Life is about Making A Difference...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Success is...

1. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Take good care of those you love.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be a self-starter.

17. Be decisive even it it means you'll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Quotes on Family

Freedom from Want

"In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony."
- Eva Burrows

"Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends."

- Anonymous

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."
- Virginia Satir

"The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the "love account."
- Zig Ziglar

Friday, September 11, 2009

败犬女王 - 寻找幸福

單無雙要出嫁了。。。 阿母虽然很希望女儿可以嫁出去,却更希望女儿嫁的人是自己所爱的,并能得到最终的幸福。。。




Friday, July 17, 2009

Everyday is the Beginning of a New Chapter

Life is like a BOOK -
everyday is a new page;
Make your book a BESTSELLER with
adventures to tell,
lessons to learn and
tales of good deeds to remember.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sharpen your axe

An Axe Cleaves to the Center of a Wooden Log

John, a woodcutter, worked for a Company for five years but never got a raise. The Company hired Bill and within a year he got a promotion. This caused resentment in John and he went to his Boss to talk about it.

The Boss said, "You are still cutting the same number of trees you were cutting five years ago. We are a result-oriented company and would be happy to give you a raise if your productivity goes up."

John went back started hitting harder and putting in longer hours but he still wasn't able to cut more trees. He went back to his Boss and told him his dilemma.

The Boss asked John to go and talk to Bill. "Maybe there is something Bill knows that you and I don't."

John asked Bill how he managed to cut more trees. Bill answered, "After every tree I cut, I take a break for two minutes and sharpen my axe. When was the last time you sharpened your axe?"

This question hit like a bullet and John got his answer.

"When was the last time you sharpened your axe?"
If you want to progress in life, you cannot rest on your past achievements. You must continuously sharpen your axe of knowledge, skills and expertise in whatever field of activity you may be in!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Quotes on Work

Give It All You've Got by Karen Tribett
Give It All You've Got

"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."
- William J. Bennett

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle."
- Steve Jobs

"The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves."
- Brian Tracy

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
- Elbert Hubbard

"People who never do any more than they get paid for,
never get paid for any more than they do."

- Elbert Hubbard

"You got to like your work.
You have got to like what you are doing,
you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it..
because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don't you see?"

- Colonel Sanders

"Will someone else's life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?"
- William Arthur Ward

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quotes on The Future

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."
- Peter Drucker

"Put your future in good hands - your own."
- Anonymous

"I'm an optimist.
I've always believed the future is going to be better than the past.
And I also believe I have a role in that.
The great thing about human beings, myself in particular,
is that I can change. I can do better.
If you can get up every day, stay optimistic, and believe the future is better than the past, those few things get you through a lot of tough times."

- Jeffrey Immelt

"The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day."
- Gloria Steinem

"My will shall shape the future.
Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own.
I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze.
My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
- Elaine Maxwell

Friday, June 26, 2009

Two Days We Should Not Worry About

Life- Gilda Radner

There are two days in every week about which we should not worry,
two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is Yesterday
with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders,
its aches and pains.

Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.

We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.

The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.

Tomorrow's sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.

This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday
and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.

Let us, therefore,
Live but one day at a time.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Quotes on Worrying

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
- Leo Buscaglia

"It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control?
The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized."
- Wayne Dyer

"Clearly understand, there isn't any situation that isn't made worse by worry.
Worry never solves anything.
Worry never prevents anything.
Worry never heals anything.
Worry serves only one purpose... it makes matters worse."
- Bob Proctor

"The task of worrying is to come up with positive solutions for life's perils by anticipating dangers before they arise.
If we are preoccupied by worries, we have that must less attention to expend on figuring out the answers.
Our worries become self-fulfilling prophecies, propelling us toward the very disaster they predict."
- Daniel Goleman

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Give away your Smiles =)


Smiling is infectious, You catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner, and someone saw my grin,
When he smiled I realized,
I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile, then realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine,
Could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, Don't leave it undetected. Let's start an epidemic quick, And get the world infected.

Don't you have a similar experience before?
Where you saw a stranger having a happy smile on her face and
before you knew it, you were grinning for no apparent reason too.
Then someone saw your grin, and he smiled too.

You probably felt a little silly for smiling without any reason at first,
but when your smile brought a smile to someone's face,
you knew that it costs nothing to brighten up someone's day.

May you freely give away your beautiful, happy smiles!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Quotes on Smiles

Baby Pilot by Kim Anderson

"There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all."
- Anonymous

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
- Phyllis Diller

"A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks."
- Charles Gordy

"The shortest distance between two people is a smile."
- Anonymous

"A smile costs nothing but gives much.
It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and
none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.
Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give."
- Anonymous

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lead a Fisherman's Life

Silhouette Of Boy Fishing At Sunset by Dean Berry
Silhouette Of Boy Fishing At Sunset

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long he took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, "Only a little while."

The banker then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fishes?"

The fisherman said, "With this, I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The banker then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, go for walks with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my friends. As you can
see, I have a full and busy life."

The banker scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat! With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling
your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to a processor, eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, process and the distribution. You would need to leave this small fishing village and move to the capital city. After that, who knows, maybe you could take on the world!"

The fisherman asked, "But how long will all this take?"

To which the banker replied, "I'd say about 15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the fisherman.

The banker laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions? Then what…?" asked the fisherman.

The banker said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, go for romantic walks with your wife, and in the evenings you could sip wine, play guitar and sing songs with your friends!"

To which the fisherman mused, "Now isn't that strange? Isn't that what I'm doing now?"

"Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
- Eddie Cantor

Monday, May 25, 2009

Live One Day at a Time

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Quotes on Living in the Present

"Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future.
It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift."
- Oprah Winfrey

"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
- Dale Carnegie

"We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.
But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today,
and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it."
- John Newton

"Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow."
- Ralph W. Sockman

"There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday."
- Robert Nathan

"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."
- Anonymous

"Nothing is worth more than this day."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quotes on Purpose of Life

The Purpose Of Life- Eleanor Roosevelt
The Purpose Of Life- Eleanor Roosevelt

"You are not here merely to make a living.
You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.
You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
- Woodrow Wilson

"Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives.
They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction.
The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow.
Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term;
it's who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals,
that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment."
- Anthony Robbins

"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, May 18, 2009

Enjoy the cup of Coffee

Café Espresso by Joy Alldredge
Café Espresso

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university Professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the Prof went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain-looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said “If you noticed, all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups.”

Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it.

So friend, don't let the cups drive you, enjoy the coffee instead.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Lemons by Alena Hrbkova

Life is pretty simple,
When you asked for apples and life hands you lemons,
just make lemonades with them.

If you are on your way out, and it starts to rain,
feel glad that you won't have to water the plants today.

Life is a matter of seeing things in perspective.
The benefits may not be immediate or obvious, but do remember this:
In life, there's nothing you cannot handle. Nothing you can't triumph over.
There will be problems, there will be struggles.
But if they're not there, how would you know how strong you actually are?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quotes on Life

"Life is meant for living.. I know that sounds simplistic, but how many days do you let slip by without really doing something, accomplishing something, making a life change, a lifestyle change?"
- Ivana Trump

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving"
- Albert Einstein

"The difference between great people and everyone else is that
great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.
The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing."

- Michael E. Gerber

"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once."
- Lillian Dickson

"We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. Our attitude is everything."
- Charles Swindoll

"Life is the sum of all your choices."
- Albert Camus

"Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away."
- Anonymous

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
- Abraham Lincoln

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
- Norman MacEwen

"Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."
- Anonymous

- 何权峰 “哈哈笑过苦日子”

- 何权峰 “命运发牌 机会出牌”

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The A - Z Secrets to Success in Life

Success: Soccer
Success: Soccer

A void working just for power and money. The most important thing in life cannot be bought.
B e Honest, Reliable, and Kind.
C hoose your friends carefully, stay away from negative people.
D on't be afraid to take risks.
E verything is possible. You have to believe that You Can Do It!
F ree rides don't exist.
G ratitude and appreciation towards life is the secret to living a happy life.
H appiness is a Choice. Being miserable is the other option.
I nvest in expanding your knowledge, learning is a lifelong process.
J ust doing enough to get by won't get you anywhere, you have to Go the Extra Mile.
K eep Going No Matter What, Press On!
L earn from your mistakes, and never repeat them.
M ean what you say, and say what you mean.
N ever, ever give up on your dreams.
O pportunities only knock on the door of the person who is Prepared.
P ut in only your Best Efforts.
Q uit the habit of procrastinating and making excuses.
R each out to people who need help.
S ometimes you have to slow down and smell the roses.
T reat everyone with Respect.
U se your most precious asset - Time wisely.
V isualise your dreams coming true in your mind's eye.
W ork hard, but do not forget to spend time with your Loved ones.
X pect obstacles in life but see them as Challenges.
Y ou are Responsible for your life.
Z oom in to the details of the steps you will take to achieve your goals.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quotes on Success

Success by Harry Starr

"Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
- Winston Churchill

"The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose."
- E.M. Gray

"The one human quality that must be developed is self discipline for success.
The will power to force yourself to do what you know you should do when you should do it, whether you like it or not, whether you feel like it or not.
Success is tons of discipline."
- Anonymous

"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."
- Vince Lombardi

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
- Napoleon Hill

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed."
- Booker T. Washington

"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."
- Benjamin Disraeli

"To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one's self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — This is to have succeeded."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why.
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."

- Danny Thomas

Friday, May 1, 2009

Quotes on Achievement

Achievement: Climber
Achievement: Climber

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
- Edmund Hillary

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."
- Napoleon Hill

"If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
- Conrad Hilton

"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."
- Theodore I. Rubin

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quotes on Enthusiasm


"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity."
- Bo Bennett

"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.
Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to excite your ideas."
- Henry Tor

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might.
Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality.
Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm.
Let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success."

- H.W. Arnold

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”
- Charles Kingsley

Monday, April 27, 2009

212 degrees - The Extra Degree

Friday, April 24, 2009

Are You Going to Finish Strong?

So what do you do if you fall down?

“Get back up, everybody knows to get back up, because if I stop walking, I'm not gonna get anywhere. But I tell you there are some times in life when you fall down you feel like you don't have the strength to get back up. Do you think you have hope?

Because I tell you I'm down here, face down, and I have no arms, no legs. It should be impossible for me to get back up. But it's not. You see, I will try 100 times to get up. And if I failed 100 times, if I fail and I give up, do you think that I'm ever gonna get up? No! But if I fail, I'll try again, and again, and again.

But I just want you to know that it's not the end. It matters how you're gonna finish. Are you gonna finish strong? And you will find that strength to get back up, like this

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ants' Philosophy - Never Quit

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hang in There

Hang in There by Robert Cushman Hayes
Hang in There

Don't quit when the tide is lowest,
for it's just about to turn;

Don't quit over doubts and questions,
for there's something you may learn;

Don't quit when the night is darkest,
for it's just a while till dawn;

Don't quit when you've run the farthest,
for the race is almost won;

Don't quit when the hill is steepest,
for your goal is almost nigh;

Don't quit, for you're not a failure
until you fail to try.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Don't Quit

Friday, April 17, 2009

Quotes on Perseverance


"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."
- Josh Billings

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
- Albert Einstein

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown."
- H. Ross Perot

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."
- William Feather

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race."
- Calvin Coolidge

"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
- Jacob A. Riis

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."
- Anonymous

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quotes on Learning


"That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and
what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning."
- Richard Bach

"If you accept failure as an opportunity to learn, it will change your whole perspective. Some people allow failures to stop them form ever attempting anything new. Rather than learn and move on, these people get stuck forever."
- Catherine Pulsifer

"I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned."
- Carol Burnett

"Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning."
- Gary Ryan Blair

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."
- Alvin Toffler

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."
- Henry Ford

"Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back."
- Chinese Proverb

Monday, April 13, 2009

Quotes on Failure

Try, Try Again!- American Proverb
Try, Try Again!- American Proverb

"What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."
- Mary Pickford

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
- Marilyn vos Savant

"A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."
- John Christian Bovee

"Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
- Thomas Edison

"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing."
- Dr. Denis Waitley

"We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure.
It is a powerful obstacle to growth.
It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation.
There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling.
If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life."

- John W. Gardner

"Remember the two benefits of failure.
First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work;
and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach."
- Roger von Oech

"Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive."
- Scott Adams

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Cracked Pot

Meadow Suite I by Shirley Novak
Meadow Suite I

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you".

“Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"

"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack on my side which causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it somehow. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Moral of the Story:
Each of us has our own unique flaws - we are all cracked pots. But it is the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Tap on the cracks in those around you to make flowers. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. There is a lot of good out there and there is a lot of good in all of us!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quotes on Mistake

Mistakes - Esther Dyson
Mistakes - Esther Dyson

"The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake."
- Meister Eckhart

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress."
- Dale Turner

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior."
- Henry C. Link

"Mistakes fail in their mission of helping the person who blames them on the other fellow."
- Henry S. Haskins

"Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future."
- Dale Turner

"Mistakes are stepping stones to success."
- Charles E. Popplestone

"Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time."
- George Bernard Shaw

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success;
we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do;
and probably he who never make a mistake never made a discovery."

- Samuel Smiles

"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."
- John Powell

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Remember where Happiness Begins...

All with a Smile =)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Let Us complain less and Give More

How often do we complain that life is unfair? How often do we feel unhappy and unsatisfied with what we have?

If we compare ourselves with the rich people and CEOs, I could "see" how unfair life is when they drive around in Porsche and Ferrari while we have to take the public transport. They buy branded bags like LV and Gucci, while we can only afford their imitations. They stay in bungalows and private properties while we live in public housings. They go golfing during office hours, while we continue to slog after office hours.

They are born with a silver spoon while we are told to work very hard. They seem to be successful in everything they do while we keep facing problems.

However if we compare our lives with the people in the video, I could only say "You just don't realise how fortunate you are. Be grateful and appreciate what you have."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quotes on Discipline


"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."
- Jim Rohn

"Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them!"
- Zig Ziglar

“Discipline itself brings pain, but the pain is temporary while the growth is permanent.”
- John Leddo

"In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first."
- Harry S. Truman

"Discipline is remembering what you want."
- David Campbell

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Be Part of the Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual global initiative organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour in order to raise awareness of climate change. It started in Australia in 2007, and achieved global participation in 2008.

This year, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights. It is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories, including Singapore, have pledged their support to Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

Come join me and the world for Earth Hour as we switch off our lights for one hour from 8:30 - 9:30 pm on 28 March 2009.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Why Nothing Is Impossible

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Wish or Work
Wish or Work



Saturday, March 21, 2009

Quotes on Excuses

Excuses for Missing Class by Mark Gonyea
Excuses for Missing Class

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
- Benjamin Franklin

"For many people, an excuse is better than an achievement because an achievement, no matter how great, leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future but an excuse can last for life."
- Eric Hoffer

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."
- Edward R. Murrow

"The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse."
- Anonymous

"Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible."
- Francois La Rochefoucauld

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Quotes on Opportunities


"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
- Ann Landers

"It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared."
- Whitney Young, JR.

"Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly."
- Anonymous

"The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come."
- Gloria Estefan

"It is no disgrace to start all over. It is usually an opportunity."
- George Matthew Adams

"Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending."
- Anonymous

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of Oolong tea

Tea leaves steep in a cup of hot water for green tea by Jodi Cobb
Tea leaves steep in a cup of hot water for green tea

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed Oolong tea. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in another bowl.

Then she ladled the Oolong out and placed it in the third bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and Oolong tea," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed a hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the Oolong tea. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. However each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The Oolong tea was unique, however. After they were put into the boiling water , they had changed the water color and taste.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a Oolong tea?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the Oolong tea? The tea actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the tea, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a Oolong tea?

"People are like tea bags.
You have to put them into hot water before you can know how strong they are."

Monday, March 16, 2009

Quotes on Adversity


"When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters -
one represents danger and the other represents opportunity."

- John F. Kennedy

"Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle."
- James Russell Lowell

"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you."
- Jeffrey Gitomer

"In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage.
In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time."

- Robert Collier

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Accept Challenges of Life

A Woman Aboard a Sailboat on a Rough Sea by Bill Curtsinger
A Woman Aboard a Sailboat on a Rough Sea

Smooth roads never make good drivers.
Smooth seas never make good sailors.
Clear skies never make good pilots.
A problem-free life never makes a strong and good person.
Be strong enough to accept the challenges of life.
Don't ask Life: "Why me?"
Instead, "Try me..."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quotes on Challenges

Challenge: Skier
Challenge: Skier

"Challenge is the core and the mainspring of all human activity.
If there's an ocean, we cross it;
if there's a disease, we cure it;
if there's a wrong, we right it;
if there's a record, we break it;
and finally, if there's a mountain, we climb it."

- James Ramesy Ullman

"The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse."
- Helen Keller

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

"Every result you get in your life is the combination of the challenge you receive from the reality around you and your capacity to respond to that challenge."
- Fred Kofman

"The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit."
- Jim Rohn

"There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself."
- Michael F. Staley

Friday, March 6, 2009

Risks We Must Take


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, or live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves;
they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Quotes on Risk

Risk: Cliff Jumper

"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
- Wayne Gretzky

"Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever."
- Philip Adams

"A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for."
- John A. Shedd

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain

"There was a very cautious man,
who never laughed or cried.
He never risked, he never lost,
he never won nor tried.
And when he one day passed away,
his insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
they claimed he never died."
- Parable of the Cautious Man

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sassy Girl, Chun-Hyang 豪杰春香



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Quotes on Courage

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
- Andre Gide

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
- Anais Nin

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
- Walt Disney

“Without the courage to take the first step, we are going to remain right where we are.”
- Zig Ziglar

Saturday, February 28, 2009

You - You've got the most beautiful smile =)

Trust me, you really gotta watch this video! Though this is a 16-minute video, once you started watching it, you will definitely want to finish watching the whole video (^-^)

More Quotes on Fear

Friday, February 27, 2009

Quotes on Fear

Fear- Eleanor Roosevelt
Fear- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Author Unknown

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop."
- Usman B. Asif

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
- Dale Carnegie

“It is not failure itself that holds you back; it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you."
- Brian Tracy

“Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."
- Louis E. Boone

"Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power."
- Oprah Winfrey

“Too often we’re scared.
Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried.
We let fears stand in the way of our hopes.
We say no when we want to say yes.
We sit quietly when we want to scream.
And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut.
After all, we do only go around once. There’s really no time to be afraid.
Just do it.”

–Nike Ad

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
- Marie Curie

- 何权峰作品《命运发牌 机会出牌》

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quotes on Choices

Life Is Made Of Choices
Life Is Made Of Choices

"I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude."
- Judith M. Knowlton

“The choices you make today will determine what you will have, be and do in the tomorrow of your life.”
- Anonymous

"To decide to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life."
- Arbie M. Dale

"Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself."
- Robert F. Bennett

"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice."
- William James

"In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices."
- Dr. Kathleen Hall

"When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by them."
- Zig Ziglar

"Your choice of people to associate with, both personally and business-wise, is one of the most important choices you make. If you associate with turkeys, you will never fly with the eagles."
- Brian Tracy

"In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

- 何权峰著《命运发牌 机会出牌》

Monday, February 23, 2009

Life is too short for any regrets

Gifts of Time II by Flavia Weedn
Gifts of Time II

A man is on the verge of dying.

His dream came to pay its last respects and bid farewell to the man who had never used it.

As it entered the room the man looked down in shame.
“Why did you not realise me?” the dream asked.

“Because I was afraid,” the man said.

“Afraid of what?” asked the dream.

“I was afraid I would fail.”

“But haven’t you failed by not attempting to use me?”

“Yes I have, but I always thought there would be tomorrow.”

“You fool!” said the dream, “Did it never occur to you that there was only ever today… the moment that you are in right now? Do you think that now that death is here you can put it off until tomorrow?”

“No.” said the man, a tear gently rolling down his cheek.

The dream was softer now, because it knew that there were two types of pain - the pain of discipline, and the pain of regret - and while discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs pounds.

Then the dream leaned forward to gently wipe away the tear and said, “You need only have taken the first step and I would have taken one to meet you, for the only thing that ever separated us was the belief in your mind that you couldn’t have me.”

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quotes on Regrets

Take Two by Conrad Knutsen
Take Two

"We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons."
- Jim Rohn

"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do."
- Zachary Scott

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The greatest regrets in our lives are the risks we did not take.
If you think something will make you happy, GO FOR IT!
Remember that you pass this way only once!"
- Anonymous

Friday, February 20, 2009

Believe in the Beauty of Your Dreams

Beauty of Dreams- Eleanor Roosevelt
Beauty of Dreams- Eleanor Roosevelt

Whenever you have a DREAM inside your HEART,
Never let it go coz DREAMS are the TINY SEEDS,
Have a wonderful dream tonight…