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Monday, January 19, 2009

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The sweetest twelve commandments to remember

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  1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
  3. Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
  4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.
  5. Don't let your neighbour set your standards. Be yourself.
  6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
  8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.
  10. Don't hold postmortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.
  11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

    And don't forget to always be THANKFUL!


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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3 Life Lessons to Remember

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Turtles
A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!
For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years...six years... then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich.
At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, 'See! I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'

LESSON ONE: Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don't do anything ourselves.

The Frogs
A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs! The farmer replied, 'There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs - millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!' So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said, 'Well... where are all the frogs?' The farmer said, 'I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!'

LESSON TWO: Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

The Pretty Lady
Once upon a time a big monk and a little monk were travelling together. They came to the bank of a river and found the bridge was damaged. They had to wade across the river. There was a pretty lady who was stuck at the damaged bridge and couldn't cross the river. The big monk offered to carry her across the river on his back. The lady accepted. The little monk was shocked by the move of the big monk. 'How can big brother carry a lady when we are supposed to avoid all intimacy with females?' thought the little monk. But he kept quiet. The big monk carried the lady across the river and the small monk followed unhappily. When they crossed the river, the big monk let the lady down and they parted ways with her.

All along the way for several miles, the little monk was very unhappy with the act of the big monk. He was making up all kinds of accusations about big monk in his head. This got him madder and madder. But he still kept quiet. And the big monk had no inclination to explain his situation. Finally, at a rest point many hours later, the little monk could not stand it any further, he burst out angrily at the big monk. 'How can you claim yourself a devout monk, when you seize the first opportunity to touch a female, especially when she is very pretty? All your teachings to me make you a big hypocrite. The big monk looked surprised and said, 'I had put down the pretty lady at the river bank many hours ago, how come you are still carrying her along?'

LESSON THREE: This very old Chinese Zen story reflects the thinking of many people today. We encounter many unpleasant things in our life, they irritate us and they make us angry. Sometimes, they cause us a lot of hurt, sometimes they cause us to be bitter or jealous ... But like the little monk, we are not willing to let them go away.We keep on carrying the baggage of the 'pretty lady' with us. We let them keep on coming back to hurt us, make us angry, make us bitter and cause us a lot of agony.Why? Simply because we are not willing to put down or let go of the baggage of the 'pretty lady'. We should let go of the pretty lady immediately after crossing the river, that is after the unpleasant event is over.This will immediately remove all our agonies.There is no need to be further hurt by the unpleasant event after it is over.


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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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New Years Resolution?

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Achieving the RESULTS you want (your list of goals,) in the TIME you have (next year,) requires just 2 essentials: Remaining COMMITTED to your GOALS... and staying CONNECTED to your performance.

A Pledge to DO...

Remember, you can have the greatest intentions, dreams, wishes and goals in the world, but without sustained COMMITMENT, you don't have a snowball's chance of achieving them.

To set the stage for our continuing discussion of putting Resolution into your Resolutions, take a few minutes to review how American Heritage defines some of the most powerful words in the English language...
COMMITMENT Noun: An act or course of action that is demanded of one, as by position, custom, law, or religion. See also: Charge, responsibility, duty, obligation, imperative.
  • A pledge to do; Something pledged, especially an engagement by contract involving financial obligations.
  • The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons: a deep commitment to conservative policies; a profound commitment to the family.
RESOLVE: The POWER to make choices and SET GOALS and to ACT upon them firmly in spite of opposition or difficulty. See also: Will, resolution, determination.
DETERMINATION: 1) Firmness of MISSION and purpose; resolve: approached the task with determination and ENERGY; A fixed intention or resolution: returned to school with a determination to finish. 1) The act of making or arriving at a decision.
WILL: 1) The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course or PLAN of action; Volition; The act of exercising the will. 2) Diligent purposefulness; determination: a candidate with the will to win; 3) A desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority; 4) Deliberate intention or wish.

Success: It's a matter of WILL... and POWER.



The big idea behind each of these words is that you freely CHOOSE, then ACT, and with requisite confidence and POWER, you achieve your GOAL in spite of opposition or difficulty.
Or, you don't.
Assuming you have the WILL to live the life of your choice, then all you need is a boost in POWER.

[Source: thinktq.com]


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