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Life is to Keep Trying

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Life is full of interesting twists and you don’t know what’s coming next. But if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun. If you are creative, enjoy solving problems and like to make things work, you can be a top class engineer or programmer one day.

You can’t know what’s going to make you happy in the future. But you can know what makes you happy right now and if you are unhappy with your current position, then you need to move on. Life is often about trying things and realizing what you don’t want to be. At the end of your life, you won’t regret trying things and failing, you will only regret not ever trying at all.

Life is sometimes uncomfortable. But try to be comfortable with discomfort. We possibly don’t have enough money or the time to do all of the things we want to do. If you have something you really want to pursue, then you must be able to live with some amount of discomfort in order to do that. For example, waking up at 6am to have a morning run or saving up money to make that trip.

You’re not getting younger. If you don’t start taking the time to pursue your dreams, you might find yourself at the end of your life with nothing to show for it but a lot of Facebook posts and a bunch of TV shows you had watched. If you are serious about pursuing a dream – whether it’s a famous blogger or a professional computer guru, you better get on it. Take those first steps. You won’t get anywhere merely thinking about how great you could be.

Opportunity may be knocking but if you don’t answer the door, how can you take advantage of it? You must take opportunities when they are presented to you even it’s not the right time. Opportunities happen when they happen. Answer the door or that opportunity will walk on by and knock on someone else’s door.

There is no dead end in life, only crossroads. Life is uncertain. Go with it. Take uncertainty and turn it on its head. Now close the laptop and go get your life.

The Accident

Christmas Eve came on Sunday that year. As a result, the usual Sunday night youth group meeting at the church was going to be a big celebration. The mother of two teenage girls asked Robert after the morning service if he could find a ride for her girls that night. She was divorced. Her ex-husband had moved away. She hated to drive at night, especially since there was a possibility of freezing rain that night. Robert promised to get the girls to the meeting.

The girls were seated beside him as they drove to the church that night. They came up over a rise in the road, only to see that a multiple collision had just taken place on a railroad overpass just ahead. Because it had started to freeze and the road was very slick, they were unable to stop and slammed into the back of a car. Robert turned to see if the girls were fine when he heard the scream from the girl beside him. “Oh, Donna!” Robert leaned forward to see what had happened to the girl seated by the window. She had been thrown face first through the windshield. The jagged edge of the broken windshield glass had gouged two deep gashes in her left cheek. Blood was streaming down. It was a horrible sight.

Fortunately, someone in one of the other cars had a first aid kit and applied a compress to Donna’s cheek to stop the bleeding. The investigating police officer said the accident was unavoidable and there would be no charges made, but Robert felt terrible that a beautiful 16-year-old girl would have to go through life with scars on her face. And it had happened when she was in his care.

At the hospital emergency room, Donna was taken immediately to the doctor to have her face stitched up. It seemed to take a long time. Afraid there were complications, Robert asked a nurse why the delay. She said the doctor on duty happened to be a plastic surgeon. He took many small time-consuming stitches. This also meant there would be minimal scar tissue.

Robert dreaded visiting Donna in the hospital, fearful she would be angry and blame him. Since it was Christmas, the doctors in the hospital tried to send patients home and also postponed elective surgery. As a result, there were not many patients on Donna’s floor. Robert asked a nurse how Donna was doing. The nurse smiled and said she was doing just fine. In fact, she was like a ray of sunshine. Donna seemed happy and kept asking questions about the medical procedures. The nurse confided that with so few patients on the floor, the nurses had time on their hands and made up excuses to go into Donna’s room to chat with her!

Robert told Donna how sorry he was for what had happened. She brushed the apology aside, saying she would cover the scars with pancake make-up. Then she began to excitedly explain what the nurses had been doing in the hospital. The nurses stood around her bed smiling. Donna seemed very happy. This was her first time in a hospital and she was intrigued.

Later at school, Donna was the center of attention as she described again and again the wreck and what happened in the hospital. Her mother and sister did not blame Robert for what happened and even went out of their way to thank him for taking care of the girls that night. As for Donna, her face was not disfigured and pancake make-up almost covered the scars. That made Robert feel better, but he still ached for the pretty girl with the scarred face. A year later, Robert moved to another city and lost touch with Donna and her family.

Fifteen years later, Robert was invited back to the church for a series of services. The last night, he noticed Donna’s mother stood in the line of people waiting to tell him goodbye. He shuddered as the memories of the wreck, the blood and the scars cascaded back. When Donna’s mother stood before him she had a big smile on her face. She was almost laughing when she asked if he knew what had happened to Donna. Of course, Robert did not know what had happened.

“Well, did you remember how interested she was in what the nurses did?” Donna’s mother went on:

“Well, Donna decided to be a nurse. She went into training, graduated with honors, got a good job in a hospital, met a young doctor, they fell in love and are happily married and have two beautiful children. She told me to be sure to tell you that the accident was the best thing that ever happened to her!”

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

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  1. Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.
  2. Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy if you do. The grass is always greener.
  3. Keep going and never give up.
  4. Even if you feel hatred, keep it to yourself. Don’t hurt other people for any reason.
  5. It is very important to have a widespread curiosity about life.
  6. Learning new things makes you happy and keeps your mind active.
  7. When you laugh at yourself, you prevent others from laughing at you.
  8. Try not to worry. Just try to live.
  9. Forgive.
  10. Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks.

Remember, life is happening now.

New Hair Clips

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A very poor man had a beautiful wife. His wife had luscious and beautiful long hair that she loved and adored. One day, her hair clip broke and she wanted a new one to take care of her hair.

“Honey, can you please bring me a new hair clip?” asked the wife.

“I’m sorry, honey, I can’t even afford to get my broken watch strap fixed.” Husband said with a heavy heart. His wife did not insist on her request.

As the husband was walking to work, he passed by a watch shop. He suddenly thought of something. “Why don’t I just sell my watch for a little money to get my wife her hair clips?”

So he sold his watch with the broken strap at a low price and bought his wife new hair clips.

As he got home that night, he was shocked to see his wife with short hair.

“Honey, I sold my long hair to the salon and bought you a new watch band.” She said with a smile on her face.

Tears started rolling down her husband’s eyes as he gave her the hair clips he got for her.

We all have to make sacrifices for the ones we love. Material things and beauty won’t last forever, true love will. Never take love for granted.

Good News

Robert De Vincenzo, the great Argentine golfer, once won a tournament and, after receiving the check and smiling for the cameras, he went to the clubhouse and prepared to leave. Sometime later, he walked alone to his car in the parking lot and was approached by a young woman. She congratulated him on his victory and then told him that her child was seriously ill and near death. She did not know how she could pay the doctor’s bills and hospital expenses.

De Vincenzo was touched by her story, and he took out a pen and endorsed his winning check for payment to the woman. “Make some good days for the baby,” he said as he pressed the check into her hand.

The next week he was having lunch in a country club when an official of the golf association came to his table. “Some of the boys in the parking lot last week told me you met a young woman there after you won that tournament.” De Vincenzo nodded.

“Well,” said the official, “I have news for you. She’s a phony. She has no sick baby. She’s not even married. She fleeced you, my friend.”

“You mean there is no baby who is dying?” asked De Vincenzo.

“That’s right,” said the official.

“That’s the best news I’ve heard all week,” De Vincenzo said.

A Tribute to Wife

Not every love story has a happy ending. Rafael, 35, from Brazil, lost his wife Tatiane, 27, in 2013 after she was killed in a road accident. To honor his wife, Rafael organized a photo shoot with his three-year-old daughter, Raisa, that mimicked photos he had taken with his wife in the week before their wedding in 2009.

Raisa, whose mother died before she’d even reached her first birthday, wore Tatiane’s jewelry and clothes, and mimicked her poses with her dad. The family dog, which was around when Tatiane was still alive and featured in the original shoot, also appears in the pictures. In one photo, Raisa grins as she wraps her arms around her father’s neck while in another she tenderly touches his face. She also recreated a solo shot of Tatiane, in which she appears wearing her beaded jewelry and a similar white tank top and jeans.

Sometimes love won’t fade over time and true love can overcome distance, even life and death.

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1. You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
2. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
3. Don’t think of cost. Think of value.
4. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
5. Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know.
6. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
7. If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
8. Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.
9. Saying someone is ugly doesn’t make you any prettier.
10. The only normal people you know are the ones you don’t know very well.
11. Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.
12. The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
13. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.
14. As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.
15. Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you.
16. Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let go and move on.
17. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, etc.
18. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
19. Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world; choose the one who makes your world beautiful.
20. Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is.
21. True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated.
22. While you’re busy looking for the perfect person, you’ll probably miss the imperfect person who could make you perfectly happy.
23. Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
24. You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them.
25. In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.
26. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.
27. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
28. There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were.
29. Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
30. You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now.
31. People are more what they hide than what they show.
32. Sometimes people don’t notice the things others do for them until they stop doing them.
33. Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.
34. Being alone does not mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not mean you are alone.
35. Love is not about sex, going on fancy dates, or showing off. It’s about being with a person who makes you happy in a way nobody else can.
36. Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you.
37. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion; today is special.
38. Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up; we forget they are also growing old.
39. When you have to start compromising yourself and your morals for the people around you, it’s probably time to change the people around you.
40. Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.
41. When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way.
42. Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
43. Be happy. Be yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.
44. When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.
45. Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.
46. If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you’re fooling yourself. That’s like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn’t eat him.
47. No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.
48. The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
49. Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money.
50. Learn to appreciate the things you have before time forces you appreciate the things you once had.
51. When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.
52. You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
53. It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder.
54. There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.
55. Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within.
56. If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.
57. What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.
58. You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
59. Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
60. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.