This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

A Possible Naval Battle

This is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995.

Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS.

I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, I SAY AGAIN, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call!

My Little Niece

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My sister’s family migrated to Australia 18 years ago. So my whole family – 7 people: sister, brother-in-law, nephew, niece, parents and me lived together in a 3-bedroom house at that time. Although it’s happy to have the family reunion, the house got crowded. I also learned how disruptive a kid’s cry can be. My niece was 4-year-old that year and she nearly cried once every hour. I was not sure whether she fight with her brother or she felt hungry. But others simply ignored her and let her cried until she stopped, they might already get used to it.

Even worse, I was working full-time, studying part-time and preparing my final exam at that time. I could not focus on my studies due to the noise. So I formulated a strategy – sleeping at 10pm, waking up at 1am and studying for 2 to 3 hours while everyone was sleeping. I put this into action and continued for a few weeks until my exam was finished. I had more spare time afterwards and started paying attention to my niece. I found that she was unhappy because she felt lonely. Adults was doing their things, brother didn’t want to play with her, and she had difficulty in communicating to others in a new environment.

As I spent more time with her, our relationship grew slowly. The pure innocence of a kid is beautiful and happiness can be that simple – throwing socks to each other, playing hide and seek in the house, an ice-cream, a teddy bear, a cartoon. I gave her an iPod as a Christmas present and she becomes a fan of Apple. Others were surprised that we could be that closed. One day I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up, she replied – “A mom”, and I was startled. My sister later found a new place and on the day they moved out, my niece gave me a hug and it was so heartwarming.

This month my niece traveled to Korea and will study there for 4 months as an exchange student. If mom is still here, she will be proud of you. I think instead of becoming a mom, you now know what you want to be. I will never forget those family dinners that we had every night when we were living together, and the jokes that were shared around the table. Everyone was still happy and healthy. Thank you for giving me a second childhood. Sometimes when you look back, you will realize the little things in life are actually the big things. Home is not a place, it’s a feeling. It’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is.

Accept Yourself

When we are kids, we only compromise between what our parents want us to do and what we want to do. As we grow up, we begin to set goals for ourselves. Achieving personal goals feels great. However, failing to achieve them can be depressing. Although every life is filled with failures – some are not too severe and some are valuable lessons, failures make us feel weak and demotivated.

Every trait you possess can be viewed from both a negative and a positive perspective. If you are determined and do not give up easily, people might perceive this trait as stubbornness. If you are ambitious, others might call you greedy. If you are humble, they might say that you lack ambition. If you are cautious, then you might be accused of cowardice. Basically, it all depends on the environment in which you displayed your personal traits.

We have our own vision of ourselves, while others have a different perception. And the truth is somewhere in between. So do not take criticism too seriously and do not be self-absorbed all the time. Just learn to accept yourself and only work on the flaws that you truly wish to eliminate. Abandon the notion that you can become someone that everybody will admire and focus on being someone you would admire. If you try to impress everyone, you’ll end up forsaking yourself. Learn to accept yourself and give yourself some more credits.

Two Moose Hunters

Two moose hunters from Texas are flown into a remote lake in Alaska. They have a good hunt and both manage to get a large moose. When the plane returns to pick them up, the pilot looks at the animals and says, “This little plane won’t lift all of us, the equipment, and both of those animals. You’ll have to leave one. We’d never make it over the trees on the take off.”

“That’s baloney!” says one of the hunters. “Yeah,” the other agrees, “you’re just chicken. We came out here last year and got two moose and that pilot had some guts! He wasn’t afraid to take off!”

“Yeah”, said the first hunter, “and his plane wasn’t any bigger than yours!”

The pilot got angry, and said, “Hell, if he did it, then I can do it! I can fly as well as anybody!”

They loaded up, taxied at full throttle, and the plane almost made it, but didn’t have the lift to clear the trees at the end of the lake. It clipped the tops, then flipped, then broke up, scattering the baggage, animal carcasses, and passengers all through the brush.

Still alive, but hurt and dazed, the pilot sat up, shook his head to clear it, and said, “Where are we?”

One of the hunters rolled out from being thrown into a bush, looked around and said, “I’d say… about a hundred yards further than last year.”

What Did You Catch?

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Do you know what is the furthest distance in the world? It’s when I sit in front of you, you just focus on your phone and are not aware of my presence. I know I have no right to complain as you act the same way when you are having dinner with your parents. Rather than enjoying the meal and talking to your parents, you simply hang out at the online virtual world.

Although living in the same house, you hide yourself in your bedroom and the wall separates two different worlds – yours and your parents’. Do you remember what you said to your parents last time? Do you notice their hairs had turned grey and they have all sorts of aches when the weather changes? They won’t tell you but still take care of you everyday as they know you are busy with your phone.

In recent weeks, you spent a lot of time wandering on the street with others. You all just look at the screen of your phones like living zombies. You ignore everything around you and your only goal is to search for Pokemon. You feel like part of the crowd when chasing that Pikachu, but when the event is over, everyone just follow their maps and go in different directions.

No matter how many Pokemon you can catch, no matter how many gym battles you can win, do you know when you throw that Pokeball, you also throw away the precious moments of your life? Those treasured moments that you can spend with your family, your friends and your loved ones – which cannot be caught back by the Pokeball.

A Little Dramatic Twist

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One guy said to the other in a bar, “Your mom is so hot, I love her.”

The other guy said, “Dad, you have had too many drinks. Let’s go home.”

Today, her husband beat her again. She had got used to it now and did not groan or complain.

She simply got up and put the chessboard back, determined to beat him one day in the game he had mastered.

“Don’t ask for the change. Bring the change!”

Said the bus driver in a very annoyed tone.

The lowly clerk was caught red handed for accepting bride.

At home, his wife was waiting for her husband to bring the money for her daughter’s cancer treatment.

The petty, insignificant German tourist was being teased for his peculiar mustache.

With fire in his heart, “One day they will know my name” said Hitler to himself.

“Everyone goes with the flow but the one who goes against the flow becomes someone remarkable in life.”

Before I could explain this to the traffic police, he issued me a ticket.

“It’s a boy, it’s a boy!” He shouted coming out of the room.

“I am never coming back to Thailand!”

He grabbed her neck and smashed her head against the wall, screaming, “You destroyed my life! You destroyed my life!”

The alcohol bottle broke into tiny pieces, however leaving her smell on his clothes as the last memory.

Love was within her grasp, all that was needed was a little courage.

And a plan, to get rid of her husband.

A Sign for Our Times

Dorothy sat scribbling at her kitchen table, trying hard to compose an appropriate slogan for a sign hanging over the self-service gas station. Dorothy and her husband Fred had started working in the gas station a week ago, pulling their trailer to Greenwood. The job seemed simple enough, just sitting at a drive-up window, taking money from customers.

With their children grown, Dorothy and Fred travelled to different places. Sometimes, they settled for a while and took jobs, and this was one of those times.

There were already a lighted advertising sign on top of the building, but Dorothy’s new boss had told her she could replace the message with anything she liked. “I had heard that this chain of gas stations was frequently robbed,” Dorothy said, “so I was thinking about a safety-related slogan.” She tried several ideas, then inspiration struck.

“What do you think of this?” she asked Fred.

Fred studied her scrawl: God is Our Security Guard – Always on the Job. “That says it pretty well,” he told her. The next day, they spelled it out on the lighted board.

The sign was impressive, but it seemed to have little or no effect on anyone. Few customers commented on it.

After five months, Dorothy and Fred moved on, they resigned and took off in a trailer.

Thirteen years later, they met a young couple Janet and Larry in a church in Gainesville. The four got along well, and when Dorothy and Fred had health problems, Janet and Larry proved to be a blessing: running errands, providing an occasional meal, and just being there. “I don’t know what we would have done without you,” Dorothy told Larry more than once. She was growing quite fond of this kind, clean-cut young man.

One evening Dorothy invited Janet and Larry over for dinner. The four sat around the table, talking leisurely. Dorothy and Fred were surprised to hear that Larry had grown up in Greenwood.

“Why, we worked there once,” Dorothy began. Had they ever met Larry? She started to ask him, but having begun to talk about himself, Larry couldn’t stop.

“I’ve had a pretty rough past,” Larry went on, pent-up words suddenly tumbling out. At 16, he’d become involved with the wrong crowd and had spent a year in reform school. After his release, he’d wanted to start over again, but because of his records, he couldn’t find a job.

“One night,” Larry continued, “I decided to rob a gas station for money to leave home.” There was a self-service station nearby, so he stole his father’s gun and car, and just before closing time, he drove up to rob the woman sitting at the window.

But before pulling his gun, he glanced at the roof of the building. There had always been a sign there, but someone just recently changed the words. “When I read the message,” Larry said, “I knew I couldn’t rob that place – or do anything else illegal.” He went home, prayed all night and begged God to help him straighten out his life.

Dorothy and Fred looked at each other. “What did the sign say, Larry?” Dorothy asked gently.

“I’ve never forgotten those words,” Larry assured her. “It said, ‘God is Our Security Guard – Always on the Job’. And He is, Dorothy. He guarded me from danger that night, and He has ever since.”

Dorothy’s heart lifted. Her small act of faith had brought a lost child safely back to God’s side.

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