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Written by crizlai on Dec 16th, 2008 | Filed under: attitude, life, rant









Life can be quite complicated at times whether you are in a situation, over a situation or caught in between a situation. Situations may look as that in your eyes but they were not always the way they seemed to be in another person’s eyes or mind. No matter what, keep on finding out about the truth before even assuming that another person or situation is bad. It takes time to understand a person or situation to be firmed on your verdict. Even the planet earth wasn’t created overnight, so how could you just judge a person or situation by the surface?

Assumption is a bad word in my personal dictionary as it comes from the word “ASSUME”, meaning having the thought or action on a situation or a person deemed to be true. Thus, you should know by now why I hate mingling with people with that attitude. I have always practice NOT TO ASS/U/ME as it would always end up making an “ASS” out of “U” and “ME”.

I’m sure some of you might have heard about the story of the two angels who were on a learning expedition? During one night, they had decided to call on a wealthy man’s house for some food and lodging. Instead of letting them stay in the guestrooms, they were led into a dark and cold basement. Stale bread and water were served to them. As they were about to sleep on the hard cold floor, the older angel saw a hole on the wall and repaired it. The older angel saw the confused look on the younger angel’s face and smilingly told him, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

During another night, both angels decided to put up in a poor couple’s house. They were served like kings with the best hospitality they had experienced through their expedition. The couples shared not only whatever food they had but also allowed their bed to be used by the angels. Upon sunrise, both angels were woken by loud cries. The couple’s cow lay dead in the field. They had lost their sole income.

The younger angel was stunned at the outcome and stared furiously at the older angel. The older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.” He later explained that he had to close the hole in the wealthy man’s house as he saw some gold hidden in that hole. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, he had sealed the wall so that he would not find them. He further explained that he had to give up the cow instead as the Angel of Death was by the poor man’s wife the previous night.

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later.

That’s why it’s bad to make any assumptions without finding out about the truth. A life might be at stake even during the most difficult time to decide on our fates. That’s life… even the most precious person on earth could not escape his fate as shown below in the video…

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Written by crizlai on Jul 26th, 2008 | Filed under: attitude, death, family, life, living, love, rant











I have written earlier about “HOW WOULD YOU FACE DEATH?” regarding how I admired Professor Randy Pausch for his courage to face death with a positive attitude. His positive attitude had inspired me to look at life at a different prospect and spent more time with the people closest to me. Life is so unpredictable but death is certain.

Unfortunately, he passed away yesterday at his home in Chesapeake, Va at the age of 47. Although he knew that he was given 3-6 months’ to live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 15th, 2007, he managed to extend his life further to spent his remaining days with his family. What a brave and committed husband and father. I am touched by his will power to push his life so far.

He once said, “I don’t know how to not have fun,” “I’m dying and I’m having fun. And I’m going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there’s no other way to play it.” He indeed had fun for almost a year since he received the shocking news about his cancer. On Feb. 15, exactly six months after he was told he had three to six months of healthy living left, Pausch posted a photo of himself to show he was “still alive & healthy.” In May, Pausch spoke at Carnegie Mellon’s commencement ceremonies, telling graduates that what mattered was he could look back and say, “pretty much any time I got a chance to do something cool, I tried to grab for it, and that’s where my solace comes from.” “We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully,” he said.

My deepest condolences to Randy’s wife, Jai, his three children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe; his mother, Virginia Pausch of Columbia, Md.; and his sister, Tamara Mason of Lynchburg, Va. Randy had touched not only my heart but the hearts of many from all over the world. May his soul rest in peace.

You can get more information on Randy Pausch in the news here.

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