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 could 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. At the moment that you look with your eyes wide open, everywhere you will find differences, an infinite variety.
    – Swami Prajnanpad

  2. It is not a matter of what you study, but a matter of seeing “things as it is”, and accepting “things as it is.”
    – Shunryu Suzuki

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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):



  6. 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! 🙁

  7. 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

  8. ANGER that has no limit causes terror, and unseasonable kindness does away with respect. Be not so severe as to cause disgust, nor so lenient as to make people presume.
    – Sa’dī.
    I love this quote from Sa’di. It is true. We don’t really want to be too angry or even just angry all the time that we start to disgust people. On the other hand, we do not want to be to giving that people will take advantage of us and would assume that we are ok with everything even when what is being done is against our nature.

  9. 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!