Truths of Life

Truths of Life

I Believe… A birth certificate shows that we were born, A death certificate shows that we died, Pictures show that we lived…   I Believe… That just because two people argue, It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, It doesn’t mean they do love each other.   I Believe… That we don’t have to change friends If we understand that friends change.   I Believe… That no matter how good a friend is, They’re going to hurt you every once in a while And you must forgive them for that.   I Believe… That true friendship continues to grow, Even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.   I Believe…. That you can do something in an instant That will give you heartache for life.   I Believe… That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.   I Believe… That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.   I Believe… That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.   I Believe… That we are responsible for what we do, No matter how we feel.   I Believe… That either you control your attitude or it controls you.   I Believe…

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The Way to Go

The Way to Go

There was a poor Scottish farmer, His name was Fleming. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.” “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly. “I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.” And that he did. Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated

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Live A Life That Matters

Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how

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Happiness is a Voyage

Happiness is a Voyage

Author Unknown We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another. Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older. Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years. We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire. The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now. If not, then when? Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and decide to be happy in spite of it all. For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start. Real life. But there was always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start. I finally came to understand that those obstacles were life. That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness. Happiness IS the road. So, enjoy every moment.

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The Most, the Easiest, the Greatest

The Most, the Easiest, the Greatest

Which day is the most beautiful day in your life? Today. What’s the easiest thing to do in life? A mistake. What’s the greatest obstacle? Fear. What’s the most profound tragedy in life? Abandonment. What’s the root of all evil? Egotism. What’s the most wonderful entertainment and fun? Work, of course! What’s the greatest failure? Lack of faith. Who are the best teachers? Kids. What’s the absolute prime need? Contact with another human being What brings a person the greatest feeling of satisfaction? Being of help to somebody and being appreciated. What’s the greatest mystery? Death. What’s the most serious human failing? Lack of a sense of humor. What’s the greatest Enemy? Deceit and lies. What’s the worst emotion? Anger. What’s the most wonderful gift? Forgiveness. What’s the #1 most desired necessity? One’s own home. What’s the quickest way forward? Certainty. What’s the most wonderful feeling? Inner peace. What’s the best defence? A smile. What’s the best medicine? Optimism. What’s the greatest might on earth? Faith. Who are the people whom we need most of all? Our parents. What’s the most beautiful of all? Love. — Author Unknown Meditation: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of

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The Law of the Garbage Truck

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck’. He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. Meditation: Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools. –Ecclesiastes 7:9 You will

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