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Story: How Changing Passwords Changed My Life

Coming up with a new code doesn't seem like a big deal, unless you work at my company, where we have to change it monthly, using at least one uppercase character, one lower case character, one symbol and one number.

Oh and the password can't be fewer than eight characters.

And I can't use any of the same passwords I've used in the past three months.

Suddenly I was furious, what didn't make it any better was that I was deeply depressed after my recent divorce.

Disbelief over what she had done to me was what I thought all day.

That didn't mean anything to the empty field with the pulsating cursor, waiting for me to type a password that I have to reenter many times – for the next 30 days.

I remembered a tip I'd heard from my former boss . He'd said " I'm going to use a password that is going to change my life"

I couldn't focus on getting things done in my current mood.

There was clear indication that I needed to regain control over my life, but I couldn't heed them.

My password became the indicator. My password reminded me that I shouldn't let myself be a victim of my recent breakup and that I was strong enough to do something about it.

I made my password – Forgive@her ,

I had to type this password several times every day each time my computer would lock.

Each time I came back from lunch I wrote forgive her.

The simple action changed the way I looked at my ex-wife.

That constant reminder of reconciliation led me to accept the way things happened and helped me deal with my depression.

As one month wore on, I felt a slow healing began to take place.

By the time the server prompted me to change my password following month, I felt free.

The next time I had to change my password I thought about the next thing that I had to get done.

My password became Quit@smoking4ever .

It motivated me to follow my goal and I was able to quit smoking.

One month later, my password became


Save4trip@thiland,

and in three months I was able to visit Thailand.

Seeing how reminders helped me materialize my goals kept me motivated and excited

While its sometimes difficult to come up with your next goal, keeping at it brings great results.

After a few months my password was Save4@ring !!!

Life is going to change again !!!

Story - Five Small Stories with Lessons 
Story - The Miracle - The Brother and Sister 
Story - The Whisper 
Story - 12 Small Stories Worth Reading 
Story - Monkey and the Wooden Apes
Story - Powerful Relationship
Story - The Costly Mobile
Story - Love and Affection

Story: Power of Mother's Prayer




​A Poor Couple lived in a Small Village in India.

They had only 1 Son.
 
They gave him the Best Education.

Son Graduated as an Engineer in the nearby City

Eventually He got Married to a Rich Girl.

Initially, They Lived with His Parents in the Village.

Soon the Wife got Tired of Village Life & Persuaded Her Husband to Move to the City Leaving His Old Parents in the Village.

As Time went,the Husband saw an Ad in the Newspaper about a
Job Vacancy in U.S

He was Successful & Lived in U.S for 20 Years with His Wife.

Regularly, He used to Send Money to His Parents

Eventually with Time, He Stopped & Forgot about His Parents whether
They ever Existed.

Every Day He Pray & Immediately after each Prayer He used to see Someone telling Him
in a Dream that his Prayer is not Accepted.

One Day, He Related this Story to a 'Pious Aalim' who Advised Him to go Back to India to Visit His Parents.

The Man Flew to India & Reached the Boundary of His Village.

Everything was Changed over there.

He could not Find His House.

So He asked to the Head of the Village about the Whereabouts of His Parents.

The Head of the Village directed Him to a House & said: "In this House, Lives an Old Blind Lady who Lost Her Husband a Few Months Ago. She has a Son who Migrated to
US 20 Years back & Never came Back again. What an Unfortunate Man."

Son enters that Home &
Finds His Mother on the Bed.

He Tip-Toed as He did not want to Wake Her up.

He hears His Mother Whispering or Mumbling Something.

He gets Closer to Hear His Mothers Voice.

This is what His Mother was Saying: "God ! 
I am now Very Old & Blind.
My Husband just Died.
There is no One to Lower Me in My Grave when I Die. So please Send My Son to Fullfill
My Last Wish".

This is the Ending of a Story where the Prayer of a Mother is Accepted.

A Human Body can Bear only 45 Del (units) of Pain.

But at the Time of Giving Birth, A Mother feels upto 57 Del (units) of Pain.

This is similar to 20 Bones
getting Fractured, all at the Same Time.

This is just to tell U the extent, to which a Mother Loves Her Child.

So, Love Ur Mom till the End of Ur Life.

The Lady with whom U Fight almost Everyday, Suffered so much Pain
just to give U a Beautiful Life.

How many People will U Forward this to ?

I do not Mind, if I get this Message again.

I Passed it because I Love My ⓂOTHER.


Story – The Monkey and the Wooden Apple
Story - Knowing where to tap
Story - Glass, Lake and Salt
Story - Socrates - Triple Filter
Story - A story you may like
Story - Ask Yourself "Why"
Story - The Truck Driver and The Tyre
Story - What’s goes around comes around

Health - Taking Care of High Blood Pressure is Easy

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It might seem confusing at first, but this condition is relatively easy to treat and highly manageable. This article will explain what the condition is, look at some of the associated lifestyle factors and then describe the treatments available.
What is Blood Pressure?
As blood flows through your body, it applies pressure to your artery walls. When the pressure is too high, the heart has to work harder and your arteries can become damaged. This condition usually becomes more common as you age.
Symptoms
Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure because there are no outward symptoms. If untreated this condition can quietly damage the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, and kidneys, earning the condition the name “silent killer”. When you have high blood pressure the risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke increase.
How to tell if you have high blood pressure
The best way to know if you you are at risk is by having your blood pressure read. The normal rate is 120/80. The top rate is called the systolic pressure and measures the pressure when your heart beats. The lower number is called the diastolic pressure, and this measures the pressure between heartbeats when your heart refills with blood.
Hypertension has no known cause. People with hypertension have a reading that averages 140/90 or higher. If your reading is between 120-139 and 80-89, for systolic and diastolic pressure respectively, you might have a condition called prehypertension. This range increases your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your reading doctors will recommend lifestyle changes.
People with a reading of 180/110 or higher may have hypertensive crisis and might experience anxiety, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and a severe headache. This condition can lead to a stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, or loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention.
Hypertension affects more men and women equally as they age. Men are more likely to develop hypertension before the age of 45, and more women will develop hypertension by the time they are 65. Your risk for hypertension is higher if you have a family member who has high blood pressure, or if you have diabetes.
Risk Factors
Sodium: Found in salt, sodium causes the body to retain fluid, and can put a strain on the heart, leading to increased blood pressure. Processed foods such as canned soups and cold cuts contain a lot of sodium. The American Heart Association advises eating less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
Stress: While stress can make your blood pressure go up, there’s no evidence that it relates to blood pressure as a chronic condition. Stress, however, may indirectly cause hypertension because it increases the risk for heart disease. Stress is also likely to lead to other unhealthy habits like poor diet, smoking, or drinking alcohol.
Weight: When you are overweight or carry a few extra pounds, you strain your heart more and this increases your risk for hypertension. Customized diets for lowering blood pressure often involve limiting calorie intake, reducing fatty foods and added sugars, while increasing lean protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables.
Alcohol: Drinking alcoholic beverages can also increase blood pressure.
Caffeine: This has a temporary effect on blood pressure and studies have not found a link between hypertension and caffeine. Regardless, the America Heart Association recommends only one or two cups a day.
Medications: Several medications can cause blood pressure to rise, such as decongestants, steroids, birth control, NSAID pain killers, and certain anti-depressants.

Treatments
Diet: There are several ways to lower blood pressure. A change in diet is one such way. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or DASH diet was designed to do so. It focuses on increasing fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, low-fat dairy, fish, poultry, and nuts consumed and avoiding red meats, saturated fats, and sugars.
Exercise: Another way to combat high blood pressure is through exercise. Doctors advise at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week and at least two muscle strengthening activities per week. Activities such as brisk walking, gardening, cycling and aerobic classes are recommended.
Diuretics: An alternative way to lower blood pressure are through diuretics, also called water pills. These help the body get rid of excess water and sodium. The side effect of these is that you will be urinating more than usual.
Beta-blockers: A way to help slow down your heart beat, beta-blockers can help with hypertension by easing your heart’s heavy workload. This is often a treatment for arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rate. This treatment for hypertension is often prescribed along with other medications.
ACE Inhibitors and Angiotension Receptor Blockers: Taking ACE inhibitors (angiotensin - converting - enzyme) can give your heart an easier time because they reduce the body’s supply of angiotensin II. This is a chemical that causes your blood vessels to contract and narrow. With less angiotensin II, you will have more relaxed and open arteries, thus reducing your blood pressure rate. Similarly, you can take pills to block the receptors for angiotensin II. These pills can take several weeks to be effective.
Side effects of ACE inhibitors: dry cough, skin rash, or dizziness, and high levels of potassium.
Side effects of Angiotensin II block receptors: dizziness, muscle cramps, insomnia, and high levels of potassium.
Calcium Channel Blockers: Another part of the body, you could block to fight hypertension is your calcium channel. Calcium causes your heart to contract strongly. Blockers slow the movement of calcium in your blood vessels and heart cells, resulting in your heart being contracted more gently and more relaxed blood. These pills need to be taken with milk or food, and you should avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice because they have possible interactions.
Calcium channel blockers side effects: dizziness, heart palpitations, swelling of the ankles, and constipation.
Medications and Complementary Therapies: Your doctor might suggest other blood pressure medications such as vasodilators, alpha blockers, and central agonists. Along with lifestyle changes, doctors also might recommend complementary therapies such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and deep breathing. These relaxation techniques can allow your body to enter a state of deep rest, and lower blood pressure. Herbal therapies are not recommended because they often interfere with blood pressure medication.
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Story: The Hotel Clerk Who Helped the Couple

     


On a stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia, USA. The couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.

“Could you possibly give us a room here?” the husband asked. The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. “All of our rooms are taken”, the clerk said.
 
“But I can’t send a nice couple like you out into the rain at night. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It’s not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night.”  When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. “Don’t worry about me, I’ll make out just fine,” the clerk told them.
 
So the couple agreed. As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, “You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel. Maybe someday I’ll build one for you.”  The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh.
 
As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn’t easy.  Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit. The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.
 
He then pointed to a great new building there, a pale reddish stone structure, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.
 
 

 
“That,” said the old man, “is the hotel I have just built for you to manage." “You must be joking”, the young man said.
 
“I can assure you I am not”, said the old man, a sly smile playing around his mouth. The old man’s name was William Waldorf-Astor, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
 
The young clerk who became its first manager was George C. Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the top man of one of the world’s most glamorous hotels.
 
George C. Boldt
 
Genuine compassion is always rewarded…..sometimes most unexpectedly !!!!

Story: The Burger Seller Twins

Story submitted from India:

An incident which not only changed my life but changed my perception towards life.
I am a 22 year old boy, working in TCS from the last five months in my hometown. I was living a monotonous life.
One day I went to eat paw-bhajji ( Burgers ) in a road side stall. Two brother were working in that stall. One was preparing it, the other one was serving it. As it was 6 in the evening, so they were expecting customers and I was the first one. I gave the order and in the meanwhile I started talking with the younger brother who was there for serving the meal. He had a nice athletic body. I asked him do you study? just one simple question and he went on....
I am in college 1st year, I have my chemistry practical tomorrow and after that I have a football match in the evening. I asked him  when will he study? he replied in a relaxed manner, as soon as I reach home around 11 pm , I will study the whole night and I also have to practice some special moves of football so that I can impress my college mates of our college. I asked him how do you practice?? He said ' I dont have TV in my home, so I tell some of my friends  to download videos and they give it to me. By looking at the videos in my mobile, I practice. then his elder brother started ' he is a great footballer , everyone in his college calls him ronaldo, and he went on!!
I asked the younger brother which footballer do you follow?
His reply blew my mind, he said ' I dont have time to follow any footballer, i just learn through videos and practice so that some day everyone will follow me'
I asked him, It must be difficult for you managing college, stall, football all together?
He smiled and said its not at all difficult, i enjoy what i do..
   For degree i have to go to college.
   For learning special skills, i have to practice football.
   For money, i have to work at this stall.
But still life is very good to me, he added. I want to support my family, and my brother who is doing everything he can to ensure I dont have any problem in my studies, in my football practice ( recently he gifted me with pair of boots :) ).
PS : This incident really made me think that if a person in such conditions can be this happy and excited, anyone in this entire world can be!!
 Here I present the terrific twins .... after all they deserve all the limelight. 

Today's Inspiration: Always Be Positive

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If you set your mind
Negatively,
It’s easy to find faults
And
blame anyone and everything.
Think Positively
And
You will find the good
In everyone and everything

How to Determine if a Job Offer is Fake

Scammer
Sadly scammers are on the increase, with more and more fictitious jobs appearing on job boards, and more and more unsuspecting job seekers being conned into parting with their hard earned money, or becoming victims of identity theft.
What is a job scam? A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job. Once the money has been paid over the scammer disappears, and the job seeker is left with no job, and out of pocket.
Whatever the scammer’s technique is and how they go about their modus operandi, their goal is always the same. To separate you from your cash, or to obtain your confidential personal information, that can be used in identity theft.
The problem is, that scammers are becoming more and more crafty in the way they operate, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to know what is a scam and what is a legitimate job opening.
It also appears that more and more often, the scammers are targeting job seekers from overseas, such as hopeful immigrants or contractors, where they use the lure of huge salaries, work permits and paid travel as ways of enticing the job seeker to part with their money.
So how do you recognize a job scam, and what signs should you look out for?
  1. Never part with your money. The golden rule is, any job offer that requires that you pay a fee in advance, is probably a scam. Most reputable companies will absorb these costs themselves. Another warning sign, is if the recruiter offers to train you for the job, in return for money. NEVER pay money across ever. No legitimate company or recruiter will ask for money upfront. Not for anything.
  2. Do some research on the company. Visit the company’s website. If they do not have one, or it does not have contact details, then you need to tread cautiously. If there is a company website, compare the contact numbers, email addresses etc., to what would appear when doing a Google on the company or in a company directory.
  3. Free email accounts. Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail is very likely a scammer. Legitimate job related emails will come from corporate email accounts.
  4. Do a Google search on the company. Do a search on the company name and see what information you can find. Compare it to the information that you have been sent.
  5. Check scam lists. Always check with organisations such as Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if the company has been reported as a scammer.
  6. Offers without interviews. Always remember that reputable companies are not going to offer you a role without interviewing your first. Flattering as it may seem that they were so impressed with your resume, that they have offered you a position without meeting you first, the reality is, that you are probably being scammed if this happens. Never, ever accept a job offer that has come through via email, when you have never had a telephonic or face-to-face interview.
  7. Work from home. If this appears in the job title, the chances are very real that it is a scam. The chances of making money in your pajamas may sound enticing, and the idea of making a lot of money whilst being able to work from home is just too good to pass for many gullible job seekers, and because of this, it is a favorite with scammers. Unsuspecting job seekers have been falling for this type of scam for years now.
  8. Receiving offers for jobs you did not apply for. If you receive an offer in your inbox for a job that you have not even applied for, and it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.
  9. Salaries that are way over what you would normally earn. Getting paid a really high salary is not the norm for all job seekers. Any legitimate employer will evaluate your skill set and experience, before deciding on what you are worth. If the company offers you a salary that is completely out of your range, and experience, you are probably in the process of being scammed.
  10. Don’t hand out personal information. Never part with your social security number or personal information. By divulging this information, you may just be setting the scene for the scammer to pose as you to apply for credit cards, and run up massive bills in your name and ruin your credit record. The only time you should be handing over personal information such as social security numbers, is after you have been hired and are setting up payment and tax information.
  11. Be cautious of emails with grammatical and spelling mistakes. Most online fraud is carried out by scammers outside of the United States, with English often not being their home language, so check the grammar and spelling carefully when communicating.
  12. Fake URLs (websites). Scammers often use fake URLs to mask themselves as large well known corporates. Double check the URL, or the web address of the company. You may think that you are on a well-known company’s website, when you are actually on a bogus website. So always check the URL first.
  13. Vague sketchy job descriptions. If you read the job description and at the end of it, you are not really sure what the job actually entails, or if the role states that there is no specific skill necessary for the job, you are probably about to be scammed. The majority of jobs will require at least some experience or qualification.
The consequences of falling prey to scammers, can include identity theft, the loss of your hard earned money, and illegal charges to your credit card. It can be a very hard lesson to have to learn, and devastating for already cash strapped job seekers. Don’t learn the hard way. Before falling prey to unscrupulous scammers, do your homework and checks very carefully.

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Powerful Quotes From The Legends Of Cricket

It takes relentless hard work, unparalleled dedication and years of dedication chasing your dreams to represent the country at an international stage in Cricket.
 
What exactly separates the legends from thousands of extremely talented youngsters sweating it out every single day on the field is the attitude they carry. The attitude to believe in your dreams, work towards it and achieve the impossible.
 
We bring you 11 powerful quotes of wisdom shared by the legends of the game that inspires you to never stop chasing your dreams come what may.



How to succeed in an interview?


 
When you go for any interview, the most basic thing you have to remember is that the interviewer also feels that he is interviewed by you. He also wants your good opinion like you who wants his good opinion. So think very positively within you about the interviewer, feel admiration for him and then that face of yours will perform the task of getting the positive atmosphere. What any employer today wants most is whether you bring the needed positive atmosphere into the organization; whether you contribute to the team energy or synergy. Your expertise is one of the plus points. But your positive presence is the most important point. Your presence must help the creativity of the colleagues. The habit of assuming mainly positive things about the person is the road to your and your team’s success.
 
But suppose the other person is totally negative. Then if possible avoid him. But suppose you cannot avoid him. Then remember Skinner’s theory of reinforcement. A person repeats what he has done only when he gets what he aims at. If he sees success, then he will persist. So, open your fangs and simply dissect him till any idea of success and reinforcement vanishes from him. Never give reinforcement to a negative person. Never, never, never underestimate your fighting capacity. Become the ant that never gives up. An ant was Bismarck’s guru.
 

 
SO ALWAYS SMILE, WHETHER YOU ARE CONVERSING OR QUARRELING OR FIGHTING. Remember that any bitter person who succeeds temporarily ultimately cowers, because bitterness corrodes one’s personality. A person who gives biting statements is wasting his life in cultivating bitterness only and he will be the ugliest person ultimately to everyone. Never admire a man with a scowl on his face. You lose your own self esteem as a result.
 

But when you go for an interview or meet new people or friends or relatives, always assume that the other person is good and noble. Then your body language takes over. After all 67 per cent of communication is by body language and the remaining is a mixture of good and bad feelings in editing, censorship etc—the realm of words. Your body cannot tell a lie. But you also cannot tell truth completely by means of words—you censor, edit, control, and speak less or too much. The best method of communication is just smiling after deliberately thinking that the other person is noble. Silence with a positive smile is most successful communication.

Remind Yourself

If you know a little of yourself, you will have realised that you are more than meets your eyes in the mirror in the morning. What you see is not what you are. You see the form not the content, the body not the soul, the matter not the mind. In quiet and profound moments, we innately know that is true. But we forget. The world tells us and wants us to believe that we are what we see - and we take the easy way out. We believe.
That's why the awakening of spirit and the flowering of our spirituality (nothing to do with religion) means we have to keep reminding ourselves, a hundred times a day, I am a soul - not a body, I am an eternal spirit - not a perishable piece of meat. I am quality, not quantity. I am. Otherwise, freedom is not possible. And if we are not free, in the deepest space inside our own being, we cannot be truly happy.