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

Heart of the Kid

Michelle just moved home. She found that her neighbor was a single mum with two kids and they were quite poor.

One night there was a power outage. Michelle lit a candle in the dark. A moment later, someone knocked on Michelle’s door. One of the two kids from next door was outside, he asked seriously, “Ms, do you have candles at home?”

“You can’t be so poor that cannot afford to buy the candles,” Michelle thought, “If I give you this time, you may rely on me in the future.” So Michelle replied coldly, “No candles at home.”

As she was closing the door, the kid smiled and said, “Mom guessed it right. She said you live alone and properly don’t have candles. So she asked me to bring you two.” He then took out two candles from his pocket.

Even they didn’t have much, they still cared about other people. Ashamed of herself, Michelle bent down, hugged the kid and cried.

Life is a Struggle

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During an interview the Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him the most, his response was quite mind altering:

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

A pretty inspirational quote if you really take it in. We think the more we earn, the happier we’ll be. We live our lives in a destructive way and only to use money to fix it later. We save for the retirement that we may never make it to. It appears as though we live to work more than anything else. So don’t live for tomorrow, slow down and live for the now. Spend less time being workaholics and hang out more with our families.

But in reality, is it that surprising? We are not the Dalai Lama. Most of us do sacrifice in one way or another to work and earn a living. Most people do not live as though they will never die and then die without ever having truly lived. Most people do struggle – for their families, their friends, their businesses, for time to fulfill all their needs at the end of the day. There is nothing wrong to challenge yourself and work hard for a better tomorrow.

I provided Pope Paul VI’s quote below as a contrast to what the Dalai Lama had said:

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”

The Action Habit

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You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
– Zig Ziglar

Everybody wants advice but nobody wants to do the work. If you cut the time you spend deliberating in half and spend that time actively pursuing what you want, how much farther ahead do you think you’d be? What’s more important: success or recreation? This isn’t to say you can’t have both, but action takers strive for a healthy balance between the two. Close your door so you can get work done. Turn down the occasional invitation to a bar or restaurant if you’re in the process of flexing your hustle muscle.

Time flies when you’re on the internet. Have you ever logged on to Facebook, Pinterest, or Reddit and planned to spend only a “little while” there, but the next time you looked at the clock it was 2 or 3 hours later? Put down your phone. If you check your Facebook 5 times a day for 5 minutes per log-in on 5 days per week, you are burning 2 hours per week. Yes, you do have to make sacrifices if you desire success. But there is always time for fun. Life isn’t meant to be devoid of fun and play. Your hard work won’t vanish during your escape; on the contrary, you’ll come back with re-charged drive and ambition.

Who says you need to work until you find yourself in a comatose state? Working beyond the brink of exhaustion is counterproductive. The best work comes from a place of love and happiness. If you’re not feeling it, take the dog for a walk, catch up with some friends, take a vacation, or do something else. Stubbornly clinging to past beliefs that were dead-wrong and it will sink your odds of success fast. Be ready for failure, but don’t stress about it because it’s just a learning opportunity. Brace yourself for the realization that life will rub in your face over and over again. The only way to evolve is through trial and error. Keep on improving and your odds of achieving will get better and better with every failure.

What follows is the action habit to end all action habits. All of the self-help books and articles in the world can’t save you if you never take action.

Let Him Suffer

The husband was serious sick lying on his bed while his wife was staying by his side.

“Do you remember Thomas?” the husband asked softly.

“Yes, it was him introduced me to you,” the wife answered, “Then we started the relationship and got married afterwards.”

“Thomas’s wife had passed away two years ago,” the husband continued, out of breath, “I want you to marry him after I’d gone.”

The wife was touched by her husband’s consideration in getting her a partner after his time.

“I want him to suffer what I had suffered in this life!”

A Letter To Parents

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A school principal in Singapore sent this letter to parents before the exams.

Dear Parents,

The exams of your children are to start soon. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.

But please do remember, amongst the students, who will be sitting for the exams, there is an artist, who doesn’t need to understand Maths.

There is an entrepreneur, who doesn’t care about History or English literature.

There is a musician, whose Chemistry marks won’t matter.

There’s an athlete, whose physical fitness is more important than Physics.

If your child does get top marks, that’s great! But, if he or she doesn’t, please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them.

Tell them it’s OK, it’s just an exam. They are cut out for much bigger things in life.

Tell them, no matter what they score, you love them and will not judge them.

Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or low marks won’t take away their dreams and talent.

And please, do not think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.

With Warm Regards,
The Principal.

12 Laws of Karma

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  1. The Great Law: Whatever we put into the Universe will come back to us.
  2. The Law of Creation: Life does not happen by itself, we need to make it happen.
  3. The Law of Humility: One must accept something in order to change it.
  4. The Law of Growth: When we change ourselves, our lives follow suit and change too.
  5. The Law of Responsibility: We must take responsibility for what is in our life.
  6. The Law of Connection: The Past, Present, and Future are all connected.
  7. The Law of Focus: We cannot think of two different things at the same time.
  8. The Law of Giving and Hospitality: Our behavior should match our thoughts and actions.
  9. The Law of Here and Now: We cannot be present of we are looking backward.
  10. The Law of Change: History repeats itself until we learn the lessons from it and change our path.
  11. The Law of Patience and Reward: Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent.
  12. The Law of Significance and Inspiration: Rewards are a direct result of the energy and effort we put into it.

7 Beliefs to Make You Happier

  1. I am a human being and as a human being I have a right to make mistakes. I have a right to have strengths and weaknesses. Nobody else expects me to be perfect, so why should I?
  2. I like to be loved, appreciated, respected and approved of but I can’t expect to have the whole world think of me like that or even all the people I know. Their approval is good but I do not have to depend on it to be happy.
  3. Other people or situations can’t make me unhappy; it is what I tell myself that determines how I feel. If someone criticizes me, I can choose to let that upset me or I can choose to ignore it and learn from it.
  4. I am responsible for making my own happiness but I am not responsible for making other people’s happiness. I am, however, responsible for my behavior towards other people.
  5. While unhappy, sad or traumatic things may have happened to me in the past, they don’t have to devastate my future. I can let go of feelings about those unhappy times.
  6. No matter what life throws at me, I know I can cope alone if necessary. I may not like what happens but as a human being I have been designed to cope with good and bad, happy and sad, and to survive! If I am anguished it is because I am fighting that situation. If I accept it I will have the strength and energy to deal with it.
  7. I am allowed to feel anxious, frightened or unsure. There are human emotions in certain situations and I am human.