May this beautiful music bring you the calming, happy and peaceful weekend!!!
This article was originally posted in 2012. Somehow it got lost. I reposted it here to share with the readers.
When a news reporter asked a successful businessman what was the most important teaching that his father gave him, he replied, “Do one good deed a day.”
One day when my son came to see me, I started to tell him about the story of this businessman and how he should do the same. He then told me he helped a woman in need a few days ago. He had seen her crying as she paced back and forth in front of her apartment building. My son stopped the car and asked her whether she needed help. She said that her son was in the emergency ward at the UCLA Medical Center due to a car accident, and she was waiting for a taxi to come and pick her up, but there was no sign of the cab. She could not bear to delay being at her son’s side one more minute. So my son gave her a ride to UCLA.
Sometimes a small deed you do for others may be remembered forever by them. I still remember someone stopped to help my family after our car broke down in the middle of the night several years ago as we were passing through Texas. It was late, dark and very scary along that Texas highway. So when this stranger stopped and took us to the repair shop in the middle of the night, we were full of appreciation. We wanted to pay him for his kindness, but he declined and told us one thing we would never forget: just do for others what I’ve done for you.
I also remember well the good deed of my friend’s son. He brought a homeless person to the supermarket on his birthday to let the person pick out whatever he needed and then paid for the items. What a touching act. In fact, this was a birthday present he was giving himself!
In my line of work – marketing for my home health business — I give the doctors I work with my business card which some of them keep with them to remind them of the Chinese proverb written on the back:
If you want happiness for an hour– take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day–go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month– get married.
If you want happiness for a year-inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime-help someone else.
Indeed, when you do one good deed for others, you brighten someone’s day and yours, too.
The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted. Filmed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and Eric Liner. Produced and Edited by Eric Liner.
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On this Easter holiday, I can not help recalling the miracle that had happened to my friend -Emily six years ago.
Here is her story-
Emily practiced medicine in Southern California.
Her hobby was to ride the bike 5, 10 ..25 miles in her spare time.
So she is strong and healthy.
Nobody would have thought that someone as healthy as her, a doctor even,
would get a gallbladder infection all of a sudden.
Just moments earlier she was treating patients.
The next minute she was sent to Hospital.
Where another doctor had to save her.
Who is to know that the fierce battle between life and death
She fought and struggled many days in I.C.U.
She needed oxygen to sustain her life.
I could not help but cry when I visited her.
I thought back to when she fell to the ground from the top of a mountain a few years ago.
I could not help asking God, “Why?”
Her doctor was going to give up and remove her mechanical support.
Twice, he did not do it.
The first time, he thought he should give her a chance because she, too, is a doctor.
His heart told him not to do it the second time.
I knew his heart wanted him to wait for God’s healing miracle.
Surely, that night when the doctor did not take any action,
She had a dream,
In her dream, she saw a man praying for her under a tree.
He turned his head slightly when he finished his prayer.
She saw His face, and she believed that He was Jesus Christ.
Miraculously, her condition improved every day after her dream.
And she could finally leave the I.C.U.
A few days later she was discharged from the hospital.
That day was Easter Sunday!
It was indeed a miracle.
Upon discharge from the hospital, her doctor told her that her lung function would only maintain 60% all of her life. She told me that she gained back 100 % of her lung function when I visited her two months later.
This is the updated and shorter version of my earlier post- Love, Orchids & a Miracle (http://loveneverending.com/love-orchid-a-miracle/ ).
Working hard is not necessarily useful; it is better to work smart.
Japan’s largest cosmetics company received complaints from customers complaining that the boxes of soap they bought were empty. So, to prevent this from happening again on the production line, the engineers worked hard to invent an X-ray monitor. They used the monitor to check every soapbox shipped.
The same problem occurred in another small company. Their solution was to buy a powerful industrial fan to blow each soapbox and blow away the empty boxes. Simple!
NASA discovered that in the low temperature and low gravity conditions of outer space, astronauts could not write with regular ink pens. So they spent a lot of money and effort to develop a pen that could write at low temperature without gravity.
What do the Russians do? They used pencils instead!
These stories demonstrate the difference between focusing on the “problem” and focusing on the “solution” to the problem! Sometimes we have blind spots like this at work; so to work hard is not necessarily useful; it is much better to work smart!