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If A Dog Were Your Teacher
« Reply #45 on: July 01, 2007, 09:30:10 AM »
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  • If a dog were your teacher
    These are some of the lessons you might learn...

    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face
    to be pure ecstasy

    When it's in your best interest
    practice obedience
    Let others know when they've invaded your territory
    Take naps and stretch before rising
    Run romp and play daily

    Thrive on attention and let people touch you
    Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
    On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
    On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
    When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body

    No matter how often you're scolded
    don't buy into the guilt thing and pout
    run right back and make friends

    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
    Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
    Stop when you have had enough
    Be loyal
    Never pretend to be something you're not

    If what you want lies buried
    dig until you find it
    When someone is having a bad day
    be silent .....
    ...sit close by.

    ...and nuzzle them gently.

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    Re: Inspirational
    « Reply #46 on: July 01, 2007, 01:54:40 PM »
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  • Dear prajna ji,

    Lovely post. Tears rolled my eyes. This post brought all the sweet memories with my pet dog, which has passed away two years back. From then, I never even tried to go for a pet. Miss him so much. He stands along with baba on my desk. Hope baba is taking good care of him. Thank you prajna ji, i remain indebited to you. Baba bless you. Om sai ram.

    Gayatri.

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    Re: Inspirational
    « Reply #47 on: July 01, 2007, 02:54:12 PM »
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  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalaam's speech in Hyderabad, India: MUST read for
    every Indian

    "I have three visions for India. In 3000 years of our history people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards, the Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. Why? Because we respect the freedom of others.
     
    That is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of
    independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us.

    My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT. For fifty years we have been a developing nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are falling. Our achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves as a Developed nation, self-reliant and self-assured. Isn't this incorrect?

    I have a THIRD vision. India must stand up to the world. Because I believe that unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect
    us. Only strength respects strength. We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand. My good fortune as to have worked with three great minds. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai of the Dept. of space, Professor Satish hawan, who succeeded him and Dr. Brahm Prakash, father of nuclear material. I was lucky to have worked with all three of them closely and consider this the great opportunity of my life.

    I see four milestones in my career:

    ONE: Twenty years I spent in ISRO. I was given the opportunity to be the project director for India's first satellite launch vehicle,
    SLV3. The one that launched Rohini. These years played a very important role in my life of Scientist.

    TWO: After my ISRO years, I joined DRDO and got a chance to be the part of India's guided missile program. It was my second bliss
    when Agni met its mission requirements in 1994.

    THREE: The Dept. of Atomic Energy and DRDO had this tremendous partnership in the recent nuclear tests, on May 11 and 13. This was
    the third bliss. The joy of participating with my team in these nuclear tests and proving to the world that India can make it, that
    we are no longer a developing nation but one of them. It made me feel very proud as an Indian. The fact that we have now developed for Agni a re-entry structures, for which we have developed this new material. A Very light material called carbon-carbon.

    FOUR: One day an orthopedic surgeon from Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences visited my laboratory. He lifted the material and found it
    so light that he took me to his hospital and showed me his patients. There were these little girls and boys with heavy metallic callipers
    weighing over three Kg. each, dragging their feet around. He said to me: "Please remove the pain of my patients." In three weeks, we made this Floor reaction Orthosis 300-gram callipers and took them to the orthopaedic centre. The children didn't believe their eyes. From dragging around a three kg. load on their legs, they could now move around! Their parents had tears in their eyes. That was my fourth bliss!

    Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories, but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? We are the first in milk production. We are number one in Remote sensing satellites. We are the second largest producers of wheat. We
    are the second largest producers of rice.
    took at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such
    achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
     
    I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli Newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had
    taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had
    transformed his desert land into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of
    killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news. In India we only read about death, sickness,
    terrorism, crime.
    Why are we so NEGATIVE?

    Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign TVs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

    I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14-year-old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is: She
    replied: "I want to live in a developed India." For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must proclaim. India is
    not a under-developed nation, it is a highly developed nation. "

    Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours. YOU say that our government is inefficient. YOU say that
    our laws are too old. YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage. YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are
    a joke, the airline is the worst in the world, and mails never reach their destination. YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs
    and is the absolute pits. YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it? Take a person on his way to Singapore. Give him a name - YOURS. Give him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground Links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU comeback to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity.
    In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs. 650) a month to, "see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else." YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, "Jaanta hai sala main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son.
    Take your two bucks and get lost. " YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake
    certificates in Boston? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country why cannot you be the same here in India.

    Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay Mr. Tinaikar had a point to make. "Rich people's dogs are
    walked on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place," he said. "And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?" He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick an up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not
    going to learn the proper use of bathrooms. We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are
    not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity. This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the
    public.

    When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child and others, we make loud drawing room
    protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? "It's the whole system, which has to change, how will
    it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry." So who's going to change the system? & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand. Or we leave the country and run away.

    Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.

    Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too.... I
    am echoing John F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....

    "ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE
    INDIA WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY"

    Let's do
    what India needs from us.

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    Failure is celebration time!
    « Reply #48 on: July 04, 2007, 03:59:39 AM »
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  • Hi folks,
     
    A nice pieceā€¦
     
    Failure is my favorite subject. For I have spent my life failing. My failures have not been once in a lifetime event. They have been too numerous even to begin listing them here. Let me brag a bit more. My failures have never been ordinary failures. Whenever I failed, I was literally on the street not knowing where my next meal would come from.

    Jim Rohn, the foremost success and motivational guru of our century, and a person I admire most, once said failures should conduct seminars so that we can learn from their failures. That is why I got inspired to write this piece.

    Failure is celebration time!

    The history is full of people who failed even thousands of times and what they did with those failures have made humankind lead a life which would have been unimaginable but for those failures. Whether it be Thomas Edison or a Colonel Sanders, their failure have created products and lifestyles which have changed the way the world lives.

    Therefore, what happens when a determined individual fails and how does failures ultimately become a celebration?

    People who fail often are natural leaders

    Leaders Do. They re-do. They do not wait for precedence and play safe. They are looking at the future and willing to take calculated risks to embrace a future that would make life better for others. They are perfectly willing to fail in the bargain. They take responsibility for their failures and learn from it. They have passion for what they do and improve upon their failures and persist until they make a success of it.

    People who fail learn more

    The leaders thrive on failures. They in fact seem to welcome and embrace it. Because they know they can make a difference, they never fear failure. They persevere in spite of failures. Every failure for them is learning on how not to do something or how to do it better. For the achievers failure is the way of life. Every failure makes them that much more determined to succeed.

    Failure as a weapon

    Failure is a weapon for true blue leaders. They learn the disciplines through their failures. They sharpen themselves against the grindstone of failure. There is no excuse for failure, only a determination to succeed.

    Failures programs you to success

    Every failure has a built in mechanism to auto correct and reprograms you for success. Therefore, failures are just a way of programming you to improved success. You only need to activate the auto correct mechanism and give it all you got for it to work successfully.

    Fear of failure is the biggest roadblock to your success. When you have overcome the fear of failure, you have overcome your procrastination and excuses for inaction. Thereafter you are well on your way to fail, learn, and succeed like never before.

    If you have started to fail is not it time for celebration? You are already well on the road to success!


    R.G. Srinivasan is a managerial professional, Writer and Author.

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    LIFE IS A THEATER - Invite Your Audience Carefully
    « Reply #49 on: July 11, 2007, 02:04:47 AM »
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  • Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.
    There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a DISTANCE.
    It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least
    minimize your time with, draining, negative, incompatible,
    not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships.
    Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention.
    Which ones lift and which ones lean?
    Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
    Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
    When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse?
    Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know or appreciate you?
    The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of Your Life.
    "If you cannot change the people around you, CHANGE the people you are around."
    Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income. And so we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with, as well as the information with which we feed our minds.
    We should not share our dreams with negative people, Nor feed our dreams with negative thoughts.
    It's your choice and your life..... It's up to you who and what you let in it......

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  • Steps To Happinessā€¦

    Everybody Knows:
    You can't be all things to all people.
    You can't do all things at once.
    You can't do all things equally well.
    You can't do all things better than everyone else.
    Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

    So:

    You have to find out who you are, and be that.
    You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
    You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
    You have to learn not to compete with others,
    Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

    Then:

    You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
    You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
    You will have learned to live with your limitations.
    You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
    And you'll be a most vital mortal.

    Dare To Believe:

    That you are a wonderful, unique person.
    That you are a once-in-all-history event.
    That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
    That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
    And we'll be able to stay one up on what used to get us.

    May God Bless you and keep you safe.

    -- Father Pat

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    « Reply #51 on: July 13, 2007, 01:33:31 AM »
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  • Strength of a Man & Beauty of a Woman...

    Strength of a Man

    The strength of a man isn't seen in the width of his shoulders.
    It is seen in the width of his arms that encircle you.

    The strength of a man isn't in the deep tone of his voice.
    It is in the gentle words he whispers.

    The strength of a man isn't how many buddies he has.
    It is how good a buddy he is with his kids.

    The strength of a man isn't in how respected he is at work.
    It is in how respected he is at home.

    The strength of a man isn't in how hard he hits.
    It is in how tender he touches.

    The strength of a man isn't how many women he's Loved by.
    It is in can he be true to one woman.

    The strength of a man isn't in the weight he can lift.
    It is in the burdens he can understand and overcome.


    Beauty of a Woman

    The beauty of a woman
    Is not in the clothes she wears,
    The figure she carries,
    Or the way she combs her hair.

    The beauty of a woman
    Must be
    seen from her eyes,
    Because that is the doorway to her heart,
    The place where love resides.

    The beauty of a woman
    Is not in a facial mole,
    But true beauty in a woman
    Is reflected in her soul.

    It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
    The passion that she shows,
    The beauty of a woman
    With passing years-only grows.

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    Re: Inspirational
    « Reply #52 on: July 13, 2007, 02:11:20 AM »
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  • If you woke up this morning
    with more health than illness,
    you are more blessed than the
    million who won't survive the week.

    If you have never experienced
    the danger of battle,
    the loneliness of imprisonment,
    the agony of torture or
    the pangs of starvation,
    you are ahead of 20 million people
    around the world.

    If you attend a church meeting
    without fear of harassment,
    arrest, torture, or death,
    you are more blessed than almost
    three billion people in the world.



    If you have food in your refrigerator,
    clothes on your back, a roof over
    your head and a place to sleep,
    you are richer than 75% of this world.

    If you have money in the bank,
    in your wallet, and spare change
    in a dish someplace, you are among
    the top 8% of the world's wealthy.


    If your parents are still married and alive,
    you are very rare.


    If you hold up your head with a smile
    on your face and are truly thankful,
    you are blessed because the majority can,
    but most do not.



    If you can hold someone's hand, hug them
    or even touch them on the shoulder,
    you are blessed because you can
    offer God's healing touch.

    If you can read this message,
    you are more blessed than over
    two billion people in the world
    that cannot read anything at all.

    You are so blessed in ways
    you may never even know.

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    « Reply #53 on: July 13, 2007, 02:14:15 AM »
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  • BALANCE SHEET OF
    LIFE



    Our Birth is our Opening Balance
    !

    Our Death is our Closing Balance!

    Our Prejudiced Views
    are our Liabilities

    Our Creative Ideas are our Assets


    Heart is our Current Asset

    Soul is our Fixed Asset


    Brain is our Fixed Deposit

    Thinking is our Current
    Account

    Achievements are our Capital


    Character & Morals,
    our Stock-in-Trade

    Friends are our General Reserves


    Values & Behavior are our Goodwill

    Patience is our
    Interest Earned

    Love is our Dividend

    Children are our Bonus Issues


    Education is Brands / Patents

    Knowledge is our
    Investment

    Experience is our Premium Account

    The Aim is to Tally the
    Balance Sheet Accurately.

    The Goal is to get the Best Presented
    Accounts Award.

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    « Reply #54 on: July 13, 2007, 02:34:24 AM »
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  • Don't miss the boat!
    "All I Really Need to Know About Life, I Learned from Noah's Ark"
    (1) Don't miss the boat.
    (2) Don't forget we're all in the same boat.
    (3) Plan ahead--it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
    (4) Stay fit--when you're 600 years old someone might ask you to do something
    really big.
    (5) Don't listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done.
    (6) For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
    (7) Two heads are better than one.
    (8) Build your future on high ground.
    (9) Speed isn't always an advantage; after all, the snails were on the same ark
    as the cheetahs.
    (10) When you're stressed, float awhile.
    (11) Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.
    (12) Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm
    outside.
    (13) No matter what the storm, when God is with you, there's a rainbow waiting.

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    « Reply #55 on: July 13, 2007, 04:21:38 AM »
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  • What can you do TODAY...this very moment?

    A central teaching in most spiritual traditions is:
    What you wish to experience, provide for another.

    Look to see, now, what it is you wish to experience
    in your own life, and in the world. Then see if there
    is another for whom you may be the source of that.

    If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

    If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to
    know that they are safe.

    If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible
    things, help another to better understand.

    If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal
    the sadness or anger of another.

    Those others are waiting for you now. They are looking to
    you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for
    understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all,
    they are looking to you for love.

    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

    -- Dalai Lama

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    Alphabet of Happiness
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  • A--Accept
    Accept others for who they are and for the choices they've made even if you have
    difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

    B--Break Away
    Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish
    with your life.

    C--Create
    Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and
    happiness with.

    D--Decide
    Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will
    find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

    E--Explore
    Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give.
    And every time you try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.

    F--Forgive
    Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and
    grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

    G--Grow
    Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in
    your way.

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

    I--Ignore
    Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and
    remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what
    the future holds.

    J--Journey
    Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn
    something new every day, and you'll grow.

    K--Know
    Know that no matter how bad things seem, they'll always get better. The warmth
    of spring always follows the harshest winter.

    L--Love
    Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there's
    room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless
    happiness.

    M--Manage
    Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and
    worry. Then you'll be able to focus on the important things in life.

    N--Notice
    Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your
    assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

    O--Open
    Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of
    times, there's still much to be thankful for.

    P--Play
    Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

    Q--Question
    Ask many questions, because you're here to learn.

    R--Relax
    Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always
    have a way of working out in the end.

    S--Share
    Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you
    invest in others will return to you many times over.

    T--Try
    Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by
    what you can accomplish.

    U--Use
    Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent
    that's used will bring unexpected rewards.

    V--Value
    Value the friends and family members who've supported and encouraged you, and be
    there for them as well.

    W--Work
    Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if
    you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

    X--X-Ray
    Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you'll see the goodness and
    beauty within.

    Y--Yield
    Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you'll find
    success at the end of the road.


    Z--Zoom
    Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let
    nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your
    dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.

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    « Reply #57 on: July 13, 2007, 04:31:28 AM »
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  • EASY ....... DIFFICULT

    Easy is to get a place is someone's address book.
    Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.

    Easy is to judge the mistakes of others
    Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

    Easy is to talk without thinking
    Difficult is to refrain the tongue

    Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
    Difficult is to heal the wound...

    Easy is to forgive others
    Difficult is to ask for forgiveness

    Easy is to set rules.
    Difficult is to follow them...

    Easy is to dream every night.
    Difficult is to fight for a dream...

    Easy is to show victory.
    Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...

    Easy is to admire a full moon.
    Difficult to see the other side...

    Easy is to stumble with a stone.
    Difficult is to get up...

    Easy is to enjoy life every day.
    Difficult to give its real value...

    Easy is to promise something to someone.
    Difficult is to fulfill that promise...

    Easy is to say we love.
    Difficult is to show it every day...

    Easy is to criticize others.
    Difficult is to improve oneself...

    Easy is to make mistakes.
    Difficult is to learn from them...

    Easy is to weep for a lost love.
    Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.

    Easy is to think about improving.
    Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...

    Easy is to think bad of others
    Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...

    Easy is to receive
    Difficult is to give

    Easy to read this
    Difficult to follow

    Easy is keep the friendship with words
    Difficult is to keep it with meanings.

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    used track
    « Reply #58 on: July 13, 2007, 04:42:08 AM »
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  • A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while
    the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the
    operational track.

    The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make
    the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids.
    However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would
    be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?

    Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make................

    Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only
    one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, I thought the same
    way initially because to save most of the children at the expense of only one
    child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally.
    But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track
    had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?

    Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose
    to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday.
    In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society,
    the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how
    foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the
    minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational
    track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear
    for him.

    The great critic Leo Velski Julian who told the story said he would not try to
    change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the
    operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and
    that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens. If the train
    was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the
    train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use
    probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, we
    could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to
    save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds
    of people to save these few kids.

    While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be
    made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.

    "Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't
    always right." Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on
    pencils.

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    « Reply #59 on: July 14, 2007, 02:12:32 AM »
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  • Difficult by Design


    Joshua 7-9, Luke 1:21-38
    Key Verse: Luke 1:38

    Smooth sailing is preferred over rough seas; paved roads over potholes. But sometimes the rough seas and potholes are by God's design to accomplish His purpose. At that point, the follower of Christ must decide whether to follow God in the tough times or not.

    Mary experienced a time that was difficult by design. These verses record part of her predicament: an unexpected pregnancy. Imagine as best you can the full emotion of the situation. She, an unmarried virgin, was asked to have a baby. Undoubtedly she would become the object of much doubt and ridicule. The truth would be too unimaginable for people to believe. She would bear the shame. In Matthew's account, it is noted that Joseph even considered divorcing her (1:19).

    Yet Mary's attitude was remarkable. She said to the angel, "May it be to me as you have said" (v. 38). Her statement revealed her character. She was ready to endure the doubt and ridicule. God's work was more important to her than her reputation.

    Following God will take you down rough roads at times. Sometimes you'll be tempted to find the easier path. The best road to travel, however, is always the one of God's choosing.

    Are you on the right path, doing God's will? When the way is rough, pray like Mary did, surrendering to God's work in your life.

     


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