I prayed and asked God.

I asked for strength and

God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for wisdom and

God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity and

God gave me brawn and brains to work.

I asked for courage and

God gave me dangers and challenges to overcome.

I asked for patience and

God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.

I ask for love and

God gave me troubled people to help.

I ask for favours and

God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted

I received everything I needed.

My payers have all been answered.

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The lighting of the Olympic Flame

Hard to believe it has already been seven years since London was selected to host the 2012 Olympics; the Olympic flame is on its way to England. Yay! 

                                       

But of all the things overlooked is the lighting celebration; which was beautifully celebrated in Ancient Olympia in Greece, as per tradition.

Today performers dressed as priests and priestesses gathered for a ceremony in Olympia, the ancient birthplace of the Olympic games. 

During the ceremony they appealed to Apollo to light the flame with the help of a parabolic mirror. Ino Menegaki, Greek actress, played the role of a high priestess lit the flame.

 

The Olympic flame was then passed to the first torch bearer, Spyros Gianniotis, a 32 year old Liverpool born swimmer who won a silver medal for Greece in Beijing.

Spyros then handed the Olympic Flame over to British boxer Alexandros Lucas at the start of the torch relay.

It is to begin a seven-day relay through Greece, followed by a flight to Great Britain, where it will begin a 70-day journey. On its journey to London, the Olympic Flame is to change hands 8,000 times.

 
 
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“We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“We hear only those questions for which we are in a position to find answers.” Friedrich Nietzsche

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Having a more compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings.

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Having a more compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. – Dalai Lama

What does that mean?
How well do people without compassion communicate? They’re in editorial cartoons all the time, failing badly at communicating with others. Whether it’s because they are too aloof, too disconnected, or just plain mean, their lack of compassion ties directly back to their inability to communicate.

On the other hand, if other people know how much you care, they are far more likely to listen to you. Their expectation, of course, is that you will listen to them, and understand them and their point of view.

By being compassionate, one can begin to understand where others are coming from, what their points of view are, and what they want from you. Note that compassion does not require that you agree with them, just that you understand what their values…

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The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.

Niccolò Machiavelli : great philosopher. I love his work. Nice article 🙂

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The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. – Niccolò Machiavelli

What does that mean?
Here, the word ‘vulgar’ is used to imply a lack of refinement and sophistication in the people making up the bulk of the population. Restating the quote, it becomes “The unsophisticated people are always taken in by appearances, and the world consists mostly of the unsophisticated.

With the quote restated, we now turn to the heart of the quote, appearances. This concept appears in other parts of his book, The Prince. He seems to be of the mind that it is more important to look good than to be good (or do good). He is also big on using deceit to fool people into believing one thing while the Prince does another.

When people look to appearances, they are looking at the superficial aspects of…

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Day 3 of 30 My day in details

Woke up 15 minutes before my alarm, which was comforting. First coffee, then shower. After a time that felt like an eternity I got my hair set and got off to work. Work was tedious but worth it as usual. Spent the afternoon, studying and having a glorious nap.

A visit from my best friend in the evening and discussion about my future and how crucial it is that I don’t fall into procrastination. I am grateful.

Tv, reading and now ready for bed. The blog comes late as I had an internet connection problem.
That’s about it. The day has been one to remember. Worth it.

The end!

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Day 2 of 30 – 10 likes & dislikes

Hmm, this is going to be hard, I love most thing and trying to remove “hate” from my vocabulary. 

Likes:

  1. My family
  2. naps
  3. reading
  4. adventure PS3 games
  5. writing
  6. custard and strawberries
  7. cooking
  8. music and my guitar “Ice”
  9. my phone
  10. meeting new people

Dislikes:

  1. shady people (unless I’m dating you, I am surely not that nosy, so drop the act, keep your secrets and just be you, otherwise what’s the point?)
  2. the government (not into politics, but they really don’t care)
  3. Lady Gaga 
  4. pessimism
  5. neediness or self-pitying
  6. over-confidence
  7. Taking out a bad day on other people
  8. disrespect to waiters, chauffeurs…
  9. too much make up
  10. apathy
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