Wednesday, May 21, 2008

There's No Charge for Love

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"The world is full of people who need someone who understands... but remember there will always be somebody in this world who knows how to understand and give love for no charge.... Don't ever lose hope!"

There's No Charge for Love

A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of little boy.

'Mister,' he said, 'I want to buy one of your puppies.'

'Well,' said the farmer,

as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, 'These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.'

The boy dropped his head for a moment.

Then reaching deep into his pocket,

he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

'I've got thirty-nine cents.

Is that enough to take a look?'

'Sure,' said the farmer.

And with that he let out a whistle.

'Here, Dolly!' he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.

As the dogs made their way to the fence,the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....

'I want that one,' the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, 'Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.'

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers.

In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said,

'You see sir, I don't run too well myself,and he will need someone who understands.'

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup.

Holding it carefully he handed it to the little boy.

'How much?' asked the little boy. 'No charge,' answered the farmer, 'There's no charge for love.'

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Self -Worth

Another Precious Thought to ponder : "The value of self-worth is having confidence in who you are without conforming to the expectations of other people." Click Here!

Words & Music by Shauna Simmonds

All the things that you should be
It’s not you You wear your insecurities
Weight of the world on your shoulders
Storm comes you try to break free
Everything is twisting
Everythign is turning
Fallin’ Tossed by the wind

Voices are all around
Try to bring me down
Mirror starring back don’t tell me that
Before I came to be I was made complete
And now I know who I am

Elastic band pulled out again
Fragile to words – incomplete
Tried everything to hold together
Like a freight train you’re stopping it still
But the glass breaks
House shakes – you’re desperate for more and
The pieces are falling right through

Know me
Find me still
Surround me
Lead me on

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The Joys of Caring from A to Z

A_chieving a sense of fullfillment
B_brigthening the days od others
C_hanging the world for the better
D-iscovering the joys of helping others
E-arning respect and admiration
F-eeling good about yourself
G_iving back to others
H_earing "thank you" time and again
I_nspiring others with your dedication
J_oining the community of caring people
K_nowing you give your best each day
L_ifting spirits
M_aking great use of time and talents
N_oting the difference your efforts make
O_pening your heart to others
P_utting compassion into action
Q_uieting other's concerns and fears
R_eaching out to those in need
S_preading smiles wherever you go
T_ouching lives
U_nderstanding the importance of giving
V_aluing everyone you meet
W_arming hearts
eX_pressing your generosity
Y_ear-round appreciation
Z_eroing in on what's important--CARING!!!

The Joys of Caring from A to Z

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I Need Someone to Listen!

"There are moments in our lives when we feel all alone and we need the comfort of somebody to listen to our chestnuts and stories in order for us to feel more at peace with our selves. Sometimes, in deep desperation and frustration some resort to find solace on apocryphal beings or made-up friends.

We need each other's ears and hands. It can be very satisfying if, even at one moment in our lives, we have done a simple act of kindness by lending our ears and hands to our neighbors..Who knows, we might also be needing one in the future!"

The Dummy
by Michael Mack

In that forgotten part of town
Where wasted hopes and dreams abound,
A wrinkled man with life near end,
In hopes to have at least one friend,
Fashioned bits of wood and things
And made a dummy run by strings.

He sat alone for hours on end,
Conversing with his only friend
And found delight within the fact
That he controlled it's every act.
He told it how he never had
A chance, since all his luck was bad
Although he'd tried so to succeed -
The dummy nodded and agreed.

And how his journeys in romance
Had never given him a chance,
And wasn't it a crying shame
That he was always held to blame
When everyone knew, oh so well,
That life is but a living Hell,
Controlled by lust and power and greed?
The dummy nodded and agreed.

With patience that would rival saints,
That dummy sat through all complaints
And, with each little expert tug,
He'd droop his head or bow or shrug
And give some comfort to the man
Who held his lifelines in his hand
And helped to fill a lonely need
When he just nodded and agreed.

Senility increased with time
As did the old man's phantomime,
And feverish fingers pulled with glee
The dummy's dance of misery.
They never left each other's side
Until the day both stopped and died.
We found them lying, hand in hand,
The dummy - and his wooden friend.

I Need Someone to Listen!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

GIft of the Sea

The Gift Of The Sea…

"Life is not simple…Most of the time, it is complicated, hurtful and sad. When we look at the calmness of the sea, hear the sound of it’s sparkling water , feel the touch of it’s gentle breeze, smell the freshness of it’s cool air…it eventually relieves, renews and uplifts our spirits and strengthen us to face the mediocrity of life and the pain of reality, if not permanently, at least for the time while we embrace the gift of the sea."

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Collection of Thoughts on Life & Love

On Life

"I will greet this day with love in my heart.I will persist until I succeed.I am nature's greatest miracle.I will live this day as if it is my last.Today, I will be master of my emotions.I will laugh at the world.Today, I will multiply my value a hundredfold.I will act now!"--Og Mandino

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. "The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."--Charles R. Swindoll

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."--Albert Einstein

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."--Anais Nin

“Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or read about in history books – but it is terrible when one has to live it."--Jean Anouilh

"How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ.All the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!"--Robert Browning

"There are men here and there to whom the whole life is like an after dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten before the end is told.'--Joseph Conrad

"We do not live an equal life, but of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action."--Emerson

"There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself."--Erich Fromm

"The act of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much."--William Hazlitt

"Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test."--Rick Warren

"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die."--Amelia Burr

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that the stuff life is made of."--Benjamin Franklin

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."--Hans Christian Anderson

"A life without cause is a life without effect."--Barbarella

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."--Danny Kaye

"Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up."--author unknown

"Life will always remain a gamble, with prizes some times for the imprudent, and blanks so often to the wise."--Jerome K. Jerome

"The only way to have a life is to commit to it like crazy."--Angelina Jolie

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."--Robert Frost

“We must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days are in fact here for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives.”--Emma Thompson

“Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It's the moments that take your breath away.”--Will Smith

“There are times when suddenly you realize you are nearer the end than the beginning. And you wonder, you ask yourself, what the sum total of your life represents. What difference your being there at any time made to anything. Or if you’ve made any difference at all, really, particularly in comparison with other men's careers. I don't know if that kind of thinking is very healthy; but I must admit I've had some thoughts on those lines from time to time.”--Alec Guinness

"You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act." --Barbara Hall

"The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values."--Norman Thomas

"The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong."--Abraham Lincoln

"Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you." --Mahatma Gandhi

On Love

"The best portion of a good mans life,His little, nameless, unremembered acts,Of kindness and of love." --William Wordsworth

"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."--author unknow

"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand."--Mother Teresa

"Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away."--Dorothy Parker

"Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy." --Marguerite De Valois

"Love is a hard rock between two people and can't be torn apart."--author unknown

"Love is not to be purchased and affection has no price."--St. Jerome

"You know it is love when you want to share everything with her, even her pain. You know it is love when you can't stop thinking about her. You know it is love when you'd rather be in a relationship but apart than not in a relationship at all. But, most of all, you know it is love when your happiness is dependant upon hers. At least that's how I know."--Robert Le Branch

"Love is as strong as death; its jealousy as unyielding as the grave. It burns like a blazing fire; like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away."--King Solomon

"Love is the seed of all hope. It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to try, to go on."--Gloria Gaither

"A supreme love, a motive that gives a sublime rhythm to a womans life, and exalts habit into partnership with the souls highest needs, is not to be had where and how she wills."--George Eliot

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love." --Martin Luther King Jr.

"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."--Robert A. Heinlein

"Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself." --Mahatma Gandhi

"We find rest in those we love, and we provide a resting place in ourselves for those who love us." --St. Bernard of Clairvaux

"I swear to thee by Cupid’s strongest bow,By his best arrow with the golden head,By the simplicity of Venus’ doves,By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves, ... By all the vows that ever men have broke(In number more than ever women spoke)." --William Shakespeare

"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. " --Plato

"Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other--it doesnt matter who it is-- and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other."--Mother Teresa

"Love is the passionate and abiding desire on the part of two or more people to produce together conditions under which each can be and spontaneously express, his real self; to produce together an intellectual soil and an emotional climate in which each can flourish, far superior to what either could achieve alone."-author unknown

"Love is a state of mind which has nothing to do with the mind."--Bob Phillips

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MuniMuni...The Mayonnaise Jar & Two Cups of Coffee

Munimuni...(A Personal Reflection)

"January 28, 2008 at 4:24pm feeling bored and restless, I opened up my email account. As always, I got a lot. Without a second glance, I opened each new mail after another, including several unsolicited spam mails just to pass time, then I came across this interesting mail from Papa Ding and Mama Ched, a wonderful couple who surely had surpassed every test of time in their relationship through the years-- I do not personally know them but through friendster they came into my life to give inspiration from time to time and at the most needed moments in my life. Just like today, they sent me another awe-inspiring message.

Definitely true, that most of the times we almost forgot to think deeply and realize that in this world where vanity and materialism overrule and dominate our existence there are things that we take forgranted. And the sad fact also is that those things that are least priority in our daily life's activities' list are supposed to be the most important ones.
The material below is the exact story I got from my email today. "

The Mayonnaise Jar ,and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes." The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else---the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. "Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand." One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked." The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

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