What I Know for Sure

Is there any fact of life that you would have the comfort of knowing as certainly true? I recently read the book called What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, right from the cover of the book, I put the question to myself: if anything, what would I say I did know for sure? After some thought, I realized that there were some facets of life that I would bet my bottom dollar on.

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Power Posts

Today, I bring you another collection of excerpts from some great blogs, wonderful writing, and thought provoking ideas. Do check out the full posts and browse through more of their work.

Khairil Sianipar

Knowing something means nothing if it is not followed by a disciplined course of action. Just by taking that extra effort, putting in the additional work will get you more than those who do what is enough.  Continue reading “Power Posts”

Unremarkably Average

I see my unrealized dreams and ambitions reflected in this story. I know that I do not want to be this person but I cannot confidently tell myself that where I stand in life is very different from the position depicted here.

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I Have Today

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Marie Robinson

Even if you cannot change your past, everyday is an opportunity for you to change how to carry forward the past, what you make of it, and how you let it affect yourself. Those opportunities could be just as good towards changing your future.

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My Success and Wellness Journal

I have made a promise to myself. To take responsibility for me. Shortly before I started this blog, I started keeping what I dubbed my “Success and Wellness Journal”. Whatever goes in there is a reflection of my commitment to be good to myself and create the life that I want.

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Complacency

Complacency is the bug that I have been fighting for the last little while. It is really hard to snap out of it and, once you become aware of it, the results of it never leave you with a good feeling. Since my head was so stuck in this rut, I sought some insight from websites I often visit looking for inspiration:  Continue reading “Complacency”

Gliding Through Life: 10 Lessons on Learning

I am very much a beginner in skating; I relearn and enjoy it every cold Canadian winter. After my last round of skating, it occurred to me that this little scenario left me with quite a few examples on how to take a learning approach to everything in life.

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Power Posts: Can You Relate?

A sample of the impactful blog reading I enjoyed this week. I hope you like the excerpts below and please visit the wonderful blogs to learn more.  Continue reading “Power Posts: Can You Relate?”

The Paths We Choose

The lady sitting in the back of the taxi anxiously and repeatedly tells the taxi driver to hurry. The taxi driver points out that he is unable to progress any faster than he already has, as his way is blocked by long rows of traffic. She looks up and is alarmed to realize that the taxi driver is indeed helpless.

In a panic, she pleads with the taxi driver to figure out another route.

The taxi driver replies tartly, “But ma’am, if we take a different route, we will get at a different place.” Continue reading “The Paths We Choose”

Read to Succeed

For me, reading is a cherished hobby and has always been since I can remember. Between work, family and errands, I try to find the time to enjoy a good book. Nowadays, there is a wide, ever-growing variety of genres and themes in both fiction and non-fiction to suit everyone’s needs and provide endless choices. Over the years, I have greatly expanded on my reading adventures, and the discoveries I made and the lessons I learned in the process have been fun and rewarding. Continue reading “Read to Succeed”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking

The quote from today is another treasure from my journal collection. Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Thank you to Letters of Life for nominating me for this challenge.

I picked my quote for today from the journal I keep to collect these inspirational tidbits:

Life is short; live it.
Love is rare; grab it.
Anger is bad; Dump it.
Fear is awful; face it.
Memories are sweet; cherish it.

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Lessons from a Stormy August

My last post was on August 4 so I have drifted from my personal goal of 2 posts a week. It has absolutely been one of the roughest months of my life (with some spill over into September that I am sadly still struggling with). I am hoping to be over these hurdles soon. I decided to be a little optimistic and walk away from these struggles with some reflection and lessons learned. It is easy to come up with motivational talk in my optimistic moments but my challenges, experience, determination, and frustration – the best and worst of me – all come from the worst moments. Continue reading “Lessons from a Stormy August”

Power Posts: Shareable Quotes

I love quotes! I have a collection which I love to revisit and add to. It provides me with the needed dose of positivity and inspiration. See my growing list here of the quotes I share from my personal journal. While reading the work of my fellow bloggers, I have come across a lot of new tidbits of wisdom to add to my own inspiration collection. So, I decided to do a post featuring some great quotes shared by bloggers recently. Continue reading “Power Posts: Shareable Quotes”

Watch This. Ripple of Kindness

What a sweet video! Such a simple act can create so much happiness for another person. In the hustle and bustle of corporate downtown, sometimes I just watch people going about their busy lives and I wonder how many chances of spreading kindness and happiness are ignored. Continue reading “Watch This. Ripple of Kindness”

Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred

The instance and damage of hatred is growing in our world, but so are the voices against it. Today, I wanted to feature some of these voices that really resonated with me and share a positive message. I entreat you to approach all people you encounter with understanding and kindness. Continue reading “Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred”

Money for Life, NOT Life for Money

The importance of money cannot be denied. It enables us to attain the needs, wants, and luxuries of life. But with the current condition of our economies and depictions of the human psyche in the news, I see evidence that sometimes it just goes too far. Continue reading “Money for Life, NOT Life for Money”

It’s All About the People!

PEOPLE, people everywhere! Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are constantly being impacted by others. Interacting and working with them represents for my life the best comforts, the toughest challenges, the biggest lessons, the greatest resources, and more. When I was young, I was a shy, withdrawn kid and I mostly kept to myself. Over the years, I have transformed into a more assured person who loves interacting with people. I now understand and appreciate my own disposition to listen more and talk less, especially in group conversations. I know that I want to be genuine with other people and work towards mutually beneficial scenarios. I relish interesting chats and I enjoy learning from and teaching others. And I am learning to read people and understand personalities, which can be quite challenging for me especially when things get political.

A key lesson for me has been that how we treat people and how we let them treat us is a key factor for success and quality of life. That is why I chose People as a key topic for my blog. I want to continue to understand the psychology of people better and apply it to my life. I will share readings, ideas and incidents. How should I behave towards other people? Why do people behave certain ways and how should I interpret and react to it? How can I learn from the positive habits and success of others and use them as role models to create success within my own life? What kind of people and relationships do I want in my life and how can I build and nurture them? I will ponder and practice all this and much more.

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Are You a Potato, Egg or Coffee?

Once, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and full of problems. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed as if just when one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled 3 pots with water and placed each one on a high fire. Once the 3 pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. After 20 minutes, he turned off the burners, and put the potatoes and eggs in separate bowls, and poured the coffee in a cup.

Turning to his daughter, he asked, “What do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.”

She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“What does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and the coffee beans had each faced the same adversity – the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently to the situation. The potatoes went in strong and hard, but in boiling water became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior, until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water itself and created a new liquid.

“Which are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

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