"As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday, and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. In Redmond WA )
Greek philosophy seems to begin with a preposterous fancy, with the proposition (of Thales) that water is the origin and mother-womb of all things. Is it really necessary to stop there and become serious? Yes, and for three reasons: firstly, because the proposition does enunciate something about the origin of things; secondly, because it does so without figure and fable; thirdly and lastly, because it contained, although only in the chrysalis state, the idea :everything is one. ..That which drove him (Thales) to this generalization was a metaphysical dogma, which had its origin in a mystic intuition and which together with the ever renewed endeavors to express it better, we find in all philosophies- the proposition: everything is one! -Friedrich Nietzsche, The Greeks 1890
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. - Barack Obama
Those sciences which govern the morals of mankind, such as Theology and Philosophy, make everything their concern: no activity is so private or so secret as to escape their attention or their jurisdiction. - de Montaigne
An old proverb says, “He that cannot ask cannot live”. If you want answers you have to ask questions. These are 75 questions you should ask yourself and try to answer. You can ask yourself these questions right now and over the course of your life.
1. Why not me? 2. Am I nice? 3. Am I doing what I really want to do? 4. What am I grateful for? 5. What’s missing in my life? 6. Am I honest? 7. Do I listen to others? 8. Do I work hard? 9. Do I help others? 10. What do I need to change about myself? 11. Have I hurt others? 12. Do I complain? 13. What’s next for me? 14. Do I have fun? 15. Have I seized opportunities? 16. Do I care about others? 17. Do I spend enough time with my family? 18. Am I open-minded? 19. Have I seen enough of the world? 20. Do I judge others? 21. Do I take risks? 22. What is my purpose? 23. What is my biggest fear? 24. How can I conquer that fear? 25. Do I thank people enough? 26. Am I successful? 27. What am I ashamed of? 28. Do I annoy others? 29. What are my dreams? 30. Am I positive? 31. Am I negative? 32. Is there an afterlife? 33. Does everything happen for a reason? 34. What can I do to change the world? 35. What is the most foolish thing I’ve ever done? 36. Am I cheap? 37. Am I greedy? 38. Who do I love? 39. Who do I want to meet? 40. Where do I want to go? 41. What am I most proud of? 42. Do I care what others think about me? 43. What are my talents? 44. Do I utilize those talents? 45. What makes me happy? 46. What makes me sad? 47. What makes me angry? 48. Am I satisfied with my appearance? 49. Am I healthy? 50. What was the toughest time in my life? 51. What was the easiest time in my life? 52. Am I selfish? 53. What was the craziest thing I did? 54. What is the craziest thing I want to do? 55. Do I procrastinate? 56. What is my greatest regret? 57. What has had the greatest impact on my life? 58. Who has had the greatest impact on my life? 59. Do I stand up for myself? 60. Have I settled for mediocrity? 61. Do I hold grudges? 62. Do I read enough? 63. Do I listen to my heart? 64. Do I donate enough to the less fortunate? 65. Do I pray only when I want something? 66. Do I constantly dwell on the past? 67. Do I let other people’s negativity affect me? 68. Do I forgive myself? 69. When I help someone do I think “What’s in it for me”? 70. Am I aware that someone always has it worse than me? 71. Do I smile more than I frown? 72. Do I surround myself with good people? 73. Do I take time out for myself? 74. Do I ask enough questions? 75. What other questions do I have?
President Bush will soon be gone from the White House, but he's not going to fade away. He's only 62 years old and he says there are still plenty of challenges to fail to meet, there are still goals to fall short of, and people to disappoint. - Jimmy Kimmel
The old man was lying on a footpath in the cold winter morning. He slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.
"Leave me alone," he growled... To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling.
"Are you hungry?" she asked. "No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president. Now go away."
The woman's smile became even broader.
Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.
Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..
"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"
The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"
"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."
"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.
"Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything.."
"This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it."
Finally, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria. The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by this table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked. "What is all this, is this man in trouble?"
"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.
"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business."
Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place."
The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"
"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."
"And do you make a good amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"
"What business is that of yours?"
"I am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."
The woman smiled again. "I thought that might make a difference."
She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"
"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."
"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"
"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."
The cafeteria manager turned on his heel. "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."
The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.
"That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."
She sat down at the table across from her amazed guest. She stared at him intently.
"Jack, do you remember me?"
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "You do look familiar."
"20 years ago you worked in this cafeteria and I came through that very door, cold and hungry" said the woman. "I was just out of college. I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."
Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."
"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."
"So you started your own business?" old Jack said.
"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do a round the office."
She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always open to you."
There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he asked.
"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. He led me to you."
Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways. "Thank you for your help officer," she said.
"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget, and thank you for the coffee."
Have a wonderful day! May God Bless You and don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be returned to you.