Sunday, January 24, 2010

Little bird, smallest action can change the world

Amidst despondencies over the difficulties in toppling the corrupt UMNO/BN Federal Government and the lethargy of many eligible voters in Malaysia in registering as voters because "their one vote can't do anything, is this inspiring story about a little bird:

Once upon a time, a small bird named Tasoo lived in a vast jungle. One hot summer day, a terrible wildfire erupted and the flames devoured many trees and animals living in the jungle. Other birds flew high into the sky and far away to safety, but Tasoo couldn't bear to leave her precious jungle home to burn.

Day and night, she flew with all her might back and forth to the river, filling her tiny beak with water to drop on the raging fires.

Tasoo's rare heart of courage and unshakable determination moved the heavenly gods to shed tears, and a great rain poured down upon the jungle, extinguishing the flames.

And so it is that even the smallest actions of a determined spirit can change the world.

-Author Unknown-

little bird small action can change the world
Little bird photo is courtesy of Keven Law

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Chinese saying - hope even when it seems hopeless

Even a sunken ship would have three 'kati' (a unit of weight like pound or kilogram) of rusty nails left in it.

Chinese saying.

This imply that however bad and hopeless a situation, a person or an organization, there is still hope, however slim, that things can improve

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

History quote for a wimp

How can History be kind to a wimp?

The price of greatness is responsibility. (Winston Churchill )

Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting. (Napoleon Bonaparte)

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. (William F. Halsey)

To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them. (Marleen Charles de Montesquieu)

When Deng Xiaoping visited the United States in 1979, actress Shirley MacLaine told him how impressed she had been on a visit to China during the Cultural Revolution, when Deng and countless others had been forced to toil in remote areas and “learn from the peasants.” She said she had been particularly moved by a scholar working in a field, who had described how much more fulfilling it was to grow tomatoes than to work in a university.

Deng looked at her and said: “He lied.”

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

What ID ten T error?

What is an ID ten T error?

ID 10 T

Put them together and you get


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Frenimies - friends who are enemies

Frenemies – those who seem to be friends but are actually enemies. They are more dangerous than open enemies because they are "inside the fort" and not outside like open enemies and they may attack you from the back unseen.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Winston Churchill - riding on a tiger

"Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers from which they dare not dismount."

Winston Churchill, quoting a Hindustani proverb

Zaid Ibrahim - democracy, political ideology

We are a deeply divided nation, adrift for our having abandoned democratic traditions and the Rule of Law in favour of a political ideology that serves no one save those who rule"

Zaid Ibrahim
30th October 2008

Zaid Ibrahim, former defacto Law Minister, who resigned to protest the continued abuse of the ISA (Internal Security Act), indictment of Malaysia's Barisan Nasional misrule.

Plato - knowledge and compulsion

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

Always strive to understand, not memorize.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

William Boetcker - equality & nation building

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. ”

William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln)