Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018-03 - Spread the Happiness...

When I was little, my dad built me a lemonade stand. I'd set up outside the local car wash with a cooler and my little black safe. I didn't get many customers, but I always had fun.

An elderly gentlemen who lived across the street, would buy a glass of lemonade every day and pay me with a $1 Sacagawea coin. I built up quite a collection of these!

Older, I now stop at as many stands as I can, always paying more than the kids charge me. Once, I didn't have any money with me when I stopped at a little girls stand. I dug around in my car and eventually found a small black safe. There were my Sacagawea coins.

I almost shut the lid again because they mean so much to me, but then I realized that that is exactly why I had to pay with the coin. When I gave that little girl the shiny gold coin, I said "You hang on to this one, they don't make them anymore!" And her face lit up.

As I drove away, I saw her running to her sister to show her the coin and I knew that I had made her just as happy as I was when I was a little girl.

~ Author Unknown



"Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions."

~ Dalai Lama

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2018-02 - You Are Going Places...

It was another dreary and gloomy day. I had just changed my clothes and gotten ready for work. I work at a local restaurant in town as a cashier, seater and busser.

It's the same thing over and over again. Dealing with customers who complain and whine about their food, where they are sat and how the piece of pie that they are served is too big or too small. Some days it is annoying but you just get used to it I guess. I know I have.

Three elderly ladies walked in and were seated at a booth by the windows. It happened to be the very spot near where I bus and keep the dirty dishes in the bins. I was trying to keep up with all the dirty tables, and servers running all over the house, it was crazy. But these elderly women were watching how I was busing and working really hard to make sure every table was clean and ready for the next customers.

When they were finished with their meals, I took their plates back to the kitchen. As they were leaving, they walked past me and one of them said to me in a confident and gentle voice, "You are going places." And that was it. They left the restaurant and I was pretty much in awe. I had tears in my eyes, because they gave me reason to believe in myself. They picked my spirit up from being down and out and gave me a reason to keep on working hard and to give it my all.

And the best thing is, I'm only 17 years old and I am a senior in high school.

~ Author Unknown



Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don't give up.

~ Rachel Corrie

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018-01 - Step into the future...

The first step is the hardest in every journey of dreams.

So, if you have had the tenacity to begin, then we are confident that the hardest part of your mission is the one lying behind you.

Step into the future, knowing that your faith has got you this far as a promise, and that the same faith is able to get you beyond. Step into the future with focus, knowing that the only way to kill your dream is trying to find another.

Step into the future knowing that if you are not living your faith, you are living your fears.

~ Author Unknown



Faith is taking the first step Even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017-52 - New Beginnings…

There is something charming and peculiar about a beginning.

You feel it, like the change of seasons, from winter to spring, from spring to summer.

You feel it; the new blood pumping inside your veins.

You feel it; a thousand butterflies fluttering around your fingers to help you fly.

You feel it; on your lips, when you smile at the absurdities of life that suddenly make perfect sense.

You smile... Because in every beginning, there is a rebirth. Because in every beginning, there is a layer of you that you just discovered. A layer you forgot was buried in you all this time.

You smile because you are reminded of the immensity of fate. You smile because suddenly you feel so small and you like it.

So let's begin my dear. This life is beautiful.

~ Malak El Halabi



The beginning is the most important part of the work.

~ Plato

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017-51 - The Magic of Christmas

There I was, saying "There is no such thing as free lunch".

Me, down on my luck, bitter, penniless, and desolate. Standing in line... a line snaking its way on the pavement, pointing its steady head into the wide open portal of a street kitchen.

As I neared the doorway, on that Christmas eve, I saw myself surrounded by folk who were more or less in the same state of beingness as me.

In a few minutes, I was standing in front of the kitchen manager who was handing out plates and bowls to those headed to the tables laden with simple, but filling fare of bread and thick soup. Before handing me a plate, he said "Enjoy your free meal", by rote, or so I thought. I muttered back "there is no such thing as free lunch".

To my surprise, he replied, "Why not? Isn't the joy of giving without expecting anything in return simply magic?"

Stunned, I gave him my thanks... and turned towards a renewed version of my future.

~ Manoj Shriyan



The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness.

~ Thomas S Monson