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jasmine



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 4:02 pm    Post subject: Teachable Moments Reply with quote

Teachable Moments

Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it's his fault;
if he betrays you twice, it's your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird it's food,
but He does not throw it into it's nest.

He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing,
But so few people can hold it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 3:15 am    Post subject: You learn Reply with quote

Here is another one on the same basis...

After awhile you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn't mean possession
and company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises and you begin to accept
your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today
because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
burns if you get too much so you plant your
own garden and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn...
Veronica A. Shoffstall
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: You learn Reply with quote

"My God! What kind of fountain is the fountain of Love - of which
I tasted but one drop and wept a river."


- Sufi Poet.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: You learn Reply with quote

I've learned.... that the best classroom in the world is at the feet
of an elderly person.
I've learned.... that when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned....that just one person saying to me, "You've made my
day!" makes my day.
I've learned.... that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one
of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned.... that being kind is more important than being
right.
I've learned....that you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned.... that I can always pray for someone when I don't
have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned...that no matter how serious your life requires you to
be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned.... that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold
and a heart to understand.
I've learned... that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The
closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned.... that we should be glad God doesn't give us
everything we ask for.
I've learned.... that money doesn't buy class.
I've learned.... that it's those small daily happenings that make
life so spectacular.
I've learned....that under everyone's hard shell is someone who
wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned....that the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What
makes me think I can?
I've learned.... that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned....that when you plan to get even with someone, you are
only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned.... that love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned.... that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is
to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned.... that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with
a smile.
I've learned.... that no one is perfect until you fall.
I've learned.... that life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned.... that opportunities are never lost that someone will
take the ones you miss.
I've learned.... that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will
dock elsewhere.
I've learned.... that one should keep his words both soft and
tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned.... that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your
looks.
I've learned.... that I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose
what I do about it.
I've learned.... that everyone wants to live on top of the
mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I have also learned.... that I have a wealth of good friends...and
my life would be a terrible place to live without them....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 5:02 am    Post subject: Re: You learn Reply with quote

Easy and Difficult


Easy is to get a place is someone's address book.
Difficult is to get a place in someone's heart.

Easy is to judge the mistakes of others
Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes

Easy is to talk without thinking
Difficult is to refrain the tongue

Easy is to hurt someone who loves us.
Difficult is to heal the wound...

Easy is to forgive others
Difficult is to ask for forgiveness

Easy is to set rules.
Difficult is to follow them...

Easy is to dream every night.
Difficult is to fight for a dream...

Easy is to show victory.
Difficult is to assume defeat with dignity...

Easy is to admire a full moon.
Difficult to see the other side...

Easy is to stumble with a stone.
Difficult is to get up...

Easy is to enjoy life every day.
Difficult to give its real value...

Easy is to promise something to someone.
Difficult is to fulfill that promise...

Easy is to say we love.
Difficult is to show it every day...

Easy is to criticize others.
Difficult is to improve oneself...

Easy is to make mistakes.
Difficult is to learn from them...

Easy is to weep for a lost love.
Difficult is to take care of it so not to lose it.

Easy is to think about improving.
Difficult is to stop thinking it and put it into action...

Easy is to think bad of others
Difficult is to give them the benefit of the doubt...

Easy is to receive
Difficult is to give

Easy to read this
Difficult to follow

Easy is keep the friendship with words
Difficult is to keep it with meanings.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: You learn Reply with quote

The Tongue
===========

It is a helpful tool
That is used as a dangerous weapon

It is so light
Yet we fail to hold it

Instead of using it as a magic wand
To tap a bit of encouragement upon one's heart
Or a smile upon one's face
We use it as a sword to cut people down
Leaving their hearts broken
And their self-esteem low

Instead of using it
To turn ourselves into little angels
Placing blessings upon one's life
We use it to turn ourselves
Into fire-breathing dragons
Who insists on one's life being taken

We use it to curse others
Not realizing we are really cursing ourselves
We must learn to hold this dangerous weapon
Before we kill others as well as ourselves

We must learn to watch the words
That we allow to roll off of it

We must allow it to be known
As a piece of gold from heaven
Instead of the flames from hell
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Teachable Moments Reply with quote

20 things to remember!!!

ONE.
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO.
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE.
Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR.
When you say, "I love you", mean it.

FIVE.
When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.

SIX.
Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN.
Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT.
Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE
Love deeply and passionately............ You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

TEN.
In disagreements, fight fairly. Please No name calling.

ELEVEN.
Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE.
Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN.
When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

FOURTEEN.
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk........................................

FIFTEEN.
Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN.
When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN.
Remember the three R's:
Respect for self;
Respect for others;
Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY.
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Your character is what you really are. Your reputation is only what others think you are."
- John Wooden

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."
- Thomas B. Macaula

"If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself."
- Dwight L. Moody
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today

Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hold on tightly to what is truly important in life.

Hold on to faith;
it is the source of believing that all things are possible.
It is fiber and strength of a confident soul.

Hold on to hope;
it banishes doubt and enables attitudes
to be positive and cheerful.

Hold on to trust;
it is at the core of fruitful relationships
that are secure and content.

Hold on to love;
it is life's greatest gift of all,
for it shares, cares, and gives meaning to life.

Hold on to family and friends;
they are the most important people in your life,
and they make the world a better place.
They are your roots
and the beginnings that you grew from;
they are the vine that has grown through time
to nourish you, help you on your way,
and always remain close by.

Hold on to all that you are
and all that you have learned,
for these things are what make you unique.

Don't ignore what you feel
and what you believe is right and important;
your heart has a way of speaking
louder than your mind.

Hold on to your dreams;
achieve them diligently and honestly.
Never take the easy way or surrender to deceit.
Remember others on your way
and take time to care for their needs.

Enjoy the beauty around you.
Have the courage to see things differently and clearly.
Make the world a better place one day at a time,
and don't let go of the important things
that give meaning to your life.

~by Kelly D. Caron~
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ALWAYS LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST


Don't let go of Hope.
Hope gives you the strength to keep going
when you feel like giving up.

Don't ever quit believing in Yourself.
As long as you believe you Can,
You will have reason for Trying.

Don't let anyone hold your Happiness in their Hands;
Hold it in yours, so it will always be
within your Reach.

Don't measure success or failure by material wealth,
But by how you Feel;
Our feelings determine the richness of our Lives.

Don't let bad moments overcome You;
Be patient,
and they will pass.

Don't hesitate to reach out for Help;
We all need it
from time to time.

Don't run away from love but towards Love.
Because it is
your deepest Joy.

Don't wait for what you want to come to You.
Go after it with all that You Are,
Knowing that Life will meet you Halfway.

Don't feel like you've lost
When plans and dreams fall short of your hopes.
Anytime you learn something new
About Yourself or about Life,
You have progressed.

Don't do anything that takes away
From your Self-Respect.
Feeling good about Yourself
Is essential to feeling good about Life.

Don't ever forget how to Laugh
Or be too proud to Cry.
Or too stubborn to Smile

Don't ever forget a friend who truly loves You
As it could be that friend who is true to your Needs
Don't ever forget who helped you Grow as your need
for more seeds may often re-appear

With all the above live life to its Fullest
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EAGLES IN A STORM


Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.

The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm.

Moral of the Story:

When the storms of life come upon us -
and all of us will experience them -
we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God.

The storms do not have to overcome us.
We can allow God's power to lift us above them.

God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure and disappointment in our lives.

We can soar above the storm.

Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some years ago on a hot summer day in
Floridaa little boy decided
to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind
his house.
>
In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out
the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks,and shirt as he went.
>
He flew into the water, not realizing that as he
swam toward the middle
of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the
shore.
>
His father working in the yard saw the two as
they got closer and
closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the
water, yelling to his
son as loudly as he could.
>
>
Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed
and made a U-turn to
swim to his father. It was too late. Just as
he reached his
father, the alligator reached him. From the dock,
the father grabbed his
little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched
his legs. That
began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The
alligator was much
stronger than the father, but the father was much too
passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard his
screams,
raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.
>
>
Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital,
the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the
vicious attack of the animal.
>
And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his
father's fingernails
dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the
son he loved.
>
>
The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy
after the trauma, asked
if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his
pant legs.
>
And then, with obvious pride, he said to the
reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I
have them
because my Dad wouldn't let go."
>
You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No,
not
from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those
scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But, some wounds,
my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst
of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you.
>
>
God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to
protect you and
provide for you in every way. But sometimes we
foolishly wade into
dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead.
The swimming hole of
life is filled with peril - and we forget that the
enemy is waiting to
attack. That's when the tug-of-war begins -and if
you have the scars of
His love on your arms be very, very grateful. He did
not and will not ever
let you go.
>
>
Please pass this on to those you love. God has
blessed you, so that you
can be a blessing to others. You just never know
where a person is in
his/her life and what they are going through.
>
>
Never judge another persons scars, because you
don't know how they got them. Also, it is soooo important that we
are not selfish to receive the
blessings of these messages without forwarding them to someone else.
>
Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them,
and you love them too ~~~~~ enough to not let them go.
>
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles." Anne Frank (1929-1945)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today
Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:27 am    Post subject: Life Reply with quote

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life, fight for it!"

Mother Teresa
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Important Words


The six most important words
"I admit that I was wrong!"

The five most important words
"You did a great job."

The four most important words
"What do you think?"

The three most important words
"May I help?"

The two most important words
"Thank You!"
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyday is a challenge. It's not about how much money we can make, how popular we can be, how to achieve perfection and be the greatest but how to be genuine, be a true friend, how to be humble, how to be strong, how to share ourselves based on what we have and make a difference. It's difficult but with faith and wisdom challenge yourself.


It's hard knowing that the test we face each day has something to do with ourselves.


Think positive!! If your mind is full of good things you will attract good things!! Don't be afraid!

There are experiences in life that can be hard but if you just turn bad things into a positive things everything can be possible.



There is hope behind the storm. But if you cannot get behind the storm, then just get through the storm. The storm is only for a season so keep moving, you will eventually move through the storm.


Life is full of people and situations that make you feel so hurt and offended, by what they say or do. But you should always remember everyone cries and everyone lies, but no one deserves to feel that they're alone. So no matter what you're going through, there is always someone who will take the time to listen to you. They'll tell you to just be true to yourself and remember after the rain soon comes the sun to brighten up your day in each and every way! So don't ever lose hope.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BAVAN BODH


Pir Sadardeen



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1. The advice of Sat Gur is true.

2. Listen to it, O devotees! and enjoy it in your minds.

3. When the sun rises, go about your worldly affairs, acting honestly.

4. When the sun sets, devote yourselves to the worship of God.

5. Abstain from speaking ill of anyone.

6. Say: 'He Zinda' (O, ever-living!) when stepping into Jamat Khana.

7. Keep your minds shining as the moon to receive the precepts of Sat Gur.

8. This is the 'sandhya' (evening prayer) of devotees.

9. O devotees, keep your minds concentrated on prayer.

10. Meeting at the Ghat, assembly, do your best to go through religious ceremonies with care.

11. As soon as you acquire control over your mind, selfishness disappears.

12. Never fall asleep in the prayer hall.

13. Never criticize anyone while in the prayer hall.

14. Never overeat, overfilling your stomachs.

15. If your stomachs are too full, you will become lazy.

16. You may therefore become sleepy, and for this you will have to repent.

17. Through abstinence and moderation you will become active.

18. If you pray God with your minds awake, you will see that Sat Gur is near you.

19. Be humble and modest both with those who are elder and younger than yourselves.

20. Be tolerant towards the shortcomings you notice in those who are older than yourselves.

21. Treat everyone who is even one day older than yourselves as if he were a year older.

22. Address everyone with sincere respect.

23\24. Even those who are younger than yourself should be treated with respect as if they were your elder brothers.

25\26. Brother, one who speaks politely is like one whose mouth is filled with glittering diamonds.

27\28. The mystery of coming into communion with Sat Gur is that the devotees never become disheartened in anything.

29. Never be lazy, permitting yourself to be somnolent.

30. Avoid telling lies, according to the commandment of the Veds.

31\32. One who hears good and speaks evil will surely get into trouble.

33. Brother, keep yourself away from laziness and anger.

34. Have signs of light on thy face by sipping the abe safa everyday.

35. Come from your homes to the praying hall.

36. You will have goodness reflected in your faces for this.

37. Make offerings according to your means.

38. Never argue with the Mukhi i.e. the head of the Jamat.

39. Only those who are absorbed in worldly affairs argue with the Mukhi.

40. For this they will become miserable and lose the religious reward.

41. One who misbehaves himself is a sinner.

42. He talks of things about which he knows nothing.

43\44. One who remains in the state of Sutak (ceremonial uncleanliness, without purifying himself) will harm himself and will end miserably.

45. A religious man never quarells with anyone.

46. Only those who are not strong in religion feel dissatisfied.

47. Concentrate your minds, and keep the Rosary

(i.e. So-Kiriya) in your hands.

48. Pray to God secretly and silently, with all your soul.

49. Meditate over the commandments of religious scriptures concentrating your minds on these.

50. And ascertain who is your worst enemy.

51\52. The believer who takes a sip of abe safa (Amiras) will always have good signs reflected on his face, and will be relieved of misfortunes by Sat Gur.

53. Those who are (sincerely) devout are in possession of such virtues.

54. O devotee, now listen to the Hundred Commandments!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.


I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.

I've learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.

I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

I've learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves, get farther in life.

I've learned that many things can be powered by the mind, the trick is self-control.

I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar, you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.

I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.

I've learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.

I've learned that although the word "love" can have many different meaning, it loses value when overly used.

I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ETHICS FROM THE QURANIC PERSPECTIVE

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion,
colour, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job
and so on [17/70]

2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception
[33/70]

3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way
[17/53, 2/83]

4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [31/19]

5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and
ostentatious [22/30]

6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [2/42]

7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [3/167]

8. Speak in a civilised manner in a language that is recognised by the
society and is commonly used [4/5]

9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a
relative [6/152]

10. Do not be a bragging boaster [31/18]

11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55]

12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play,
then pass by with dignity [25/72]

13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious
or overt [6/151].

14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct
yourself expeditiously [3/134].

15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [31/18]

16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [17/37, 31/18]

17. Be moderate in thy pace [31/19]

18. Walk with humility and sedateness [25/63]

19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and
salacious stares [24/30-31, 40/19].

20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep
your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without
full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave
consequences [24/15-16]

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favourable
view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter.
Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and
truthful evidence [24/12-13]

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in
ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct
knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you
must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be
held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning
[17/36].

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and
nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, "O My sustainer! Advance
me in knowledge." [20:114]

25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of
one family, brothers and sisters unto one another [49/10].

26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others [49/11]

27. Do not defame others [49/11]

28. Do not insult others by nicknames [49/11]

29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might
deplete your communal energy [49/12]

30. Spy not upon one another [49/12]

31. Do not backbite one another [49/12]

32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for
safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and
also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a
greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy [4/86]

33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else,
compliment the inmates [24/61]

34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought
permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of
blessing, purity and pleasure [24/27]

35. Treat kindly Your parents, Relatives, The orphans
" And those who have been left alone in the society [4/36]

36. Take care of the needy, the disabled, those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs, And those whose businesses have stalled, And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36]

37. Treat kindly Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours, Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36]

38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street,
and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition [4/36]

39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36]

40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them
with reminders of your generosity [2/262].

41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks
[76/9]

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with
others in evil and bad matters [5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues
[53/32]

44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways
first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good
deeds yourself, then preach [2/44]

45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct
others] [66/6]

46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out
of ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134]

47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions
to creative energy, and become a source of tranquillity and comfort to
people [3/134]

48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful
exhortation. Reason with them most decently [16/125]

49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the
Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and
amusement [6/70]

50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless
they engage in some other conversation [4/140]

51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54]

52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [58/11]

53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too
early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to
engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the
host [33/53]

54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [7/31].

55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [17/26]

56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [17/34]

57. Keep yourself clean, pure [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].

58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite
character from inside out [7/26]

59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour [29/17, 2/188]

60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor
bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their
possessions [2/188]
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2005 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To those of you who have pushed me - thank you,
Without you I wouldn't have fallen.

To those of you who laughed at me - thank you.
Without you I wouldn't have cried.

To those of you who just couldn't love me - thank you.
Without you I wouldn't have known real love.

To those of you who hurt my feelings - thank you.
Without you I wouldn't have felt them.

To those of you who left me lonely - thank you.
Without you I wouldn't have discover myself.

But it is to those of you who thought I couldn't do it
It is you I thanked the most
Because without you I wouldn't have tried!
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Posts: 75

PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At Days End


Is anybody happier
because you passed his way?

Does anyone remember
that you spoke to him today?

When the day is almost over
and its toiling time is through,

is there someone now to utter
a kindly word of you?

Can you say tonight in parting
with the day that's slipping fast,

that you helped a single person
of the many that you passed?

Is a single heart rejoicing
over what you did or said.

Does the man whose hopes were fading
now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day or loose it?

Was it well or sorely spent?

Did you leave a trail of kindness
or a scar of discontent?

As you close your eyes in slumber
do you think that you should say,

you have earned one more tomorrow
by the work you did today?

~ Author Unknown ~
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Posts: 36

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

** You Are... **

** You are strong... when you take your grief and teach
it to smile.

** You are brave... when you overcome your fear and help
others to do the same.

** You are happy... when you see a flower and are thankful
for the blessing.

** You are loving... when your own pain does not blind you
to the pain of others.

** You are wise... when you know the limits of your wisdom.

** You are true... when you admit there are times you fool
yourself.

** You are alive... when tomorrow's hope means more to
you than yesterday's mistake.

** You are growing... when you know what you are but not
what you will become.

** You are free... when you are in control of yourself and do
not wish to control others.

** You are honorable... when you find your honor is to honor
others.

** You are generous... when you can take as sweetly as you
can give.

** You are humble... when you do not know how humble you
are.

** You are thoughtful... when you see me just as I am and
treat me just as you are.

** You are merciful... when you forgive in others the faults
you condemn in yourself.

** You are beautiful... when you don't need a mirror to tell you.

** You are rich... when you never need more than what you have.

** You are you... when you are at peace with who you are not.


--Author Unknown--
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Himalayan Saint

Love and serve all mankind, Assist everyone

Be cheerful, be courteous
Be a dynamo of irrepressible happiness
See God and good in every face
There is no saint without a past
There is no sinner without a future
Praise every soul
If you cannot praise someone, let them pass out of your life

Be original, be inventive
Dare, dare, and then dare more
Do not imitate. Stand on your own ground
Do not lean on the borrowed staff of others
Think your own thoughts. Be yourself
All perfection and all virtues of God are hidden inside you, reveal them
God is already within you reveal Him

Let God emancipate you. Let your life be that of a rose
Through silence it speaks in the language of fragrance
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Posts: 231

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Laws Of Life

Whatever you give away today
or think, or say, or do
Will multiply about tenfold, and
then return to you

It may not come immediately
nor from the obvious source
But the LAW applies unfailingly
through some invisible force

Whatever you feel about another
be it love,or hate, or passion
Will surely bounce right back to you
in some clear or secret fashion

If you speak about some person
a word of praise or two
Soon tons of other people
will speak kind words to you

Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul
not secrets of the brain
Kind ones bring us happiness
petty ones, untold pain

Giving works as surely
as reflections in the mirror
If hate you send, hate you'll get back
but loving brings loving nearer

Remember as you start this day
and duty crowds your mind
That kindness comes so quickly back
to those who first are kind

Let that thought and this one
direct you through each day
Never forget that the only things we ever keep
are the things we give away

~ Author Unknown ~
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

Richard Feynman
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Next Time Someone Is Rude to You...

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


From "Celebrating Silence" by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

What do you do when someone behaves rudely to you?

Get upset.
Respond rudely.
Become frustrated.
Run away from the person or avoid the situation in the future.
Blame the person.
Preach to the person.

None of these will in any way strengthen you. What are the options? See someone's rude behavior in this light:

Rudeness indicates the intensity of their commitment.
It indicates their level of stress and insensitivity.
It attests to the upbringing of the person.
It indicates a persistent behavioral pattern.
It shows a lack of knowledge.
It shows a lack of insight into their own mind and its sensations.
It shows you behavior to avoid.
It is an opportunity for you to welcome and absorb the rudeness.
It strengthens your mind.
It renders unconditional the love that you are.

The next time someone is rude to you, make sure you do not get upset. Just return a broad smile. If you can digest rudeness, nothing whatsoever can shake you.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rediscover the Art of Civility

The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
-W. Beran Wolfe


From "Choosing Civility" by P. M. Forni:

Angrily contested parking spaces, cellular telephones ringing everywhere, blasting stereos searing the night, offensive anonymous Internet messages, volleys of racial or homophobic epithets in the streets and out-of-control bullying in the schools; shrill fellow air travelers, narcissistic co-workers, yelling supervisors, pushy shoppers, surly salespeople, littering campers, needlessly honking drivers, unsupervised small children disturbing the peace in public places, domineering and snappy stressed-out spouses, and self-serving friends. At the end of the twentieth century we started to have a clear sense that incivility was becoming a problem that couldn't be ignored. We saw a connection between rampant incivility and a diminished quality of life. It is our job to now to increase and spread that awareness and make concerted efforts to bring about the changes so many of us seem ready to welcome.

I suggest that we seek ways to


improve the living conditions and prospects of the poor and the disenfranchised;
rediscover the teaching of civility and good manners as an invaluable tool to improve everybody's quality of life;
create opportunities for connection among the members of our communities in order to curb the trend toward more and more anonymity, in other words, revitalizing, civil society; and
lower the amount of stress in everyday life, especially in the workplace.

Just about the most important thing we do in life is interacting with other human beings. Shouldn't improving the quality of this interaction be at the top of our agendas? Being civil in our everyday lives is a time-tested way to bring about such improvement. A better quality of human interaction makes for a better life--a saner, more meaningful, healthier, and happier life. It is that simple. It is really that simple. All we have to do is stop, think about it, and then act. The sooner, the better.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ripples

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy acircling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

~ Author Unknown ~
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