WHY I AM ENTERING THE MONASTERY IN 2021 By Miss Getchen Erlichman

Miss Gretchen Erlichman

WHY I AM ENTERING THE MONASTERY: We live in“ unprecedented times.” This oft-repeated phrase has not only made the headlines of the daily newspaper and graced the lips of many a newscaster but has also become an ever-present mantra of our everyday encounters. Unprecedented times” describes the bewildering conglomeration of political chaos, religious tensions, and a pandemic-ridden society.

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Do not Listen to discouraging Words!

Do not Listen to discouraging Words: The Story of the frogs

Discouraging words are statements or insinuations that persuade or prevents someone from making certain decisions. This short story title; Do not Listen to discouraging Words! is a story that motivates and encourages people to be persistent.


A group of frogs were travelling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

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Do you have the Heart of a Mouse?

A mouse was in constant distress because of its fear of the cat. A magician took pity on it and turned it into a cat. But then it became afraid of the dog.

So the magician turned it into a dog. Then it began to fear the panther, so the magician turned it into a panther. Whereupon it was full of fear for the hunter.

At this point, the magician gave up. He turned it into a mouse again saying, “Nothing I do for you is going to be of any help because you have the heart of a mouse.”

Leaders! If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will; The story of the busy cobbler.


Leaders take care of yourselvesLeaders! If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will, The story of the busy cobbler! There was a cobbler who lived in a village. Since he was the only cobbler in the town, everyone went to meet him to get their footwears repaired. He was so busy that he didn’t even have time to repair his own boots. This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to wear off and fall apart.
While he worked feverishly on everyone else’s shoes, his feet got blister and he started to limp. His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything is alright.

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Looking on the bright side

Looking on the bright side


A world famous shoe manufacturer took a decision to expand his business, by setting up a new branch in a remote, little – known country. He called up one of his marketing managers and sent him to the country to explore the possibility of setting up a new factory there.

The young executive flew out the next day. But within 24 hours of reaching there he called his boss. “This place is not good for our business,” he said gloomily. “people do not wear shoes out here. We had better forget any notion setting up a factory here. It simply won’t work. I am catching the next flight.”

The boss was highly dissatisfied with the report. He had to set his heart on doing what he wanted. He called another young manager, from his marketing managers and sent him out with the same order. Within few hours of getting there, this young manager called his boss with great excitement. “This place is unbelievable,” he exclaimed. “our business is going to bloom here. These people don’t even know what shoes are like. When we introduce shoes here, we shall have a whole, new, untapped market. Please send in our planners and designers as soon as you can. We must set up a factory here, and win all the way.

(Extracted from “it’s All a Matter of Attitude.” by Dr. Prabha Sampath and Krishna Kumari)


What a difference a positive attitude can make? Where a pessimist looks and see despair, an optimist looks and sees hope. In the moments of sorrow, pains and difficulties, our mindset will determine how things will result. A transformed mind leads to transformed attitudes and behaviours.

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See also; Never to Give Up – Life Altitude (livealtitude.com)


Believe In Yourself: Deep Within You Stands A Warrior

Example of Kiplimo Chemirmir
Tough people dare when others doubt. Believe in yourself for the walls around you do not define the will within you. See everything that you face in life as a test; face it because your heart wants what’s beyond it. Embrace your results and never give less than what you expect, and always remember in your own ways – You are powerful, you can do it, and you are a champion.
— Kiplimo Chemirmir – Kenyan Warrior

Steve Jobs’ Top 10 Rules for Success

Steve Jobs’ Top 10 Rules for Success

Steve Jobs’ Top 10 Rules for Success
1. Do what you love to do: Find your true passion. Do what you love to do and make a difference! The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
2.. Do your best: Do your best at every job. No sleep! You don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is your life. Success generates more success. So be hungry for it. Hire good people with passion for excellence.
3. Don’t live a limited life “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living

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In our world, some people suffer from self-depreciation, lack of confidence, and deep seated feelings of inadequacy. They feel incompetent, insecure, and inept. People of this kind, which can be called self-depreciated people never control their life. They allow themselves to be controlled by others people’s negative opinion about them. Their life is indeed shaped by their fear. Although, it may seems challenging, people can if they truly will, move up, out and beyond those negatives opinions. The question therefore is,How do you see yourself? Your self-image is the decisive difference.