Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016-04 - Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire... if you did, what would there be, to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something... for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times... for during these times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations... for they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge... for it builds your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes... for they teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary... for it means you've given your all.

It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things... yet, a life of fulfilment comes to those who are thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive... find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion 
of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude 
is shown in acts”.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016-03 - Reflections…

A long time ago there was a great Shah. He ordered to build a beautiful palace which had many wonderful things in it. Among other curiosities in the palace there was a hall, where all the walls, the roof, the door and even the floor was made of mirrors. The mirrors were so clear and smooth that visitors didn’t understand at once that there was a mirror in front of them - so accurately the mirrors would reflect the objects. Moreover, the walls of this hall were made in such a way that they created an extraordinary increased echo.

Once, a dog ran into the hall and froze in surprise in the middle of the hall, a whole pack of dogs surrounded it from all sides, from above and below. The dog bared his teeth - and all the reflections responded to it in the same way. Frightened, the dog frantically barked - the echo imitated the bark and increased it many times. The dog barked even harder - and the echo was kept up. The dog tossed from one side to another, biting the air - his multiple reflections also tossed around snapping their teeth.

In the morning, the guards found the miserable dog, lifeless and surrounded by a million reflections of lifeless dogs. There was nobody, who would do any harm to the dog. The dog died… fighting with his own reflections.

The world doesn’t bring good or evil on its own. Everything that is happening around us is the reflection of our own thoughts, feelings, wishes and actions.

The world is a big mirror.

~ Author Unknown

“A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put several circles over each other, all you get is a spiral”.

~ Maynard James Keenan


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016-02 - Smile…

A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give.

It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.

None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor, that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friendship.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone, until it is given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile; Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

~ Author Unknown


"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that 
person, a beautiful thing."

~ Mother Teresa

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016-01 - Jumping the queue

Today, a true tale of heroism that takes place not in a war zone, nor a hospital, but in Victoria station in London in 2007, during a tube strike.

Our hero is standing with other commuters in a long, snaking line for a bus, when a smartly dressed businessman blatantly cuts in line behind him. (Behind him: this detail matters.)
The interloper proves immune to polite remonstration, whereupon Edwards is seized by a magnificent idea.

He turns to the elderly woman standing behind the queue-jumper, and asks her if she'd like to go ahead of him. She accepts, so he asks the person behind her, and the next person, and the next – until 60 or 70 people have moved ahead, Edwards and the seething queue-jumper shuffling further backwards all the time.

The bus finally pulls up, and Edwards hears a shout from the front of the line. It's the elderly woman, addressing him: "Young man! Do you want to go in front of me?"

~ Gareth Edwards

"I'm a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it's 
bad or good."

~ Sandra Bullock