Change our words, change our world

I saw an inspirational video from Life Secrets. The video was a story about an old blind man sitting in the street with his two bare hands begging alms from the people passing by. The sound of every penny droplet painted a smile on his face.  Suddenly, a lady wearing black corporate coat approached her.  He touched her shoes, feeling it, and hoping she will drop a little something. Yet she didn’t.  Instead, she took the piece paper (from a torn box) beside the old man and wrote something at the back of the paper where a note was written “I’m blind please help me.”

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Story No. 214

I love books.  One of the little books I bought last 2008 was the “The Next 500 Stories by Frank Mihalic, SVD.  It’s a red colored book and the 3rd volume of Fr. Mihalic’s collection of anecdotes and short stories.  What I like about it is its simple conversation and it’s enriched with wisdom, wit and humor.  According to Fr. Frank the purpose of his book is to be of help to his Pacific islands brothers and sisters who need stories to communicate their messages.  He believes in the Indian guro Vyasa’s observation that “the shortest distance between a human being and a truth is a story.”  

Arrived home past 10 in the evening today and the red book seemed to greet me tonight.  Missed reading it also because lately I’ve been hanging out with new books of leadership and management.  Well, now I’m glad I’m with it.  I need to re-charge myself from work and life pressures.  And I love to share the story no. 214.  It really helped me re-charged realizing my best ally is in me.

Fr. Frank said “a story is not story ’till we retell it.  So here it is…

ME AND MYSELF
 
Some people can’t bear to be by themselves.
They must have action and sound.
Left to their own devices,
They aimlessly flounder around.
 
Some folks don’t seem to have what it takes
To spend one hour alone,
And thus they never really found
What inner sources they own.
 
Now, as much as I like people,
And enjoy their company,
There’s a part of each day I must wander away,
Just to talk things over with me.
 
Try it sometime and you’ll be surprised
At how little yourself you’ll bore.
You’ll sigh with delight, “Why, this guy’s all right!
Why haven’t we met before?”

– Brother Polycarp

Writing is hard, but it doesn’t have to hurt! Very true. So time to write and write.

The Point of the Quill

Friday I went to the doctor and ended up in the hospital. Two things I hate the most. Apparently I passed out on the sidewalk (just “this close” to leaving the dreaded, but ever so helpful, doctor) and woke up with nurses holding me, an ambulance on the way, and a friend talking to whoever was holding my feet. “Tell us your name.” I tried to get the words out but couldn’t. Finally, with much effort, “Lee” from a long distance away but I finally said it. My friend helped them with the rest as the sirens got closer. (I very much dislike ambulances, more then the other two listed above; so Friday was not a banner day.) 

They moved me onto a gurney, though I can only tell you this from what my friend filled me in on. Asked me tons of questions as they stuck needles in me…

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“How far you go in your life…

“How far you go in your life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
~ George Washington Carver

Your Inspiration For Today!
How many times a day, week, a month, do we have the opportunity to be great through simple acts of kindness? We would venture to say A LOT! Ever get a compliment from a complete stranger? How good does that feel!!! Pretty good, huh? We have a job for all of you today. Compliment a complete and total stranger. It might not be easy, but we promise you that you will BOTH feel like a million bucks! Never underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, or an honest compliment. We ALL have the potential to turn a day….or even a life around!

Doug Westmoreland Co-Founder
LifeSecretsOnline.com

I’m an avid fun of Life Secrets.  Their daily inspiration keeps me on my toes and helps me live life to the fullest.  Posting it here to inspire you as well!

Side trip at Luneta Park

What made business trips equally enjoyable is when you get to see places you never thought you could see.  In spite of the very busy schedule for the 2-day trip in Manila, I run off to Luneta Park and enjoyed every moment with my company who was also having fun as I did.  He did all the picture-taking while with my heart’s delight I did all the poses I could.

Rizal Park or Luneta Park is the park located in the heart of the city of ManilaPhilippines.  It’s where you get to see Filipino families do the traditional picnics and bonding moments together with their children, and tourists enjoying its landscapes and well-documented history.   The park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.  Walking around the park reminded me of the wonderful history we have.  The park was officially named in honor of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal who was executed last December 30, 1896.

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