Apr 17, 2014

Daily Quote

"The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has."
An un-carved slab of marble can be carved into any shape the artist wants. It could be anything the artist thinks of, and anything the artist dreamed of. It can be carved the way the artist wants. This is very true in life. Our life is one big sculpture that we are carving. As we live our life, we carve more into the marble and create something wonderful. Whether we carve something great or something not so great is our choice, but once you are on the path to carving something not so great, it is hard to change it into something else after a certain point because it will already look too much like the terrible thing it is being carved after. Sometimes these terrible carvings are smaller then the good carvings. You can choose the design you want to carve, but you need to be careful because your knife could slip at any moment. 

Apr 16, 2014

Quote of the day

"All our sweetest hours fly fastest."
Time flies the fastest when we are having fun. If you aren't having fun, every time you look at the clock it will look like no time even passed at all! But when you are enjoying yourself, time will fly just like that. Time is funny that way. When you want it to slow down it seems to speed up, and when you want it to speed up it seems to slow down. I remember when I was in elementary school (but I don't remember what grade it was), on the day we were all going to leave for spring break I got to leave early. We were flying across the country that day, so I was to be excused from my last class early. In that class, I kept looking at the clock and then looking at the clock again willing it to go faster so I can go on spring break. That clock ticked so slowly that I started getting extremely restless. Then I decided to focus again on the lesson, and I ended up forgetting to look at the clock for a while. It didn't seem like it had been very long, but I looked up again, and I was supposed to be excused in less than 5 minutes. Time flew so quickly because I was occupied. I watched the clock for the last 5 minutes, and time froze again. Finally I was able to leave. But the point is, if you are occupied or having fun, time will seem to go faster. If you watch the clock because you want it to go faster, it will feel slower.

Apr 15, 2014

Quote of the day

Life means different things for everyone. For wise people, life is a dream. It is full of new opportunities and new things to discover. It is full of people to meet, things to create. It is a dream come true because these wise people are able to wisely choose for themselves a wonderful life. Rich or poor, the wise people see life as a dream. Life is a game for the fool. Getting drunk to be drunk, spending themselves broke in casinos, and doing all sorts of things they shouldn't just because they think it is fun. They don't realize that life isn't a game. It is real, and everything you can be tracked back to you; what you do can even kill you, so be careful where you are leaving your footprints. Rich people, if they are the type who is a stereotypical rich person (burns money because he/she has money to burn), probably live life more as a comedy. They pay their way through everything and feel safe with their money by their side. They probably see life as a comedy, just watching those who are less fortunate and laughing at them without even a clue on what they are going through. On that note, the poor peoples' lives are a bit more of a tragedy. Sometimes without a roof above their heads, and if they have one, it might not be the best living conditions. Small, cramped quarters. They sometimes don't know where they will find their next meal. Life is a tragedy as they live each day one day at a time trying to keep themselves alive.

Here is my big 'be careful' of the day for you:
When talking to someone about life and how either terrible or amazing it is for you, be aware of who they are. If you are rich and you are talking about your life of luxury to someone less fortunate, you might hurt their feelings a lot. So just be wary and conscious about other people's feelings.
There are other morals to this quote, too. What do you think this quote is trying to tell us, if anything at all?

Apr 14, 2014

Daily Story

One evening, a thirsty deer was feeding in the forest. He was happy to see a pond nearby. He bent down to drink the water. Looking into the clear and still water, he could see his reflection. The sight of his attractive and alluring antlers made him proud and happy. He then noticed his long, thin and skinny legs. Sadly, he said to himself, “These legs are so ugly and do not match my majestic and appealing antlers.”

 Suddenly he sensed the approach of a wolf.

The stag ran at top speed, knowing that the wolf was fast chasing him. He suspected that other wolves in the pack would have spotted him and joined the race. His long and slender legs helped him to run at a great speed. He ran with all his might and reached much ahead of his predators. But unexpectedly his antlers got entangled in the branches of a bushy tree. 

He tried but could not free the antlers from the branches. He pulled with all his strength but all his efforts were in vain. Finally he made a frantic attempt and luckily could release the antlers just before the wolf could reach him. He made another frantic run for his life and could fortunately outrun the wolf.

Reaching a safe spot, he turned back and found that the predators had given up the chase. He sighed with relief and thought how foolish he was in praising his pretty antlers and cursing his ugly legs. Gratefully regarding his long and lean legs, with great appreciation, he remarked, “These legs are really lovely. They saved me while the dangerous antlers would have caused my death.”

Appearances may be deceptive. All that glitters is not gold. The Bible teaches, "Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears."

Apr 13, 2014

Daily Quote

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
-Robert Collier
If you took two identical twins, you would think they are very similar with little difference between them. But if one of them has a negative attitude and one has a positive, you will notice that the difference is actually enormous. One of them will be quite pleasant to be around, and one won't. These small differences are actually huge differences. Be positive, because not only do people want to be around you more, but it sets you apart from the majority of the world. Being different is usually a good thing! Be unique! Be special! Be yourself.

Apr 12, 2014

Quote of the day

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
-Bill Cosby
I feel like I have done this quote before. It is really important and so true, so here it is again. If you want to succeed at something, you really do have to want that success. It is ok to be a little bit afraid of failure so you can help avoid it, but you really need to focus on what is more important. Success. If you are too focused on the potential failure, you won't spend enough time working towards the success and you will ultimately end up failing. Just let it go and know that the chance of failure will always be there, but the more you desire for that success, the more likely you are to put it to action, and the more likely you will actually succeed.

Apr 11, 2014

Quote of the day

Spending your time urging time to go faster won't do you any good. Unfortunately, the only way to make time seem to go quickly is to be actively engaged in something. Working hard makes time fly. Keep going. Go as long as you can and get as much as you can done, because if you stop, there is no telling how long it will take you to start again. Procrastination is also an issue many people have. I have it, too. But when I do actually work ahead and get things done, not only does time fly, but I have less of a workload to do later. Don't keep looking up at the clock, or it will seem like each second takes a minute. Just keep going and you will be fine.

Apr 10, 2014

Daily Quote

"The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress."
-Charles Kettering
People tend to hate change. I know some people that get really angry when something is changed. I don't really like change sometimes, but sometimes you just have to realize that it is probably either for the best or seriously not worth worrying about. The world hates change. But change is the only thing that makes our world keep progressing and getting better and becoming more advanced. For example, some of the older people still living might not like the newest technology such as iPhones and laptops. It just isn't normal to them. They might not like these things very much because they are change. But without these technology advancements, where would we be right now? You may not like change very much, but it is the only thing that has ever brought progress.

Apr 9, 2014

Daily Story

A cow was resting and ruminating in her cowshed. A mosquito appeared and challenged the cow. "You have a feeling that you are stronger and larger than I am. I will show you how powerful I am."

 He gave sharp bites on the soft parts of the cow, evading every attempt of the cow to drive him away. The cow warned him with a kind and considerate look, "Please remember that pride goes before a fall."

The mosquito continued his attack, flying away from the wagging tail of the cow. Suddenly he was caught and entrapped in a spider web. His wings got stuck and he could not move. The spider sensed the fall of the prey and approached fast to paralyze the mosquito and kill it. The mosquito was frightened. He cried aloud, "Help me. I am caught in the web. Kindly forgive me. I am going to be killed. Please help me!"

The cow was very kind and gentle. With a careful light wag of her tail, she broke the web and released and saved the mosquito. The mosquito was ashamed of himself for boasting before the cow. He admitted his mistake. He pleaded, "You are definitely more powerful. Please forgive my ignorance and arrogance. Thank you for saving me. I will never disturb you."

"Please remember that pride goes before a fall."
These words, which the kind cow spoke to the mosquito in the effort of saving the mosquito before the incident happens, mean that sometimes peoples' pride gets to the point of destruction. They might be so proud and/or jealous of someone else that they become prideful and boastful. Usually, this behavior lands you in all kinds of trouble. Keep your compassionate heart and forgive others. Don't let their jealousy and rage get to you, for it is probably something going on in their lives. Be kind, and when the angry person "takes a fall," help them up again. This is what we were meant to do. 

Unfortunately, in this world we live in, this isn't what usually happens. People get angry, the person who is getting yelled at gets angry, and then there is a fight. Be different. Be the one to end the fight and help the person back up when they fall.

Apr 8, 2014

Quote of the day

"O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!"
-Walter Scot
When you begin doing things intentionally to deceive someone or hurt them in any way, you begin leaving a trail of string behind you. Chances are, if you do something once you will probably want to do it again because it made you feel good. So you will probably go and pick on someone else as well. You will keep dragging that piece of string and it will keep getting snagged on everything, and before you know it, you are in a tangled web with no way out of your lies. Don't purposefully be mean to someone! If it makes you feel good to put someone else down, you need to think it out. Why is it making you feel good? Perhaps it is because you are jealous of something they have you don't, so putting them down temporarily weakens them so you can feel stronger and better? If this is the case, you just need to recognize that you have things that they don't, too, and you should instead be thankful for what you have. Don't want what others have, be happy with what you have. Also, don't purposefully deceive someone, because before long, you will be tangled in a hopeless web.

Apr 7, 2014

Quote of the day

"The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon."
-Jean Ingelow
This is the quote I think of when I think of all of these famous people. Everyone knows who they are, but they don't know us at all. We look upon one moon, but the one moon looks upon thousands upon thousands upon thousands of us. Sometimes, the moon sheds positive light on us and influences us to do good things. Other times, the moon might make a bad decision and burn us with it's influential rays. It is ok to look upon the moon that looks upon all of us, but if the moon isn't making good choices, perhaps you should turn your head away. Do you see what I am saying here? Sometimes famous people can be good role models and you want to be just like them. Other times, they can turn to the wrong direction, and don't let them lead you down that dark path. You are still your own person. Your petals are yours and yours only, just make sure your stem is strong enough to withhold your own decisions and not someone else's. Make good choices, and only let positive influences influence you.

Apr 6, 2014

Daily Quote

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
-Albert Einstein
To be able to understand something fully is to be able to explain it to a four year old. If you can't use simple enough terms to be able to teach the concept to that little four year old, then you really don't know it well enough. A sign of if you know it well enough or not is whether you can explain it to not only a four year old, but someone that knows nothing of the topic. If that person who knows nothing about it understands after your explanation, I would say you're doing a pretty good job. This is good for when you are learning something, too. Try learning it in simple terms, and understanding the more complex part to it a little later. Get the basics down first. This is true with anything in life. Get the basics down first. When you learned to walk, you didn't just get up and run a marathon, now did you? No. You took baby steps and slowly learned to walk and talk. Take baby steps with everything you do, and when you learn something, dissect it into baby steps again and walk someone else through slowly and clearly. If you are wondering if you truly know something, then be able to explain that something to a four year old and you are good to go!

Apr 5, 2014

Daily Quote

"God didn't make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you."
-Joel Osteen
Sometimes, you may question yourself. You may question your morals, you may question your appearance, you may question countless things about yourself. We have all had that moment in our lives where we wondered why God made us, and what he has in store for us. What are we here for? Sometimes, we feel completely useless. Sometimes, we wonder if we were a mistake when we were born. Well, nobody is a mistake. We might feel that way sometimes, but that is just because we are human. Humans are far from perfect, and these kinds of feelings about our imperfections pop up all of the time. Ignore those feelings! Just remember that God is with you always and he will always be there for you. No matter how many good things or bad things you do with your life, He will always be there. There was no mistake when you were made. Try seeing yourself as God sees you. Because in God's eyes, you are perfect. The only thing keeping you back is the way you see yourself. You are perfect. You are worth it. You aren't a mistake. Live the life you were made to live, see yourself the way He who made you sees you.

Happy 400th Post!

Apr 4, 2014

Quote of the day

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."
-Mother Teresa
As the years progress, I feel like the human race is losing connections with God. People don't visit church or synagogue unless it is a religious holiday, which I know for Christians usually means twice a year (for the two major holidays: Christmas and Easter). With all of our modern day distractions and the hustle-bustle of everyday life, we just aren't as religiously active. Even those who go to church every single Sunday or temple or synagogue whenever those take place aren't as connected as someone back in biblical days might have been. People and their religious practices have changed their ways, and we just aren't as strongly connected. Sometimes, we go a few days without even thinking about God. If you eat dinner with your family every night and bless the food every night but use the same prayer every night, chances are that prayer might simply be words to you. No more than just words you recite every night at the dinner table. They just aren't as meaningful as a made-up on the spot prayer thanking the Lord for everything we have and everything we are.

At this point, you may be wondering: How do I find God, then? Well, like I said, life now is all hustle-bustle and get things done because they are due tomorrow and all of that stuff. "Gotta make money to support my family," and "Have to work extra hard to keep my job" are normal things you might think during a day. God is always around you, but to truly find Him, you need to step away from the noise and business. You simply have to find solitude. If possible, go outside. Connect with nature. Notice that each little flower and each leaf on each and every tree grows and lives in calm, simple, God-made nature without the distractions of man-made inventions. These bits of nature spend their lives in silence, waiting for the appreciation humans used to give them... but don't as much anymore. Find this solitude, and pray. When you are connected with God, you will know you are. You can just feel it. For everyone it is different... But you will simply know. Don't ask me how I know this... I just know that you will know. For example, if I offer God a legitimate prayer, I will know I am connected if my eyes start to tear up. I might not be sad at all, but those tears; that holy water God sent to my eyes; that is what lets me know he is listening.

Yesterday, everyone in my grade at school was assigned to find a spot in nature and simply sit there in silence for 30 minutes. For many, this was a challenge as many of the people hadn't gone 60 seconds without opening their mouth to say something while surrounded by friends. But we all managed to do it successfully. We went out into the still of nature, and we sat. Some people slept, some people were lost in thought. There were probably people who couldn't wait to get out of there, and that is fine. Some people just don't connect that way. Everyone was encouraged to use the opportunity to pray. I'm not sure how many actually did, but the 30 minutes in nature helped me feel so connected. Since I'm not in elementary school, we don't get a nice playground to go play on every day. So I spend my days inside. All day. Glued to a computer screen or taking notes on something or another that I quite honestly don't feel like doing at that moment. I really needed that connection with nature. It helped my mental health as well as my spiritual health become healthier than it has been in a while.

So I encourage all of you to just stop. Go outside, find somewhere away from the distractions of human made things. Go out into nature, find a comfortable place to sit, and just appreciate everything around you. You never know what you might discover.
Also try offering up your best prayer to God. It doesn't have to be out loud. It can be said in your head, but if you are sincerely offering it up to the Lord, he will hear it. Find the special Godly connection symbol that is given to you, and cherish the warm, buttery feeling of it. Good luck, and happy praying.
Take this advice... Please. You will never experience something so real as you do when you know God is there.

Apr 3, 2014

Quote of the day

"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Sometimes, the night can be more colorful than the day. Sometimes, the days can be cold and gray, and usually they are pretty quiet in terms of nature. But night time and early morning... Just hear those hundreds of birdcalls singing! (Mostly in the morning.) Even though it is dark outside, the colors of night are so much richer than that of day. The beautiful cobalt and dark blues of the sky, the twinkle of the stars, and the silhouettes of the trees against the pretty blue sky. Also, the moon shines so brightly it looks like a nighttime sun. Take the opportunity to look outside tonight. If it is clear out, it just might amaze and dazzle you what you might see.

Apr 2, 2014

Daily Quote

Don't judge the day you've had based on how many things you got out of it, judge it based on what you put into it. Did you put your best effort into everything? Did you start something that you can pick up tomorrow and still be proud of? What have you set up that increases the chances of success for later when you harvest that fruit? If you have no answer to any of these questions, I suggest you start planting some good, wholesome seeds so you can carefully tend to them and be able to reap them later. Another thing-- if you did harvest some fruit today, was it yours? Be sure to do things for yourself and harvest the fruit you have planted for yourself. Share your successes with others, too. Sometimes, a seed planted may be planted by a couple people together. Work with them and make sure that seed grows big and strong. Carefully tend to your seeds not out of the attitude of just wanting the outcome, but do it because you want the seed to grow. Do it because you want your work to be actually good. Do it for the good of yourself and others.

Apr 1, 2014

Daily Quote

"People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?"
-Nhat Hanh
Nobody is perfect. Nothing is perfect. As hard as we try, perfection is reserved for only one: God. People tend to deal too much with what is wrong, and they loose focus on what is right. People look at things and immediately look for the bad side of it. They look for the potential problems with it. I do that too, don't get me wrong. Before purchasing something (or looking at things to potentially purchase just for the fun of it), I always look at the negative reviews just so I can get an idea of what might be wrong with the product. What we should all be focusing on is the benefits. What is good about the product? What is good about the person you don't like? There has to be something! While God didn't make us to be perfect, he did give to each of us a special talent or something that makes us even more unique than we already are. So instead of looking for what is wrong in something, try looking for what is right. Seeing things more positively will likely result in a more positive outlook on life, which would make your entire attitude more positive, therefore making people want to be around you more. 

Blog Shutting Down

I have decided that I have lost interest in this blog and I will be deleting it tomorrow.
Sorry, and thanks for everything.

April Fool's!
I am definitely not stopping anytime soon!

Mar 31, 2014

Quote of the day

It can be nice as well as troubling to look back at what you've done in the past. Sometimes, when it is nice to look back at it all, it is nice to see all of your accomplishments (especially recent ones) and the good things that happened to you and those you love and the world. Sometimes, looking back can be a bit more troubling. You see those times when you made a major mistake that ended up costing you big time. You see those times when, maybe, a relationship went wrong or someone close to you got hurt. You can see all sorts of devastation. Since what happens in the present soon becomes past, make it count for your future.

Mar 30, 2014

Quote of the day

"If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues."
-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
When saying this, don't assume that I am telling you to be horrible at everything you do. What I am saying is that if you want to be loved, you shouldn't just show all of your perfections. Nobody likes someone who appears to be good at everything. People like to see a couple faults every now and again; it shows them that you are, in fact, human. Everybody makes mistakes, and sometimes letting people see your mistakes can be a good thing. I know of some people who don't show anything but their "perfections;" and that itself seems a bit like a flaw (in my personal opinion). Not to mention they aren't exactly my most favorite people to be around. They are always acting like they are better than everyone. For your sake as well as others, simply be human. Show your faults, show your perfections. A perfect blend of the two makes for a very likable person.

Mar 29, 2014

Daily Quote

"When all else is lost, the future still remains."
-Christian Nestell Bovee
The future is always out there. It is an opportunity to do, well, anything you want to do! When you feel sad, or down, or life just seems to be tough, the future will always be there for you as an opportunity to try again. Keep trying... While the first time may not be a success, it helps break the ground to an amazing future. Keep trying. When all else seems lost, you've got plenty of time to find it again. The sky's the limit. Do what you love, love what you do. If you walk into things simply because you want to and because that is what you love to do, then if you win or if you lose, it doesn't matter. You are doing it out of the joy of doing it. Remember that experience can be more powerful then any award you will ever be given. Experience is knowledge for life, awards are just a piece of paper or a plaque or a trophy or a ribbon. There is more to life then those physical items. Winning provides the winner with a sense of pride, which is something good that comes out of it. But no matter if you win or not, the experience you gain and the friends you make are what really count.

Mar 28, 2014

Daily Quote

When we are by ourselves, we can't do as much. There are some things we can't lift by ourselves; we need someone to carry the weight with us. There are some things we can't make by ourselves; we need someone to hold it steady while we glue it down. There are so many things that are so much easier to do with someone else. Together, you and I can do so much in this world. Grab a friend or two or three or four or more and do something great!

Mar 27, 2014

Story of the day

Around 50,000 people are reported to die of snake-bite every year in India. Now a polyvalent anti-snake-venom-serum is available in most of the Indian hospitals. This antiserum (antivenom) counteracts the poisonous venoms of the four most common poisonous snakes of India –Indian cobra (Naja naja), common krait (Bangarus caeruleus), Russel’s viper (Daboia russelii) and saw-scaled viper (Echis carinatus). Victims of snake-bite can be saved if brought to hospitals without delay.

A person was walking along a bushy passage in an Indian village when he accidentally stepped on a poisonous snake and was bitten by it. He cried aloud. People rushed to the scene and carried the victim to the main road expecting to get a vehicle to carry the victim to the nearest hospital. Meanwhile some of the villagers spotted the snake. They threw stones at it and then beat it with sticks till it became motionless and apparently dead. They quickly transferred the snake into a briefcase and entrusted it to the persons who accompanied the victim to the hospital. They hoped that the treatment would be more specific and effective if the type of snake was known by an examination of the dead snake.

On arriving at the hospital, the patient was shifted to the casualty room. The briefcase carrying the beaten snake was placed near the door of the casualty. The doctor informed that he would examine the specimen after examining the victim and administering the essential treatments to save the victim’s life. The bystanders were anxiously waiting outside, actively discussing the tragedy.

A thief was wandering through the hospital hoping to steal some valuable belongings of the patients. The briefcase placed near the casualty door caught his attention. When no one was noticing him, he snatched the briefcase and swiftly moved out of the hospital. Reaching a lonely spot, he opened the suitcase expecting a fortune. But unfortunately, the wounded snake gave a sharp bite on the hands of the thief and wounded him. He cried aloud, but there was no one in the isolated spot to hear his cry. He fainted, fell down and met his death without receiving any medical care.

The wise king, Solomon, teaches us, “Wealth that you get by dishonesty will do you no good, but honesty can save your life. It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income gained dishonestly.” 
The sin of stealing includes dishonest business practices, cheating, evading of taxes, refusing to repay debts, plagiarism and keeping unauthorised property.

We take every effort to preserve our treasure on earth. We waste a major share of our time, health and energy to amass fame, wealth and glory. Jesus Christ taught, “No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

The love of money is a source of all evil. Money may fetch us amusement, but not happiness; a bed, but not sleep; books, but not brains; a car, but not safety; companions, but not friends; education, but not wisdom; flattery, but not respect; food, but not appetite; a house but not a home; luxuries, but not culture; medicines, but not health; ornaments, but not beauty; a violin, but not music. Money is like sea water; the more we drink, the thirstier we get.

Mar 26, 2014

Quote of the day

Success is usually acquired throughout a long period of time by doing actions one by one. Success is the sum of all of your small efforts repeated frequently until the larger goal is achieved. Sometimes success is a 2 step deal. Sometimes, it is a 100+ step deal. Success comes in many sizes, but the work going into it is what counts. You can bend down and touch your toes and call it an accomplishment, but what is going into it? Are the little steps going into that toe touch actually something you are proud of stating? Be sure that every little thing going into the big thing is worth contributing to the overall success. Just like a layered cake-- you want every layer to be just as tasty or even tastier than the one before, but all of them make up the cake of success.

Mar 25, 2014

Daily Quote

“To return evil for good is devilish; to return good for good is human; to return good for evil is divine.”

-Alfred Plummer
If you take something good and swap it for something evil, that is just devilish and plain wrong. If you take something good and swap it for another something good, well that is simply human. Humans are always taking something good and responding with good. But to take something evil and make it good is divine. Think of these things being swapped as, for example, personalities. If you take an innocent, nice person and turn them evil, you are doing the complete wrong thing and being extremely devilish. The normal human way is to respond to someone's good mood with your good mood, or someone's decent mood with your good/decent mood, or whatever the case might be. Usually we match moods. If someone yells at you angrily, you angrily yell back. That's normal. That's not changing the person's overall personality. But taking someone who is evil and somehow making them good, while it is a challenge, it is absolutely divine.

Mar 24, 2014

Daily Quote

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
-Charles Spurgeon
People tend to put themselves in the mindset of 'if I get more stuff, I will be happier.' Well, I am here to tell you that this is not true. I have told you in the past and I will tell you again: objects don't bring happiness. Perhaps an object belonged to your late grandmother. You may argue that the object brings you happiness because it makes you think of your grandma. Well, it isn't the actual object that is making you happy, it is the sentimental value and memories behind it. Another example is a really old and beaten up plush lamb I got when I was born. For the longest time, I thought it was the object that made me happy. I realize now that it is the fact that it is as old as I am or maybe the fact I hadn't gone a night without it with me in my room or on my bed (unless she was lost or I was on vacation). It was the time I had spent with her. The love I had poured on her as I pretended she was real. It was all of those telepathic conversations we shared to help me work through a problem once (when I was really little). It was all of those times when I laughed with her when I was happy or those times when I cried into her mangled fur when I was sad. It is the more important things behind the actual object that make it special: time, love, care, family heirloom, etc. So getting more objects and physical 'things' won't make you happier... How much you enjoy them and in what ways are what makes them special.

Mar 23, 2014

Quote of the day

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough."
-Richard M. DeVos
A little bit of positive encouragement can lift someone's spirits and help them push forwards. Many things in life drag us down, and a little bit of encouragement helps so much. Make someone's day bearable and give them a little bit of positive reinforcement.

Mar 22, 2014

Story of the day

A singing bird flew into a forest and sat on the branch of a tree. The bird sang with a melodious voice. Every animal in the forest listened spellbound, appreciating and admiring the music of the gifted singer. Animals from nearby areas rushed to the scene, lulled by the sweet sound of the song. A worm was seated on a leaf of the lowest branch of the tree on which the bird rested. With all its strength the worm crawled into a crevice from where it could not see the bird.

Seeing this rapid retreat, a rabbit asked the worm, "Why do you go away from the singer, while all of us are watching the bird and listening to the song with ardent admiration?" The worm said in a soft voice, "I saw the bird staring at me. After finishing the song the bird would feel tired and hungry. Most probably the stare was to identify me as a tasty snack. So I moved away to this safer place."

Virtues and prayer serve as our armour in the fight against temptations. We must be alert to avoid even minor causes of temptations to sins which are obstacles to a pure and peaceful life. We can gain the power to resist massive temptations if we practise resisting minor temptations of life regularly and constantly with the power of prayer and faith in God's infinite grace. God will grant us the strength to resist temptations.

Mar 21, 2014

Daily Quote

Unfortunately, we can't just wake up one morning and be at the heights of greatness. We have to work at it. And the road is not always smooth. In fact, it is seldom an easy journey. Becoming great takes courage. Bravery. Humility. Kindness. Determination. Flexibility. All sorts of things. You will come across all sorts of obstacles, but the key is to never give up. Seek help from others, don't try to take it all upon your own shoulders. Be calm and flexible in anything and everything. The road will be rough, but take your time and be careful; for the road is narrow and it is easy to fall off.

Mar 20, 2014

Daily Quote

Be happy with everything you have, because getting more things won't make you any happier. Getting more will simply make you happy for a short time before you want more again. Seek joy in life, because happiness and joy actually aren't the same thing. Happy is only temporary. Joy is everlasting. Joy is so much stronger. So seek joy in everything you do and say. Speaking of, be happy with the person you are. Don't think you are lesser than someone because you aren't as stylish as them, or you aren't as tall, short, pretty, popular, or anything else as them. That doesn't matter. Be happy with the person you are. Be generous with both of those blessings. Money is only paper, and be happy with it (it falls under the category of being happy with everything you have). Share that gift with those in need. Money is only paper, like I said, but it can do so much and change so many lives for good or bad. So put it towards a good use-- others in need. Also put other possessions towards others; for example: clothing drives, book drives, any other drives, etc. Give away your own personality too. Use your unique talents to make someone's day special. Do all of this, and you won't have to search the internet for "how to be happy in life" or "how to be happy alone" or simply "how to be happy" anymore.

Mar 19, 2014

Quote of the day

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."
-Carol Burnett
Nobody can change your life like you can. You are the person who makes your own decisions, you are the one who deals with yourself in every way. You swallow your own food; nobody can do that for you. You fall asleep by yourself; nobody can snap their fingers and make your entire body limp and asleep. You are the only one who can breathe for yourself. Don't let anyone push you around and act like they can change your life for you! You can do it yourself, and only you can do it! So quit letting everyone else tell you what to do (except for rules and important things like that-- some things tell you what to do because it is what is safest for you and others around you) and get a hold on your own life! It's your life. Live it and love it.

Mar 18, 2014

Story of the day

There is a tale about an old trick used to trap and capture wild monkeys. The hunters take a large nut with hard shell. A hole is made in the shell, just sufficient in size to let a monkey put its hand through it, but not big enough to let it withdraw its folded fist from the nut, when it is full of grabbed food. They put into the nut foods with fine smell such as orange peels, peanuts or small fruits. The nut is fastened firmly to a heavy rock or large tree and the trap is left in a place where monkeys visit regularly. Attracted by the smell of the food, an approaching monkey may eagerly introduce its hand inside the nut and grab a fistful of the food.

As the hunters approach, the monkey tries its best to leave the nut, but by instinct the monkey does not relax its grip on the food and so cannot escape from the trap. The frightened monkey may scream and try hard to pull out its hand but it tightens its grip as it lacks the sense to release its grasp. The monkey is then easily captured.

Like the monkey in this story, we hold on to several silly pleasures and sinful situations. We have to be ready to leave our attachment to worthless worldly pleasures and affinity to material objects to gain true freedom and gather greater goals. Our desires impede our freedom. We should detach ourselves from these tempting desires. Otherwise we become slaves of sin. When we clasp worldly interests we fail to open our hands to receive the bliss of heavenly happiness. Will a person gain anything if he wins the whole world but loses his life or soul?