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Story: Sampson, Californian and Carpathia

There were three ships which were nearby when the Titanic sunk.
One of them was known as the Sampson. It was 7 miles away from the Titanic and they saw the white flares signaling danger, but because the crew had been hunting seals illegally and didn't want to be caught, they turned and went the opposite direction away from the Titanic. This ship represents those of us who are so busy in our own sin and lives that we can't recognize when someone else is in need.
The next ship was the Californian. This ship was only 14 miles away from the Titanic, but they were surrounded by ice fields and the captain looked out and saw the white flares, but because the conditions weren't favorable and it was dark, he decided to go back to bed and wait until morning. The crew tried to convince themselves that nothing was happening. This ship represents those of us who say I can't do anything now. The conditions aren't right and so we wait until conditions are perfect before going out.

The last ship was the Carpathia. This ship was actually headed in a southern direction 58 miles away from the Titanic when they heard the distress cries over the radio. The captain of this ship knelt down, prayed to God for direction and then turned the ship around and went full steam ahead through the ice fields. This was the ship that saved the 705 survivors of the Titanic.

Obstacles and reasons to avoid responsibility shall always be there, but those who accept it always find a place in the hearts to be remembered for the world of good they do.
I really wish that we all could be Carpathians in life, unlike more Sampsons and Californians... this world could be a more beautiful place to live in.

Being Humble and Grateful

A tree that wants to touch the sky
Must have its roots into the earth.
The more you want to rise upward,
The more you have to grow downwards
So to rise in life
Be Down to Earth , Humble and Grateful …

40 Tips for Healthy and Peaceful Life

Life is made up of good and bad lessons we accumulate along the way. In order to understand it, we must separate it into a few domains, each with its own lessons to teach us. This list of good advice was given by a group of people from all ages. So here are 40 great tips for a great life!

1. Drink a lot of water
2. Eat your breakfast like kings, lunch like princes, and dinner like beggars
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods made in factories
4. Live your life according to the TEE princpile: Truth, Empathy and Energy.
5. Make time for contemplation and/or prayer
6. Involve more game playing in your life
7. Read more books than you read last year
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day
9. Invest at least 7 hours of sleep every sleep
10. Take 10-30 minutes to walk somewhere each day. Smile while you walk.
11. Don't compare your lives to those of others. You have no idea what their journey actually looks like.
12. Don't waste time on negative thoughts or things you cannot change. Instead, divert your energy to a positive moment in the present.
13. Don't exaggerate in your actions, keep yourself in check.
14. You don't have to win EVERY argument. Agree to disagree.
15. Don't waste your energy gossiping.
16. Dream more while you're awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You may already have all you need, but if not, envy won't get it for you.
18. Forget past events and don't remind your partners of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life's too short to hate people. Don't hate in vain.

20. Make peace with your past, or it will destroy you at present.
21. No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you're here to learn. Problems are just a part of learning, but the lesson they teach will be with you for life.
23. Smile more. Laugh more.
24. Don't take yourselves so seriously, no one else will!
25. Call your family often.
26. Every day give or do something good for another.
27. Forgive everyone, for everything.
28. Spend time with people over 80 and under 6 - it will teach you a lot.
29. Try to make at least three people smile, every day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your concern.
31. Your work won't take care of you when you're sick. Your family and friends will. Don't cut ties.
32. Do the right thing. It pays in the long-term.
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or brings you enjoyment.
34. When you are angry or upset, seek solitude before taking it out on the people around it.
35. Forgiveness heals all wounds.
36. No matter how good or bad the current situation is, it'll change.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you wake up alive in the morning, don't take it for granted - embrace it.
39. The secret of secrets in your heart is that you CAN be happy - so be happy.
40. Never forget to enjoy the time you have, the moment you are in, and the people that share these things with you

3 Kinds of Thinking

Your world arises from your thoughts and emotions. Your outer situations reflect your inner state. You financial, relationship and health situations - why they are so, and you can change them without fail by your thoughts and emotions.

We all talk to ourselves in our minds. This mental conversation with ourselves never stops.

You maintain your world by your self-talk. Remember, what you think about is what determines your next behaviour. It is limited to your limited ideas and it is 90% repetitive. This is what keeps your world as it is without any change. When you finally stop the self-talk it becomes optimistic and positive.

There are three kinds of people…

1. There are those that are not even aware that they are having a mental conversation with themselves they can’t even remember what they were thinking.

2. Then there are those who know they have mental self-talk, but they are unable to control its direction.

3. Small fraction of the population that can turn self-talk off completely. These are the masters. They have chosen to quiet the mind and become aware. They are quite and simply observant without comment, judgment or thought.

As long as you keep your self-talk on, you will be bound to repeat the same path, the same choices, the same errors, over and over. There is nothing new and nothing fresh. 90% of your thoughts you have per day are repetitive.

Audit your thoughts. Become aware of your self-talk and stop it. At the right time, your spirit will give you the appropriate Thought. Real thought is clear, powerful, decisive, and lovingly without fear. It is a statement of pure knowing.

When you stop your self-talk, you create a vacuum. When you drop your self-talk, the most amazing accomplishments begin to happen.

You have to train yourself to control or stop self talk.

The Value Of Positive Focus

The Value Of Positive Focus
To change the focus from negative to positive is to create hope. Our normal conversations and interactions are full of negativity, whether we are aware of this or not. So without our conscious knowledge, we develop a negative approach to life.
It is important for me to be aware when my conversations with others becomes negative.
I need to make a conscious change to start being more positive, and appreciate what life gives me. So much good in my life goes unnoticed. When I focus  in the positive it creates an environment of enthusiasm for the future that effects everyone around me.

Can Garlic Control High Blood Pressure

Garlic is a miracle herb that has been held in high esteem for over 6000 years and it is a cure for High Blood Pressure.
Most diseases and illnesses occur because man has gone against mother natures laws of life - be it stress, smoking, alcohol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle etc. However despite this one can still take recourse to natural wonders or miracle herbs and spices for the cure of illnesses. Generally these herbs and spices cause lesser side effects and even perhaps increases your longevity. Garlic is one such miracle herb that has been held in high esteem for over 6000 years.
Garlic has been extensively used in the past, not only in China and Egypt, but also in Germany and in countries all over the world.
Khnoom Khoufouf, the builder of the ancient pyramids in 4500 B.C said -“It is ordered that all my workers take garlic everyday to maintain their health and strength”
Garlic (allium sativum) has originated from Asia and belongs to the family of liliaceae or the lily family. It is a perennial bulb made up of 7-35 divided cloves or bulblets that are covered in papery, transparently white glistening skin. The medicinal part of the plant is the bulb. The peculiar strong scent of garlic is due to its sulfur containing compound or volatile oil known as Allicin.
Can Garlic Control High Blood Pressure
Garlic is considered for a multitude of disorders and illnesses besides hypertension because of its properties. It is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal in nature. It is used in the treatment of allergies or hay fever, herpes, sunburns, heart ailments like arteriosclerosis and cholesterol problems. Garlic is also an anticarcinogenic food and useful in typhoid, sinusitis, laryngitis and pneumonia, influenza and other respiratory illnesses. It is antispasmodic in nature as it eases the spasms of small arteries, and prevents the development of blood clots. Garlic is also used to treat rheumatism and is antiparasitic in nature. It is a known insecticide, protects against disease and increases strength and productivity.
High Blood Pressure - The pressure or tension exerted by the blood on the arteries and the venous blood vessels is called blood pressure. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg, where 120 is the systolic blood pressure (SBP) and 80 is the diastolic blood pressure (DBP).
High blood pressure occurs when the blood is pumped by the heart through the system that is abnormally fast and powerful. This sustained greater than normal force and pressure can cause damage to the arteries.
Prehypertension or Borderline Hypertension is when the systolic pressure is between 120 to 139 and/or the diastolic pressure is between 80 and 89.
Stage 1 hypertension is when the systolic pressure is between 140 to 159 and/or the diastolic pressure is between 90 and 99.
Stage 2 hypertension is when the systolic blood pressure is around 160 to 179 and the diastolic blood pressure is from100 till about 120.
Stage 3 Hypertension is increased blood pressure when the systolic blood pressure is more than 180 and the diastolic blood pressure is more than 120.
High blood pressure is of two types:
Essential Hypertension or Primary Hypertension - When increase in the blood pressure or hypertension is not due to any underlying disease process.
Secondary hypertension - When hypertension is because of some other disease or illness, such as an underlying kidney disease or a heart block it is known as secondary hypertension.
Factors that can contribute to Primary or Essential Hypertension - Most of the associated causes are because of lifestyle problems, such as:
1. Stress and Tension: In the fast paced environment that we live in, stress and its associated problems are a common cause to increase blood pressure. This is more in “type A personalities” or in people who are high achievers.
2. Smoking: Nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco increase BP (blood pressure).
3. Obesity: Obesity has the maximum contribution in increasing BP. This is because the heart has to work more to keep up with the increased body mass, which requires more blood for the supply of essential oxygen and nutrients to tissues in your body.
4. Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle tends to increase the heart rate and makes your heart work more!
5. Saturated fatty acids in the diet can also result in an elevated level of blood pressure.
6. Alcohol: Alcohol intake increases the risks of hypertension.
7. Elderly: The elderly are more at risk for hypertension because of reduced complaibility and flexibility of blood vessels.
8. Excessive Salt intake: Excessive normal salt or sodium in the diet can result in fluid retention and high blood pressure.
9. Potassium intake: Low potassium diet increases the sodium in the cells due to the sodium potassium pump.
10. Hereditary: High blood pressure is often familial in nature and runs in families.
Causes of Secondary Hypertension High blood pressure secondary to an underlying condition or disorder such as hormonal disorders, thyroid disease, kidney disease, adrenal gland disease, and the use of drugs such as oral contraceptives. This type of high blood pressure is called secondary hypertension.
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Start Thinking For Yourself!

You must learn to start thinking for yourself. If you are not thinking for yourself, then by default you are living your life based upon what others think is best for you. There’s an old saying, if you don’t steer the boat, someone else will.

If you are living your life based upon what other people want for you instead of what you truly want for yourself, then you really aren't living the life that you intended to live. So, take control! Start thinking for yourself.

You have inner feeling. Some call it gut instinct - you just KNOW your wants?. That’s the real YOU doing everything – send a message about your desires. It’s time to follow your gut instinct and let your inner voice get louder and direct you on the path you want to achieve.

Believe in yourself and know YOUR path, the Universe gets on board and supports you in everything you do!

Know this perfectly well and you will have all your desire delivered at your doorstep.

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7 Great Password Tips!

Passwords - Tips - More Secure
Password safety - you've heard it all before and you're probably tired of hearing about it, but it's something that we cannot emphasize enough: creating a weak password is like leaving all of your doors unlocked. Just because you have never been robbed before doesn't mean that it's safe to leave your doors unlocked, does it? It only takes that one time for you to lose everything, and the same is true for your email accounts, bank accounts, and whatever other valuable accounts that you possess.  
Passwords - Tips - More Secure
Nobody wants to try to remember 20 unique passwords for 20 different accounts, and that is why many of us decide to reuse the same password across multiple sites. However, although this is very convenient, it can backfire spectacularly. If a cyber criminal gets access to one of your accounts, they automatically have access to all of your accounts. Therefore, with cybercrime getting more and more common, having a different password for each account is absolutely essential.
Maybe one day, with our ever-increasing technology, we'll move beyond passwords and usernames, but for the time being, it's absolutely critical to strengthen your weak passwords. It takes little effort on your part, and trust us, you don't want to be the one who loses everything only to realize that all of your problems could've been prevented with just a few simple tweaks.

The Worst Passwords of 2015
It's not easy to determine the "worst" passwords being used as passwords are kept hidden and secret. However, in 2016 a company called SplashData went to the bother of tallying up over 2 million leaked passwords from 2015, evaluated them, and compiled them into a ranking of "Worst Passwords of 2015". Below are the worst 15:
1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. football
8. 1234
9. 1234567
10. baseball
11. welcomes
12. 1234567890
13. abc123
14. 111111
15. 1qaz2wsx

As you can see, these really are bad. If you have one of the aforementioned passwords, you might as well not have a password at all. A hacker would have a field day with your accounts if you have passwords this simple. Also, if you think that your password is safe because it doesn't appear on that list, you'd best think again. These passwords are extremely bad because they all have the same characteristics of easily-hacked passwords, and it's possible that your own password does too.
So let us take a look at what makes these passwords terrible and what you can do to ensure that all your accounts are safe.
1. The Obvious Password
Passwords - Tips - More Secure

Seven of the worst offenders in the list above are all slight variations of the same basic password: consecutive numbers. People use this type of password because it is easy to remember and super easy to type - which is why qwerty is also on the list. But, your password isn't meant to be easy! Using obvious consecutive number passwords - one that took you seconds to come up with - is just asking for trouble. In fact, many cyber criminals have access to automated hacking programs that try these common number passwords in order to hack into your accounts.

2. The Default Password
It's astounding that "password" is used as often as it is. This is the default password for most devices, but it's expected that the user will change it to something secure. However, it seems that a lot of people are lazy and either refuse or forget to change it. Therefore, if you have kept the default password as it is, it would take no effort for a hacker to break into your account and help themselves to whatever they want. 
Here's some advice: if you get a new device or account and you get given a default username and password - such as admin/password or admin/admin - do yourself a huge favor and change it immediately.

3. The Short Password
Passwords - Tips - More Secure
Length is important when it comes down to password size. Every extra character - be it a letter, number or symbol - expands the possibility space and makes your password harder to crack. Therefore, nothing is worse than a short password, and this is made evident when you take a look at the list of rubbish passwords - only 2 of them have more than 8 characters, and 8 is even too short nowadays for real protection.
So, make your password longer! Yes, longer than what you've got already! If you're wondering whether your password is long probably isn't. Chuck on a couple of extra characters at the end.

4. The "No Numbers or Symbols" Password
Generally speaking, a longer password consisting of only letters is better than a shorter password with letters, symbols and numbers. However, longer passwords that incorporate letters, numbers and symbols are even better.
The reason behind this is that you want to maximize the number of possible choices for every single character in your password. If you have only used letters, that's 26 possible choices per character while if you use numbers, symbols and letters, that's 46 possible choices per character - this difference has an exponential impact.

5. The "L33T SP34K" Password
If you're thinking about using symbols and numbers in your password, there is one caveat you should be aware of: if your password has complete words, don't make simple letter-to-number or letter-to-symbol substitutions for individual characters.
For example, in cableCABLE, don't replace the a with @, the l with 1, the A with 4 or the E with 3. You might believe that c@b1eC4BL3 is a great password that is stronger than the original, but there's a very high chance that is actually isn't.
Cybercriminals know all the tricks in the book, so if one is trying to hack into your accounts, they're going to try these substitutions anyway.

6. The "Personal Information" Password

Whenever you're trying to come up with a new password, we must stress that you should never ever use any personal information. A great password should have no relation to you at all.
For example, a lot of people like football and baseball, both of which can be seen on the list above. If you're a big fan or either sport, it would be pretty trivial to guess.
Nowadays, thanks to social media profiles, personal details are available at the click of a finger, and this kind of access makes it a lot easier for hackers to guess weak passwords.

7. The Pattern Password
A lot of people tend to memorize their passwords by using muscle memory, so whenever they need to come up with a new password for a new account, it's always tempting for them to rely on some kind of keyboard pattern. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this as long as you do it properly. After all, muscle memory is an effective way to memorize long passwords that are otherwise nonsensical. However, please never resort to over simplistic patterns such as 1qaz2wsx, qwerty, or qwertyuiop.

So, What Makes a Good Password?
You should have a good idea as to what makes a good password by now, but read the following criteria just to make extra sure - it won't do you any harm.
  • It should be at least 8 characters long.
  • It should contain special characters such as #,@,$,%, & and/or numbers.
  • It shouldn't contain words found in the dictionary.
  • It should use a variation of upper and lower case letters.
  • It must not contain personal information such as your date of birth, phone number, spouse's name, pet's name, kid's name, or login name.

Story: The Man Throwing Stones in Lake

A man was sitting by a lake. He was throwing small pebbles into it from time to time. A young boy happened to cross by. He was intrigued to see that after every few minutes or so, the man would toss a pebble into the lake.

The boy went up to the man and said, "Good pastime, this stone throwing, he?" "Hmmm," said the man. He seemed to be deep in thought and obviously did not wish to be disturbed.

Sometime later, the man said softly, "Look at the water, it is absolutely still."

The boy said, "Yeah, it is."

The man tossed a pebble into the water and continued, "Only till I toss a pebble into it now do you see the ripples?"

"Yeah," said the boy, "they spread further and further."

"And soon, the water is still again," offered the man.

The boy said, "Sure, it becomes quiet, after a while."

The man continued, "What if we want to stop the ripples? The root cause of the ripples is the stone. Let's take the stone out. Go ahead and look for it." The boy put his hand into the water and tried to take the stone out.

But he only succeeded in making more ripples. He was able to take the stone out, but the number of ripples that were made in the process were a lot more than before.

The wise man said, "It is not possible to stop the movement of the water once a pebble has been thrown into it. But if we can stop ourselves from throwing the pebble in the first place, the ripples can be avoided altogether! So too, it is with our minds. If a thought enters into it, it creates ripples. The only way to save the mind from getting disturbed is to block and ban the entry of every superfluous thought that could be a potential cause for disturbance. If a disturbance has entered into the mind, it will take its own time to die down. Too many conflicting thoughts just cause more and more disturbances. Once the disturbance has been caused it takes time to ebb out. Even trying to forcibly remove the thought may further increase the turmoil in the mind. Time surely is a great healer, but prevention is always better than cure."

Before you allow a thought or a piece of information to enter your mind, put it through the triple filter test of authenticity, goodness and value.

How to Recognize a Fake Job Offer

There are many fake job offers which job seekers get in their emails nowadays. While some can easily be distinguished as fake, others are not that easy. The below given list of points will help you to determine whether a job offer is genuine or fake.

1. The fake job offer email (referred to as email from here on) will tend to be boisterous and congratulate you in the subject line itself.

2. The domain names from which the email has been sent tends to be a bit shady. For example, let there be a company named ABC Inc. which is a genuine company. Now if ABC Inc. sends emails to job-seekers it will be from an or or, etc email address. A reputed company will never use email services of Gmail or Yahoo Mail or Hotmail to send job offers to candidates (no matter how convincing it sounds, like, it is fake). The candidate should exercise extreme caution while responding to such emails.

3. Usually, there is an attached file with the email (.doc/.docx/.pdf  etc) which will bear the name "offer letter" or similar names. If you open the document you will see that it is very colorful, i.e. very bright font colors have been used along with pictures while writing the letter. A reputed company will generally never use such bright font colors while sending official emails for the purpose of recruitment.

4. The most important point. There will be money involved in it. The sender of the fake email will state that you have to pay a certain sum of money to some bank account if you wish your candidature to be considered further. Never fall for this trap. No good company, no reputed company will ever demand money from the candidates for whatever reason. If the sender of the email demands money then the job offer is fake beyond doubt. The amount of money, the bank account number, will usually be highlighted in bright colors (red, bright green, orange, etc)

5. If you are good in English you will see that the entire letter will be filled with grammatical errors and absurd meaningless sentences. No reputed company sends emails with such blatantly wrong English. They would never do so because that dampens the image and reputation of the company.

6. The email will often state that you have been considered for a very high post at some company which will be very surprising and definitely suggests that it is fake. Unless you have very high educational qualifications or have many years of job experience, you will not get an offer for a very high post at the start of your career.

7. We are often tempted to reply to the fake email sender and hurl abuses at him/her. It is human nature but it is advisable not to do so. If you reply to the sender, you are confirming that your email address is genuine and this will attract more spam and fake offers in future. If you get a job offer and you are convinced that it is fake, simply mark it as spam and delete it. The thumb rule of safe internet usage and safeguarding yourself against these criminals is "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Remember this and use your common sense.

8. The job offer letter generally is an attachment in the form of an image. No reputed company will send job offers in the form of an image.

Below is a fake offer letter claiming to be from Tata Motors Ltd.

Fake job offer letter