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A Net of Love


What is joy?

Joy is a noun.

A noun that describes the feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

As quoted by Mother Teresa,

Joy is prayer

Joy is strength

Joy is love

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls

A lovely soul, Yoshiko is so kind to share with us her favourite Christmas song during this year and thus making this post possible.

Joy to the World is a popular American Christmas song which emphasizes the reverent but ecstatic joy that Christ’s birth brought to humanity.The text was originally titled “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom” when it first appeared in a hymnal of 1719 by Isaac Watts but only the second half of Watt’s lyrics are still used today.

The music for this popular carol is thought to have been adapted by Lowell Mason, an American church musician, from some of the phrases used in parts of George Frederick Handel’s beloved oratorio.

As of the late 20th century, “Joy to the World” was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.

In the 1970s, there is a different song of the same title, popularized by the pop group Three Dog Night. The song is also popularly known by its opening words, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog”. 

The song, which has been described by members of Three Dog Night as a “kid’s song” and a “silly song”, topped the main singles charts in North America.

This resulted in occasional recordings in which the pop song’s lyrics and melody were combined with that of the carol.

Information extracted from:

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,

but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Let us not go around looking for happiness or joy since it is not something to be found but a source within us awaiting to be spread around.

Furthermore, just like what Mother Teresa said, joy is a net of love which can catch souls, well this may sound a little funny but I do sincerely hope all lovely souls out there who are now reading this post to be caught by it…hehehe…

Before ending this post, here’s the song by the Three Dog Night to share with all you lovely souls out there:

Joy to the world.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

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Part of the healing process is…


Happy Monday to all lovely souls out there!

Ten more days to go before Christmas is here to stay and I do hope the air around you is now filling with love and joy during this festive month.

Since there are still ten more days to go, allow me to share ten short and yet enlightening quotes about sharing in this humble post of ours:

ONE

Part of the healing process is sharing with people who care.

~ Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

TWO

If you have a candle,

The light won’t grow any dimmer if I light yours off mine.

~ Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is an American singer-songwriter, best known as the front man of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith.

THREE

What will remain is neither you nor me

but what we shared among each other.

~ Santosh Kalwar

Santosh Kalwar is a poet, writer and researcher who writes in English.

FOUR

The heart dances with joy when you’re sharing.

~ Debasish Mridha

Debasish Mridha is a neurologist who practices general neurology in Michigan, USA.   

FIVE

Talent is always conscious of its abundance,

and does not object to sharing.

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system.

SIX

Compassion is not something you have;

it is something you share.

~ Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder is an author.

SEVEN

We don’t live through life

only by our own experiences.

We live through live

with other people’s experiences as a reference too.

~ Nike Thaddeus

Nike Thaddeus is an author.

EIGHT

Accept from those who have and share with those who do not.

~ Mark W. Boyer

Mark W. Boyer is an author.

NINE

A bone to the dog is not charity.

Charity is the bone shared with the dog

when you are just as hungry as the dog.

~ Jack London

John GriffithJackLondon was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

TEN

Love only grows by sharing.

You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.

~ Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is the Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

We do hope all lovely souls out there will enjoy the ten quotes that we’ve shared in this post.

If you lovely souls have been with us for the past two years, you already knew that my favourite Christmas song is Jingle Bell Rock.

Do you have any favourite Christmas song or quotes about sharing to share with us? If yes, our comment box is always there waiting for your lovely input!

Have a wonderful day ahead always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

Always A Day Away~


Past,Future,Present - 7-12-2012

One fine day, a lady was inside a mall doing her Christmas shopping. Her eyes immediately brightened up when she noticed a poster outside one of her favourite shops:

” ENJOY A DISCOUNT OF 99%  ON ALL ITEMS, STARTING FROM TOMORROW!!”

The next day, she happily skipped into the shop and started putting things into her cart without even looking at the price tags, why bother?

Her eyes almost popped out when the cashier informed her the final amount to be paid.

“Why is it still so expensive? You didn’t even apply the discount.”

The lady glared at the young cashier.

“Please…read…the…poster…aloud…”

The cashier requested in a stammering tone and so, the lady started reading it out loud.

” ENJOY A DISCOUNT OF 99%  ON ALL ITEMS, STARTING FROM TOMORROW…”

The moral of this story:

TODAY is a present but you can always enjoy a good discount during TOMORROWs!!

May this short and hopefully laughable story prepare you for a great day ahead!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Don’t Just Say ‘I Love You’, Say ‘I Know How To Love You.’


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If you are reading this post of ours, it would mean that you’ve ‘survived’ 21st Dec 2012.

I’ve received a Tweet during last night (20.12.2012) saying that the so-called the end of the world has been postponed to 3rd Sept 2015, meaning, we will have another 3 more years or so to help turn this world into a better place to live by having more positive thoughts, positive actions and most of all, positive love.

I’ve always believe that as long as goodness still exists in mankind, the world won’t have the heart to come to an end.

😉

POSITIVE LOVE

‘Love’ is a general expression of positive sentiment (a stronger form of like), love is commonly contrasted with hate.

Since love itself is already a very positive adjective/noun/verb, then why bother putting the word ‘positive’ in front?

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Question: Is English your first language??

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Ans: I’m afraid it is so, but I still get confused with all the grammatical stuff… 😦 

Well, every coin has two faces so even for an action or feeling with such positiveness tends to have two faces when being overlooked, misused or even abused.

Therefore, the word ‘POSITIVE’ is there to act as a reminder.

This post is actually inspired by two pictures which I’ve found in my Facebook page which  I would like to share with you lovely souls out there.

How much do you love yourself?

You cannot enjoy happiness if you are not at peace with yourself.

I’ve seen many extreme cases around me — from those who wanted to be perfect in front of others by constantly looking for flaws within themselves and becoming their own worst critics to the kind of egotistical self-love based purely on selfishness, pleasure and fame.

Those are definitely not any positive love for yourself.

The following picture speaks for itself :

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Find the true love within yourself by loving yourself, for true love is in abundance within yourself.

~ Gurmeet Kaur

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How much do you love the one who has completed you?

Relationships are hard work and they’re a never-ending quest to ensure the happiness of one another.

When love becomes overbearing, it is often being misused/abused in a relationship:

Woman: Why can’t I go out with my friends anymore?

Man: Because I want you for myself.

Woman: You are such a possessive jerk!

Man: No I am not. I just love you too much!

On the other hand, the hottest heart of love is just like heated iron and if left untouched will get cold of itself and eventually, turns sour.

When Love Turns Sour

(Extracted from: http://www.naijastories.com/2010/12/when-love-turns-sour-2/)

When Love turns sour
each visit to see her becomes a chore
climbing Mount Everest is an east feat
as to getting on the bus to her abode!

When Love turns sour
Phone Calls becomes
dull, repetitive, monotonous syllabic utterances
‘blah, blah, blah’ how she goes on and on!

When Love turns sour
the soup she cooks always has too much salt in it!
her Eba (farina) always has too much lumps in it!

When Love turns sour
her Jollof-Rice has the oil and water running different routes
one to the east, the other the west

When Love turns sour
her kiss has too much Saliva
wow is she an Ilama?

When Love turns sour
her make-up is always too much
her face painted like a Masquerade!

When Love turns sour
sleeping in the sewer is more appealing than sharing the bed with her!

Sounds familiar?

Sadly it does.

So, what will happen when positive love is applied in a relationship?

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*Condition applied to both men and women

Hope you all enjoy reading this post.

Have a nice Friday and a Great Weekend Ahead!!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~

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The Reason Behind Your Smile + Your Favourite Christmas Song Part 7


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Allow me to be the reason behind your smile ~ unknown

CUTENESS is usually characterized by some combination of infant-like physical traits, especially small body size with a disproportionately large head, large eyes, a pleasantly fair, though not necessarily small nose, dimples, and round and softer body features.

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Konrad Lorenz argued in 1949 that infantile features triggered nurturing responses in adults and that this was an evolutionary adaptation which helped ensure that adults cared for their children, ultimately securing the survival of the species.ID-10079461

As evidence, Lorenz noted that humans react more positively to animals that resemble infants—with big eyes, big heads, shortened noses, etc.—than to animals that do not.

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The gender of a person can determine their perception of the difference in cuteness.

In a study by Spengelmeyer et al.(2009) it suggests that women were more sensitive to small differences in cuteness than the same aged men.

This suggests that reproductive hormones in women are important for determining cuteness.

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The widely perceived cuteness of domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats, may be due to the fact that humans selectively breed their pets for infant-like characteristics, including non-aggressive behavior and childlike appearance.

Studies have also shown that responses to cuteness—and to facial attractiveness in general—seem to be similar across and within cultures.

The phenomenon is not restricted to humans. The young of many mammal and bird species share a similar set of typical physical proportions, beyond absolute body size, that distinguish them from adults of their own species.

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In the recent finding of a juvenile Triceratops skull, one journalist suggested its features, which included “a shortened face and big eyes”, were “probably as cute as a button – at least to its mother”.

Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuteness

The word cute is pronounced as ‘ke ai’ (可爱) in Mandarin.

Sadly, there was a period of time when people had misused these two words by calling females ‘ke ai’ but actually meant ‘ke lian mei ren ai‘  (怜没人爱 – You are pitiful because nobody loves you).

怜 (ke lian) – pitiful

没人 (mei ren) – nobody

 (ai) – Love

Fortunately I’ve not been hearing this cruel joke nowadays, so GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

Now, for the ‘Your Favourite Christmas Song‘ section, we’ve another lovely soul, Tessa William, who has the same  favourite Christmas song as Findthedetails (posted in Part 5 ) —  Fairy Tale of New York.  

Since the first song was actually a video provided by the lovely soul him/herself, I will have another YouTube video, in this case, the link, dedicated specially for Tessa as the video just wouldn’t appear in this post… 😦

Fairytale of New York – Ronan Keating and Moya Brennan

Hope you all enjoy this post.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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To All Lovely Souls Out There…


Merry Christmas

We would love to take this opportunity to thank the following lovely souls for sharing with us their favourite Christmas songs:

Now, let’s wrap up our ‘What’s Your Favourite Christmas Songs 2013’ with these two Christmas Songs which happen to be this lovely soul, Vijay Shah‘s favourite Christmas songs:

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home – in heart as well as body.
~ Garry Moore 

Be blessed, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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My Silent Night…One Day Earlier


Silence

MEANING:

A proverbial saying, often used in circumstances where it is thought that saying nothing is preferable to speaking.

ORIGIN:

As with many proverbs, the origin of this phrase is obscured by the mists of time. There are reports of versions of it dating back to Ancient Egypt.

That fuller version – ‘speech is silver; silence is golden‘, is still sometimes used, although the shorter form is now more common.

The same thought is expressed in a 16th century proverb, now defunct – as many present-day feminists would prefer it:

“Silence is a woman’s best garment.”

Read More @ Silence Is Golden

Silence is pure and holy.

It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking.

~  Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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Gosh! My immune system finally gave way to the cold cold weather and after vomiting out my lunch and dinner (perhaps gotten food poisoned by my own cooking? hmmm….) during last Friday.

Spent a night shivering inside my bed after vomiting despite wearing a pair of socks and an oversize pull-over sweater,  I was busy chasing after my ‘running nose’ for the past two days…

ლ(`ー´ლ) I AM OFFICIALLY VOICELESS TODAY ლ(`ー´ლ)

ヽ(´▽`)/ Well, I do enjoy this silent Monday of mine (but I do hope it won’t for too long…LOL…) as long as my throat is not as painful as the past two days. ヽ(´▽`)/

Before ending this post,

‘The Cherry Tree Carol’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’ are the two favourite Christmas songs of Lilly (and Chloe) @ Free Range Cow.

Christmas… is not an external event at all,

but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.

~ Freya Stark 

A big THANK YOU to Lilly for sharing her favourite Christmas songs with us!

Have a great Monday ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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