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Simple Pleasures

silhouette of happy running woman with umbrella

Let’s admit it. Finding time to do the things we absolutely need to get done doesn’t always happen. For years, we hurried through life. We wish there are more hours in a day and we have yet to find someone who is willing to share some of their “leftover” hours with us. Time is short for all of us. But despite time is our most precious commodity, there are simple pleasures that don’t cost us anything – just a little time. A few examples: laughing out loud, playing with pets, dancing to your own beat, holding the hand of someone, watching a sunrise or sunset, sharing a memory or story, listening to the sounds of life, smiling, saying “I love you”.

The most important part of all of this is to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Even on your way to work, which may seem like the most mundane thing ever, take in the weather, the sounds, the sights. At work, notice the people around you, and make the best of whatever your job might be. You’re there, so may as well make the best of it and take pride in your accomplishments. Our world is always changing, every second of every hour, so make sure you witness as much of it as you can. Before you go to bed, rehash your day and find gratitude for everything that happened to you that day. Be thankful.

We can forget about all of the crazy things going on and the deadlines we are facing and instead think about the moments we really savor in our lives. Life is complicated enough as it is and a good chunk of change is inevitable. But when it comes down to it, there are so many great things out there that we dismiss every day. When the time comes and we look back on our lives, I hope your life is littered with these simple pleasures – let them serve as a reminder that life isn’t about large or expensive things, in fact, our greatest treasures come from the smallest of places. So let’s slow down enough to witness them, participate in them, and hold onto them as long as we can.

An elderly lady finished her shopping and, upon return to the parking lot, found four men in her car. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, screaming at the top of her voice that she knew how to use it and that she would if required, so they should get out of the car.

The four men didn’t wait around for a second invitation, but got out and ran like mad, whereupon the lady loaded her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat.

Small problem – her key wouldn’t fit the ignition. Her car, identical to the one she was in, was parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into her own car and drove to the police station.

The officer to whom she told the story nearly tore himself in two with laughter and pointed to the far end of the counter, where four men were reporting a carjacking by a mad elderly woman.

No charges were filed.

Addiction To Technology

Has technology gone too far? Look at these satirical illustrations and you’ll be asking yourself just that. Art has long been a way of documenting the present and commenting on social issues, something that today’s artists continue to do through their thought provoking illustrations that comment on technology and the impact that it’s having on our society.

As a world that is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, how true do you think these illustrations are and which one sends the strongest message? Here are 7 satirical illustrations that show how we’ve become addicted to technology.


Anyone want to play?


Crossing the road.


Modern tan.


Stranger on the train.




Smartphone zombies.


Romantic meal for two.


“You have not lived today until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.”
– John Bunyan

We always get so caught up in the give-and-take process of life that we forget the true spirit of generosity – one in which we give without the expectation of receiving.

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
– Harvey MacKay

The message is simple: live your best life now. Every day is a new day. Don’t waste it on something or someone who hinders you from reaching your fullest potential.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

It’s not your accomplishments that shape how others see you. It’s how they’ve connected with you on an emotional level. That’s not to say you have to make a grand gesture of your feelings to everyone in your life each day. It’s just to say something as small as a smile goes a long way, especially if someone’s had a bad morning.

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
– André Gide

Sometimes all we want to do is please everyone around us, but it’s not worth it if you have to risk your own identity to do so. Be yourself and be true to your convictions. If people dislike you for that, let them. It’s better than pretending to be someone you’re not.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

If you want something to change, the first step is by working to change it yourself. We can dare to dream, yes, but we can dare to do, too. Don’t let the thought of failure stop you from the acquisition of success.

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”
– Bob Marley

We’d all like to think the best of people in our lives, but it’s inevitable that they will all let us down in some way or another. They’re only human, after all. It’s just a matter of distinguishing the ones worth the fight and the ones worth the flight.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
– Steve Kloves (also known as Albus Dumbledore)

You can’t go wrong by adopting a Harry Potter phrase into your life, especially if it’s coming from the wisest headmaster in fantasy fiction. With every bad thing that happens, there is usually some good to come out of it as long as you choose to see it that way. Happiness is a choice, people, and positivity is most certainly a virtue.

The Phantom

John Scherer had intended to offer the navy his services as the pilot of a Phantom jet. But when his left eye went 20/40 during his senior year, his dreams of being a naval aviator ended. He was suggested to become a radar intercept officer (RIO), the person who rides behind the pilot and operates the attack radar. It seemed like a good idea until he learned that the RIO also needs to handle all the radio communication.

The problem of John was that he was a stutterer. The toughest words were those beginning with hard sounds, like t or b, k or g. John lived with a chronic, low-grade fear of stuttering. He decided to avoid the potential ignominy of being required to handle radio communication from a jet and take his chances on a destroyer where he hoped he wouldn’t have to talk so much. However, the navy made him an air controller.

Just weeks out of training, John found himself aboard the destroyer, USS Eaton, came to be standing watch in the middle of the night after a hurricane when a voice came over the radio.

“Hermit,” said the voice, “this is Climax Himself. Over.”

“Hermit” was the call sign of John’s ship. “Climax” was the call sign of the most formidable ship in the fleet, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, flagship of the battle group that were being escorted across the Atlantic. “Climax Himself” was the Enterprise’s captain. John’s heart pounded.

“Hermit, we just lost a Foxtrot Four out your way,” he said. “Both men are down and missing.” Translation: A Phantom jet had crashed, and John’s ship was being deputized on the spot as search-and-rescue coordinator because they were the ship closest to the plane’s last known position. That meant suddenly John was responsible for coordinating the search.

“Climax” would be the most difficult word for John to pronounce. And, fresh out of Air Control School, John had never been responsible for a real live airplane in his life. Nevertheless, with images of two souls out there in the frigid water, John took a pencil, donned headphones and sat down at his radar console.

When John graduated from Air Control School, they told him that it would unlikely have to control more than four or five aircrafts at a time. John now had a conversation going with 15 to 20 planes, all streaming toward a potential disastrous convergence at the center of his scope. Out of the inky night the voices started coming in to him in the laid-back, relaxed, under-pressure argot of Navy pilots. The dialogue went on for almost 24 hours.

Three or four hours into the ordeal, it flashed on John that he was not stuttering. Not only was he not stuttering, he hadn’t even thought about it. John will never forget the feelings of amazement, exhilaration, grace and gratitude that swept over him at that moment. It occurred to him that in that situation it simply was not authorized for him to stutter – not with those two guys out there and depending on him. John was almost overwhelmed several times with the awareness that this was surely a spiritual experience.

As the only controller on the ship qualified to control jets, John had to stay on the scope as night turned into day and then into night again. At about sunrise the following day, one of the search planes got a fix on a rescue beacon … but found only fragments of the RIO’s helmet and ejection seat. But then a little later, another plane spotted the pilot bobbing in the swells. Climax Himself sent a helicopter from Enterprise to bring his pilot home and called over to John, “Bravo Zulu, Hermit.” Navy talk for “well done”!

Eaton arrived at the scene shortly after the helicopter and its rescue crew. As the pilot was being helped into the sling, he somehow got a message to the ship. Captain’s voice came over the speaker: “Mr. Scherer, lay to the bridge! Some guy out there wants to see you.” The sun was just coming up and John ran up the short ladder. The helicopter hovered 20 feet above the water, the pilot just beginning to rise.

They looked at each other over the water. John grinned, waved and gave the pilot a thumbs-up. Dangling from the hoist, just before disappeared into the helicopter, the pilot took a last, long hard look – then saluted John. Standing there on Eaton’s rolling deck, John returned the salute. And John wept. He had helped the pilot to find his Phantom. But it had also helped John to find his.

Train to Busan



I like zombie movies. A zombie is a human corpse that is revived through a virus or other methods. Zombies are fear of light, speechlessness, aggressive and like to bite people. The rule is simple: if you are bitten by a zombie, you will become a zombie. “Train to Busan” is the first Korean zombie movie. Although the special effects are not as good as Hollywood, their levels are closed. And … it is more than just a zombie movie.

A fund manager took his 9-year-old daughter to his separated wife in Busan. They boarded the train in Seoul and an injured woman got in the train in the last minute. The train departed and the zombie inflection spread. Among the passengers on the train, there are a tough husband with his pregnant wife, a selfish CEO, two elderly sisters, and a high school baseball team.

The train stopped at Daejeon which was supposed to be under the control of army. When the survived passengers got off the train, they were attacked by the infected soldiers. They retreated back to the train but were separated by compartments with zombies in between. So the father, the husband and a teenager from the baseball team fight their way for the reunion with others. People died along the way – some sacrificed themselves to save others, some betrayed others to save themselves, and some simply gave up. This makes “Train to Busan” special, when watching the movie, I wonder how I will behave under those circumstances – will I like the selfish CEO or the selfless devoted husband? It’s difficult to say as we are never in such a situation. But I think one needs to survive first before he/she can help others.

Another interesting character in the movie is the fund manager. He got the latest status update from the army through his relationship so that he could plan and formulate strategies to keep him and his daughter alive. As his daughter said, “You only think of yourself, so mom left us.” But because of his job nature – managing risk, analyzing situation, gathering information for decision making, determining the best timing for action; these made him to overcome obstacles one after another.

Instead of waiting 45 minutes for the first dinosaur to appear, the roller-coaster ride of “Train to Busan” started just 20 minutes after the movie started when the infected woman boarded the train. Several zombies attacking and chasing scenes are thrilling and breathtaking. Audiences feel like running together with the characters. The movie also illustrates the human nature under a horrified event and the drama of relationships – father and daughter, husband and wife, sister and sister. I also like the attention of details in the script – an uncompleted song sung by the fund manager’s daughter at the beginning played an important role at the end. “Train to Busan” can be the best zombie movie this year. If you are a zombie movie fan like me, it’s a must see.

If A Dog Is Your Teacher


If a dog is your teacher, these are some of the lessons you might learn …

  1. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  2. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  3. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  4. When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
  5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  6. Take naps and stretch before rising.
  7. Run, romp and play daily.
  8. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  9. Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do.
  10. On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass.
  11. On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  12. When you’re happy dance around and wag your entire body.
  13. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  14. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm, stop when you have had enough.
  15. Be loyal.
  16. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  17. If you want to find the lies buried, dig until you find it.
  18. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by … and nuzzle them gently.