her name , soon and very soon we are going to meet the king. Sure we are all candidates to meet the king . 2000 chair DUAA . BA Bus admin, minor Community Dev 94 

To the family of Dr. Masso, and the entire Daystar family, receive my condolences.  Dr. Masso was such a devoted man of God. He has lived his life and is through with God’s assignment. It is for us left, also, to allow God to use us to accomplish that which He has called us to. May He RIPJuliet K. Mucheke; Education Major; 2006. 

THE JOURNEY TOGETHER IS SHORT

I came across this story and thought I should share….

bikesA young lady sat in public transport: an old grumpy lady came and sat by her as she bumped into her with her numerous bags. The other neighbor got upset, asking the young lady why she did not protest and insist on her rights: she responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something so insignificant!’ I’ll alight at the next stop, our journey together is so short, replied the young lady”.

Here’s a response which deserves to be written in golden letters in our daily behavior and everywhere: *It is not necessary to argue over something so insignificant, our journey together is so short*. This touched my heart and set me thinking. If everyone would realize that our passage down here has such a short duration and; to darken it with quarrels, futile arguments, un-forgiveness, ungratefulness and bad attitudes would be a waste of time and energy.

Thy wordDid someone break your heart? Be calm, the journey is so short!! Did someone betray, bully, cheat or humiliate you? Be calm, forgive, the journey is so short!! Whatever penalty anyone serves us; let’s remember that the journey together is so short. Let us therefore be filled with gratitude and sweetness. Sweetness is a virtue never likened to bad character or cowardice, but better likened to greatness. Our journey together down here is really short and cannot be reversed.

As we wake up to see each day light, millions of people: young, old, mid-age somehow get to their respective bus stops and must alight. We all pray to live long. The journey is so short. Therefore, cherish and hold on to friends, family and the people around you! Be calm, be respectful, be kind, and be thankful. Love God; hold no offence. Be forgiving!!! The journey is so short! No matter what anyone has done to hurt you, always remember that: “it is so insignificant.” Be quick to forgive. Hold no grudge; the journey is so short. Never forget that however long we pray to live for; the journey down here is so, so short!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR 2017 By Magdaline Kiyeng ’11

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THE SEED CALLED HONESTY

I got this week’s post from a colleague and it amazed me……Read on.

enock 3An old King who had no biological son realized that if he died he had no one to take over his throne so he decided to adopt a son. Full of wisdom, the king launched a competition and 10 boys were selected. The King said to them, “I have one last test and whoever comes top will become my adopted son and heir to my throne”.

He gave each boy a seed of corn and told them to take the seed home, plant and nurture it corn-seedfor 3 weeks. The 10 boys took their seeds and ran home to plant their seeds.  In one home, the boy and his parents were sad when the seed failed to sprout. The boy had diligently done everything required but he failed. His friends advised him to buy a seed and plant it, but his God fearing parents who had always taught him honesty refused.

After the three weeks, the day to give account to the King came and the 10 boys went to the palace. All the other 9 boys were successful with their seeds. The King went to each boy asking “Is that what came out of the seed I gave you?” And each boy said “Yes, your majesty”. The King would nod and move down the line until he came to the last boy in the line who was shaking with fear.

The King asked him “What did you do with the seed I gave you?” The boy said Stammering “I… I… I… planted it and cared for it your majesty but it failed to sprout.” The King went to the throne with the boys and said, “I gave these boys boiled seeds and a boiled seed cannot sprout.  If a King must have one quality, it must be honesty and only this boy passed the test.”

tripple-filter-image-2We live in a society where people will do anything for success. God sometimes does not give us things because He wants to teach us a lesson.  How many people out there have achieved success the wrong way? How many people send their children to expensive schools build houses, buy expensive cars, etc., with stolen money? How many people are occupying top positions yet they stole the certificates? How many people are successful out there at all costs?

WILL YOU BE CROWNED AS  A KING IN HEAVEN FOR BEING FAITHFUL AND HONESTY UNTIL THE END?

 Magdaline ’11

TRIPLE FILTER YOUR INFORMATION

I came across this and felt I should share. I have passed it tripple-filter-image-1through the triple filter…….

In ancient Greece, Socrates (the famous philosopher) was visited by an acquaintance of his. Eager to share some juicy gossip, the man asked if Socrates would like to know the story he’d just heard about a friend of theirs. Socrates replied that before the man spoke, he needed to pass the “Triple-Filter” test.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

“The first test is that of truth.  Tell me, do you know that what you’re going to tell me is absolutely true?”  asked Socrates.

After thinking for a moment, the man said, “I heard this news from someone else, so I’m not 100% sure if it’s true.”

“The second test is that of goodness,” Socrates continued, “Is what you’re about to tell me something good?”

“No, actually it’s the opposite…”

Socrates interrupted the man, “So what you’re going to tell me is neither true, nor good?”

The man was slightly embarrassed and shrugged his shoulders.

Socrates continued, “There is one final test which is usefulness.  Is what you’re about to tell me going to be useful?”

“Probably not,” the man replied.

tripple-filter-image-2“Well, if you’re going to tell me something that’s not true, good or useful, then why tell me at all?” responded the philosopher.

I’m sure that we’ve all indulged in a bit of gossip from time-to-time.  We all come across salacious information occasionally that we feel compelled to pass on to others.

The next time you need to say something, pass the information through the triple filter test to see if you really should be telling others.

Proverbs 26:20 says, “Without wood a fire goes out, without gossip a quarrel dies down.”

Let’s be peace-makers, not trouble-makers.

Food for thought…..

Do have a triple filtered weekend.

Magdaline Kiyeng’11

Class of ’96 Signs MOU with Daystar

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Rev. Prof. James Kombo, Acting Vice Chancellor & DVC Academic Affairs (centre) with the two beneficiary students Shamim Bilha (far right) and Wonder Mwadzichema (far leftt), together with their sponsors, Class of ‘96, represented by Ms. Catherine Butaki (second left), and Mr. George Menge (second right).

During the Daystar University 2016 graduation, the class of ‘96 marked 20 years since they graduated from Daystar University. The class marked the milestone by sponsoring two students; a lady and gentleman who are already enrolled in the University. This is in celebration of God’s faithfulness and also in line with the Vision of Servant -leadership.

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The actual signing

On Friday, 30th September the class of ’96, represented by Mr. George Menge and Ms Catherine Butaki signed an MOU with Daystar University; represented by DVC Academic Affairs Prof. James Kombo, stating that the Alumni Class of ’96 will provide sponsorship opportunities to students with excellent academic performance from needy background.

The scholarship will be given annually. As a call to action, to be emulated by all other 37 graduated classes, Class of ‘96 have committed to walk with and mentor Shamim Bilha and Wonder Mwadzichema, as the first two privileged students to receive the sponsorship. Mr. Menge supported by Ms. Butaki encouraged the two to continue in their academic excellence but not to forget that they too are pioneers of this initiative and that they will have to carry on in the same spirit of giving back to the needy at Daystar.

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Exchange of the Document (MoU)

Rev. Prof. Kombo reminisced with the alumni on their early days at Daystar and how the struggles they went through molded them into a unique group who do not take servant-leadership for granted.

In conclusion he greatly appreciated the Class of ’96 for their heart of service and wished the two students all the best in their studies and future endeavors.

Call for Action: The rest of the classes let’s emulate the good work that the class of 1996 is doing.

Don’t React to Life, Respond

sailorA beautiful speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome:

The cockroach theory for self-development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.

pathIt is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies. I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.

More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:

I understood, I should not react in life. I should always respond. The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.

Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of.

A beautiful way to understand LIFE……

Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life..
He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!