The Purpose
Racist instance
Coffee or Cup
child innocense
The Power Of Prayer
Women
stress management
Ten Things We Waste
Life - Eighty Floors
stupid english
The Most Important Part
For Mothers
Are You In Love

What if
Enriching Thoughts
10 most destrictive things
Life
List of annoyances
26 Things A Guy Do
Why Lie
Why to worry
The Mother
Four Wives
Friends n Best Friends
A Love story
Bricks
The Purpose We are born with two eyes in front because we must not always look behind, but see what lies ahead, beyond ourselves. We are born to have two ears ~ one left, one right, so we can hear both sides, collect both the compliments and criticisms, to see which are right. We are born with a brain concealed in a skull that no matter how poor we are, we are still rich, for no one can steal what our brain contains, packing in more jewels and rings than you can think. We are born with two eyes, two ears, but one mouth for the mouth is a sharp weapon, it can hurt, flirt, and kill. We are born with only one heart, deep in our ribs to remind us to appreciate and give love from deep within and serve One Master only. Remember the motto: talk less, listen and see more.

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*********** Racist instance... This scene took place on a BA flight between Johannesburg and London. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess. "Madam, what is the matter," the hostess asked. "You obviously do not see it then?" she responded. "You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat." "Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available." The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class." Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued: "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting." She turned to the black guy, and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class." At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded. This is a true story.

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*********** Coffee or Cup A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to Visit their old university lecturer. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the lecturer went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, some plain looking and some expensive and exquisite, telling them to help themselves to hot coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the lecturer said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the better cups and are eyeing each other's cups." "Now, if Life is coffee, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change." "Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it." So folks, don't let the cups drive you...enjoy then coffee instead. *********** child innocense Dear God.. Who draws the lines around the countries? Dear God.. I went to this wedding & they kissed right . Is that okay? Dear God.. Thank u for my baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. Dear God.. Pls. send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. Dear God.. I want to be just like my daddy when I get big, but not with so much hair all over. Dear God.. I think about u sometimes, even when I'm not praying. Dear God.. I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset u made on Tuesday. That was cool! smiles,

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************************ The Power Of Prayer - A True Story A girl, a young Muslim university student, was home for the summer. She had gone to visit some sisters one evening & the time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned. Evening came & A girl had to walk home alone, but she wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she walked along under the tall elm trees, A girl asked "God" to keep her safe from harm & danger. When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley, she noticed a man standing at the end, as though he was waiting for her. She became uneasy & began to pray, asking for "God's" protection. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness & security wrapped around her; she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man & arrived home safely. The following day, she read in the paper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley, just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy & the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep. Thanking the Lord for her safety & to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station. She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a line up to see if she could identify him. She agreed & immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down & confessed. The officer thanked A girl for her bravery & asked if there was anything they could do for her, she asked if they would ask the man one question. A girl was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him he answered, "Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her."

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*********** Women They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without new shoes so their children can have them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They have sorrow at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all sizes, in all colors They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin! Women do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have a lot to say and a lot to give. This has been sent to you from someone who respects you as a woman.

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*********** stress management A professor to his students demonstrating lecture about stress management He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?" The students' answers ranged from 20g to 500gm. "It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it is Ok.If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an mbulance. It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." "If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier." "What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again." We have to put down the burden periodically, so that we can be refreshed and are able to carry on." So before you return home from work tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it back home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

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*********** Ten Things We Waste 1. Knowledge: Wasted when not taking action with it. 2. Actions: Wasted when we do anything without sincerity. Intentions count. 3. Wealth: Wasted when used on things that will not bring us jr (reward). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things that have no benefit in this life or in khirah (the Hereafter). 4. Hearts: Wasted when empty from the love of Allah, and the longing for Him/Her, and devoid of peace and contentment. 5. Bodies: Wasted when we don't use them in ibdah (worship) and service of Allah in serving humankind. 6. Love: Wasted when our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but just towards something/someone else. 7. Time: Wasted when not used properly, by not doing what is righteous. 8. Intellect: Wasted on things that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection. 9. Service: Wasted when in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah. 10. Dhikr: Wasted when it does not effect our hearts.

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*********** Life - Eighty Floors There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th floor of a tall building. On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they have to climb the stairs home. After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them the next day. They left their bags then and climbed on............ When they have struggled to the 40th level by this time they had gone sufficiently mad and irritated. The younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps, quarreling all the way to the 60th floor. They then realized that they have only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarreling and continue climbing in peace. They silently climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for the other to open the door. And they realized that the key was in their bags which were left on the 20th floor......... This story is a reflection on our life and times. All of us climb the tall building called life...........some till all the 80 floors and some less. Many of us climb under the expectations of our companion. Time to time these are our friends and parents till the 20th floor, then our spouse and our dear ones till the next level of the building. We seldom get to do the things that we really like and love and are under so much pressure and stress so that by the age of 20, we get tired and decided to dump this load. Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious wishes. By the time we reach 40 years old, we start to lose our vision and dreams. We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life as a misery as we are never satisfied. Reaching 60, we realize that we have little left for complaining anymore, and we began to walk the final episode in peace and calmness. We think that there is nothing left to disappoint us, only to realize that we could not rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream..........a dream we abandon 60 years ago. So what's your dream.....? Know your dreams and follow it so that you will not live with regrets.

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*********** stupid english Lets face it English is a stupid language. There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you down slowly Boxing rings are square And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don't fing. If the plural of tooth is teeth Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth If the teacher taught, Why didn't the preacher praught. If a vegetarian eats vegetables What the heck does a humanitarian eat!? Why do people recite at a play Yet play at a recital? Park on driveways and Drive on parkways How can the weather be as hot as hell on one day And as cold as hell on another You have to marvel at the unique lunacy Of a language where a house can burn up as It burns down And in which you fill IN a form By filling it OUT And a bell is only heard once it GOES! English was invented by people, not computers And it reflects the creativity of the human race (Which of course isn't a race at all) That is why When the stars are out they are visible But when the lights are out they are invisible And why it is that when I wind up my watch It starts But when I wind up this poem It ends!!!!

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*********** The Most Important Part My mother used to ask me what is the most important part of the body. Through the years I would take a guess at what I thought was the correct answer. When I was younger, I thought sound was very important to us as humans, so I said, "My ears, Mommy." She said, 'No. Many people are deaf. But you keep thinking about it and I will ask you again soon.' Several years passed before she asked me again. Since making my first attempt, I had contemplated the correct answer. So this time I told her, 'Mommy, sight is very important to everybody, so it must be our eyes.' She looked at me and told me, 'You are learning fast, but the answer is not correct because there are many people who are blind.' Stumped again, I continued my quest for knowledge and over the years, Mother asked me a couple more times and always her answer was 'No, but you are getting smarter every year, my child.' Then last year, my Grandpa died. Everybody was hurt. Everybody was crying. Even my father cried. My Mom looked at me when it was our turn to say our final good-bye to Grandpa. She asked me, 'Do you know the most important body part yet, my dear?' I was shocked when she asked me this now. I always thought this was a game between her and me. She saw the confusion on my face and told me. 'This question is very important. It shows that you have really lived your life. For every body part you gave me in the past, I have told you was wrong and I have given you an example why. But today is the day you need to learn this important lesson. She looked down at me as only a mother can. I saw her eyes well up with tears. She said, 'My dear, the most important body part is your shoulder' I asked, 'Is it because it holds up your head?' She replied, 'No, it is because it can hold the head of a friend or loved one when they cry. Everybody, need a shoulder to cry on sometime in life, my dear. I only hope that you have enough love and friends that you will have a shoulder to cry on when you need it.' Then and there I knew the most important body part is not a selfish one. It is sympathetic to the pain of others.

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*********** For Mothers This is for all the mothers who froze their buns off on metal bleachers at football games Friday night instead of watching from cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and meant it. This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's OK honey, Mommy's here." This is for all the mothers of Kosovo who fled in the night and can't find their children. This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and made them homes. This is for all the mothers of the victims of the Colorado shooting, and the mothers of the murderers. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their, child who just came home from school, safely. For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T. What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to School alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a school shooting, a fire, a car accident, a baby dying? So this is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the mothers who wanted to but just couldn't. This is for reading "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then reading it again. "Just one more time." This is for all the mothers who mess up. Who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair and stomp their feet like a tired 2-year-old who wants ice cream before dinner. This is for all the mothers who taught their daughters to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead. For all the mothers who bite their lips-sometimes until they bleed-when their 14 year olds dye their hair green. Who lock themselves in the bathroom when babies keep crying and won't stop. This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse. This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot. This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home. This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy bears on their children's graves. This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them. This is for all the mothers who sent their sons to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse and hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away. This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for you all.

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*********** Are You In Love With Someone? (these are not 100% truth :) ) When you are together with that special someone, you pretend to ignore that person. But when that special someone is not around, you might look around to find them. At that moment, you are in love. Although there is someone else who always makes you laugh, your eyes and attention might go only to that special someone. Then, you are in love. Although that special someone was supposed to have called you long back, to let you know of their safe arrival, your phone is quiet. You are desperately waiting for the call! At that moment, you are in love. If you are much more excited for one short e-mail from that special someone than other many long e-mails, you are in love. When you find yourself as one who cannot erase all the messages in your answering machine because of one message from that special someone, you are in love. When you get a couple of free movie tickets, you would not hesitate to think of that special someone. Then, you are in love. You keep telling yourself, "that special someone is just a friend", but you realize that you can not avoid that person's special attraction. At that moment, you are in love. While you are reading this page, if someone appears in your mind, then u might be in love with that person.

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*********** What if...? God couldn't take the time to Bless us today because we could not take the time to thank Him yesterday... What if...? God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today... What if...? God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day... What if...? God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others... What if...? God took away the His Holy Book tomorrow, because we would not read it today... What if...? God took away his message because we failed to listen to His Messenger (pbuh)... What if...? God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service... What if...? The door to the Masjid was closed because we did not open the door of our hearts... What if...? God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him yesterday...

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*********** Enriching Thoughts The most destructive habit .....................Worry The greatest joy ...............................Giving The greatest loss ..............................Loss of self-respect The most satisfying work .......................Helping others The ugliest personality trait...................Selfishness The most endangered species ....................Dedicated leaders Our greatest natural resource...................Our youth The greatest "shot in the arm"..................Encouragement The greatest problem to overcome................Fear The most effective sleeping pill................Peace of mind The most crippling failure disease..............Excuses The most powerful force in life.................Love The most dangerous pariah ......................A gossiper The world's most incredible computer ...........The brain The worst thing to be without ..................Hope The deadliest weapon ...........................The tongue The two most power-filled words ................"I Can" The greatest asset..............................Faith The most worthless emotion......................Self-pity The most beautiful attire.......................SMILE! The most prized possession......................Self esteem The most powerful channel of communication......Prayer The most contagious spirit......................Enthusiasm The greatest fortune............................Contentment The greatest asset..............................Health The meanest action..............................Revenge The cheapest trait..............................Miserliness The most powerful action........................Charity The most abnoxious disease......................Arrogance The lowest of the low...........................Pride The deepest intoxicator ........................Power The highest coverer of defects..................Wealth The most unpredictable..........................Customer The crown of greatness..........................Forgiveness The greatest sin................................Not believing in God. The most uncertain..............................DEATH. *********** 10 most destrictive things to your mind 1. No Breakfast People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration. 2. Overeating It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power. 3. Smoking It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease. 4. High Sugar consumption too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development. 5. Air Pollution The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency. 6. Sleep Deprivation Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells. 7. Head covered while sleeping Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects. 8. Working your brain during illness Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain. 9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage. 10. Talking Rarely Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

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*********** List of annoyances A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration. All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and to partake of the festivities and celebrations. A wonderful time was had by all. The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown and the groom was very dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could tell that the love they had for each other was true. A few months later, the wife comes to the husband with a proposal: "I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our marriage." she offered. "Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and make our lives happier together." The husband agreed. So each of them went to a separate room in the house and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with. The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they would go over their lists. "I'll start," offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on it. Enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As she started reading the list of the little annoyances, shenoticed that tears were starting to appear in her husbands eyes. "What's wrong?" she asked. "Nothing" the husband replied, "keep reading your list." The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her husband. She neatly placed her list on the table and folded her hands over top of it. "Now, you read your list and then we'll talk about the things on both of our lists." She said happily. Quietly the husband stated,"I don't have anything on my list. I think that you are perfect the way that you are. I don't want you to change anything for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn't want to try and change anything about you." The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his acceptance of her, turned her head and wept. The moral lesson: In life, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and annoyed. We don't really have to go looking for them. We have a wonderful world that is full of beauty, light and promise. Why waste time in this world looking for the bad, disappointing or annoying when we can look around us, and see the wonderous things before us? I believe that we are happiest when we see and praise the good and try our best to forget the bad. Nobody's perfect but we can find perfectness in them to change the way we see them.

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*********** 26 Things That A Perfect Guy Would Do 1. Know how to make you smile when you are down. 2. Try to secretly smell your hair, but you always notice. 3. Stick up for you, but still respects your independence. 4. Give you the remote control during the game. 5. Come up behind you and put his arms around you. 6. Play with your hair. 7. His hands always find yours. 8. Be cute when he really wants something. 9. Offer you plenty of massages. 10. Dance with you, even if he feels like a dork. 11. Never run out of love. 12. Be funny, but know how to be serious. 13. Realize he's being funny when he needs to be serious. 14. Be patient when you take forever to get ready. 15. React so cutely when you hit him and it actually hurts. 16. Smile a lot. 17. Plans a romantic date full of cheesy things he wouldn't normally like to do, just because he knows it means a lot to you. 18. Appreciate you. 19. Help others out. 20. Drive 5 hours just to see you for 1. 21. Always gives you a peck on the cheek when you depart from each others company, even when his friends are watching. 22. Sing, even if he can't. 23. Have a creative sense of humor. 24. Stare at you. 25. Call for no reason. 26. Quit smoking, chewing, drinking, or drugs - just because he loves u that much to quit it.

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*********** Why Lie!!! One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river. When he cried out, ghost appeared and asked," Why are you crying?" The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water. Then ghost went down into the water and reappeared with a golden axe. "Is this your axe?" ghost asked. The woodcutter replied, "No." ghost again went down and came up with a silver axe. "Is this your axe?" he asked. Again, the woodcutter replied, "No." ghost went down again and came up with an iron axe. "Is this your axe?" ghost asked. The woodcutter replied," Yes." ghost was pleased with the man's honesty and gave him all three axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happily. One day while he was walking with his wife along the riverbank, the woodcutter's wife fell into the river. When he cried out,ghost again appeared and asked him, "Why are you crying?" "Oh ghost , my wife has fallen into the water!" ghost went down into the water and came up with Jennifer Lopez. "Is this your wife?" he asked. "Yes," cried the woodcutter. ghost was furious. "You cheat! That is an untruth!" The woodcutter replied, "Oh, forgive me ghost . It is a misunderstanding. You see, if I said 'no' to Jennifer Lopez, You will come up with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Then if I also say 'no' to her, You wi l l come up with my wife, and I will say 'yes,' and then all three will be given to me. But ghost , I am a poor man and I will not be able to take care of all three wives, so *that's* why I said 'yes' this time.

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*********** Why to worry There are only two things to worry about. Either you are well or you are sick. If you are well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about. Either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, there is nothing to worry about. If you die, there are only two things to worry about. Either you will go to heaven or hell. If you go to heaven there is nothing to worry about. But if you go to hell, you'll be so damn busy shaking hands with friends you wouldn't have time to worry!

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*********** The Mother 1. When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you. you thanked her by crying all the night. 2. When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk. You thanked her by running away when she called. 3. When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love. You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor. 4. When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons. You thanked her by coloring the dinning room table. 5. When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays. You thanked her by looping into the nearest pile of mud. 6. When you were 6 years old, she walked you into school. You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING". 7. When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball. You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor window. 8. When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream. You thanked her by dripping it all over you lap. 9. When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons. You thanked her by never even bothering to practice it. 10. When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, from soccer to gymnastic to one birthday party after another. You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back. 11. When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the movies. You thanked her by asking to sit in the different row. 12. When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to watch certain TV shows. You thanked her by waiting until she left the house. 13. When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was becoming. You thanked her by telling her she had no taste. 14. When you were 14, she paid for a month away at summer camp. You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter. 15. When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug. You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked. 16. When you were 16, she taught you how to drove her car. You thanked her by taking it every chance you could. 17. When you were 17, she was expecting an important call. You thanked her by being on the phone all night. 18. When you were 18, she cried at your school graduation. You thanked her by staying out partying until dawn. 19. When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, drove you to campus, carried your bags. You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn't be embarrassed in front of you friends. 20. When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone. You thanked her by saying "It's none of you business". 21. When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future. You thanked her by saying "I don't want to be like you". 22. When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation. You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe. 23. When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment. You thanked her by telling your friend it was ugly. 24. When you were 24, she met your fianc and asked about your plans for the future. You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!" 25. When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told how deeply she loved you. You thanked her by moving halfway across the country. 26. When you were 30, she called with some advice on the baby. You thanked by telling her, "Things are different now." 27. When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative's birthday. You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now." 28. When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her. You thanked her by reading about the burden parents become to their children. 29. And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did, came crashing down like thunder on your heart. IF SHE' S STILL AROUND, NEVER FORGET TO LOVE HER MORE THAN EVER. AND IF SHE' S NOT, REMEMBER HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND PRAY TO GOD FOR HER .

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************************ Four Wives there was a rich King who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidante and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her to help him get through the difficult times. The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her. One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and pondered, "I now have 4 wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone. Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart. The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave." Her answer came like a bolt of thunder and the King was devastated. Then a voice called out: "I'll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go." The King looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!" In Truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives ... Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die. Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. And our 1st wife is our Soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the ego. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. So cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now! It is your greatest gift to offer the world.

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*********** Friends ~~~ Best Friends Friend: calls your parents by mr. and mrs. Best friend: calls your parents mom and dad. Friend: has never seen you cry Best friend: has always had the best shoulder to cry on Friend: never asks for anything to eat or drink Best friend: opens the fridge and makes herself at home Friend: asks you to write down your number. Best friend: they ask you for their number (cuz they can't remember it) Friend: borrows your stuff for a few days then gives it back. Best friend: has a closet full of your stuff Friend: only knows a few things about you Best friend: could write a biography on your life story Friend: will leave you behind if that is what the crowd is doing Best friend: will always go with you

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*********** A Love story!!! He met her on a party. She was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him, she was surprised, but due to being polite, she promised. They sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable, she thought, please, let me go home.. suddenly he asked the waiter: would you please give me some salt? I'd like to put it in my coffee." Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but, still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it. She asked him curiously: why you have this hobby? He replied: "when I was a little boy, I was living near the sea, I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea , just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my hometown, I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are still living there". While saying that tears filled his eyes. She was deeply touched. That's his true feeling, from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has responsibility of home. Then she also started to speak, spoke about her faraway hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk, also a beautiful beginning of their story. They continued to date. She found that actually he was a man who meets all her demands; he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm, careful. He was such a good person but she almost missed him! Thanks to his salty coffee! Then the story was just like every beautiful love story, the princess married to the prince, then they were living the happy life... And, every time she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee, as she knew that's the way he liked it. After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said: "My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie. This was the only lie I said to you---the salty coffee. Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time, actually I wanted some sugar, but I said salt It was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication! I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything.. Now I'm dying, I afraid of nothing so I tell you the truth: I don't like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste. But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If I can live for the second time, still want to know you and have you for my whole life, even though I have to drink the salty coffee again". Her tears made the letter totally wet. Someday, someone asked her: what's the taste of salty coffee? It's sweet. She replied.

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*********** Bricks A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and drove the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?" The young boy was apologetic. "Please mister ... please, I'm sorry... I didn't know what else to do," he pleaded. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop..." With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. "It's my brother," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me." Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you and may God bless you," the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the little boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!

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*********** Life A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. In a room of 200, he asked, who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going up. He said, I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, who still wants it? Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, what if I do this? And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. Now who still wants it? Still the hands went into the air. My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special - Don't EVER forget it.

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