28 December 2014

posted 25 Dec 2014, 05:46 by C S Paul

New Year Special


28 December 2014

Quotes for the New Year


  • New Year's Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller
  • Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word. Goran Persson
  • I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've  never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. - Neil Gaiman
  • The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. Melody Beattie
  • And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man. Benjamin Franklin
  • Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress. - Charles Kettering
  • Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey
  • Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.' Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Hal Borland
  • Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.' Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. Cavett Robert
  • I know. I'm lazy. But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would write myself something really special. Which means I have 'til December, right? Catherine O'Hara
  • New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. James Agate
  • I have no way of knowing how people really feel, but the vast majority of those I meet couldn't be nicer. Every once in a while someone barks at me. My New Year's resolution is not to bark back. Tucker Carlson
  • First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer. Walter Scott
  • All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg
  • I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'. Henry Moore
  • Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come. Melody Beattie
  • All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives. Steven Spielberg
Burning Desire is the Secret to Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. 

Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. 

When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. 

The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. 

Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it.” There is no other secret.

Moral of the short story:

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.


Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. 

This way they covered & protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. 

After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone & frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. 

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others & can admire the other person’s good qualities.

Moral of the short story:

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.


Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed.

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple could not resist and said to the old man.

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said…

“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Moral of the short story:

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them.


A note by Benny Alexander.

A 100 year old grand old man saw his grandson having a heated discussion with his wife. He asked his grandson, “Why do you raise your voice when you are angry with your wife?”

Grandson: That is because I lose patience and that is why I raise my voice.

Grandpa: But, your wife is near to you only. She can hear you even when you say the same sentence in a calm manner. Why do you have to raise your voice?

Grandson: Because when I raise my voice, my voice is heard and I also let out the steam by raising my voice.

Grandpa: That is not the exact reason my dear grandson. The reason is this. When you are angry with your wife, your heart moves away from her heart. So even when both of you are physically close to each other, you feel that you are far away from one another and hence raise your voice.

Grandson: If that is the reason for raising the voice, what do we do when we are in love?

Grandpa: When two people are in love, their hearts are close to each other. Even if you whisper softly, you both can hear very clearly. At such times one can communicate with their loved ones even through the language of silence.


Life is a gift

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. The boy walked away, and later he wrote a letter to her saying:

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”

This is how most of human brains behave after a change in status. Only few remember what life was before, and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.

In a world filled with hatred, there are very few people who truly care for fellow beings! Always keep them happy.

Moral of the short story:

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfill it.


Pencil & Eraser 

A very inspiring short story about two good friends. Check it out here (Friendship Short Story).

Story 7:  (Update Friday, 6 December 12:05:47 p.m. (GMT + 0:00)

Pencil: I’m sorry.

Eraser: For what?

Pencil: I’m sorry, you get hurt because of me. Whenever I make a mistake, you’re always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself and get smaller and smaller each time.

Eraser: That’s true, but I don’t really mind. You see, I was made to do this, I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong, even though one day I know I’ll be gone. I’m actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying, I will not be happy if I see you sad.

Reflection:

“Our Parents are just like the eraser, and we are the pencil. They’re always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way they get hurt and become smaller (older and eventually pass on).

Moral:

Take care of your Parents, treat them with kindness and most importantly love them.”

Where there’s a will there’s a way !

An old farmer wrote a letter to his innocent son in prison “This year I’m unable 2 plant potatoes because I can’t dig the ground. I know if you were here you would’ve helped me.”

Son Replied: “You idiot dad, don’t dig the ground, I have hidden the guns there.” The Police read the letter, next day the ground was dug by the police, searched for guns but nothing was found.

Son wrote again: Dad, the ground is now been dig up, you can now plant your potatoes, its the best I could do from here. Love you :)

Moral: Where there’s a will, there is always a way!


JUST FOR LAUGHS

New Year's Day Prayer for One and All
Dear Lord

So far this year I've done well.

I haven't gossiped, I haven't lost my temper, I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I'm very thankful for that.  But in a few minutes, Lord, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.

Amen 

A New Year's Wish

On New Year's Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living.

Well, it was kind of embarrassing.  As the clock struck - the bartender was almost crushed to death.

Lecture Tour with A Difference

On New Year's Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home.  As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman.  'What are you doing out here at four o'clock in the morning?' asked the police officer.

'I'm on my way to a lecture,' answered Roger.

'And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year's Eve?' enquired the constable sarcastically.

'My wife,' slurred Daniel grimly.  

Politician in Action

A Senator in the USA was once asked about his attitude toward whisky.

'If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I'm against it.  But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it.  This is my position, and I will not compromise.'

But not everyone is as lucky as I am......

Did You Know?

  • The first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
  • More vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday, statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau revealed.
  • In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated the second full moon after the winter solstice.
  • Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. Apples and honey are traditionally eaten.
  • In ancient Rome the new year began on March 1.
  • The first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar- January has been named after God Janus, who holds two faces. One face of the God look backwards, while the other one look towards the future and represents the ‘spirit of the opening’.
  • People in countries like Mexico, Bolivia and Italy also follow a weird New Year tradition of wearing red underwear on the eve of the New Year. It is said to bring good luck for the entire year, while yellow underwear is also worn on the New Year’s Day as it symbolizes money. 
  • Some of the countries also follow the ritual of eating some lucky foods for the New Year. Spain has the ritual of eating twelve grapes-each for a month to bring about good fortune in the upcoming year. In Philippines, people prefer to eat food items in round shape to secure happiness and invite economic prosperity all round the year.
  • The common belief behind lighting up fireworks in some countries on New Year’s Day is that it not only illuminates the sky but also dispels bad spirits and unpleasant memories of the past.

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