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Archive for November, 2017

10 Commandments in Life

  1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.
  2. Why a car’s windshield is so large and the rear view mirror is so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.
  3. Friendship is like a book. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  5. Old friends are Gold! New friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!”
  7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, he has faith in your abilities.
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
  9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it only takes away today’s peace.
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A Letter to Myself

Dear Me,

You and I go way back, to the beginning. We’re totally connected in a way no one will, or can ever understand. We’ve been there, standing together, contemplating in the midnight, singing in the shower, laughing at those funny YouTube videos. It’s always been you and me, always and forever.

Life hasn’t been easy on you lately, and I am truly sorry about that. You are seriously overworked and lack of sleep. But despite it all, you have managed to keep your head up and continue fighting throughout. Your project even won an industry award. Be proud of everything you have gone through, and mostly, what you’ve become.

Stop being so hard on yourself. All the challenges today will make sense to you one day. All the pain and frustration will become worth it. Remember, everything happens for a reason. You are in the exact place you are meant to be right now. So breathe, be patient, and trust the course of your life. Let go of all the expectations and accept life for what it is.

Although you had worked so hard, your contributions are not well recognized. You were informed that you will get no pay rise this year because your salary is at the top of the range and their system does not allow to make any adjustments. Don’t take it so personal and try to not let others get you down. Most of the time, things have nothing to do with you. Life is unfair and try to understand their side of the story. Learn from their wrongdoings and then let it remain in the past. Not everything is always how it appears.

Christmas is fast approaching and this year will be another lonely one. As you grow old, I understand you already gave up hope about finding a partner. Frankly, there is so much more to life than a girlfriend. You don’t need to rely on others for your happiness. Just because you have not found it yet, does not mean you don’t deserve to be loved. Be patient and stay positive. It will be worth the wait when the right person appears one day.

Thank you for never giving up and being so tough. You inspire others and you lift them up. Be a good friend. Be kind to your family. Be a better blogger. Be selfless. Be professional at work. Just like the lyrics of your favorite song: “I faced it all and I stood tall. And did it my way.” I know you deserve the world, and even a little more. Now go and get it.

Love,
Me

Related Post: Letters To Myself

20 Socrates Quotes

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Socrates is one of the most eminent Greek philosophers, credited as one of the actual founders of the Western philosophy. His works, ideas, and worldviews are generally known through the accounts of his students Plato and Xenophon. Here are 20 out of his most important quotes that we need to read.

  1. Understanding a question is half an answer.
  2. True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
  3. Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
  4. By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
  5. He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
  6. If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
  7. Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
  8. Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
  9. To find yourself, think for yourself.
  10. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
  11. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
  12. The unexamined life is not worth living.
  13. There is only one good – knowledge, and one evil – ignorance.
  14. I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
  15. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
  16. Let him who would move the world first move himself.
  17. The mind is everything; what you think you become.
  18. The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
  19. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
  20. He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

Dancing with Isabel

Jim was working as an assistant cruise director. The male staff had to dance with the elderly ladies who were traveling by themselves. Whenever they saw these passengers in one of the lounges, they were required to strike up a conversation and offer to dance with them.

On one particular Saturday night, the ship’s program called for fifteen minutes of music and dancing in the main lounge. Jim looked around and spotted a lady sitting off to the side, her foot stomping away to the beat of a lively Glenn Miller tune. She looked like she was in her seventies, on the petite side, and was wearing a wig that was unevenly pulled to the side.

Jim walked to her, introduced himself and asked her if she wanted to dance. She smiled at him and said, “No, thank you.”

Jim mentioned that he had seen her tapping to the music and knew she was enjoying the Big Band sound. Reaching out his hand and gently placing it in hers, Jim said, “Come on, let’s go have some fun.”

She got up and they made their way to the dance floor. To Jim’s surprise, she was a very good dancer. Her eyes were all lit up, and she was smiling. She showed Jim all kinds of great swing-step moves, and Jim desperately tried to keep up with her. They were the kind of dance steps a professional swing dancer use. She was really phenomenal!

The music ended, Jim walked her back to her seat and knew her name was Isabel. As they sat down, Jim noticed the tears in her eyes. She reached down into her purse, pulled out a tissue and began to cry.

“Have I done something to upset you?” Jim asked. “Was it my poor dancing abilities? I’m sorry.”

She looked up and assured Jim that he had done nothing wrong. “I love to dance,” she said. “My husband and I would go dancing every Saturday night. We never missed an opportunity.”

Isabel tried to compose herself, but her face was overcome with emotion. “My husband and I always dreamed of dancing at sea together. We talked about going on a cruise, and we saved up our money.” Isabel drew a deep breath and continued, “Then on Saturday evening, just as we were getting dressed to go out, he sat down on our bed and said he needed to rest for a few minutes. Well,” she said gently, “he never woke up.”

Jim could see her love for her husband in every wrinkle of her precious face.

“I haven’t danced in twenty-eight years,” she paused and looked at Jim with a smile, “until now.”

Then she gave Jim a hug and whispered, “Thank you for being my partner tonight.”

A Bridge to Hawaii

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A man was walking along a beach in California was deep in prayer. Suddenly, he said out loud: “God, grant me one wish.”

The sunny sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice, God said: “Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.”

The man said: “Build a bridge to Hawaii, 3000 miles long, so I can drive there any time I want.”

God replied: “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports and the material required to reach the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The concrete and steel it would take over thousands of miles. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish. A wish you think would honor and glorify me.”

The man thought about it for a long time. Finally, he said: “God, I wish I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say nothing, and how I can make a woman truly happy.”

God replied: “You want two or four lanes on that bridge?”

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The term “Jane Doe” refers to unidentified corpses. When a female “Jane Doe” arrived at the morgue, coroner Tom and his son Austin started working to find the cause of death by the following morning as requested by the sheriff. The corpse had no visible external injuries, as the autopsy proceeded, secrets were revealed from the body. As a storm was approaching, strange things started happening. Tom and Austin then realized that they were actually dealing with evil.

“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is the type of movie that has only a few characters who got trapped in an enclosed space, it must have a good script and a good director to make the movie works. Director André Øvredal didn’t disappoint the audience. Especially the first 45 minutes, a professional autopsy was demonstrated and the suspense was well built up by evidences found in different body parts. Be prepared yourself if you don’t get used to close up scenes of body organs, they will be disgusting and gross.

The second half of the film turns to a horror movie. There was a tradition in the past to tie a bell to the ankle of a body to avoid any wrong declaration of death. So a scary moment in the film is that the tinkling bell was heard at the far end in the dark morgue – the dead bodies were raised and walking around. At several moments I thought the “Jane Doe” would suddenly come alive, but eventually it didn’t happen – a bit underused of Olwen Kelly (Jane Doe).

Both Brian Cox (Tom) and Emile Hirsc (Austin) gave a convincing performance and made the movie truly effective. However the movie rushed to a normal ghost story ending without much surprise and logic. “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is a good mix of mystery and horror. Its first half is so well made that we can forgive its disappointing finale.

Being and Non-Being

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.