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Archive for March, 2017

The Bamboo Tree

Do you know how a bamboo tree grows? It is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the first 4 years. Then, in the 5th year, the tree begins to grow at an astonishing rate. In fact, in a period of just 6 weeks, a bamboo tree can grow to a height of 90 feet. It’s almost as if you can actually see the tree growing before you.

Life is like the growing process of the bamboo tree. You can work for weeks, months and even years on your dream with no visible signs of progress and then, all of the sudden, things take off. Your business becomes profitable, your marriage becomes more vibrant and passionate, your contribution to the community becomes more significant. Yet, all of this requires faith. The growers of the bamboo tree have faith that if they keep watering and fertilizing the ground, the tree will break through. You must have the same kind of faith in your bamboo tree. You must have faith that if you keep making the calls, honing your craft, reading to your children, reaching out to your spouse or asking for donations, that you too will see rapid growth in the future.

This is the hard part for most of us. We get so excited about the idea that’s been planted inside of us that we simply can’t wait for it to blossom. Therefore, within days or weeks of the initial planting, we become discouraged and begin to second guess ourselves. Sometimes, in our doubt, we dig up our seed and plant it elsewhere, in hopes that it will quickly rise in more fertile ground. But we are then disappointed when our tree doesn’t grow any faster in the new land.

Other times, people will water the ground for a time but then, quickly become discouraged. They start to wonder if it’s worth all of the effort. This is particularly true when they see their neighbors having success with other trees. They start to question, “Why am I trying to grow a bamboo tree? If I had planted a lemon tree, I’d have a few lemons by now.”

What we fail to realize is that pursuing our dream is a sure thing if we just don’t give up. So long as we keep watering and fertilizing our dream, it will come to fruition. It may take weeks, months, or even years, but eventually, the roots will take hold and your tree will grow. And when it does, it will grow in remarkable ways. Everyone has a bamboo tree inside just waiting to break through. So keep watering and believing and you too will be flying high before you know it.

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The Boss sent a SMS to his secretary:
“Let’s go to Beijing and spend the weekend there.”

The Secretary called her husband:
“I need to attend a business conference with my boss in Beijing this weekend.”

The Husband called his lover:
“My wife won’t be home this weekend. You may come over.”

The Lover sent an email to her student:
“The tuition class this weekend is cancelled due to personal reason.”

The Student called his dad:
“Dad, my tuition class is cancelled this weekend. Please bring me to Disney World.”

The Dad sent another SMS to the secretary:
“Can’t make the trip this weekend; need to take my son to Disney World.”

The Secretary called her husband:
“My boss is suddenly not available; I don’t need to go to Beijing this weekend.”

The Husband called his lover:
“My wife’s trip is cancelled this weekend; wait for next time.”

The Lover sent an email to her student:
“The tuition class this weekend will be resumed as normal.”

The Student called his dad:
“Too bad the tuition class is resumed as normal this weekend.”

The Boss:
“Don’t …”

Knowing Where to Tap

hammer

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.

Grab the First Opportunity

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.