Flowers, now...

As I watch the TV about the Halloween celebration, I just wonder, when was the last time we gave flowers to a loved one?

Why is it that we usually wait for a person to die before we give flowers? Nice, but sayang! It's really a pity to see all those beautiful flowers just go to waste, when in fact they would have been so welcomed and so appreciated by the person when he/she was still alive.

Little things mean a lot. Love them now while they are still alive. Do not postpone your loving. Do not wait for the grave...

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Active and Passive

The difference between active income and passive income is somewhat like the difference between planting vegetables and planting fruit trees.

With vegetables, you get to prepare the land, sow, fertilize, water, harvest and sell them within weeks, but you have keep doing it or your income stops. That’s active income.

With fruit trees, you prepare the land, sow, fertilize, water, but you have to wait 3 years before it starts to bear fruit and you can harvest and sell it.

What’s the difference then?

Well, for me, the difference is you need only to do it right once! After the fruit trees bear fruit, you just have do a little maintenance (like watering and adding fertilizer) and you get all the fruits you want! This is passive income.

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One Step

Foolish people, like me, with all their other thoughts, have this one too: They are always getting ready to live, but never living.

My success will start when I begin to pursue it. To reach my goal or to attain success, I don’t need to know all of the answers in advance. I just need to have a clear idea of what my goal is.

Don’t procrastinate when faced with difficult problems. I'll break my problems into parts, and handle one part at a time.

Develop tendencies toward taking action. I can make something happen right now. I'll divide my big plan into small steps and take that first step right away.

Everyone who ever got where they are had to begin where they were. My big opportunity is where I am right now.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I'll take it.

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Chocolates More Than Girls

I was chatting with my third-grader son when he told me that he had a huge crush on a classmate. So for their Intramurals' opening day, he bought her a box of chocolates and took it into school. When we chat the next day, I found him on the couch eating the same box of chocos.

"What happened?" I asked.

"Well, I thought about it for a long time," he said between chews. "And I decided that, for now, I still like chocolates more than girls." Haha! This made me laugh...

Son, I want you to know that I love you so much more than anything and anyone else.

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Monkey Business

If you give banana to a monkey, I'm sure you know what he'll do. He'll grab the fruit, climb as fast as he can to get away from you, and from up there, he will sneer and jeer at you while he hurriedly and voraciously consume his banana.

Give him a banana the next day, and he'll do exactly the same thing. If you give him a banana again the day after that, he'll probably do the same thing. What an ungreatful creature...

After all, he is a monkey and will act like a monkey. But there are people who are selfish and ungreatful, like the monkey.

Be good. Be a blessing. Don't be a monkey.

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Selected Quotes About Love

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.” -David Wilkerson

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” -John Lennon

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” -St. Augustine

“Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one’s self.” -David Frost

“A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.” -Fr. Jerome Cummings

“All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough. ” -Pierre de Beaumarchais

“Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.” -Kahlil Gibran

“The first duty of love is to listen.” -Paul Tillich

“The love we give away is the only love we keep.” -Elbert Green Hubbard

“Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” -Thomas Fuller

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” -Franklin P. Jones

“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” -Helen Keller

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Nuggets of Wisdom

1. Be kind to yourself.
2. Looking good is feeling good inside.
3. You're not out to please everbody.
4. Expect little, but do your best and dream big.
5. Smiling is healthy.
6. Laugh your heart out.
7. Live light and keep it simple.
8. Failure is a good starting point.
9. You're blessed, so don't forget to say thanks.
10. GOD answers.

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Si Papa Bear

Walking through the forest, an atheist hears a rustling in the bushes. Turning, he sees a massive grizzly charging towards him! He runs as fast as he can but trips over a stump and falls. As the bear raises a huge paw to strike, the atheist screams: "God! Help me!"

Time freezes. The bear becomes immobile, the forest is silent, and the river stops running. Then the atheist hears a powerful voice: "You have denied my existence for years, taught others I don't exist and credited my creation to a cosmic accident. Why should I help you?"

"It would be hypocritical to ask you to show mercy on me," the atheist agrees. "But perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?"

At that, the noise of the forest resumes, the river runs, and the bear drops to its knees, brings its paws together, and says, "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."

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Being Significant

Are you a successful person? Congratulations! But are you a significant person?

A successful person is one who earns and accumulates wealth or honors for himself. On the other hand, a significant person is one who, with or without wealth or honors, affects positively the people around him/her.

Indeed, a person is worth not for what he/she has, not even for who he/she is, but, but for what others have become because of him/her.

Ten Lessons for Success

1. Expect to win. Know in your heart that you are a winner.

2. Let your expectations show. Express no doubts, let your competitors and your friends know  that you have none.

3. Work, practice, work, and practice some more. Remember that pracrice makes perfect.

4. Dress and act like a winner. This is a part of keeping yourself in a winning frame of mind.

5. Have a sense of drama - don't create it but know it when you see it. You don't have to seek out publicity, but know how to accept  and use it when it comes to you.

6. Know that there is always room to grow. Being the best does not mean you can't be even better.

7. Hang with the winners. They understand the pressures and situations in which you will  find yourself.

8. Put yourself in situations where you are not known as a success. May be difficult, but this helps you to stay real.

9. Value and protect your free time and do what you enjoy. The discipline of being a winner needs a safety valve from time to time.

10. Remember those who need help. Somewhere, someone helped you - be willing to give back.

Held By Jesus

The story is told about an atheist couple who had a son. Both parents never told their child about God or about Jesus. One night, the couple had a fight where the father shot the mother and then shot himself. It all happened in front of the child.

The child was sent to a foster home.

One day, in Sunday school, the teacher held up a picture of Jesus and asked if anyone knew who it was. The child in the story raised his hands and said: "That's the man who was holding me the night my parents died."

"Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for You are with me." Psalm 23:4

The Matchbox Story

The story is told that there was once a family of matchsticks that lived miserably inside the dark matchbox.

One day, one of the matchsticks fell down when the matchbox was opened. He saw what the other members of his family were longing for - bright light. He also saw a man take out two matchsticks from the box. The first one was used by the man as a toothpick, the other for cleaning the ears! But his greatest joy was when he saw the man get another matchstick, strike it, and behold came forth the light! "My gosh," he said. "The light we have been looking for and longing for, is within us! I must go back to my family and tell them the good news."

According to the story, the man saw the matchstick, picked it up from the floor and returned it to the matchbox.  His message was: "The light is within us!" Some believed him, some did not.

"You are the light of the world... your light must shine before man so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your Heavenly Father." -Mathew 5:14-16

No Worries!

Another powerful video that shows a beautiful story about such a wonderful person. And this is dedicated to all the people who complains a lot.

Jesus saves and comforts those that love Him!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100)

'It's None of My Business'

One day, a mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. He was devastated to discover that it was a mousetrap. The mouse told all his animal friends: “There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken said, “Mr. Mouse, I’m so sorry to hear that, but that’s not my problem.” Being charismatic, the chicken said, “I’ll pray for you…”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig said, “I’m so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s not my problem.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, dejected.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife went out. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a poisonous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. And the snake bit the farmer’s wife.

She developed a fever. The doctor said “She needs chicken soup.” So the farmer took his knife for the soup’s main ingredient: Chicken!

But his wife’s sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to visit. To feed them, the farmer thought of serving them pork adobo. So the pig had to go.

But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well… She died. Many people came for her funeral. And the farmer had to slaughter the cow to feed all of them…

The lesson? Don’t ever say, “It’s none of my business.” We are indelibly, intricately connected with each other. When our brother is in pain, we should be in pain too.

It’s easy to do something good for someone who can pay you back. But when you do something good for someone who can’t pay you back, the Lord will pay you back.

The Bible says, Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. (Proverbs 19:17)

The Power of Words

A powerful video on how the words we use make all the difference in the way others see and perceive us in life.

Change your words.
Change your world.

Asking God, 'Why Me?'

Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player, was dying of AIDS. He contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he had received during a heart surgery in 1983.

From all over the world, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease?”

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

“The world over, 50 million children start playing tennis, 5 million learn to play tennis, 500,000 learn professional tennis, 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam, 50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, and 2 make it to the finals.

When I was holding a cup, I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’ And today, in pain, I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’”

Stunning Diamond Ring

An older, white haired man walked into a jewelry store one Friday evening with a beautiful young gal at his side.

He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring and showed it to him.

The old man said, "I don't think you understand, I want something very special." At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. "Here's a stunning ring at only $40,000," the jeweler said.

The young lady's eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, "We'll take it." The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the old man stated by check.

"I know you need to make sure the check is good, so I'll write it now and you can call the bank on Monday to verify the funds and I'll pick the ring up Monday afternoon," he said.

Monday morning, a very teed-off jeweler phoned the old man. "There's no money in that account." "I know", said the old man, "but can you imagine the weekend I had?"

Cat's Home

A man absolutely hated his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of him one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park.

As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway.

The next day he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the beast out and headed home.

Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat!

He kept taking the cat further and further and the cat would always beat him home. At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right
again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there.

Hours later the man calls home to his wife: “Jen, is the cat there?”

“Yes”, the wife answers, “why do you ask?”

Frustrated, the man answered, “Put that cat on the phone, I’m lost and need directions!”

Driving Slow

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 25 KPH. He thinks to himself, “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!” So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies — two in the front seat and three in the back – eyes wide and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “You weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

“Slower than the speed limit?” she asked. No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly… Twenty-Five kilometers an hour!” the old woman says a bit proudly. The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that “25″ was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car ok? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time.” the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off Route 299.”

A Good and Honorable Reason

One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?"

The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water, and he needed the axe to make his living. The Lord went down in the water and reappeared with a golden axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. The woodcutter replied, "No." The Lord again went down and came up with a silver axe. "Is this your axe?" the Lord asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, "No."

The Lord went down again and came up with an iron axe. "Is this your axe?"the Lord asked. "Yes", he replied.

The Lord was pleased with the man's honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happy.

Some time later the woodcutter was walking with his wife along the riverbank, and his wife fell into the river. When he cried out, the Lord again appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?"

"Oh Lord, my wife has fallen into the water!" The Lord went down into the water and came up with Angelina Jolie. "Is this your wife?" the Lord asked.

"Yes," cried the woodcutter. The Lord was furious. "You lied! That is an untruth!" The woodcutter fell to his knees and cried, "Oh, forgive me, Lord.

It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I had said 'no' to Angelina Jolie, You would have come up with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Then if I also said 'no' to her, you would have come up with my wife. Had I then said 'yes,' you would have given me all three. Lord, I am a poor man, and am not able to take care of all three wives, and I love my wife such that I don't want her to share me with anyone, so THAT'S why I said yes to Angelina Jolie."

The moral of this story is: Whenever a man lies, it is for a good and honorable reason, and for the benefit of others MOSTLY his wife!

Top Management

This is how you should recruit people into a business - the easy way.

Just put about 100 bricks, in no particular order, in a closed room with an open window. Then send two or three candidates in the room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after six hours and then analyze the situation.

If they are counting the bricks, put them in the accounts department.

If they are recounting them, put them in auditing.

If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in engineering.

If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in planning.

If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in operations.

If they are sleeping, put them in security.

If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

If they are sitting idle, put them in human resources.

If they say they have tried different combinations, yet no brick has been moved, put them in sales.

If they have already left for the day, put them in marketing.

If they are staring out of the window, put them on strategic planning.

And then last but not least, if they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in top management.

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