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Appreciation

Filed under: Life Blog — Tags: , , , — yingyingchung @ 7:20 pm

I am reading an old book by Dale Carnegie and here is a story that I find funny:

‘A farm woman, at the end of a heavy day’s work, set before her menfolks a heaping pile of hay. And when they indignantly demanded whether she had gone crazy, she replied, “Why, how did I know you’d notice? I’ve been cooking for you men for the last twenty years and in all that time I ain’t heard no word to let me know you wasn’t just eating hay.”’

We constantly hear people talk about how they are not appreciated by their spouses, coworkers, employers, parents and even children. Of course, we talk about not being appreciated all the time. We even try many different ways to get people to appreciate what we do and yet, we do not receive the appreciation that we want.

Most of us like to criticize and do not like to give “sincere thanks” to other people. Yet, we constantly want other people to give us the appreciation that we want. If you do not appreciate other people’s work, how do you receive other people’s appreciation to you? If you are constantly in complaint mode, you will not be able to see the appreciation that others have given you.

Start by saying “Thank you” sincerely to everyone you see today.

New Year Resolutions 2011

Filed under: Energy Videos,Life Blog,Stones & Crystals Videos,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — yingyingchung @ 5:57 pm

Every year, I write down a list of resolutions of eating healthy, do not procrastinate, work harder, make more money, clean my workroom etc.  Some other common ones are losing weight, find a job, find a boyfriend / girlfriend, etc.  But every year, it seems time just go by and the resolutions are forgotten.  I was thinking of not writing down anything this year and just take one day at a time.  Then I got an email from an old friend of mine.  She has her own business and she writes a Blog.  She was sharing her resolutions and I find it down to earth, specific and achievable.  I thought well, we do need something that we can achieve to improve our quality of life.  So, I decided to write down my New Year resolutions and share them with you all.  Well, I have about 9 on my list but some of them are a little more private than I wish to share.  So, here it is:

1.      Maintain my daily, weekly and monthly routine.  There are times that something happened and things get interrupted and not done.  It is not a pretty sight to see all these things piled up and not done.  So, I decided to have a monthly plan, then a weekly and then daily which will then be easier to maintain.  If some things do not get done today, I will get it done the next day or within the week.  Of course, the goal is to have them done monthly.

2.      Call my parents once every two weeks.  You may think this is strange.  I have been calling them around once every month and more during the holidays, birthdays, etc.  The intention is to call them at least once a week but I know I am stretching it.  So, it will have to be once every two weeks.  (There are many issues with my relationships with my parents and I am working on that.)

3.      Invite someone to lunch or coffee / tea once a month.  When things get hectic, I tend to give myself excuses of not seeing and cultivating my friendships.  Of course, relationships are important to give me the balanced life that I want to create.

4.      Make a habit of follow through with things.  Many times I say “I will send it to you” or “we will get together” or “I will call you next week”; and then never follow through.  So, I am going to use a note pad or my phone to take notes and follow through.  This leads to the next resolution #5.

5.      Say things that you mean and do not say things that you do not mean.  Most of the time, I will say I will do something and then, I forget.  However, sometimes I probably just say it without meaning to follow through.  This also applies to any arguments or conflicts with people.  Do not say things that you really do not mean. 

Now you can work on your list and may be you want to share them too.  Have a great 2011!!!!!!

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