Tuesday, January 19, 2010


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Most common factors that trigger indecision, doubt and fear are the environment and the people around. High-profile scandals and ethical fiascoes from all walks of life surround today's society. Commonplace and at every level are unchecked greed, lack of accountability, cultural indifference, and moral decay. All these could be summed up to the fact that, it seems uncertainty of all kinds is prevalent in our endeavors because what is happening in our surroundings is a survival of the fittest.

Indeed, such facts and circumstances obtaining, there are those who just gave up the idea of a better life, and settled with whatever they have. Everybody is affected, therefore, the rest of us experiences self-diminishing in life that continue to linger in the present and threaten his future. Surrounded by pessimists can easily veer a person away from getting something positive out of life. What an awful feeling it is when we feel all alone.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole, awful lot. Things aren't going to get better, they're not!” -- dr. Seuss, the lorax

“The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” Charles Schulz

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it. The most important fact is not what you will take when you will be gone because you will take nothing. Instead, exploit your potentials and all the resources around you as much as necessary and before leaving this earth, contribute as much as possible to the world and its future generations.

We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others.

We all need help no matter how much we have, no matter how much we have accomplished. In like manner that no matter how little we have, no matter how loaded we are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, we can give help.

Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that. You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos; that only you through a torn world can see.

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Edwin Markham

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. As Martin Luther King, Jr. admonished "We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools."

President Obama puts it this way: "... no barriers of race, gender or physical infirmity can restrain the human spirit; and ... the truest test of a person's life is what we do for one another."

Remember the story about the “Mouse Trap”? As the story goes, the mouse discovered that the farmer’s house had a mouse trap. So he warned the chicken, the pig and the cow about it. But all of them did not pay attention because it does not concern them but the mouse.

That very night, a sound was heard, something like a mouse was trapped. When the farmer’s wife run to see, the snake which tail was caught by the mouse trap bit her. The wife had a fever, so, the farmer butchered the chicken for soup to cure her fever. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So, many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry.

Friday, January 15, 2010


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There may be times when you thought you have acted on your plans and feel you have taken a million steps towards working on your dreams, only to find yourself in the same place that you have started. Then you feel discouraged, feel down and despondent. You believe your circumstances can't change, that your life is over, that you will never find happiness, and everything looks dark and bleak. Hopelessness sets in and you just simply want to give up. You believe that your problems will never be solved and you will never succeed at what you attempt to do; you can't see the opportunities, only the failure and disappointments of yesteryears.

At times like this, you must not give up. Look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Don’t you know that it is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life? Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Understand that increased difficulty brings you nearer to the truth of how to survive it - and get beyond it. Cross your bridges and meet your challenges. Reach out for your dreams, and bring them closer and closer to your heart.

Have you ever wondered why most people don’t achieve their goals? The reason is they give up too soon. Most people quit after they’ve struck out or got knocked down a few times. They simply don’t have the persistence to hang on when the going gets tough.

You must continue on. Though you may feel lost, bewildered, and alone, continue to believe in yourself. Do not allow discouragement and doubt to blur your vision and wash away your dreams. Visualize your way beyond the detours, standstills, and obstacles.

If you’ve been working on a worthy goal for a while and haven’t produced the results you wanted, keep on trying. You may just be a foot or two from the diamond field. So keep on digging no matter what obstacles you might encounter. Please remember, you’re much stronger than any obstacles life can throw at you.

Whatever the hurt of the moment may be, it will pass. Tomorrow is always a new dawn. Today, you must pause, rest, catch your breath, and then look ahead. Each step will bring you closer to your dreams. The rainbows and the love that you deserve are in sight. Happiness is just around the next turn. To get yourself out of this quagmire of these uncertain times, just remain secure, steadfast, and calm.

No matter in your career or in your life, success will never come automatically. You must never give up if you desire for success. You will need to face many problems and challenges before you reach your target. You see, in life, everything at the beginning is without colors, it is your attitude which paints it brighter or darker.

Success has a price. The price is massive rejection, frustration, and hardwork. You have to pay the price in order to succeed. It is rare to get positive feedback for anything we do or say. People are quick to criticize and slow to compliment.

Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember: those are always the ones that lead to the most beautiful views. The very best you can do is all that is asked of you. Realize that you are capable of working miracles of your own making. Remember that opportunities have a reason for knocking on your door, and the right ones are there for the taking.

Within you is the strength to meet life's challenges! You are stronger than you think, remember to stand tall. Every challenge in your life helps you to grow. Every problem you encounter strengthens your mind and your soul. Every trouble you overcome increases your understanding of life. When all your troubles weigh heavily on your shoulders, remember that beneath the burden you can stand tall, because you are never given more than you can handle...and you are stronger than you think.

You must persist until you succeed. The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to you to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach your goal. You may still encounter failure at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will you know how close it lies unless you turn the corner.

Each nay you hear will bring you closer to the sound of yes. Each frown you meet only prepares you for the smile to come. Each misfortune you encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow's good luck. You must have the night to appreciate the day. You must fail often to succeed only once.

Now, sleep peacefully tonight and enjoy your rest. Awaken tomorrow and continue your quest. There’s always, a new day coming. No one knows the mysteries of life or its ultimate meaning, but for those who are willing to believe in their dreams and in themselves, life is a precious gift in which anything is possible.

Monday, January 11, 2010


We all want to go through life without burden, pain or heartache but it is through those circumstances that we learn the most about life. Everyday can't be a bed of roses but what we should want most is the strength to face these circumstances head on. “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

“Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.”

"Close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’ are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are." "View every problem as an opportunity." "Always remember that problems contain values that have improvement potential." April showers bring May flowers. Some unpleasant occurrences bring about better things."

Believe it or not, big problems are a source of great joy, not great suffering. Because every time you resolve a new problem, you get great value. This value is shown as more self-esteem, more courage, wisdom, confidence, self-discipline... Your whole being grows and develops. So, next time when a new problem comes, you are stronger, and you solve it better. Every problem is a challenge that makes you stronger.

Personal growth requires balance as much as it demands passion. The path to happiness should be first drawn with charcoals and then brought to life with oil colours. As we walk, we learn. Mistakes are inescapable as we sometimes take the wrong turn of the road. Nobody possesses the ability to make all the correct choices.

Indeed, don't worry if you have problems. But many insist this is easy to say until you are in the midst of a really big one. I know, but you have to persevere. Think of it deeply, the only people I am aware of who don't have problems or troubles are gathered in little neighborhoods. Most communities have at least one. We call them cemeteries.

Consequently, as long and until you will have your last breath in this world, you will always encounter problems and difficulties because it is a part of our human make up.

They tell the following story about the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question.

"I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful," a traveler observed. "Why is this?"

The guide gave an interesting answer: "The coral around the lagoon side is in still water. With no challenge for its survival, it dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms - surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested, it changes and adapts. It grows healthy and strong.

Then he added this telling note: That's the way it is with every living organism. That is how it is with people. Challenged and tested, we come alive. Like coral, which are continuously pounded by the sea, we grow.

Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness. So, you have problems - no problem, just tell yourself, "There I Grow Again."

You need to take the bull by the horns and ride it until you fall off and when you do, don't forget to get back up because the ride isn't over yet. Only when you have made it through the situation with all the bruises will you attain more strength to face whatever else comes your way. So instead of running from the situation face it; it will only make you stronger.

One of the most damaging choices a person can make is to give up too soon when faced with a problem or failure. Let’s have a Code of Honor among ourselves not to give up when we still have something to give. When push comes to shove, we must tell ourselves “Nothing is really over until the moment we stop trying.”

So let’s stick to the fight moreso when we are hardest hit because it's when things seem worst that we mustn't quit.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


“We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough”. You have often heard the saying: “You are closest to your victory when you face the greatest opposition”; Have a never say die attitude; Where there is a will there is a way; “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments”. “Most people achieved their greatest successes one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure”. “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure”. "Thousands of successful people did not achieve success on their first try, but they were not discouraged. They picked themselves up and went back at it with an even stronger, single minded tenacity to achieve their goal."

A young man name Thomas Edison has failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if your plans do not succeed the first time. No one learns to walk by taking only one step." "Never, never, never quit!”

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. When we are faced with overwhelming problems, the key to overcome this thing is not to give up and quit. The main idea is to push oneself harder. It is best to look the problem deeper. Try your best to not be stubborn and think of ways to overcome it. The world meets nobody halfway. When you want something, you have to take it.

The teachings of the past should never be forgotten, since the principles of how to achieve happiness and success are immutable. We don't need to waste resources making mistakes that can easily be avoided if we pay attention to History.

It is best to learn from the past. There is no other way or, even worse, that human beings are unable to learn from someone else's disgrace. You can find man's failure written in history.

Another person tried to make a living out of writing but he didn't succeed. His first book wasn't notice by people. Edgar Allan Poe still persists and become successful when he published a master piece called the raven. Since then he started writing pieces that the world would read.

Another master is Abraham Lincoln that started political career in 1832 but he lost the election when running a party member in General Assembly. He also lost the election as a senator. In 1860, he ran for the highest position in the government. He becomes the 16th president of the United States.

The thing is, we need to push ourselves so hard. The saying "when the going gets tough, the tough gets going" is taken on literal basis. If you are having some personal issues then work hard in order to keep mind off the problem. This is a good idea before you can start tackling and handling the situation.

Look ahead and decide if you like what you see. If you don't, take measures to protect yourself and improve your prospects. Waiting for the world to change is a waste of time. Make sound choices and play your cards wisely. There are plenty of things that you can do to make your future brighter.

Take time and live by the inch instead of by the yard "inch by inch it's a cinch, yard by yard it's too hard" is a great reminder for you.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Sometimes reading really good quotes with messages that can teach you about life can change your perspective about your current situation and really help you take the next step towards creating the life you really want.

Some of the greatest minds in history are responsible for the memorable inspiring quotes that we have all heard. When you read these motivational quotes, you will be struck by how relevant the words are in today’s quest for glory.

"A wise man is not for or against anybody, truth is his only concern," wrote Confucius in the year 510 B.C. Learning consists of turning facts into principles for choosing the right course of action. For leaders and entrepreneurs, whose success depends on making many decisions at great speed, principles are essential.

You know most people are contented living within their comfort zone even it will cause them a hand-to-mouth existence. I mean, sure, they would like to get off from that situation, but instead, they continue to cling onto such condition because they're not sure what's going to happen if they get off. They never seem to stop to consider that maybe they would be able to move about and discover some new and exciting options for their lives. Even though it's not comfortable sitting on a nail, it kind of hurts, but at least they know what to expect and they are used to it.

Sadly, they just want to tip toe through life so that they can arrive at the graveyard safely and avoid facing any life challenges that are legendary in scope and have potential of advancing the well being of humanity.

As you can see, Lincoln's story is the story of an incredible human being who started from very meager beginnings and went on to become not only one of the greatest U.S. presidents, but also one of the influential men in history.

He lost eight elections, failed in business many times, and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times, but he didn't. Instead, after each defeat he would pick himself up and press forward until he achieved his aspirations.

With so many failures, a lot of people, in Lincoln's position, probably would have given up. But because he was determined and committed to make his political dreams come true, he would get up each time he was knocked down. He knew the only way to gain ground, to move forward, to march on, and to turn his goals into reality, was to learn from his setbacks and failures.

Abraham Lincoln represents the finest example of persistence. Although he faced countless defeats throughout his life -- many that must have seemed insurmountable -- he never gave up on his dreams.

Giving up on our dreams is the easy way out. Hanging in there when life seems hopeless proves much more strength as compared to someone who falls down in defeat. We all face defeat within our lives. I am grateful for my defeats for after every encounter of it I was stronger morally and mentally, and each time it comes it gives me wisdom.

Living through the pain of life is a curse yet a blessing at the same time. Life sometimes hands us thorns but we have the choice to park our mind on the thorn or on the beauty it can eventually transform and produce in us.

Every human being has some cognitive distortions in their thinking. It is just part of his human make up. However, the exciting thing is that once you can learn to embrace mistakes as key to the learning process you can begin to get curious and excited about what lies beyond them.

Each day is an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the world. With each experience there is something to be learned. And that something to be learned is different for everyone.

Mistakes come in all sorts and colours. Learn to view them as stepping-stones leading you to a higher plateau. Accept errors and use them to your advantage. If you go with the flow, there is no limit how far you can row. Abandon perfectionism right now.

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