Tuesday, June 1, 2010

WHEN YOUR HUT IS ON FIRE . . .


Thank You for this, Luis .. :)


WHEN YOUR HUT IS ON FIRE . . .  



  The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

 Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

 One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?'

 Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

 The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.

 Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God..

 P.S.
 Consider passing this on, because you never know who feels as if their hut is on fire today…






How to Stay Awake Naturally



With more and more of us getting less and less sleep, it’s tempting to reach for a Red Bull or an espresso when we feel sleepy at work. But consuming caffeine to combat sleepiness can lead to a vicious cycle.
The java jolt that helps you stay awake can take up to eight hours to wear off. Caffeine can also reduce your sleep time, alter the normal stages of sleep, and decrease the quality of your sleep.




How can you stay awake naturally? Try some of these 12 jitter-free tips to take the edge off sleepiness.

1. Get Up and Move Around to Feel Awake

In one well-known study, Robert Thayer, PhD, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, studied whether people were more energized by eating a candy bar or taking a brisk 10-minute walk. Though the candy bar provided a quick energy boost, participants were actually more tired and had less energy an hour later. The 10-minute walk increased energy for two hours. That’s because walking pumps oxygen through your veins, brain, and muscles.
If you work at a desk, get up frequently for short walks. At meal breaks, walk to a restaurant or, if you bring your lunch, head for a nice spot to eat it. Whether you take a walk outside or just in the building where you work, it will make you feel more alert and refreshed.

2. Take a Nap to Take the Edge Off Sleepiness



There are two things to remember about naps: Don’t take more than one and don’t take it too close to your bedtime. “Nap between five and 25 minutes,” says Barry Krakow, MD, author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: Seven Keys to Sleeping Through the Night. It’s best to nap about six or seven hours before you would normally go to bed. If you must take a late nap close to bedtime, make it a short one.
Napping on the job can be touchy. If you need to nap at work, do it during your break and use a vibrating alarm clock, if necessary, to make sure it doesn’t spill over into your work time. Sleeping at your desk is usually not a good idea, but many companies now provide nap rooms for employees.
“If you can’t nap, even resting quietly with your eyes closed for 10 minutes or so will help,” says Allison T. Siebern, PhD, a fellow at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center in Redwood City, Calif.

3. Give Your Eyes a Break to Avoid Fatigue

Continuous fixation on a computer screen can cause eyestrain and worsen sleepiness and fatigue. Look away from the screen for a few minutes periodically to relax your eyes.

4. Eat a Healthy Snack to Boost Energy


Sugary snacks give you a quick energy boost followed by the sugar “lows,” when low blood sugar produces mental fogginess and lethargy. Snacks such as these will provide better overall energy in the long run:
  • Peanut butter on a whole wheat cracker or celery sticks
  • Yogurt and a handful or nuts or fresh fruit
  • Baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip

5. Start a Conversation to Wake Up Your Mind

If you’re fading fast, engaging in conversation can get your mind moving again. “Talk to a colleague about a business idea, politics, or religion,” says Krakow, medical director of Maimonides Sleep Arts and Sciences, Ltd. in Albuquerque, N.M. “It’s a very strong behavioral stimulator -- especially when it’s a conversation about politics.”

6. Turn Up the Lights to Ease Fatigue

Environments with dim lighting aggravate fatigue. Studies have shown that exposure to bright light can reduce sleepiness and increase alertness. Try increasing the intensity of your light source at work.

7. Take a Breather to Feel Alert

Deep breathing raises blood oxygen levels in the body. This slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation, ultimately aiding mental performance and energy.
The idea of deep-breathing exercises is to inhale to the abdomen, not the chest. You can do them at your desk. Sitting up straight, try this exercise up to 10 times:
  • With one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other on your chest, inhale deeply through your nose and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
  • Breathe out through lips pursed as if you were whistling. You can use the hand on your belly to help push air out.
Another technique, called stimulating breath, is used in yoga for a quick energy boost and increased alertness: Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Make your in-and-out breaths short -- do about three of each cycle in a second. Then breathe normally. You can do this for up to 15 seconds the first time and then add on five seconds each time after until you reach a minute.

8. If You’re Driving, Pull Over When Sleepy


“Driving while sleepy is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol,” says Siebern. Common tricks such as opening the windows and turning on loud music won’t keep you awake for very long behind the wheel. “Have someone else drive or pull off the road and take a nap until you’re no longer sleepy,” Siebern says.
If you’re on an extended trip, change drivers often. Stop at least every two hours to take a walk and get some fresh air.


9. Switch Tasks to Stimulate Your Mind

In 2004 Finnish researchers who studied people working 12-hour night shifts found that monotonous work is as harmful as sleep loss for alertness. At work or home, try to reserve more stimulating tasks for your sleepy times. Or switch to more engaging work responsibilities when you feel yourself nodding off. 

10. Drink Water to Prevent Tiredness



Dehydration can cause fatigue. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

11. Get Some Daylight to Regulate Your Sleep Cycles

Our circadian rhythms, which regulate our sleep-wake cycle, are influenced by daylight. Try to spend at least 30 minutes a day outside in natural sunlight. (Sleep experts recommend an hour of morning sunlight a day if you have insomnia.) Even a step outside for a breath of fresh air will revive your senses.

12. Exercise to Increase Energy and Reduce Fatigue



In a 2006 analysis of 70 studies involving more than 6,800 people, University of Georgia researchers found that exercise was more effective in increasing energy and reducing daytime fatigue than some medications used to treat sleep problems. Regular exercise also improves quality of sleep.
Try to exercise 30 minutes a day. If you decide to exercise hard some days, your energy level may drop for a bit and then surge for a few hours. Eating a meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates within two hours after a heavy workout will lessen the initial energy loss. Be sure to finish your workout a few hours before bedtime so you are not energized when you try to sleep.

When to See a Doctor About Your Sleepiness

If you find that you can’t stop nodding off when you need to be alert, consult a doctor or sleep specialist. You may have an underlying sleep disorder such as excessive sleepiness or narcolepsy, which can be treated. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help you with a sleep disorder. If you have trouble falling asleep because of stress or other reasons, cognitive behavioral therapy can help you develop good sleep habits and relieve sleep anxieties.

By Camille Peri
WebMD Feature



Monday, May 10, 2010

To all Mothers


May you Always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life ....



Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunization. 


Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night
.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep


Before I was a Mom,
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom


Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy


Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom 





Burnt Biscuit - Beautiful Story



  
Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. That evening, mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burnt biscuits in front of dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed.
 
All dad did was reach for his biscuit, smiled at mom and asked me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and ate every bite.
 

When I got up from the table, I remember hearing mom apologize to dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said:
Honey, I love burned biscuits.
 
Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"
 
  You know, life is full of imperfect things.....and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else.
 
  What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each others' faults - and choosing to celebrate each others differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
 
Because in the end, you are the master of your own life, to be happy or unhappy, to be positive or negative. 
  
We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship , be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship.
 
  Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own. So please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burnt one will do just fine ...

And that’s my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!



Monday, May 3, 2010

PERSPECTIVE

The Most Destructive Habit.. .. ..Worry
The Greatest Joy.. .. ..Giving
The Greatest Loss.. .. ..Loss of Self-Respect
The Most Satisfying Work.. .. ..Helping Others
The Ugliest Personality Trait.. .. ..Selfishness
The Most Endangered Species.. .. ..Dedicated Leaders
Our Greatest Natural Resource.. .. ..Our Youth
The Greatest "Shot in the Arm.. .. ..Encouragement
The Greatest Problem to Overcome.. .. ..Fear
The Most Effective Sleeping Pill.. .. ..Peace of Mind
The Most Crippling Failure Disease.. .. ..Excuses
The Most Powerful Force in Life.. .. ..Love
The Most Dangerous Pariah.. .. ..A Gossiper
The World's Most Incredible Computer.. .. ..The Brain
The Worst Thing to be Without.. .. ..Hope
The Deadliest Weapon.. .. ..The Tongue
The Two Most Power-Filled Words.. .. .."I Can"
The Greatest Asset.. .. ..Faith
The Most Worthless Emotion.. .. ..Self-Pity
The Most Beautiful Attire.. .. ..SMILE!
The Most Prized Possession.. .. ..Integrity
The Most Powerful Channel of Communication.. .. ..Prayer
The Most Contagious Spirit.. .. ..Enthusiasm


~ Author Unknown

Sunday, April 11, 2010

FAMILY



The story may not be exactly as ours but it does apply to us in the meaning behind it and the concept most certainly does for majority of us, mothers, fathers, career people, students and kids alike. It really makes you think long and hard and makes you look DEEP into yourself...


Thank You Grace......keep them rolling in.



F A M I L Y  

I banged into a stranger as he passed by,
'Oh excuse me please' was my reply.

He said, 'Please excuse me too;
I couldn't see you coming.'

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said goodbye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.
 
Later that day, 
when I went to kitchen to take dinner...

My son stood beside me very still
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.
He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken 



While I lay awake in bed, 
A small voice came to me and said,

'While dealing with a stranger, 
common courtesy you use, 
but the family you love, you seem to abuse. 
Go and look on the kitchen floor,   
You'll find some flowers there by the door.
Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise'


By this time, I felt very small, 
And now my tears began to fall. 
I quietly went and knelt by his bed; 
'Wake up, little one, wake up,'  
I said 'Are these the flowers you picked for me?


'He smiled, 'I found them, out by the tree. 
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
 I knew you'd like them, especially the blue.' 


I said, 'I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; 
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.' 
I said, 'I love you too, 
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'



FAMILY 

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days; But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. Come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think? So what is behind the story?

Do you know that the word
 
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU





Saturday, April 3, 2010

Reminder to Self!!!



Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,  
(( No more regrets, tears or even sadness for the crappy past, whatever happened was meant to be))


so love the people who treat you right,  
(( and these are the ones who deserve love and respect in return from me))


forget about the ones who don't,  
((It's high time I did this and stick to it))


 and believe that everything happens for a reason.  
(( Qadha and Qada))

If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it.  
((It's time to start life anew...i deserve to be happy))

 Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. 
((God Willing))



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Moving Forward



I'm at a crossroad in my life. I recently turned 50 and I am a divorcee. When my first daughter left for Uni, it was like a loss because of her hysterical loud laughter and bubbly ways. My life had been all about my kids for more than two decades. Even though I did not show it, it was hard to see the first one leave the nest. No one really knew how I felt because I was good at hiding it then and only one good friend knew what I was going through. I was home 24/7 for them...I gave up my career to be home for them from the start. My kids had been my life, my focus and my priority for years even though I did falter towards the last few years of my marriage with being too much at the computer. It was more of an escape from reality for many reasons which only some people can and wish to understand.

My second daughter commutes to and fro from college due to her anxiety attacks and fears that evolved from a few fainting spells. My youngest is doing her Form 3 this year and in a couple of years she too will be leaving the nest. They live with their father but I see them often and we communicate whenever we can... I love and miss my kids but they know that even though I am not in the same house, I am always here whenever they need me unless when I am ill. I live just 30 minutes drive away from them. I am so glad I got to be here long enough to see them grow up to be beautiful swans. Their leaving the nest and me living separate, weird as it may sound...is a gift. I cherish now that they will leave the nest and become their own adults separate from me.

I love seeing my kids become independent adults with lives that don't revolve around me. They have their own hopes, ambitions and dreams...they have discovered their individual personalities. I am not central anymore. If I died now, I know my kids would be okay, they have lots of dreams and lots to live for, they could move on without much pain especially with a father that loves and supports them very much. He will always put them first in his life. They love me, but they would be able to manage without me now. I am grateful for that.

This time in my life has also opened new doors for me. The first 3 decades of my life involved me growing up and becoming an independent adult. The next two decades were about being a wife and mother. Raising my kids was my priority; my needs didn't matter so much in the earlier years.

I have come to realize my remaining time here can be mine. I've fulfilled obligations the first 5 decades of my life. Now I can focus on me...And it's okay. This past one year has been extremely difficult for me to move on in life. I was holding on to threads of the past. Today I have made a serious decision to move on in life and to deal with my pains and ailments positively....and to treasure the gifts that have been bestowed upon me i.e. Life...my Faith and the people that really do love me unconditionally in all aspects. I am finding solace in my Faith and my heart is filled with hope of what I need most....and that is Love and emotional support. Whatever time I have in this life will not be taken for granted anymore ...I will value it much more...each precious moment of it. Healthy people should not take life for granted...life is uncertain. I now realize that Life is so precious and too short to dwell in the past or to get depressed over hopeless situations.

The many crossroads in our lives can be quite painful, but there are always new opportunities for growth and happiness, inshaAllah (God Willing). Keep me in your prayers so that I may be positive, hopeful and have the strength and courage to move forward and live life (for whatever is left of it) as I should.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Will of God



Concentrate on this Sentence 
'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'  When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.  Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'  



What Matters


There comes a point in your life when you realize:  

Who matters?

Who never did?
Who won't anymore?
And who always will? 

Don't worry about people from your past, there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

PURPLE HAT





In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. 

 IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)  

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's' More 'I'm sorry's.'
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ~ look at it and really see it ~ live it and never give it back. 

STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!!! 

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.




Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PASS THE BUTTER, PLEASE.


A dear long lost school friend sent me this and I remember reading this a few years back as well....interesting...

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings..


DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and
only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .


And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease .
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk.

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to butter them up')!

Chinese Proverb:
When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others. 

Pass the BUTTER PLEASE

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Footprints on my Heart


Some people come into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.

Some people come into our lives
and quickly go... Some stay for awhile
and embrace our silent dreams.

They help us become aware
of the delicate winds of hope...
and we discover within every human spirit
there are wings yearning to fly.

They help our hearts to see that
the only stairway to the stars
is woven with dreams...
and we find ourselves
unafraid to reach high.

They celebrate the true essence
of who we are...
and have faith in all
that we may become.

Some people awaken us
to new and deeper realizations...
for we gain insight
from the passing whisper of their wisdom

Throughout our lives we are sent
precious souls...
meant to share our journey
however brief or lasting their stay
they remind us why we are here.

To learn... to teach... to nurture... to love

Some people come into our lives
to cast a steady light
upon our path and guide our every step
their shining belief in us
helps us to believe in ourselves.

Some people come into our
lives to teach us about love...
The love that rests within ourselves.

Let us reach out to others
and feel the bliss of giving
for love is far richer in action
that it ever is in words.

Some people come into our lives
and they move our souls to sing
and make our spirits dance.

They help us to see that everything on earth
is part of the incredibility of life...
and that it is always there
for us to take of its joy.

Some people come into our lives
and leave footprints on our hearts
and we are never ever the same.

~by Flavia Weedn~

Saturday, February 6, 2010

50 Years Young


“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty;
life shapes the face you have at thirty;
but at fifty, you get the face you deserve.” - Coco Chanel.
Just adding something to share with all you 50 year olds this year. I just turned 50..(6th Feb 2010) ..most certainly do not feel 50. The Physical, sometimes, feels older ... but the HEART feels 20! :D

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee...

Recieved this story from a forwarded email from a dear friend. Thank You Grace.

A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

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 ground coffee beans. 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 a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," 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 the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. 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. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, 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 ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"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 coffee bean?"

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 coffee bean? The bean 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 bean, 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 coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

This is so true and meaningful -- please read to the end.

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 ball
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 a 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.

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 cup of coffee with a friend.

Please share this with someone
you care about. I JUST DID!

LIFE ISN'T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS...
..IT'S LEARNING HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN

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