[5-Bullet Tuesday] Did You Know This About Your Friend?

Hi All,

Here’s your weekly dose of “5-Bullet Tuesday”, list of things I’m enjoying or pondering.

Truth I found worth reading-

In Ancient Greece, Socrates had a great reputation of wisdom. One day, someone came to find the great philosopher and said to him:
– Do you know what I just heard about your friend?
– A moment, replied Socrates. Before you tell me, I would like to test you the three sieves.
– The three sieves?
– Yes, continued Socrates. Before telling anything about the others, it’s good to take the time to filter what you mean. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the TRUTH. Have you checked if what you’re going to tell me is true?
– No, I just heard it.
– Very good! So, you don’t know if it’s true. We continue with the second sieve, that of KINDNESS. What you want to tell me about my friend, is it good?
– Oh, no! On the contrary.
– So, questioned Socrates, you want to tell me bad things about him and you’re not even sure they’re true? Maybe you can still pass the test of the third sieve, that of UTILITY. Is it useful that I know what you’re going to tell me about this friend?
– No, really.
– So, concluded Socrates, what you were going to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor useful. Why, then, did you want to tell me this?

“Gossip is a bad thing. In the beginning it may seem enjoyable and fun, but in the end, it fills our hearts with bitterness and poisons us, too!”

What made me laugh and cry at the same time —

The other day, I met a school friend at the morning walk. He said he met with around ten classmates after twenty years at CP at a restaurant.
After food and drinks, and a bill of around 1500 per head they fought for hours over it – One said he didn’t have non veg and shouldn’t be paying so much.
Another argued he didn’t have any drinks.. and on and on..
Finally, they hated each other so much that they decided never to see each other’s faces again.

Word of the week: Ndini –

Pronounced deenee , it’s a word from the Zimbabwean language Shona meaning “This is who I am!” I heard this word from the speech that won the world championship of public speaking, 2022. And I loved it.

“ndini”: “This is who I am!

Questions I’m pondering —

Ask these questions all your life to make a life full of passion and purpose. Keep these questions close to you all your life.

  1. What do you sing about? – i.e. what makes you happy.
  2. What do you cry about? i.e. what makes your sad.
  3. What do you dream about?

What I learnt –

Three questions to ask yourself everyday according to John Maxwell:

  1. What did I learn today?
  2. How did I grow today?
  3. What will I do differently?

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