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INSPIRATION

Yes, I Believe In You

During my school days, I was one of those shy and distant kids who would just sit in a corner for an entire day. For me, my books were my only world. Even during, breaks, I used to just sit in a corner of the ground and see other play games. It was not like I wasn’t interested in joining others or making new...

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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

Influence

Do you recall when your parents would tell you to stay away from certain people because they were a bad element, or not to go to certain places in order to avoid potential problems? The places we go, things we do, and the people in our lives influence who we are and what we do. Things happen daily that have...

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OVERCOMING

Fighting Scoliosis

When I was twelve years old, I discovered I had idiopathic scoliosis. The x-Rays showed that I had an S shaped spine. The largest curve was fifty degrees; the smallest was thirty-five. For two years, I went to a chiropractor near my home town three times a week for two hours each day. Before the two years were...

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FAMILY

Uncle Cec Where Have You Gone?

My uncle ‘Cec’ was a great inspiration to me. I think of him often and the things he had inspired in me as a child. The last time I saw him was at my brother’s funeral in 2007. He had grown a little feeble and I thought I saw a little glaze in his eyes, very unlike the man I...

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FORGIVENESS

Why Did You Tell?

One time I was sitting there sad. Then a girl came up to me and started chatting with me. Then we became friends the next day. I told her all of my secrets. I went to school happy and everyone look at me and laugh. They told me about some of my secrets that I never share with them. Then I thought for a while and...

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ENCOURAGEMENT

Tough Love

56 years ago when I was 15, I was in a class room goofing around with a bunch of guys. Jim Huxel, the Principal came into the room, grabed me by my ear and took me to his office. He gave me swats with a heavy wooden paddle. I asked him "Why, why me? There were lots of guys goofing around and you only took me....

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INSPIRATION

My Answer Is….

The day when I came back to Vietnam and said that I would run a Volunteer House Project, many reporters contacted and interviewed me. They praised me and wrote nice words about me in various media. However, the questions they asked me in person were: “Are you crazy? Why are you doing this while you really need to...

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FAMILY

My Father's Saw

My Father's Saw It was on the top shelf, hanging from a nail above my workbench—my father’s saw. I brought it home a decade ago, one of a few relics I found in his shed when my sister and I cleaned house shortly after his demise. “My old bucksaw,” he...

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APPRECIATION

Appreciating All There Is...

“How dull life would be if we only saw things in black and white. There needs to be shades in between to color this beautiful world.” You could say that I more amused and intrigued by looking at life through colored lenses as opposed to labelling things into black and white categories. I don’t believe that...

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

The Power In Giving

“When you are generous; when you are kind, you’re always making a difference whether you know it or not.” There is an energy that flows from giving wholeheartedly. The giver is always rewarded by the mere...

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LISTENING

Husband Version 2015

My wife goes to her mom's place during our kids school vacation. We were having a cordial chat on the evening before their departure. We talked in general about her plans during the vacation. Midway into our conversation I casually asked, "See we will be completing 6 years of our marriage this month. If you have...

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PURPOSE

A River Of Inspiration From The Hindukush Mountains

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I was in my beginning days in Lahore, Pakistan, where I was ready to step into the practical field, just after...

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SHARING

My Favourite Toffee

Sharing is a very satisfying value. When you share, you open your heart to the other you share with. My mother used to share her lunch with her cooks and maids. She never started her meal without giving to others. I watched her as a child and wanted to do the same. One day, my father came back from office and...

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RIGHT CHOICES

You're Worth It

Everything starts in September 22, a girl was born in Puerto Rico, named Angelina. She was in this word for a purpose. And in November 27 her brother Alex was born. When she was 2 years old her mom broke up with her dad leaving him and all her family and move to a far away place. But nobody knew why. Her mom was...

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FORGIVENESS

I'm Sorry

My son Luke was 12. Luke's friend, JT informed him that his friend, Julian was saying negative things about him via text. Luke wanted to resolve it by fighting but it never happened. I had said that Julian would never come over our house again. Then a while later, Julian showed up at my door and apologized very...

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