Day with a Difference – 31-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” – African Proverb

Thought of the day – AAADD

Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder. Somehow I feel better even though I have it!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left….my extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote….someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:
…..the car isn’t washed
…..the bills aren’t paid
…..there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter
…..the flowers don’t have enough water,
…..there is still only 1 check in my check book,
…..I can’t find the remote,
…..I can’t find my glasses,
………………and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.

Source: http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/archive/index.php/t-124297.html?s=b175e88ef5e2573499aa6fcabe4a424e

PS: I(Prasanna) hadn’t went this much! I hope you too are not and doing great! J

Have a fun filled weekend!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 31-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 30-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“There is no large and difficult task that can’t be divided into little, easy tasks.” BUDDHIST SAYING

Thought of the day – What does it mean to be successful in life

If you took 10 people on the street and asked them what they would like to be, I think that most of them would definitely tell you that they want to be successful. Day after day, people look for information about how to succeed – how to make it – but most of them actually don’t truly understand what success implies or they have a wrong idea of what it is to be successful in life. On today’s article I want to write about this very important issue, specifically what I consider is the meaning of success in life and why most people have the wrong idea about what it is to be successful and how changing this conception will make people much happier and successful in their own lives. What does it mean to be successful in life ? Certainly it is difficult to define what makes a person successful and other people losers but – in the end- the large majority of people view success as the acknowledgement of others that a person is successful. This means that in order for most people to consider themselves successful, there must be a general – even if tacit – acknowledgement of people considering them as such. Let’s take – without any means to offend anyone – a hypothetical successful Rock star as an example. All people will – without a doubt – label him as successful because he achieved fame, fortune and a place within human history as a great musician. Could you say that he was successful in life ? Definitely fame and fortune do not grant success in life, because success in life is something personal and does not depend on the approval of others. To be successful in life means that you are happy with who you are, you are happy with what you are doing and you have achieved a place where you simply wouldn’t trade yourself for anyone else. In the end, success in life is simply summarized as having lived happily. Does this need fame and fortune ? Does the general agreement that a person is successful makes a person successful in life ? In the end, most of us have sometimes focused our energies on the production of money and wealth when in reality success does not have a lot to do with this factor. Certainly, in order to be happy, to enjoy things with the people you love and to achieve your dreams you will need money but money will be a vehicle towards your success in life and by no means your goal. People who have money are many times unsuccessful in life, they have lives plagued with depression, sadness, grief and loneliness. I also guarantee you that those who have money and happiness do not consider money the main source of their success in life. There are certainly a lot of things that money can’t buy that make a large amount of people successful in life, even if their peers would consider them average or unsuccessful. Hopefully with the above words you will be able to reflect a little bit about your idea of success and what you think you should do to be successful.

Source: http://entirely4you.com/2010/05/24/what-does-it-mean-to-be-successful-in-life/

Joke of the day

Some boy scouts from the city were on a camping trip. The mosquitoes were so fierce, the boys had to hide under their blankets to avoid being bitten. Then one of them saw some lightning bugs and said to his friend, “We might as well give up. They’re coming after us with flashlights.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 30-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 29-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

Thought of the day – Increase Your Desire to Succeed

Increase Your Desire to Succeed The story of any achiever is one of desire. All success, all achievement that is meaningful, and all success stories begin with desire. Desire grips people with an insatiable appetite for action. If you have sufficient desire to succeed, nothing can stop you from becoming a winner, a leader, or a high performer. Desire is the burning internal quality that pushes you and produces a restlessness with things as they are. Desire empowers you to meet the challenges of life and compels you to fulfill a purpose larger than yourself.

These steps increase your desire to succeed:

· Anticipate rewards. Be aware of the sacrifices and the hardships involved in becoming a winner, but focus on the rewards of success. Knowing what rewards you can earn stimulates your desire and makes you work harder for them.

· Learn everything you can about your goal. Read every book and talk to every expert you can on the subject. Read magazines and the section of the newspaper with current events about people in your profession. The more you understand about your chosen profession, the greater your interest will be. The more interest you have, the greater your desire to succeed.

· Observe how professionals perform. Take advantage of every chance you have to see and hear the outstanding individuals in your area of interest, in person or on television. The more you study successful people in action, the more familiar you will become with what it takes to succeed. u Identify with an achiever. Select an achiever in your area of interest and study the progression of and reasons for that person’s success.

· Constantly remind yourself of your dreams. Kindle the flames of desire and light the fires of enthusiasm by reminding yourself daily of your dreams. Envision the summits you can reach, the rewards you can reap, and the heights of happiness you can enjoy.

Strive continually to activate, nurture, and maintain the kind of desire that will make you a winner. For successful people, intense, burning desire is a habit, a way of life, and a deliberate course of action. In any worthwhile endeavor, ultimate victory goes to the individual with the most desire!


Joke of the day

PUPIL: Teacher, would you punish me for something I didn’t do?
TEACHER: Of course not.
PUPIL: Good, because I didn’t do my homework.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 29-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 28-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thought of the day – Fence

There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.”

Note: The above story was already put in a “DWD” I sent some day back; sending this again as today is “World Anger Day” J.


Joke of the day

Husband to wife: When I get mad at you, you never fight back. How do you control your anger?
Wife: I clean the toilet bowl.
Husband: How does that help?
Wife: I use your toothbrush.

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 28-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 27-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“Mastering Others Is Strength. Mastering Yourself Is True Power”- Lao Tzu

Thought of the day – How To Master Your Mind

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha

Unless you learn to be the master of your mind, you will never find the peace of mind that you so dearly want. The mind is an amazing tool, but just like with any tool you need to learn to use it. The mind is a great servant but a horrible master. Many come to think that their mind is something they cannot control, but with proper discipline you will prove to yourself that this is untrue. There is one law of the mind; this law is that whatever you pay attention to is what you become conscious of. So if you never really pay any attention to how your mind works, you will never have conscious control over it. Once you begin to try and understand and pay attention to your mind, you come to see its positive and negative tendencies. You come to realize that your identity is not your thoughts and mind, your true nature is beyond that. You realize that you are pure consciousness and not what your consciousness had identified itself with (thoughts and mind). This is why people who are not aware of this, their life experience is determined by the quality of thoughts they have. People who are not conscious of their thoughts will just keep recycling the same internal dialogue. If you constantly have thoughts of worry and anxiety, your mind will be robbed of its vital energy. The quality of your mind is determined by the quality of your thoughts you must learn to consciously choose which thoughts you allow into your mind. On average we have 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts that run through our mind. If you really pay attention you will see that about 95% of those thoughts are thoughts that you had from the day before. This will help you realize that how you think is simply a function of habit and conditioning. If you are always worrying this is simply from a negative thinking habit. Reality reflects back to you what you think commonly, change your common thought, and change your life. You just need to take full responsibility and understand that mind management is essential to life management. Here is the amazing thing about being conscious human being, you have free will. You are the one who ultimately gets to decide what you pay attention to. The problem is that if you are not the master of your mind, your current mental habits will be the one to choose. In all circumstances your free will boils down to what you choose to pay attention to. Learn to watch at all times where your mind is placing its attention. If you find that it is not conducive to your growth, change it. The more you do this the stronger your will power will become. You will have the power to direct your mind towards your intention. When you know your personal intent, it helps you stay centered and lets you know when you are not centered.

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Joke of the day

During a visit to the mental asylum, Guy asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

‘Well,’ said the Director, ‘we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.’

‘Oh, I understand,’ said Guy. ‘A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or teacup.

‘No.’ said the Director, ‘A normal person would pull the plug. (Pause.)
… Guy, do you want a bed near the window?’

Have a great week ahead!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 27-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 23-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.” – Muhammad Ali

Thought of the day – The happiest man in the world

Finding true happiness is a universal aspiration. We all want it, but can we all have it? Genuine happiness can’t be faked, it’s written all over our faces when we are truly contented or overjoyed, and likewise, a forced smile does nothing to hide underlying sadness or despondency.

One man who believes that everyone can create their own lasting joy and well-being is Matthieu Ricard. His face is the very picture of serenity. The corners of his mouth lift in a permanent half smile and his eyes are liquid and gentle.

Ricard has been scientifically declared the Happiest Man in the World. This title sits comfortably alongside the many other descriptions of this 64-year-old Frenchman who is an author, photographer, former molecular geneticist, researcher, devout Buddhist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama.

Ricard earned his “happiest man” status after a series of laboratory tests in 2004 revealed an extraordinary capacity for joy. Researchers cluttered his bald scalp with 256 electrodes, seeking to gauge the effects of meditation on brain activity, and what they observed was groundbreaking. Ricard and the other meditating monks in the lab showed a sharp spike in activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area linked to positive emotions such as happiness. After more than 35 years of practicing meditation, Ricard is particularly proficient at controlling his mind. He’s a long way down the path to enlightenment and cites meditation as a key ingredient in achieving true and lasting happiness. In his bestselling 2007 book, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill(Atlantic Books), Ricard defines happiness as “a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind”.

Ricard has shared his thoughts on happiness with a worldwide audience. A seasoned speaker on the world circuit, he has proffered his insights into happiness to everyone from students to corporate groups. He explains it simply as “a deep sense of serenity and fulfilment, a state that actually pervades and underlies all emotional states”. Looking inwards to find joy rather than relying on external conditions, he believes, is the way to achieve contentment and wellbeing: “It’s quite clear that the outer conditions are not enough. The way we interpret and translate those outer conditions in our inner experience is what determines either a sense of well-being or misery.” So does that mean we all have the capacity for contentment, no matter what our circumstances are? Yes, Richard says. He believes we can certainly teach ourselves to be happy if we can learn to train our minds – a discipline as important and beneficial as taking care of our bodies. Mind training is more than just a “supplementary vitamin for the soul”, he says with a smile. “We love to go jogging for fitness and we do all kinds of things to remain beautiful, yet we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most: the way our minds function, which is the ultimate thing that determines the quality of our experience.” In keeping with his Buddhist training, Ricard says meditation is the most efficient way to train the mind, allowing all thoughts and emotions to pass across our consciousness without lingering to distract us. But, he insists, you don’t have to have the discipline of a monk to practise the kind of meditation that can make a difference to your happiness levels. Half an hour a day for a few months is all it takes to achieve benefits. “Meditation is not just blissing out for a few moments under a mango tree and trying to empty your mind unsuccessfully – it is really a deep change that comes through mind training.” Again, Ricard stresses that it’s not what’s happening around us that makes us unhappy, but rather the way we choose to react to it. “We can’t modify the whole world to our taste but we can change our mind. If we change our mind we can change our world.” The pursuit of happiness is becoming a modern obsession. As life becomes more complex, our ability to process our reactions to various outside influences comes under strain. Momentary bursts of happiness are simply not enough to sustain and satisfy us over the long haul. For Ricard, creating an underlying sense of contentment and wellbeing relies on nurturing a range of skills. “Genuine happiness,” he says, “doesn’t mean pleasant feelings one after the other. It’s more like a cluster of qualities that we can develop as skills – like openness, genuine altruistic love, compassion, inner strength and inner peace.” Ego and self-centeredness, says Ricard, are the biggest threats to true happiness. Taking the focus off ourselves and concentrating on showing compassion to others is the beginning. Clearly amused by his nickname, the Happiest Man in the World doesn’t profess to hold all the secrets to happiness, but his message is disarmingly simple. “[We need to nurture] loving kindness, unconditional love, an act of generosity with no strings attached . . . and inner peace, inner strength, inner contentment. Together, those make a way of being – and that is what genuine happiness is.”

Source: http://www.rdasia.com/the-happiest-man-in-the-world


Joke of the day

A married couple has been out shopping for hours when the wife realizes that her husband has disappeared. So she calls his
cellphone. “Where are you!?” she yells. “Darling,” he says, “do you remember that jewellery shop, the one where you saw that diamond necklace you loved? But I didn’t have enough money at the time, so I said, ‘Baby, it’ll be yours one day’?”
“Yes!” she shouts, excitedly. “Well, I’m in the bar next to it.”

Have a great day!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 23-Aug-12

Day with a Difference – 20-Aug-12

Quote of the day

“Simplicity is not a simple thing.” – Charles Chaplin

Thought of the day

Once upon a time all the spirits set about building two palaces; a palace of truth, and a palace of lies. Every time a child told the truth, a brick was created for the palace of truth. The spirits of truth would then take it and add it to the growing walls. In just the same way was the palace of lies built. Each brick was created when a child told a lie. Both palaces were impressive – the best in the world – and each group of spirits worked hard to try to make sure that their own palace was the best. So much so that the lying spirits, who were much more tricky and deceitful, sent a group of spirits to the world to get children to tell more and more lies. These spirits were successful, and started getting many more bricks. As a result, their palace became bigger and more spectacular. But one day, something strange happened in the palace of lies. One of the bricks turned into a cardboard box. A little later another brick turned into sand, and then another turned into glass, and smashed. And so, little by little, it became clear that whenever a lie was discovered, the brick that it had created changed its form, was crushed, and finally disappeared. In this way, the palace of lies became weaker and weaker, and in the end it completely fell to pieces. At this, everyone, including the lying spirits, understood that you cannot use lies for anything. They are never what they appear to be, and so you never know what they will turn into.

Moral: Imaginative comparison to explain why you cannot achieve anything worthwhile with lies because, sooner or later, the truth will come out and the whole structure collapses.

Source: http://freestoriesforkids.com/children/stories-and-tales/great-palace-lies


Joke of the day

Question: How to kill a ant?

Student answer: Mix Chilli Powder with Sugar& keep it outside the ant’s hole. After eating, Ant will search for some water near a water tank. Push ant in to it. Now ant will go to dry itself near fire. When it reaches fire, put a bomb into the fire. Then admit wounded ant in ICU. Remove oxygen mask from it’s mouth n kill the ant.

Have a great week ahead!

Regards,
Prasanna

Day with a Difference – 20-Aug-12