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

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“Well, yes, ma’am, I do … I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up morning and not knowing what’s going to happen, or who I’m gonna meet, where I’m going to wind up. Just the other night, I was sleeping under a bridge and now, here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift, and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you … to make each day count.”
– Jack Dawson, Titanic

A year has 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes of struggle, growth, progress and life experience. Make every second count.

urbaneI’m not a fashionable person and I only buy things that are needed. Two things I’m willing to spend money for the top quality are running shoes and badminton rackets. Last year I got my most expensive watch ever bought – a $250 smart watch. Other than my old watch had stopped working and I needed a new watch, I’m also fascinated by the functions it can provide on my wrist such as navigation and heart-rate monitor. But it ends up with my eyes are not good enough for the small screen. Although I don’t chase luxury brands, when I looked back the products that I purchased in recent years, I found I had built a brand loyalty: running shoes – ASICS, badminton rackets – Yonex, phones and tablets – Google Nexus, MP3 players – Apple, TVs – Panasonic, cars – Mazda.

happyCan material possessions bring us happiness? I think they can only bring short-term satisfaction, may be a few weeks or a few months. How many times did you find an item on the shelf that you only used it a few times or you even never used it? All possessions are temporary. Once the package is opened, they begin to fade. Remember we only have our bodies when we come to this world and we cannot take anything out of it when we leave – no matter it’s Gucci or Prada. Happiness should be something that can deeply touch your heart – simple things like: giving up your seat to an elderly on train, resolving a complicated issue at work, supporting your friends when they are down, taking your parents out to dinner, a hug to your loved one. There are always valuable pursuits of lasting fulfillment available to us.

happinessIn the journey of life, we are busy making a living and forget to make a life, busy showing off and forget to grow up, busy planning the future and forget to live in the moment. Every experience in life is an limited edition. Try to walk slower and admire the scenery around you more. To live a happy life, be as simple as you can be. Your value is not determined by how similar you are to other people, but by how unique you are. You can do better. You can dream bigger. It’s our love and passion that drive us forward. Redirect your desires toward lasting pursuits. Find happiness there. The best things in life aren’t things. You will never find the right things when you are looking in the wrong places.

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
– Democritus

A Younger Wife

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They’d been married for 25 years and were celebrating his 60th birthday. He was happily unwrapping his presents when he came upon a funny old brass lamp, and he gave it a bit of a rub with the tissue paper.

There was a puff of smoke and a genie appeared. “Because you’ve been such a loving couple all these years, I’ll give each of you one wish.”

The wife said, “Well, we’ve been so poor all these years. I’ve never been able to travel anywhere. I wish we could travel all over the world!”

The genie waved his hand and POOF! She had a handful of first-class tickets.

Now it was his turn. Pausing for a moment, he said, “Look, to be perfectly frank, I’d like to be married to a woman 30 years younger than me.”

And the genie waved his hand and POOF! He was 90!

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  1. Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.
  2. You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.
  3. You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
  4. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
  5. You only lose what you cling to.
  6. Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
  7. Physical charms attract the eyes, goodness attracts the mind.
  8. When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.
  9. A jug fills drop by drop.
  10. It is better to travel well than to arrive.

12 Daily Reminders

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  1. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
  2. Don’t waste energy on gossip, issues of past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  3. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  4. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything.
  5. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday.
  7. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  8. Help the needy, be generous. Be a “giver”, not a “taker”.
  9. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  10. Time heals everything.
  11. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  12. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Outrun The Bear

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Two wildlife biologists are following the tracks of a radio-collared grizzly bear when, all of a sudden, the immense animal crashes out of the brush and heads right for them. Scrambling up the nearest tree, they find the bear is climbing up the trunk after them.

The first biologist takes off his heavy hiking boots and pulls a pair of sleek running shoes from his backpack. His colleague gives him a puzzled look and says, “What are you doing?”

He says, “I figure when the bear gets close to us we’ll jump down and make a run for it.”

“Are you crazy? We both know you can’t outrun a fully grown grizzly bear.”

“I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.”

Zanshin

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In the 1920s, a German man named Eugen Herrigel moved to Japan and began training in Kyudo, the Japanese martial art of archery. He was taught by a legendary Kyudo master named Awa Kenzo. Kenzo was convinced that beginners should master the fundamentals of archery before attempting to shoot at a real target. So for the first four years, Herrigel was only allowed to shoot at a roll of straw just seven feet away.

When he was finally allowed to shoot at targets on the far end of the practice hall, Herrigel’s performance was dismal. The arrows flew off course and he became more discouraged with each wayward shot. Herrigel was convinced his problem was poor aim, but Kenzo replied that it was not whether you aimed, but how you approached your goal that determined the outcome.

Frustrated with his teacher, Herrigel blurted out, “Then you ought to be able to hit it blindfolded.”

Kenzo paused for a moment and then said, “Come to see me this evening.”

After night had fallen, the two men returned to the courtyard where the practice hall was located. Kenzo walked over to his normal shooting location with the target hidden somewhere out in the night. The archery master settled into his firing stance, drew the bow string tight, and released the first arrow into the darkness of the courtyard. Herrigel knew from the sound that it had hit the target. Immediately, Kenzo drew a second arrow and again fired into the night. Herrigel jumped up and ran across the courtyard to inspect the target.

When Herrigel switched on the light over the target stand, he discovered that the first arrow was lodged full in the middle of the black, while the second arrow had splintered the butt of the first and ploughed through the shaft before embedding itself beside it.

Zanshin is a word used commonly throughout Japanese martial arts to refer to a state of relaxed alertness – the mind with no remainder. In other words, the mind completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand. Zanshin is being constantly aware of your body, mind, and surroundings without stressing yourself. It is an effortless vigilance. In practice, zanshin has an even deeper meaning – choosing to live your life intentionally and acting with purpose rather than mindlessly falling victim to whatever comes your way.

We live in a world obsessed with results. Like Herrigel, we have a tendency to put so much emphasis on whether or not the arrow hits the target. If, however, we put that intensity, focus and sincerity into the process – where we place our feet, how we hold the bow, how we breathe during the release of the arrow – then hitting the bullseye is simply a side effect. The point is not to worry about hitting the target. The point is to fall in love with the boredom of doing the work and embrace each piece of the process. Take that moment of zanshin, that moment of complete awareness and focus, and carry it with you everywhere in life.

Zanshin – It is not the target or the finish line that matters. It is the way we approach the goal that matters. Everything is aiming.

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