I WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD…

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.

When I found I couldn’t change my nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change my town & as an older man, I tried to change my family.

Now, as an old man, I realized the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realized that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation & I could indeed have changed the world.

– Author: Unknown Monk (around 1100AD)

THE 7 WONDERS!

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD…

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders Of The World”. Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:
1) Egypts Great Pyramids.

2) Taj Mahal

3) Grand Canyon

4) Panama Canal

5) Empire State Building.

6) St. Peter’s Basilica.

7) Great Wall Of China.

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The little girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there are so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders Of The World’ are:

1) To see

2) To hear

3) To touch

4) To taste

5) To feel

6) To laugh

7) To love.

The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous and extraordinary.

The most precious things in the world are not created by man nor can it be bought by man but are free gifts of God to man.

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND!!

INSPIRATIONAL STORY: THE TINY FROGS

THE TINY FROGS…

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs…

…who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began…

Honestly, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:

“oh, Way too difficult!!”

“They will NEVER make it to the top.”

“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is to high!”

The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one…

… Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher…

The crowd continued to yell:

“It is too difficult!!! None will make it!”

“Oh! Wrong climbing!”

More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…

…But one continued higher & higher & higher…

This one wouldn’t give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!

Then naturally, everyone wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?

A contestant asked how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal?

It turned out…

That the winner was deaf.

– By Unknown Author

MORAL: Criticisms are not bad when constructive, but in cases where they only discourage us and slow us down, we must learn to ignore them. HOW? By realizing that no matter what we do, not everyone will be able to see the possibility or the good in it.

No matter how good you are, someone will always be against you. To balance it: no matter how bad you are, someone will always be for you too.

Most importantly, when your intentions are good and your efforts are tied to your passion, WHAT ELSE CAN STOP YOU?

Being deaf to negative criticisms is being too involve in the pursuits of your dream/passion that you find it hard to give up despite the obstacles and negative remarks thrown at you.

Have A Lovely Day!!

FEAR AND LIGHT

Sometimes we never really accept the presence of God’s seed of greatness in our lives. At times, we let the fear of what people will say or their reactions prevent us from doing what we feel is right or true. One thing I learn about people is that, they would vehemently reject what they perceive as a threat or a bitter word in the first instances, but later give up when they begin to see the good in it; except if the word/deed has no good in it.

Sometimes we want to help someone who is in need of help; like a tired old woman coming from the market with a heavy load on her head or a beggar seeking for one kind of assistance. A lot of times, we ignore these people not because we want to, deep inside we really want to help, but because we would be outshinning those who saw it but ignore it, we become afraid of the contempt and criticisms that will come from these people, so we just ignore these opportunities to let out our light. We kill our own light. We join and do what people do whether good or bad without thinking about God’s opinion about such acts, just to be accepted and to belong. We think people will give us security, but when there is an earthquake or a gunshot, look around and see if you are running hand-in-hand with your so-called group, many if not all of you will all go your seperate ways to save your dear lives. Sometimes it’s a total stranger that God will use to rescue us in our hour of need, just to show us that the key to true and lasting security and happiness is in the hands of God. Friendship with Him gives the best form of security, peace and lasting happiness. And once our friendship is built on the principle of God’s love, nothing can seperate us from each other.

Below is a very beautiful quote to medidate on, concerning our fears and our LIGHT:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest, the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberate others.”

– Marianne Williamson as written for Nelson Mandela.

So consider which of the two you’ll free to dominate your life. Fear or Light?

Have a lively day!

CAN WE?

In a letter to his daughter Max, Zuckerberg (Facebook’s CEO) made some very touching remarks I’ll love to share. But My question: CAN WE?

His words:
“In today’s world, we are robbed of the potential so many have to offer.

The only way to achieve our full potential is to channel the talents, ideas and contributions of every person in the world.

Can our generation eliminate poverty & hunger?

Can we provide everyone with basic health care?

Can we build inclusive and welcoming communities?

Can we nurture peaceful and understanding relationship between people and nations?

Can we truly empower everyone– women, children, underrepresented minorities, immigrants and the unconnected?

If our generation makes the right investments, the answer to each of these questions can be yes– and hopefully within your lifetime (our lifetime).

People often think of the internet as just for entertainment or communication. But for the majority of people in the world, the internet can be a lifeline.

It provides education if you don’t live near a good school. It provides health information on how to avoid diseases or raise healthy children if you don’t live near a doctor. It provides financial services if you don’t live near a bank. It provides access to job opportunities if you don’t live in a good economy.

The internet is so important that for every 10 people who gain internet access, about one person is lifted out of poverty and about one new job is created.

Yet still more than half of the world’s population- more than 4 billion people- don’t have access to the internet.

If our generation connects them, we can lift hundreds of people out of poverty. We can also help hundreds of millions children get an education and save millions of lives by helping people avoid disease.

Together, we can succeed and create a more equal world. Building a better world start with building strong and healthy communities.”

– Zuckerberg

Have a beautiful day!

THE BEAUTY OF PICTURES IN CHANGE

Pictures can be funny sometimes. When looking at oneself on a picture, I realize it’s just an image of my younger self even if it’s just taken a second ago.

It tells how fast we get older by every ticking of the clock. Life is in a constant flow, taking one step at a second regardless of circumstances. I guess it paints a picture of the constancy of change.

I think it’s hard to avoid change, it just happens, and man can only accept or reject but never able to eliminate it.

CHANGE is the beauty we see everyday in a growing flower, a changing weather, a new relationship, a new friendship, a new enviroment, etc.

God loved us and decorated the earth with beauty before man was brought in and He said everything was “good” until the devil conquered them in the beautiful garden of Eden.

With Christ, that beauty has been restored, and daily, I strive to be near Him in order to keep seeing the beautiful side of Life; and not the hate, wars, and chaos that man is unnecessarily creating daily for some personal gains causing pains, confusions and misery to the larger less-priviledged population.

The few greedy ones manipulate us to hate and fight each other during wars while gaining from such destructions and confusions as more arms/weapons are sold and more economic diffulties created.

“May God open the eyes of our minds and hearts to realize and pursue His true will for mankind.”

STAY BLESSED!