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

marathon

This month I ran my 26th half marathon. My goal every year is to finish the 21km run under 2 hours. My time this year is 1:58:03 and I’m satisfied. When reviewing my running records, my fastest time is 1:47:00. In the past 2 years, after I had changed job, I only run on Sunday mornings instead of running 3 to 4 times per week. So it’s fair for the deteriorated performance – what you get out of it is what you put into it, just that simple.

My friends were surprised when they heard I needed to pay money, get up at 5am, take the train to city, and start running at 6:45am. Ridiculous, insane, idiot are the keywords in their comments. But sometimes the dumbest things result in the fondest memories. The time you stayed up all night working on an assignment that was due the next day; the time you spent the weekend for a project to be delivered on Monday; the time you hiked up the mountain in the dark for the sunrise. Sometimes we need to do something crazy. You probably won’t like it while you’re doing it but the result will be a memory that will always make you smile. You’ll look back and say, “Wow that was stupid, but let’s do it again!”

My friends would also ask, “What did you gain from the run?” Well, other than a sense of fulfillment and sore legs, there was also a finishing medal. As her birthday and the run are in the same month, I once thought that it would be a heart-warming birthday gift to her with her birthday on the medal. But the run needs to be held on her birthday. Years passed and days shifted, finally the run and her birthday were on the same day. However we also changed with time. We had broken up and couldn’t wait till that day. To my surprise, I ran the fastest time that year.

Life is like a marathon, it’s full of ups and downs, struggling and suffering. Everyone has their own philosophy to live. We come to this world and we’ll never get out of it alive. Just like the run, once it started, there is no turning back. In the run, people may run with you for some time but then get lost in the crowd. What distinguishes you from others is that how you live your life. Find your own pace and do what you love. Don’t settle for ordinary, have an extraordinary trip.

Every life has the potential to be lived deeply.
– William Powers

Monkey in the Plane

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Once a plane crashed, only a monkey who was travelling in the plane was left alive. Fortunately the monkey was intelligent enough to understand our language and reply in actions. The officials went to see the monkey in the hospital and had an interview with him.

Officer: When the plane took off what were the travellers doing?
Monkey: Tying their belts.
Officer: What were the air hostesses doing?
Monkey: Saying hello! Good morning!
Officer: What were the pilots doing?
Monkey: Checking the system.
Officer: What were you doing?
Monkey: Looking for my people.

Officer: After 10 minutes what were the travellers doing?
Monkey: Having beverages and snacks.
Officer: What were the air hostesses doing?
Monkey: Serving the travellers.
Officer: What were the pilots doing?
Monkey: Handling the steering.
Officer: What were you doing?
Monkey: Eating.

Officer: After 30 minutes what were the travellers doing?
Monkey: Some were sleeping and some were reading.
Officer: What were the air hostesses doing?
Monkey: Make up.
Officer: What were the pilots doing?
Monkey: Handling the steering.
Officer: What were you doing?
Monkey: Nothing.

Officer: Just before plane crash what were the travellers doing?
Monkey: All were sleeping.
Officer: What were the pilots doing?
Monkey: Handling the air hostesses.
Officer: What were you doing?
Monkey: Handling the steering.

Enjoy Yourself Today

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There is a difference between being self-ist and being selfish – putting yourself first doesn’t mean you have to put everyone else last.

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so put yourself first today and make yourself as interesting as possible. While it is not possible for you to be your top priority every day, it’s important to have your own needs met if you want to have the energy it takes to be there for everyone else.

As you work through all the things on your to-do list, make sure you find time for something just for you. It might be that you exercise, stop for a coffee at your favourite café, call a friend or read a chapter of a book. Whatever you choose, make sure that you do something each day that you really do enjoy. Your life will be happier for it.

You only have one life. Make sure that yours is one you are happy to be living.

7 Truths About Life

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  1. Don’t let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in their life. Relationships work best when they are balanced.
  2. Never explain yourself to anyone. Because the person who likes you doesn’t need it and the person who doesn’t like you won’t believe it.
  3. When you keep saying you are busy, then you are never free. When you keep saying you have no time, then you will never have time. When you keep saying that you will do it tomorrow, remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed.
  4. When we wake up in the morning, we have two simple choices: (1) Go back to sleep and dream, or (2) Wake up and chase those dreams. Choice is yours.
  5. We make those who care for us cry. We cry for those who never care for us. And we care for those who will never cry for us. It’s strange but true. Once you realize this, it’s never too late to change.
  6. Don’t make promises when you are in joy. Don’t reply when you are sad. Don’t take decision when you are angry. Think twice, act once.
  7. Time is like river. You can’t touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again.

partyAt a party, the host was getting worried because there were too many people and not enough refreshments. She was sure that not all of them had been invited but didn’t know how to tell which ones were the crashers.

Then her husband got an idea. He turned to the crowd of the guests and said, “Will everyone from the bride’s side of the family stand up please?”

About 20 people stood.

Then he asked, “Will everyone from the groom’s side of the family stand up please?”

About 25 people stood up.

Then he smiled and said, “Will everyone who stood please leave. This is a ‘Birthday Party’!”

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  1. You keep asking yourself about the true meaning of life and what you want to achieve out of this.
  2. Despite being praised by people you are never satisfied with your achievements and keep trying to make yourself better and better.
  3. Somewhere deep inside your heart – you always keep thinking how you can bring a change to this world.
  4. You are calculative about your life and only take actions when you feel inspired.
  5. You’re filled with hope and optimism about the future.
  6. You don’t do things for the sake of doing them – but to learn through them. You seek knowledge in books, on the internet and in conversations with others.
  7. You have a kind heart and you do not hesitate to go out of your way to help others.
  8. You have never been able to choose between power, money and happiness. The very idea of choosing among the three just doesn’t make any sense to you.
  9. You might not be sure about many things in life – but one thing you know for sure is that you don’t want to be just another face in the mob.
  10. You dream big.

Advices from Elders

elders

  1. Before middle age – do not fear. After middle age – do not regret.
  2. Enjoy your life while you can. Everyday you must smile and laugh.
  3. Do not wait till you cannot even walk just to be sorry and to regret.
  4. As long as it is physically possible, visit places you wish to visit.
  5. When there is opportunity, get together with old friends – the gathering is not just about eating; it’s just that there is not much time left.
  6. Money kept in the banks may not be really yours. When it is time to spend, treat yourself well as you’re getting old. Our kids will make their own fortune.
  7. Whatever you feel like eating, just eat. It is most important to be happy. Food which are good for health – eat often and more but it is not everything. Things which are not good for health – eat less once in a while but do not abstain from them totally.
  8. Treat sickness with optimism. Whether you are poor or rich, do not be afraid or worried when you are sick.
  9. Settle all the outstanding issues before hand and you will be able to leave without regret.
  10. Treasure every moment with your partner, one of you will leave first.
  11. Hope ends when you stop believing. Friendship ends when you stop sharing. Love ends when you stop caring. Life ends when you stop dreaming.
  12. Everyone has to go through birth, aging, sickness and death. Running water does not flow back. So is life, make it happy.
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