The Bright Side of Life

The Bright Side of Life

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: ' I am blind, please help .' There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, 'Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?'

The man said, 'I only wrote the truth.
I said what you said but in a different way.'
What he had written was: ' Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it. '

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing?

Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

A great man says, 'Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness…. In the journey of life, if you want to travel without fear, you must have the ticket of a good conscience.'

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…
And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

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Chris’s tips for car-only drivers :D :D

Got this email some days back on the biker group where I'm member of.

… when u have some spare time and space to laugh ur ass off! 😀

Chris's tips for car-only drivers
(Because clearly millions of you need to be told)
Original article available here:

You have two of these, normally located in the front of your head. Use them. Don't just look, but see what's going on. You might spot someone else on the road other than you. I know that comes as a surprise, but there are other people entitled to share the same road space with you.Here's something else – get them tested. In the UK, a 2003 study found
that 1 in 7 drivers who didn't think they needed glasses had vision so bad that their licenses could have been revoked.

You should have one of these. Most humans are issued with one as standard. It's used for a lot of things, and is certainly capable of multitasking. When you're using your eyes (see above) to look in your mirrors (see below), use your brain to interpret the information. Very handy.

The shiny, reflective things in your car. You have at least one, and most modern cars have three. Interestingly, they're not for putting your makeup on, or adjusting your hair. They are in fact to help you use your eyes to see what's behind you without the horrible inconvenience of actually turning your head. Look in them occasionally, you'll be surprised at what you see.

You know those pretty little orange lights that light up the corners of your car? I hate to tell you, but they're not decorative elements put there by the designers on a whim. They actually have a purpose. For the 99.999% of us who can't read your thoughts, those are indicator lights, for you to use to indicate to us what you intend to do. They're operated by a stalk on the steering column – you should
try them some time. Oh, and when you do, make sure you use them before actually turning. Like I said, most of the rest of us have trouble reading your mind.

Steering wheel
The big circular thing you hold on to when driving. Apparently, not many of you realise that if you turn this, your car will drift from lane to lane. Most often, you also haven't grasped the basic use of the indicators (see above) so the result is that you'll change lanes, probably surprising yourself, and certainly surprising everyone behind you because you didn't tell us you were going to do it. By the way, when you do this, that grating, scraping, crashing sound from the back
of the car isn't "ordinary car noises" – it means you've hit someone.

Now this is a complicated one. The middle pedal in your manual car, or the left pedal in your automatic, is there to slow you down, and even stop you. I mention this because it seems that when you've committed to a bonehead maneuver, and see the motorbike at the last minute, not many of you realise that pushing this pedal will make you stop. Often, if you stop, it will avoid the accident. You don't have to run into us you know – your car will stop if instructed to do so. I think the
problem is that in order to use the brakes, you also need to engage your eyes and your brain at the same time, and for most of you, that does seem to cause some trouble.

Throw the fucking thing away. You can't drive on a good day. Now you're trying to drive while clamping a cellphone to your ear and holding a conversation? I know I said the brain was multitasking, but you know that you can't do all this at the same time. Just throw it away. You're not that important, really – you aren't. And believe me, your phonecall isn't so important that you have to endanger everyone else on the road to take it.

"Sorry, I didn't see you"
This is the phrase that your brain will be desperately trying to get you to say, when you realise that your eyes didn't see the motorbike you just hit because you didn't use your mirrors, brakes or indicators appropriately, and were having an unimportant, inconsequential conversation on your cellphone. You'll step out of the car and find the motorcyclist and you'll be so desperately wanting to say this phrase that you'll not be able to hold back. It's worth knowing that if you do utter these five words to an injured motorcyclist, you are likely to be punched and kicked and otherwise generally assaulted
because these are not words that we like to hear. You say "sorry, I didn't see you". What we hear is "I'm a blind fucking moron and my brain doesn't work". These five words are only marginally less offensive than "Are you okay?"

Crash helmet
This is not so much of a tip as a public information service. Now that you've run the motorcyclist down, and pissed him off by telling him you didn't see him, and asking if he's okay, your next course of action will typically be to try to take his crash helmet off. No, no no no no no no no no a thousand times no. Use your brain. You just nearly killed the guy and now you want to remove the one item of protective gear that might be holding his head together after you swatted him with your Buick? Are you totally deranged? No – don't answer that. If you've got this far into the accident, we all know the answer. You're blind, and stupid. We don't need to add deranged to the list.

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Tips for Managing Stress and Change at Work

Good read!!

Tips for Managing Stress and Change at Work
by Susan M. Heathfield

Are you experiencing stress at work? Want to learn more about what causes
stress and the impact of stress on people at work?

These five major suggestions will help you manage the stress you experience
at work. Effective stress management is not easy and stress management takes
time and practice. Developing stress management skills is important for your
overall health and well-being, however.

These five stress management tips are in no particular order. They do not
take in the universe of stress management, but these stress management tips
encompass several of the main stress management challenges you experience at
work. Think about your own situation and your own tendencies in stressful
situations to select your best stress management strategies from the list.

1. Control time allocation and goals.
Set realistic goals and time frames for yourself. Remember the Alice in
Wonderland Syndrome from the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis
Carroll. Alice is walking in a woods. She comes to a fork in the road. Not
knowing which way to go, she asks the Cheshire Cat:

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the cat.
I don't much care where, said Alice.
Then it doesn't matter, said the cat.
— so long as I get somewhere, Alice added as an explanation.
Oh, you're sure to do that, said the Cat, if you only walk long enough.

Do you feel this way some days? Setting realistic goals for your day and
year helps you feel directed and in control. Goals give you a yardstick
against which you can measure every time commitment. And, walking long
enough is a stress producer, not a stress management tool.

Scheduling more than you can handle is a great stressor. Not only are you
stressed trying to handle your commitments, you are stressed just thinking
about them. If you are experiencing overload with some activities, learn to
say, "no." Eliminate any activities which you don't have to do. Carefully
consider any time-based commitment you make.

Use an electronic planner to schedule each goal and activity you commit to
accomplish, not just your appointments. If that report will take two hours
to write, schedule the two hours just as you would a meeting. If reading and
responding to email takes an hour per day, schedule the hour.

2. Reconsider all meetings.
Why hold meetings in the first place? An effective meeting serves an
essential purpose – it is an opportunity to share information and/or to
solve a critical problem. Meetings should only happen when interaction is
required. Meetings can work to your advantage, or they can weaken your
effectiveness at work. If much of your time is spent attending ineffective,
time-wasting meetings, you are limiting your ability to accomplish important
objectives at work.

The Wall Street Journal, quoted a study that estimated American managers
could save 80 percent of the time they currently waste in meetings if they
did two things: start and end meetings on time and follow an agenda.

3. You can't be all things to all people – control your time.
Something has to give. Make time for the most important commitments and take
time to figure out what these are. Time management is a systematic approach
to the time of your life applied consistently. The basis of time management
is the ability to control events. A study was done some years ago that
revealed symphony conductors live the longest of any professionals. Looking
into this longevity, researchers concluded that in no other occupation do
people have such complete control over existing events.

In his book, Time Power, Dr. Charles Hobbes suggests that there are five
categories of events:

a) Events you think you cannot control, and you can't.
b) Events you think you cannot control, but you can.
c) Events you think you can control, but you can't.
d) Events you think you can control, but you don't.
e) Events you think you can control, and you can.

There are two major issues about control:

a) Each of us is really in control and in charge of more events than we
generally like to acknowledge.

b) Some things are uncontrollable. Trying to control uncontrollables is a
key cause of stress and unhappiness.

With the competing demands that exist for your time, you probably feel as if
much of your day is not in your control. Feeling not in control is the enemy
of time management. Feeling not in control is one of the major causes of
stress in our daily lives, too.

4. Make time decisions based on analysis.

Take a look at how you currently divide your time. Do you get the little,
unimportant things completed first because they are easy and their
completion makes you feel good? Or, do you focus your efforts on the things
that will really make a difference for your organization and your life.
Events and activities fall into one of four categories. You need to spend
the majority of your time on items that fall in the last two categories.

a) Not Urgent and Not Important
b) Urgent but Not Important
c) Not Urgent but Important
d) Urgent and Important

5. Manage procrastination.

If you are like most people, you procrastinate for three reasons.

a) You don't know how to do the task,
b) You don't like to do the task, or
c) You feel indecisive about how to approach the task.

Deal with procrastination by breaking the large project into as many small,
manageable, instant tasks as possible. Make a written list of every task.
List the small tasks on your daily, prioritized To Do List. Reward yourself
upon completion. If you do procrastinate, you'll find that the task gets
bigger and bigger and more insurmountable in your own mind. Just start.

These tips for managing stress and change will help you change your actions
and your outlook. Best wishes as you implement these ideas. Live a great

[About the Author: Susan Heathfield is a Human Resources expert. She is a
management and organization development consultant who specializes in human
resources issues and in management development to create forward thinking
workplaces. Susan is also a professional facilitator, speaker, trainer, and
writer. Susan is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management
(SHRM) and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Susan
contributes regularly to professional publications including a book chapter
for ASTD and a recent article in the American Society for Quality's Journal
for Quality and Participation.]

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