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Nick Vujicic: Life Without Limits

”Many people look at me and simply see a man with no arms and legs. They pity me, failing to see my happiness beyond my circumstances–failing to see that I live a zealous life, characterized by a deep joy that is unhindered by my circumstances. Although I appear “incomplete” on the outside, I am whole on the inside. Sadly, there are so many people with arms and legs who are whole on the outside but are broken on the inside. Their lives are characterized by unhappiness, dissatisfaction and un-fulfillment. My mission in life is to resurrect strength in these individuals, inspire them to fulfill their potential and motivate them to live life without limits!

Having been born without limbs (and with no medical explanation), I traveled a long road of unanswered questions. I traveled this road for so long that I eventually fell into a deep depression, telling myself that I could only survive as a burden to those around me. I felt like an inconvenience to my parents and a nobody at school. Although I was able to experience the groundbreaking opportunity of being the first “disabled” student to be integrated into Australian mainstream classrooms, I hated my life. Kids were kids, and I was ridiculed and humiliated. Teasing and rejection became the daily norm for me.

Although I had many friends, my life consisted of so much daily bullying that I believed my life had two purposes: to be teased and to be a burden to others. My parents loved me and did their very best to raise me and my two younger “normal” siblings in love, support and encouragement. They helped me believe that there was a future and a hope for my life. They believed in God, but it was a god that I could not understand at the time. How could I have a future for my life when I could not see one? At age eight, my desperation lead me to tell my mom that I wanted to kill myself. At age 10, I tried.

Finally having had enough of life, I went to the bathtub and rolled over. Once … twice … three times. The third time, I could not do it. I could not stomach the visual of my parents and siblings crying at my grave, asking “why?” and blaming themselves. Can you imagine if I didn’t stick around in this life? I had no idea that I would complete a double degree in Accounting and Financial Planning, or that I could type 43 words a minute, or by age 27 I’d be a world-traveler, meeting Presidents and speaking to crowds as large as 110,000 people. I had no idea that I would found two organizations, give to the needy and address four internationally-based congresses. Who could have imagined that a man without arms or legs would be the hands and feet of love, hugging teenagers around the world, telling them that they are loved, making them believe that there is hope and a future for their lives? I love helping people see that their value is not determined by their religion, looks, wealth or job. I love helping them embrace a genuine satisfaction in living, a peace in belonging, and an inspiration to believe that a rich man can be poor, and a poor man can be rich. Each of us can live a life of fulfillment despite our circumstances.

We have a daily choice: we can choose to be angry about what we do not have, or we can choose to be thankful for what we do have. Being angry is counterproductive and fear and pain can be destructive. I believe it is far worse to be in a broken home than to have no limbs. I never try to pretend that I understand your pain, but I am here to tell you that there is hope, whether you see it or not. Just because you cannot see purpose in your life does not mean there is none. You are here for a reason. Find it. Seek it. Live it. If my life’s journey can inspire you to live life to the fullest, never give up, dream big and believe in your potential, I am fulfilled. Why? Because I have come to understand that even when the clouds in my personal storm do not part, I can still carry someone else through their storm. If I do not get a miracle, I can still be a miracle for someone else.

Today, I challenge you. If this was your last day to live, who would you call? Who would you thank? What would you say you have taken for granted? Do your best. Set goals. That is success. What can you do today to be a better person? To be the kind of person you want to become? To be all that you can be?”

Nick Vujicict, author of “Life Without Limits: How to Live a Ridiculously Good Life!”

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Fifty People, One Question: New York

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Dad and daughter admit incest produced babies

An Australian man and his daughter have created a furor after going on television to admit an incestuous relationship which has produced two children.

John Deaves, 61, appeared on the 60 Minutes show with daughter Jenny, 39, and their child — nine-month-old Celeste, Melbourne’s The Age newspaper reported.

Last month Judge Steven Millsteed banned the couple from having sex with each other, but released them on a three-year, $460 good behavior bond. Court transcripts also revealed their first child died in 2001 from a congenital heart disorder.

The couple told 60 Minutes that they fell in love in 2000 when they “discovered each other later in life.” Deaves had left the family home when Jenny was a baby, and did not see her again for 30 years.

However, the Age reported Deaves’ former wife, Dorothy, disputed their claim that they were virtual strangers when they fell in love.

“They were in contact all the time,” she said. “His youngest daughter [from his second marriage] didn’t even know they were together and she is really traumatized — she is hurting terrible.”

Deaves’ first wife and Jennifer’s mother, Joan, said children deserved a better chance in life than one that originated from incest.

“I just think that the whole relationship is dreadful,” she told News Ltd.

“These incestual [sic] relationships produce children and the children have problems and it’s not fair to kids.”

Professor Freda Briggs, of the University of South Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that a good behavior bond would not stop the pair from having more children.

“My controversial suggestion was that in these sorts of circumstances judges should be able to persuade them one way or another,” she said.

“For the mother for example to have her tubes tied or the father-cum-grandfather to be sterilized.”

Pirates seize French yacht

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Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast, the French government and the ship’s owner said.

Attackers stormed the three-mast Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.

“This is a blatant act of piracy,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon told reporters while on a visit to Brussels. “The Defense and Foreign ministries are mobilized to act as quickly as possible, I hope in the coming minutes or hours to try to win the freedom of these hostages.”

He did not elaborate. France has considerable military resources in the region, including a base in Djibouti and a naval flotilla circulating in the Indian Ocean.

The ship was in the high seas in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia’s coast in the Indian Ocean, the ministry said. At least some of the crew members are French. The company declined to identify any other crew member nationalities.

“French authorities are handling the situation,” Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, managing director of La Compagnie des Iles du Ponant, told reporters in the southeastern city of Marseille, where his subsidiary of CMA-CGM is based. The company did not want to comment further so as not to endanger the crew members held hostage, he said.

According to the company’s Web site, the 88-meter (288-foot) boat features four decks, two restaurants, and indoor and outdoor luxury lounges. It can hold up to 64 passengers.

Le Ponant was next scheduled to carry passengers as part of a 10-day, seven-night trip from Alexandria, Egypt, to Valletta, Malta, starting April 19. Prices started at $3,465, not including air fare or taxes.

Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off Somalia’s coast last year.

Denmark’s government paid a ransom to win the release in August of the crew of a Danish cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates some two months after they were taken captive.

The U.S. Navy has led international patrols to try to combat piracy in the region. Last year, the guided missile destroyer USS Porter opened fire to destroy pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese tanker.

Wracked by more than a decade of violence and anarchy, Somalia does not have its own navy, and a transitional government formed in 2004 with U.N. help has struggled to assert control.

The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy, said in its annual report earlier this year that global pirate attacks rose 10 percent in 2007, marking the first increase in three years.

PARIS, France (Associated Press)

Where every employee is a princess…

A company in Tokyo named Hime & Company(Japanese page) has started offering its all-female staff “heartache leave” to provide them with paid time off to ease the pain of break-ups with loved ones.

“[The company], which also gives staff paid time off to hit the shops during sales season, says heartache leave allows staff to cry themselves out and return to work refreshed. “Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick,” CEO Miki Hiradate, whose company of six women markets cosmetics and other goods targeted for women, told Reuters by telephone.

Under the heartache leave scheme, Hime (which means “princess” in Japanese) employees 24 years old or younger are allowed one day off per year, workers from 25 and 29 are given two days annually, and those older than 29 are can take three.

“Women in their 20s can find their next love quickly, but it’s tougher for women in their 30s, and their break-ups tend to be more serious,” Hiradate said.

Hime & Company also claims that their “shopping leave” also helps the modern working woman avoid problems and feelings of guilt for taking off to hit the stores when sales are on.

“Before, women could take half-days off to go to sales, but you’d have to hide your shopping bags in lockers by the train station,” Hiradate said.
“But with paid leave, we don’t have to feel guilty about bringing our shopping bags to work, and we can enjoy the best part about sales shopping — talking about our purchases afterwards.”

Via Asian Pop with YienJee