A Man and His Dog

A Man and His Dog

    A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that his faithful dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. As he reached the wall, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch, and the street that led to the gate made from pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, where are we?”

“This is heaven, sir,” the man answered.

“Wow! Would you happen to have some water? We have traveled far,” the man said.

“Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up.”

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

“Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler asked.

“I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”

    The man thought a moment, remembering all the years this dog remained loyal to him and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going. After another long walk he came to a plain dirt road, which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

    “Excuse me!” he called to the reader. “Do you have any water? We have traveled far.”

    “Yes, sure, there’s a faucet over there.” The man pointed to a place that couldn’t be seen from outside the gate. “Come on in and help yourself.”

“How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to his dog.

“There should be a bowl by the faucet; he is welcome to share.”

    They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned faucet with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

“What do you call this place?” the traveler asked.

“This is heaven,” was the answer.

    “Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said. “The man down the road said that was heaven, too.”

    “Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s hell.”

“Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

    “No. We’re just happy that they screen out the folks who’d leave their best friends behind in exchange for material things.”

The end………………………….or is it?


The Importance of having a Study Plan

Most of the students either do not have an organized study plan or do not follow it sincerely. Consequently their performance suffers and a common refrain is ‘oh we do study but do not know why our efforts fail to yield results’.

Study Plan isn’t only a timetable

A timetable merely mentions the time duration assigned to a particular subject whereas a study plan is more comprehensive. It also defines a methodology to deal with the preparation, planning and problems faced in each subject by an individual.

A target should be set, items should be prioritized and an effective timetable should be drawn. Effective refers to a schedule that should be followed religiously with a determination to achieve progress and results. This should be based on an analytical approach:-

  • How many free hours are available?
  • How much time should be devoted to each subject in view of the individual requirement?
  • How to prepare and procure the course material?
  • How to create an environment conductive for a fruitful study? For example one can switch off the mobile phone for a designated period.
  • These and many such points should be included while drawing up a study plan.


Importance and Benefits of a Study Plan

    • Helps eliminate confusion as a clear action plan emerges with a little thinking and planning. It also imparts a sense of direction.
    • One feels organized and in command because a proper plan will involve thorough understanding of one’s course or syllabus.
    • Set targets are like milestones to be crossed. The achievement of each target provides motivation to achieve another. Very soon one starts enjoying the process because the concepts become clearer and understanding improves.
    • Regular studies reduce the level of stress.
    • One’s priorities become clear and the requisite level of importance and effort can be directed to the learning of each subject.
    • Work does not get accumulated and hence there is no need to study at unearthly hours. This also safeguards one’s physical and mental health.
    • Studying at regular hours increases concentration and inculcates a sense of discipline.
    • No panic buttons need to be pressed any more.
    • One can find time for leisure activities and recreation to refresh one’s mind and still achieve the set targets.

Please Remember:-

    • One should set realistic targets as overambitious targets can cause disappointment and demoralize a student.
    • Once a plan is place, stick to it. Initial difficulties such as various temptations and lack of concentration etc. should be conquered with determination.
    • Join the winners, i.e. those who have successfully made and followed a study plan.
    • Avoid the company of those who have a careless attitude.
    • Seek advice and help wherever required.
    • Last but not the least no study plan can be successful if it is not followed and executed sincerely.
    • Initially the effort may look Herculean, but the rewards of having a study plan are rich, varied and really long lasting.