Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Faith

One day I decided to quit... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality... I wanted to quit my life.I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me...
"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"
"Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo." He said.
"In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.” He said.
“In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit." He said.
"Then in year five a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant... But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle." He said to me.
"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?"
"I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you."
"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful."
"Your time will come", God said to me. "You will rise high"
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned
"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."
I left the forest and bring back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
He will never give up on you!
So… Have faith in God....
Let us journey together in
"Increasing the meaning of life with more awareness in strong belief and get Inspiration For Better Life"
to influences/lead our lives towards Wellness, Harmony and Balance.
Enjoy & Have Fun
Make the Most of Every Moment Count

Monday, September 05, 2005

NO OVERPOWERING

Many relationships fail because one party tries to overpower another,or demands too much. People in love tend to think that love will conquer all and their spouses will change the bad habits after marriage.

Actually, this is not the case. There is a saying which carries the meaning that "It is easier to reshape a mountain or a river than a person'scharacter." It is not easy to change. Thus, having high expectation on changing the spouse character will cause disappointment and unpleasantness. It would be less painful to change ourselves and lowerour expectations..

CREATING PERFECT RELATIONSHIPS?

A person visited the government matchmaker for marriage, SDU, and requested "I am looking for aspouse. Please help me to find a suitable one."
TheSDU officer said, "Your requirements, please."

"Oh,good looking, polite, humorous , sporty,knowledgeable, good in singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour, if I don't go out. Telling me interesting stories when I need companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest."

The officer listened carefully and replied, "I understand you need television."

There is a saying that a perfect match can only be found between a blind wife and a deaf husband ,because the blind wife cannot see the faults of the husbandand the deaf husband cannot hear the nagging of thewife. Many couples are blind and deaf at the courting stage and dream of perpetual perfect relationship.Unfortunately, when the excitement of love wears off,they wake up and discover that marriage is not a bedof roses. The nightmare begins.

NO POINTING FINGERS

A man asked his father-in-law, "Many people praisedyou for a successful marriage. Could you please sharewith me your secret?"

The father-in-law answered in a smile, "Nevercriticize your wife for her shortcomings or when shedoes something wrong. Always bear in mind that becauseof her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not finda better husband than you."

We all look forward to being loved and respected. Manypeople are afraid of losing face. Generally, when aperson makes a mistake, he would look around to find ascapegoat to point the finger at. This is the start ofa war. We should always remember that when we pointone finger at a person, the other four fingers arepointing at ourselves. If we forgive the others, others will ignore ourmistake too.

TRUST

TRUST is a very important factor for allrelationships. When trust is broken, it is the end ofthe relationship. Lack of trust leads to suspicion,suspicion generates anger, anger causes enmity andenmity may result in separation.

A telephone operator told me that one day she receiveda phone call. She answered, "Public UtilitiesBoard." There was silence. She repeated, "PUB."There was still no answer. When she was going to cutoff the line, she Heard a lady's voice, "Oh, so thisis PUB.Sorry, I got the number from my Husband'spocket but I do not know whose number it is." Without mutual trust, just imagine what will happen tothe couple if the telephone operator answered withjust "hello" instead of "PUB".