Feb 28, 2014

Daily Story

This great story isn't a true story, just like most of the stories I publish on this site. This story does have some good meaning to it-- what do you think it is? Leave a comment below.

The bats have several unique and unusual features and habits. Students of basic biology often wonder whether they are birds or terrestrial animals. There is a legend about the peculiar nature of bats.
In early days, the land animals and birds lived in peace and harmony in the forest. A severe summer caused an intense drought in the forest. The trees and plants withered. There was a severe scarcity of food and water. In the struggle for survival, the birds and other animals fought against each other in their attempt to capture the available resources. Many animals and birds perished in the struggle.
Finally the Lion King initiated a mediation between the warring groups. He put forward definite guidelines for feeding by the birds and other animals. The birds were to consume only the resources available on the top of trees. Whatever was found at lower level was reserved for the land animals which could not fly. The arrangement was accepted by the birds and other animals.
The bats came to the birds and pretended friendship. They said, " We are flying animals like you. We reside on trees and have a body structure and wings resembling the birds. Let us join and enjoy the resources on the trees." The birds readily agreed.
The bats then secretly approached the land animals and said, "Friends, look at our face. We are just like you. We give birth to young bats and suckle and nurse our children just like each of you. We wish to join your group and feed on the resources at lower level." The animals agreed.
The bats now enjoyed the resources available in every part of the forest. They fed on the flying insects and also the crawling creatures. They fed on the fish, frogs, lizards, small rodents, scorpions and other insects like the animals. They captured and ate the flying mosquitoes, moths, beetles, moths and small birds using their superb skills of flying like the birds. In between they relished on flowers, fruits, pollen and nectar. No one disturbed them.
Later the birds and other animals realized their error. They discovered that the bats were cheating both the groups and breaking the rules of the agreement on feeding. They were eating every available resource, enjoying their special status of dual citizenship. The bats were dismissed from both the groups. They were prevented from enjoying any resource in the forest. The hungry and abandoned bats were forced to stay away from feeding during day time as most of the birds and other animals were chasing them away. They decided to fast and rest by day and secretly seek their food by night, when other animals and birds are in deep sleep. The animals did not let them rest on the ground and drew them away. The birds did not let them rest on trees as the birds did. So the bats practised to hang upside down from branches of trees and sleep during daylight.
This story reminds us that one cannot be a member of two contradictory groups at the same time. He has to identify himself with one of the opposite groups. Jesus Christ said to his disciples, “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”

Moral Stories

Feb 27, 2014

Quote of the day

"Imagination is the eye of the soul"
-Joseph Joubert
Eyes see for our physical self. The eye takes the image of what is in front of us and sends it to our brain. But at the same time, a second set of eyes is looking in us. Our imagination. It is the eye into our soul. It shows us what our soul thinks. Listen to your thoughts and your imagination. Usually, in the mornings, I get up and take a shower. During the shower, since my mind is still fresh and recently awakened, I find myself thinking weird thoughts that don't end up making sense once I can think for myself. But they are quite interesting. Listening to them is like listening to a conversation between the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. But in the shower, it is mostly pointless argument on which soap to use. As my brain gets more tired throughout the day, the creative little thoughts quiet and the eye into my soul closes. But every day is a new day.
It is different for everyone, but tomorrow when you first wake up, listen to your thoughts. Note that speaking out loud wakes up your brain and after that you won't hear the more interesting and pointless thoughts that wander all over the place. So try just listening when you've just woken up but haven't yet spoken a word. 

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Feb 26, 2014

Quote of the day

"The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed."
Sure, you may have appointments for tomorrow at 2:45PM. You may be planning to do the laundry at 8:30AM tomorrow. But the truth is, you have no idea what time you will actually end up doing it. Traffic and such makes it so that you don't know the exact time you will walk through the doors of your office building. Nothing is guaranteed, not even that doctor's appointment you have scheduled tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, you never know what might happen! For example, more recently, even I had some important appointments that got unexpectedly snowed out. Until time machines are invented, we will never know exact details about the events of tomorrow. Nothing's guaranteed. So don't worry about tomorrow. Enjoy today for what it is. Take it slow, and take it one step at a time.

Feb 25, 2014

Daily Quote

Failing to do something or not to do something probably won't kill you. As much as it feels like it does, it doesn't. You'll live. But failing to change yourself so that the next time you do whatever it was you were doing can be better just might. Again, it probably won't literally kill you, but it will kill a lot more. It will kill others' trusts in you, your own self esteem, etc. Mistakes are meant for learning from. If you don't learn anything from your mistakes and don't apply that next time, you've accomplished nothing.

Feb 24, 2014

Daily Quote

"Man - a being in search of meaning."
Each and every one of us has a meaning in our lives. We all just have to search for it. That is our life's work. We search and search through trials and errors-- LOTS of errors-- to find the meaning in our lives. Without meaning, what are we? Are we simply nothing at all? A better way of thinking of ourselves is not thinking of ourselves as nobodies. Think of yourself more as someone meaningful in training. Besides, there is more than one meaning in your life. So it's likely you've already found at least one of your meanings, and therefore our state of meaninglessness (meaningful beings in training) is short.
Go out and find some meaning in your life! Look around, it could be right next to you.

Feb 23, 2014

Story of the day

A person approached a psychiatrist with a strange disorder. Whenever he lies on his bed, he has a strong feeling that someone is hiding under the cot. This fear has deprived him of sleep for months. The doctor diagnosed the disorder. He said, “You have an anxiety disorder with fear of sleep and thieves - a rare combination of hypnophobia and Kleptophobia.”He agreed to cure the ‘phobias’ using medicines and regular psychotherapy. The patient was asked to consult the doctor every week. He charged a heavy fee for every session of treatment. The drugs also had a high cost.
The treatment continued for two months. Thereafter, the patient stopped the visit to the psychiatrist. Months later, the doctor met the patient in a super market. He enquired about the disease and asked why he discontinued the treatment. The patient replied with joy, “Doctor, one of my friends, a carpenter, cured my disease. Now I get good sleep and I have lost all fears.” The doctor was surprised. He asked for details. The man explained, “The carpenter who learned about my ‘phobia’ came to my house with his tools and cut off the four legs of my cot. Now no one can hide under my cot. So there is no problem now.”
A phobia is an anxiety disorder with intense and irrational fear of an object, animal or situation. Millions of people suffer from such phobias. There is a long list of phobias: (http://phobialist.com).
An instructor was directing a group of students during a training to undertake adventurous sports. He ordered, “There is a very dangerous exercise ahead. I want the bravest of you for the operation. Those who volunteer for the training may move one step forward.” There was a loud stepping sound and dust covered the scene. One of the students who was afraid to volunteer stood still. But the instructor approached him and shaking his hands congratulated him for his courage. The confused student turned to either side and saw that he was the only one in the front row. He realized what had happened. The rest of the students in the group had stepped one step backwards in fear and he was the only one left in the front!
There is a story about Alexander the Great, renowned for his bravery and courage. A soldier, caught for committing a cowardly act was brought before Alexander for trial. “What is your name?” asked Alexander. The frightened soldier replied, “My name is Alexander.”
Hearing this, Alexander the Great became furious. He said angrily, “You must change your conduct or change your name. No coward shall share my name!”
When the gigantic Goliath challenged the Israelites, the soldiers thought, “He is so huge; we can never kill him.” But the courageous boy, David saw him and possibly thought, “He is so huge; I can’t miss him!” The confidence of David was due to his deep faith in the Omnipotent God. He could fell the giant using a single stone slung from his catapult (slingshot) and slay him.
The optimist recognizes a responsibility in every crisis. The pessimist worries about a crisis in every responsibility.

Feb 22, 2014

Quote of the day

This quote is a play on the whole "you're never alone" topic. If you try to see something as an individual thing with no components to it, you just can't. For example, a tree isn't just a tree. It is roots, leaves, wood, chlorophyl, stems, branches, and all sorts of other things. Humans aren't just humans, we are also hitched to everything else in the universe as well.
Just as nothing is unconnected to everything else in the universe, we humans aren't ever alone. We are never unconnected to God. Even if your physical self feels lonely in terms of lacking other physical people as friends, your spiritual self will always have God. You will never be alone, so when you next feel like you are, just remember that God is always with you, no matter where you go and what you do.

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Feb 21, 2014

Daily Quote

"If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest."
-Publilius Syrus

You can't just start at the highest possible level and expect it to be no problem at all. If you are good at something, you still have to work up to the higher levels, otherwise you will get completely lost and you will get confused and won't know what you are going to do anymore. Just like in school you can't go to college after 1st grade, you can't jump to the highest levels from the lowest. So start at the lowest, and gradually work yourself up to the highest; gathering life-long lessons and experience and talent and skill and knowledge and more along the way.

Feb 20, 2014

Daily Quote

"Talent works, genius creates."
-Robert Schumann
I feel like this quote was stated backwards. I feel like it should have said, "Genius creates, talent works." 
Genius people create ideas and plans, but the stuff that goes into actually putting it together is the talent. People won't be able to do something if they don't have even the slightest teensy tiniest bit of talent for whatever they are doing. So talent is what puts the ideas into action and makes them reality through skillful work. Genius creates the 'blueprint' for everything, and talent builds the house up.

Feb 19, 2014

Story of the day

Damocles was one of the courtiers of King Dionysius II who ruled over the ancient kingdom of Syracuse (the Greek area of southern Italy) in the fourth century B.C. Damocles was much impressed by the immense wealth, luxurious life style, delicious food and palatial possessions of the king and used to remark that a king's life was the most fortunate experience on earth.
The words of Damocles reached the king's ears. To teach him a lesson, the king arranged a banquet and gave Damocles a chance to adorn the royal throne . He was provided with attractive attendants, beautiful dancers, costly clothing, delicious drinks, delightful lighting, expensive decorations, exotic perfumes, fabulous food, fragrant flowers, fine furniture, melodious music, and luxurious surroundings. Damocles felt that he was the most fortunate and the happiest man in the world.
Suddenly he raised his eyes to the ceiling and was shocked to see a sharp sword suspended from the ceiling on a single horse hair, with its point almost touching his head. He was afraid that the fragile hair would snap at any moment and the heavy sword may fall on him and kill him. Terrified by the imminent danger, he could not enjoy any pleasure or luxury that surrounded him. He tearfully begged the king for relieving him from the present precarious predicament to return to his poor but peaceful and safer life.
From this bitter experience, Damocles learned that happiness is fragile and that danger surrounds every powerful person. The phrase 'Damocles' sword' implies imminent peril and impending disaster.
'Death' is the Damocles' sword for all mortals. Death often appears unexpectedly. At every moment of life, we must be prepared and ready to meet and greet death as a friend. Life is short and all worldly riches and luxury have to be left behind when we die. They give only a temporary joy. Sinful indulgence in worldly pleasures may lead to everlasting agony in a hell of horror.
Death is the universal equalizer. Everyone is equal before death as death comes to all - great and small. At his deathbed, Alexander the Great instructed his close associates to leave his hands hanging free on either side of the coffin during his royal funeral procession. That was to teach the world that he could carry nothing with him on his final journey.
We fail to realize this truth till we reach the last moments in life. We waste a major share of our time, health and energy to amass fame, wealth and glory.

Feb 18, 2014

Quote of the day

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."
-Paul Tournier
Doing something is actually partly a mental thing. For example, when running, if you feel like you just can't do it anymore and you are about to give up, that is because your mind is saying no. Your body is fully capable of continuing, but your mind is holding you back. I've learned to control it while running in particular. Just think you can and don't let your mind become negative. Concentrate on the good things: if you are outside, look at the nature. There is so much going on around you! We've all heard the story of the Little Engine Who Could (I think I can, I think I can). So think you can , and you will!

Feb 17, 2014

Daily Quote

Sometimes, simple grateful thoughts can be the most perfect prayer. When gratuity is in the right way, it is the perfect praise. Yes, gratefulness can be for the wrong things. For example: "I am so grateful for this new pair of shoes I got today." Sure, it is great to be grateful, but try to word it right. That comment has the right intentions, it just needs a little bit of editing: "I am so grateful for my mother who took me shopping and bought me a nice pair of shoes." Changing the subject from an object to a real human makes it better. Of course, other great things to be grateful for are the basics: food, water, shelter. Just because they are simple doesn't mean you shouldn't give thanks. Even the most simple gratefulness, when turned toward heaven, is the most perfect prayer.

Feb 16, 2014

Daily Story

Perfect Peace

A teacher of English language was giving a dictation to the class. The students were asked to write down the words dictated by the teacher. Those who write every letter correctly, without any error in spelling would receive a prize. The teacher started the test by announcing the first word – ‘peace’. The students began to write. A bright and brilliant boy stood up and asked the teacher, “Madam, I know three words pronounced similarly. Which of these should we write? The boy meant the similar sounding words – ‘peace’, ‘piece’ and ‘peas’. The teacher forgot that a test was in progress and tried to make her point very clear, “It is p-e-a-c-e peace” she announced. There were roars of laughter.

During a painting competition in a school, the students were asked to paint a picture on the theme, ‘peace’. Two paintings were selected from the entries for identifying the final winner. The scrutinizing committee of experts examined the two paintings critically. One painting portrayed beautiful scenery. There were lofty mountains covered by luxuriant green vegetation and a calm lake with still water reflecting with clarity the green mountains and the beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Around the lake were shown green trees bearing fine fruits and fantastic flowers. A pretty bird was enjoying a safe rest in a nice nest on a tall tree with no disturbance. Every part of the pretty picture portrayed perfect rest.

The second picture displayed barren mountains and a wild and disturbed sky with dense black clouds and bright lightning indicating a heavy thunderstorm. An angry waterfall was raging with a torrential stream of foamy water on a rocky hillside. The trees had bent their branches in response to the intense and violent wind. In a cleft in the huge rock, a tiny tree was shown with a small nest on it. Within the nest a small bird was seated, with a slightly opened beak, obviously singing a melodious music, in a state of perfect peace though surrounded by the ferocious forces of nature.

The experts examined the two pictures and awarded the first prize to the second picture. Perfect peace is being calm in one’s heart while in the midst of all unavoidable disturbances, troubles, hard work and noise. Real peace is not the state of rest one may enjoy in serene and silent surroundings without any disturbance or distractions. The peace of God will keep us in peace in the tempests of life.

A popular proverb in Malayalam, “Malakal ilakeedilum mahajanaanaam manamilakaa” may be translated as:
“Mountains may move; but the minds of masterminds never waver.” \

Peace rules the day when God rules the heart.

Feb 15, 2014

Quote of the day

Friendships and love are the same thing, but different at the same time. Love is thought of in a strong way; friendships thought of as the group of people who you are friendly with and enjoy spending time with. But friendships, like love, are warm and make you feel good. Love, like friendships, are steady and long lasting. Most of the time. But no matter which one, these are the people you care about most, so in both there is plenty of love being tossed around.

Feb 14, 2014

Quote of the day

"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another."
-Thomas Merton
You will never find the meaning of your life if you aren't talking it out with others. Others can inspire new ideas, new destinies. Without others, you wouldn't even know what you know now. Back before the computer, everything you knew came from someone who told you. Also, people tend to gravitate towards those they love. They want to be just like their loved ones, and along the way they find the meaning of their own life. Just like when little boys want to be just like their dad when they grow up... Love is our destiny, and the meaning of life is found hand in hand with your loved ones.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 13, 2014

Daily Story

Special Thanks to my Grandmother for finding this one!


Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore . We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my 8-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. The appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.

Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face .... I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments .."

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."

I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch.. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No, thank you I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an over sized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her 5 children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was preface with a thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going...

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded and the little man was out on the porch.

He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."

I told him he was welcome to come again.

And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7 in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen! He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. And I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.

In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk 3 miles to mail these, and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning.

"Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear.

I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.

Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"

My friend changed my mind. "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven.

"Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."

All this happened long ago - and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Friends are very special. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear and they share a word of praise. Show your friends how much you care. Pass this on, and brighten someone's day.

Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along. The only thing that will happen if you DO pass it on is that some-one else might enjoy the story. :)

Feb 12, 2014

Daily Quote

Think of yourself as a ship. You can be the body of the ship: firm and solid; go with the flow. Let what is known to you be the sail: let the facts guide you and direct your path by catching the wind. Let your dreams become the wind, which will direct your path by catching onto the known and leading it further. Become a ship, with all of the parts moving in harmony to guide you into the future. With a firm base, solid knowledge, and creative dreams, nothing can stop you.

Feb 11, 2014

Quote of the day

While many things we dream of seem to be the impossible, someday they could actually be possible. Don't trash your dreams. Keep them, and think of them as a potential blueprint for the future. If you call it silly and get rid of it, who knows; it could have been the solution to the world's problems. Trust me, no dream is worthless. They all have value and are all unique. Sometimes, they are followable. I'm sure that you could take a completely genius idea from one of your dreams and make it reality! Even if you can't, someday you might be able to. Until then, treasure your dreams as if they are reality.

Feb 10, 2014

Quote of the day

People these days don't trust anyone. Everyone seems suspicious in one way or another. Don't deny it, it is completely true! We are all taught not to talk to strangers and be very careful of those around you because you don't know what type of person they are. That is amazing advice. That advice can keep you alive. Now you might be thinking: well, this quote basically contradicts what you just said. That's true, it does. I think it means what it means, but the people you trust are somewhat... filtered in a way. I'm not saying go trust the random people walking by in the mall. I'm saying try trusting the people who have been filtered for you (i.e. coworkers, members of a committee or club or group you are in, small groups of people you are associated in some way with, etc). Anything within a smaller group is a good place to start. Be trusting. Start small, though. But trust. And find out if you can trust them by trusting them. If something goes wrong... give them another chance (depending on how bad it was). If that goes wrong, maybe try finding a different trustworthy person. Trust is a difficult skill to know how to use properly in this day and time, so learn it and use it to your advantages.

Feb 9, 2014

Daily Story

I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw a Cashier hand this little boy some money back. The boy couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. The Cashier said, “I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll.” Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ”Granny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?” The old lady replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.” Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look a round. She left quickly.

The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas. She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her. I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry. But he replied to me sadly. “No, Santa Claus can’t bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.”

His eyes were so sad while saying this. “My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.” My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said: “I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.” Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me “I want mommy to take my picture with her so she won’t forget me.” “I love my mommy and I wish she doesn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.” Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. “Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?” “OK” he said, “I hope I do have enough.” I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: “Thank you God for giving me enough money!” Then he looked at me and added, “I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!” “I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.” “My mommy loves white roses.”

A few minutes later, the old lady returned and I left with my basket. I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away. I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed forever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.

The value of a man or woman resides in what he or she gives, not in what they are capable of receiving…

Author Unknown

Feb 8, 2014

Daily Quote

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
-Mother Teresa
When you are judging people, you aren't taking the time to look at the good things about them. Don't spend all of your time looking at the flaws! Everyone's got them, even you. So don't take your time judging others'. When you do nothing but judge others, you don't have any time to love them for who they are otherwise! Skip the judging completely. Who likes being judged, anyway? Find the good in someone. Say for example, you were partnered in a sport or something with someone who just cannot do the sport. Don't judge the way that they try, just learn to love them. They could be a super nice person, you never know! So get to know them, and get to know them outside of the sport partnership too. Once you know each other better, you will be able to love each other instead of judging them. Love all, judge none.

Feb 7, 2014

Quote of the day

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."
It is a great skill to be able to be flexible. You won't be bent out of shape that way! Some people who are not as flexible can't accept last minute changes (or sometimes, any changes at all) and they get all bent out of shape. They get angry or sad or emotional in some way. Others have the amazing and difficult skill of being able to just roll with it. If they are thrown a curveball, they will still hit a home run. So just try to take change well. People love it when people are flexible. Be careful, though, because sometimes people take advantage of other peoples' flexibility and make random changes whenever and don't even tell you knowing you will take it easily. The main thing is to not do that to others. It may happen... But just be flexible about it! You can always talk to that person if they begin doing it and you would like them not to.

Feb 6, 2014

Story of the day

A wild horse became envious of the zebras which are naturally blessed with beautiful black stripes all over their body. The horse spent sleepless nights meditating about a method to get decorated with beautiful stripes like a zebra. He sought the advice of a monkey who was the best scholar, artist and beautician of the forest. The monkey led the horse to a place where a wildfire had just burnt down several trees. Using the pieces of charcoal from the burnt wood, the monkey painted fine stripes on the body of the horse. The happy horse thanked the monkey and joined a group of zebras who accepted him without a doubt.
As they were grazing together, a heavy rainfall occurred. The 'painted zebra' was in great trouble. The stripes of charcoal dissolved in the rain and created a dirty mess. The stripes lost their outline. The zebras rejected him. The horse ran away with a disfigured body. He came to his own relatives who were reluctant to accept him seeing his weird appearance. Dejected and depressed, he approached the monkey who created the stripes and requested him to end his misery. The monkey led him to a stream and washed his body, rubbing hard with the husk of a coconut. Having restored his natural appearance, the horse watched his appearance in the still water. He said to himself, "I am really beautiful!"
Every creature is blessed with a unique form and appearance. We must be ready to accept the gifts of God instead of worrying about our appearance. Comparing our features with those of others and trying to imitate others creates unnecessary worry. Let us look at the less privileged brothers and thank God for His generous gifts. That is the path to peace and progress.
Charm is deceptive and beauty may disappear. We usually use outward aids such as hair-style, dressing, jewellery and cosmetics to appear beautiful. But our real beauty is in our true inner self, our mind and soul, which is of the greatest value in God's sight.

Feb 5, 2014

Daily Quote

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
-Henry Ford
This quote is true because if you think that you can do something, you are right. You can make a difference. You can change the world. You don't even have to go so large scale; you can simply make small changes. But that is in YOUR power, and YOU can do a thing! If you think that you can't do a thing... well, you are also right. Sometimes there are things were we just have to accept that there is nothing we can do about it. There will be times like that, and sometimes you just have to let things stay between other people. But don't give up. There are plenty of things you can do. So stick to doing that. 

Feb 4, 2014

Daily Quote

The golden rule is important. Do to others as you would do to them. The golden rule of leading is to live your life as a role model for others. Try to make decisions you wouldn't mind other people copying. Even if you are not the type to be a big bold leader, silent leaders are almost more powerful. They are sometimes even more respected. Just think of it as a way of keeping your life straight. Do things that you would not mind others copying. In other words, make good decisions with your life. You never know who is watching you!

Today Rosa Parks turns 101!
Happy Birthday, Rosa!

February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005

(Written in pink because Rosa Parks' favorite color was pink)

Feb 3, 2014

Quote of the day

"The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure."
-D. H. Lawrence
Flowers are beautiful and amazing creations. They are so delicate and beautiful, so exquisite and complicated. They are the fairest thing in nature. The colors are so vibrant and unique, you won't be able to get them anywhere else. But they still have their roots in earth and manure. Even the most beautiful things must have somewhat of a connection with nature. Makeup doesn't make someone beautiful, but kindness and compassion and mercy and all of those good things make people beautiful. Inner beauty is important. And to obtain those qualities, you most likely will have to spend a little time outdoors. You need to learn to appreciate everything, even the dirt and scum of the ground. Flowers are beautiful. They are unique, like you. They grow together and keep each other company, and they are gentle. Flowers don't need artificial things to be beautiful. They just have to be who they are and be proud of it. They are also willing to root themselves in the earth and manure, where it is the best place to get a strong anchor. They don't fuss about getting dirty, they just do it. And yet they are still the fairest things in nature. 

Feb 2, 2014

Quote of the day

"Saddle your dreams before you ride 'em."
-Mary Webb
Before you go riding free on your dreams, be sure to lock them in place in your mind. Make sure you have everything under control before you put the pedal to the metal! If you try to ride a loose dream, it may end up as a complete flop. Be careful. Flopped dreams tend to sting a little bit, both on your personal pride, and also on your public pride. But if you strengthen and secure the dream, you will have a higher chance of being able to ride that dream to the finish line. And that feeling of success is definitely the best!

Feb 1, 2014

Daily Story

Hello! Sorry this was posted so late... The internet was down yesterday.
Here it is, I hope you enjoy this story!

There was a gifted painter who wanted to paint a masterpiece depicting the most beautiful thing in the world.He met many people seeking their verdict on the most beautiful object on earth, to select the subject of his painting.
First, he consulted a senior priest who suggested ‘FAITH’ as the best theme. Next, he met a recently married young lady. She suggested the subject, ‘LOVE’. Finally he met a weary soldier, returning from a battle-field. The soldier said that war was a curse and what man needs is peace. He recommended ‘PEACE’ as the most beautiful thing in the world.
The painter now had three different options. As a further selection was difficult, he decided to combine the three themes in one single painting. But he did not know where he could find such a combination of three beautiful objects. He returned home and there, he could find the perfect blend of the three beauties. He saw ‘faith’ in his wife who came to him with an innocent smile to meet him and greet him. He found true ‘love’ in his loving and lovely children, who ran to him and embraced him. When the virtues – ‘faith’ and ‘love’ filled his home, he could witness the perfect ‘peace’ prevailing there. Much delighted and enlightened by his discovery, he painted his masterpiece, based on his own family, depicting the most beautiful things in the world and labeled it, ‘HOME’.