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

Knowing Where to Tap

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A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was young. He carried a large bag of tools with him. When he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for $10,000.

“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!”

So they wrote him a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.”

The old man then sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer …….. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap ………. $ 9,998.00

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference.

A young man wished to marry the farmer‘s daughter. He went to the farmer to ask for his permission. The farmer looked him over and said, “Son, go stand out in that field. I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter.”

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull.

The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across the young man’s face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed … but the bull had no tail.

Life is full of opportunities. Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult. But once we let them pass, those opportunities may never be available again. So always grab the first opportunity.

Courier Service

A family in the Southern Province of China was puzzled when the coffin of their dead grandmother arrived from the States. It was sent by one of the daughters. The dead body was so tightly squeezed inside the coffin, with no space left in it! When they opened the lid, they found a letter on top which read as follows.

Dear Cousins,

I am sending Grandma’s body to you since it was her wish that she should be cremated in the compound of our ancestral home in Tung Shin. Sorry, could not come along as all of my paid leaves are consumed.

You will find inside the coffin, under Grandma’s body, 12 cans of tuna, 10 packets of Swiss chocolates, and packets of Chinatown Lap Cheong.

Please divide these among all of you. On Grandma’s feet you will find a new pair of Nike Air shoes (size 10) for Ah Boy. Also, there are 2 pairs of shoes for Ah Mei’s and Ah Lien’s sons. Hope the sizes are correct.

Grandma is wearing 6 CK T-Shirts. The large size is for Ah Bak and the others are for my nephews. Just distribute them among yourselves.

The 2 new Armani Jeans that Grandma is wearing are for the boys. The Rolex watch that Ah Bai wanted is on Grandma’s left wrist. Aunty Pei Pei, Grandma is wearing the Tiffany necklace, earrings and ring that you asked for. Please take them.

The 6 white Polo cotton socks that Grandma is wearing must be divided among my teenage cousins.

Let me know what else you need as Grandpa is also not keeping well nowadays. I can send all required things when he goes back too.

Confession of a Runner

I seldom have running partners, I won’t talk when running anyway. Kevin is the rare one. We used to run during lunch time when we were still working together. We then changed jobs and lost contact. One day we met in the train station and found that we are actually living in the same suburb. We then ran occasionally on Sunday mornings. But he likes to drive to the national park and have a mountain trail run there, and I prefer to run around the neighborhood streets which is easier and less time consuming. So we don’t run together very often.

One morning after we finished a nearly 20 km run, he asked me a very strange question, “Have you ever risked your life for someone?” Still recovering from the run, I hardly came up with a clever line, “Yeah, for my boss, I always imagine I’ll get a heart attack at work.” “Why did you ask?” I was interested whether there was a follow up to the question. Kevin answered, “I was once involved in a serious fight, I thought I would die that time.” Kevin is a few years younger than me and a polite person, I can’t relate him to any violent behavior. “What happened?” I asked while expecting a bar fight story about a bunch of drunk people. Might be still in a runner’s high, Kevin told me his love story.

Kevin and Shirley were friends for many years and he loved her. The problem was Shirley was married. So Kevin just maintained a pure closed friendship with her. Shirley’s husband once made a wrong investment decision and lost most of their savings. After some heated argument, Shirley moved out. Kevin helped her to move and tried to support her during those tough times. One day, while Kevin was visiting Shirley, her husband turned up. Argument then turned into a fight, police was reported and at the end a restraining order was granted to enforce Shirley’s husband to stay away from Kevin.

“He hit me first, Shirley tried to stop him but he pushed her to the ground. I was angry and I hit him back. That was my first and only fight. I applied everything I learned from Jacky Chan’s movies.” Jacky Chan? I think Rocky or some real MMA fights are more appropriate. This might be the reason why Kevin was beaten up and needed to stay overnight in the hospital. But Kevin claimed that he had successfully torn the guy’s pant apart. I didn’t ask whether Shirley’s husband was wearing a short or his underwear was also torn apart, the aftermath should be interesting.

If life’s like a movie, this should be a happy ending here that Kevin and Shirley will be together forever. But things happen for no reason in real life. On the contrary, Shirley and her husband were back together after the event. “I don’t understand why someone can love a person who is not worth their love,” Kevin sighed. I was not sure he was talking about Shirley, or about himself. But only he can judge who is worth for risking his life. Shirley and her husband eventually separated a year later and were in the process of divorce. Neither Shirley nor Kevin contacted each other.

Kevin said he had registered in running the full marathon later this year. Every runner is looking forward to their loved ones waiting for them at the finish line. I’m not sure Shirley is the one Kevin wants to see at the end. When you look back in life, there are always someone that you know you should let go but you choose to hang on. You just want to make them happy, protect them and face every setback in life with them together. You won’t regret for everything you had done even one day they walk out from your life. As those are the moments you truly lived, and probably the best memories in your life.

My Next Life

30 Seconds of My Life

My Next Life
by George Carlin

I want to live my next life backwards: You start out dead and get that out
of the way.

Then you wake up in a nursing home feeling better every day.

Then you get kicked out for being too healthy.

Enjoy your retirement and collect your pension.

Then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.

You work 40 years until you’re too young to work.

You get ready for High School: drink alcohol, party, and you’re generally
promiscuous.

Then you go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, and you have no
responsibilities.

Then you become a baby, and then … you spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in Spa-like conditions – Central heating, room service on tap, and then …

You finish off as an orgasm.

A couple booked the train tickets to visit their friends who lived in the countryside. When they boarded the train, they found that a woman sat on one of their reserved seats. They noticed that there was a pair of crutches placed beside the woman. She probably could not walk properly by her look. The husband then asked the wife to sit on the other seat. As the train was full, the husband stood throughout the journey for two hours.

After they have disembarked the train at their destination station, the wife complained, “You should ask the woman for the seat midway of the journey. Her disability should not cause inconvenience to other people.” The husband said gently, “It only caused inconvenience to me for two hours. But she may be inconvenient for the rest of her life.”

Sometimes the world will be different if we change the perspective in viewing things. Depending on your response, you can make the life of others better in one minute.

Let Go The Nuts

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Do you know how monkey-hunters catch monkeys? They use a box with an opening at the top, big enough for the monkey to slide its hand in. Inside the box are nuts. The monkey grabs the nuts and now its hand becomes a fist. The monkey tries to get its hand out but the opening is big enough for the hand to slide in, but too small for the fist to come out. Now the monkey has a choice, either to let go the nuts and be free or hang on to the nuts and get caught.

Guess what it picks every time? It hangs on to the nuts and gets caught. Sometimes, we are no different from monkeys. We all hang on to some nuts that keep us from moving forward in life. We keep rationalizing by saying, “I cannot do this because …” whatever follows are the nuts that we are hanging on to which are holding us back.

Success doesn’t happen to you; you make it happen. It’s about working hard to position yourself there. The bottom line is that you have to put in the work. It’s as simple as that. Be honest with yourself that it’s going to take both hard work and patience to get there. Look yourself in the mirror and ask if the time and work you’re putting into your goals realistically supports what you want. Even after you decide what your goals are, the hard part is maintaining the hustle afterwards.

Successful people don’t rationalize. Two things determine if a person will succeed: reasons and results. Reasons don’t count while results do.