Dec 15, 2014

Daily Quote

"My boy, one small breeze doesn't make a wind storm."
-John McGraw
Don't make too big a deal of nothing. If it's just a small breeze, don't freak out and call it a wind storm. Just like the saying 'don't cry over spilled milk,' don't stress over something not worth your time. Choose your battles, because you might be invited to quite a few of them but some are more important than others. Don't let one small little breeze trick you into thinking you are amidst a wind storm.

Dec 14, 2014

Daily Quote

When I saw this picture, I couldn't help but smile. I love birds and snowy twigs like that, and the quote just made me feel so happy, and I'm not even sure why. Anyway, staying inside of the lines doesn't always cut it. Sometimes you have to jump outside the box, go against the flow, and go out on a limb. Why? Because often the fruit is there! Sometimes the twigs snap as you try to reach for the fruit, but the juiciest of the fruits are always out on limbs. So don't worry, and go for it! Sometimes you will succeed and sometimes you won't, but there's not too much harm in trying. 

Dec 13, 2014

Quote of the day

"A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas."
-Charles Dudley Warner
You don't have to have a ton of everything to be great. You don't need to have the best clothes, the best house, the best of everything to be happy. As long as you make the best of what you have, you can be great. Just like an artist-- if given a small canvas, don't throw it away because you believe in the 'bigger is better' phrase. Make something wonderful out of that small canvas and maybe you will be given a bigger one in the future. Take life as it goes and make the best of it.

Dec 12, 2014

Quote of the day

"Nothing will work unless you do."
-Maya Angelou
Unfortunately, nothing happens when you sit around waiting. If you want something to happen, you need to make it happen yourself. If you don't work, then nothing will work! So if you really really want something to happen, the best thing to do is get up and do it. You may not want to, we often don't, but trust me, getting things done is something that is wonderful and special, and it feels amazing to get stuff done, too!

Dec 11, 2014

Daily Story

                         A farmer had a banana farm. It was his only means of livelihood. Vehicles were not common in that remote village. The farmer had six children. When the fruits were ready for sale, he used to call his sons and place one bunch of banana on the head of each son. But he used to judge the weight of the bunch with his hands before placing it on a child. The lightest bunch was placed on the youngest son and the heavier bunches on the elder children in the order of age and strength. The he would carry the heaviest bunch on his own head and lead the children to the market, sell the fruits and return together happily. This continued for several years.

                         A man has to endure a lot of trials, troubles and tribulations in his life. In moments of despair and depression we may ask God why we are constantly being exposed to suffering and pain.

                         God, our loving Father acts just like this father. He would place a load of difficulties on our heads, but would place just the proper load for each of us, what each of us can bear and carry without much discomfort. The burdens we receive in our life are the best suited for our life. God will reward us for our patient acceptance of His will.        
             
                         Life is not a bed of roses but a path of thorns. God gives us burdens; and He also gives us shoulders! We are like tea bags. Our strength is revealed only when we get into hot water! Stumbling blocks and stepping stones differ only in the way we use them. Adversity is the best university.

Dec 10, 2014

Daily Quote

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
-Vincent Van Gogh
It's really difficult to do something big and great all in one sitting. Big things don't just appear! For example-- all of the greatest wars and greatest events in history didn't just be thought up on a whim and carried out the same day. That's just not how it happens! And Martin Luther King Jr's racial discrimination protesting didn't happen in one day. The fight went on and on and on until finally the case was won, which even happened after he died. The point is, not often do really big or really great things happen with one action. These great things are made up of a series of small things that were all brought together to make that great thing great.

Dec 9, 2014

Quote of the day

"Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do."
-Michel de Montaigne
Human development is great. Really, advancement is quite amazing. But sometimes we just need to set some of mother nature's work aside so that mother nature can take care of it. She knows herself much better than we do. This topic is somewhat sensitive to some people more than others, as some people care deeply about our environment and some care deeply about our progress as humans. I feel comfortable doing this post because I believe both things. I personally believe that we should be careful with our environment and try to preserve it, stop global warming, recycle, be environmentally aware, conserve precious resources, and all of those things, because this is our world. We only have one world and it doesn't belong only to your generation. Think about it! Your elders, You, your kids, your grandkids, your great grandkids, your great great grandkids, on and on, etc. are going to live on the same earth until it ends. Don't you want the best for them? Studies have said lots of things, and the future looks scary. Honestly, I feel bad for our distantly futuristic relatives. But on the flip side, just look. Look how far we as humans have come! It's amazing what we've accomplished and what we are to accomplish. If you live inside a bubble where you just accept that everything was there and it's all good and everything is ok and the food you eat and the furniture you sit on is just there, life seems even better. If you're thinking environmentally you probably stress over what the factory making of the items did to the environment. But if not, if you live in that comfortable bubble, you can appreciate even more our advancements. It really is quite amazing and incredible what we've built and set up for ourselves. But back to the environment for one more closing thought-- even in our world of achievement and power, it's important to let mother nature do what she needs to do with herself, and it's even more important to do our parts to give her enough space to let her do this. You might have completely different opinions on this topic, but that was my opinion. Think of this what you want, just remember that nature knows itself better than we do.

Dec 8, 2014

Quote of the day

A good head and a good heart-- two things we look for in a person. Kindness is truly a unique gift, hence the good heart, and a good head is great too. You don't want to be hanging around some drug junky with crazy ideas that could be hazardous. So a good head and a good heart is always a formidable combination. Usually one with these two things has some kind of power because likely they're respected. If you're looking for a leader, look for someone with a good head and a good heart. Good head with good ideas for good, and good heart to share the joy with those around.

Dec 7, 2014

Daily Quote

Never overlook the obvious. Sometimes, your big opportunity to fulfill your life's dream is right there in front of you, and has been the whole time! Right here, right now, you may be in the presence of something life changing. In fact, you are always in the presence of something that could change your life for good or bad. For example, I'm sitting at my desk and looking at a candle. That candle could change my life if I wanted it to-- I could make it burn the house down, I could make it burn all of my hair off, I could make it burn my clothes or my skin. I'm in the presence of something that could seriously alter my life and the lives of others around me. Of course I wouldn't ever actually do any of those things with a candle, not on purpose anyway. But another example of something I'm near right now that could change my life is my phone. There is so much that you can do on a phone so I'm sure it could drastically change your life. The point is, right where you are now might have something that can change your life-- it might have your big opportunity! So be attentive and never overlook the obvious!

Dec 6, 2014

Daily Quote

"Gray skies are just clouds passing over."
-Duke Ellington
Gray skies in your life aren't permanent. They're just some clouds passing overhead! It will clear and reveal the sun eventually, whether it takes minutes, hours, days, or even weeks. Sometimes  in the case of some people, it might take months or years. But just remember that in this holiday season filled with joy, find happiness in your loved ones and they grey clouds will just go away.

Dec 5, 2014

Quote of the day

"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
-Muhammad Ali
If you haven't learned the meaning of friendship you haven't learned anything, because without your friends you will be alone. Nobody to help you, nobody to make you smile. And nobody for you to do the same for. Friendship can't be taught in a classroom, it has to be figured out for yourself. So make sure to understand the meaning of friendship and friends, because they're really important to life.

Dec 4, 2014

Quote of the day

Everyone is always thinking: how can I change the world? What can I do to leave my mark and become well known for it? Well, perhaps the more important question is how can you change yourself? Nobody remembers that this is an option-- you can change yourself! Improving even one person is improving the world, which is what you wanted, right? So start with yourself. Rid of the things you don't want to keep doing, and start doing the things you do want to be doing! Change yourself for the better, and even though it might not be dramatically changing the entire world, but one person at a time you can. So start with yourself!

Dec 3, 2014

Daily Quote

If things seem awful right now, keep your head up because it won't last forever. That's guaranteed. Life goes on, and so do your problems. They might last for a while, sure, but not forever. People move on, things change. So don't worry! Just push through and know that, no matter how hard it is and how much it might hurt right now, in the future the sun will once again shine. Spring will come after a long long winter. Your life is going to be ok!

Dec 2, 2014

Daily Quote

The eyes are powerful. They can tell someone something without even speaking a word. Looking into someone's eyes you can often get a feel for how they feel at that moment. It's almost like you can read someone's eyes. You can just tell if the eyes are sad, happy, angry, fearful, shocked, and many many more! Animals can do the same thing. You can tell if a cat is looking at you lovingly because you are petting it and it likes it, or you can tell if the cat is looking at you angrily because cats seem to look down on humans. You can tell if a dog is looking at you with love because they often do, or you can tell if a dog is looking at you with hunger because dogs, or at least the ones I've had experience with, are quite often hungry. The language communicated with the eyes is unlike any other, and it's such an amazing thing.

Dec 1, 2014

Quote of the day

Sometimes, looking back at the past is wonderful. You can look back at all of the things you've done well or are proud of, all of the moments that you will cherish for a really long time. But sometimes looking back can be painful. The things you wish you didn't do, or are simply embarrassed that you did. There will always be good things as well as bad, so just keep your head up and stay positive. Look over your shoulder-- and be ready for whatever you see. Sometimes it's a sign telling you that there is room for improvement, so take it!

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you got the opportunity to spend it with your loved ones this holiday season! I was spending the past week with my family, so I'm sorry that I wasn't able to blog. I'm back now, and I once again have access to computers.
-LifeOO

Nov 21, 2014

Quote of the day

"How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
-John Burroughs
Even in their death, leaves are so beautiful. They turn all sorts of reds, yellows, browns, purples, oranges, ambers, and all colors in between. Nature is so perfect-- even as it dies it's beautiful and fascinating and wonderful. So don't forget to look at some of nature's beauty this Thanksgiving season! It's fall, so enjoy it. Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone! Look at some nature and admire it-- it's so beautiful.

Nov 20, 2014

Daily Story

                           Louis Braille was born on 4 January, 1809 in the small village of Coupvray in France. He was the fourth and youngest child of Mr. Simon-Rene Braille, who was a skilled leather worker who used to make articles such as shoes, harness, bridle and saddle. Louis liked to play and work with leather while his father worked, but the child was not allowed to touch the sharp tools used by his father to cut and perforate leather. One day, when he was just three years old, when his father went out of his workshop for a brief work, little Louis picked up a sharp and pointed awl from his father's tool-box and bending over a piece of hard leather, tried to make a hole in the leather in an attempt to imitate his father's work. The awl accidentally slipped from his tiny hands and poked one of his eyes. This inflicted an injury and infection which led to loss of vision in that eye. The infection soon spread to the other eye and the poor child became totally blind at the age of three!
                          Though he was a bright, brilliant and intelligent student, his handicap made him unable to read or write like his colleagues in the village school. Though he learned by carefully listening to his teachers' words, his cruel colleagues  avoided his company. He felt lonely and confused, but being very religious, sought refuge in prayer and singing hymns. He liked to learn but his handicap was a great obstacle and impediment.
                         At the age of ten, he won a scholarship to study in the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles, (National Institute for Blind Children or Royal Institution for Blind Youth), in Paris, which was the first special school for blind students in the world, and served as a model for many subsequent schools for the visually impaired around the world. As he was very talented in music, he learned to play the organ and the cello. He used to play the organ in several churches and his performance was widely admired.
                         He had a great goal and dream in his life. At the age of 12 he started his new mission - to invent a system to enable the blind to read and write. He conceived the concept that if the letters could be felt by the fingertips, even a blind could read with ease. With his father's awl which blinded him, he experimented with a system of 'raised dots' on paper to represent the letters of the alphabet and the common marks of punctuation. He successfully completed his system of raised dots by the age of fifteen. He served as a teacher of the blind in the institute where he was a student. He was determined, dedicated and positive. He was admired by all his colleagues and students.                        
                         The system invented by Louis Braille has a series of raised or embossed dots. Each letter is formed by  raising specific dots out of a total of six dots arranged in a rectangle consisting of two columns of three dots each. He expanded his system to accommodate notations for music and mathematics. Now the Braille system is available in a large number of languages and is used for a variety of applications including computer-aided operations. It is a boon to the blind. Braille's work has shaped the lives of millions of blind people and enabled them to lead a productive life, a life of dignity. Louis Braille died at the age of forty three on 6 January, 1852.
                         The outstanding contributions of Braille provided a vision and mission to the millions of disabled people. By determination and untiring effort, they too can work wonders and serve society.

Nov 19, 2014

Daily Quote

Swim with the current so that you won't create conflict, but stand like strong for what you believe in. Avoid conflict but still be uniquely who you are, including in your principles. Don't be afraid to be strong and bold and courageous, but try to stay in the style of the general flow of things so that you don't create too much ruckus. And if you don't swim with the current, swim next to it and help it along. But always stand up for what you believe in-- there's no right or wrong.

Nov 18, 2014

Quote of the day

Often times, people get upset at hearing feedback. They get defensive and angry, saying that the person who gave the feedback didn't like what they did or whatever it is getting feedback on, and everyone ends up assuming things that might not be true. Unless that advice is what you were planning on doing in the first place! I've been told a few times in my life that I'm good at taking feedback. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: feedback can be painful, but if you listen to it, you can be better next time! I know, I know. You already know this. But I'm serious-- taking this feedback makes you better and we all love being better! As painful as it is, just take the feedback with a smile. You will see the positive results as time goes on.

Nov 17, 2014

Quote of the day

"Experience is the teacher of all things."
-Julius Caesar
What better way to learn something than to do it yourself? I've found that someone telling you something is one thing, but doing it puts it into a completely different spot in your brain. It doesn't just put that paper on top of a stack of papers, but it actually files it away. Besides, the best way to learn from mistakes is for them to be your mistakes so that you know exactly what you did wrong and what to do better next time. It's just like that old phrase-- give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

Nov 16, 2014

Daily Quote

"The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there."
-George Bernard Shaw
Looking for God? Go to a garden. Gardens are God's museums of absolutely perfect beauty. Everything there is a masterpiece, carefully crafted down to the cell with perfection. Look closely! Who knew that flowers had delicate veins mapped out in their petals? Who knew just how soft a dandelion's fuzz was? Mysteries of nature can only really be explained by one thing: God. There had to be some divine force or being to create the wonders that we call nature. So if you are looking for God, the best place to look is in His garden. And by looking and admiring his work, you can dig for Him. 

Nov 15, 2014

Daily Quote

Your family members are the people that will be yours for your whole life. You are theirs and they are yours-- and no matter what they will be there. There's not much you can do to lose them, even if it seems you've lost them. And there will always be a way to get them back. And friends, if they're true enough, will be like family to you. And that's something really important and really special and it is a true gift. Wealth and privilege aren't always going to be there for you, like your family will be. Wealth can disappear faster than you can say "money." And privilege can easily be rid of. So forget the wealth and privilege! Have just enough of it so that you can live and give to others. But don't idolize it, ever. Turn to your family, who will always be there for you if you are there for them. That's much more important than wealth and privilege will ever be.

Nov 14, 2014

Quote of the day

"There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don't necessarily want to be like them. I'm to happy being myself."
-James D'arcy
Be yourself, because you are the only person that you will ever be. So why not just go ahead and be it? You were placed on this earth with a purpose. Everyone has one, no matter how big or small. And so what if you aren't acting like yourself? Is the purpose that you specifically are supposed to fulfill going to get fulfilled? But that doesn't mean you have to shut off everyone else's views and acts and ways of doing everything. You can admire and respect people, which in fact is a really good thing to do, just be yourself.

Nov 13, 2014

Quote of the day

"There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards."
-Livy
We all know that in the world we live in, hardly anyone is going to do anything for someone else without some sort of incentive. Some type of reward. I know that I definitely am more resistant to doing things unless I know that there's a reward at the other end of it. And when the reward is great, there's almost nothing man wouldn't do for it! For example: If I told you to do something stupid (don't do anything stupid, please) and I told you I would give you a dollar, would you do it? Hopefully not. But if I said I would give you a thousand dollars, would you do it? You probably would, no matter how stupid the act is. Same goes for good acts. Sometimes the reward is simply the feeling of accomplishment, self-motivation, the joy of giving, and all of those emotional rewards. Sometimes those rewards are better than the physical ones! Either way, there's not much man wouldn't do for a great reward worth working towards.

Nov 12, 2014

Daily Quote

I think that what this quote is saying is that if you don't dig down into yourself, you won't ever find your good. All of your good is found within, so if you don't dig, it won't ever bubble to the surface. I suppose that 'ever' is old english for 'never?' At least in the context of this quote. And if it isn't, let's assume that it means 'never.' All of your good is found inside, so dig deep to unearth it! It's not just going to bubble up. It might feel like it does, but that's because you are digging without yourself even knowing. But in the times when you feel like you need to be good consciously, serious digging is required.

Nov 11, 2014

Daily Quote

"Learning never exhausts the mind."
-Leonardo da Vinci
I thought this quote was interesting. It's true, too. As much as you feel like it does, learning doesn't actually exhaust the mind. You can learn and learn and learn and your mind will never get exhausted. All of the other factors of life, however, might make you tired, but the learning itself won't. So go ahead and learn as much as you can, because it won't exhaust you! The problem is, it feels like it is exhausting and that's why we don't want to do too much of it straight. And that's fine, too, because variety is good to retain focus. But anyway, learning doesn't exhaust the mind. It simply strengthens and conditions it.

Nov 10, 2014

Quote of the day

"Everybody's talking trash these days, so why not keep quiet?"
-Dennis Rodman
These days, everyone isn't minding their mouth as much as they possibly should. Lies and curses are not uncommon anymore. Respect levels are lower, too. And that's a problem! People are so good at putting on an act, to act innocent when they are simply using that as a coverup for their true selves. I've seen people who are obnoxious and rude, but when faced with a superior, they put on a smile and act like the most innocent and kind person who ever walked this earth. Why do we do this? I wish I knew. But in the old days, talking trash was something that could be punishable greatly. These days the rules are so loose that trash talk isn't uncommon. What might be a good solution? Simply keep quiet! There's nothing wrong with staying quiet. Voicing your opinions are great, too, but as long as they are trashless. Sometimes quietness is much better than the constant flow of garbage words and phrases.

Nov 9, 2014

Quote of the day

You can forgive, easy. You can be forgiven, easy. But does it mean anything to you? Do you still have a strong relationship with the person you forgave or the person who forgave you? Accidents and incidents that cause the need for forgiveness can often tear people apart. One person can forgive and that's easy, but to have both people forgive each other no matter what each one did, and then the people are reunited and happy again, that's something more difficult. It only takes one to forgive-- but to be truly reunited again takes forgiveness and acceptance from both parties.

Nov 8, 2014

Daily Quote

"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?"
-Erich Fromm
If you were what you have, what would life be like for you? Good? Bad? Somewhere in between? But what if you were what you have, but you lost everything? Who would you be then? Nobody. And there is no such thing as someone who is nobody. So you really aren't what you own. You're more than that! You can be what you want to be, and you don't have to limit yourself to what you own. If you have everything in the world, you don't have to live up to a rich snobby person stereotype. In fact, many wealthier people are kind and wonderful people who happen to be very fortunate. And on the other hand, if you have nothing, you don't have to be a scrooge. Be who you want to be! Be kind, be bold, be brave, be courageous, be passionate, be strong, be giving. Stereotypes are simply painted paper mâché cages-- they look and feel like they might be able to contain you, but they are made of breakable paper that you can easily break out of and escape. So break out of your material cage and set yourself free.

Nov 7, 2014

Daily Quote

The path won't always be paved. If it's not, which it won't be more often then you might want, don't stress. Actually, when there's no path, you will be more creative in your making of a path. So make a new one! If you really believe, almost nothing is impossible. Except for things that truly are impossible with our current technology, such as having super powers such as flying or shooting lasers out of your eyes or something of the sorts. Anyway, if you are trying to do something and you don't see a path paved and ready for you to walk it, make a new one! Make a path that others can follow, as well. Start something new and go the direction that hasn't been gone before. There's always a way-- whether you make it or you find it.

Nov 6, 2014

Quote of the day

"The starting point of all achievement is desire."
-Napoleon Hill
You've got to really want it to make it happen. If something isn't going quite the way you want it to and you are trying really hard, you likely aren't going to improve that much without actually wanting to. So if you want something, go get it. And if you want to achieve something, desire to achieve it. I can relate to this quote because there have been plenty of times where I wasn't doing something as well as I wanted to, and I really wanted to do it better. I really wanted to do it amazingly to make myself feel good about myself. So I desired it. I worked hard and desired it at the same time, and sure enough, I preformed just the way I wanted. This happened again just today. I was swimming, and I really really wanted to do my next lap about 20 seconds faster then I usually do. And for swimming, 20 seconds is quite a bit of time! So I set out for it. I didn't make my goal the first few times. But then, the last time I was going to attempt it, I desired it really hard. Since it was my last one, I had to prove myself! So I did. I swam that lap 21 seconds faster than my normal speed. So not only did I reach my goal, but I exceeded it. Desire is a strong force. But if you want your achievement to happen, you have to put in a mix of desire and hard work. With those two elements, almost anything is possible.