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FAMILY - A Poem with Message

I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply. 

He said, "Please excuse me too; 

I wasn't watching for you." 

We were very polite, this stranger and I. 

We went on our way and we said goodbye. 

But at home a different story is told, 

How we treat our loved ones, young and old. 

Later that day, cooking the evening meal, 

My son stood beside me very still. 

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. 

"Move out of the way," I said with a frown. 

He walked away, his little heart broken. 

I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken. 

While I lay awake in bed, 

God's still small voice came to me and said, 

"While dealing with a stranger, 
common courtesy you use, 
but the family you love, you seem to abuse. 

Go and look on the kitchen floor, 

You'll find some flowers there by the door. 

Those are the flowers he brought for you. 

He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. 

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, 

you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes." 

By this time, I felt very small, 

And now my tears began to fall. 

I quietly went and knelt by his bed; 

"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said. 

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?" 

He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. 

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. 

I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.." 

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; 

I shouldn't have yelled at you that way." 
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. 
I love you anyway." 

I said, "Son, I love you too, 

and I do like the flowers, especially the blue." 


Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company 
that we are working for could easily replace us in 
a matter of days. 
But the family we left behind will feel the loss 
for the rest of their lives. 

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more 

into work than into our own family, 
an unwise investment indeed, 
don't you think? 
So what is behind the story? 

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?


Some Riddles :)

1. Johnny 's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. ...What was the third child 's name?

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers....What does he weigh?

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,...what was the highest mountain in the world?

4. How much dirt is there in a hole ...that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

5. What word in the English always spelled incorrectly?

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.....How is this possible?

7. In California , you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg....Why not?

8. What was the President 's 1975?

9. If you were running a race, ...and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

10. Which is correct to say,... "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Here are the Answers
1. Johnny 's mother had three children. The first child was named April The second child was named May. What was the third child 's name?

Answer:Johnny of course

2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

Answer: Meat.

3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn 't discovered yet. 

4. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

Answer: There is no dirt in a hole.

5. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly

6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere

7. In California , you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

Answer: You can 't take pictures with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take pictures.

8. What was the President 's Name in 1975?

Answer: Same as is it now - Barack Obama [Oh, come on ...]

9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

Answer: You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.

10. Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow 

11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

Answer: One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one.


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Interesting: Abandoned Wonders of China

1. Chenggong: 100,000 New Apartments with no Occupants
Reportedly one of the largest ghost towns in Asia, Chenggong began to take shape in 2003 as an overspill point for nearby Kunming, a city of nearly six-and-a-half million. Today, luxury villas, residential complexes, a modern stadium, kindergartens, shopping malls, and a forest of skyscrapers with over 100,000 new apartments are still unoccupied.
2. World's Largest Mall: Almost Empty Since 2005

Located on the outskirts of Dongguang, a city of 10 million people, the New South China Mall is not just the World's Biggest Mall, but also the emptiest shopping center ever known. You may think that the mall would be booming with a population of that size, but the vast majority of its 1,500 stores have been empty since it was finished in 2005. A canal, windmills, and replicas of the Campanile from St. Mark's Square in Venice and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris are not enough to attract people to a mall crippled by a poor transportation infrastructure.
3. Wonderland Amusement Park: The Largest Incomplete Amusement Park in Asia

In the mid-1990s, developers promised to build the largest amusement park in Asia, the Wonderland Amusement Park, in Nankou Town, Changping. However, the project stopped around 1998 after disagreements with the local government and farmers over property prices. Today, the Disneyesque castle and medieval ramparts of this theme park north of Beijing lie abandoned, while local farmers grow crops among the empty buildings.
4. Thames Town: An Empty Replica of an Old English Town

With Tudor buildings, cobbled streets, red telephone boxes, and a Gothic church, this could be an small town in the UK, but it's actually "Thames Town", located about 19 miles from central Shanghai. The replica opened in 2006, consisting mostly of low-density, single-family housing, with few commercial properties or community facilities. Now, only a "handful" of people live there. However, tourists, especially newlyweds, flock to the site for photographs in front of the picturesque church and main square.
5. Kangbashi: 28,000 People Living in a City Built for a Million

Intended to house a million people, the Kangbashi area of Ordos City remains largely uninhabited. By 2010, they were trying to reach at least 300,000 residents, but government figures stated that it had only 28,000. High home prices are often blamed for keeping prospective buyers away from the city, but when home prices crashed there --dropping from $1,100 a s
quare foot in 2006 to $470 a square foot in December 2011-- people started to view Kangbashi as a lost cause.

Self Esteem, Self Confidence

"Self-esteem and self-confidence can either make you or break you. Regardless of your condition in life, recognize that you are worthy of anything you aspire towards, and that you are capable of accomplishing it if you put your mind, body, and soul towards it. 

While doing so, however, do not forget to be humble and be cognizant of the fact that all that you have is a gift from God, and that He can take it all away from you just as easily as He gave it to you. 

So, believe in yourself and work hard, but always remember to be humble and grateful, because you are not above God, and you won't get anywhere without Him by your side."
- Nadir Keval

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The Evil Of Our Fears


It is easy to not lie if one doesn't fear the truth. 

It is easy to not steal if one doesn't fear need.

It is easy to not envy if one doesn't fear that one's status is threatened.

It is easy to not anger if not fearing others.

It is easy to not be open-minded if one fears knowledge.

It is easy to not kill if one doesn't fear that a life is threatened.

It is easy to not be creative if one fears criticism.

It is easy to not be prejudiced if not fearing the differences of others.

It is easy to not trust if one fears the mal-intent of others.

It is easy to not have hope if one fears continued failure.

It is easy to see that most of the evils of life come from our fears

It is easy to see that if we stopped responding to most of our fears, that most of life's evils would no longer be.
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27 Email Etiquette Tips for Professionals

Even after the advent of social media and improvements in text messaging, email is  still the mode of communication that continues to prevail in the professional realm. The ability to give direction, put out fires, and more without being face-to-face has enabled many businesses to use email as a productivity tool. However, there are times when professionalism goes out of the window, and etiquette rules are forgotten. Today, we will take a look at 27 email etiquette tips for business professionals.

1. Greeting
s and Send-offs

I never start an email with the contents. An email always begins with a sound introduction or with the recipient's name. This will, in the beginning, let them know to whom they are speaking with. Whe
n you begin by acknowledging them by name (e.g. Hello, John Doe), you will let them know whom you intend on talking with. When you are done with an email, always finish by saying "Thanks" or "Cheers", to practice good etiquette and respect.

2. Know When to Call

Not all communication has to occur through email. Once conversation begins to mention specifics, it may be wise to schedule a phone call—this can prevent misunderstandings and can even expedite your correspondence. It is also respectful to pick up the phone when a meeting, scheduled by email, is cancelled.

3. Mind Your Punctuation

Professionalism involves knowing how to mind your punctuation. In a standard email correspondence, you should use periods and question marks about 95% of the time. Leave exclamation points to when your conversation is light-hearted, and you're familiar with the recipient.

4. The Clock is Ticking

When dealing with business, never keep them waiting. As the saying goes, "time is money". You should never let a recipient wait more than two days for your reply. Just like a phone call, waiting on an email can hold up progress on whatever project you are attempting to establish. After all, isn't that why you're emailing and not using snail mail?

5. Write it Right

Grammar and spelling should be two considerations when emailing in a professional environment. Even though the content is the star of the email, ensuring that your grammar is in check allows the business acquaintance to know that you are taking the conversation seriously. Most email clients have spelling and grammar checks, so use them!

6. Consider Company Culture

Let's be honest—while grammar and tone should be professional, we must still consider the companies that we are contacting. Inner business emails between more relaxed companies will of course be a bit different from, let's say, the White House. While minding your grammar, continue to give off an approachable vibe while emailing.

7. Engineer the Perfect Subject Line

The first thing your recipient sees is the subject line. Frankly, they will discern the importance of an email by a subject line before reading its contents. Make sure you leave a great impression by being mindful of capitalization, being concise, and to the point.

8. Reply vs. Reply-All

Nothing is more embarrassing than sending a mass email that was intended for only one recipient. This is the result of an email that began with multiple recipients. When replying, you will have the option to "Reply"—which emails the sender—or "Reply-All", which sends your message to everyone the original message was sent to. Double check before sending, or you'll be sorry.

9. Consider The Privacy of Others

There will be instances when you'll have to send business emails to multiple recipients who may not know each other. The recipient's email address is added to the "To:" section in average emails, but in multiple recipient emails, you should add the addresses to the "BCC" or Blind Carbon Copy section, to prevent others from viewing recipient addresses.

10. Tailor a Signature

Unlike a greeting or send-off, an email signature is automatically added to the bottom of a message, where you can add a small biography and contact information. This doesn't replace a quality greeting, but it does allow a new acquaintance to learn more about you and to know where to get in contact with you.

11. Go in Vacation Mode

Several times a year, during vacation, I usually find myself separated from my email. As seen in tip #4, time is of the essence, and it's rude to leave an email in your inbox unanswered. To alert individuals of my absence, I add an auto-responder (through Gmail, but also available on other clients) mentioning of why I'm gone and when I will return.

12.  Be Mindful of Links

Hackers have found ways to add viruses and malware to attachments and links. When forwarding emails, ensure that the links and attachments are safe. Also, reduce the number of chain messages you forward and never send any from an unknown recipient.

13. Create a TL:DR Summary

TL:DR is an acronym standing for "Too long, didn't read". It's quite blunt and is the case for many busy business acquaintances who simply are too busy to read long email conversations. For this reason, when forwarding or periodically when replying to conversations, summarize previous points in bullets to keep recipients up-to-speed on email contents.

14. Job Search Tip: Resume and Cover Letter

When searching for a job, email etiquette is of the utmost importance. When replying to a job board, always ensure that you include your resume and cover letter. By default, these should be attachments unless they explicitly are against them.

15. Ask Before Attaching

The reason companies don't like large attachments is because companies are given a specified storage space they pay for. Your large attachment eats up their storage allowance. Before sending a large attachment, or multiple ones, always ask for permission from the recipient.

16. When is Irony Appropriate?

Irony is a popular form of comedy for most people. However, in a business setting, you should shy away from it. Irony in any written form can be misunderstood at best, and at worst be taken as offensive. Save the irony for emails within your company.

17. Rethink Your Font

A company email isn't a PowerPoint presentation from your sixth grade English project: leave the fancy fonts for another time. Not only does it come off as unprofessional, some companies may not have the email clients that can present such fonts. Besides, who wants to read Edwardian Script font anyway?
Professional Fonts to Use
  • Times New Roman
  • Georgia
  • Veranda
  • Arial
  • Book Antiqua
  • Calibri

18. Documents Open for All

Obscure file types can prevent companies from being able to open the attachments you send, which can slow down business operations and projects. Leave attachment file types to PDFs, .doc, .txt, or .jpeg. They usually are of a reasonable size and can be opened on most machines and operating systems.

19. Separate Work from Play

It's not wise to use your company email to send personal messages to friends and relatives. Use your business email for colleagues and business acquaintances only, for two reasons: to maintain the professional nature of your inbox, and to limit wasteful use of email storage space.

20. Ensure Your Email Wasn't Trashed

If you haven't heard back from a receiver, chances are that they are busy. Inquiring on whether or not they got your message could make it worse, but there are times when emails are quite pertinent. Wait a week to a week-and-a-half if time allows, and if you still don't have a reply, call them or dispatch another email.

21. Make Your Intentions Clear

When recipients only have a minute or two to read an email, you should make your message as concise and to the point as possible. Provide an outline in the beginning of the email of what you expect from the recipient before going a bit in depth.

22. Connect Email to Your Phone

To prevent recipients from waiting, connect your business email to your phone to ensure that you are able to reply to them in a timely manner. In the settings of most smart phones, you are able to adjust your signature.

23. Inner Company Acronyms

While acronyms are ill-advised to new acquaintances, creating company acronyms between co-workers can be a clever way to ensure that they understand the importance or intent of the message. Acronyms like "NRN" (No Reply Needed) can allow colleagues to know what messages are urgent and what can wait.

24. Extend What's in Email

It's easy to blame forgetting or misunderstanding a meeting request given through an email. Most email clients don't have alarm systems. This means it's your responsibility to apply outside the inbox what is relevant (creating calendar alerts for meetings, etc) to be productive.

25. Consider Time Differences

It can be aggravating to request a call or meeting through email and not hear back within a timely manner. It is necessary, however, to ensure that this isn't due to time zone differences. If you are requesting a call from an Australian acquaintance and you're in New York, ensure time zone differences are worked out.

26. Check Your Calendar

To prevent unnecessary back and forth emailing, it is wise to be mindful of  traditions and holidays in the culture or religion of your recipient. If you are in a country where Christmas isn't widely celebrated, it may not be wise to schedule a meeting for December 24th when the rest of your location is on business as usual.

27. Inform Employees on Etiquette

It's fine and dandy to follow all of these email etiquette tips yourself, but if you are the only one following them, it still gives your business a bad image. Share valuable email etiquette tips with your co-workers to ensure the business name is kept sound.
Let us know in the comments below of a moment when your email etiquette left a good impression on the recipient. Also, let us know when email etiquette was tossed out the window, and its outcome.

source: LifeHack