Posted on Mar 23, 2013 under Affection, Appreciation, Attitude, Commitment, Happiness, Healthy Relationships, how to impress a man, How to impress a woman, How to improve relationship with spouse, Humor, Humour, Love, Reflection, Understanding |
Just today, I shared a passage on how to make a man happy and how to make a woman happy, now I want to share another on ‘How to’ and this time is on ‘How to impress a woman and how to impress a man.’ While I was looking for a picture to go with a quote from Marianne Williamson, I encountered this image (to your right) by the truly talented Nina Matthews. I not only like the picture but also the description that goes with it; it simply made me laugh.
If you like the previous post on “How to make a man happy and how to make a woman happy,” you would surely love this too.
How to Impress A Woman
Smile at her.
Listen to her.
Laugh with her.
Cry with her.
Believe in her.
Pray with her.
Pray for her.
Shop with her.
Give her jewellery.
Give her flowers.
Spend money on her.
Buy things for her.
Care for her.
Stand by her.
Hold her hand.
Write love letters to her.
Go to the ends of the Earth and back again for her.
How To Impress A Man
Show up naked.
Bring chicken wings.
Don’t block the TV.
Photo and Description Credit: Nina Matthews Photography
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Posted on Feb 21, 2013 under Appreciation, Attitude, Family Relationship, Harmony, Healthy Relationships, How to improve relationship with spouse, Life, Love, Reflection, Understanding |
Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. – William James
This is especially true when we are caught in an argument with another, when ‘winning’ temporary seems more important than the relationship with the person. At that point of time, our blood is boiling and we just want to say the nastiest things to hurt the person. However, trust me, almost 100% of the time we are only hurting ourselves as we’ll live to regret what we say; I couldn’t remember a time when I said somethings in the heat of the moments and I didn’t regret after that. Our attitude in how we handle an argument really plays an important part.
What we should have done, as far as possible at that moment, is to walk away to allow both parties the much needed time to cool down. Make it clear to the other person that we are not avoiding but it is not going to be constructive to talk at a time like this.
However, it is not gonna be easy to walk away especially when we are emotionally stirred up and yet that is what we must do. Whenever I was on the verge of blurting out something hurtful, I would always consciously remind myself of the consequence. I might not be always successful but like flexing of our muscles, the more we flex our muscles the stronger they get; the more we put it into practice, the better we get also.
Attitude, surely is an important factor that can make a difference to relationship and we must focus more on relationship building and less on being right and winning. I would also like to share a passage by Joel Osteen, which I read yesterday on the power of words in communication between spouses. I do believe that our attitude towards the relationship ultimately determines the words we speak and that indirectly either damage or deepen the relationship. Although the below passage by Joel Osteen focuses on communication between spouses, I do believe that it applies to all type of relationships and it is very much worth a read.
It is important for a husband to understand that his words have tremendous power in his wife’s life. He needs to bless her with words. She’s given her life to love and care for him, to partner with him, to create a family together, to nurture his children. If he is always finding fault in something she’s doing, always putting her down, he will reap horrendous problems in his marriage and in his life.
Moreover, many women today are depressed and feel emotionally abused because their husbands do not bless them with their words. One of the leading causes of emotional breakdowns among married women is the fact that women do not feel valued. One of the main reasons for that deficiency is because husbands are willfully or unwittingly withholding the words of approval women so desperately desire.
If you want to see God do wonders in your marriage, start praising your spouse. Start appreciating and encouraging her. Every single day, a husband should tell his wife, “I love you. I appreciate you. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
A wife should do the same for her husband. Your relationship would improve immensely if you’d simply start speaking kind, positive words, blessing your spouse instead of cursing him or her.
How have you been able to work on your attitude especially with regards to relationship?
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Posted on Jan 17, 2013 under Appreciation, Attitude, Challenges in Life, Choices in Life, Courage, Dealing with Adversity, Dream, Empowering Ourselves, Family Relationship, Gratitude, Happiness, Health, Inspiration, Joseph Campbell, Lesson in Life, Living, Passion, Patience, Randy Pausch, Reflection, Steve Jobs |
Joseph Campbell said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
Then Steve Jobs said something about loving what you do, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.”
And Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire) put it very simply, “I have decided to be happy because it’s good for my health.”
Joseph was right when he said that the universe will open doors where there were only walls and might I say that we need to have strong faith, courage and trust that it will all turn out great too; because more often than not, we need to walk through the wall or to knock down the wall to build the door. The universe favours one who work hard and there is always delay gratification. Patience. Why you may ask? As the saying goes, “Easy comes, easy goes.” And so it will be with the gift bestows to you from the universe. Thus, it is necessary to prepare one mentally to receive that greatest gift of becoming the person we were born to be. In fact, we are already that person, waiting to be let out of our heart.
The preparation could have come in the form of lessons in life and work. Steve Jobs mentioned that work is going to fill a large part of our life. So doesn’t it make sense to do work that we love, work that bring out our best potential, work that we are naturally good? It certainly makes a lot of sense. As the saying goes, “When we love the work we do, then we don’t have to work anymore for another day because we will be playing everyday.
That happiness found in work will surely overflow to the other parts in life; affecting first and foremost the relationships with our family and friends. Don’t we all know of someone who is everyday complaining about work? It is rather sad actually to see someone we care about going through the unhappiness. Yet I think Randy Pausch put it best when he said, “Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.” Are we also falling into such a cycle? A gentle reminder to myself, “Acknowledge the challenges and then to focus on the solutions.”
Acknowledging the challenges is important as we cannot change that, which we are not aware of and it is for one very good reason that change must come through. Being happy – it’s not only good for the people we loved and cared about, most importantly it is exceptionally good for myself! Are you joining me in this happiness journey?
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Posted on Jan 01, 2013 under Appreciation, Attitude, Daily Blessings, Dream, Everything Happened for a Reason, Forgiveness, Giving, Gratitude, Happiness, Inspiration, Lesson in Life, Life, Love, New Year, Randy Pausch, Reflection |
2012 has ended with fireworks, a couple of beers, and a lot of babysitting; it was not fun as some people would describe it but I enjoyed it totally! I had videoed the fireworks and had wanted to share that beautiful moment with you; try imagining this, I was holding up the phone, risking the closeness to the fireworks display, doing my very best to record down the whole process while enjoying it – only to realise at the end that I missed one step – pressing the record button! Yes, it was one of those embarrassing moments! Well, I had a good laugh at myself! It was a fun way to start the new year; started in forgiving myself and be grateful for the moment.
The New Year’s Eve was also subtly reflective as I observed the people around me and spending time with three little angels. 2012 has indeed been a year of excitements, love, broken hearts, and challenges! However, I believe that everything happened for a reason.
When I was penning a New Year greetings to send to my friends and associates in my Whatsapp’s contact list, a perfect message appeared in my mind – a speech by Claire Morgan, a character played by Hilary Swank in the movie New Year’s Eve, came to my mind; she has so perfectly and eloquently spoken my thoughts.
I wouldn’t start the new year without sharing this inspirational speech of Claire Morgan with you:
” … and as you all can see, the ball has stopped half way to its perch. it’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop, and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken, the times we opened ourselves up to great adventures … or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt, because that’s what new year’s all about, getting another chance, a chance to forgive. to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if… and start embracing what will be. so when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.“
Indeed, new year is a great time to reflect on the year that has gone by! Yet is it also a long wait to reflect on the year. In fact, we should break down the yearly reflection to monthly, or even weekly, or even (ideally) daily reflection; just as it was mentioned that we be nice to each other, kind to each other not just for new year day but all year long. In 2013, I want to go back to the basic of giving more, loving more, dreaming more, starting to embrace what I am, and counting my daily blessings. Most importantly – to live a Happy Life!
We were all born to live a life of greatness and there shouldn’t be any other way to live our lives except to unleash our full potential to become what we were created for. And a remind that time is all we have. As what Randy Pausch said, “Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.” This is so very true isn’t it?
Just to leave you a final thought, “If we do not start to live now the life we were created for, then when?”
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