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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Life That Makes a Difference!

My dearest friends,

Hope you are all doing awesome! Here is a true story that I would like to share 
with you. It was written by Steve Goodier.


"How do you account for your remarkable accomplishment in life?" 
Queen Victoria of England asked Helen Keller. "How do you explain
the fact that even though you were both blind and deaf, you were able to
accomplish so much?"


Ms. Keller's answer is a tribute to her dedicated teacher. "If it had
not been for Anne Sullivan, the name of Helen Keller would have
remained unknown."


Speaker Zig Ziglar tells about "Little Annie" Sullivan, as she was
called when she was young. Little Annie was no stranger to hardship.
She was almost sightless herself (due to a childhood fever) and was,
at one time, diagnosed as hopelessly "insane" by her caregivers. She
was locked in the basement of a mental institution outside of Boston.
On occasion, Little Annie would violently attack anyone who came near.
Most of the time she generally ignored everyone in her presence.


An elderly nurse believed there was hope, however, and she made it her
mission to show love to the child. Every day she visited Little Annie.
For the most part, the child did not acknowledge the nurse's presence,
but she still continued to visit. The kindly woman left cookies for
her and spoke words of love and encouragement. She believed Little
Annie could recover, if only she were shown love.


Eventually, doctors noticed a change in the girl. Where they once
witnessed anger and hostility, they now noted an emerging gentleness
and love. They moved her upstairs where she continued to improve. Then
the day finally came when this seemingly "hopeless" child was
released.


Anne Sullivan grew into a young woman with a desire to help others as
she, herself, was helped by the loving nurse. It was she who saw the
great potential in Helen Keller. She loved her, disciplined her,
played with her, pushed her, and worked with her until the flickering
candle that was her life became a beacon of light to the world. Anne
Sullivan worked wonders in Helen's life, but it was a loving nurse who
first believed in Little Annie and lovingly transformed an
uncommunicative child into a compassionate teacher.


"If it had not been for Anne Sullivan, the name of Helen Keller would
have remained unknown." But if it had not been for a kind and
dedicated nurse, the name of Anne Sullivan would have remained
unknown. And so it goes. Just how far back does the chain of
redemption extend? And how for forward will it lead?


Those you have sought to reach, whether they be in your family or
elsewhere, are part of a chain of love that can extend through the
generations. Your influence on their lives, whether or not you see
results, is immeasurable. Your legacy of dedicated kindness and caring
can transform lost and hopeless lives for years to come.


You can never overestimate the power of your love. It is a fire that,
once lit, may burn forever.


Wish you an excellent day!

Much Love,
Priya:))

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Never Forget How Very Special You Are!


Your presence is a present to the world.


You're unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days, just one at a time.
Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You'll make it through, whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.
Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don't take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people . . . together.
Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health, hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don't ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.
-Author Unknown-

Posted by Priya Deelchand in the group "Make Your Life a masterpiece!"


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Abraham-Hicks: Abundance, With Millions or Not

Happiness is a Voyage


We convince ourselves that life will be better once we are married, have a baby, then another.
Then we get frustrated because our children are not old enough, and that all will be well when they are older.

Then we are frustrated because they reach adolescence and we must deal with them. Surely we’ll be happier when they grow out of the teen years.

We tell ourselves our life will be better when our spouse gets his/her act together, when we have a nicer car, when we can take a vacation, when we finally retire.

The truth is that there is no better time to be happy than right now.
If not, then when?

Your life will always be full of challenges. It is better to admit as much and to decide to be happy in spite of it all.


For the longest time, it seemed that life was about to start.
Real life.


But there was always some obstacle along the way, an ordeal to get through, some work to be finished, some time to be given, a bill to be paid. Then life would start.

I finally came to understand that those obstacles were life.

That point of view helped me see that there isn’t any road to happiness.
Happiness IS the road.

So, enjoy every moment.

Stop waiting for school to end, for a return to school, to lose ten pounds, to gain ten ounds, for work to begin, to get married, for Friday evening, for Sunday morning, waiting for a new car, for your mortgage to be paid off, for spring, for summer, for fall, for winter, for the first or the fifteenth of the month, for your song to be played on the radio, to die, to be reborn… before deciding to be happy.

Happiness is a voyage, not a destination.

There is no better time to be happy than… NOW!
Live and enjoy the moment.

Author Unknown

Brian Tracy: You Are What You Think

Abraham-Hicks/ What's Law of Attraction missing?

How To Stay Young


HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

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

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER
:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Do share this with someone.
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!


Worry about nothing, pray about everything!!!
 
Author Unknown
   

Friday, May 7, 2010

A New Dream by Don Miguel Ruiz



Contemplating Loving-kindness.
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
Book : The Four Agreements
Narration: Peter Coyote

Is "Earning a Living" Stopping You?

Is "Earning a Living" Stopping You? by Stacey Mayo

Every year, people resolve that this year will be different:
"This will be the year that I write that book, start that
new venture, double my income, take more time off to spend
with my family," and the list goes on and on.

However, when people think about pursuing their dreams, they
often squash the idea because it doesn't seem practical.

Does this sound familiar? You have a dream, but are afraid
that if you pursue it, you would risk giving up what you
already have. It is easy to put it off to a later date -- a
time when there will be more money, more time and/or when
the kids have graduated from college.

However, there is never a time when everything in your life
is perfect for carrying out your goals. Don't wait for
everything to be lined up.

Once you actually commit to your dream, things will begin to
fall into place. Know that is possible to live out your
fondest dreams AND make a great living!

After supporting thousands of people across the globe in
making their personal and professional dreams a reality, I
have found the following strategies to be most effective:

* First, design your life around your priorities. Many
people try to fit their dreams into their life and complain
there are not enough hours in the day to make it happen. If
you want your dream to become a reality, make it a priority.

For example, Stacy Allison, the first American woman to
climb Mt. Everest chose to live just outside of Zion
National Park
 so she could climb rock cliffs in her own
backyard. Climbing was her priority for many years and she
made choices in alignment with that.

* Second, handle the basics (food, clothing and shelter)
then reach for fulfillment and self-actualization. If you
can't stand your job any longer or have been forced out and
you need a source of income, get a low-stress interim job to
pay the bills while your pursue your dream.

* Visualize every step of your dream and watch the magic
unfold.

For example, an experiment conducted by Australian
Psychologist Alan Richardson found a 23 percent performance
improvement among subjects who visualized every day for 20
days.

Mary Youngblood went from welfare mom to Grammy award
winner. Mary visualized herself out of welfare. She did this
by writing a short story about a young welfare mother. It
was her story, basically, and how she was discovered having
great talent and was able to get herself up and out of
welfare.

She pictured it happening in her head and then took action
in alignment with that picture.

* Laser in on one idea, business or income stream at a time.
One of the mistakes people make is diversifying too quickly.
This is true whether you are trying to build multiple
streams of income or are just working on several different
ideas at one time.

The key is getting the first stream or idea up and running
and having systems in place so it will keep running without
you before going on to the next unrelated stream.

This is one of my biggest lessons as it is for many
entrepreneurs and creative people. When I was writing, "I
Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This!" I was also looking for
real estate investments which was a new venture for me.

I wasn't making much progress on either count. When I put
the real estate to the side and committed to finishing the
book, it happened quite easily.

And last but not least, develop your resilience muscle by
bouncing back from setbacks. You will very likely have
setbacks along the way. Don't get stopped by these bumps in
the road; learn from them.

Stacey Mayo is founder of the Center for Balanced Living, a
certified career coach and author of "I Can't Believe I Get
Paid To Do This! Remarkable People Reveal 26 Proven
Strategies For Making Your Dreams a Reality," which shares
spiritual and practical tools gleaned from remarkable people
who have achieved high levels of success.

The Power of Positive Habits


The Power of Positive Habits by Dan Robey

Did you know that habits are incredibly powerful tools for
personal growth and success?

Let me ask you a question. When is the last time you made a
conscious decision to add a new habit to your life? If you
are like most people you probably answered...never!

The reason for this is that most people only think of habits
as something bad. If you ask ten people on the street what
the word habit means, nine out of ten will tell you that a
habit is a negative action that people do over and over
again, like smoking, or procrastinating, or eating too much.

But the truth is that positive habits hold the keys to
success in virtually everything you do. What are positive
habits you ask. A positive habit is simply a habit that
produces positive benefits, actions and attitudes.

Why is there such great power in positive habits to effect
change? Because habits, by their very nature, are automatic,
and after a period of time they can also become permanent.
This is a very powerful combination.

So how do we go about adding new positive habits to our
life? It's really quite easy. You simply begin repeating an
action, attitude or thought process every day for at least
21 days. Research has shown that an action that is repeated
for a minimum of 21 days is likely to become a permanent
habit.

Remember that positive habits have positive benefits and you
will reap those benefits for as long as you maintain that
habit.

So now that we know what positive habits are, and how to
acquire them, let's look at some simple positive habits for
success.

Positive Habit #1 - Make it a habit to set goals

Did you know that the most successful people all share the
common positive habit of goal setting? A study was done to
determine the importance of goal setting. College students
who had gone on to achieve great success in business were
asked to list their habits.

The students who had made a habit of setting goals were in
the top 3% of earnings in the population! It is almost
impossible to overestimate the value of goal-setting as a
positive habit. Goal setting is simple, yet 97% of the
population never do it.

By making goal setting a positive habit, you can start
placing yourself in the top 3% of the population of
successful people.

Here are some simple steps to help you start making goal
setting a positive habit:

Step 1 Define your goals, write them down, and be very
specific; capture your goals on paper. It is amazing how
many people never take the time to write down exactly what
it is they want in life. Remember, you can't hit a target if
you don't have one.

Step 2 Determine what the time line is for reaching your
goals; set specific deadlines for each goal.

Step 3 Identify any obstacles that may stand in your way,
list them, and state how you plan to overcome them.

Step 4 Make a list of the people and/or organizations who
will help you reach your goals.

Positive Habits #2 Be More Productive With the 4-D Habit

Many of us are stressed out by the negative effects of work
overload in our careers. The 4-D habit is a very simple
positive habit that will help you to prevent work overload.

Every time you are faced with a new task to perform, apply
the 4 D's as listed below. You will find that your workload
will be reduced as you apply this screening and decision
making tool to each task you are confronted with.

Decide on the most appropriate choice -- and take action.

Do It Now - take immediate action, do the task right away,
don't procrastinate.

Dump It Now - make a quick decision and dump the task.

Delegate It - give the task to someone else. This is a very
critical aspect of time management. Your time is valuable;
make it a habit to work on tasks that you do best and
delegate the tasks that can be performed by someone else.

Defer the Task - make an immediate decision to postpone the
task to a later time. Make sure to schedule a time to
complete it.

Positive Habit #3 Create and repeat positive attitude
phrases

A positive attitude is perhaps the most important ingredient
to success and a surefire way to maintain a positive
attitude
 is to make it a habit to repeat positive attitude
phrases.

Choose or create a positive attitude phrase and repeat it
aloud many times each day. In a few days you will notice
that your attitude will become more positive. Here are some
examples:


"I am reaching my success goals every day."
"I am getting stronger and stronger every day."
"I can overcome any obstacle."
"Every day I am getting closer and closer to my goals in
life."
"If I believe it , I can achieve it."
"Every day, my mental attitude is becoming more positive."

Positive habits can truly change your life, I know from
personal experience. I am now constantly aware of the habits
I have and the new positive habits I am acquiring; I am also
aware of the benefits I am receiving.

Positive habits are now second nature to me and soon they
will be second nature to you.
_________
Dan Robey is the author of the book "The Power of
Positive Habits" a new program that shows you how to put
your mind and body on autopilot to reach your goals
automatically. 

Dream Big!

Goal setting

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Daffodil Principle




My dearest friends,

Hope you are doing great! 

I guess most of you have already read this wonderful story before but this is a story which is worth reading again and again as the lesson is priceless!


The Daffodil Principle 
~ by: Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards


Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come and see the daffodils before they are over.” I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. Going and coming took most of a day–and I honestly did not have a free day until the following week.

“I will come next Tuesday, ” I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove the length of Route 91, continued on I-215, and finally turned onto Route 18 and began to drive up the mountain highway. The tops of the mountains were sheathed in clouds, and I had gone only a few miles when the road was completely covered with a wet, gray blanket of fog. I slowed to a crawl, my heart pounding. The road becomes narrow and winding toward the top of the mountain. As I executed the hazardous turns at a snail’s pace, I was praying to reach the turnoff at Blue Jay that would signify I had arrived. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren I said, “Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these darling children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!”

My daughter smiled calmly,” We drive in this all the time, Mother.”
“Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears–and then I’m heading for home!” I assured her.
“I was hoping you’d take me over to the garage to pick up my car. The mechanic just called, and they’ve finished repairing the engine,” she answered.

“How far will we have to drive?” I asked cautiously.
“Just a few blocks,” Carolyn said cheerfully.

So we buckled up the children and went out to my car. “I’ll drive,” Carolyn offered. “I’m used to this.” We got into the car, and she began driving.

In a few minutes I was aware that we were back on the Rim-of-the-World Road heading over the top of the mountain. “Where are we going?” I exclaimed, distressed to be back on the mountain road in the fog. “This isn’t the way to the garage!”

“We’re going to my garage the long way,” Carolyn smiled, “by way of the daffodils.”
“Carolyn,” I said sternly, trying to sound as if I was still the mother and in charge of the situation, “please turn around. There is nothing in the world that I want to see enough to drive on this road in this weather.”
“It’s all right, Mother,” She replied with a knowing grin. “I know what I’m doing. I promise, you will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.”

And so my sweet, darling daughter who had never given me a minute of difficulty in her whole life was suddenly in charge — and she was kidnapping me! I couldn’t believe it. Like it or not, I was on the way to see some ridiculous daffodils — driving through the thick, gray silence of the mist-wrapped mountaintop at what I thought was risk to life and limb.

I muttered all the way. After about twenty minutes we turned onto a small gravel road that branched down into an oak-filled hollow on the side of the mountain. The Fog had lifted a little, but the sky was lowering, gray and heavy with clouds.

We parked in a small parking lot adjoining a little stone church. From our vantage point at the top of the mountain we could see beyond us, in the mist, the crests of the San Bernardino range like the dark, humped backs of a herd of elephants. Far below us the fog-shrouded valleys, hills, and flatlands stretched away to the desert.
On the far side of the church I saw a pine-needle-covered path, with towering evergreens and manzanita bushes and an inconspicuous, lettered sign “Daffodil Garden.”

We each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path as it wound through the trees. The mountain sloped away from the side of the path in irregular dips, folds, and valleys, like a deeply creased skirt.
Live oaks, mountain laurel, shrubs, and bushes clustered in the folds, and in the gray, drizzling air, the green foliage looked dark and monochromatic. I shivered.

Then we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight, unexpectedly and completely splendid. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes where it had run into every crevice and over every rise. Even in the mist-filled air, the mountainside was radiant, clothed in massive drifts and waterfalls of daffodils. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow.

Each different-colored variety (I learned later that there were more than thirty-five varieties of daffodils in the vast display) was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue.

In the center of this incredible and dazzling display of gold, a great cascade of purple grape hyacinth flowed down like a waterfall of blossoms framed in its own rock-lined basin, weaving through the brilliant daffodils.

A charming path wound throughout the garden. There were several resting stations, paved with stone and furnished with Victorian wooden benches and great tubs of coral and carmine tulips. As though this were not magnificence enough, Mother Nature had to add her own grace note — above the daffodils, a bevy of western bluebirds flitted and darted, flashing their brilliance. These charming little birds are the color of sapphires with breasts of magenta red. As they dance in the air, their colors are truly like jewels above the blowing, glowing daffodils. The effect was spectacular.

It did not matter that the sun was not shining. The brilliance of the daffodils was like the glow of the brightest sunlit day. Words, wonderful as they are, simply cannot describe the incredible beauty of that flower-bedecked mountain top.

Five acres of flowers! (This too I discovered later when some of my questions were answered.) “But who has done this?” I asked Carolyn. I was overflowing with gratitude that she brought me — even against my will. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“Who?” I asked again, almost speechless with wonder, “And how, and why, and when?”
“It’s just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory.

We walked up to the house, my mind buzzing with questions. On the patio we saw a poster. ” Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking” was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman, two hands, two feet, and very little brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.”

There it was. The Daffodil Principle.
For me that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than thirty-five years before, had begun — one bulb at a time — to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. One bulb at a time.

There was no other way to do it. One bulb at a time. No shortcuts — simply loving the slow process of planting. Loving the work as it unfolded.

Loving an achievement that grew so slowly and that bloomed for only three weeks of each year. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world.

This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.

The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principle of celebration: learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time — often just one baby-step at a time — learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time.

When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

“Carolyn,” I said that morning on the top of the mountain as we left the haven of daffodils, our minds and hearts still bathed and bemused by the splendors we had seen, “it’s as though that remarkable woman has needle-pointed the earth! Decorated it. Just think of it, she planted every single bulb for more than thirty years. One bulb at a time! And that’s the only way this garden could be created. Every individual bulb had to be planted. There was no way of short-circuiting that process. Five acres of blooms. That magnificent cascade of hyacinth!
All, all, just one bulb at a time.”

The thought of it filled my mind. I was suddenly overwhelmed with the implications of what I had seen. “It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!” My wise daughter put the car into gear and summed up the message of the day in her direct way. “Start tomorrow,” she said with the same knowing smile she had worn for most of the morning. Oh, profound wisdom!

It is pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson a celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, “How can I put this to use tomorrow?”

Feel free to spread this beautiful lesson among all those you love and we can each make a difference in the world.

Much Love,
Priya:))

The law of Attraction


JohnAssaraf  01 May 2010 — Why the law of attraction won't work In A positive way for 99.9% of people