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Quote of the Day: Plato

3 Mar

Be kind

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A family friend passed away recently.  

It was suicide.

I wish I can say something to comfort those left behind but the truth is, I don’t even know how to put my feelings about this into words.  

I can’t wrap my head around how anyone can feel so desperate that they believe death is their only escape.  It just… I don’t know… 

People don’t understand how powerful words can be.  

Sometimes people say things flippantly, as a joke, without realizing that the person who the joke is made at the expense of, doesn’t find the joke funny at all.  

By the time it’s realized, it may be too late — the price for this lesson may be more than anyone can pay.  

Sometimes, you can’t take back what was said.

It just breaks my heart.


I sincerely hope no one reading this would ever feel this way.  Ever.  

There is so much beauty in this world.  

I wish people can see that.

The Jar of Life

4 Dec

A meteorology professor stood before his Meteorology 101 class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large, empty, glass 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 jar of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open spaces between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar and of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with an unanimous yes.

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and then proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the grains of 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 partner, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions — things that 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, 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 your 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. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Play another 18.”

“There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party 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 beer represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”

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Words to live by

31 Mar

About Love…

1 Oct

Love does not make the world go round.  Love is What makes the ride worthwhile.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with everything they have.

Happiness 101

10 Feb

Seriously, why complicate things for yourself?  Sometimes if you find yourself unhappy, just take a step back and look at the big picture to see what the source of the problem is.  Attack the issue head-on and voilà, problem solved.  Save yourself a lot of heartache and headache, not to mention it’ll save you and all those around you a lot of grief.

I would know… had to learn that the hard way in the last few weeks.  Granted, sometimes these things are easier said than done.  In some instances, you’d find yourself wondering where to the line between being hard-headed/stubborness and being just plain selfish/self-centered, especially when the issue concerns your future and your family.  More often than not though, your family holds your best interest at heart but don’t know how to effectively communicate that and wind up giving the wrong message.  Sometimes, listening — and I mean really listening, with no prior preconception or judgement of the issue at hand — is a lot harder than you can imagine; this is especially the case when you love someone so much that you want to shield them from all the bad things in the world.  It’s so easy to forget that this fear of failure, of things that may or may not potentially go wrong, can only hinder the path the success and happiness.

Sometimes, it’s okay it fall and get hurt — this does not mean that you’ve failed in life or as a person.  You only truly fail once you give up on yourself.  You shouldn’t be ashamed of the scars, cuts and bruises you get along the way because these are your battlescars.  Wear them proud for without them, your success wouldn’t mean as much. =)

The Gift of Giving

22 Nov

It is so incredibly painful to have to wake up at 7am on a Sunday; even more so when you know you can’t just slam your alarm off and just drift off to sleep, pretending that it never rang in the first place because you’ve made a commitment that you can’t back out of without feeling/confirming like you’re a horrible person that will one day rot in hell for being so selfish. Haha, okay… a little over-dramatic there… but really… I was so tempted to tell my teacher that i can’t volunteer this week when we had class on Thursday, but he ended spending the first 5 to 10 minutes trying to convince more people to sign up because he may have to cancel it all together if he can’t get enough of us to help. He’s been raising money to help out unfortunate families for many years now; last year, he managed to raise enough money to provide Christmas for 40 families so we’re aiming for 41 this year in addition to 110 kids. Those families have been identified by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which I believe has something to do with churches…? Yah… needless to say, backing out wasn’t really an option.

Well anyways, woke up this morning feeling like I got trampled over by a herd of elephants, and wondering “Why the hell was I thinking when I signed up for a Sunday morning slot?”  Anyways long story short: bumped into Sabi at the metro, ended up missing out stop and had to ride back, arrived at Zellers  but didn’t see anyone from my class, found out from a staff there that they’ve moved our schedule down to begin at 11am instead of 10am because they didn’t have enough cashiers that early in the morning, started on writing the script with S, chit-chatted with teacher when he arrived, and thus my volunteering as a bag girl started, lol.

Surprisingly, it turns out I’m a lot better at this than I thought… so many people gave me $5 bills!!  I was so surprised at how generous some of the people are.  I only had one person ask me how can she verify that we’re raising money for  a legitimate cause, but she ended up throwing some change in my bucket anyways.  I even had someone dump all their coins in!   My teacher came by a few times to collect bills/refill our free candy supply.  I don’t really know how many $5 bills I had but it was definitely over $80 worth!!

Spoke to a few classmates afterwards and it turns out I collected a lot compared to everyone else.  Most of them only got like one or 2 $5 bills, many didn’t even get one… No wonder why my teacher kept asking me whether or not I put them in myself =P.  Sabi’s boyfriend was soOooOo jealose, haha!!  He was helping out with the bagging at the cash register in front of mine but his customers were stingy…  Actually, it might have been because of his technique, since he gave his customers candy and chocolate first and then asked for a donation; they probably felt like they’ve been cornered so yah… not the best way to go about this… lol.

All in all, it was fun!!  Granted, some of the customers are complete a-holes and refused to donate anything unless I spoke to them in French… stupid politics… There were quite a few people who I thought wouldn’t donate, but I proven wrong on several occasions, which is pretty cool.  Some of the children are soOoooOoo cute… I gave a candy cane to this one kid, and he kept waving half of it at me while he was eating the other half, and looked so disappointed when I told him to save it for himself =).  Anyways, I’m really really impressed by the turn-out… if it wasn’t for projects, presentations, and exams, I would’ve signed up for next week as well…

Life quote of the day: “The most precious thing you can give someone is your time.”

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