2011 Thought for the day

2011 Thought for the day

From today, we are going to be posting the occasional words to live by.  Something inspirational.

Things that may make us stop and think and possibly have our very own “eureka” moment or even moments.

Life can be so hard at times but then again, it can be so awesome as well.  It is, hopefully, when we are particularly down and out and feeling so low that the word of wisdom from this section would in some ways help puzzle out the deeper conundrums of life.

And being the first day of January let us begin with some really encouraging and positive thoughts for the day:

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We sincerely hope that you have a good year ahead of you.


  1. TRANSCRIPT of the BBC Radio 4’s Thought of the Day on 24th December 2010 delivered by the Pope himself, Pope Benedict XVI

    Recalling with great fondness my four-day visit to the United Kingdom last September, I am glad to have the opportunity to greet you once again, and indeed to greet listeners everywhere as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. Our thoughts turn back to a moment in history when God’s chosen people, the children of Israel, were living in intense expectation. They were waiting for the Messiah that God had promised to send, and they pictured him as a great leader who would rescue them from foreign domination and restore their freedom.

    God is always faithful to his promises, but he often surprises us in the way he fulfils them. The child that was born in Bethlehem did indeed bring liberation, but not only for the people of that time and place – he was to be the Saviour of all people throughout the world and throughout history. And it was not a political liberation that he brought, achieved through military means: rather, Christ destroyed death for ever and restored life by means of his shameful death on the Cross. And while he was born in poverty and obscurity, far from the centres of earthly power, he was none other than the Son of God. Out of love for us he took upon himself our human condition, our fragility, our vulnerability, and he opened up for us the path that leads to the fullness of life, to a share in the life of God himself. As we ponder this great mystery in our hearts this Christmas, let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down: he gives us hope, he brings us life.

    Dear Friends from Scotland, England, Wales and indeed every part of the English-speaking world, I want you to know that I keep all of you very much in my prayers during this Holy Season. I pray for your families, for your children, for those who are sick, and for those who are going through any form of hardship at this time. I pray especially for the elderly and for those who are approaching the end of their days. I ask Christ, the light of the nations, to dispel whatever darkness there may be in your lives and to grant to every one of you the grace of a peaceful joyful Christmas. May God bless all of you!

  2. 9 January 2011

    It is important to learn how to listen with compassion. Listening with compassion means listening with the will to relieve others of their suffering, without judging or seeking to argue.
    – Thich Nhat Hanh

  3. 11 January 2011

    Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
    – Benjamin Franklin

    This is so true. I go mental and say all sorts of things and then I calm down and I wish I never said the rubbish that I spewed. The only thing is that my pride, most often than not, prevents me from apologising! 🙁

  4. I am a bit weary of celebrating my 49th birthday. My father was barely 49 years old when he passed away.

    Anyway for my birthday here is a quote to live by (for me and for all of you out there):



    1. Fear of the Decade

      It seems my ‘fear’ of being 49 was not unfounded.

      I was watching KrisTv, a morning lifestyle program by Kris Aquino, current president of the Philippines’ PNoy’ sister, where she talked with KC Concepcion about her grandmother who was ill at that time. Kris, who is an expert in Chinese Feng Shui and superstition, said that ages ending in 9 are the most worrisome. Apparently when you are let say 29, it is believed that all the things can go wrong are likely to happen. This is because some pernicious forces are preventing one to move to the next stage of another decade! By the way KC grandma passed away at age 79 just a couple of weeks ago. Rest in peace, Mrs Elaine Cuneta!

  5. Success makes life easier. It doesn’t make living easier.
    – Bruce Springsteeen

    The Boss got it perfectly. This is the reason why even the very rich are not automatically happy. They have might have money to meet the day to day expenditures but they do heve their own sets of upheavals besetting them.

    Like with big or famous actors, they may have the fame and glory and money, but they have to constantly reinvent themselves to hold on to their followers. At the same time they are ‘scared’ of their followers to get too close to them.

  6. Make it a rule of life never to regret and never look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it: it is only good for wallowing in.
    – Katherine Mansfield

  7. Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man. For just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not expel the diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy either, if it does not expel the suffering of the mind.
    – Epicurus

  8. Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt,
    And every grin, so merry, draws one out.
    —Dr. Wolcot.

    Dr Wolcot reckoned that too much worrying will send you to an early grave. A lighter mood and happy countenance will give you a longer life.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. 8 Sept 2011

    Wisdom means steadiness, balance ….
    When a man gains a steady mind, he can penetrate any veil,
    External or internal, as light penetrates darkness.
    – Paramananda

  10. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently, They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the poeple who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
    – Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

  11. If you pay peanuts,you get monkeys!

    Thought of the Day
    24 Oct 2011

    What it means I think is that if you pay premium, you tend to get first class service.

    Did you know?

    A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume.

  12. Thought of the Day:
    25 October 2011

    A son is a son till he gets him a wife, but a daughter’s a daughter all the days of her life.
    Irish Saying

    This is a very universal saying, probably because it is the truth, unless a parent reared a mama’s boy! LOL

  13. 14 November 2011

    In seeing the true nature of others, we also discover all their problems, their aspirations, their suffering and their fears.
    – Thich Nhat Hanh

  14. LOVE & TRUST:

    Where there is no trust there is no love.

    Thought of the Day
    26 November 2011

    I am not actually sure about the above. It is too encompassing a statement. I think love is stronger than trust. And when trust has gone love will still be there but would evolve into a different kind of love.

    Just because you were let down by your love ones and trust has been compromised, you will continue to love them in your own way, might not be in the same way but you’ll love and care for them in your own way!

    I supposed it all depends on the kind of love and trust to start with in respect to the relationship.


    Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
    American baseball player and manager.

    Thought of the Day
    29 Nov 2011


    This reminds me of the late Blanche, Deirdre’s mother in Coronation Street. Blanche attended funeral services including those people she never knew in life!
    It is rather a macabre past-time.

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