Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Life Quotes

Life may fail to be perfect, but it never fails to be beautiful.

Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life but will surely add life to your years.

I am perfect in my imperfection, happy in my pain, strong in my weakness and beautiful in my own way, because God is on my side!

When someone is so sweet to you, don't expect that they will be like that all the time...because even the sweetest chocolate also expires.

When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow. - Shauna Niequist

When you wish good for others, good things come back to you.

Life is boring if you don't laugh, joke around and be a little crazy every now and then. At the end of the day it's about being happy.

Sometimes it feels so good to just sit by yourself, relax and not talk to anyone. - Kristen Butler

We don't talk about trees getting older...we say they are 'growing'.
Let's use the same language for ourselves...we're not getting older, we are 'growing'.
That's the spirit of living.



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress."

"Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups."

"Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live."

"Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the cups!"

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

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Sekumpulan bekas pelajar yang sudah berjaya di dalam kerjaya masing-masing telah berkumpul untuk melawat pensyarah universiti yang pernah mengajar mereka. Mereka berasa gembira kerana dapat bersua sesama mereka setelah lama tidak berjumpa, apatah lagi dapat menemui pensyarah universiti yang selama ini telah banyak membantu mereka ketika menuntut ilmu di universiti yang menatijahkan kerjaya yang baik buat mereka.

Setelah lama berbual, timnbullah beberapa rungutan tentang tekanan di tempat kerja dan juga dalam kehidupan seharian yang disuarakan oleh beberapa bekas pelajar ini. Pensyarah itu hanya mendengar dan kemudian beliau ke dapur untuk menyediakan minuman kopi untuk tetamu-tetamunya.

Beliau kemudiannya keluar dengan membawa satu bekas besar yang berisi minuman kopi dan beberapa jenis cawan. Ada cawan yang diperbuat daripada porselin, plastik, kaca dan kristal. Ada cawan yang kelihatan ringkas sahaja. Ada yang nampak murah. Dan ada juga yang kelihatan mahal dan sangat cantik.

Pensyarah itu mempelawa tetamu-tetamunya agar melayan diri. Masing-masing pergi ke meja tempat dihidangkan minuman kopi itu dan menuangkan sendiri ke dalam cawan yang berbagai-bagai bentuk, warna dan buatannya itu. Setelah semuanya mengambil secawan kopi, pensyarah itu berkata, "Jika anda perasan, kesemua cawan-cawan yang kelihatan cantik dan mahal telah pun diambil, tetapi cawan-cawam yang ringkas dna nampak murah tiada sesiapa yang mahu mengambilnya. Biasalah tu, memang semua nakkan yang terbaik untuk diri sendiri kan..."

Beliau kemudian menyambung. "Itulah puncanya kepada masalah-masalah anda. Dan itulah sebabnya kenapa anda berasa tertekan dengan kerjaya dan kehidupan."

"Saya pasti, cawan-cawan itu tidak memberikan apa-apa nilai kepada kopi yang anda minum. Dalam beberapa situasi, cawan-cawan itu hanya membuatkan kopi yang diminum itu lebih mahal harganya. Dan di dalam situasi yang lain, cawan itu malah menyorokkan apa yang kita minum."

"Apa yang anda semua betul-betul mahukan adalah minuman kopi itu. Bukan cawannya. Tetapi anda tetap mahukan cawan yang terbaik sifatnya, dan kemudian anda memandang dan menjeling ke arah cawan kawan-kawan anda untuk melihat siapakah yang memiliki cawan yang paling cantik atau paling bagus."

"Sekarang, cuba anda fikirkan, KEHIDUPAN adalah ibarat kopi. Manakala pekerjaan, wang, pangkat dan kedudukan di dalam masyarakat adalah ibarat cawan. Yang mana ia hanyalah bekas kepada KEHIDUPAN!"

"Rupa dan jenis cawan tidak memberi makna atau mengubah nilai KEHIDUPAN yang sedang kita jalani ini. Kadang-kadang dengan kita hanya menumpukan kepada rupabentuk cawan, kita gagal untuk menikmati minuman kopi itu. Jadi, nikmatilah dan tumpukanlah kepada kopi itu, bukan cawannya!"

"Manusia yang bahagia bukanlah mereka yang memilik yang terbaik dalam setiap perkara.  Manusia yang bahagia adalah mereka yang sentiasa membuat yang terbaik di dalam setiap perkara."

"Hiduplah dengan sederhana. Bercakaplah dengan baik, ambil beratlah dengan sungguh-sungguh, berkasih sayanglah, bermurah hatilah... dan hayatilah kehidupan ini dengan penuh makna. Jangan terlalu ditumpukan kepada aksesori kehidupan."

Think & Act

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.
If you don't ask, the answer is always no.
If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

People need to learn that their actions do affect other people. So be careful what you say and do, it's not always just about you.

Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticise, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
- Ernest Hemingway


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Wish

After dinner, a teacher started checking homework done by the students. Her husband is strolling around with a smart phone playing his favourite game 'Candy Crush Saga'.

When reading the last note, the wife starts crying with silent tears.

Her husband saw this and asked, 'Why are you crying dear? What happened?'

Wife: 'Yesterday I gave homework to my Standard 1 students, to write something on the topic ''My Wish''.'

Husband: 'OK, but why are you crying?'

Wife: 'Today while checking the last note, it makes me cry.'

Husband curiously asked, 'What's written in the note that makes you cry?'

Wife: 'Listen to this..
My wish is to become a smart phone. My parents love smart phone very much. They care about smart phone so much that sometimes they forget to care about me. When my father comes home from office, he has time for smart phone but not for me.

When my parents are doing some important work and smart phone is ringing, within single ring they attend to the phone, but not me... even if I am crying.

They play games on their smart phones and not with me. When they are talking to someone on their smart phone, they never listen to me even if I am telling something important.

So, my wish is to become a smart phone.'

After listening to the note the husband got emotional and asked the wife, 'Who wrote this?'

Wife: 'Our son.'

Gadgets are beneficial, but they are for our ease, not to cease the love among our family and loved ones.

Children see and feel everything about what happens with and around them. Things get imprinted on their mind with an everlasting effect. Let's take due care, so that they do not grow with any false impressions.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Hi everyone!

The boarding on Flight 2016 has been announced...

Hope you have checked in only the best souvenirs from 2015 in your luggage...

The BAD and SAD moments if carried, must be thrown away in the garbage on arrival...

The flight will be for 12 months long, so loosen your seat belts, jingle and mingle.

The stopovers will be: Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, Well-being, Peace.

Refueling will be at: Giving, Sharing, Caring.

The Captain offers you the following menu which will be served during the flight...
Cocktail of Friendship, Supreme of Health, Grating of Prosperity, Bowl of Excellent News, Salad of Success, Cake of Happiness.

All accompanied by bursts of laughter...
But remember, you will enjoy these meals and the journey better if you talk, share, smile and laugh together. Sitting silent and sullen will make the flight seem longer.

Wishing you and your family an enjoyable trip on board of flight 2016...
Before the Flight 2015 ends, let's all pray and hope that we'll be blessed with an awesome year ahead.

Happy New Year!

Life is a Train Journey

Life is like a journey on a train...
with its stations..
with changes of routes...
and with accidents!

We board this train when we are born and our parents are the ones who get our ticket.

We believe they will always travel on this train with us.

However, at some station our parents will get off the train, leaving us alone on this journey.

As time goes by, other passengers will board the train, many of whom will be significant - our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life.

Many will get off during the journey and leave a permanent vacuum in our lives.

Many will go so unnoticed that we won't even know when they vacated their seats and got off the train!

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, good-byes, and farewells.

A good journey is helping, loving, having a good relationship will all co passengers... and making sure that we give our best to make their journey comfortable.

The mystery of this fabulous journey is: We do not know at which station we ourselves are going to get off.

So, we must live in the best way - adjust, forget, forgive and offer the best of what we have.

Thank you for being one of the important passengers on my train... "Wishing all my passengers a nice day and blessed New Year 2016!"

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Who is Packing Your Parachute?

Air Commodore Vishal was a Jet Pilot. In a combat mission his fighter plane was destroyed by a missile. He however ejected himself and parachuted safely. He won acclaims and appreciations from many.

After five years one day he was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. A man from another table came to him and said, "You're Captain Vishal! You flew jet fighters. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Vishal.

"I packed your parachute," the man smiled and replied.

Vishal gasped in surprise and gratitude and thought if parachute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today.

Vishal couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. He wondered how many times I might have seen him and not even said, "Good morning, how are you?" or anything because, he was a fighter pilot and that person was just a safety worker.

So friends, who is packing your parachute?
Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day.

We need many kinds of parachutes when our plane is shot down - we need the physical parachute, the mental parachute, the emotional parachute, and the spiritual parachute.
We call on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important.

We may fail to smile, say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognise the people who pack your parachute.