Today’s Thought: Life’s Imperfection

“You are defined not by life’s imperfect moments, but by your reaction to them. And because there is joy in embracing—rather than running screaming from—the utter absurdity of life.”

 

— Jenny Lawson

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/quote/Jenny-Lawson-Quote#ixzz2iXJyD2WJ

Becoming a Better You: Your Perspective

It is not what happens to you that counts as much as how you perceive it. You can either be a victim of your history or a master of your destiny just by changing your perspective. One of the greatest discoveries in human nature is that you change your life by changing your perspectives and attitudes of mind.

– Dr J Demartini

They say everything in life happens for a reason and there is a lesson to be learned from each experience. I’ve had a few hard experiences that caused me to wonder what kind of lesson I could learn from them, but looking back, those experiences contributed to who I am today.

Do you have any similar experience that seemed like hell in the moment, but actually helped you some way or another in your life?

Until next time.

Namaste!

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The Making of Woman: Mother’s Day

The Woman

When God created woman, he was working late on the 6th day.

An Angel came and said:

“Why spend so much time on that one?”

The Lord answered:

“Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

“She must be washable but not plastic, have more than 200 moving parts which all must be replaceable and she must function on all kinds of food. She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time. Give a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart and she must do all this with only two hands.”

The Angel was impressed.

“Just two hands … impossible!” “And this is the standard model? Too much work for one day … wait until tomorrow and then complete her”

The Lord said:

“I will not! I am so close to completing this creation which will be the favorite of my heart”

“She cures herself when sick and she can work 18 hours a day”

The Angel came closer and touched the woman and said:

“But you have made her so soft”

The Lord said:

“Yes she is soft, but I have also made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome”

The Angel asked:

“Can she think?”

The Lord answered:

“Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”

The Angel touched the woman’s cheek.

“Lord it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”

The Lord corrected the angel,

“She’s not leaking. It’s a tear.”

The Angel asked:

“What’s it for?”

The Lord answered:

“Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”

The Angel was impressed. He said:

“Lord, you are a genius! You thought of everything. The woman is indeed marvelous”

The Lord said:

“Indeed she is! Woman have strengths that amazes man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens”

“She holds happiness, love and opinions. She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying. Crys when she is happy and laughs when she is afraid”

“She fights for what she believes in. She stands up against injustice. She doesn’t take “no” for an answer when she can see a better solution. She gives herself so her family can thrive. Her love is unconditional”

“She cries when her kids are victorious. She is happy when her friends do well. She is glad when she hears a birth or wedding.”

“Her heart is broken when a next of kin or friend dies, but she finds the strength to get on with life.”

“She knows that a kiss and a hug can heal a broken heart”

There is only one thing wrong with her … she forgets what she is worth!!!

So cheers to all the women in the world. Today the universe reminds you of your worth.

Happy Mothers Day!!

Namaste!

 

Becoming a Better You: Take the High Road

This was extracted from pastor Joel Osteen:

In life, we’re always going to have critics. We’ll always have difficult people who try to upset us and steal our peace and joy. But, you don’t have to respond to every critic. You can decide to take the high road and let God fight your battles for you.

 

Sometimes, no matter what you say or do, there are people who aren’t going to accept you. They just don’t want to be at peace with you. In fact, when Jesus sent out His disciples to certain homes, He told them to always speak peace over those homes. And then He said in effect, “If they don’t receive the peace that you’re offering, then it will come back to you.” That tells me that if you will do your best to be at peace with people, even if they won’t take your peace, the good news is that peace will just come back to you. You’ll not only get your peace, but you’ll get their share as well!

That’s double for your trouble! When you do the right thing no matter what is happening, God sees it and rewards it. Today, stay in peace, cease from strife, and take the high road. Sow good seeds into others and watch the harvest of blessing come to your own life in return.

Namaste!

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Thought Provoking Quotes

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.

~The Buddha

 

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. 

~Henry David Thoreau

 

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”

~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

Blog Awards & Nominations

OK, so I received these awards from Harry over at Dribbling Pensioner (that old geezer<– I meant that in a good way :)) on March 21, 2012. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a school project so I haven’t fulfilled by awardee duties. Come to think of it, I haven’t been fulfilling my blogging duties either :roll: (After this post, I’m going into the naughty corner)

I don’t know what the rules are for the HUG AWARD, but I guess I’ll just pass it on to someone who needs a digital hug today :)

The Sunshine Award

Sunlight represents a ray of hope, so again because I don’t know the official rules for this award, I’ll just pass it on to some of my blog friends. Always have hope despite the struggles that you may be having at any given time in your life :)

Ten Commandments Rules:

  1. Describe yourself in seven words.
    1. Sarcastic, Funny (at least I think so), Charming, Laid back, Tolerant (at times), Smart ;), Outgoing
  2. What keeps you up at night?
    1. Mosquitoes :(
  3. Whom would you like to be?
    1. A self-actualized me :)
  4. What are you wearing now?
    1. Slacks and a burgundy dress shirt with a blood-red and burgundy striped tie :)
  5. What scares you?
    1. An empty refrigerator :(
  6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
    1. Best –> The community. Worst –>Keeping up with ALL the blogs I’ve subscribed to :(
  7. What was the last website you looked at?
    1. Yamyah 
  8. Slankets, yes or no?
    1. After googling the term, my answer would be –> In another life :)
  9. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
    1. Harry is just pure awesomeness. He’s a retired guy that has a lot of time on his hands and thoughts in his mind. His posts a varied and entertaining. He has won a myriad awards and was nominated for Dark Globes’ Blogger of the Year … and he WON!!! :D

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Today, Yamyah, over by Crystal Moons gave me the Beautiful Blogger Award.

I must say I’m a little verklempt (you heard me Liz. I’ve OWND the word :)) It feels rewarding getting an award. Feels like I’m doing something … right. (sob sob, sniff sniff) You guys must be tired of hearing my speeches, so I’ll save you the trouble this time around.

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog back
    1. MERCI BEAUCOUP!! Done. :D
  2. Share the love by passing the award to 6 bloggers
    1. See below (I may have gone overboard).
  3. Keep writing, keep smiling, keep inspiring and keep being beautiful!
    1. :D heehee

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OKAY … (cracks neck and fingers) let’s get this ball rolling.

The Sunshine Award

The Hug Award:

Change of plans. This is gonna take too long. I’m giving the Sunshine & Hug Award to EVERYONE that has subscribed to my blog. That ought to cover it :)

And the nominations are: (drum roll please)

Ten Commandments: (I thought it fitting to nominate TEN people :))

  1. Harry
  2. El Guapo
  3. Lizzie
  4. Fashion Life
  5. Linda
  6. Humor World
  7. TrJensen
  8. Nuggets and Pearls
  9. GuyLaine
  10. LafemmeRoar

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger:

  1. Harry
  2. El Guapo
  3. Lizzie
  4. Fashion Life
  5. Linda
  6. Humor World
  7. TrJensen
  8. Nuggets and Pearls
  9. GuyLaine
  10. Harnew
  11. Pete
  12. Jason
  13. kDaddy23
  14. LafemmeRoar

Now, as promised, I going to the naughty corner for a TIME-OUT.

Happy blogging!

à bientôt! (see you soon)

 

We all have a role to play

I watched HUGO with my wife the other day and I must say we were quite impressed. It deserved all the awards it got at the Oscars. I won’t give a review but I think it’s worth watching. One of the things that stood out in my mind was when Hugo Cabret (the protagonist), brought his friend Isabelle inside the clock tower in Paris in the night and showed her the well lit city. He then said to her that a machine never comes with more parts than it needs. If you think of the world as one big machine, we all have our part to play. No one is insignificant.

I found that quite profound because sometimes we’re merely existing, wondering what’s our role on this big planet of ours or even if our little contribution will make a difference.

So I’m here to tell you that our contribution matters. We are all important. We all have our role to play.

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Becoming a Better You: Negativity

“You have to ask yourself, ‘Does this item or thought or response move me closer to my vision for my best life?’ If it does, great. If it doesn’t, what is it doing in your life?”

—  Peter Walsh

Sometimes our thoughts are our greatest enemy. Negative thoughts can be so dis-empowering, and so are negative people.

Mister Negative

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I am always conscious of the people I bring into my “circle”. I try my very best to avoid people who are perpetually negative because they’re a magnet for negative energy (look at the bonds formed by some of your coworkers). When you are so caught up thinking about all the wrongs that others did to you, or the external factors that are preventing you from doing something you’ve always wanted to do, your growth becomes stunted. You will never move forward.

If a thought, something or someone is in your life that’s not contributing to your quality of life, or helping you to become a better you, then you should get rid of it or them.