“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men. I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
There are always something good and things that may not be so good in people. But you can choose what to focus on. If you want improvement in life, then focusing on the good in people. It makes life easier as your world and relationships will become more pleasant and positive.
When you see the good in people, you will be motivated to be of service to them. By being of service to other people and giving them value, you not only make their lives better. Over time you tend to get what you give. And the people you help may feel more inclined to help other people. So all together, create an upward spiral of positive change that grows.
As you encounter others, put on a smile and say hello. We never know the struggles that a specific person is going through and something as small as a smile and a warm greeting can change someone’s outlook. Smiling is contagious. When you smile at someone, they automatically smile back and you are immediately rewarded for your efforts.
When we open our eyes and focus on love and empathy, we see opportunities to make an impact in someone’s life. Brightening someone’s day without them knowing who did it can make a big difference in their lives.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
– John Bunyan
I’m a hardcore Fast and Furious fan. So when the song “See You Again” was played at the end of “Fast and Furious 7”, when Brian (Paul Walker) and Dominic (Vin Diesel) drove in separate ways, when Brian’s previous scenes in the series were flash back, I was deeply touched. I like how the movie brought the character Brian to completion. He started as an FBI agent and was assigned an undercover investigation of Dominic’s crew. But in the process he developed friendship with Dominic and other group members. He eventually left FBI and married Dominic’s sister – Mia. After all the adventures, he retired for his family. If there is Fast and Furious 8, it won’t have Brian for sure. If you are interested, check this ending scene of Fast and Furious 7.
It’s been a long day without you, my friend
And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
We’ve come a long way from where we began
Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again
Back to the movie, there’s actually nothing much to say except it’s a showcase of Hollywood blockbuster entertainment. Deckard (Jason Statham) seek revenge for his brother who was defeated by Dominic’s crew in Fast and Furious 6. Dominic’s group worked with the government to save a computer hacker, Ramsey and find the disk drive with the powerful surveillance program that she developed – the God’s Eyes. Deckard also teamed up with the terrorist – Jakande, tried to obtain the God’s Eyes.
As each movie in the series becomes bigger and louder, cars are no longer raced on streets or freeways. This time the sites are Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan and the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. In addition to the attack from the stealth helicopter and the drone at the end, it’s action after action throughout the movie and we simply have no time to think whether the story is reasonable or not. We’ll accept no matter how the car is crashed or how many bullets are shot, our heroes will still survive. One more thing, director James Wan, your horror movies are my favorite in recent years and you surprised me with Fast and Furious 7. You had proved that you are capable of directing big budget action movies as well as thrillers and horror films. I’m looking forward to your next movie.
So let the light guide your way, yeah
Hold every memory as you go
And every road you take, will always lead you home, home
Note: Paul Walker died in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013.
Lisa was a little girl who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her younger five-year-old brother, who has miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. The boy hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Lisa.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in a bed next to his sister and smiled. Seeing the color returning to his sister’s cheek, his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”
Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor. He thought he was going to give his sister all his blood.
Sometimes, you may feel lost that you are not on the path to becoming the version of yourself that you have envisioned. The following quotes are for those moments. They can help you to reset your mind if you have been struggling and to believe in yourself again. We all have the power to decide the thoughts that govern our minds – only we have the key to our future.
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J. K. Rowling
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki
“Can a kangaroo jump higher than a house?”
“Yes! Because a house can’t jump.”
“Waiter, the coffee is cold!”
“Thanks for telling me, sir! Ice coffee is one dollar more.”
“Boss, can I leave work two hours early today? My wife wants me to go shopping with her.”
“That’s out of the question.”
“Thanks, boss! I knew you wouldn’t let me down.”
Judge: “You are accused of having driven your neighbors into the forest with curse words and there beaten them quite horribly. Didn’t you go a little far, Defendant?”
The accused: “Yes, that’s right. Your Honor, I should have done it earlier in the meadow!”
An old woman drank whisky for the first time. She thought for a while, then said: “Strange, the stuff tastes exactly like the medicine my late husband had to take for twenty years!”
Patient: “Doctor, I have a bowel movement every morning at 7!”
Doctor: “But that’s great!”
Patient: “But I wake up at 7:30!”
“What do wives and hand grenades have in common?”
“When you pull the ring off, your house goes away.”
“My dog used to chase after people on a bike … until I took away his bike.”
Mark was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see a local native in the distance kept leaning down, picking something up, and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean. As Mark approached closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.
Mark was puzzled. He approached the man and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”
“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of oxygen.”
“I understand,” Mark replied, “but there may be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches along this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”
The local native smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
– Mother Teresa
Student: Teacher, what is life?
Teacher: Life is from ‘B’ to ‘D’.
Student: What are ‘B’ and ‘D’?
Teacher: Birth and Death. Life is from birth to death.
Student: [Not satisfied] Then what happens between birth and death?
Teacher: What’s between ‘B’ and ‘D’?
Student: A ‘C’.
Teacher: Yes, so what does ‘C’ mean in life?
Student: [Thought for a while] Changes?
Teacher: [Smiling] Not really, it is “Choices”. Our life is a matter of choices.
We have to make many choices in life. It’s our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. Every day brings new choices. Live well and it will never go wrong.