Category: Inspirational

Focus On The Main Thing

Focus On The Main Thing

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
– Stephen Covey

Thought of the Day
27 May 2017

I should have this quote by Stephen Covey tattooed on me, probably in one of my hands or arms, so that I can remember to focus on the main thing.

I usually try to start something but I often lose interest after a while because I get distracted with something.  I have piles of embroideries and crochets waiting to be finished.  I have plans and goals waiting to be realised.

I have dreams yet to be made into realities.  I need to have a tunnel vision and go on a straight road after the main thing and not allowing to be sidetrack into back roads and side roads.

Dreams Down The Drain

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Virgin Toilet, iphone photo by PH Morton

Dreams Down The Drain

On our way to Liverpool last Tuesday, Peter spotted this on the toilet at the Virgin overground train travelling from London to Liverpool.

The notice tickled him so much, he said he had to take of photo of it.  Well, he is globalgranary’s very own intrepid man of the lens 🙂

I must admit the notice is witty; appealing to the funny side and forming a bond with users of the toilet bowl.  It is a man of ill-humour who would then flush nappies and hard mashable items on the toilet.

As a quick review of the Virgin train, I have to admit, it was a comfortable travel, left London and arrived at destination right bang on time.

The toilet is clean and refreshments such as juice, coffee, tea are available.  Little cakes and sandwiches as well.

We chosed Coach A because it was supposed to be a quiet zone, and it was.  Coming back to London from Liverpool with the same Virgin train was another story.  Though not really much trouble for us, it was delayed coming back for at least 7 minutes due to signal failure around Watford.  The coach A was packed and people were busy little beavers talking on their mobile phones and not only that, a elderly woman right in front of us started snoring.

I have to say my hope and dreams of a quiet return to London via Virgin train went down the drain.

 

Marriage & Friendship

Marrying your best friend eliminates the risk of divorce by over 70%, and this marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.

Marriage & Friendship

The above statistic/psychobabble was from Facebook. 🙂

Apparently if you are too scared to get married because you are too afraid to end up in a divorce, messy or otherwise, marrying a best-friend or friend has a guaranteed probability of successful marriage by 70 per cent.

I supposed a friend, is someone who understands and accepts you for who and what you are.  He/she knew your quirks and idiosyncrasies from way back as friends.  Shared secrets, shared hopes and dreams are pretty powerful force that binds you together.  Someone, who would cover your back no matter what is something that you would yearn in times of great need.  Being married to one is being so lucky!

In an interview of Blake Lively, this is what she had to say about her husband, Ryan Reynolds:

He is my friend first.  I think that’s the secret to happiness.

Hand of God

Photo by PH Morton

Hand of God

This beautiful calligraphic sampler has a beautiful inspirational meaning.  Please take time to read it and contemplate its meaning.

If you believe, you have a guiding light all your life.

That belief is a firm companion, you will never be alone.

That belief will give you courage, it is a crutch when you keep stumbling down.

That belief will lead you to where you are going, better than a satnav (satellite navigator).

That belief will comfort you in time of stress and sorrow.

Believing in God is a personal thing.  We tend to have firm beliefs because we have experience something miraculous first hand.

Therefore, don’t let others dissuade you from believing.

Keep the wonder eternal.

 

Face of Turin’s Jesus

Turin’s Jesus

Face of Turin’s Jesus

We have become used to seeing Jesus in the guise of English actor, Robert Powell, when he brilliantly play the role of Jesus of Nazareth.

But how does Jesus really look like?!!!

I saw a very fascinating documentary about 3-D imaging of face from the famous Shroud of Turin, which is garnering points for authenticity. How the shroud was created is still very much a mystery. Was it really the burial shroud that as the clothed the body of Jesus Christ, as He was interred at the Holy Sepulcher, after His crucifixion at Mount Calvary?

Draw Me After You!

Skyrider, photo by PH Morton

Draw Me After You!

Draw me after You!

We will run in the fragrance of Your perfumes,

O heavenly Spouse

I will run and not tire,

until You bring me into the wine-cellar,

until Your left hand is under my head

and Your right hand will embrace me happily

You will kiss me with the happiest

Kiss of your mouth.

~Saint Clare of Assisi

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St Clare of Assisi is rather too familiar with God! 🙂

Dark Vs Light

Sunset, Photo by PH Morton

Dark Vs Light

Thought of the Day:

30 March 2017

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato


15 April 2017 (Black Saturday)

If a man
wishes to be sure
of the road he travels on,
he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.
Saint John of the Cross

Anticipation vs Procrastination

Camelia, photo by PH Morton

Anticipation vs Procrastination

Thought for the Day

Anticipate things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small.  All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they are easy, and all great things from one in which they were small.  Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things.
Lao Zi

The Chestnut Tree – A Parable

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Photo by PH Morton

The Chestnut Tree – A Parable

Peter told me this parable from a book he was currently reading.  I thought it was very charming so here it is.

A Food for Thought

One day, a king was walking through a forest when  he came  upon an old man planting seeds from sweet chestnut tree.

The King curiously asked the man, “Why are you planting chestnuts when you would probably not be alive to benefit from the sweet nuts of the tree?  Surely it would take years for the tree to grow?”

The old man replied humbly to the king “If no one planted chestnuts a long time ago, I would not have not known and enjoyed the taste of sweet chestnuts.”

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Isn’t that beautiful?  Sometimes we have to think of the bigger picture; our universe is not a one man band.