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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Do you believe there is God?

This is a QA Exchange Question

Indeed, there are many who believe in God and they are also many who do not believe in God.

If you would like to give an account of why you believe or why you do not believe in God, please share it via QA Exchange.

Below are some good quotes for you to ponder:

"People see God every day, they just don't recognize him." - Pearl Bailey

"Maybe the atheist cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman." - Anonymous

"I believe in God; I just don't trust anyone who works for him." - Anonymous

"Darkness cannot put out the Light. It can only make God brighter." - Anonymous

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Do you know where is your strength?

Many always looking outside for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” - Robert Kiyosaki

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger

“He who gains a victory over other men is strong; but he who gains a victory over himself is all powerful.” - Lao Tzu

Strength comes from struggle; weakness from ease. Everything that ceases to struggle slowly begins dying. Observe your friends. As soon as they quit working, they begin dying.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

How to be happy?

This is a QA Exchange Question

Have you sit down and ponder what really makes a person happy?

Is it money, possession or achievement?
Well, if you think you know the answer or would like to suggest some solutions, please post it at QA Exchange.

Thank you.

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Source of All Knowledge - QA Exchange

“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” - Thomas Berger

There are no foolish questions and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions” - Charles P. Steinmetz

Although many of us know that there is Wisdom in Asking Questions, we still at times do not ask questions when we do not understand. Why? The following excerpt could be one of the reasons:

"Researchers have found that a fascinating change takes place in schoolchildren. When they begin their studies, strong and weak students show an equal willingness to ask questions when they do not understand. However, as they get older and begin to understand their relative position in the class, students, especially weaker students, become reluctant to ask questions and reveal what they do not know." - Source: 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People by David Niven

“If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!” - W. Clement Stone

The following are typical problems that some of us are facing:
  • There are just too many blogs or websites to search through; thus it is difficult to find solutions or answers
  • One needs to spent a lot of time to sift through thread of messages; yet still could not find the solution
  • One may not or don't know how to post questions; thus have to live with the problems unsolved
  • One could not find or could have posted to the wrong forum; thus nobody answer questions posted
  • One find it difficult to get somebody to visit or read their blogs or websites
To resolve the above problems, I am starting a blog for QA exchange. I had posted the Rules and How this works at Solutions Repository (http://solutions-repos.blogspot.com).

Although this may looks like a meme but this project is different from meme where anybody can post questions and anybody can answer questions posted. Thus, there is no need to tag somebody who might not be interested at all. Only those interested will be participating in QA Exchange! Besides, preferably only unique questions (can still have different version if necessary) will be posted and questions are moderated and stored at Solutions Repository for those seeking answers or solutions.

Below are some of the benefits of having QA exchange:
  • You can get a lot of answers (by different bloggers / websites owners) to your question
  • Answer comes to you instead of you having to search for it
  • Those that don't ask question can still get answers to questions posted by somebody
  • Those participate in Questions or Answers (QA Exchange) can get a lot of good link exchanges because of related topics
  • Your blog got publicized and thus can get a lot of good traffics from interested readers
  • Questions can suggest more interesting topics for blogs / websites
  • Different answers can promote more interesting interactions among bloggers
What do you think?
Do you want to participate in this QA Exchange project?

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Be Charitable: BlogCatalog Community in the Fundraising Event

“The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.” - Herbert Spencer

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela

"Public schools were designed as the great equalizers of our society - the place where all children could have access to educational opportunities to make something of themselves in adulthood." - Janet Napolitano

However, fund is necessary for Public Schools to continue running effectively without any lack. Thus, please help Public School Kids by Funding by Participating in a DonorsChoose Challenge

Click here to find out more about DonorsChoose.org organization.

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” - Albert Camus

“Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give.” - Barbara Bush

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” - Mother Teresa

May you truly be blessed and may you in turn bless others!

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

The future is NOW!

"For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision. But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday, a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope and joy. Look well then to this day."

"Today is the future I created yesterday."

Make the best of today, for there is no tomorrow until after today.”

"Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow" - Robert Kiyosaki

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work supremely well."

"The poor, the unsuccessful, the unhappy, the unhealthy are the ones who use the word tomorrow the most" - Robert Kiyosaki

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Speed Matters?

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” - Mahatma Gandhi

"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

"Drive too fast and invite a car wreck; live too fast and invite a heart attack."

"The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, it's the one who refuses to lose." - Dale Earnhardt

"One sure way to double your speed ahead is: QUIT all non-essentials; STICK to essentials. Keep first things FIRST."

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Friday, May 25, 2007

The Art of Listening

Listen to everyone
Listen to those who love you and those who don't; to those who bore you; even to your enemies. It work a small miracle, and perhaps a great one.

Listen to what hasn't been said
Listen to what has been said, and especially to the unspoken - therein lie nuggets of truth and beauty.

Listen to your inner self

Learn to listen to the whispers of your heart and your soul; of what's right and what's not. You know so much more than you give yourself credit for.

Listen more than you speak
The less we speak, the more we listen. The more we listen , the more we learn.

Listen without interrupting
It takes courage to stand up and speak, and even more courage to sit down and listen.

Listen with absolute patience
Words don't come easily to everyone. Yet each person has something to say. So keep on listening and be rewarded with words of wisdom.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Remember to Pass It On Well

“We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it” - George Orwell

“It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy that is worthy of our children and of future generations.” - Christine Gregoire

“If you want happiness for a lifetime - help the next generation.”

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Develop your talents

"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." - Leo Buscaglia

“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Every one of us has the potential of greatness, waiting to be developed."

“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.” - Brian Tracy

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” - Larry Bird

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Have a sense of humor

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Humor helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs?”

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done” - Dwight David Eisenhower

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.” - Henry Ward Beecher

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” - Bill Cosby

This baby don't have problem with this. What about you?

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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Never Ending Education

"Instruction ends in the schoolroom, where real education starts."

“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” - Tom Bodett

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”- Robert M. Hutchins

“Life will teach you the lessons, it is up to you to learn them”

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” - Helen Keller

"Life is like riding a bike. It is impossible to maintain your balance while standing still." - Linda Brakeall

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Get Connected and Stay Connected!

"Many a live wire would be a dead one except for his connections."

"We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe. Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole. All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings, and deeds are listened to by all that is." - Serge Kahili King

"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words." - Rachel Naomi Remen

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Do you have any good ideas?

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away” - Dr. Linus Pauling

Arthur C. Clarke says:
"New ideas pass through three periods:

  1. It can't be done.
  2. It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
  3. I knew it was a good idea all along!”
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Ideas are useless unless used."

“The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.” - Confucius

“Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.” - Andre Malraux

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Friday, May 18, 2007

In life there are no shortcuts!

"Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too." - Michael Jordan

"There are no shortcuts in the quest for perfection." - Ben Hogan

"People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well." - Joe Gibbs

"When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts." - Bo Bennett

"There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."

"Nothing can come of nothing." - William Shakespeare

"People create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it." - Brian Tracy

"You have to work for it. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time." - Chet Atkins

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

You are the light of the world

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Charles Beard

"The darkness that surrounds us cannot hurt us. It is the darkness in your own heart you should fear." - Silvetris

"We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light." - Mary Dunbar

"Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God." - Augustine

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." - Aristotle Onassis

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Want to be a boss? - Be a good one!

"The man who doesn't need a boss is usually selected to be one."

“A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could” - Charles Erwin Wilson

"The speed of the boss is the speed of the team."

"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day." - Robert Frost

From the Internet, I've managed to gather some attributes of good bosses.

Good bosses:-

  • Treat all employees fairly and equally.
  • Speak to employees with respect.
  • Encourage initiative and decision-making on the job.
  • Clearly define job duties and deadlines.
  • Praise employees in public but correct in private.
  • Show appreciation and thank employees for any contributions
Indeed, some bosses really do deserve praise. But many don't. Anyway, do you think it is better to work for a bad boss at a good company or a good boss at a weak company?

If you would like to share your experience, don't hesitate to post a comment.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Be a gentleman - Speak Softly, Don't Argue!

"After a heated argument on some trivial matter Nancy [Astor] shouted, If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee! Whereupon Winston [Churchill] answered, And if I were your husband I would drink it." - John Fellows Akers

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance” - Robert Quillen

“To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead” - Robert Green Ingersoll

"It isn't smart to argue with a fool; listeners can't tell which is which."

"When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you." - Irving Layton

When an argument flares up, the wise man quenches it with silence. It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it. When two men quarrel, he who is first silent, is the greater gentleman.

"Agreements get better results than arguments."

"War will cease when men refuse to fight." - F. Hansen

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Experience or Failure? You determine!


Sometimes it is alright to make the same mistake more than once. Isn't that's how we learn to walk and to ride a bicycle?

"Failing doesn't make you a failure. Giving up, accepting your failure, refusing to try again, does!" - Richard Exley

“Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” - Denis Waitley

“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

You may make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you start blaming someone else. Mistakes show us what we need to learn. Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” - Conrad Hilton

"No one has the right to brand you a failure except yourself."

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

What you know can save your life!

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Below is a true story where two hikers survived when they put their knowledge into use.

Two New Zealand hikers lost in hilltop mist for two nights were saved after they re-charged their dead mobile phone by removing the battery and leaving it for 15 minutes in the sun when it broke through.

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"The single most important lesson for anyone anywhere is that what you know can save your life and what you don't know can kill you" - Dengle (a member of the Tsunami Survey Team)

It is the lack of knowledge and warning system about Tsunami that killed so many people on 26 December 2004. This incident tell us that knowledge can save many lives!

"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." - Samuel Johnson

For those who travel a lot, it might be beneficial to know a list of gadgets and ideas that might help you survive in the wild.

Being aware of all the Warning Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke is valuable because it could be a matter of life and death .

Have you personally experience such in your life or have any story to share?

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Happy Mother's Day!

Photo 1"We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents." - Henry Ward Beecher

"It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it."

"A mother is a person who if she is not there when you get home from school you wouldn't know how to get your dinner, and you wouldn't feel like eating it anyway"

"One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters." - George Herbert

"Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother." - Beverly Jones

"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Photo 2"Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined." - John S C Abbott

"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." - W. R. Wallace

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." - Theodore Hesburgh

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Get Wisdom! Get Understanding!

“It is better to listen in order to understand than to listen in order to reply

"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change." - Thich Nhat Hahn

“There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it” - Charles F. Kettering

“To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.” - Lao Tzu

Philip Wheelwright is right!, "Much learning does not teach understanding."

There is a Chinese Proverb that says: “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” and Confucius says “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Thus, we can understand better by getting involve and do the necessary things!

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Resist Temptation

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” - Oscar Wilde

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self." - Aristotle

Well, I am not sure whether I could illustrate this point. Anyway, please continue reading...

Don't push the red button
I wonder how many of you really pay attention to this...


“Help me to resist temptation, Lord, especially when I know no one is looking.”

James 1:12 - Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.


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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Treasure Your Good Memories

"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams." - Jeremy Irons

“Memories are the treasures that we keep locked deep within the storehouse of our souls, to keep our hearts warm when we are lonely.” - Becky Aligada

"The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds." - Tryon Edwards

"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us." - Oscar Wilde

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” - Kevin Arnold

"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." - Eudora Welty

"Photos taken can help us to remember those special moments that we cherish.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Where there is love there is life!

"Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop."

Photo 1"Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting." - Mother Theresa

"Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it." - Benjamin Franklin

Photo 2"True love is like a pair of socks: you gotta have two and they've gotta match."

"Life without Love is like a harp without strings."

"Relationships--of all kinds--are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost." - Kaleel Jamison

In the bible, Jesus Christ tells us in John 15:12-13.. "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Set Your Priorities Carefully

"Most people fail in life because they major in minor things." - Anthony Robbins

“What comes first, the compass or the clock? Before one can truly manage time (the clock), it is important to know where you are going, what your priorities and goals are, in which direction you are headed (the compass). Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what's urgent, learn to focus on what is really important.”

“Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.”

Action expresses priorities.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” - Stephen R. Covey

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Listen with your Hands, Mind and Eyes

Photo 1Listen with your hands
When you take note, you experience everything twice, and understand it a thousand times better.

Listen with your mind
Even after a conversation, it pays to think about it. Indeed listening without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Listen with your eyesPhoto 2
There is a road from the eye to the heart and mind that does not go through the ears.

Listen with 100% attention
When you focus all your senses to the task of listening, you'll be able to pick up little nuances that can make all the difference.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Hear or Listen? - Listen with your ears

Most of us just hear and do not listen.

When someone really listens to you, bridges are built, and chasms are crossed.

Give someone the true gift of listening. After all, why lend a listening ear when you can afford two? Just listen. There's music to all things, if we had the ears for it.

"Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly." - Plutarch

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Be an Author of Your Life

"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." - John Adams

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." - Orison Swett Marden

"You are the only person on earth who can use your ability." - Zig Ziglar

"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page" - Mark Houlahan

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"What happened yesterday is history. What happens tomorrow is a mystery. What we do today makes a difference - the precious present moment." - Nick Saban

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Have you free yourself?

“All our lives we live in chains and never even know we hold the key.”

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken” - Samuel Johnson

“Every human has four endowments- Self Awareness, Conscience, Independent Will and Creative Imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.” - Stephen R. Covey

“Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Do good, seek peace and pursue it!

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” - Buddha

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”

Peace is not something you wish for; It's something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.” - Robert Fulghum

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it”

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Fear of being too old to succeed

The one constant in our life is change: changing roles, new demands, multiple projects, more responsibility and constantly juggling priorities in the workplace. We are time-starved and work-hurried.

In our rush to reach our goals, many suffer from all kinds of ailments such as high blood pressure, heart-stroke or ulcers. One shouldn't be proud to have these kinds of diseases, sort of a "success symbol" that they are the fast-paced people on the fast-track.

Forget about your age, just set out with your objectives, it may take some time but don't push it or else you may not be able to enjoy the fruit of your labour.

A story to illustrate this point:

Once there was a farmer who was very anxious to see his paddy (rice) plant grow fast and tall. After just sowing the seeds, he would just keep on watching day in and day out to see how much it had grown. By the time the seedlings had grown a couple of inches higher, he could not longer wait anymore and decided to "help" the paddy plants grow faster. Thus one day he pulled each one of the plant taller by an inch or so. You can guess what happened to all the plants the next day. So don't force it.

"Youth and age are not dates in time, but state of mind. Our duty is not to add years to our lives, but to add life to our years..." - Myron J. Taylor

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Develop Good Character

According to C. Watts "Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking."

Abraham Lincoln says: "Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

He also said that "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

Well, it is true that some people pay so much attention to their reputation that they lose their character.

We ought to guard well our thoughts; they soon become acts. guard well our acts; they soon become habits. guard well our habits; they shape our character, our career, our fortune.

"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece - by thought, choice, courage, and determination." - H. Jackson Brown

"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character." - W. Somerset Maugham

"Personality can open doors; only character can keep them open."

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