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There were days when My home used to be filled with laughter, arguments, fights, jokes and loads of mischief. 

Books used to be strewn all over the show. Pens and books all over, and clothes messing the rooms, thrown on the beds. 

I used to shout at them to tidy up their mess.  In the morning:

One will wake up and say : 
Mama I can't find a certain book. 
And the other will say : I can't find my perfume, 
And one will say : Mama where's my homework. 
And another : Mama I forgot to complete my homework. 
Everyone used to ask about their lost possessions.  And I will say, but take care of your stuff, be responsible, you have to grow up. 

And today I stand at the doorway of the room. The beds are empty.  All the cupboards have only a few pieces of clothes in them. And what remains is the smell of perfume that lingers in the air. 

Everyone had a special smell. So I take in the smell of their perfume for maybe it will fill the empty ache in my heart.

All I have now is the memory of their laughs and their mischief and their warm hugs. 

Today my house is clean and organized and everything is in its place, and it is calm and peaceful. But it is like a desert with no life in it. Do not become angry with your kids about the mess. 

Every time they come to visit and they spend time with us, when they are ready to leave. They pull their bags and it is as if they tug my heart along with it. 

They close the door behind them and then I stand still and think of the many times I shouted them to close the doors. 

Here I am today, closing my own doors. Nobody opens it besides me. Each one gone to a different city or a different country.  All left to find their own path in life. 

They have grown up and I wished that they could stay with me forever.

Oh! God..... Take care of them & all other children wherever they may be, for you are their guide and their protector ...and always keep them happy.

If your children are still in the
stage that you need to talk and talk before they could get things done in the house, please, cherish and endure it with joy, don't nag, they will soon leave your home for you, remember they were not there at the beginning of your marriage. Now that they are around, make them happy.

Celebrating Employee Loyalty

Celebrating Employee Loyalty


From an Event Organization Company:

What better way to celebrate tenure than to throw a party? We get to do that each year for our own employees who have contributed five+ years of knowledge, hard work and expertise. Our longest tenured employee has been here for 26 years…but who's counting? We are so appreciative of all our employees' contributions to our business and to our clients. And because we know that employee loyalty and tenure equals greater customer service and insight on ways to continually improve processes, we were honored to help create an event that recognizes our clients' employees' loyalty.
The result is STAR Awards, which stands for Service Tenure Achievement Recognition and is an employee recognition event celebrating our clients' employees who have reached 20, 25 and 30 years of service at the company. As a business owner, my employees continue to amaze me when it comes to innovation, technology and service. I literally learn something every day from our team. And just like all the many good ideas at CRG Events, STAR Awards was created through a collaborative employee effort. This year as I had the opportunity to enjoy the event I thought about how important employee loyalty is to an organization. You may have heard the old adage that "people do business with people not with business" and that is so true.
When it comes to owning a business the P&L's, today's results and next year's projections are all very important – but without celebrating your people they are all a moot point. People and their ideas are what make businesses successful. We'd like to hear from you! What employee and client incentive programs does your organization provide? Are there programs that you think bring the greatest return on investment? Let us know!
Celebrating Employee Loyalty


Story: The Bride, The Groom, The Love

A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration. All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and to partake of the festivities and celebrations. A wonderful time was had by all.

The bride was gorgeous in her white wedding gown and the groom was very dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could tell that the love they had for each other was true. A few months later, the wife comes to the husband with a proposal: "I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our marriage." she offered. "Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and make our lives happier together."

The husband agreed, so each of them went to a separate room in the house and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with.

The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they would go over their lists. "I'll start," offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on it enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As she started reading the list of the little annoyances, she noticed that tears were starting to appear in her husbands eyes. "What's wrong?" she asked.

"Nothing" the husband replied, "keep reading your lists." The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her husband. She neatly placed her list on the table and folded her hands over top of it.

"Now, you read your list and then we'll talk about the things on both of our lists." She said happily.

Quietly the husband stated, "I don't have anything on my list. I think that you are perfect the way that you are. I don't want you to change anything for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn't want to try and change anything about you."

The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his acceptance of her, turned her head and wept.

In life, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and annoyed. We don't really have to go looking for them.

We have a wonderful world that is full of beauty, light and promise. Why waste time in this world looking for the bad, disappointing or annoying when we can look around us, and see the wondrous things before us?

I believe that WE ARE HAPPIEST WHEN we see and praise the good and try our best to forget the bad. Nobody's perfect but we can find perfectness in them to change the way we see them

Always remember that you can never find a Perfect partner to love you the way you wanted, only a person who’s willing to love you more that what you are. Someone who’ll accept you for what can and can’t be. And that’s even better than perfect...

Today's Inspiration - Staying Power

When you have staying power, you have the stick-at-it-iveness. Like a postage stamp, you're able to stick at one thing until you get there. So, even when there are lots of mini-failures, don't stop! Use your strength, energy and focus to steer your way through the obstacles, and stay with it. Use perseverance and somewhere along the road 'success' will show up.

Today's Inspiration: Carpenter and Tailor’s Rule

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Plan well  before you start the journey in every walk of life.
Remember the Carpenter and Tailor’s rule.
Measure Twice  But Cut Once.

Today's Inspiration: Foot Steps

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You never know which footstep will bring
a good twist in life.
So keep on walking….
Happiness comes when it is most unexpected.

The 25 Most Common Scams On the Internet!


The computer revolution, like all revolutions, has brought as much bad as it has good, but it's here to stay. Therefore, as painful as it may be, it's necessary to wise up to the fact that many nefarious people are using the internet to con you. So here are 25 of the most common internet scams, designed to fool you into handing over your money or private details. Fortunately, simply being aware of these scams, and the modus operandi of these modern criminals, is enough to fortify and protect yourself from them.
1. The Nigerian con
This is a very common scam. You receive an email saying a rich Nigerian nobleman has died, or perhaps a foreigner with no heirs has died here, and all you need to do is help the emailer by letting them move the money to your account for safe keeping. For this you will be handsomely rewarded, they say. At some point the emailer will ask you for money, for bank fees or something like that. Don't reply to any email that promises you money.
2. The natural disaster scam
Some scammers take advantage of high profile disasters they have seen on the news. They will often set up a fake website, or email you with a request for a charitable donation to the cause, pulling on your heartstrings. Always check to see if the charity is real. Don't take their word for it.
3. The 'your friends were robbed' scam
Frequently people have received messages from friends' email addresses saying they have been robbed. The friend asks for money because they are all alone in a strange country with nothing. The email account has been hacked by malware, though. If you send any money it won't be going to your friend. Ask your friend to call you so you can hear their voice.
4. The 'please click on this greeting card' scam
 During holiday season some scammers post fake greeting cards all over the internet, but not with a spirit of good will. If you click on the link it will tell you to update your media player. This update is actually a virus. Don't accept software updates from emails.
5. The Craigslist scam
A common scam used on popular website Craigslist involves a buyer offering you triple the price of the item you put up for sale. They send you a check and ask you to use it to cover the delivery costs on your end. Unfortunately after you send the item, the check bounces and you are left with nothing.
6. You have been pre-approved - Click here for your credit card!
The word pre-approved should send alarm bells ringing. But if not, you need to know that this scam will ask you to pay an annual fee upfront. Then you will never hear from the credit card company again.
7. An email ransom
So much information about many of us is available online, particularly through social media. Therefore someone with a cold heart can use this information to write you a ransom email, claiming your relative has been kidnapped, and you will only see them again if you pay up. This unfortunately does happen, but almost always, it is a barefaced lie. You should call your relative to make sure they are fine, to put your mind at ease. 
8. Buy gold (and silver)
We are often told that gold and silver make the best investment. So, if a company you have never heard of contacts you saying this, beware. They will ask for a deposit by credit card and a wire transfer for the purchase. Often, elderly people are taken in by this wicked scam. Only make investments via reputable companies and talk to an accountant if possible.
9. Take our survey
A lot of surveys on the internet are genuine marketing tools. Some, however, are designed in order to steal your internet passwords, bank details, and internet history. Watch out for this. If you don't want to take a survey, try to close the window on your browser. 
10. The scammer who loves you
Many men and women have been taken in by exotic strangers' professions of love, and poverty. If these adorable new friends start asking for money they probably are not for real. Always exercise caution when making friendships online.
11. The 'fake festival' scam
A lot of young people have been taken in by the promise of tickets to a unique festival. The tickets get paid for, but the event does not exist. Do some research before you attend a festival. Does anybody else know anything about it? How did it go last year?
12. Hacked Facebook accounts of people you trust
Just like emails, Facebook accounts can be hacked. So you may receive a message from someone you know requesting money or something like that. Always call the person on the telephone - not via the Facebook account - to verify the request. 
13. Fake bank SMS message
This is known as smishing, when a fake text message will appear in your inbox, purporting to be from your bank, they may claim you are required to enter your details. If you do, some criminal has just got them. Do not respond to a message from a bank. Call the number on the back of your bank card and speak to them directly to see if there is a problem with your account. 
14. You have won the lottery - in Portugal
If you ever get a message claiming you have won the lottery, even a lottery in a country you have never even been to, that then asks you to pay some money up front, you should know that this is also a scam, a very common one. 
15. The phone number quiz
If you ever play a quiz online that asks for your phone number, don't give it. They could be using your phone number to charge your phone account quite a lot of money.
16. The 'starved orphan' scam
Perhaps you will notice an image of a poor child on the internet with a message. It may say that if you donate a small amount of money he'll eat today. Yet the money is not going to him at all, but some scammer. Always check that the charity you donate to is a registered one. Remember they may be giving a fake charity number, so do a proper search. 
17. The classic classified scam
If you see something, a car, a house, with a ridiculously low price, something that stands out, then really question whether it is genuine. This type of scam is extremely common. The house itself, or car etc, may be for sale, but not with the person you are dealing with - they have just stolen the photo. If you never get to see it yourself, and they request an up-front deposit, don't pay a dime. It's a con.
18. The fake antivirus
This scam takes advantage of our awareness that viruses are everywhere online, and plays on your fears. It offers you a free scan and tells you you should purchase or download their antivirus program. It could be theft or simply a clever virus, either way, avoid it. If you are in the market for a good antivirus program, do some research.
19. A free diploma?
A few companies have promised official standard high school diplomas. All they ask is a fee and that you answer a multiple choice quiz. These exams are not real and they are simply designed to make money. If you want a high school diploma, contact an educational institution that you have heard of.
20. Travel based scams
Travel is big business on the internet, so you should expect a certain amount of fraud here too. If you see some too good to be true deals for top hotels or luxury flights then you may be on to something. Either they are totally fake, or are loaded with so many hidden costs that you will be paying more than you bargained for. Stick to trusted websites and travel agents.
21. IRS internet scam
This is a really audacious scam, but it has been working. You may receive a call said to be from the IRS, claiming you owe back taxes. If you don't pay up you will be arrested. They offer you a quick solution. Simply purchase a gift card at Amazon or iTunes and read the code to them, they ask. Of course they are not from the IRS, who will never call you before you call them. 
22. Fake policeman fraud
Some scammers have taken to impersonating police. They will call claiming a relative of yours is in police custody. They will demand a bail payment from you to be placed on a pre-paid card, and ask that you provide the card's secret code. The police won't ask you for money like this. Hang up and call the police yourself to make sure.
23. Work from home set-up scam
This is all over the internet at the moment. You will see what seems to be testimony from someone on social media, or as a comment on an article. The person will claim it's easy to make money working from home. They will want you to pay a large fee and they will promise to provide you with all you need to start up your home business. It's just a con.
24. The hit and run scam
This shocking scam will claim that your child has committed a hit and run offense, but the victim and his friends have caught up with them and kidnapped them until they pay up for the damage caused. The 'kidnapper' will ask you to pay up, or else. This is a common scam perpetrated on Facebook and other similar places, so you should not believe it. Call your loved one to check all is well. 
25. Phishing - the most common internet scam of them all
Phishing is a scam that pretends that your bank account or online shopping account has been compromised. They will ask you to confirm your details and to unfreeze your account on an official looking website, which is totally fake. Once you have given your password and account number they are happy, but you won't be. Be very careful with internet banking. If you have doubts, close the window and go to the bank's website directly. Check the information you have from the bank and take the URL from there.

Oslo Is on Its Way to Becoming a Car-Free City by 2019

Oslo Is on Its Way to Becoming a Car-Free City by 2019
Oslo Is on Its Way to Becoming a Car-Free City by 2019Watch out Amsterdam, Oslo may be taking over to be the cycling nirvana of the world as the Norwegian city plans to build 60km of cycling lanes by 2019. This is to prepare for the impending banning of cars within Oslo’s city center in the next two years.
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Oslo’s 2019 goals
Norway’s council allegiance between the Labour, Green, and Socialist Left parties has plans to add a further 60km of cycling tracks, worth almost $1 billion, over the next three years. The Norwegian authorities are also increasing investment in other transportation systems like bus and tram networks that operate within the city.
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Today's Inspiration: Feeling Low?

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When you feel like you CAN'T go any further,

just know that the STRENGTH which carried you this far

will take you the rest of the way.

7 Great Values to Live By

It is said that decision making becomes easy if you know your Values. Or indirectly saying, your Values make it easy for you to make decisions. Not only this, your Values strengthen your character, portrays the persistency in your personality, systemize your life and remind you to focus on the things which matter the most in a way which is defined by the Values you chose to live by. So, after all, what are Values?
The Values are the characteristics and the principles which you adopt in your routine life to live by. For example if a person lives with the Values of "Being Adaptable" and "Being Optimistic" then he/she would be more elastic to different situations (Adaptable) and would be less stressful in tragic situations (Optimistic). Hence, it would be appropriate to say that your Values are shaping your present and your future.

Some of the most common values are: Confident, Friendly, Honest, Surprising, Devoted, Adaptable, Honest, Harmonious, Energetic, Optimistic, Caring, Courageous, Forgiving, Generous, Gratitude, Friendly and Empathic. While, all these Values give you benefit in different situations of life; there are some most common yet most powerful Values to adopt by all means. Below are my favorite ones:

1-    Being Empathic:
There is a big difference between Human Being and Being Human. Latter requires you helping others by all possible means which demands high level of empathy from you. Empathy is the skill to understand the emotions as well as needs of people and to treat them according to their emotional reaction. This skill is closely linked with the emotional intelligence which is basically analyzing, assessing and managing the emotion of oneself and others. So by developing and practicing this Value not only you resolve someone's conflicts and problems  but also win their hearts !

2-   Being Committed:
Once you decide something,  you have to make sure you complete it by all positive and logical and fair means. Once you start living with this Value, you will make things happen by strictly sticking to your goals. An indicative to strong commitment is that you start focusing on the solutions to the problems instead of finding the excuses. You would know that a weak approach to any task means you are already half lost it. So living this Value empower your "Can-do-Attitude"

3-   Being Optimistic: Positive people are part of solutions instead of complaining, criticizing, cursing, contradicting, confronting, conspiring and corrupting. Being positive gives you  great flexibility and a sense of independence because you chose to ignore the negative thoughts and free up your mind to focus on things which can add value to your life. Eventually you enhance your productivity by adopting this Value.

4-   Being Gratuitous:
The stanza says,  "When Your Head is on the Pillow, and the day is almost done; Count God's blessings, Count Them One by One. If you are reading this article, you are better than billions of people who do not have even basic necessities such as food to eat, bed to sleep, clothes to wear and even clean water to drink. Generally speaking, it is believed that people who have high level of gratitude posses deep peace of mind and are high achievers in life. You can practice this Value by dedicating 5 minutes at the end of each day and being thankful to God by refreshing the blessings you have including each organ of your body and several other materialistic/financial blessings. To strengthen this Value, compare yourself with the people who don't have these blessings.
5-   Being Adaptable:
Stubborn people suffer from many problems such as stress, wrong decisions, professional stagnancy, family imbalance and emotional disturbance. You have to understand that you cannot boil the ocean nor you can spin the world. So be flexible to the changing situations and adopt yourself accordingly. Be fair, logical and analytical in judging the situations and change your strategy to control or mitigate the side effects. However this does not mean to allow yourself to 'go-with-the-wind"; instead, be concrete on your goal achievement however be elastic in your approach to reach to the destination.

6-   Being Analytical:
Being Analytical means analyzing any situation from logical, personal, religious, emotional, financial, needs Vs wants, familial and professional perspectives. Being analytical gives you the wisdom to see things from wider angle and consider things from all stake holders' perspective so that your decisions are healthy and fruitful in the long run and are in the best interest of yourself, your family and your business.

7-   Being Trust-worthy:
Trust is the permanent certainty and confident expectation from someone for something. Lack of trust might lead to shattered relations so Trust is the most critical ingredient for strong relationship; the relation which can either be between Husband-Wife, Boss-Employee, Father-Son, Brother-Sister, supplier-customer and so on. You can adopt and demonstrate this Value by being truthful to others, by meeting our promises, keeping the secrets and providing fair advises, honest with our loved ones.

So what are your favorite Values?