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I enjoyed visiting your blog today, and I thought that you might be interested to learn that a new edition of Napoleon Hill's classic book "Think and Grow Rich" has been published.
Its title is "Think and Grow Rich!" (subtitled) "The Original Version, Restored and Revised." I am the editor/annotator of this new 412-page edition, which is really an homage to Dr. Hill. (For several years I was the editor-in-chief of "Think & Grow Rich Newsletter.")
What I have done is this: to restore Dr. Hill's book to its original manuscript content (it was first published in 1937, but was abridged in 1960), annotate it with more than 50 pages of endnotes (most of the persons and events he discusses are generally unknown to readers today), index it thoroughly, add an appendix with a wealth of additional information about Dr. Hill and his work, and revise the book in ways to help remove certain "impediments" to reading the book today (language that today would be considered obsolete, sexist or racist). None of these things had previously been done with TGR.
If you would like to learn a little more about this project, a quick visit to www.tgr-restored-revised.com will give you some details. The "Editor's Foreword" provides more complete information, and the “Testimonials” page will demonstrate how well-received this new book is around the world.
Here is the book’s Amazon.com page...
The book is available on all the Amazon websites and most other online sellers, it can be ordered by any bookstore, and it will start appearing in bookstores soon. We also sell direct, at steep discounts, to personal success coaches and motivational speakers who use it for back-of-the-room sales and to teach Master Mind Study Groups.
Our edition of TGR! is superior in every way to other versions on the market. It is a trade paperback, not a pocket-size mass market paperback. It is unabridged. It is 412 pages versus 230+ (depending on the edition). It looks better, feels better, reads better than any other version. It is fast becoming the "version of choice" among Napoleon Hill devotees and other students of success and high achievement.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Ross Cornwell, Editor
Well, what are you waiting for? Go get it, and read it from cover to cover. Here's to success.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 12/30/2009 10:46:00 PM
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Am doing this to help an old acquaintance. She's the founder of this movement, and I'd like to see her succeed in her endeavor, since I'm a pet-lover myself.
Imagine all of a sudden your lovely dog was diagnosed with a critical health problem.
Or worse, your precious cat got hit by a car, and lost two of his/her legs.
Not only humans have medical problems but animals as well. If your pet encountered any of the similar misfortune, what would you have done?
Put your pet to sleep? Give away to a shelter?
You might be thinking that giving your pet away is the best solution because you cannot bear the high medical fees to help your pet.
“I can buy more than 1 new puppy with that amount of money, why bother paying for that sick dog’s medical fees?”
That kind of thinking is sick and insane, mind my language.
Will you push your family members like your mother/father to a shelter or even put them to sleep when you think of their medical bills?
But sadly to say, there are some people with such thinking in this wonderful world.I have 7 adopted dogs and 1 rescued cat staying with me under the same roof. Most of them are either abandoned by the previous owners, with critical health condition, untamed or untrained. Even they are with such disadvantage, i doesn’t see them showing me their “giving up” face. They are still trying their very best to live a happy life, eat and play as hard as they could. It is a joy to have them around. Seeing them brings tear to my eyes because these are the true example of being grateful and happy for what you have despite your shortcomings.
I’m personally touched by their strong surviving spirits. Together with my friends; we are a group of pet enthusiasts who believe that helping pets is a necessity because pets have feelings like we do. If you abandon your dogs, they will be feeling the same way you would feel if someone abandoned you when you get sick.
Therefore, my friend and her partners decided to develop a charity fund catered especially for handicapped pets or those in dire needs of medical attention even those who are advised to “put-to-sleep” by certain vets, in other words, special pets. With this charity fund, there would not be any more cases of owners not being able to treat their pets because of financial constraints.
We want to help as many as we could! All our team mates behind this charity fund have a true heart to help these special pets. We want to be the ones that these special pets can turn to when there seems to be hopeless in their owners’ eyes.
Please support the House of Happy Furmily and be a blessing to those special pets. Let’s give them a hope and a chance to live a longer and happier life.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 10/11/2009 01:28:00 AM
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 is a disease that is caused by a virus that could affects your respiratory system.
The symptoms of Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 are:
ii. Cough or sore throat
iii. Body aches
iv. Headache, chills and fatigue
v. In some cases, vomiting and diarrhoea
Complications of the disease include pneumonia and difficulty in breathing. Death may occur in persons who have other medical problems or complications.
How does Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 spread?
i. Influenza viruses are mainly spread from one person to another through droplets released during coughing or sneezing;
ii. Sometimes people may become infected by touching surfaces or holding objects contaminated with influenza viruses (e.g., hands, door handles , handkerchiefs, tissue paper) and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
How is Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 managed?
i. There is no vaccine available at the moment; however, studies are being conducted to produce a vaccine;
ii. Antivirals (medicines used for managing infection with a virus), can be used to treat the disease. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is one of the effective medicines currently being used;
iii. Antiviral medicines work better if started soon after getting sick (within two days of appearance of symptoms);
iv. Those treated with antivirals usually recover fully; so far, no resistance to the recommended medicines for Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 virus has been documented;
v. Health workers should make treatment decisions based on clinical and epidemiological assessment. Particular attention should be paid to patients with complications.
vi. WHO does not recommend the use of antivirals for mass prophylaxis.
If a person is in contact with or likely to be exposed to a sick person, how can he avoid being infected?
i. Regular washing of hands with soap and water is strongly recommended;
ii. Hand rubbing with alcohol is also advised where available
iii. Keep a distance of at least one step (one meter) from the infected person to avoid coming into contact with the influenza droplets;
iv. If contact with a sick person or with potentially infected surfaces or objects occurs, those involved must not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
v. Close contact with a sick person should be avoided; people are advised to refrain from handshaking, kissing or hugging during an outbreak;
vi. Those taking care of a sick person should use a face mask in accordance with guidelines provided by national health authorities;
vii. It is advisable to be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, eat well, reduce stress and have enough sleep.
What can infected individuals do to prevent spreading Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 to others?
i. They should cover their mouth with a piece of cloth or tissue paper when sneezing or coughing; the used tissue should be properly disposed of while the cloth should be washed with soap, dried and replaced as often as required;
ii. The infected person should wear a mask when in contact with others;
iii. Tissue paper, handkerchief or other material used by the sick person for wiping his nose or mouth, must not be used by others;
iv. If there is no tissue paper or cloth, the sick person should cover his face with his arm before sneezing or coughing, and not use his hands to contaminate surfaces or things that may be touched or held by others;
v. Hands should be washed with soap and water especially after sneezing, or coughing, and before touching door handles and other objects or surfaces so as to prevent contamination with droplets;
vi. Sick persons should stay at home and limit contact with others as much as possible.
vii. People should seek treatment immediately if infection is suspected, if symptoms occur or when advised by a health worker.
What should communities do to help prevent the spread of Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009?.
i. Ensure community members know how to limit the spread of influenza, the symptoms of the disease and what to do if infection occurs;
ii. Ensure provision of care for those infected;
iii. Support social distancing, isolation or quarantine when requested by a health worker (or as determined by health authorities);
iv. Establish contact with the nearest health facility that will provide support in managing the disease;
v. Report suspected cases and deaths to a health worker or other relevant authority.
For more information about Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 , contact the Regional Office Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 Crisis Management Team (Dr Yada –email@example.com ) and visit the websites www.who.int or www.cdc.gov.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 8/15/2009 08:09:00 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here's a good article for the investors in these uncertain time:
By DALJIT DHESI
INVESTMENT in quality wine is fast making waves across the globe as an alternative investment class amidst plummeting equity value, extreme volatility and looming recession. It appears that many investors are diversifying their portfolio into premium wines and others, including teetotallers, are also jumping into the bandwagon.
Sure Holdings Ltd managing director James Pala says the biggest appeal of wine as an alternative investment class is that it is low risk, offers stable returns and has a low co-relation with stocks and bonds.
In addition, he points out that wine investment has also become increasingly attractive in recent years due to the fact that people do not have to pay capital gains tax when they sell their wines.
Vintage Assets Pte Ltd director Lionel Lau says the investment in this “liquid asset” is unique as once wine is produced in a certain year, it can never be repeated again in line with the famous saying in Bordeaux “Once in a bottle, never again”.
Bordeaux is a province in France and the mother of all quality and investment grade wines of the world.
From the world’s total production, only 1% is categorised as investment grade wine, out of which 80% comes from Bordeaux.
Lau says the longer a wine is held, the higher the price it can fetch and the higher the potential returns. During one of the great vintage years of 2005, he says the price of certain wines surged by over 148% between the pre-bottling stage (in June 2005) to the time they hit the market three years later.
General manager Chris Low says great vintage is a term used to describe the best harvest by the top critics of quality wines.
The top five performing wine brand of Vintage 2000, Low says, is Lafite Rothschild, Haut-Brion, Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Margaux.
Sure Holdings and Vintage Assets are believed to be the only two wine advisors and brokers operating in Malaysia. According to Lau, the higher consumption and demand is set to drive existing investment and collection of wines in the global market.
He says investment grade wines like Lafite has survived three recessions – of the eighties, nineties and the present one.
Annual returns on investment grade wines, says Pala, especially those from Bordeaux can typically rake in returns of between 12% and 20%, even though they have averaged far higher returns over the last 25 years.
Liv-ex, the world’s biggest fine wine index based in London, estimates the prices of the best vintages have currently increased by 50% since the start of last year, in sharp contrast to the global stock market, where prices had fallen by 15%. Over the last 12 months, he says wines traded on the Liv-ex 500 Fine Wine Index has increased by 14.4% as against a decline of 33% and 37% on the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 respectively.
Due to its close proximity with France, London is currently the wine hub of the world as it has the best bonded public wine warehouses equipped with high tech facilities and conducive storage temperature, amongst others.
The turnover on wine investment in Britain alone has currently reached over a billion dollars, not accounting for the US and Asia markets.
The trend in Asia is visible. Hong Kong recently abolished tax on wine and beer in a bid to become a wine hub in the region.
He says in Malaysia the market for investment grade wines was on the uptrend as investors were looking for safer investments to grow their monies.
Pala says he generally advises his clients to go for less risky and relatively short to medium term (two to three years) type of investment.
“We trade Bordeaux wines and part of it is the 1855 classification. Over the last three years, we have recommended 40 different wines to our clients with investments totalling £69,000, which have made returns of 43% (£98,000 in value) during the period,’’ he notes.
Vintage Assets was set up last year. Lau says the lowest return raked in by a client so far is less than 20% return a year.
Wine investors in Malaysia are generally high net worth individuals who are businessmen, CEOs of companies and banks, university lecturers and doctors.
Before investing, Lau says that he analyses his clients’ risk appetite and the time frame they expect to realise their investment returns, be it two, three or even in five years time. Both Pala and Lau advised their clients to store their wines bought at bonded warehouses in London to ensure its premium quality.
“It is not advisable to ship them to other parts of the world as it is risky and will affect the wines quality, leading to depreciation in value,’’ Pala remarks.
Source: The Star BizWeek Section
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/16/2008 05:46:00 PM
Friday, November 14, 2008
Umm... Hi there. Wow, didn't expect to see people visiting this dilapidated blog haha. Yeah, the owner is a lazy bum, who would rather go out for a teh beng (or iced milk tea for the westerners) session than writing some useful stuffs in his blog. I will try to be more active in writing, though I admit, am very susceptible to distractions. Namely World of Warcraft, teh beng, gatherings, and MSN haha.
Anyway, hope you guys will visit my other blogs as well. For now, please visit my personal blog. Yes, this blog is not for personal purpose, though I tend to get things mixed up every now and then. The link is on the left-hand side bar. Drats... I need to update those as well. Sigh.
Okay, RadicalScope signing off. Time to take a bath. I'm smelly :p
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/14/2008 04:37:00 PM
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I remember watching "Fruits Basket" the animation, and listened to the story of "The Foolish Traveler". This particular traveler, had a very good heart. Always wanting to help people, to the extend that he was manipulated by the people he met in his travel. He gave away all his possessions, after listening to their stories, even though they were lying. In the end, as he got not even a single article of clothing on him, he went into the jungle. There, he got tricked by the demons in the jungle, who ate everything save his head. The demons said, "Thank you for your kindness. We have a present for you." The traveler, since he never asked anything in return for his kindness, and never got anyway, was very happy. He keep on saying, "Thank you, thank you. I've never got a present before. Thank you, thank you." He said those words so happily, as he was dying. The present the demons left was a piece of paper, with "Stupid" written on it.
Lesson of the story: DO NOT BE NICE TO PEOPLE UNLESS THEY GOT PROOF THAT THEY ARE NICE TOO.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 9/27/2008 05:33:00 PM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Born into a Muslim family, my parents (like any other "rational" Muslim parents in Malaysia) would tell me not to question about God. Which, as I grow up, makes no sense as there are plenty verses in the Holy Quran that hinted that as Muslims we should. Not question in a negative manner, but question in a questing manner. We are supposed to question His existence in order to find Him, not to deny Him.
With that mentality in mind, I look around and sure enough, I found that intellectual people who argues about the divine spirit with the intention of seeking the truth found them, whereas those who seek to deny the truth will not. You gain what you seek. So how should we argue about something that we never seen, cannot be touched, never been heard, cannot be tasted, and has no smell? The following conversation might give you an idea:
An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty.
He asks one of his new students to stand and.....
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?
Student: (Student is silent.)
Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?
Prof: Is Satan good?
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Prof: So who created evil?
Student: (Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?
Student: (Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No , sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Student: No sir. There isn't. (The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)
Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold.
We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that.
There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat.
We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?
Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something.
You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it?
In reality, darkness isn't exist. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?
Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God.
You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure.
Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.
To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.
Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor.
Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
Prof: (The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir?
Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
Prof: (The class is in uproar.)
Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?
Prof: (The class breaks out into laughter.)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it?.....No one appears to have done so.
So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
Prof: (The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir.. The link between man & God is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 8/19/2008 03:21:00 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Hi there . Now, how long has it been since the last time I posted? Well, life has been a bit harsh on me. But I know, it is because life is preparing me for something bigger. Something that the current me can never comprehend. Thus, all the hardship I'm facing right now. But hey, we're talking about being positive here, so let's put the depressing talk aside.
What I wanted to talk about today, in this post, is about something that has been in my mind since last year. Have you guys read the book Chicken Soup for the Soul? When I was younger, they even made a TV series based on the stories featured in that book. Since then, there had been various other chicken soup books published, due to the impact brought by the stories featured. So a thought came into my mind, "Hey, it's about time we have a Chicken Soup book for Malaysian." Now, I'm not looking for an avenue for profit. I just want to have an avenue where people share their most motivating, life-changing, inspiring stories with other Malaysians, as well as the world. So the most I can promise for now is a Teh Tarik session at a mamak stall of your preference.
So, I need you to help me to:
- Send me 1 (one) motivating, life-changing, and inspiring story that you had experienced PERSONALLY. It must be a true story, not an adaptation of any sort. Please include your personal details (name, contact number) as well, so that we can have the teh tarik session I promised. Stories are to be sent to my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Next, recommend me 3 people whom you know would be able to provide me with stories of the same or greater impact. All I need is their name and email address. If they don't do emails, a phone number would do as well.
Okay, that's all for now. Looking for ward for the wonderful stories that you have in store for me, and the people you'd like me to meet for more stories. And thank you in advance. Lord bless you all with happiness beyond imagination.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 6/10/2008 12:23:00 AM
Sunday, December 2, 2007
BBC News Online health staff
An eating disorder in her teens left Dr Anna Richman with a legacy of ill-health.
Aged only 32, Anna has osteoporosis - a condition usually associated with menopausal women twice her age.
Formerly a statuesque six footer Anna, used to be taller than her sisters, but the osteoporosis has taken at least two inches from her height.
"The irony is that I wanted to lose weight to have a better-shaped body.
"When I lost the height from my spine my waist actually disappeared and I was left with a protruding stomach.
"I will never get that height back. It seems to have gone from the top half of my body and it affects the way I dress."
As well as osteoporosis, anorexia can have further drastic effects on the body.
A lack of food deprives the body of protein and prevents the normal metabolism of fat.
The effects of this can include an irregular heart beat caused by a change in the heart muscle - which in turn can lead to heart failure and death.
Other problems can include ceasing of menstruation, dehydration, kidney stones and kidney failure.
Some anorexics also develop a fine, downy body hair, called lanugo, on the face and arms and their muscles waste away. Some suffer constipation or bowel irritation.
Anna, who now works as a hospital doctor in Liverpool, started to diet in her late teens.
"I was only dieting for 18 months, but the implications have gone on for years," she said.
It wasn't long after Anna started dieting that her weight got out of control.
Very soon she was hospitalised with anorexia.
"It did just start off as a bit of a diet. I lost a bit of weight and then it went from a diet to anorexia."
When Anna was first hospitalised her weight had plummeted to just seven-and-a-half stone.
Doctors helped her build her weight back up to over 10 stone.
But then she relapsed and needed hospitalisation as it slumped again to just six stone.
Watching her friends leave her behind as they gained their A' Levels and then university places, Anna struggled to take charge of her life again.
She took her exams and started to study medicine, but the damage had been done.
"When I was 19 I was just getting over the anorexia and had taken a part-time job in a nursing home.
One in three woman and one in 12 men over 50 have osteoporosis
Treating broken bones due to osteoporosis costs the NHS about £5 million a day
"I had a backache and was just told that everyone at the home used to get these.
"But then one day I was in excruciating pain with my back and I just fell to the floor. I could not walk and had to crawl back to bed."
Eventually doctors diagnosed Anna with osteoporosis and spotted that she had two compression fractures in the spine.
Her bone density was low and doctors recommended a high-dose pill to boost her levels.
But she found taking calcium tablets and doing weight bearing exercises worked better.
Emma Burrows, of the National Osteoporosis Society, said young women like Anna are at an increased risk of osteoporosis.
"Oestrogen is essential for healthy bones in women. Over-dieting can cause a drop in oestrogen levels similar to that experienced at the menopause and can result in fragile bones that are liable to break easily.
"It is essential that we all protect our bones by eating a healthy, well-balanced and calcium rich diet, and that doesn't mean it has to be fattening.
"Low-fat dairy products, such as skimmed milk, actually contain more calcium than the full-fat varieties, and calcium can come from non-dairy sources too.
"Young women who miss their periods for six months or more as a result of over-dieting or over-exercising are at an increased risk of suffering a broken bone due to osteoporosis and should talk to their GP about a possible bone scan or treatment."
Diet is not an answer; it's a mean. Use it wisely or it will devour you.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 12/02/2007 03:32:00 PM
Friday, November 30, 2007
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/30/2007 03:24:00 AM
Nov 28, 07 6:22pm
By this measure, never have Malaysians been so united in the single cause of changing the way the nation is governed, no matter how much BN tries to spin communal tensions into this. It does not matter if Hishammuddin Hussein brings a million government supporters to the streets Mugabe-style. Like all simple-minded, self-serving myopics, he has missed the point. This is a democracy. Whilst numbers decide a lot, the government in power is still the government of all the people.
Just in case Khairy Jamaluddin and gang has not been made aware, by now they should have gotten the message that people are angry enough to risk their freedom and limbs.
A police force, with members who bullies, kills with dynamites and is corrupt at the highest levels, may be feared but certainly not respected enough for it to be an effective protector. An election that is a farce can never be a hope or even a valve for frustrations. Nor can a judiciary that can be bought and sold or a prime minister who sleeps on the job.
Of course, we can expect the government to listen only to its cronies and continue to believe the lies told to the simple kampung folks. But the people will find ways to make the government listen. In the absence of a fair electoral process, street marches are only one of the many avenues that the downtrodden have resorted - all over the world, throughout the centuries - including my forefathers in their fight for independence.
People like me are thankful to Bersih and Hindraf, not necessarily because I support their causes. Their bravery are the barometers of the people's anger and desperation. The government should listen hard or risk the consequences of a chaotic society when people lose hope. My family and I should not have to bear the inconvenience caused by a government that pushes the people beyond the limit.
Every decent Malaysian, with enough sense in his head, finds the government's lies in its media revolting and insulting our intelligence. The rest of us are blinded by some misguided sense of nationalism, racism and patriotism - messed up into some cheap rojak, spiced up with fear, insecurities and a huge ego that hides an inferiority complex. Every now and then, an expensive and glossy Petronas commercial is commissioned to tug at our hearts as if they depict real life in
I have no time to justify a renters' economy, rationalise my leaders' indiscretions in the name of my race or turn a deaf ear to their arrogance so unbecoming of my culture.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/30/2007 03:20:00 AM
Monday, November 26, 2007
A lot of truth in this
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"
In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/26/2007 06:03:00 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
You may be wondering why I would call this article a Thankful Thanksgiving. Aren't all Thanksgivings Thankful? Unfortunately, no. As a person who has experienced over 70 Thanksgivings, I recognize that being thankful is something that we have to work at, even on Thanksgiving.
If your home is like most, your Thanksgiving day will be very busy, with either traveling to where you want to go or preparing your home to have others over for the day. Either way, that can be very hectic and emotionally trying, which doesn't lend itself to preparing your heart to be reflective and thankful. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled weekend in America. Airports are full, and not always providing much room for contemplation of your good fortune.
This means all the more that if we want to be the kind of people who are characterized by thankfulness, then we must make sure that we focus on it, and not just on Thanksgiving Day, but at all times during the year.
Here are a few key words as well as some thoughts that are simple and practical to apply; something you can use right away in your quest for becoming more thankful:
Time. Set aside time regularly to be quiet, to reflect. We live in the fastest paced time ever. From the moment we awake to the moment we collapse into bed, we have the opportunity to go at full speed and never slow down. If we schedule time every day in which we can be quiet and reflect, we will free our hearts and minds up from the tyranny of the urgent and rushed.
Thought. Give thought to the many blessings that you have. Living in a consumer culture, most of us are fully aware of what we do not have and how we absolutely must have "it". But how often do we reflect upon that which we already have? Take some time each day and think of one or two things that you have that you may typically take for granted and then take a moment and give thanks for those. In fact, I make it a part of my reflection time to review a list of things that I'm thankful for.
Generosity. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more. We tend to look at others who may be wealthier than ourselves and think, "I sure wish I had what he does." That kind of thinking breeds envy and jealousy rather than contentment. What can we do to break that cycle? I would suggest being generous to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Go to work at a food bank. And not just during the holidays - everybody works there then - but on a regular basis during the year. That will remind you of how good you really have it.
Ask. Ask a friend what they are thankful for. The next time you are at lunch with a friend, ask him or her what they are most thankful for. You will be amazed at the answers you receive and you will create a meaningful bond with your friends as you focus on this powerful question.
Acknowledge. Lastly, tell those you love how thankful you are for having them in your life. So many times we neglect to take the time to craft the words to express to those closest to us what their presence in our lives means to us. Take the opportunity of Thanksgiving Day to write them a note or sometime during the day put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes and tell them. Let them know what they mean to you, and in return you'll begin to create the possibility of deeper, richer, more fulfilling relationships with those you love.
Of course we should do what we can to make the most of the day we call Thanksgiving, but wouldn't it be a shame if the only time we reflected on our blessings was that one Thursday in November? And the answer is, of course! So let's do our best to be aware of the many great gifts that we have each and every day of the year. As we do so we will see our hearts soar and our minds will experience more and more at peace as we regularly remember and remain aware of our good fortune.
Posted by Michelle Nor Ismat at 11/21/2007 03:51:00 PM