MAKE A BEAUTIFUL ECHO

We don’t live our lives in a bubble. Everything we do and say has the same effects on us. We get what we give. If we are negative and hurtful, that same negativity and pain will be reflected back to us.

Reflection

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: “Ah!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “Ah!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!”

Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”

The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” Again the man screams: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!” The boy is surprised, but does not understand.

Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE. It gives you back everything you say or do.

Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”

– Author Unknown

HAVE FAITH AND LAUGH IT OFF

With time, I came to realize that whatever we do in life, and whatever we are seeking, we have to be persistent, perseverant, positive and patient. But above all, we must have FAITH. One of the definitions I found is in my number one book, the Bible and that is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Most of the time, we talk about faith in terms of religious beliefs but there are so many things we have faith in or must have faith in. For example, oxygen is something we cannot see, but we have the strong faith that it is essential, we cannot live without it.

So, in whatever you do, first of all, you must have faith in yourself, in your abilities in spite of your past failures or what people say. Your past does not equal your future, somebody’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality, neither your past failures do not make you a failure. On your way to making your dreams become a reality, and while you are acquiring more skills, and you are polishing your craft, you must have the patience of the Chinese bamboo tree farmer who plants the seed and while he is putting fertilizer and watering it every day, and removing the the weeds, he knows that he will see results only after five long years. “You’ve got to dream, and you’ve got to  protect it.” On your way to realizing your dreams, difficulties and failures will surely come your way, but it does not matter how many times you fall. What matters is if you are going to get up and keep moving forward.

In the midst of difficulties, trials and hardships, you must have hope as well. Hope in the future gives us momentum. Hope keeps us moving through the inevitable challenges. Have Only Positive Expectations and NEVER GIVE UP. As Nick Vujicic said it so well in his book ”Life without limits“, page 65, “you don’t give up when faced with challenges, you don’t run away,from them either. You assess the situation, look for solutions and trust that whatever happens, it will come together for the good.

While you are going through some tough times, laugh at it. Studies have shown that laughter releases endorphin hormones, the body’s natural relaxant, boosting your immune system and improving your blood flow while also increasing oxygen to the brain and it makes you more attractive as well.

So, my dear friend! HAVE FAITH, HOPE AND LAUGH.

Vincent

FIVE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM SOME OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS

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1. “HAVE THE COURAGE TO PURSUE YOUR OWN DREAMS, AND NEVER DOUBT YOUR ABILITY TO MEET WHATEVER CHALLENGES COME YOUR WAY.”

NICK VUJICIC, YOUR LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS, P.11

 2.WE HAVE TO BE AWARE OF THE CONVERSATION WE ARE HAVING WITH OURSELVES ABOUT OUR GIFTS AND TALENTS. WHAT ARE YOU SAYING TO YOURSELF WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS AROUND? WHAT ARE THE CONVERSATIONS THAT YOU ARE HAVING IN THE MIRROR WITH YOURSELF EACH MORNING? ARE YOU SPEAKING LIFE INTO YOUR DREAMS OR ARE YOU REPEATING SOMEONE ELSE’S FEARS AND ANXIETIES? ARE YOU FRONT-LOADING YOUR DAY WITH SCRIPTURES, AFFIRMATIONS AND POSITIVE QUOTATIONS, OR ARE YOU DUMPING DOUBT AND ANGUISH INTO YOUR SPIRIT?

STEVE HARVEY, ACT LIKE A SUCCESS, THINK LIKE A SUCCESS, P. 21

3. “FEW DREAMS COME TRUE BY THEMSELVES. THE TEST OF A PERSON LIES IN ACTION. NO ONE EVER STUMBLED ONTO SOMETHING BIG WHILE SITTING DOWN. EVEN A MOSQUITO DOESN’T GET A SLAP ON THE BACK UNTIL IT STARTS TO WORK.”

JOHN MASON, BE YOURSELF. DISCOVER THE LIFE YOU WERE MEANT TO LIVE. P.117

4. ”THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION WHILE PURSUING YOUR PASSION. YOUR UNIQUE PACKAGE OF TALENTS, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUITED FOR BUSINESS, PUBLIC SERVICE, THE ARTS OR OTHER FIELDS. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO RECOGNIZE WHAT GOD HAS PUT IN YOU AND TO BUILD YOUR LIFE AROUND THOSE GIFTS AND PASSIONS BY TAKING ACTION WHEN YOU MAY NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT DRIVES THEM OR WHERE THEY WILL LEAD YOU.”

NICK VUJICIC, THE POWER OF UNSTOPPABLE FAITH, P.34-35

5. ”FAILURE SHOULD BE OUR TEACHER, NOT OUR UNDERTAKER. FAILURE IS DELAY, NOT DEFEAT. IT IS A TEMPORARY DETOUR, NOT A DEAD-END STREET. A WINNER IS BIG ENOUGH TO ADMIT HIS MISTAKES, SMART ENOUGH TO PROFIT FROM THEM, AND STRONG ENOUGH TO CORRECT THEM. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UNSUCCESSFUL PERSON AND THE SUCCESSFUL PERSON IS THAT THE UNSUCCESSFUL PERSON IS MISTAKEN THREE TIMES OUT OF FIVE.”

JOHN C. MAXWELL, HOW HIGH CAN YOU CLIMB? P.119

If you are still waking up every day, it’s because God has a greater plan for you and it’s not yet completed. Every day is an opportunity to see your light as a gift. We all have opportunities that are presented to us on a daily basis. These opportunities show up in the people we meet, the invitations we receive or the informations shared with us. Our response to these choices can determine the quality of our lives.

Steve Harvey (from the book Act like a success,Think like a success.)

THE TREASURE WITHIN

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During my researches, I came across the story of the Golden Buddha in the temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok, Thailand and it reminded me of so many of us who discovered the treasure within by ”accident.”

Hundreds of years ago, when the temples were being invaded and looted, the monks, in order to protect the Golden statue, covered it with clay. When the invaders came, they took all the valuables and left the clay statue as it seemed worthless. Many years later, while the officials tried to move the statue, the rope broke and when the statue hit the ground, the plaster cracked and revealed the gold beneath. When they carefully removed all the plaster, they discovered that the statue was made of pure gold and weighed 5.5 Tons. For hundreds of years, the statue has been believed to be of no value until it fell and revealed what was within.

So many people are talented, full of potentials but go through life tiptoeing, following the crowd, playing it safe. They go to a job they hate, living hand to mouth until the day they hit rock bottom, tired of surviving they say ”I’ve had it” or until somebody sees the potentials in them and help them unleash the power within.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made and I believe that we’ve been created to achieve greatness, to impact positively people’s life and leave a legacy to future generations. We may need a push and/or a fall to reveal the the treasure within or we may feel deep inside that we deserve more in life and decide to embark on a lifelong journey of learning and personal development.

What is your life purpose? What are your gifts? When you leave this planet, what do you want people to say about you? When you were born, you cried while people were rejoicing. Live your life in such a way that when you die, people cry while you rejoice. “Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Find what your life’s purpose is and LIVE WITH PASSION.

VINCENT

10 LOVE VITAMINS TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL SUCCESS by John Grey

1. Vitamin G: Love and support from God

2. Vitamin P1: Love and support from our parents

3. Vitamin F: Love and support from family, friends and having fun

4. Vitamin P2: Love and support from our peers and people who have the same goal than us

5. Vitamin S: Self love

6. Vitamin R: Love and support from intimate relationships, partnerships and romance

7. Vitamin D: Loving and supporting someone who is dependant to us like a child or pet

8. Vitamin C: Giving back to our community

9. Vitamin W: Giving back to the world

10. Vitamin G2: Serving God

Take these multivitamins and live with passion.

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