The Story of the Two Seeds

Two seeds lay side by side in the fertile spring soil.

The first said, “I want to grow! I want to send my roots deep into the soil beneath me, and thrust my sprouts through the earth’s crust above me... I want to unfurl my tender buds like banners to announce the arrival of spring... I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the bless of the morning dew on my petals!”

And she grew.

The second seed said, “I am afraid. If I send my roots into the ground below, I don’t know what I will encounter in the dark. If I push my way through the hard soil above me I may damage my delicate sprouts... what if I let my buds open and a snail tries to eat them? And if I were to open my blossoms, a small child may pull me from the ground. No, it is much better for me to wait until it is safe.”

And so she waited.

Suddenly a yard hen scratching around in the early spring ground for food found the waiting seed and promptly ate it.

Lesson: Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.

My Lessons Learned From The Croods Movie

Don't forget to say what's important. One of the things we usually forget to do is to say what's important. We often forget to say "I love you" or "Thank you" to the people who deserve it the most. We don't have to say these things everyday. But we have to try to say to them often enough so that they won't forget that they are important to us.

Be Open-Minded. Nothing good will ever take place if we only listen to our own opinions. In the movie, Grug only wanted everybody else to do the things he suggested. But at the end, he came to realize that he also need other people's opinions. Respect other people's voice even if they are not the same with our own. The world is a huge place and we will always meet people who think different thoughts from our own. But just because we think different thoughts doesn't mean that we shouldn't be friends.

Follow your dreams. Never ever let fear get in the way of our dreams. We all have things that scare us. Like in Grug's case, the fear of the unknown and the new sometimes scare us. But we have to believe that there is something greater than fear. We have to believe that our dreams weigh more than our fear. Follow your dreams. Don't spend your life living on what-ifs. Instead, go and do something about them. It doesn't have to be a grand beginning. What matters is that you started.

Don't take the risk, just take the chance.

Charles Koch says...

The role of business is to produce goods and services that make people's lives better.

If your only goal is to become rich, then you're going to have trouble meeting your goal. However, if your focus is on making people's lives better, then you'll find that success comes much more quickly.

Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist.

Oprah Winfrey says...

You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.

First and foremost, you have to believe that greatness is possible. Many of the world's billionaires have shifted the way our world works, because they believed that they were capable of doing something that was previously impossible.

Change is possible. Greatness is possible. But you can't do anything unless you first believe in yourself.

Love The Saint Within

One day, a teacher asked her students in class to write the names of their classmates on a piece of paper. "Leave space between each name,” she instructed.

When they finished, the teacher said, “Underneath each name, I want you to write the good things you see in that person.” Immediately, the kids busied themselves with the task and took the whole class to finish it.

The teacher took the papers home and collated the material. On one piece of paper per child, she wrote all the positive qualities written by their classmates. On the next class, she handed out the papers to the kids. They were very happy to read the letters. "Wow, am I really this person?” some of them gushed.

Many, many years later, the teacher received a phone call. One of her former students, who had become a soldier, was killed in battle. Would she want to attend the funeral? She went and saw many of her former students condoling with the bereaved family.

As she stood beside the coffin, looking at the lifeless body of a young man in uniform inside, a middle-aged woman approached her.  “Are you my son’s grade school teacher?”

“Yes,” she said, “you must be his mother. My deepest condolences.” “I’d like to show something to you,” the mother said. “My son had this inside his wallet when he died.” She pulled out a worn-out piece of paper. It was obvious that it had been folded and unfolded many times.

Even before it was opened, the teacher already knew what it was. It was the piece of paper that contained the list of positive qualities his classmates saw in him. Kept and read all through the years.

By that time, her other students had gathered around both of them. A young man beside the teacher said, “Uh, I carry mine too wherever I go.”

A woman from behind said, “I still keep mine.  It’s in my diary.” Another man said, “I display my list on my desk at home.” Another woman said, “It seems like all of us kept that paper all these years!”

The teacher was moved beyond words. Why would a simple piece of paper mean so much?

Because here’s the truth: Life can be rough. At various time, it can even be cruel. Every time we fail, every time we receive criticism, every time we get rejected, we doubt our worth. We doubt our goodness. We are very desperate for love.

We need to love the saint within us. Friend, love yourself. Each day, celebrate your positive qualities. Celebrate your goodness. Celebrate your beauty. And thank God for how wonderful He made you. -Unknown.

Prayer of Overseas Workers

Saint Michael, the Archangel I am about to leave my family and the physical and emotional distance affects me.

The physical distance means I will be living in a totally different culture where everything will be new. The emotional distance implies that no longer will I be able to embrace my loved ones when I want to.

You have done special mission for God and you did it confidently, trusting that everything will be alright because our Creator has everything in His hands.

Share with me the same faith. Make this travel a part of my mission here on earth. I have to leave for the good of my family and loved ones. I have to leave to do God's will.

While I am away from them, protect them from dangers. Let them feel my presence through my letters and calls. Make us a strong family even though we are far from one another.

Saint Michael through your intercession, may Jesus be the light of the family and Mary be our Mother too. Amen.

Vote Wisely!

It's time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates:

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 Martinis a day.
Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.
Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks beer occasionally and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?
DECIDE FIRST... no peeking! Now scroll down to compare your answers.

 Now, compare your answer ...
Pretty interesting, isn't it?  Makes a person think before judging someone. Who are we to judge anyway? Please share, thanks... c",)

The 21 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Money

Author: Brian Tracy
1. The Law of Cause and Effect: Everything happens for a reason; there is a cause for every effect.
2. The Law of Belief: Whatever you truly believe, with feeling, becomes your reality.
3. The Law of Expectations: Whatever you expect, with confidence, becomes your own self-fulfilling prophecy.
4. The Law of Attraction: You are a living magnet; you invariably attract into your life the people, situations and circumstances that are in harmony with your dominant thoughts.
5. The Law of Correspondence: Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world and corresponds with your dominant patterns of thinking.
6. The Law of Abundance: We live in an abundant universe in which there is sufficient money for all who really want it and are willing obey the laws governing its acquisition.
7. The Law of Exchange: Money is the medium through which people exchange their labor in the production of goods and services for the goods and services of others.
8. The Law of Capital: Your most valuable asset, in terms of cash flow, is your physical and mental capital, your earning ability.
9. The Law of Time Perspective: The most successful people in any society are those who take the longest time period into consideration when making their day-to-day decisions.
10. The Law of Saving: Financial freedom comes to the person who saves ten percent or more of his income throughout his lifetime.
11. The Law of Conservation: Its not how much you make, but how much you keep, that determines your financial future.
12. Parkinson’s Law: Expenses rise to meet income.
13. The Law of Three: There are three legs to the stool of financial freedom: savings, insurance and investment.
14. The Law of Investing: Investigate before you invest.
15. The Law of Compound Interest: Investing your money carefully and allowing it to grow at compound interest will eventually make you rich.
16. The Law of Accumulation: Every great financial achievement is an accumulation of hundreds of small efforts and sacrifices that no one ever sees or appreciates.
17. The Law of Magnetism: The more money you save and accumulate, the more money you attract into your life.
18. The Law of Accelerating Acceleration: The faster you move toward financial freedom, the faster it moves toward you.
19. The Law of the Stock Market: The value of a stock is the total anticipated cash flow from the stock discounted to the present day.
20. The Law of Real Estate: The value of a piece of Real Estate is the future earning power of that particular piece of property.
21. The Law of the Internet: The Internet is a tool for rapid communication of information of all kinds.

Naked Wife

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, “Who was that?”

“It was Bob the next door neighbor,” she replies. “Great!” the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”

Moral lesson: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure :)

Missed Opportunity

A priest offered a lift to a nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he secretly slid his hand up her leg. The nun said,”Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand. But changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, “Father, remember Psalm 129?” The priest apologized “Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.”

Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, “Go forth and seek, further up and you will find glory.”

Moral lesson: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Tolls For Free!

It was after my children's Christmas party when we decided to go to the province and spend the holidays with Lolo and Lola. On the road, we were singing and dancing... it was one of the most wonderful times in my life when I get to spend time with my kids. It was also when I suddenly remembered that I still have the P500 pocket money for our snacks and since we were full I decided to put it to use... when we reached the toll, I told the teller that I wanted to pay for the tolls for the people behind me and whatever is left, she can keep it to herself. She smiled and said thanks. I greeted Merry Christmas and drove off.

With that simple act of kindness many smiles were brought to other's faces as well as mine. One driver caught up with me and waved thank you, the other had full of kids and presents and the waves made my day... so random acts of kindness are wonderful and brought smiles to many people that day. The most fun was trying to get the toll taker to do it... she looked at me as if I had lost my mind when I said: I would like to pay the toll for the 3 people behind me... it is a special memory and one I hold in my heart every day...

Hey, please don't tell this to anyone, it's a secret... :)

Making Someones Day Easy

I was eating breakfast with my son in a neighboring town during my vacation and saw an elderly couple having lunch a few tables away. They looked so happy and it gave me hope about future relationships and I got this great idea to make a difference.

I asked the server what their bill was up to and since it was under P200, I went and paid for it. I did not want them and my son to know while we were there, so I did it soon before we left. I felt amazing all day long, just thinking about how that might have made them feel when the server told them that a complete strangers paid their bill.

I hope more people will do the same, it was worth every peso!

The Lego Story - My Lessons Learned

Sure you have heard about Lego. It's a worldwide popular brand of construction toys. When you see construction toys made of bricks, be sure that it’s Lego – or at least it’s inspired by Lego. It appeals both kids and me, and carving an idea where creative people young and old can enjoy the same kind of toys – this is really one of a kind.

There are plenty of lessons you can learn from the Lego history. You can just visit Lego Wikipedia page. But audio-visual would work best – so, I’d like to share a great video. The Lego Story – a nice short story about the early days of Lego up until today.

This short animation – created to celebrate Lego’s 80th anniversary – can tell you pretty much about the story behind LEGO – it’s a good one. So, just sit back and relax – it’s a 17 minutes video worth-watching:
Very inspiring! I barely knew about the story behind Lego – how it continues to innovate and set trends for decades. Now, my lessons learned from the Lego story...

1. Don’t procrastinate! Knowledge is only potential power unless you act on it.
2. Failures will bring you success – if you have the right attitude.
3. Finally, if God took something away from your grasp He's not punishing you. But simply emptying your hands for you to receive something better.

What about you, what have you learned from the Lego Story?

To Love and To Be Loved

Once upon a time...

A very poor man lived with his wife. One day, his wife, who had very long hair asked him to buy her a comb for her hair to grow well and to be well-groomed.

The man felt very sorry and said no. He explained that he did not even have enough money to fix the strap of his watch he had just broken. She did not insist on her request.

The man went to work and passed by a watch shop, sold his damaged watch at a low price and went to buy a comb for his wife.

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