Friday, April 28, 2006

Handling Eyestrain

If your eyes are tired from constant reading, sewing or working the computer, just take a break to refresh them.

Look up at the ceiling or into the distance. De focussing helps the tired eyes to relax.
Eye drops may help soothe your tired eyes, but may not cure eyestrain.
Use accupressure techniques to relieve the strain.

A) Press either side of the bridge of your nose, at the upper end.
B) Press either side of the inside edge of your eyebrows.
C) Gently massage the outer edges of your eyes.

Handling Dry Eyes
Close your eyes and place a slice of cucumber on each of your eyelids. Or place a wet cloth over them. Shut your eyes. Relax them for a while. Try blinking a few times. When you get outside home, use special glasses or a pair of sunglasses.

Gandhi's thought on Solving Problems

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing, would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Spiritual Leader

What is True Love?

Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Spiritual Leader

The Meaning of God - Inspirational Poem

There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything.
I feel It, though I do not see It.
It is this unseen Power which makes Itself felt and yet defies all proof,because It is so unlike all that I perceive through my senses.
It transcends the senses....
That informing Power or Spirit is God....
For I can see that in the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst
of darkness light persists.
Hence I gather that God is Life, Truth, Light. He is love.
He is supreme good.
But he is no God who merely satisfies the intellectIf He ever does.
God to be God must rule the heart and transform it.

Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Spiritual Leader

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Inspirational American's quote

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right.

Henry Ford

Inspiring Love Quotes

Love is always bestowed as a gift --
freely, willingly, and without expectation...
We don't love to be loved; we love to love.

Love can never grow old.
Locks may lose their brown and gold.
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow.
But the hearts that love will know,never winter's frost and chill,
summer's warmth is in them still.

Leo Buscaglia

Friday, April 21, 2006

Inspirational quote on the Power of Dreaming

Formulate and indelibly stamp on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this
picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade – and your mind will seek to develop the picture.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), positive thinking guru

The Spirit of Love

Wrapped in Love
the spirit brightens
knowing well its light

Positively inspiring article

Is it possible that the world’s greatest achievers think completely differently from the majority?
Do you think the Wright brothers could ever have achieved what they did if they hadn’t believed it
could be done? Was Mark Spitz’s seven gold medals in swimming a result of I can’t do this? Not to
mention Christopher Columbus – imagine that!!!!
Have you ever thought that success in any chosen subject be it financial, political, sporting or in
anything for that matter could be and was achieved whilst the individual was in a state of negativity.
i.e. I can’t do that - That’s not possible – It will never work.
I myself have been in the company of negative thinkers and let me tell you that their influence if
allowed to go unchecked is very powerful and destructive.
“Look at what happens if you place a piece of rotting fruit in a bowl of fresh fruit”
Gordon McAlpine

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Famous and Inspiring quote

Knowing is not enoughwe must apply

Willing is not enough,we must do

Bruce Lee, famous martial arts exponent and actor

Love is LIfe says Bruce Lee

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

Bruce Lee, famous martial arts exponent and actor

10 Positive Ways To Negotiate Your Raise

So, you think you deserve a big raise. And you plan to seek a meeting with your boss. But before you walk into his office, BE PREPARED.

Are You Worth it?
Ask yourself this question. Put down in your diary the achievements over the past year. Have you fared better than expectations? How has the company benefited from your presence? What are you core skills. Have you taken the initiative, motivated, managed your team to greater heights? Any new skills acquired or newer responsibilities undertaken. Have you ironed out your communication inadequacies, learnt to appreciate others, listen to colleagues, recognize talent and developed special skills in a critical area. Above all, are you indispensable? If a thorough self-analysis gives you an 'A' grade on these counts, only then pitch in for a raise (else first work on these).

Test Your Worth In The Market
Although even friends, in similar positions, are unlikely to reveal their true packages, they could throw useful light on salaries of peers in other companies. Probe on the fringe benefits. Gain insight into current enumeration trends. Access corporate salary information from the Net, business newspapers or magazine surveys. Drop into recruitment firms and check out for further information. This will tell you how high up you can peg your raise.

Analyse industry and your company's performance and prospects
This can be discussed with your industry contacts over dinner. Speak to more than one in the same field. Get your company's annual report, study it well and look at financials, ongoing programmes and future plans. Make notes for the discussion with your boss.

Master your company's salary administration techniques
Find out if they pay in accordance with industry standards, match competitor's levels or have a proprietary method. What is the weightage given to seniority? Do performance appraisals include talks on packages. How often are these done? What is the percentage of raise for the CEO, managers and your category? Have there been exceptions to the rule. Find out the job factors that determine a performance appraisal.

Preparing for the Raise
Maintain a record of all your achievements from day one. Remember, written commendations must be sought and filed. All improvements made over the months prior to appraisal must be noted. New, perceptible skills acquired - be it technical, attitudinal or functional, must be highlighted. Your critical skills must be emphasised. Direct contribution to the revenues of the company must be pinpointed. Dates, figures and claims must be accurately substantiated. Graphics, charts and pictorial representations are welcome.

Final Preparation
Getting to know your boss is critical to winning a negotiation. His attitude, skills, accomplishments and method of handling employee appraisals. Anticipating your boss' response will give you an edge in the battle of negotiation. Learn to handle the boss' usual tactics - "The company's revenues haven't been as expected", "But you just got a raise only six months ago", "If I give in to you, I'd have to face a lot of other pitches for raises", "your promotion's coming up", or "The file is in the Chairman's office". Be prepared to answer, "Yes Sir, but......" Place your merits one by one, surely and steadily. Listen to objections. Iron them out with your strengths, contributions, accomplishments, critical skills and future plans.

Now You're Ready
Fix an appointment with your boss. Arm yourself with your personal file and surefire strategies. Stride in confidently. Make your pitch based on critical skills, accomplishments, willingness to take on additional responsibilities, outline increased benefits to company, highlight why you deserve a raise, display accurate statistics, be calm, listen don't give in easily. But, be prepared to compromise a little below your desired raise levels, but not before extracting your pound of fringe benefits - employee stock options, car allowance, personal loans, paternity leave or anything else that'll satisfy your wife.

Dress well smartie.
Mind your body language.
Listen carefully.
Take time to answer.
Don't duck or fend.
Place benefits to company on top.
Work away objections with positive factors.
Weigh each word before you say.
Don't threaten to quit.
Stay cool.
Sound confident.
Have no fear of failure.
Don't argue.
Communicate effectively.
Gesticulate, but don't become agitated.
Ask him when you'll get the written order.
Thank him. And reiterate what you'll do for him and the company.
Finally, don't brag about the raise to anyone.

Positive Quote on Dreams

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.
Anatole France

Hope is a waking dream.
Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Dreams are only thoughts you didn't have time to think about during the day.
Author Unknown

If somone believes in you,
and you believe in your dreams,
it can happen.
Tiffany Loren Rowe

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were;
and I say, "Why not?

George Bernard Shaw

Be careful what you wear to bed at night, you never know who you'll meet in your dreams.


We have got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.

Denis E. Waitley

It's not enough to have a dream, Unless you're willing to pursue it. It's not enough to know what's right, Unless you're strong enough to do it. It's not enough to learn the truth, Unless you also learn to live it. It's not enough to reach for love, Unless you care enough to give it Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.

Samuel Smiles

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.

Carl Jung, German psychologist

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are like stars, you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.


We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day, or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through the bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

Woodrow Wilson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

I have no theory about dreams, I do not know how dreams arise. And I am not at all sure that - my way of handling dreams even deserves the name of a "method." I share all your prejudices against dream-interpretation as the quintessence of uncertainty and arbitrariness. On the other hand, I know that if we meditate on a dream sufficiently long and thoroughly, if we carry it around with us and turn it over and over, something almost always comes of it. This something is not of course a scientific result to be boasted about or rationalized; but it is an important practical hint which shows the patient what the unconscious is aiming at. Indeed, it ought not to matter to me whether the result of my musings on the dream is scientifically verifiable or tenable, otherwise I am pursuing an ulterior-and therefore autoerotic-aim. I must content myself wholly with the fact that the result means something to the patient and sets his life in motion again. I may allow myself only one criterion for the result of my labours: does it work? As for my scientific hobby-my desire to know why it works-this I must reserve for my spare time.

The Aims of Psychotherapy

No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities - always see them, for they are always there.

Norman Vincent Peale

Whatever you can dream, begin to do it. Boldness has the power and magic in it.


We grow great by dreams ... Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they [flourish]; bring them to the sunshine and light, which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.

Woodrow Wilson

Wake up in the morning with a dream in my eyes.

Allen Ginsberg

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

William Faulkner

To accomplish great things, we must not only act,
but also dream; not only plan,
but also believe.

Anatole France

We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities. We are the dreamers of the dream.

Roald Dahl

Your vision will become clear only when you
look into your heart.
Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

I didn't even dream it would be so good. But I would never let my children come close to the thing

Vladimir Zworykin, inventor of television

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

Carl Sandburg

Dream no small dreams for
they have no power
to move the hearts of men.

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the Dreams shall never die.

Edward Kennedy

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

If you don’t have dream how can you make a dream come true?
Oscar Hammerstein

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James Froude

Invigorating and Inspiring Thought

One of my favorite stories involves an elementary school teacher who was delighted the first day of school to see what a smart class she'd been given. Next to each child's name were numbers like 138, 140, 154. Taking these numbers as the students' IQs, the teacher worked extra hard to challenge the class. By the end of the year, the progress was remarkable. It was then that she discovered the numbers weren't their IQs but their lockers.

Are your thoughts limiting or invigorating? Self-restricting or self-empowering?

- Nan Russell

Good Positive Thought on Love

Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.

- Thomas Merton

Monday, April 17, 2006

Refreshing quote on Growing Up

Growing up is admitting that there are demons you cannot overcome.

Maya Angelou

Of work and love by Kahlil Gibran

Work is love made visible.

Kahlil Gibran

5 Ways to Look and Feel Positively Younger.

A Good Night's Rest Recharges Your Batteries for the Next Day.

6 hours of sleep is necessary. 8 hours of sleep is luxury. Anything beyond that is a crime, said Jawaharlal Nehru. Adequate rest ensures that you wake up with a smile on your face. When your sleep is disturbed or inadequate, you wake up feeling tired and wish the nights were a little longer. Stop bad habits. Start exercising.

Always Do What You Love.

Never ever do something you don't enjoy, even for the sake of others. You're never short of energy or enthusiasm when you do something you love. You can put your heart and soul into it and not be worried about results. Above all you'll have no regrets. There seems to be unending energy in you and you'll tend to surprise yourself doing the impossible.

Passion turns work into a hobby. The energy and zest seems to dissipate hurdles, tensions and fatigue. No wonder artists, musicians and writers seem to be at peace even in a noisy park. The freedom and satisfaction that comes out of doing what you love is unequalled. You feel positive and enjoy doing things.

Get Adequate Sleep
We've all felt the deep satisfaction of waking up after a good night's sleep. And we've also woken up with a heavy-headed feeling when the alarm clock goes off. Sleep allows you to recharge. It tones up the immune system, relieves headaches and stiff muscles, improves cases of arthritis, peptic ulcer and colitis. It also helps you heal faster.

Although you should not sleep like Rip Van Winkle or Kumbhakarna, neither should you sleep too little. Doctors recommend 6-8 hours of sleep. Getting adequate sleep has been linked to longevity. In a study conducted by doctors the California State Department of Health Services, found that people who slept six hours or less a night had 70 percent higher death rates than those who slept seven to eight hours.
Lack of sleep could have serious mental and physical implication. That's why deprivation of sleep is used as a method of interrogation and sometimes even torture. So take adequate rest, so that you'll feel confident, enthusiastic and positive the next day.

Maintain Your Relationships Well
It is never easy to be good all the time. Arguments, distrust, misunderstandings, jealousy are all part of unhealthy relationships. One must learn to forgive, overlook small errors, sacrifice for the sake of others and set a good example. Learn to lend your shoulder, stretch out your hand, be caring and express your affection.

Having friends helps you tide over loneliness, depression and even contributes to general good health. You could even kick off old habits when in the company of good friends.

Lack of emotional satisfaction through relationships, could lead to disastrous side-effects, warn psychiatrists. People who enjoy healthy relationships are more positive, caring and are less prone to heart diseases. A study of 15 support groups in the US revealed that people who had good associations experienced lesser stress, were able to overcome pain and displayed vitality unseen in those with few friends.

Check Your Negative Emotions
Anger, jealousy, frustration or depression can all damage your system. All these destructive feelings will cloud your judgement. This leads to doing things without being fully aware of it. And the result - damaged relationships, bruised egos, nervous breakdowns, regret, remorse and guilt.

You can see pebbles at the bottom of a clear pond, isn't it? And when you throw a stone into it, the mud rises and you can no longer see the pebbles at the bottom. So also the mind. It can think clearly. But, when a negative emotion disturbs the mind, you can no longer think straight. And that is when you begin to make mistakes, sometimes costly ones.

Start Exercising
Walking, jogging, playing frisbee or even washing your car, is an exercise that tones up your muscles and helps you relax. Any activity that makes your heart pound faster and breathing quicken is a 'good' exercise.
When you do any of the above, your muscles need more oxygen to create the required energy. So the lungs work harder to transfer oxygen into the blood and the heart pounds rapidly to speed up the blood supply to the muscles. The more you exercise, the stronger your heart becomes and consequently, it pounds slowly but has learnt to cope with the demands of the body.

Tip: It is best to join a group to exercise regularly. Try the local gym, aerobics classes, dancing school or early morning joggers at the beach.

Advantages: Feeling of Goodness, Less Fatigue, More Energy and Relaxed Nerves.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Love quote by DH Lawrence

I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
DH Lawrence, author

Know what inspires you

Go back to your memories and recall when you felt most inspired. What was the common thread amongst the different times when you've been inspired? Was it a quality about another person or your self? Was there a theme to the times when you've been inspired, or have been inspiring? Was it an action that a person took - or that you took? Think about what's inspired you in the past. Look to see what's missing now.
Jan Gordon

Positive and inspirational view on Commitment

The word commit comes from the Latin word committere, which means to connect, entrust.
When we stand behind our words, we demonstrate commitment. Commitment exists when our actions meet the expectation of our words - when there's a congruency between intent, words and action.
Consider the following concepts & may they inspire you to live from your commitments!

1. Commitment is connection! Commitment is the connection between our values, intentions and our actions. Connection is the coming together of more than one element, while commitment is the giving of our selves to it, the surrender. The connections we make generate our commitments, just as our commitments generate more profound connections.

2. Passion: the essence of commitment! Passion is that which deeply stirs us. It's the fire from within and that which motivates us. When passion is missing, our actions lack meaning and we don't get the results we want. Without passion, our actions are obligatory and lack velocity. Commitment emanates from passion -- passion is the seed from which commitment blossoms!

3. Commitment = persistence. If one is committed, one's support is uncompromising and unending. One is willing to do anything in support of the commitment. This applies to love as much as it applies to professional or global commitments. Commitment drives us and anchors us during challenging times. Commitment helps us to maintain our integrity; we persist to that which we're committed.

4. Commitment is conscious! Commitment requires insight and self-awareness -- one must know what one's values and ideals in order to commit to them! Do you know someone who's a conscientious and productive worker but who's not happy? Such a person frequently lacks insight and self-awareness - commitment is difficult if you don't know what's most important to you! Commitment requires an ability to observe self and make conscious decisions.

5. Commitment is purposeful. Commitment involves choice - saying yes to our values and to our passions! Commitment is never haphazard or random. While we may lose our perspective from time to time, commitment always involves choice and intent. Commitment enables us to be purposeful.

Jan Gordon

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Martin Luther King on Love

I still believe that love is the most durable power in the world. Over the centuries men have sought to discover the highest good. This has been the chief quest of ethical philosophy. This was one of the big questions of Greek philosophy. The Epicureans and the stoics sought to answer it; Plato and Aristotle sought to answer it. What is the summum bonum of life? I think I have an answer, America. I think I have discovered the highest good. It is love. This principle stands at the center of the cosmos. As John says, “God is love”. He who loves is a participant in the being of God. He who hates does not know God.
So, you may master the intricacies of the English language. You may possess all of the eloquence of speech. But even of you “speak with the tongues of man and angels, and have not love, you are become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal”.
You may have the gift of prophecy and understanding [of] all mysteries. You may be able to break into the storehouse of nature and bring out many insights that men never dreamed were there. You may ascend to the heights of academic achievement, so that you will have all knowledge. You may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees. But all of this amounts to absolutely nothing devoid of love.
But even more, Americans, you may give your goods to feed the poor. You may give great gifts to charity. You may tower high in philanthropy. But if you have not love it means nothing. You may even give your body to be burned, and die the death of a martyr. Your spilt blood may be a symbol of honor for generations yet unborn, and thousands may praise you as history’s supreme hero. But even so, if you have not love your blood was spilt in vain. You must come to see that it is possible for a man to be self-centered in his self-denial and self-righteous in his self-sacrifice. He may be generous in order to feed his ego and pious in order to feed his pride. Man has the tragic capacity to relegate a heightening virtue to a tragic vice. Without love benevolence becomes egotism, and martyrdom becomes spiritual pride.
So the greatest of virtues is love. It is here that we find the true meaning of the Christian faith. This is at the bottom of the meaning of the cross. The great event on Calvary signifies more than a meaningless drama that took place on the stage of history. It is a telescope through which we look out into the long vista of eternity and see the love of God breaking forth into time. It is an eternal reminder to a power-drunk generation that love is [the] most durable power in the world, and that it is at bottom the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. Only through achieving this love can you expect to matriculate into the university of eternal life.’
"Paul’s Letter to American Christians", C. Clayborne & P. Holloran (eds.). A Knock at Midnight - The Great Sermons of Martin Luther King. Little, Brown & Company. 1999.s
One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

Martin Luther King, Jr

Inspirational speech by Martin Luther King, Jr

"I Have a Dream" I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history asthe greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadowwe stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentousdecree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaveswho had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as ajoyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred yearslater, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles ofsegregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, theNegro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean ofmaterial prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishedin the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his ownland. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. Whenthe architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of theConstitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing apromissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was apromise that all men - yes, black men as well as white men - would beguaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit ofhappiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory noteinsofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring thissacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, acheck that has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. Werefuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults ofopportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a checkthat will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice.We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierceurgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or totake the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real thepromises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark anddesolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is thetime to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solidrock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all ofGod's children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not passuntil there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteensixty-three is not an end but a beginning. Those who hoped that the Negroneeded to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rudeawakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neitherrest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenshiprights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations ofour nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on thewarm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process ofgaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let usnot seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup ofbitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the highplane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest todegenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to themajestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelousnew militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us toa distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidencedby their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tiedup with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom isinextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall alwaysmarch ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking thedevotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never besatisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors ofpolice brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavywith the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highwaysand the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro'sbasic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never besatisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbedof their dignity by signs stating "for whites only." We cannot be satisfied aslong as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New Yorkbelieves he has nothing for which to vote. No, no we are not satisfied andwe will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters andrighteousness like a mighty stream. I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of greattrials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells.Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left youbattered by storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of policebrutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue towork with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to SouthCarolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slumsand ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation canand will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today myfriends - so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, Istill have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out thetrue meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that allmen are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons offormer slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit downtogether at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a statesweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression,will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nationwhere they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the contentof their character. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists,with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interpositionand nullification - one day right there in Alabama little black boys andblack girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls assisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and everyhill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain,and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lordshall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with.With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair astone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the janglingdiscords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With thisfaith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggletogether, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowingthat we will be free one day. This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God's children willbe able to sing with new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land ofliberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father's died, land of the Pilgrim'spride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!" And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And solet freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Letfreedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ringfrom the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Letfreedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi - fromevery mountainside. Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allowfreedom ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet,from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day whenall of God's children - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles,Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the wordsof the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty,we are free at last!"

Martin Luther King, Jr

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A quote to refresh you

Motivation is like a fire; unless you add fuel, it goes out.

Jeff Keller, Attitude Is Everything

Winning thought on attitude

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

William James

Could This Be Love lyrics by Jennifer Lopez

Love makes no promises
If you only knew what i've been going through
Waiting and wanting you
Could this be love
How tell me how will I know
Will my heart make believe it's so
Or can I trust the way i feel
If you could read my mind
You see how hard
I've tried Still I can't decide

CHORUS: If you only knew what I've been going through
Waiting and wanting you
Could this be love
Oh tell me could this be love

El amor no hace promesas

SOLO:Do you know if it's true
That real love lasts a lifetime
Does it shine like the stars up in the sky
And do you know if you can fall for just a moment
Is a moment for all time
Why, why am I so unsure
Is that love knocking at my door
Or the sound of my beating heart
If you could read my mind
You know i just can't hide
What I feel inside

CHORUS: If you only knew, what I've been going through
Waiting and wanting you
Could this be love
Oh, tell me could this be love

Could this be love
Could this be love
I wanna know

El amor no hace promesas

If you only knew
Love makes no promises

Jennifer Lopez

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Refreshing quote on Goodness

An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.

Maurice Maeterlinck

An inspiring thought on Happiness

Pain is ubiquitous and suffering is normal. If you ask people, "Are you happy?" many of them are going to say yes. But if you ask people, "Is this really what you want your life to be about?" many more are going to say no.

What people mean by happiness is feeling good. And there are many ways to feel good. And many of the ways we feel good actually limit the possibilities for living the way we want to live our lives.

Steven Hayes, Psychologist

Quote on Self Love

In jealousy there is more of self-love, than of love to another.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld, French Writer

Monday, April 10, 2006

12 steps to Love Making

1. Eye to body
2. Eye to eye
3. Voice to voice
4. Hand to hand
5. Arm to shoulder
6. Arm to waist
7. Mouth to mouth
8. Hand to head
9. Hand to body
10. Mouth to breast
11. Hand to genitals
12. Genitals to genitals

Desmond Morris, zoologist and author

Inspiring idea on what to do when you meet aliens (strangers)

Generally speaking,gentleness is the key to friendliness. So I wouldn’t make anysudden gestures or sharp movements, but rather I’d almost movein slow motion, making my movements very gentle, with no powerattached to them.

I think gentleness as opposed to power, and slowness as opposedto sharpness, would have a pretty universal meaning.

Desmond Morris, zoologist and author, and an authority on behaviour.

Inspiring thought on Forgetting Fundamentals

This unusual and highly successful species spends a great deal of time examining his higher
motives and an equal amount of time ignoring his fundamental ones.
Desmond Morris, zoologist and author, and an authority on behaviour.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Learn to Give if You Want to Get

Forever, we yearn for a lot of things in Life. Especially, what we want others to give us. Receiving gives us pleasure and makes us feel wanted. And we feel loved too.

Have you ever wondered if others think the same? Did you attempt to GIVE. Not just birthday gifts or lunches. But kind words, a pat on the back, a warm hug or a phone call to share happiness.

Most of us miss it, right?

We're not to be blamed 'cause we are never taught to GIVE.

Perhaps, mom didn't teach us. Dad was busy. Grand parents weren't around. Teachers were more keen on studies. But then....didn't Nature teach you. Yes, it did. And does so every day. Only you didn't notice it.
Look at the rivers, mountains, oceans, trees, birds etc. Nature GIVES you plenty of exciting things to see, experience, eat and enjoy. And does not even expect anything in return.

Learn to GIVE. And experience a new burst of energy, peace, calm and ecstasy in YOU.

Positive quote on man's worth

From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.

Thomas Edison

How to Motivate yourself with positive thoughts?

I found that when you start thinking and saying what you really want then your mind automatically shifts and pulls you in that direction. And sometimes it can be that simple, just a little twist in vocabulary that illustrates your attitude and philosophy.

Jim Rohn

Emotionally Healthy Adults are those who love

1. are comfortable saying the words I love you to men, women and children in a feeling way.2. are comfortable hugging men, women and children in a feeling way.3. "get" (actually physically receive) the feeling of love when it is directed their way.4. express their total lovingness (emotionally, physically, verbally and lustily) with a particular partner.5. decide to love another and then do so. Few of us achieve all the above. Nevertheless, you will be much happier the closer you duplicate the above responses concerning love.

Therefore, do you want to make it your personal long term goal to make some changes in how you feel, express and think about love?

Love therapy, Be Your Own Therapist.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

For those who Love, it's a peaceful life ahead

By changing your thoughts, you immediately get inner peace. Many people also think that the practice of karuna benefits others and not oneself. That sort of thinking is a grave mistake. It must be overcome through awareness, which, as I mentioned earlier, comes from analyzing. Even modern medical researchers have come to the conclusion that peace of mind is vital to good health. Experiments show that it is easier for those who practice love and compassion to regain a peaceful state of mind after being agitated.

Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader, thoughts on love and peace

Powerful quote on Never to Give Up

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.

Inspirational baseball player Satchel Paige (1906-1982)

Sources of Inspiration for Dalai Lama

Human values. When I look at birds and animals, their survival is without rules, without conditions, without organization. But mothers take good care of their offspring. That’s nature. In human beings also, parents—particularly mothers—and children have a special bond. Mother’s milk is a sign of this affection. We are created that way. The child’s survival is entirely dependent on someone else’s affection. So, basically, each individual’s survival or future depends on society. We need these human values. I call these secular ethics, secular beliefs. There’s no relationship with any particular religion. Even without religion, even as nonbelievers, we have the capacity to promote these things.

Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

I Love You in Different Languages

Frenach ~ Je t'aime
Greek ~ S' ayapo
Swedish ~ Jag a"lskar dig
Swiss-German ~ Ch'ha di ga"rn
Portuguese ~ Eu te amo
Chinese ~ Wo ie ni (Manderin, Cantonese)
Dutch ~ Ik hou van jou

Love has no language

Positive quote on Solving Problems

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein, scientist, 1879-1955

Food for Thought

There are two ways to live your life
One is as though nothing is a miracle
The other is as though everything is a miracle

Albert Einstein, scientist, 1879-1955

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Motivational words on Being Positive

Speak No Evil. Say only positive statements. Let words of kindness be on your tongue. This means to respond instead of react. And, even, to edit your speech before you speak.

Hear No Evil. Refuse to listen to gossip, slander and other negative forms of speech. Hint: If avoiding the conversation is impossible, have another topic of "positive" interest you can quickly bring up in order to change the subject.
Don't Rationalize Destructive Speech. Excuses like "But it's true" or "I'm only joking" or "I can tell my spouse anything" just don't cut it. Gossip is gossip, anyway you cut it. Besides, the fact that it is true is what qualifies it as gossip. If it were not true, it would be libel or slander.

See No Evil. Judge people favorably, the way you would want them to judge you. If you've ever been accused of doing something for which you know you were innocent, then you know how it feels to be misjudged. Remember, if you weren't there, you don't know. And, even if you were, you may have missed what actually happened in context.
Beware of Speaking Evil Without Saying An Evil Word. Body language, and even positive speech, can bring tremendous destruction. Yes, telling someone you know takes advantage of others' kindness that a particular person will give you "the shirt off his back," although it seems like positive speech, is not an act of kindness.
Be Humble; Avoid Arrogance. These will be your greatest weapons against destructive speech. As Rabbi Noah Weinberg teaches, "Take pleasure in your accomplishments, not pride." This way you recognize the Ultimate Source of your accomplishments. And those who are arrogant are so filled with themselves, there is no room for their Creator in their lives.

Beware Of Repeating Information. Loose lips sink ships. Even positive information needs permission before being repeated. Telling someone who's out of a job that your mutual friend, Julie, got a raise, does not constitute proper speech.

Honesty Really Is The Best Policy—Most of the Time. Be careful to always tell the truth unless it will hurt others, break your own privacy or publicize your accomplishments. Strive for honesty in everything you do. But if it's between honesty and unnecessarily hurting another's feelings, it's better not to be so truthful. Those who boast about being "brutally honest" are usually more brutal than honest.

Learn to Say, "I'm Sorry." Everyone makes mistakes. If you've spoken badly about someone, clear it up immediately. It might be embarrassing, but get it over with quickly. Apologize, ask for forgiveness, and let him or her know it won't happen again.

Forgive. If you have been wronged, let it go. Forgive for your sake, if not for theirs. Those who can forgive live healthier, happier, and less stressful lives. Those who say they'll forgive but not forget are actually saying that they'll neither forgive nor forget.

Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg, Gossip: Ten Pathways To Eliminate It From Your Life And Transform Your Soul.

A positive way of looking at opportunities

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Edison

Love Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If to conquer love, has tried,

To conquer grief, tries more,

as all things prove;

For grief indeed is love and grief beside.

Alas, I have grieved so I am hard to love.

Yet love me, wilt thou?

Open thy heart wide and fold within

The wet wings of thy dove.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Poet.

Monday, April 3, 2006

The Only Way to Happiness - Enjoy Positive Living

Any adult who hasn't been living under the rock will agree that you can't live without Nature.
Rather, without loving and nurturing it. We are part of a unique system that are in love and dependence with each other.

Go out for long walks along avenues or woods. Smell the flowers, feel the leaves and hug the trees.
See the delight of innocence in you. Your children will protect the forests tomorrow, saving them for the generations to come. Read to them stories of nature, the wild animals, forests, the water cycle and the environment.

Grow a few plants in the garden, water it and watch them grow. You can then watch them grow in perfect harmony with Nature. A more balanced growth, for sure.

Being one with nature is like sleeping on your mother's lap. Secure. Stress-free. Pure joy.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Best Love Poems

The Garden of Love

I went to the Garden of Love.
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And "Thou Shalt Not", writ over the door;
So I turn'd to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore,

And I saw it filled with graves,
And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars, my joys & desires.

William Blake, poet

To Earthward

Love at the lips was touch
As sweet as I could bear;
And once that seemed too much;
I lived on air

That crossed me from sweet things,
The flow of - was it musk
From hidden grapevine springs
Down hill at dusk?

I had the swirl and ache
From sprays of honeysuckle
That when they're gathered shake
Dew on the knuckle.

I craved strong sweets, but those
Seemed strong when I was young;
The petal of the rose
It was that stung.

Now no joy but lacks salt
That is not dashed with pain
And weariness and fault;
I crave the stain

Of tears, the aftermark
Of almost too much love,
The sweet of bitter bark
And burning clove.

When stiff and sore and scarred
I take away my hand
From leaning on it hard
In grass and sand,

The hurt is not enough:
I long for weight and strength
To feel the earth as rough
To all my length.

Robert Frost ,poet

She Walks In Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord Byron, poet

Motivating quote on Being Good

Do good for people. Do good work. Think good thoughts. And be good to yourself. Good things will happen. Okay, I'll stop using the word “good”'s just that it feels so...good. Oops-did it again. Sorry. :)

Robin Sharma, Success Coach and author of The Monk who sold his Ferari & The Greatness Guide

Motivating talk on Health

You've heard it a million times: "most people don't value their health until they lose it." Too many amongst us sacrifice our health in hot pursuit of acclaim, status and economic rewards.But what's the point of being the richest person in the graveyard? What's the point of arriving at your mountaintop in an ambulance? What's the point of getting to your biggest To Dos with a critical illness in tow? Doesn't make any sense. Yet all too often it takes a serious illness for us to wake up to the health imperative.

Balance. One of my all-time favorite words. Yes, dream big dreams. Yes, commit to elite performance in your career and hold yourself to a standard higher than anyone could ever expect of you. And yes, be the most hardworking person you know. Those things will always pay nice dividends.

Robin Sharma, Success Coach and author of The Monk who sold his Ferari & The Greatness Guide