Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wedding humor

Something to giggle about  - self explanatory.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Staying on Track

All of us go through ups and downs at various stages in life.  During those phases, some give up and few others stay on course. Those who stay on track under pressure are the ones who come out successfully.

Persistence is not an all-or-nothing endeavor. Just because your persistence breaks down one day, or in one situation, does not mean that all is lost. You’re allowed to have bad days. Just make sure you get back on track as soon as possible.

It is natural to become discouraged and to consider giving up. When that happens, go ahead and experience those feelings. Of course you have doubts. Of course you get weary. Take some time to give consideration to those negative thoughts. They’ve been nagging you, so it is best that you deal with them. Consider their validity. Consider what they’re trying to tell you. Look objectively and realistically at what you’re doing. Maybe a course correction is in order. Maybe you even need to change the destination. Or maybe not.

Then, once you’ve given appropriate consideration to your doubts and discouragement, make the commitment to get yourself back on track. You’ve gotten the discouragement out of your system. Now it is time to move on. You may very well change your approach a bit, yet the key is to keep going. Look at your doubts and discouragements as ways to make you more effective, rather than as reasons to stop.

You will get knocked off track on a regular basis. The key to persistence is in how fast you get yourself going again. Fortunately the value of persistence is cumulative. You can pick up right about where you left off.

Credits: Jon Clayton RTOL

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Heaven

“Unless the Lord builds the house,its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” - Psalms 127:1

Here is what Benjamin Franklin, currently featured on the obverse of the One Hundred Dollar bill and one of the founding fathers of the United States, said once:

"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service."

Credits:  Jared Sparks The Writings of Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Birbal's house

This summer we visited the house where Birbal lived, while he was an adviser in the court of Akbar. I went into every room and for a moment, using my imagination, I tried to visualize how it would have been, while Birbal stayed at that place. 

Birbal (1528-1583), one of the most popular figures in Indian history, is well known for his sharp intellect and sense of humor. Birbal's duties in Mogul Emperor Akbar's court were mostly administrative and military. He was a very close friend of Akbar, because Akbar loved his wisdom, wit, and subtle humor. He was a minister in the administration of  Akbar and one of the members of inner council of nine advisers (Navaratnas). He was a poet and an author too. 

It is believed that he was a son of poor Bhramin. According to a popular legend he died on an expedition to Afghanistan at the head of a large military force due to treachery.

Click here to read some interesting stories about Birbal.

Check out couple of youtube videos to watch when you have lots of free time.


Credits: Bharatadesam

The value of integrity

"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you." - Warren Buffet

We live in a world of manipulative people. Sometimes we work with them or for them. Their way to success often includes pursing what they want using any method that works regardless of whether it’s moral or ethical. .It might be by using forms of intimidation such as using threats, screaming, out-of-control emotional outrage, or even physical bullying. They might incorporate lying, gossip, or slander Their success might rely on taking the credit for the good ideas of other to the boss and taking credit for them. These kinds of things might go on in our life and if so, the temptation would be to do the same thing back – after all, how else are we going to survive much less succeed if we keep our hearts right and walk in integrity?

The question we should ask our self is:

"What matters more to me, walking in integrity and doing things right no matter what others do around me, or obtaining the lures of success at the cost of my integrity?"

Credits: Tim Burt

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The outhouse

Once, in the 1820′s, a little boy called Sam was playing in the yard behind his house. During his pretend fighting game, he knocked over the outhouse.

Now Sam was upset and worried that he would get into trouble so he ran into the woods and didn’t come out until after got dark. When he arrived back home, his pappy was waiting for him. He asked suspiciously, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse this afternoon?”

“No, pappy,” Sam lied.

“Well, let me tell you a story,” said the father. “Once, not that long ago, Mr Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out on a tree, swiftly cutting it down. But as he looked at the tree, with dismay he realized it was his mother’s favorite cherry tree,” his pappy paused.” just like you, he ran into the woods. When he returned, his pappy asked, ‘George, did you cut down the cherry tree?’ George answered with, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did indeed chop down the tree.’

Then his father said, ‘Well, since you were honest with me, you are spared from punishment. I hope you have learned your lesson, though.’ So,” the Sam’s father asked again,” did you knock down the outhouse?”

“Pappy, I cannot tell a lie any more.” said the little boy. “I did indeed knock down the outhouse.”

Then his pappy father spanked Sam boy red, white, and blue. The boy whimpered, “Pappy, I told you the truth! Why did you spank me?”

Pappy answered, “That’s because George Washington’s father wasn’t in the tree when he chopped it down!”

How to pull out a tooth

Here is a creative way to pull out a tooth with a rocket. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Middle school humor

What did the mother buffalo say to her little boy when he went off to school?

Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?
Because the ‘p’ is silent.

If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?

Did you hear about the piece of wood with nothing to do?
It was board.

What’s brown, smells like bananas and lives in a bell tower?
The lunch bag of Notre Dame.

What happens if a duck flies upside down?
He quacks up.

Why did the elephant sit on a marshmallow?
So he wouldn’t fall into the hot chocolate.

Where did Napoleon keep his armies?
In his sleevies.

Why did the hamburger cross the street?
To ketchup with the fries.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work?
A stick.

What did the 8 say to the 0?
How was the all-you-can-eat buffet?


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lord's prayer poem

Our Heavenly Father above, Creator of love
Holy and Sacred is Your Name
Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done
As it is in heaven be it on earth the same

I need to be Holy Spirit led and spiritually fed
Only You can help me understand and see
Help my pride erase to give others grace
Just as you have given grace to me

And this I pray, please keep evil away
So though I am tempted I will not do wrong
I long to honor You in all I say and do
And to be faithful my whole lifelong.

Forever you reign, in your glorious domain
Your Sovereign Power will never end
You are the truth and the way, in Your name I pray
My precious Lord Jesus. Amen

Credits: Arlene Spanos