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MayAnne
post Aug 2 2008, 04:54 PM, updated 7y ago

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Okay, this thread is a SERIOUS THREAD (meaning not for spams and no value postings) for all LYN forumers to post and share their INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, QUOTES, PICTURES etc. There may be stories we have read or even real life lessons we may want to share, so all of us can learn something from those stories. There are quotes that may make us think and ponder. Or there may be a picture that conveys a message more than words can say.

I'm not looking for comments, instead I'm encouraging participation by contribution. However, even if you do not have anything to contribute at the moment, I hope that by just reading some stories here or viewing some pictures here, you would have already learnt something.

I had wanted to start this sort of thread for a long time now, so all of us can share and learn and I guess Kopitiam is the place to post since the traffic here is the highest and the thread will be viewed more often. But kopitiam being kopitiam, I expect some spams, no-value and irrelevant postings even with the "Serious Talk" tag. So, I just want to say beforehand, that all irrelevant postings will be deleted by the Moderating Team.

This thread is created with good intentions for the benefit of everyone who reads it. Let's keep it that way ya. So come... let's share and learn... smile.gif

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post Aug 2 2008, 04:57 PM

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My first story here...


There are two days in every week about which we should not worry. Two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One of these days is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. We cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone!!

The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, whether in splendor or behind a mask of clouds. But it will rise. Until it does we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn.

This leaves only one day: today.

Any man can fight the battles of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of two awful eternities - yesterday and tomorrow, that we break down.

It is not necessarily the experience of today that disturbs one's peace of mind. It is often time the bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore live one day at a time.


This is to remind all of us that while we should remember the past and plan and anticipate the future, it is critical that we don’t get paralyzed by either. By focusing on making the best of the present, we can actually make the past a sweeter learning experience, and make tomorrow’s hopes and dreams closer to reality.

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post Aug 2 2008, 05:02 PM

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"Almost all of us have childhood dreams; for example, being an astronaut, or making movies or video games for a living. Sadly, most people don’t achieve theirs, and I think that’s a shame. I had several specific childhood dreams, and I’ve actually achieved most of them. More importantly, I have found ways, in particular the creation (with Don Marinelli), of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center of helping many young people actually *achieve* their childhood dreams." - Randy Pausch, Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Pausch, a professor of computer science, human computer interaction and design, co-founded Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center and was the creator of the Alice interactive computing program, which is being used by students worldwide. (http://www.cmu.edu/uls/journeys/randy-pausch/index.html)

The Last Lecture -1.5 hours of video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

Other links,

Randy Pausch - Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.cmu.edu/uls/journeys/randy-pausch/index.html)

The Last Lecture | Randy Pausch (http://www.thelastlecture.com/)

Randy Pausch ABC Special about the "Last Lecture", April 2008(http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=265263428002185148)

A Final Farewell( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120951287174854465.html)

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awh85
post Aug 2 2008, 05:07 PM

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well, i've an inspirational video i would like to share

it's a skit/drama which is really moving. video may not work for everyone though.

music is "everything" by lifehouse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA




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post Aug 2 2008, 05:15 PM

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I have a Inspirational News. Read on.. smile.gif
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Betting on same set of number for 8 years
Toto player wins RM4 million
Kuala Lumpur (Friday)

Perseverance of a Sports Toto player has finally paid off. A punter who has been betting consistently on a set of number in Toto 6D game for the past eight years won the first prize of RM4 million in last Saturday's Toto 6D draw. The number he bet 619827 was drawn as the first prize winning number for Toto 6D game drawn on that day.

Accompanied by his two sons, the winner, a retired businessman from the Klang Valley, happily collected his winnings at Sports Toto Malaysia head office on Wednesday morning (9/7/03).

According to the winner, the set of number was chosen from birth dates of his four grandchildren. He used to invest RM50 in this number practically every Toto 6D draw for the past eight years.

However, the sixties something winner said, when he made his regular bet on the same number last Saturday (5/7/03), he only managed to wager RM40 in that number for that particular draw.

The jubilant winner said he planned to throw a party to celebrate his newfound fortune with his family members and added that he needed time to decide on how to use his windfall.

"For the time being, I will keep the money in the bank to earn interest before deciding on my next move." He said.

According to a spokesman of Sports Toto, this is the second largest amount won by a single winner in Toto 6D game so far this year. Barely three months ago in April, a retiree won a hefty sum of RM4.9 million in Toto 6D, the biggest amount won by a single winner in the history of the 6D game, which was introduced in 1988.

Toto 6D is a popular digit game in the country. The first prize of the game is RM100,000 per every ringgit bet. To win the first prize, the 6-digit numbers on the 6D ticket must be in correct sequence with that of the drawn 6-digit numbers. However, players still stand to win second (RM3,000) third (RM300), forth (RM30) or fifth prize (RM4) if the front or back 5, 4, 3 or 2 digit numbers are in correct sequence with 5, 4, 3, or 2 digit numbers of the drawn winning 6-digit numbers.

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post Aug 2 2008, 05:22 PM

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I stoles this from some site. Unselfish men are hard to find, ones that are willing to sacrifice themselves for one another even harder. We could all learn something about it ya?

We live only for so long, but by giving a bit of what life we have to others, we carve a niche for ourselves in the eternity of people's hearts and memories.

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In August of 1942, the first major USMC assault landings against the Japanese Empire occurred in the Solomon Islands, Pacific. The island chosen for the invasion was Guadalcanal.

As they moved inland, four Marines were walking point into the jungle. Advancing into an open area without cover, they came under heavy fire from the entrenched Japanese. All four Marines were wounded but managed to crawl into a shell crater, about fifty yards from where they had emerged from the jungle.

A Hospital Corpsman ran from cover into the crater with the wounded Marines, and ran back to cover, under fire. Having dressed the wounds of the Marine, he sprinted back for another, only this time he was hit. Not stopping to dress his own wounds, he carried the second Marine to cover receiving a second wound. After giving aid to the Marine, the Corpsman was hit for a third time going into the crater. Staggering toward the treeline with the third Marine, he was again struck by enemy fire.

When the third Marine's wounds were dressed, the Corpsman started after the last Marine in the crater. The Corpsman still had not stopped to care for his own wounds. In a final valiant effort, he stumbled toward the crater, where he was brought down by concentrated enemy machine gun fire. He lunged forward into the crater falling across the fourth Marine, finally giving up his life.

Reaching up to his own bleeding wounds, the Marine wrote on the back of the Corpsman's bullet riddled shirt,

"WHERE ANGELS AND MARINES FEAR TO TREAD, THERE YOU'LL FIND A CORPSMAN DEAD."

This was that dying Marine's final tribute to his shipmate's supreme sacrifice in fulfilling his oath, "TO AID THE WOUNDED, IN THEIR MOMENT OF NEED."

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post Aug 2 2008, 05:56 PM

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A quote I particularly like,

“Every morning in Africa, when a Gazelle wakes up, it knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up, it knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”

Tells you the truth about globalisation and regardless of which side of the fence you're on, you better start running.
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A Story of Redemption

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During the course of World War II,many people gained fame in one way or another. One man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One time his entire squadron was assigned to fly a particular mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. Because of this, he would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to leave formation and return.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he could see a squadron of Japanese Zeroes heading toward the fleet to attack. And with all the fighter planes gone, the fleet was almost defenseless. His was the only opportunity to distract and divert them. Single-handedly, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes and attacked them. The American fighter planes were rigged with cameras, so that as they flew and fought, pictures were taken so pilots could learn more about the terrain, enemy maneuvers, etc. Butch dove at them and shot until all his ammunition was gone, then he would dive and try to clip off a wing or tail or anything that would make the enemy planes unfit to fly. He did anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships. Finally, the Japanese squadron took off in another direction, and Butch O'Hare and his fighter, both badly shot up, limped back to the carrier.

He told his story, but not until the film from the camera on his plane was developed, did they realize the extent he really went to, to protect his fleet. He was recognized as a hero and given one of the nation's highest military honors. And as you know, the O'Hare Airport was also named after him.

Prior to this time in Chicago, there was a man named Easy Eddie. He was working for a man you've all heard about, Al Capone. Al Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic, but he was notorious for the murders he'd committed and the illegal things he'd done. Easy Eddie was Al Capone's lawyer, and he was very good. In fact, because of his skill, he was able to keep Al Capone out of jail.

To show his appreciation, Al Capone paid him very well. He not only earned big money, he would get extra things, like a residence that filled an entire Chicago city block. The house was fenced, and he had live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day.

Easy Eddie had a son. He loved his son and gave him all the best things while he was growing up: clothes, cars, and a good education. And because he loved his son he tried to teach him right from wrong. But one thing he couldn't give his son was a good name, and a good example.

Easy Eddie decided that this was much more important than all the riches he had given him. So, he went to the authorities in order to rectify the wrong he had done. In order to tell the truth, it meant he must testify against Al Capone, and he knew that Al Capone would do his best to have him killed.

But he wanted most of all to try to be an example and to do the best he could to give back to his son, a good name. So he testified. Within the year, he was shot and killed on a lonely street in Chicago. This sounds like two unrelated stories. But Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.

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post Aug 2 2008, 07:24 PM

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Phew... I just spring-cleaned the thread. But thanks to the contributions by those who are still here. Well, I guess old habits die hard but nonetheless... here's a quote that makes us all think...

NEVER ATTRIBUTE TO MALICE THAT WHICH CAN BE ADEQUATELY EXPLAINED BY STUPIDITY.



To the spammers,

Look guys, you never know... maybe someone out there may just be needing some encouragement right now and may be reading this thread...
Please remember the intention of this thread. If you do not have that intention, I hope you will save your contribution for somewhere else, but thanks for reading through anyway...

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"I've missed more than 9000 shots. I've lost almost 300 games. I've failed over and over again in my life And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan
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post Aug 3 2008, 05:47 PM

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My contribution today...


In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.



Always remember those who serve us AND those whom we serve. smile.gif


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