Sunday, July 15, 2018

Inspirational stories: An old man lived in the village

An old man lived in the village. The whole village was tired of him; he was always gloomy, he constantly complained and was always in a bad mood. The longer he lived, the viler he became and more poisonous were his words. People did their best to avoid him because his misfortune was contagious. He created the feeling of unhappiness in others.
But one day, when he turned eighty, an incredible thing happened. Instantly everyone started hearing the rumor: “The old man is happy today, he doesn’t complain about anything, smiles, and even his face is freshened up.”
The whole village gathered around the man and asked him, “What happened to you?”
The old man replied, “Nothing special. Eighty years I’ve been chasing happiness and it was useless. And then I decided to live without happiness and just enjoy life. That’s why I’m happy!
 Inspirational stories.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Inspirational stories: The seven wonders of the world

The seven wonders of the world
A group of American school children 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. Egypt's 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. A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

Click here for another inspirational story about an old man who finds happiness.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Fra Giovanni - Take heaven! Take peace!

Letter Written 
by Fra Giovanni 

I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got, but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see - and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, touch the angel's hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Courage, then, to claim it, that is all. But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.

And so, at this time, I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Inspirational Stories: A Walk In The Mountains

A son and his father were walking in the mountains.
Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!"
To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain:
Curious, he yells: "Who are you?"
He receives the answer: "Who are you?"
Angered at the response, he screams: "Coward!"
He receives the answer: "Coward!"
He looks to his father and asks: "What's going on?"
The father smiles and says: "My son, pay attention."
And then he screams to the mountain: "I admire you!"
The voice answers: "I admire you!"
Again the man screams: "You are a champion!"
The voice answers: "You are a champion!"
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: "People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.
It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it."

At this time, you should click here to read another inspirational story about the seven wonders of the world.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Movie review: Set It Up with Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell

Who says the romantic comedy genre is dead? Ok, I probably have said that many times. There has not been a good one in a very long time. Which brings us to “Set It Up”...a Netflix Original romantic comedy written by Katie Silberman and directed by Claire Scanlon. This movie is basically a cross between two classics: “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Parent Trap.”

The movie follows two assistants (Zoey Deutch  and Glen Powell) who are overworked and underpaid. The assistants are wasting their lives away working for a-hole bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) who treat them like dirt and work them around the clock. The two assistants meet up and realize that their personal lives are suffering because their bosses are miserable and are taking out their misery on their assistants. How to solve this dilemma? Oh yeah, lets set the two a-holes up! Of course, romance ensues.

This movie is hilarious. In one scene, an obese delivery man begins stripping, then urinating, while on a stalled elevator car. There were many other LOL moments. The two bosses are way over the top which is kind of silly but "Set It Up" is the best romantic comedy in a long time.

Go see this immediately!

This movie will appeal to you if:

  1. you like romantic comedies
  2. you thought Glen Powell was hilarious in "Everybody Wants Some!"
  3. you thought Zoey Deutch was adorable in "Everybody Wants Some!"
  4. aren't easily offended by words

This movie will not appeal to you if:

  1. you do not like romantic comedies
  2. you want a movie based on something that might actually happen
  3. you are not ok with some possibly offensive jokes

Wisdom: If A Dog Were Your Teacher

If A Dog Were Your Teacher

Author Unknown

If a dog were your teacher
These are some of the lessons you might learn...

  1. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
  2. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
  3. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
  4. When it's in your best interest practice obedience
  5. Let others know when they've invaded your territory
  6. Take naps and stretch before rising
  7. Run romp and play daily
  8. Thrive on attention and let people touch you
  9. Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
  10. On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
  11. On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
  12. When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body
  13. No matter how often you're scolded don't buy into the guilt thing and pout run right back and make friends
  14. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
  15. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
  16. Stop when you have had enough
  17. Be loyal
  18. Never pretend to be something you're not
  19. If what you want lies buried dig until you find it
  20. When someone is having a bad day be silent ........sit close by and nuzzle them gently..
Now, just click here to read a great letter from Fra Giovanni.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Wisdom: Steps To Happiness

Steps To Happiness  
Author Unknown  

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.

You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.

You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital mortal.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.

Click here for more wisdom about what we can learn from dogs.