Monthly Archives: July 2011


Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day, allow you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

 What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

 It carries over no balance.

It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you.

Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to have your time . . .

And remember time waits for no one . . .

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That’s why it’s called the present!

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Down in the Florida Keys, there was a treasure hunter whose motto was “today’s the day.’ Everyday for sixteen years, Mel Fisher sent his divers out with those encouraging words to find a Spanish ship that sank off the keys in 1622. He often had to pay his men in promises while dodging bill collectors. He and his family lived on a leaky houseboat for years. One of his sons and a daughter-in-law were lost at sea as they searched for the treasure. Still, Fisher never gave up. He refused to abandon his dream or to give in to critics and doubters. He held on by declaring that each day would be the day. Then in 1985, Mel’s divers found the “mother lode” of gold and silver and jewelry from the wreckage of the Spanish galleon. Nearly thirty years later, divers were still bringing up treasure from the site. Rewards await you if you stay steadfast in your faith. Tell the doubters, it will happen – Joel Osteen

 This week just glean from the wisdom in this story, no matter how bleak the situation concerning your career, business and family situation may be as at today, “today’s the day”

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To realize the value of a sister or brother, ask someone who doesn’t have one

To realize the value of ten years, ask a newly divorced couple

To realize the value of four years, ask a college graduate

To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a final exam

To realize the value of nine months, ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn

To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature child

To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper

To realize the value of one-second, ask a person who survived an accident

To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who missed their train, bus or plane

To realize the value of one hour, ask a person who just survived a stroke”.

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Pay attention, appreciate and put value on what you have been given which is basically categorised into Time, Treasure, Talents and Relationships. Opportunities well utilised in any of these four areas will open greater doors with tremendous benefits. We must treat every opportunity as if it is the last one given. What we do with such opportunities will either open or close other doors.

Talking about our relationships, we don’t have to wait till we lose a loved one before we realize how valuable they are in our lives. Call someone this week to mend a broken relationship.

When all goals have been accomplished in our career, business and family pursuits, we are all left with joy, peace and fulfilment that relationships bring into our lives. Learn to cultivate healthy, value adding relationships!

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“Jack had a bad temper and his Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he loses his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day Jack had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily 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 and he then suggested that he begin to 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. This is what happens when you say things in anger; they leave a scar that doesn’t go away easily. So no matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there”.

 We must please note that verbal wound can be as bad as a physical one. We must learn to treat others with dignity, respect and honour in the face of grievances, complaints and disagreements. Solomon said “he who has control over his emotion of anger can capture a whole city”. We must overcome negative emotion with good disposition and not to match evil for evil. How we use words can often make or mar our relationships. Friends are rare jewels, they make us smile, encourage us to succeed but sometimes they can hurt us, drive us to tears. Friends can lend their ears, share words of praise, open their hearts but they also have the tendencies to hurt us the most. We must learn to tend, guard, guide and nurture our relationships and not live in anger, bitterness and resentment.


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ON A LIGHTER NOTE …Vol 11 Break these rules

It’s anyone’s guess where they originally came from, but there are some universally accepted relationship mandates that we all think we should abide by. A few of these couple commandments are actually valid (as in: Your best friend’s boyfriend is off-limits); others are totally bogus and your relationship will be better off if you break them.

“Instead of blindly adhering to a prefab and possibly outdated standard, it’s smart to consider how couples really function in today’s world and act accordingly,” says Los Angeles psychotherapist Lynn Ianni, PhD. The trick is figuring out which love laws help bolster your connection…and which ones should be banned. Not quite sure? Don’t worry. Cosmo has compiled the five dating doctrines that you need to ditch this instant!
Rule #1: You can’t check out anyone else

Why you should break it: You’re in a relationship; you’re not dead. So when you’re walking down the street and a delicious hunk of man-meat catches your eye, go ahead and give yourself permission to do a double take. Noticing the scenery isn’t a sign that your guy doesn’t do it for you anymore. “It’s human nature to be attracted to other people,” explains Ianni.

That’s not to say that it’s cool to blatantly ogle every XY chromosome owner that crosses your path, even when your boyfriend isn’t by your side. “It’s important to respect your significant other, so you don’t want to be too obvious or make a habit of looking,” says Marcella Bakur Weiner, PhD, coauthor of The Love Compatibility Test. Obviously, there’s a difference between staring slack-jawed and simply appreciating a nice view.

On the flip side, however, you have to understand that your guy isn’t blind either. If you see that he notices some chick, as long as he’s not outright drooling over her, don’t make a big deal out of it. You can even score points with him by joining in and saying something like, “Oh, she’s cute,” advises professional counselor Roger Rhoades of Carolina Counseling in Greenville, South Carolina. “Acknowledging that another woman is attractive makes you seem confident, which only adds to your own appeal.”

Or do what Stella,* 29, does with her guy. “My boyfriend and I like to play this game we call Hot or Not, where we people-watch and rate all the passersby,” she says. “It’s a fun way for both of us to ogle hotties without pissing the other person off. Plus, it gives us interesting insight into each other’s taste.” Continue reading

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In the age we live in, there is need for us to be technologically driven; as important as this is, we must face the fact that it can be addictive. You can become dependent and tied to it in ways that can be exhausting. Technology has made life easier because we can achieve our tasks unhindered with the element of constant connectivity and work flexibility. It has become very easy to contact anyone, anytime, anywhere with loads of information available online at the click of a button.”

 We need to put things in perspective so we can “make the most of our time”. We know the saying ‘Time is money” because in reality time is more valuable than money because it is a non-renewable resource’ once spent, it is gone forever. We must learn how to manage the information overload by re-establishing the boundaries that technology has removed. We must recognise the obvious signs as little as “if you communicate with people all day yet you are still lonely, chances are that technology is dominating your life”. You can take baby steps of making yourself unavailable for short periods of time and see what happens. The truth will be that the wheel of the industry won’t grind to a halt because you were off radar! Remember you always have a choice to make in life; people who think they should be available 24/7 exaggerate their own importance or the control others have over them.

 Establish your own boundaries: determine the time of the day you want to respond to emails and instant messages outside official notes. Give clear instructions: tell people you answer emails at designated times except on official grounds. Make a task list: if you are interrupted you will get back on track faster. Stick to a schedule: constantly dipping in and out on the computer is classic self-interruption. Conduct a reality check: after a few minutes of surfing the web ask yourself, ‘Should I be doing this now?’ The schedule you create for yourself is the one people fit into. Time is a resource that can be wasted; an asset once used can’t be reused especially when we don’t invest it wisely.


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