Thursday, 30 June 2011

Quote Worthy


Don’t be proud of what you know, and don’t be self-confident if you are learned. Be open to advice from the unlearned as well as from the learned. - Barbara De Angelis

Worthiness is a process, and perfection is an eternal trek. We can be worthy to enjoy certain privileges without being perfect. - Marvin J. Ashton 

Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious. - Alfred Whitehead

It is continued temperance which sustains the body for the longest period of time, and which most surely preserves it free from sickness. - Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt

Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours. - Marcus Aurelius

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. - Norman Cousins 

A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault. First, you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack. - Lois Mcmaster Bujold

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you. - Stewart E. White 

The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. - Baron Pierre De Coubertin

Not in the clamor of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat. - Henry Wadworth Longfellow

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Keep Walking For Good Health


People walk every day to get form one point to another without thinking twice about it.

But walking is vital to one’s health.

Up to 30 per cent of elderly patients who lose their ability to walk because of a fracture die from complications within a y ear, said Dr Lim Lian Arn, a orthopaedic surgeon at Raffles Hospital. The complications include chest infections, urinary tract infections and aggravated bed sores.

He said: “We usually lose our ability to walk because of an adverse health issue, which will further compound the condition we are in.”

Parts of bed-bound patients’ lungs may be congested and collect secretions, making them prone to infection, said Dr Jason Chia, a sports physician who heads the sports medicine and surgery clinic at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Since the lower limbs are easily the part of the body that gets the most exercise, a lack of mobility can also contribute to weight gain, said Dr Tan Jee Lim, an orthopaedic surgeon at Gleneagles Medical Centre.

This, in turn, can result in obesity and a higher risk of related conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Walking keeps one healthy by facilitating the flow of air in and out of the lungs and stimulating the heart to supply blood to the large working muscles, thereby keeping the heart fit, said Ms Pauline Leong, the principal physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

This has also been shown to help lower blood pressure.

Though a much more leisurely activity compared to running or cycling, walking helps older people maintain muscle strength and bone density, said Dr Chia.

“Despite the low impact, walking still puts some weight on the muscles and joints and thus provides a level of stimulus from these structures prevent disuse and atrophy,” he said.

This then reduces the risk of falls and subsequent injuries, said Ms Leong

Walking benefits mental health too.

When one is walking, the body releases “feel good” chemicals called endorphins which help one feel better about himself, said Associate Professor Ng Beng Yeong, who heads the department of psychiatry at SGH.

“Many people tend to ruminate over future happenings or pat events. Walking encourages one to focus on the present, providing respite for the individual who is overwhelmed by the daily hassles of life,” he said.

Dr Tommy Tan, a psychiatrist at Novena Medical Centre, said: “We live in a society where we give time to everyone else. When we walk leisurely, we give time to ourselves to appreciate the things we often take for granted. After all, we were born to walk.”

In this way, walking serves as a form of a spiritual pursuit or meditation that strengthens one’s mental health, he said.

Prof Ng added that with an increase in stamina, body strength, physique and general well-being, a person’s self-esteem may also improve.

Walking is the easiest form of exercise to kick start one’s exercise programme to maintain fitness.

One can start walking without worrying about gym memberships, expensive equipment or pool admissions.

Dr Tommy Tan said he encourages his patients to walk because it is the cheapest and simplest form of exercise, with no special equipment needed.

“Walking can be done at any time, at the workplace, at home or anywhere”

One should do leisure or brisk walking at least five times a week, with each walking session lasting 30 minutes.

The pace should be of moderate intensity.

“In practical terms, this is fast enough to feel slight breathlessness but one is still able to converse in full sentences,” said Dr Chia.

People who are unable to set aside time for walking can break up the sessions into 10-minute bouts. However, each bout of exercise still has to be done at moderate intensity.

The elderly should walk at a moderate intensity for up to an hour daily to maintain their fitness, Ms Leong said.

“They will then realize that they are able to do more in their daily activities without being winded or tired. This will motivate them to continue and increase their activity levels,” she said.

She added: “You can get major health benefits from a relatively mild form of exercise as long as you do enough and do it regularly.”

- JonLiau 

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Food For Thought


Everyone knows that weeds eat out the life of the garden and of the productive fields. The gardener and farmer alike each has to keep the weeding process alive. It’s like that in the building and developing of character. No one knows our own faults and tendencies better than we do ourselves, so that it is up to each one of us to keep the weeds out, and to keep all growth vigorous and fruitful. - George Matthew Adams

There is no royal road to any learning, no matter what it is. There is no royal road to any righteous living, no matter who you are or what you are. There is no royal road to anything that is worthwhile. Nothing that is deserving of earning or of cherishing comes except through hard work. - J. Reuben Clark

It is not innate in the human character to dwell deeply in the depths of any subject by inquiring into it, researching, and truly mastering all facets of the subject. Especially now, in our times, society willingly accepts mediocrity and appearances rather than the actuality of excellence. - Samuel Avital

Monday, 27 June 2011

Jokes


Living It Up

              A tailor called on James to collect a long-overdue bill. When he arrived, the tailor found James sipping a glass of champagne. “How can you drink champagne when you can’t pay your bills?” demanded the tailor.
              “My good man,” James answered, “I assure you the champagne hasn’t been paid for either.”


Insurance

              The barn at Larry and Susan’s farm burned down, and Susan called the insurance company. 
              Susan: “We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.”
              Agent: “Whoa there just a minute, Susan, it doesn’t work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of the old barn and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.”
              Susan, after a pause: “I’d like to cancel the policy on my husband.”


No Racism

              I never suffered from any racism being Jewish. Once, when I was a kid, another kid made a racial slur and I told my dad about it. I’ll never forget what my dad told me. He said, “Gregg, it doesn’t matter what race you are or the colour of your skin. There will always be some people out there who aren’t going to like you – ‘cause you’re irritating.”



Sunday, 26 June 2011

Death - Quotes


Don’t die before you’re dead. - Rachel Wolchin

A death is the most terrible of facts. - Iris Murdoch

Dying is as natural as living. - Unknown

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, and to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. - Unknown

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. - Leonardo Davinci

As sure as death. - Giovanni Boccaccio

Avoiding talking, or thinking about death is not going to make it go away. We all come face to face with death at some point in our life, and the sooner we understand death, the better. - Unknown

Better to die once and for all, than live in continual terror. - Aesop

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once. - William Shakespeare

Death also teaches us the impermanence of all things. All things change. All things die. This is true in nature as well as in human life. Even granite mountains crumble into dust just as the most beautiful of past kingdoms have left only silent stones to surround their mystery. To be attached to things or people, both of which will surely vanish, can only bring despair, for eventually one is left with only a handful of dust or a frail memory. - Leo Buscaglia

Death appears unlovely only to those attached to earthly things. - Unknown

Death does not surprise a wise man, he is always ready to leave. - Jean de la Fontaine

Death either destroys or unhusks us. If it means liberation, better things await us when our burden’s gone: if destruction, nothing at all awaits us; blessings and curses are abolished. - Seneca

Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow. - Eric Holfer

Death has got something to be said for it: Theres no need to get out of bed for it; Wherever you may be, They bring it to you, free. - Sir Kingsley William Amis

Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh. - Marcus Aurelius

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. - A. Sachs

Death is neither a threat nor a horror. Rather, it serves as life’s greatest ally. - Unknown

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come. - Rabindranath Tagor

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. - Norman Cousins 

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Death is shrouded in its own mystery. One can never know beforehand precisely how or when it will come. No matter how prepared we are, it always seems to take us by surprise. Even forewarned we seem unable to contend with the shock or accept it without experiencing deep feelings of fear, superstition, anxiety and isolation. - Unknown

Death is the greatest of life’s teachers. It is only the ignorant and those who are afraid to live who fear it. The wise accept Death as their intimate friend and most gracious teacher. To be fully active and fully functioning as a person we must make death a life long friend. - Leo Buscaglia

Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity. - Unknown

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console. - Charles Colton 

Death is the moment when dying ends. - Montaigne

Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born. - Gary Mark Gilmore

Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well. - Alexander Smith

Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all. - Seneca

Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject. - Hannah Arendt

Death surprises us in the midst of our hopes. - Thomas Fuller

Death teaches us that in the long run nothing belongs to us. Even if we desire to form permanent attachments or possessions, we in truth, cannot. Things will break in spite of us. People will depart when it is their time no matter how loudly we protest. A knowledge of death can give one a deep feeling of freedom – both from attachment to self, as well as attachment to others and things. The less we are attached to, the less we have to worry about. - Leo Buscaglia

Death, if we are willing to look, constantly makes us aware of itself. It is everywhere, even at the first sign of life. - Unknown

Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature. - Marcus Aurelius

Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist, death is not present, and when death is present, we no longer exist. - Epictetus

Death: A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor. - Seneca

Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else. - Marcus Aurelius

Do not grudge your brother his rest. He has at last become free, safe and immortal, and ranges joyous through the boundless heavens; he has left this low-lying region and has soared upwards to that place which receives in its happy bosom the souls set free from the chains of matter. Your brother has not lost the light of day, but has obtained a more enduring light. He has not left us, but has gone on before. - Seneca

Every moment of life is a step toward the grave. - Crebillon

For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep. - George Santayana  

For life is near every day to death. - Phaedrus

Hardest of deaths to a mortal Is the death he sees ahead. - Bacchylides

He who doesn’t fear death dies only once. - Giovanni Falcone

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present, than the living man. - Saint-Exupery

How fascinating is death, the extinction of life. One moment here and the next gone. The light put out and only the empty bag of the body left. - Henry van Dyke 

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. - Anais Nin 

If you understand and accept death, you will not fear it. If you do not fear death, what else do you need to fear? - Unknown

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin

In every parting there is an image of death. - George Eliot

It hath often been said, that it is not death, but dying which is terrible. - Henry Fielding

It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing. - Andrew Young

It is a matter of giving more to this world than you take from it, so when you die, you do not owe it anything. - Gordon Parks

It is a myth to think death is just for the old. Death is there from the very beginning. - Herman Feifel

It is infamy to die, and not be missed. - Carlos Wilcox

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. - Marcus Aurelius

It is not death that we should fear. Rather it is the possibility of a life unlived that is the real tragedy. Perhaps the closer we come to understanding this, the more easily we will come to accept death, and the more fully we will learn to live here and now. - Leo Buscaglia

It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls. - Epicurus

Just where death is expecting you is something we cannot know; so, for your part, expect him everywhere. - Seneca

Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life. It helps you to live a less trivial life. - Sogyal Rinpoche

Man imagines that it is death he fears, but what he fears is the unknown ….  - Saint-Exupery

Many a life has been injured by the constant expectation of death. It is life we have to do with, not death. The best preparation for the night is to work diligently while the day lasts. The best preparation for death is life. - George Macdonald

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. - Benjamin Franklin

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. - Francis Bacon

Nobody know, in fact, what death is, nor whether to man it is not perchance the greatest of all blessings; yet people fear it as if they knew it to be the worst of all evils. - Socrates

One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. - Joseph Campbell 

Our final experience, like our first, is conjectural. We move between two darknesses. - E. M. Forster

Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor men’s hovels and king’s palaces. - Horatius

People fear death and they live in some measure of denial, pretending that death is something that happens to other people. We don’t think about death enough, for if we do, we will know that there is nothing to fear about death, and perhaps we will be more appreciative of life then. - Unknown

Perhaps the fact of life most conducive to living fully as a person is an honest awareness and acceptance of death. Death tells us that we must  live life now, in the moment – that tomorrow is an illusion and never comes. It tells us that it is not the quantity of our days, or hours, or years that matter, but rather the quality of the time spent. - Unknown

Recollection of death, accompanied with right attitude of mind, gives a man courage and calm even in time of death. -  K. Sri Dhammananda

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. - Steve Job

Refuse to let the thought of death bother you: nothing is grim when we have escaped that fear. - Seneca

Since every man who lives is born to die, And none can boast sincere felicity, With equal mind, what happens, let us bear, Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care. Like pilgrims to the appointed place we tend; The world’s an inn, and death the journey’s end. - John Dryden

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. - Michael Landon 

The confronting of death gives the most positive reality to life itself. It makes the individual existence real, absolute, and concrete. Death is the one fact of my life which is not relative but absolute and m awareness of this gives my existence and what I do each hour an absolute quality. - Rollo May

The constant recollection of death is the test of human conduct. - Marcus Aurelius

The distance that the dead have gone Does not at first appear - Their coming back seems possible For many an ardent year. - Emily Dickson

The end of all is death and man’s life passeth away suddenly as a shadow. - Thomas A Kempis

The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying. Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall ever have a beginning. Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. - Unknown

The fear of death is the basic fear that influences all others; a fear from which no one is immune no matter how disguised it may be. - Ernest Becker

The longest-lived and the shortest-lived man, when they come to die, lose one and the same thing. - Marcus Aurelius

The only religious way to think of death is as part and parcel of life. - Thomas Mann

The single most important thing I’ve ever learned was that I’m going to die. For once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you are free to live. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically – to promote a cause you believe in. - Unknown

There is no cause to fear death; it is but an incident in life. It is as natural as birth. - David McKay

There's something about death that is comforting. The thought that you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now. - Angelina Jolie

Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills. - Marcus Aurelius

To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies. - Red Auerbach

To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier. - Walt Whitman 

To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable. - Erich Fromm

To live in hearts we leave Is not to die. - Thomas Campell

We’re all going to die. All of us. What  a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. we are terrorized and flattened by trivialities. We are eaten up by nothing. - Charles Bukowski

We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. - Minilius Astonomica

We can think of death as something that stalks us all our lives or we can see it as a reminder that our time is precious. - Leo Buscaglia

Weep not for him who departs from life, for there is no suffering beyond death. - Palladas

What are the fears of death? Are they the loss of loves, family, friends, possessions and fame; or of an unknown crammed with the varieties of uncertainty extolled by religion and philosophy? Only the living can grieve, for in death there is naught to sorrow about. - Unknown

What new thing is it for a man to die, whose whole life is nothing but a journey to death? - Seneca

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a  different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. - Chief Aupumut, Mohican

When we can embrace death as simply another aspect of the life cycle, we will give appreciation and value to each life encounter knowing that it will never occur again. And each of these moments will be the source of what we shall know as our lifetime. - Leo Buscaglia

You will die not because you are ill, but because you are alive. - Seneca

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Success - Quotes


If you want to be truly successful, invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it, and persevere, your success will blossom. - Sydney Madwed

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies. - Lord Chesterfield Stanhope

All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. - Brian Tracy

Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life. Don’t just show up at the game or the office. Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. - Joe Kapp

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory. - Orison Swett Marden

You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else. - Orison Swett Marden

To have faith where you cannot see; to be willing to work on in the dark; to be conscious of the fact that, so long as you strive for the best, there are better things on the way, this in itself is success. - Katherine Logan

Success is relevant to coping with obstacles... but no problem is ever solved by those, who, when they fail, look for someone to blame instead of something to do. - Fred Waggoner

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. - Samuel Smiles

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you. - Tony Robbins

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. - Christopher Morley 

If there were a fixed formula for success in management, you would not need a management team to run the company. You would only need a computer and a programmer. - Unknown

Friday, 24 June 2011

Ask


Better ask than go astray. - Unknown

Better ask twice than lose your way once. - Unknown

Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got. - Seneca

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive. - Harold Whitman

I ask because I always want to be informed when I am ignorant. I always like to be put right when I am wrong. - Unknown

If you ask enough people, you can usually find someone who'll advise you to do what you were going to do anyway. - Weston Smith 

Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier. - Baltasar Gracian

Learn to ask for what you want... The worst people can do is not give you what you ask for — which is precisely where you were before you asked. - Peter Mcwilliams

Youve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the worlds most powerful – and neglected – secret to success and happiness. - Percy Ross

Assets


If you count all your assets you always show a profit. - Robert Quillen

No one has a greater asset for his business than a mans pride in his work. - Hosea Ballou

Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else. - Brian Tracy

Time and health are two precious assets that we dont recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. - Denis Waitley

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Attitude


A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it. - Unknown

A bad attitude is the worst thing that can happen to a group of people. It's infectious. - Roger Allan Raby

A healthy attitude is contagious but dont wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. - Tom Stoppard

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life. - Mandy Hale

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. - Earl Nightingale

A kick butt attitude is like a breath of fresh air that will attract opportunities. A sour attitude is like bad breath that can clear a room in a heartbeat, repelling opportunities. - Sam Glenn

A person with a positive attitude is like a fruit of all seasons. - Shiv Khera

A positive attitude may not solve every problem but it makes solving any problems a more pleasant experience. - Grant Fairley

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright

An attitude is almost like a muscle. You can chose to have a good one. Find ways to exercise it, and make it grow. - Jerry S. Beall

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. - Brian Tracy

At the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in! - Neal Maxwell

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized. - Paul Myer

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. - Unknown

Attitude ... is the prophet of your future. - John C. Maxwell

Attitude ... is the vanguard of your true self. - John C. Maxwell

Attitude is like chalk dust – it gets on everything you touch. - Sam Glenn

Attitudes are more important than facts. - Karl Augustus Menninger

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude. - Katherine Mansfield

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. - Viktor E. Frankl

If life becomes hard to bear we think of a change in our circumstances. But the most important and effective change, a change in our own attitude, hardly even occurs to us. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

If you can't change your fate change your attitude. - Amy Tan 

It is often difficult to change circumstances, but a positive attitude can help lift discouragement. - Val R. Christensen

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. - William James

Maintain a forgiving attitude! - Tae Yun Kim

Men's fundamental attitudes toward the world are fixed by the scope and qualities of the activities in which they partake. - John Dewey

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. - Thomas Jeffeson

One's attitude to any issue is determined by his/her belief about that issue. If one's belief towards an issue is unhealthy, then one's attitude toward that issue will be unhealthy. What this means is that the starting point in dealing with the problem of attitude is to deal with the belief system. - Sumbye Kapena

Our attitude towards life determines lifes attitude towards us. - John N. Mitchell 

Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force. - Irving Berlin

Our own attitudes always seem OK because we use an attitude to judge itself. No matter how much misery our attitudes cause, we will always defend them. - Thomas R. Blakeslee

People with a positive attitude are influenced by what goes on within them. People with a negative attitude are influenced by what goes on around them. - Keith Harrell

Possessing a great attitude is like having a secret weapon. All things being equal, attitude wins. All things not being equal, attitude still sometimes wins. - John C. Maxwell

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it. - William James

So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment. - Thomas S. Monson

Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities. - Unknown

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. - Og Mandino 

The best time to develop a lasting, positive attitude is during the good times. Consciously build on the five attitudinal pillars and use them as a catalyst to heighten your success. Don't find yourself reacting to bad times, struggling to combat low self-esteem or low self-worth. Consider this Chinese proverb: "Dig the well before you get thirsty." - Tim Breithaupt

The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight. - Arthur Ashe

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. - Scott Hamilton

The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behaviour, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.- Beatrice Vincent

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. - Charles R. Swindoll 

We each shape our own life, and the shape of it is determined largely by our attitude. - M. Russell Ballard

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character; it becomes lack of power to act with courage proportionate to danger. All this must lead to the destruction of our intellectual life unless the danger summons up strong personalities able to fill the lukewarm and discouraged with new strength and resolution. - Albert Einstein

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. - William James

You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations. - Zig Ziglar

You may be dead broke and that’s a reality, but in spirit may be brimming over with optimism, joy, and energy; the reality of your life may result from many outside factors, none of which you can control. Your attitudes, however, reflect the ways in which you evaluate what is happening. - H. Stanley Judd 

Your attitude toward life is far more important in determining your happiness than your money, appearance, social status or talent. - Rev. Dr. Stephanie Dowrick

Quote Worthy


There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt in abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them. - Matthew Henry

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men, who talk in a road, according to the notions they have borrowed and the prejudices of their education. - John Locke 

One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves. - Stephen R. Covey

Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. - Robert Baden-Powell

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. - Kahlil Gibran

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. - Brian Tracy

Man has come to control all other forms of life because he has taken more time in which to grow up; when he takes still more time, and spends this time more wisely, he may learn to control and remake himself. - Will Durant

The man who is worthy of being “a leader of men” will never complain about the stupidity of his helpers, the ingratitude of mankind nor the inappreciation of the public. These are all a part of the great game of life. - William J. H. Boetcker

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Happiness, Joy and Equanimity


I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that makes you unselfish because you are not overanxious about your own comic fallibilities; that gives you tranquillity without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself. - Sir Hugh Walpole 

Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love – for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self. - Anonymous

Equanimity is the best antidote for both pessimism and optimism. Equanimity is even-ness of mind and not sullen indifference. It is the result of a calm, concentrated mind. It is hard, indeed, to be undisturbed when touched by the vicissitudes of life, but the man who cultivates equanimity is not upset. - K. Sri Dhammananda 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Food For Thought


I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken – and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived. - Margaret Mitchell

The finest piece of mechanism in all the universe is the brain of man. The wise person develops his brain, and opens his mind to the genius and spirit of the world’s great ideas. He will feel inspired with the purest and noblest thoughts that have ever animated the spirit of humanity. - Alfred Montapert

While it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfilment in being ordinary – for the joys that last have little relationship to achievement. The sun rises and sets in glorious colour over every square inch of the earth, in full view of every living creature. You do not have to jump higher than anyone else to see it. - Unknown

Monday, 20 June 2011

Seeing Without Eyes


Ben Underwood's amazing ability. And I thought this is only possible with Marvel comic heroes.

http://www.wimp.com/seeingwithout/

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Life


Life is a festival only to the wise. Unknown

Where a man can live, he can also live well. - Marcus Aurelius 

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. - Jean Toomer 

Listen to life, it is the wisest teacher of all. - Samuel Gilmore

Everyone’s life is an object lesson to others. - Karl G. Maeser

Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by. - Lou Holtz

The quality of life is determined by its activities. - Aristotle

Your life is what your thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. - Zeno 

To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. - Robert Heinlein

Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. - Joseph Addison

The life so short, the craft so long to learn. - Hippocrates 

We live but a fraction of our lives. - Henry David Thoreau 

There is more to life than increasing is speed. - Gandhi

As long as you live, keep learning how to live. - Seneca

A life of ease is a difficult pursuit. - William Cowper

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. - Seneca

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. - Cicero

The less routine the more life. - Amos Bronson Alcott

While we are postponing, life speeds by. - Seneca

The difficulty in life is the choice. - George Moore

The unexamined life is not worth living. - Socrates

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Love


Let no one who loves be unhappy... even love unreturned has its rainbow. - Sir James Matthew Barrie

I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. - M. Scott Peck 

Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. - Diane Ackerman

You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. - Barbara De Angelis

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished. - Og Mandino

To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever. - Henry Drummond

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday. - Thornton Wilder 

True love is when your heart and your mind are saying the same thing. - Leanna L. Bartram

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread. - Robert Burton

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. - Morrie Schwartz

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves. - Ralph W. Sockman

The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re alive. - Orlando A. Battista

Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. - Michael Masser And Linda Creed

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. - Amy Carmichael

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit. - Alexandre Dumas

Friday, 17 June 2011

Friends


One who is comfortable with his own company has found a friend for life. - Vincent Thnay 

Along life’s road I found a friend who brought me joys untold – a happiness to fill my heart more valuable than gold.

Do not forget a friend who truly loves you, as it could be that friend who is true to your needs. 

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. 

When it hurts to look back, and you are scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.

Most people walk in and out of your life, but friends leave footprints in your heart.

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. 

If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I would not jump with them, I would be at the bottom to catch them.

Among the great and glorious gift that we are blessed with, it is the gift of understanding that we find in loving and true friends. 

The friends who are really worth having are those who will listen to your deepest hurts, and feel they are theirs too. 

There is only one thing better than making a new friend, and that is keeping an old one. 

Real friends inspire and push each other to be the best that they can be, rather than drag each other down. 

Friends gently teach you, how to give and how to care, and true friends warmly reach out to you anytime, anywhere. 

The walls may crumble, the pictures may fade, but we’ll never forget the friends we’ve made. 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Proverbs


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy; wealthy and wise. - Benjamin Franklin

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. - Confucius

A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself. - Robert Burton

None so blind as those that will not see; None so deaf as those that will not hear. - Matthew Henry

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult. - Madame Du Deffand

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. - Jon Hammond

A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar. - Benjamin Franklin

None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. - Benjamin Whichcote

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette. - Henry S. Hoskins

You’ll never miss the water ’til the well runs dry. - Alabamian W. C. Handy

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. - Elizabeth Kenny 

He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it. - Thomas Fuller

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees! - Emiliano Zapata 

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. - Aesop


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Meditation


              In meditation, one returns to one’s breath.
              So you see your thinking arising and you just let it go. You don’t push it away, you don’t prevent it; you don’t hold it, you return to your breath. Return to your breathing. Then over time, you get to see that your thinking has no substance. Good thinking, bad thinking, has no substance. Then it can’t control you. - Venerable Hyon Gak

Above all, it is not necessary that we should have any unexpected, extraordinary experiences in meditation. This can happen, but if it does not, it is not a sign that the meditation period has been useless. Not only at the beginning, but repeatedly, there will be times when we feel a great spiritual dryness and apathy, an aversion, even an inability to meditate. We dare not be balked by such experiences. Above all, we must not allow them to keep us from adhering to our meditation period with great patience and fidelity. It is, therefore, not good for us to take too seriously the many untoward experiences we have with ourselves in meditation. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet that's already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. - Deepak Chopra

The real glory of meditation lies not in any method but in its continual living experience of presence, in its bliss, clarity, peace, and most important of all, complete absence of grasping. The diminishing of grasping in yourself is a sign that you are becoming freer of yourself. And the more you experience this freedom, the clearer the sign that the ego and the hopes and fears that keep it alive are dissolving, and the closer you will come to the infinitely generous "wisdom of egolessness." When you live in the wisdom home, you'll no longer find a barrier between "I" and "you," "this" and "that," "inside" and "outside;" you'll have come, finally, to your true home, the state of non-duality. - Sogyal Rinpoche

All too often people come to meditation in the hope of extraordinary results, like visions, lights, or some supernatural miracle. When no such thing occurs, they feel extremely disappointed. But the real miracle of meditation is more ordinary and much more useful. - Sogyal Rinpoche

{While meditating} I sit quietly and rest in the nature of mind; I don't question or doubt whether I am in the "correct" state or not. There is no effort, only rich understanding, wakefulness, and unshakable certainty. When I am in the nature of mind, the ordinary mind is no longer there. There is no need to sustain or confirm a sense of being: I simply am. - Sogyal Rinpoche 

Suffering occurs when people are enslaved by their thoughts. Meditation teaches one to let them go like one’s breath. - Venerable Hyon Gak

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Food For Thought


You should not come to any hasty decision regarding any matter when you are in a bad mood or when provoked by someone; not even when you are in a good mood influenced by emotion, because at such a time the state of your mind is emotional and any decision of conclusion reached during such period would be a matter you could one day much regret. Allow your mind to calm down first and think over it, then your judgment will be an unbiased one. - K. Sri Dhammananda 

To be willing to test a new idea; to be able to live on the edge of difference in all matters intellectually; to examine without heat the burning question of the day; to have imaginative sympathy, openness and flexibility of mind, steadiness and poise of feeling, cool calmness of judgment, is to have culture. - A. H. R. Fairchild

A man’s work is in danger of deteriorating when he thinks he has found the one best formula for doing it. If he thinks that, he is likely to feel that all he needs is merely to go on repeating himself … so long as a person is searching for better ways of doing his work, he is fairly safe. - Eugene O'Neill

Monday, 13 June 2011

Inspirational Talk


How’s this for an inspirational talk? Brilliant kid.

Boy gives an inspirational speech after learning to ride a bike.