Archive for June, 2008

“God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.”
By Sri Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsadeva

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”
By HH 14th Dalai Lama

Don’t you see that the roads to Mecca are all different?…The roads are different, the goal one…When people come there, all quarrels or differences or disputes that happened along the road are resolved…Those who shouted at each other along the road ‘you are wrong’ or ‘you are an infidel’ forgot their differences when they come there because there, all hearts are in unison.’

By Jelauddin Rumi

“I am convinced that human nature is basically gentle, not aggressive. And every one of us has a responsibility to act as if all our thoughts, words, and deeds matter. For, really, they do. Our lives have both purpose and meaning.”
By HH 14th Dalai Lama

“Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be.  Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.”
By William Wordsworth

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things. I am tempted to think there are no little things.”
By Bruce Barton (1886-1967)

“Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.”
By Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921)

“I have put duality away,
I have seen the two worlds are one;
One I seek, One I know,
One I see, One I call.
He is the first, He is the last,
He is the outward, he is the inward.”

By Jelauddin Rumi

“Man does not know if he will live another moment,
Yet his thoughts are ten million and more. “

By Thirukkural

“There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

By Louis L’ Amour

“Let no one think lightly of good and say to himself, `Joy will not come to me.’  Little by little a person becomes good, as a water pot is filled by drops of water.”
By Buddha (`Dhammapada’)

“The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”
By Sri Swami Vivekanana

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(The Author,Marv Hardin)


Some folks drive the train of life looking out the window,

Watching miles of life roll by and marking every year,

The sit in sad remembrance of wasted days gone by,

They curse their life for what it was and hang their head and cry,


But I don’t concern myself with that, I took a different vent,

I look forward to what life holds and not what has been spent,

So strap me to the engine, as securely as I can be,

I want to be out of the front, to be what I can see. 


I want to feel the winds of change, blowing in my face,

I want to see what life unfolds, as I move from place to place,

I want to see what’s coming up, not looking at the past,

Life’s too short for yesterdays, it moves along too fast.


So if the ride gets bumpy, while you are looking back,

Go up front, and you may find, your life has jumped the track,

It’s all right to remember, that’s part of history,

But up front, where it’s happening, there’s so much mystery.


The enjoyment of living is not where we have been,

It’s looking ever forward to another year or ten,

It’s searching all the byways, never should you refrain,

For if you want to live your life, you gotta drive the train.


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Good Morning !!!

Life never seems to be the way we want it,

But we live it the best way we can.

There is no perfect life,

But we can make perfect moments…


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(Sources: The American Heart Association and the Alzheimer’s Association)

African-Americans have a greater chance of suffering a stroke and developing vascular dementia, but it can happen to anyone. To reduce the risk:

· Keep blood pressure in check. Don’t let untreated high blood pressure damage artery walls.

· Maintain a normal body weight. Obesity can increase the risk of diabetes, stroke and other vascular problems.

· Don’t smoke.

· Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and add plenty of whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables to your plate.

· Get plenty of exercise. Thirty minutes of activity on most days of the week is ideal.

· Take steps to reduce high blood cholesterol.

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(Source:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-06-23-vascular-dementia_N.htm)



In November 2005, Davida Godett seemingly had it all. She had a great job and was on the fast track to earning her MBA.


Then, on an otherwise uneventful Monday morning, Godett crashed: She had a mini-stroke that temporarily stopped the blood flow to her brain.


Godett went to a nearby emergency room and recovered. She didn’t really dwell on the fact that she was at high risk for another attack. After all, she reasoned, strokes strike older people, and she was only 29.


Then, right around Valentine’s Day 2007, Godett started to slur her words. One side of her body felt numb. She had had a severe stroke.


This time, when Godett, an accountant in Philadelphia, tried to resume her life, she ran into major problems. At work, she had trouble adding up numbers, planning ahead or even thinking clearly.


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The damage from the stroke had left her with vascular dementia, the second-leading cause of dementia in the USA behind Alzheimer’s. Godett was only 31 at the time. Most people who have dementia are 65 or older, but according to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 500,000 people ages 55 to 64 struggle with some form of dementia.


Work becomes impossible


“No one knows how many people such as Godett face the demon of dementia before age 55 — a time when the demands of work and family life are intense,” says Katie Maslow, Associate Director for Quality Care Advocacy at the Alzheimer’s Association.


“Anyone who has been working and has dementia is going to lose their job,” Maslow says. “Patients often have trouble qualifying for disability insurance and struggle to pay for housing, food and medical care,” she says.


“Vascular dementia occurs when a stroke or a series of strokes temporarily blocks blood flow to the brain,” says Claudette Brooks, a Neurologist and Stroke Expert at the West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown.


Godett’s stroke damaged parts of her brain that let her store and retrieve information.


“Before the stroke, I could add numbers in my head. I was gifted in that area,” Godett says. Back on the job, she started to have trouble closing out the books each month. She’d pick up the phone and forget what she was about to say.


“I didn’t realize it at first,” she says. But a colleague noticed the lapses. “I was getting worse.”


In April 2007, two months after the stroke, she had to leave her job.


According to a 2006 report by the Alzheimer’s Association on early dementia, only 22% of people with disabling memory or cognitive problems stay on the job. The report notes that 62% of such people had an annual income of less than $11,000.


“We often hear from families who are quite desperate,” Maslow says. Some people, including Godett, get disability insurance through an employer or from the federal government. But Godett says her disability check doesn’t cover her living expenses.


“I have outstanding medical bills,” she says. “It’s been difficult to maintain everything.”


The effect on families goes beyond finances. Maslow says dementia patients may not be able to fully care for children at home. In some cases, roles are reversed, and children are put in the position of caring for a parent, she says.


Daily tasks aren’t easy, either


The damage to Godett’s brain has left her with permanent disabilities. She still takes her son to school each morning and does her own household chores, but she has to expend a lot of effort on the simplest things.


Take grocery shopping


Godett can’t easily put the steps together in her mind to go to the grocery store. She can’t plan well enough on her own to gather her list, drive to the store, go through and pick out the items she needs and pay for them.


Never mind counting the change


Things she used to take for granted now tax her mind and leave her exhausted by day’s end. “This has been so difficult,” she says.


Brooks says people who have early-onset dementia often fall through the net of social services. They don’t qualify for Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly. They often have trouble going through the steps they need to collect disability, and the bills they face are enormous.


“African-Americans such as Godett are at twice the risk of having a stroke. They are also at higher risk of developing vascular dementia,” says Emil Matarese, the Neurologist who treats Godett.


“The high risk can be traced mostly to other health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension,” says Matarese, who is also a spokesman for the American Stroke Association.


But other than her race, Godett has none of the known risk factors for stroke. “She’s a beautiful, thin, healthy lady,” Matarese says. “She did everything right.”


But Godett represents a fact of life: There’s nothing modern medicine can do to alter her risk profile.

So she does the best she can to provide for her 5-year-old son. She relies on family members to help drive her to the grocery store. She struggles to pay the bills.


And she prays.


“Every morning when I wake up, I give thanks,” she says. “I really believe that it helps.”


Godett says she has found an unexpected joy in her life, one that comes with not dwelling on the past or fretting about the future.


“I cherish every single second of the day,” she says. “Because you just never know.”

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According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher.

After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart.

Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container.

The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”

The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing could be sweeter.”!!!

We may understand this lesson best when we receive innocent gifts of love from young children. Whether it’s a crushed paper painting or a clay figure, the natural and proper response is appreciation and expressed thankfulness because we love the idea within the gift.

Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally. Unfortunately, most children and many adults value only the thing given rather than the feeling embodied in it. We should remind ourselves and teach our children about the beauty and purity of feelings and expressions of gratitude. After all, gifts from the heart are really gifts of the heart!! Also, when we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest of appreciation is not to utter mere words, but to live by them.

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art is gratitude! Gratitude is the sign of noble souls and the memory of it is stored in the heart and not the mind!

The next time you receive any gifts from anyone, no matter however small it may be, remember the love behind and don’t judge the gift with its appearance! Have a deep sense of gratitude for whatever you receive in life


(Source:  PrernaGroup231)

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Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to is.


Success is connected with continuous action.

It’s largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

You’re not finished when you’re defeated, you’re only finished when you quit.


Your happiness is based on your inner knowing of what is real and what is not.

The most important quality essential to success is perseverance.

It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

You can have a fresh start any time you choose, for your “failure” is not in the falling down, but in the staying down.

It’s not over until it’s over.


Remember that happiness come from the journey not the destination.

If at first you don’t succeed, take action again.

If you’ve got the courage to stick it out, you can win.


Either way you GET TO BE HAPPY!


(Source:  Prerna231 Group)


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