Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014-09 - The little wave...

This story is abut a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time.

He's enjoying the wind and the fresh air - until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. "My God, this terrible", the wave says. "Look what's going to happen to me!"

Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: "Why do you look so sad?"

The first wave says: "You don't understand! We're all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn't it terrible?"

The second wave says: "No, you don't understand. You're not a wave, you're part of the ocean."

~ Mitch Albom in "Tuesdays with Morrie"

"Sometimes we need to quit thinking only about ourselves, and look at the bigger picture!"

~ Amy Alusa

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014-08 - Let go of your stress...

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything."
It's important to remember to let go of your stress. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
~ Author Unknown

"In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plough your anger and your energy into something positive."
~ Lee Iacocca

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014-07 - The problem with dandelions...

A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him.
Finally he wrote to the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: "What shall I do now?"
In due course, the reply came: "We suggest you learn to love them."
~ Author Unknown

"If you would be loved, love, and be loveable."

~ Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014-06 - Rocky...

I am about to tell you why the story of Sylvester Stallone should be taught to inspire everyone to pursue their dreams. Have you ever wondered why he has such a 'unique' expression? He was born paralyzed in the lower left part of his face as a result of which, his speech was slurred. Death rattle for an acting career... right?
When he came to New York City to be an actor, nobody wanted to hire him. At one point, he went for three weeks sleeping at the New Jersey Bus Terminal since he was so broke. Things got so bad, he had to sell his loyal companion, his dog, to a stranger for $25. It was his lowest point.
Then, one day, he got an idea for a screenplay while watching Muhammad Ali box. He didn't sleep the whole weekend, and banged out the script for Rocky in 3 days.
Eventually, he found producers who offered him, a man who was so broke that he had sold his dog, $125,000 for the screenplay. But there was a catch, he couldn't act in it.
He walked away. He was broke, but he had a dream to be an actor, so he walked away.
Weeks later, they offered him $325,000; but he still said no. They eventually let him act in the movie, but only paid him $35,000. Out of this amount, he immediately spent $15,000 on tracking down and buying back his best friend, his dog. The dog is in the movie.
Rocky made $200 million.
~ Author Unknown

"It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving on. That's how winning is done."
~ Sylvester Stallone (As Rocky)