Monday, December 6, 2010

FW: A movie to brighten your day...

If you ever need a gentle reminder to remember what's most important in this beautiful 3 minute movie.
Each time I watch it...I feel inspired! Hope you will, too!

Just click here to watch.

To Life,
Mac Anderson
Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths
P.S. If you're inspired, don't forget to pay it forward by sharing this email with friends, family and co-workers. They'll thank you for it!
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fw: Greetings

May you always make the right moves...

May your cup runneth over with love...

May you always find shelter from any storm...

May you remain good looking and looking good!

May you find the perfect diet for your soul...

May you find perfect balance in the company you keep...

May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop...

May you manage to MAKE time for a siesta...

May all the new folks you meet be interesting and kind...

Should your mouth ever be bigger than your stomach, may you have a chewing good time!

May you always know when to walk away and know when to run...

And may your friends always bring you joy!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fw: Three Things

Fw: Fwd: Story of an eraser and pencil

Pencil: I'm sorry....
Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.
Pencil: I'm sorry cos you get hurt bcos of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.
Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad.

I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational. Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way... they get hurt, and become smaller (older, and eventually pass on). Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad.

This is for all parents out there...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fw: The Cab Ride

I  arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes
I walked to the
Door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a
Frail, elderly voice. I could hear something
Being dragged across the floor.

A long pause, the door opened. A small woman in
Her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a
Print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned
On it, like somebody out of a 1940's

By her side was a small nylon
Suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had
Lived in it for years. All the furniture was
Covered with sheets.

There were no
Clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
On the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
Box filled with photos and

'Would you carry my bag
Out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase
To the cab, then returned to assist the

She took my arm and we walked
Slowly toward the curb.

She kept
Thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I
Told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers
The way I would want my mother

'Oh, you're such a good
Man, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave
Me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
Through downtown?'

'It's not the
Shortest way,' I answered

'Oh, I don't mind,' she
Said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a

I looked in the rear-view
Mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have
Any family left,' she continued in a soft
Voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very
Long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the

'What route would you like me
To take?' I asked.

For the next two
Hours, we drove through the city. She showed me
The building where she had once worked as an

We drove through the
Neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
When they were newlyweds She had me pull up in
Front of a furniture warehouse that had once
Been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow
In front of a particular building or corner and
Would sit staring into the darkness, saying

As the first hint of sun was
Creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm
Tired.. Let's go now'.

We drove in
Silence to the address she had given me. It was
A low building, like a small convalescent home,
With a driveway that passed under a Portico.

Two orderlies came out to
The cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
Solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

Opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
The door. The woman was already seated in a

'How much do I owe you?'
She asked, reaching into her

'Nothing,' I

'You have to make a living,' she

'There are other
Passengers,' I responded.

Without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She
Held onto me tightly.

'You gave an
Old woman a little moment of joy,' she
'Thank you.'

I squeezed her
Hand, and then walked into the dim morning
Light.. Behind me, a door shut.. It was the sound
Of the closing of a life..

I didn't
Pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove
Aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that
Day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had
Gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient
To end his shift?
If I had refused to take the run, or had honked
Once, then driven away?

On a quick
Review, I don't think that I have done anything
More important in my life.

Conditioned to think that our lives revolve
Around great moments.

But great
Moments often catch us unaware-beautifully
Wrapped in what others may consider a small


You won't get any big surprise
In 10 days if you send this to ten people.. But,
you might help make the world a little kinder
and more compassionate by sending.
it on and
reminding us that often it is the random acts of
kindness that most benefit all of
may not be the party we hoped for, but while we
are here we might as well dance

Monday, November 8, 2010

FW: Great Quote To Start Your Day On A Positive Note !!

Sometimes, an email with a short, simple quote is just what we need to brighthen the day and get us on the right path.

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
~ Charles Swindoll

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Re: Useful Little Secrets In Daily Life

Little Secrets In Daily Life ... feel free to comment/add your suggestions if you have personally tried these simple and useful remedies.

1. Hot and spicy to tears, what to do?

If you accidentally eat hot(spicy) food that makes you shed tears, your
first thought will be probably a glass of cold water. However, cold water is
not a solution, it will make it more spicy. In fact, the best solution
is to drink hot milk.

2. Keeping tofu firm
Soft tofu in the cooking process is very easy to break into pieces. If
you want to maintain the integrity of tofu, you can soak it in salt
water for about 30 minutes before cooking.

3. Soup is too salty
Making soup with too much salt, the subtle taste of the soup will be
destroyed. If this happens, the remedy is to add cooked potato pieces
for few minutes. The potato will absorb the salt. When soup is served,
then remove the potatos.

4. Soak a little vinegar before cutting taros
Cutting taro can make your hands itching. Soaking your hands in
vinegar before cutting taros will prevent your hands from itching.

5. How to remove the wax from an apple?
If you often eat apples with their skin, then you would need to remove
the wax first before eating ....
(a) place the apple into hot water, the apple's wax will vanish.
(b) Apply toothpaste on the appple to clean out the wax.

6. How to slow down potato germination?
Potato buds contain toxic alkaloids which can cause abdominal pain and
dizziness. Placing an apple with potatoes can significantly delay thier
germination time. Ethylene gas produced by apple has hampered the
effectiveness of potato development. Putting apples together with papayas

or kiwi will make them ripe faster. Further, apples can make persimmon
astringency disappear but sweeten after a week.

7. How to make good rice?
After washing rice in water, add a few drops of lemon juice, (or a few
drops of oil), cooked rice will turn out good and fragrant.

8. How to keep biscuits crispy?
When storing biscuits in a container, put a sugar cube in it at the
same time. As the sugar absorbs the moisture in the container,
biscuits or cookies can remain crispy and delicious.

9. What can be done if clothing stains with ink?
If ink gets on your clothing or fabric, you can use cooked rice or
paste with a little detergent to remove the stain. Use your fingers to
smear repeatly on the spot, stain can be removed quickly. Then soak it
into fresh water with ordinary cleaning agent for a period of time
before washing.

10. How to treat smelly shoes?
Put a small amount of baking soda directly into the boots, sneakers or
shoes, that are obviously smelly due to dampness. Baking soda powder
has the effect of absorbing moisture and odor.

11. Ring around the collar, or spotty under the armpit area of the clothing?
First brush some shampoo, shaving cream or lotion on the dirty area
for five minutes. Then wash off the stain.

12. How to keep flower fresh?
Adding a little beer in the vase can keep house flowers fresh for an
extended period of time. This is because beer contains alcohol whic is
both antiseptic and disinfectant. Beer also contains sugar and other
nutrients for the leaves.

13. How to sharpen scissors?
Stacked three aluminum foil together, then cut them with the scissors
to be sharpen. You will see surprising result.

14. How to remove annoying gummed labels?
It is quite annoying when comes to remove the price tags on
merchandise. To remove the gummed lables neatly, all you need is to
use a hair dryer to apply heat on the label before taking them off.

15. What can you do with beer beside drinking?
Most people know milk is good in cleaning foliage plants. In fact, use
leftover beer to wipe plants is even better! Dip a cotton ball into
beer, lightly wipe leaves to remove dust and keep them lustery.
Furthermore, this method also prevents ants from coming to the plant.

16. What to do with unwanted perfumes?
Before throwing them away, unwanted perfumes could be useful. You can
use unwanted perfume to clean indoor light bulbs with cotton balls.
When the bulbs light up and warm up, the whole room would be filled
with the aroma.

17. Remove crayon graffiti from wooden furniture.
If you you kids at home, wooden furniture are subject to crayon
graffiti. Crayon stains can not be removed with water. Although the
use of paint solvents can do the job, the paint on the surface could
be damaged. The most suitable method is to use toothpaste. Not only it
cleans, it does no harm to the furniture.

18. Use vinegar to help mopping the kitchen floor.
The kitchen floor is often easy to get greasy. Before mopping the
kitchen floor, pour some vinegar on the mop. This will enable easy
remove of grease.

19. How to remove stains from tea cups?
Stained tea cups can affect their appearance. To clean up the stain
with a man made loofah cloth the cups would have scraches in the long
run. Just spread a little toothpaste and hand-wash the cups, stain can
be removed easily. If the stain is too thick, wait a few minutes after
applying toothpaste before washing.

20. Improved floor sweeping
The unused stockings can be attached to a broom to clean the floor.
Stockings can help sweeping up cotton, hair and other particles that
are difficult to sweep with an ordinary broom.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fw: Morning Coffee


A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day. The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in 'Mom let's run through the rain,' she said.

'What?' Mom asked

'Lets run through the rain!' She repeated.

'No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,' Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: 'Mom, let's run through the rain,'

'We'll get soaked if we do,' Mom said.

'No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning,' the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?
'Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, 'If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!'
The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.

Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

'Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD let's us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,' Mom said.

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.


We are all blessed with great inner wisdom, but all too
often our logical mind takes the command post and we
neglect to listen.

Next time you have a decision to make try this,  Sit quietly
without any distractions and reflect on what your intuition
is trying to tell you.

If you have a sense of doubt but you can't quite put your
finger on it, don't question the "why," the answer will come.

If something insode you is telling you to go for it,
then don't think about all the reasons why you shouldn't.
Follow your intuition, it won't let you down.

In due time the reasons "why" will become crystal clear.
In the meantime you will know by listening that you are
headed in the right direction.

Jane Powell
Happiness does not depend on whether or not you always get your way. However, when you do choose happiness, events will more often go your way.

You do not need to accumulate a lot of things before you can be happy. Yet when you are happy, you'll open yourself up to all kinds of new abundance.

Happiness is not something that you can obtain by taking it from others. On the contrary, the more that happiness flows out from you, the more of it you will enjoy.

If you limit your happiness only to certain specific situations or conditions, it will almost always elude you. Yet when you seek to bring happiness to every situation, it will be your constant companion.

Happiness is not the exclusive experience of just a lucky few. It is always there for anyone who is sincere and open enough to choose it.

Happiness is always there to choose, in any place, at any time, under a whole wide range of conditions. Give happiness to the moments of life, and you will surely know it well.
 Ralph Marston

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