Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012-44 - The Thousandth Man…

One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth man will stand your friend
With the whole round world again you.

'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him.
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.

You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man h's worth 'em all,
Because you can show him your feelings.

His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight -
With that for your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot - and after!

~ Rudyard Kipling
" Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."

~ Aristotle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012-43 - The giant tree…

A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials.

They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.

“Let’s not waste our time with this tree,” said the master carpenter. “It would take us forever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.”

The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked:

“Such a big tree and no use to anyone!”

“That’s where you’re wrong,” said the master carpenter. “The tree was true to its own destiny.”

“If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.”

~ Paulo Coelho
" All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

~ Walt Disney

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012-42 - Understanding


Keep in mind that every person with whom you come in contact today has a perspective that is different than yours. Though you have much in common with others, there are many differences as well. Even those who agree with you have a different perspective than your own.

No one else knows exactly what you know. No other person shares your unique set of experiences, just as you do not share the exact same experiences as anyone else.

Your success in working with other people will depend largely on the degree to which you are able to understand and consider their unique perspectives, and on your ability to make your own perspective understood.

Your knowledge, your experiences, your opinions, your assumptions are not necessarily shared by others.

Make the effort to sincerely understand, and to be understood. It will add value and effectiveness to every undertaking.

~ Author Unknown

"Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom."
~ Clifford Stoll

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2012-41 - Happiness...

God created Man 'happy'. But Man did not use happiness properly. So God took it back from him. God asked the Angels, "Where do we hide happiness?"

One of them said, "We should bury it deep in the earth."

God said "No... Man will dig deep into the earth and find it."

Another Angel said, "Well... in that case, we put it into the deepest sea."

But God said, "No... one day Man will go down into the depths of the sea. He can find it there easily."

All the Angels said together, "We cannot hide it in the earth, we cannot hide it in the sea... Then where can we hide it? What shall we do?"

God smiled and said, "I have a plan, we'll hide it in Man's heart. He will never think of looking for it there!!"

Man started his search for happiness from that day onwards. He never thought of looking for happiness in his own heart, and, the search is still on...

~ Author Unknown

"Happiness depends upon ourselves."

~ Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012-40 - Happiness on Hold...

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.

After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with... and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting

--until your car or home is paid off
--until you get a new car or home
--until your kids leave the house
--until you go back to school
--until you lose ten pounds
--until you gain ten pounds
--until you finish school
--until you get a divorce
--until you get married
--until you have kids
--until you retire
--until summer
--until spring
--until winter
--until fall

There is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So - work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching.

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task

~Author Unknown
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson