Saturday, July 28, 2012

Call me maybe

Dividing an empire by tossing a coin

Back in 2009, Henry Elghanayan marched into a conference room high above Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. After nearly four decades as partners, he and two of his brothers were dividing up their $3 billion real estate empire.

As if it were some neighborhood bet, the flip of a coin would determine how to split their 8,000 apartments and nine development sites in New York and nine office buildings in New York and Washington.

Click here to read the interesting story that appeared in New York Times, on how these brothers divided their empire.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Building Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." - Matthew 6:19-20

The only things we can take with us from this life into eternity are those relationships we have with our fellow human beings. 

If our treasure is of earthly things and is kept in earthly treasuries, then the longings of our hearts will never rise higher than earth. And if our treasure is of spiritual things and is kept in heavenly places, then our hearts will be in heaven even though we ourselves are still walking upon this world.

Moral: Our hearts are like the needle of a compass; and that needle is always pointing in the direction of that place in which our treasure is kept.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Love and Loyalty

David and Jonathan

"Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the LORD, saying, 'May the LORD be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.'"" (I Samuel 20:42).

Jonathan's own father, King Saul, was trying to kill David who had been anointed to take Saul's place as King of Israel. The terms of that covenant are not stated, but we gather that they swore loyalty and protection to each other. David feared for his life, but Jonathan could not believe that his own father would harm David.

When David approached Jonathan with fear, this is what Jonathan said:

"Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the LORD, saying, 'May the LORD be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.'"

Jonathan protected David, even though it meant defying his father. Jonathan remained devoted to his best friend, David, even though it meant giving up his own legal right to his father's throne. Jonathan's friendship and undying loyalty to David saved David's life and prepared the way for him to take his rightful place as God's chosen king. Even though Jonathan is the son of the current king, Jonathan did not envy the fact that David would be the next king and that he would serve David.

What a wonderful example of a friend's love and loyalty! Today, many of us know little about the kind of steadfast loyalty and love Jonathan showed to his beloved friend, David.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Singing in the Rain


Staying young

Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning.
Learn more about the crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. An idle mind is the devil's workshop.

Enjoy the simple things.
Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

The tears happen.
Endure, grieve, and move on.  The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love.
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.  If it is unstable, improve it.  If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips.
Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Few funny wise sayings

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

The one who snores will fall asleep first.

Fools rush in where fools have been before.

Success is relative; the greater the success, the more relatives.

It's called "take home" pay because you can't afford to go anywhere else with it.

People like criticism; just keep it positive and flattering.

When you're getting kicked from behind, at least it means you're in front.

If at first you succeed, try to hide your astonishment.

You must have learned from others' mistakes. You haven't had time to think all those up yourself.

Worry kills more people than work because more people worry than work.

It's OK to let your mind go blank, but please turn off the sound.

Middle age is when broadness of the mind, and narrowness of the waist, change places.

Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.

Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.

Some people are like blisters. They don't show up until the work is done.

Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you a mechanic.


Logical thinking

A 2nd grade teacher was giving her students a lesson in developing logical thinking.

"Here is a situation", said the teacher.

"A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help.

His wife, hears the commotion, knows he can't swim, and runs down to the bank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?"

A little girl raised her hand and asked, "To draw out all his savings?"


Say Thanks

Many years ago, on a foggy night, lots of people were having fun on a houseboat on a large lake. Most of the people were intoxicated and having a good time. That's when an explosion occurred and a fire erupted causing a near tragedy. It was utter chaos. Fortunately, there was a resident on the shore who could see what was happening. He swam out to that houseboat and directed the panicked people toward the shore, safely. Miraculously, even though it could have been a terrible scene and many could have drowned, everyone survived.

Later that night, after all the victims and emergency workers had left, the man sat by the fire talking to a lone reporter.

After talking for an hour, the reporter asked a final question. “Well, sir, is there anything at all you might like to just share about this experience?”

The man sat there a moment. Then he looked at the reporter, and he said, "Yeah. Not a single person said thanks. Not one.”

When we find ourselves in a desperate situation, we cry out for God's help. Later, when God answers and helps us, many times, we often forget to say thanks.

Moral: Take time to thank the Lord for His blessings.

Credits: RFTH

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Pirate and Bird Droppings

A pirate had a wooden leg, a hook on one arm, and a patch over one eye. Someone asked him how these things happened. He said that a whale bit off his leg, a crocodile had chewed off his hand, and a bird dropping hit him in the eye.

The other guy replied that he understood about the wooden leg having had his original bite off by a whale, and the hook was there to replace the hand the crocodile had chewed off, but a patch over the eye because of a bird dropping ... that he didn’t understand. The pirate said that when the bird dropping hit him in the eye, that was the first day he had had his hook.