when we're just little kids
and hear the story of flying reindeer
with a jolly ol' fella
driving the sleigh
full of wonderful gifts
for all the children of the world
we were inspired
to grow up
to learn more about this
tale of miracles
and even tho'
we find that reindeer don't fly
and the ol' guy is dad
and too many children forgotten
day in and day out
we want to make
this kind of magic
real in this world
the generosity of a good spirit
free over all the earth
to send joy and happiness
to every boy and girl
all puppies and kittens
so that the inspiration
of children's dreamy ideals
blessings we all desire
SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"
The father was furious.
DAD: "If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behavior."
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $ 50 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.
DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"
SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.
DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"
SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.
"Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness. It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love? If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.
Some things are more important.
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A YOUNG MAN WAS WALKING ALONG THE BEACH AT DAWN,BENDING DOWN EVERY FEW STEPS TO PICK SOMETING UP AND THROW IT INTO THE OCEAN.
AN OLDER GENTLEMAN WHO OBSERVED THIS WAS OVERTAKEN WITH CURIOSITY AS TO WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN WAS DOING,SO HE GOT UP AND STARTED TO WALK OVER TO HIM.
AS HE GOT CLOSER TO THE YOUNG MAN,HE SAW THAT HE WAS PICKING UP STARFISH THAT HAD BECOME STRANDED ON THE BEACH BECAUSE OF THE TIDE,AND THROWING THEM INTO THE OCEAN.ALL ALONG THE MILES AND MILES OF BEACH THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF THEM,DYING ON THE SAND.
"why are you wasting your time?" the older man asked the younger one."there are way too many of these creatures here,there is no way that you can possibly help even half of them.what difference can you possible make?"
the younger man continued with what he was doing.in reply to the older gentleman,he bent down picked up another starfish,held it up to him,and said,"IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE."
hE GRINNED AT THE OLDER GENTLEMAN,AND CONTINUED TO WALK ALONG THE BEACH TOSSING THE STRANDED STARFISH BACK INTO THE OCEAN.
When something happens to you, you have the choice: Will you let it get you down and depressed, keeping you from forging ahead and making the day the best one ever? Or will you say to yourself that no matter what happens you are on the path to success and no obstacle will keep you from it? Will you say, "Sometime you win and sometimes you lose - I guess this time I lost"? Will you say, "Sometime you win and sometimes you learn - I can really learn something from this!"?
It is all in what attitude we choose. Your attitude is up to you and when you choose to have a great attitude, you are choosing to guarantee to have a GREAT day, every day.
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,none but ourselves can free our mind."
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu
LOVE QUOTES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY:
"Greater love has no man than this,that he lay down his life for his friends."(JESUS CHRIST)
"One love,one heart.Let's get together and feel alright."(BOB MARLEY)
"All you need is love."(BEATLE
Alabaster Boxes Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up, until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them. The kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say them before they go. The flowers you mean to send-use to brighten and sweeten their homes before they leave them. If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away, full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection I would rather they would bring them out in my weary and troubled hours and open them, that I may be refreshed and cheered when I need them. Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand. Post-mortem kindness do not cheer the burdened spirit. Flowers cast no fragrance backward over the weary way.
by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown
Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up, until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier by them. The kind things you mean to say when they are gone, say them before they go. The flowers you mean to send-use to brighten and sweeten their homes before they leave them. If my friends have alabaster boxes laid away, full of fragrant perfumes of sympathy and affection I would rather they would bring them out in my weary and troubled hours and open them, that I may be refreshed and cheered when I need them. Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand. Post-mortem kindness do not cheer the burdened spirit. Flowers cast no fragrance backward over the weary way.
who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock,
with her hair fashionably fixed and makeup perfectly applied
even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.
Her husband of 70 years recently passed away,
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the
nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator,
I provided a visual description of her tiny room,
including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.
"I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old
having just been presented with a new puppy.
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room... just wait."
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied.
"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the
furniture is arranged... it's how I arrange my mind."
"I've already decided to love it.
It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up.
I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed
recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that
no longer work, or get out of bed and
Each day is a gift and as long as my eyes open,
I'll focus on the new day
and all the happy memories I've stored away
just for this time in my life."
"Old age is like a bank account.
You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be
in the bank account of memories."
"Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.
I am still depositing."
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
That you are beautiful.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."
"In our imaginations we believe that love is apart from us. Actually there is nothing but love, once we are ready to accept it. When you truly find love, you find yourself."
- Deepak Chopra -
When you make use of your strength, it does not get used up. It grows.
When you give your love to others, it does not diminish the love you have.. It deepens and enriches that love.
When you teach what you know, it does not take knowledge away from you. It expands and broadens your knowledge.
When you offer kindness, you end up with even more. When you make use of discipline, your discipline grows ever stronger.
The more you live with integrity, the more integrity you'll have. The more you speak the truth, the more real truth you'll discover.
The truly valuable things in life are easy to recognize, for they're the things that never get used up. Indeed, the truly valuable things become more plentiful each and every time they're used.
Everywhere you go.
Scatter bits of courtesy -
Watch them grow and grow.
Keep them till full-blown,
You will find more happiness
Than you have ever known."
"Respect your mystery. Nothing is more profound but pursue it ruthlessly, trying to rip the veil away at every second. This is what makes life rich, that it has more to offer with each clue it reveals."
- Deepak Chopra -
Being rich of heart makes you wealthy beyond compare.
~Count Your Gains--Not Your Losses~
As we travel down life’s busy road
Complaining of our heavy load,
We often think God’s been unfair
And gave us much more than our share
Of little daily irritations
And disappointing tribulations.
We’re discontented with our lot
And all the “bad breaks” that we got;
We count our losses ... Not our gains,
And remember only tears and pain.
The good things we forget completely
When God looked down and blessed us sweetly.
Our troubles fill our every thought,
We dwell upon the goals we sought;
And wrapped up in our own despair,
We have no time to see or share
Another’s load that far outweighs
Our little problems and dismays.
And so we walk with heads held low,
And little do we guess or know
That someone near us on life’s street
Is burdened deeply with defeat.
And if we’d but forget our care
And stop in sympathy to share,
The burden that our brother carried,
Our minds and hearts would be less harried;
And we would feel our load was small,
In fact, we carried no load at all.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~
This post was modified from its original form on 14 May, 0:29
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's
Veronica Veronese, 1830
Well... I'm not sure when something begins to be concidered "great", but what I would like to do is have a little "One Room Schoolhouse" where I could teach Crochet. A public store-front type place where anyone could just come sit down in an overstuffed chair and join in some pleasant conversation while they work on their crochet projects. Knitting, weaving, embroidry... all the needlework arts actually. Come on in, sit right down and we will all show off our compleated projects to each other.
You cannot please everyone, so it is foolish to even try. Instead,
guide your actions by what you know is true. Go beyond what is
merely popular, or expected, or what looks impressive. Keep your
focus on what is right.
Graciously and humbly accept praise without living for it. Learn
from criticism without being dismayed by it. Listen to your heart.
Live life on your own terms, based on what you know is the right
thing to do. Those who are worth impressing will be most impressed
by authenticity. You have many special things to offer the world.
Some people will resent you. Others will blindly accept you. Don't
let yourself be swayed by either. Be who you are, as honestly as
Integrity is more than just a claim or a promise. Integrity results
from being consistently true to your most profound values, even when
no one is looking. Fulfill your enormous positive possibilities by
continuing to do what you know is right.
-- Author Unknown