Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sarcastic quotes-The only difference

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.
~Oscar Levant

Deep thoughts-Literature

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963, British Author

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Funny thoughts-Spouse

If you want a spouse who is smart, rich and devoted, you are going to have to get married three times.

Sexual quotes-Peak

“Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the feeling that God is playing a practical joke?”
- Rita Rudner (American Writer and Comedian, b.1955 Miami, Florida, USA)

Thoughts on Life-Learn, live and hope

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
- Anonymous

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Friendship quotes-Arguments

The way to have friends is to be willing to lose some arguments.

Famous quotes-Quality

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
- Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Industrialist and Founder of Ford Motor Company

Monday, December 28, 2009

Thought for the day-Solution

For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong.
- H. L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American Journalist/Satirist/Critic

Love quotes-Lover's arms

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip.
~Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the Dog Museum"

Political quotes-Good citizens

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
~George Jean Nathan

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thoughts-Gratitude, the key to true happiness

In today's world, any action needs a reason. When there is utility there is action, or else justifying the action becomes difficult. Real
gratitude can never have a reason. It happens as a causeless flowering within you. Does the flower bloom for a reason? No! It blooms because it is its very nature.

Gratitude is our real nature. It has just been covered by layers of conditioning from society. Society doesn’t know the language of gratitude. It knows only the language of utility. It straightaway instils greed and fear in us so that we will give it the needed results. Society doesn’t know there is a path of gratitude that will give much better results than the paths of fear and greed. That is the problem.

There are endless reasons to feel gratitude. This life itself is a gift that we have received. To be born with human consciousness is the first blessing we have received. Our gratitude should start right from there. Just for being we should feel grateful.

Understand, if ever you feel life is dull, that it is not as juicy as it should be, it is because gratitude has not happened in you. Gratitude is the energy that makes your life intense and exciting every moment. When you carry causeless gratitude in you, life will be sweet all the time irrespective of external circumstances.

When you miss gratitude, very often you will be gripped with the feeling that life is sour, but you won’t know the real reason for that feeling.

Receive every small thing in life as a gift. When you take your plate to eat, see the plate as a gift. When you serve food on the plate, see the food as a gift. When you sit down on the chair to eat, see the chair as a gift. When you wash your hands after eating, see your fingers as a gift. There are people who don’t have a plate on which to eat.

There are people who don’t have fingers with which to eat! We only look at those who have a diamond ring on their fingers. We never look at those who don’t have fingers. That is why we don’t feel anything in our life is a gift.

Every morning as soon as you wake up, before getting out of bed, just try to feel deep gratitude for just being, for just living as a human being in this wonderful Existence. Similarly, every night before you go to sleep, bring in deep gratitude for just being.

Feel it in your whole body and mind. Put all judgements aside and feel gratitude. When we start feeling grateful for small things, our whole sensitivity will increase. When sensitivity happens, every moment will pass in deep awe of the happenings in Existence. Be Blissful!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Deep thoughts-Bounce

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
- George S. Patton, 1885-1945, American Army General during World War II

Funny thoughts-Political views

People who want to share their religious or political views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sarcastic quotes-Rise above

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

Humor quotes-Invented

Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.
- Lee Trevino

Motivational thoughts-Tenacity

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
- Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895, French Chemist

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thoughts on Life-Pure

On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
- Buddha

Friendship quotes-Be one

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thought for the day-Gossip

The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

Political quotes-Human nature

A political convention is just not a place where you come away with any trace of faith in human nature.
~Murray Kempton

Love quotes-Cry

You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry.

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sarcastic quotes-On record

If a politician murders his mother, the first response of the press or of his opponents will likely be not that it was a terrible thing to do, but rather that in a statement made six years before he had gone on record as being opposed to matricide.
~Meg Greenfield

Deep thoughts-Stand

Anybody can lift you up but nobody can make you stand on your feet.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Famous quotes-Great love

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa, 1910-1997, Albanian-born Humanitarian and Missionary

Inspirational quotes-Mysterious

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein

Humor quotes-Stupid

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."
- George Carlin

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thoughts-The power of language

I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success.

One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees, poles, and literally hanging around upside down from the rafters of our lake house. So, it came to no surprise for my dad to find me at the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. My little eight-year-old brain didn't realize the tree could break or I could get hurt. I just thought it was fun to be up so high.

My older cousin, Tammy, was also in the same tree. She was hanging on the first big limb, about ten feet below me. Tammy's mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did. About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I could hear the leaves start to rattle and the tree begin to sway. I remember my dad's voice over the wind yell, "Bart, Hold on tightly." So I did. The next thing I know, I heard Tammy screaming at the top of her lungs, laying flat on the ground. She had fallen out of the tree.
I scampered down the tree to safety. My dad later told me why she fell and I did not. Apparently, when Tammy's mother felt the gust of wind, she yelled out, "Tammy, don't fall!" And Tammy did fall.
My dad then explained to me that the mind has a very difficult time processing a negative image. In fact, people who rely on internal pictures cannot see a negative at all. In order for Tammy to process the command of not falling, her nine-year-old brain had to first imagine falling, then try to tell the brain not to do what it just imagined. Whereas, my eight-year-old brain instantly had an internal image of me hanging on tightly.

This concept is especially useful when you are attempting to break a habit or set a goal.. You can't visualize not doing something. The only way to properly visualize not doing something is to actually find a word for what you want to do and visualize that. For example, when I was thirteen years old, I played for my junior high school football team. I tried so hard to be good, but I just couldn't get it together at that age. I remember hearing the words run through my head as I was running out for a pass, "Don't drop it!" Naturally, I dropped the ball.

My coaches were not skilled enough to teach us proper "self-talk." They just thought some kids could catch and others couldn't. I'll never make it pro, but I'm now a pretty good Sunday afternoon football player, because all my internal dialogue is positive and encourages me to win. I wish my dad had coached me playing football instead of just climbing trees. I might have had a longer football career.

Here is a very easy demonstration to teach your kids and your friends the power of a toxic vocabulary. Ask them to hold a pen or pencil. Hand it to them. Now, follow my instructions carefully. Say to them, "Okay, try to drop the pencil." Observe what they do.
Most people release their hands and watch the pencil hit the floor. You respond, "You weren't paying attention. I said TRY to drop the pencil. Now please do it again." Most people then pick up the pencil and pretend to be in excruciating pain while their hand tries but fails to drop the pencil.

The point is made...

If you tell your brain you will "give it a try," you are actually telling your brain to fail. I have a "no try" rule in my house and with everyone I interact with. Either people will do it or they won't. Either they will be at the party or they won't. I'm brutal when people attempt to lie to me by using the word try. Do they think I don't know they are really telegraphing to the world they have no intention of doing it but they want me to give them brownie points for pretended effort? You will never hear the words "I'll try" come out of my mouth unless I'm teaching this concept in a seminar...

If you "try" and do something, your unconscious mind has permission not to succeed. If I truly can't make a decision I will tell the truth. "Sorry John. I'm not sure if I will be at your party or not. I've got an outstanding commitment. If that falls through, I will be here. Otherwise, I will not. Thanks for the invite."
People respect honesty. So remove the word "try" from your vocabulary.

My dad also told me that psychologists claim it takes seventeen positive statements to offset one negative statement. I have no idea if it is true, but the logic holds true. It might take up to seventeen compliments to offset the emotional damage of one harsh criticism...
These are concepts that are especially useful when raising children. Ask yourself how many compliments you give yourself daily versus how many criticisms. Heck, I know you are talking to yourself all day long. We all have internal voices that give us direction.
So, are you giving yourself the 17:1 ratio or are you shortchanging yourself with toxic self-talk like, "I'm fat. Nobody will like me. I'll try this diet. I'm not good enough. I'm so stupid. I'm broke, etc. etc." If our parents can set a lifetime of programming with one wrong statement, imagine the kind of programming you are doing on a daily basis with your own internal dialogue.

Here is a list of Toxic Vocabulary words. Notice when you or other people use them.
But: Negates any words that are stated before it.
Try: Presupposes failure.
If: Presupposes that you may not.
Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener..
Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen.
Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen (and implies guilt.)
Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.
Can't/Don't: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without knowing the damage of this linguistic error.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friendship quotes-Treasure

Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.
- Jewish Saying

Sexual quotes-Scholarship

“When a woman turns to scholarship there is usually something wrong with her sexual opportunities”
- Friedrich Nietzsche quotes (German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture, 1844-1900.)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Funny thoughts-Vitality

Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.

Thought for the day-Size of hope

"Men and women are limited not by their place of birth, not by the color of their skin, but by the size of their hope."

Deep thoughts-Health and relationships

Excerpt from the Speech given by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis.

Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth.
If the marble falls, there is no point coming first.
Same with life; where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life.
Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.

One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously .
Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity.
If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years.
And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends .
Do we really need to get so worked up? It's ok, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love.

We are people, not programmed devices.

"Don't be serious, be sincere."

Start Enjoying from this very moment.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Political quotes-Best man

We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.
~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

Motivational thoughts-More

You can never learn less; you can only learn more.
- R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895-1983, American Architect and Engineer

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Love quotes-Give away

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it, A song is no song 'til you sing it, And love in your heart Wasn't put there to stay - Love isn't love 'Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"

Humor quotes-Mutinies

Why do people in ship mutinies always ask for "better treatment"? I'd ask for a pinball machine, because with all that rocking back and forth you'd probably be able to get a lot of free games.
-Jack Handy

Famous quotes-Dreams to sell

If there were dreams to sell, what would you buy?
- Thomas Lovell Beddoes, 1803-1849, British Poet

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Funny thoughts-Nature's lesson

Nature does her best to teach us. The more we overeat, the harder she makes it for us to get close to the table.

Thoughts on Life-Canvas

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
- Danny Kaye

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friendship quotes-Born

Friends are born, not made.
~ Henry Adams

Inspirational quotes-Yourself

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese Poet and Novelist

Political quotes-Small influence

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
~Albert Einstein

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thoughts-Scattered words

Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After been released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.
In court the old man told the Judge: 'They were just comments, didn't harm anyone..'
The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: 'Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.'
The next day, the judge told the old man: 'Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.'
The old man said: 'I can't do that! The wind spread them and I won't know where to find them.'
The judge then replied: 'The same way, simple comments may destroy the honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can't speak well of someone, rather don't say anything.

'Let's all be masters of our mouths, so that we won't be slaves of our words.'

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Love quotes-Knees

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Deep thoughts-Value

Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832, German Poet/Dramatist/Novelist

Humor quotes-Bigger

“It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.”
-Jack Handy

Classic golf quotes-Child in us

Golf appeals to the idiot and the child in us. Just how child like golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
- John Updike

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thought for the day-Everyone else

A psychologist is a man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.

Friendship quotes-Age

Count your life by smiles not tears, count your age by friends not years.
~ Unknown

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Political quotes-Popular Election

I like the smell of a dunged field, and the tumult of a popular election.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Motivational thoughts-Laughter

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
- Josh Billings, 1818-1885, American Humorist and Lecturer

Sarcastic quotes-Unworthy

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
~Adlai E. Stevenson

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Funny thoughts-Real life

One very fine thing about real life, it gets my mind off all that suffering on television.

Thoughts on Life-Never used up

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer

Monday, December 7, 2009

Love quotes-Running across

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip.
~Jonathan Carroll, "Outside the Dog Museum"

Meaningful quotes-Qualities

The qualities that get a man into power are not those that lead him, once established, to use power wisely.
~Lyman Bryson

Famous quotes-Gossip

History is gossip but scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
~Oscar Wilde

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Inspirational thoughts and quotes-What is right

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
- Thomas Huxley, 1825-1895, English Biologist

Thoughts-The Purpose of Pain

In the apple-growing state of Maine in America, I was visiting a farmer friend and saw an apple tree so loaded down with fruit that the branches had to be propped up to keep them from breaking under the weight of apples.

When I remarked about the fruitfulness of the tree, my friend said to me, "Go over and look at that tree's trunk down near the bottom."

There I saw that the tree had been badly wounded by a big gash across its side. The farmer explained, "That is something we have learned about apple trees. When the growing tree tends to run to wood and leaves and not to fruit, we stop it by wounding it, by cutting into its bark. And we don't know why, but almost always the result is that the tree turns its energies to producing fruit."

Could that be a parable for some of us human apple trees in the human orchard?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Deep thoughts-Grow up

“The difference between a man and a boy is, a boy wants to grow up to be a fireman, but a man wants to grow up to be a giant monster fireman.”
- Jack Handy

Sarcastic quotes-Religion

"Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man. living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money."
- George Carlin

Friendship quotes-Radiate

Radiate friendship and it will be returned tenfold.
- Henry P. Davidson

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thoughts-Success & failure

Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.

Inspirational quotes-Thought and kindness

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
- John Ruskin, 1819-1900, English Author/Poet/Artist

Funny thoughts-Conclusion

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thought for the day-Truth

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Quotes-Lost golf balls

It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
- Mark Twain

Political quotes-Growth

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
- Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, 30th President of the United States

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thoughts on Life-Forever

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Love quotes-Dirty trick

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
~W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook, 1949

Thought for the day-Abomination

"A man may adopt an ox, but he shall not dress it in an apron and force it to bake biscuits. That is an abomination. however, he shall lie with it, on and off"
- Revelations 11:12 (The Bible)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Humor quotes-Abortion

"How come when it's us it's 'an abortion,' but when it's a chicken it's an omelet?"
- George Carlin

Friendship quotes-Be yourself

What is a friend? I will tell is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
~ Frank Crane