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Never Give Up !!!

Nothing is ever too hard to do,
If your faith is strong and your purpose is true ……
Never give up and never stop,
Just journey on the mountain top.

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Stay in the attitude of faith.

None of us can escape negativity.

I believe there are times when negative situations and words are not all that detrimental. The crux of the matter is how we deal with it that really matters. In moving forward, the key to achieving any of our dreams or goals, is to firstly convince ourselves that it is we who are going to make it happen.

Besides, a head full of negative thoughts will not help us tap into our God given potential in any way …… Stay Optimistic …… Never give up and “Never Give Up on God.”- Stay in the attitude of faith.

Blessings and have a happy weekend. !!!

Revisiting: My Take – Can Money Buy Love?

First and foremost, I believe there is no simple answer to this tricky question …… So as to which side is right, that depends on what kind of love one is looking for. Say if you are looking for love from a soul mate, then it is highly unlikely that it can be bought with money.

On the other hand, money does increase one’s chance of love. Money can help generate love. I mean generating the circumstances that are favorable for love as well as inducing the loving feeling in us. Money can improve our bargaining position and our attraction factor – the pull factor.

While love decreases the need for money is especially true when one is so deeply in love initially. At that moment, money can be of less significance. However, one will get to realize with the lack of money for his or her basic needs, their love could also be at risk. Thus, a lot more have to be addressed, put in place and properly synchronized before love can be considered as meaningful.

I believe money can lead us to love because love is something that is hardly disconnected from reality. In this day and age, money can help us find love. But, be mindful what we can expect and cannot expect from it. More money can probably lead to more stress and is less effective in bringing us the kind of love we want.

Love without money is difficult – I dread to think about it. It could be equally stressful as well. Consider the following frequently expressed statements; “Oh, it’s so difficult to love you when you’re earning so much less than me.” Or, “So much less than my good friend’s husband” and so forth.

As I conclude this posting, I wish to quote  “Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.” – Richard Friedman. Can money buy love? At least not the kind of love I cherish …… That kind of love is priceless. I believe we should give from our heart and not our pocket. We should give love to the people around us as it is in giving we receive. Yes even in this day and age, where we can mail order a wife or a husband, pick up our phone and rent-a-date …… and so the list of options goes.

Happy loving and happy living …… Have a fabulous weekend everyone !!!

Revisiting: Can Money Buy Love?

“Love without money is difficult” or “Money without love is useless?”

The past weekend was simply wonderful. Met up with some old friends at Starbucks and after a brief exchange of greetings, our get-together began to liven-up when Fred (who looked a little upset that afternoon) asked; “Hey, what do you fellows think, can money buy me love?”

You see, Fred is in his early 40s and is a civil engineer by training. Fred is a refined bachelor and have been going steady with a young lady for some time. However, in the recent months, we heard the fire of love in them has been less intense and cold. So when Fred raised that question, all of us were taken aback and dumbfounded.

Like me, all those present must have been thinking on their feet the same question. “How could I tactfully handle his question – without having to rub salt to his wound?” There was a long silence, then, Julie, a teacher, looked at us before turning towards Fred’s direction and confidently responded with a loud “Yes.”

She then paused before proceeding to say, “Money can buy love.” Now, all of us were stunned by her response. Our eyes were focused at her and our ears were waiting for more …… “Look, some businesses have proven that …… Their sales are always at the peak during Valentine’s Day” she continued.

“Oh …… what a brilliant and tactful answer to Fred’s tricky question,” I told myself. And from Fred’s body language, I  could read he was happy with what Julie had said and those words may have warmed his aching heart a little. Then, there was a grin of sadness from Fred’s macho-looking face. I sensed he could have some regret for not taken the initiative to rekindle his fire of love on Valentine’s Day.

By then, Nicholas, who have a chain of fine dining restaurants in town chipped in; “I agree. I agree with Julie. I had a big jump in reservations on Valentine’s Day.” Immediately his remark opened the floodgates. Mary smilingly told us her chocolates and gifts were completely sold-off on that afternoon. And Alan’s wife, Jessica, who owns a florist shop next door confirmed she too enjoyed brisk business on Valentine’s Day too.

Then, Frank threw in some jokes, got up and did his Beatles act; “I’ll buy you a diamond ring if it makes you feel alright. I’ll get you anything my friend it it makes you feels alright. Cause I don’t care to how much a money” and stopped right there. Fred and the rest of us were already smiling and having cheered-up our good friend, it was an opportune time for us to move into another topic.

Can money buy love?

That was the question I kept asking myself as I drove home after the get-together. 

Possible or simply not possible?

And is there any connection between money and love?

What is your take on this?

Warmest wishes and blessings to all of you.

Michael.

Are We Letting Go Of The Rope Too Soon?

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of taking rest before we get tired. ~ Jules Renard.

Have you ever wonder why some people seem to succeed in everything they try? They have successful careers. They have great friendships. Actively and meaningfully involved in community services and are in great shape all the time. Then, there are those who seem to falter at everything they do. Why is this?

In many cases, they start out strong on some path of endeavor. But, somewhere along the way they let things slide. Then, they quit. And they will justify with excuses like, “I just couldn’t follow through with my leads.” “I got disconnected.” “I intended to do well.” “I wanted to work out, but so many things popped on the days I plan to work on this.” Somewhere in the back of their minds, they believe that intending to do things is sort of like doing them. The bottom line: They let go of the rope.

Most probably we are in a culture that has come to expect things instantly. Say, we like overnight fame, rapid fitness, love at first sight, fast diets and a dash to success – that’s only about a 100 meters, don’t we? If we couldn’t enjoy the rewards instantly, we lose interest. I reckon many people believe success in life is the result of a sprint. That the start is what’s critical. So they tend to jump into believing and accepting that something is wrong if they do not experience what they want in a reasonable amount of time.

Life is not a sprint but a marathon. Sprints and marathons are two distinctly different races. In a sprint, one of the most critical elements is the start. If you falter at the start we don’t stand a chance to win the race. On the other hand, the starts of marathoners are not that important. More importantly, it’s about how we endure.

In life, everyone has a bad start now and then. But, that doesn’t mean the race is lost. What matters most is picking or getting up again. And keep ourselves in motion consistently to make up lost ground over time. Are you letting go of the rope too soon? Remember, you don’t do marathons quickly. You have to learn how to spread your energy output over time. It is how well you endure that empowers you over the long haul which make us press through what would otherwise be our quitting points …… Those who succeed in everything they try, understand more about persistence, commitment and courage and they hold on tight and refuse to quit.

Have another great week !!!

Find Another Way.

“Never let your head hang down.
Never give up and sit down and grieve.
Find another way.”
~ Satchel Paige

………………. “In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then ……………….. make up your mind completely and go after your goal all your might.” ~ Alfred A. Montapert.

Resilience.

The ability not to view our setbacks and failures as something to dwell on. But, as another opportunity for us to move forward and accepting that it’s a part of life.

Resilience can mean different things in different situations. Say, for someone diagnosed with a chronic illness, resilience will be about trying to get the very best out of the time they have left to them.

For someone living in a war-zone, often witnessing death and destruction and experiencing unimaginable emotional turmoil – staying resilient is about keeping themselves, their loved ones, families and those around them alive. Thus, building resilience is a tough process.

Some say; “Failure destroy some people. Others, rises up from the ashes, only to come back stronger” I agree. It’s true that some people are more resilient than others.

But, resilience is not a character trait. It can be learned. It is a process by which we learn to adapt to changes or crisis. Be mindful, we are all unique in how we respond to situations and events. Setbacks and failures will continue to impact us to learn, to take an acceptable risk and grow.

I believe you are more resilient than you think you are. Having said that, I am confident you have the ability to bounce back or even triumph in the face of adversity ………………. Always keep a positive view of yourself and your ability to solve problems. Remember, only you can determine what works for you. Let go the fear and do it. Bounce back as quickly as you can.

Take care and have another week.

Love ……… Peace …….. Understanding ……..

A Moment With Earl Nightingale.

“We can let our circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.”

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or goal,
the more assuredly the idea,
buried deep in our subconscious,
will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”

“The biggest mistake that you can make is
to believe you are working for somebody else.
Job security is gone. The driving force of a career
must come from the individual. Remember.
Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career.”

“A great attitude does much more
than turn on the lights in our worlds;
it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities
that were somehow absent before the change.”

“Courage changes things for the better. With courage, you can stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped.”

“Everything in the world we want to do or get done,
we must do with and through people.”

So What Do You Value?

Honesty, Openness and Trustworthiness are building blocks that opens up a world of opportunities for us to grow our lives ……….

Being honest is the ability to tell the truth day after day. Not just when it is easy. But, when it is difficult as well. Honesty is also closely associated with character and integrity. It could be complex though. Imagine, living an honest life is the prospect of facing the consequences of our actions.

Openness breaks down barriers and builds trust at the same time. Openness is our attitude or opinion, as in receptivity to ideas, behaviors, cultures, people, environment and so forth. Ii is linked with our degree of acceptance, broad-mindedness, impartiality, responsiveness, tolerance and understanding.

Trust is the feel that a person is reliable, will not fabricate lies, cheat or steal from us.  Someone we can count on to do something important, will not shirk from duties as he or she promised. Who takes a personal pride in whatever he or she does. In a nutshell, we are confident in our expectation that, the person will walk the talk and deliver what he or she has pledged to do. With the absence of trust present in all our daily engagement or business activities and so forth, consequently, this will lead us to live with doubt, suspicion and fear – the fear of something negative may happen. Don’t you think this is unhealthy living?

Being honest, open and having the ability to secure trust are important. Say, if we want to engage in a positive relationship – personal relationship or business dealing with others. Without these building blocks in place, relationships can tumble or become dysfunctional. Because these building blocks is the backbone of any effort we set out to do and achieve results.

I believe people will admire or appreciate and choose to associate with those who have qualities such as; Honesty, Openness and Trustworthiness. They earn a greater sense of respect from us. You see, you can change the image you have of yourself. If you quit making excuses. Put these building blocks in place and work on it ………. If you feel good, do more of it. Honesty, Openness and Trustworthiness transmits very strong positive vibrations that will strengthen or reinforced our connection with others. At the same time, empowering us being more ………

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