Thursday, March 01, 2007

Drops of Oil . . . I came across this story and thought I would share it with you.

A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived.

Rather than finding a saintly man though, our young lad, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world.

The wise man listened attentively to the boy's explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn't have just then to explain the secret of happiness.

He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours. "Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something," said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. "As you wander around, carry this spoon without allowing the oil to spill."

The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the castle, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.

"Well", said the wise man, "did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in the dining hall? Did you see the garden that took the master gardener 10 years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?"

The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him..

"Then go back and observe the marvels of my world", said the wise man.

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens and the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail every thing he had seen.

"But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?", asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone. "Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you", said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.."

This story serves as just a little reminder that while we get all caught up in the frenzy of work and assignments, we mustn't forget about the "drops of oil", the things in life that really matter... friends, family, stuffed toys... and the ties that bind . .
These are my American Idol Picks. Just hope Sanjaya makes it to the next round.


Sorabh Raina 10:21 AM  

m visiting ur blog after a long time
and am very happy with the new addition
ur block background is just very cool:)

Sorabh Raina 10:22 AM  

great to visit ur blog after so long
and am delighted to c this new background

starry nights 11:11 AM  

Hi Sorabh Good to see you again. Thanks.

Margie 11:26 AM  

A wonderful story!
Thanks for sharing It Starry!
It's so very we get caught up in the frenzy of life, we need to just stop and enjoy all the marvels of life and all the special and wonderful peole that are traveling through life with us!
I thank God every day for all the good things and special people in my life!!!

Good picks on Idol!
I'll be watching tonight!
Take care Starry...
and thanks for all your special visits!
I am happy to know you like my poetry...I do enjoy sharing it!

Orchid 12:16 PM  

I would add melinda doo little and phil stacey to the list and it is getting harder and harder for sanjaya

Dawn....सेहर 1:19 PM  

Hey...when I saw Sanjaya... my heart also felt the same...:)
The story I think I read it long back...:) a good reminder!

Lets hope for the best

priya 1:38 PM  

Starry: I did watch the program and just cross my fingers how well it goes. You never know coz its the people who vote them off. Look wat happened to J Hudson now?

polona 1:40 PM  

a beautiful story, starry. thank you for sharing.

Asha 1:57 PM  

Hi Lalitha,great philosophy behind a great story!:))

Sanjaya didn't sing well at all and I don't think he will be around.May be in two yrs ,he could try again.He doesn't have the maturity or charisma of others.

Shiva 4:34 PM  

Starry, a wonderful parable that everyone should remember. Thanks for sharing.

Keshi 5:33 PM  

That is such a fine story, ty Starry!

**we mustn't forget about the "drops of oil", the things in life that really matter... friends, family, stuffed toys... and the ties that bind . .

So very true.

Hey big big AI fan :) who's Sanjaya in these pics? And is he Indian originally?


Lisa Francisco 6:58 PM  


Thanks for stopping by on my little site and commenting. It means alot...trully!

It was an interesting story. There is a bigger meaning to this chaos we call life. We get wrapped up in the in the overall big chaos forgetting the little things but I feel there are times when we pay too much attention to the little things and forget the big picture in certain situations.

I think there needs to be a balance. That's important at least to me. But I think it is very difficult to balance that.


Yea, i'm not sure Sanjaya is gonna make it to the next round. Not based on what I like or not but overall the boys aren't that great. The girls are dominating.


deepsat 7:34 PM  

well said!! thats so true when it comes to reality!!


faith 8:08 PM  



priya 8:18 PM  


He has survived today:)

dharmabum 8:30 PM  

its a nice story. curiously, i've heard it before, in a different context, and in a slightly modified version.

its a popular tale in indian mythology, where the sage narada is given a similar task by the lord vishnu.

Neihal 8:42 PM  

starry, my prayers for your sis, hope she gets well soon :)
And a very good story :)

starry nights 9:29 PM  

Thanks Margie. I look forward to reading your poetry everyday.

starry nights 9:31 PM  

orchid..yes I meant to add Melinda to my list. well sanjaya made it to another round.He was just as shocked as I.

starry nights 9:32 PM  

Dawn..He made it to another round.

starry nights 9:33 PM  

Priya So true.It all depends on the public votes.

starry nights 9:34 PM  

Asha..I am shocked he made it to another round.I was so sure he would go.I think he is too young and does lack exposure also.

starry nights 9:35 PM  

Polona..thank you

starry nights 9:35 PM  

Shiva..thank you

starry nights 9:37 PM  

Keshi..I am sad brcause i was an AJ fan also and he was dropped tonight.Sanjaya is the Indian kid.I heard his mother is hispanic.I am not very sure.

starry nights 9:39 PM true.There has to be a balance in life.The big things mean as much as the small things. I know Sanjaya did not sing well but he sure made it to another round.

starry nights 9:39 PM  

Deepsat..Thank you

starry nights 9:39 PM  

Faith..Thank you

starry nights 9:40 PM  

Faith..Thank you.

starry nights 9:41 PM  

Priya..I was so surprised he made it and he was too.well atleast we get to hear him sing again.I do hope he picks a good song.

starry nights 9:42 PM  

Dharmabum..Welcome to my blog and please do come by again.Thanks.I had never heard this story before and thought it made so much sense.

starry nights 9:43 PM  

Neihal..Thank you for remembering my sister in your prayers.

The Bhandari's 9:45 PM  

hi there, peeped from faith's blog, must say very cooooool template, lovely blog and nice story, although have read that before but was a worth read once again :)

dharmabum 9:49 PM  

to 'wonder' at this marvelous universe is the most wonderful feeling.

the lines on the top right corner of ur blog page are simply beautiful! did u write them? i would like to borrow them sometime :)

dharmabum 9:50 PM  

oh, and thanks to u too - for dropping by :)

Aditi 10:27 PM  

beautiful story and a timely reminder
thanks for sharing it

ishita 10:53 PM  

lovely template :)...luvv it!

The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.... ... *sigh*...ideally yes but how does one strike a balance?

thanks fr sharing the story:)

chitra 12:32 AM  

First let me apologise. Though I asked you for the tag, couldnt do it. will certainly take it up in the near future.

The story so true. Thanks fr sharing it.

anirudh 1:45 AM  

hey what a nice space u have here..loved it buddy!

mystic rose 7:59 AM  

wow...great story, starry!
i wonder though...what do the drops of oil symbolise?

starry nights 9:02 AM  

The Bandhari's ..Thank you for stopping by my blog and I do hope you stop by again.Thanks.

starry nights 9:04 AM  

Dharmabum..thank you.Yes I always marvel at the universe and cannot get enough of it. I did not wrte those words in the upper right hand corner.It is from a Christian Hymn.I do not know who wrote it.Feel free to borrow it anytime.I just loved the words.

starry nights 9:04 AM  


starry nights 9:04 AM  

Ishita..thank you.

starry nights 9:05 AM  

Chitra..Don't worry take your time.

starry nights 9:05 AM  

Anirudh..welcome to my blog and I do hope you stop by again.thank you.

starry nights 9:07 AM  

Mystic..I think the drops of oil represent the little things in life.I think the parable was trying to teach us to have a balance between the little and large things in life.everything is important.

starry nights 9:07 AM  

Pritika..thank you.

trinitystar 9:37 AM  

Lovely story Starry, we do get so held up in trivialities that we miss the beauty that is around us.
Live life ... and seek Heaven within everything we see and touch.
hugs for you.
A great positive post. :o)
Hugs for you.

Kuan Gung 7:18 PM  

Clever starry...

Fuzzylogic 7:38 PM  

Such a beautiful story!we all can use reminders like this every once in a while!thanks for sharing it Starry.As for Idol race I'm already tuned out.I watched it for that kid and somehow he doesn't seem to make a mark.

Krithika 9:07 PM  

Nice story..but dont u think it also means that u cant make both ends meet? Just a question that came to my mind..

Princess 1:26 AM  

hi friend,

The story is very good in making us think of important matters in life.

Thanks for sharing it.

Jeevan 2:06 AM  

Duty and enjoying the happiness are equal in our life, so concentrating on both is important. A must known story!

Cyberkitty 7:06 AM  

good story..."The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.."...even i'd like to travel the world one day !

Lisa Francisco 7:49 AM  

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment and advice. Really I appreciate it. I will be updating this weekend, probably tomorrow night my time in Washington, DC so I'm not sure what that is in India time! Anyhow, have a nice weekend. I wish you and your sister well!! :)


starry nights 8:59 AM  

Trinitystar..thank you.

starry nights 8:59 AM  

Kuan..thank you

starry nights 9:00 AM  

Fuzzylogic..I am getting there too.I don't think I am going to root for Sanjaya anymore.He is not really making it and ther are so many other talented singers.

Beloved Dreamer 11:53 AM  

sn- for a blogger dummy as you tell me you are, this is some wonderful web site you've made! Really it's great. When you changed was it hard to do and where did you buy your domain?
The wise story was good but I am sure the Old wise man had a servent to carry his oil. lol


Beloved Dreamer 12:00 PM  

Sorry Starry, my mistake. It's the other blog thats a web. That means you are no blogger dummy my friend. This site is too much, Great work.
Sorry, I don't watch much TV. I've got too many books to I hope your idol wins!


Blessed 3:12 PM  

That was an awesome story.
I do a newsletter for my office
and I am going to include
that story in newsletter.
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Hope you are having a nice

Nabeel 8:08 PM  

What? sanjaya? he's not good .. he sings with no passion and all he does is just smile. The lady from chicago is not american idol material at all. I like Lakisha Jones and she is my pic. Can someone get Antonilla cut off please?

Ashish 8:25 AM  

Nice story, brings out the moral of the story very well.

Ganesh Ranganathan 9:54 AM  

If the wise man would have told me to do that, I probably would have spilled the oil and failed to see the marvels as well...

_Jonathan_ 10:22 AM  

Hi my friend.... great post.

I'm trying to remember all my drops of oil.

Great background.
See you soon.

Keshi 5:21 PM  

oh ok.


pRicky 7:09 AM  

hey I read this long back ago but strnage how these stories always remind u of things which u forget
even after knowing them...
Isnt sanjay out of AI already???
starry come to pricksters fiefdom and yell a bit na...

starry nights 9:59 AM  

Beloved dreamer.I am glad you liked my layout and template.The credit goes to my friend Yogi.I think he did a good job designing this just for me.

starry nights 10:00 AM  

Blessed..I am glad you liked the story.I think all of us need little reminders now and again.I had a good weekend.Thank you.

starry nights 10:01 AM  

Nabeel.I have to agree with you. Sanjaya has no passion in his voice and there are so many more talented singers.I think he is going to be dropped from my list.It is just not fair to the others.

starry nights 10:01 AM  

Ashish..Thank you.

starry nights 10:02 AM  

Jeevan..I think I would have spilled the oil too.

starry nights 10:02 AM  

Ganesh.. Thanks.

starry nights 10:03 AM  

Jonathan..nice to see you by.

starry nights 10:04 AM  

pRicky.. Sanjaya has been dropped from my list .Have to vote for the really talented singers out there.

The Bhandari's 12:24 AM  

am back and still see no more updates, but more I see your template more am love with it

Prashant 2:47 AM  

Good story to share :)

starry nights 8:11 AM  

The Bhandari's..Thank you. I like your blog too.

starry nights 8:11 AM  

Prahant..thank you

Has to be me 2:19 AM  

wise story indeed! Rightly said that v need to focus on the right things in life! :)

my life.... 3:04 AM  

1st time an Indian made it to Idols... yup i read on the net that Sanjay being the only Indian made it... he looks good...

Anonymous,  7:33 PM  

Very nicce!

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