Category Archives: Wisdom

Merry Christmas to You

White Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. –Agnes M. Pharo

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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What Kind of Soul Are You? A Quiz

I came across this quiz on cjwriter’s blog (which is a very nice blog btw). Having tested it on me and someone I know greatly, I found the results in large part surprisingly accurate, for a horoscope-like test anyway. :)

Here’s my soul. I’m really curious to find out what kind of soul YOU are, my dear reader…

You Are a Dreaming Soul

Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you away from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all…
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult

You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul

What Kind of Soul Are You?

The Fable of the Bee And the Flower

The third installment of my “Chinese Fable translation series“. I love translating.

rose

Original Chinese text:

放弃的寓言

玫瑰花枯萎了,蜜蜂仍拼命吮吸,因为它以前从这朵花上吮吸过甜蜜。但是,现在在这朵花上,蜜蜂吮吸的是毒汁。蜜蜂知道这一点,因为毒汁苦涩,与以前的味道是天壤之别。于是,蜜蜂愤不过,它吸一口就抬起头来向整个世界抱怨,为什么味道变了?!
终于有一天,不知道是什么原因,蜜蜂振动翅膀,飞高了一点。这时,它发现,枯萎的玫瑰花周围,处处是鲜花。

My English translation:

The Fable of Letting Go

A rose withered. A bee however was still sucking on it because she had sucked honey from it before. Now, on the same rose, all she could suck out was bitter, poisonous juice. The bee felt the difference as it was so sweet before. She became miserable and complained and complained, why did the taste change? Why couldn’t it be just like before?
Finally, one day, the bee gathered her strength and flew a bit higher. Then and there, she saw that, nearby the withered rose, there were blossoming flowers all over the place.

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Something Money Can’t Buy

I’ve said in my previous DWTS posts that I didn’t really understand why Mark Cuban, a billionaire entrepreneur, decided to participate so soon after his hip replacement surgery. Someone posted this on ABC’s DWTS forum and I have found the answer. From Mark’s blog post on Sep 7th, 2007:

“I’m the first to admit that I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I can honestly say I wake up every morning with a smile knowing what a wonderful family, friends and life I have. It’s the exact same way I felt when I was broke.

Money makes so many things in life easier, but it can’t buy you a positive outlook on life. Fortunately, how any of us approaches each of our days is completely up to us. It’s not something you can buy or sell. It’s not hard to put a smile on your face every day, but for some reason some people find it impossible to do. Not me.

The opportunity to do something unique that makes me smile is something I try not to pass up, Dancing with the Stars is just that.

It’s not about how well I can dance. It’s about the opportunity to compete at something I enjoy. It’s about doing something that makes me smile every minute I’m doing it or even thinking about it.

Since I started blogging sometimes I wonder which type of blogs I like to read more, a personal journal with random thoughts on everything in daily life or a blog about a specific subject. I always pick personal journal, and posts like this are the exact reason why. There is nothing like getting inspiration from real people from all walks of life and people you’ve never met before.

Truly, there is something money can’t buy.

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Another Fable: The Old Man and The Children

I read this story first on a friend’s blog (3rd comment from bottom). You can either read the original Chinese version there or read my English translation here:

The Fable of Motivation: Who are you “playing” for?

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The Fable of an Apple Tree

This seems to be a famous story circulating around the internet. The original text is in Chinese (English translation follows):

成长的寓言:做一棵永远成长的苹果树

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To the cynics

Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.

People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Never explain yourself. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

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