He who seeketh, findeth

March 10, 2010

Thank you, God, for this plentiful food!

Filed under: God,Happiness,Health,Meditation,Thanksgiving,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:53 am
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Today, I went to Whitespot and I ordered a pilaf dish to go… and when I got to my room, and opened the to go “box”, I thought the food was not as much as it would have been had I stayed in. A bunch of thoughts crossed my mind. Some good, some not; some analytical, some nonsensical. I was eating while reading something on the Internet and before I knew it, I was done eating. 20 minutes later, I noticed that I was pretty full. Not too full, but full enough. I also know that if I had a little bit more food, I could have eaten it all, and may be I would be a little bit fuller, but I like how I feel right now better. Full enough. I also noticed that I did not say Grace before I ate. So, I said Grace afterwards.

I was wondering why I evaluated the food that was in front of me depending on the quantity. Actually, this has been an on going thing for the past couple of months. I am eating more, I am getting hungry frequently, and I consider the quantity of the food I am eating. I will not go for quantity over quality, but when the quality is the same, my next thing is quantity. Price is not really a big factor. I am thankful that even though I have been eating more, I have not gained any weight, but that is a physiological thing. I am digressing from what I wanted to write about.

I was wondering if, regardless of the quantity in front of me, I could thank God for it, and look at it as plentiful. It is actually plentiful if you think about it. I had none, now I have some. In addition, eating, like living, is a matter of attitude. My thoughts will determine how much I enjoy the food. If I start off “unhappy” with the food, (quantity or other reason), I may miss out on other enjoyable things about it.

All I want is “enough”. Enough food. Enough friends. Enough money. Enough knowledge. Not too much that I don’t have time to enjoy it or that I take away from other people, and not too little that I envy or worry or strive.

Thank you, God, for this plentiful food!

December 9, 2007

Thankful for good hearty laughter

Filed under: Fun (Jokes etc),Happiness,Health,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 11:56 am

Yesterday, I laughed so hard, ~~I think I dropped a tear or two~~ at this Mourning Wood Extreme video: (thanks, Catdiva!)

Today, I have had several similar experiences… one was watching Stephen Colbert on youtube. Whether he is “praising” George W. Bush or talking to Charlie Rose or running for President, he is amazingly funny!

The other hearty-laughter times have been when reading A.J. Jacobs’ THE KNOW-IT-ALL. So far I have made it to baculum and you just have to read the story to see what I am talking about.

A.J Jacobs is my all-time favorite, funniest, and yet instructive, story-teller (both written & audio).

So, I am thankful for all the times that I have laughed – which is pretty frequent – and the many times that I have laughed so hard I cried with laughter, which is not as frequent!

September 23, 2007

Stewardship Sunday: make a baby for the Church or increase your weekly offerings by $4.58

Filed under: Fun (Jokes etc),Happiness,Meditation,Money,Reason for Breathing,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 2:37 pm

Today is Stewardship Sunday. Today’s sermon was inspiring and funny. We were reminded that it is our duty to give to God what is not ours in the first place; that we can give through the things/property we own, through time/service, and through talents. One of my favorite Jesus’ sayings: if you cannot be trusted with small things, how can you be trusted with the bigger things. (Well, something like that!)

The funny part of the homily was when Father Vic told us that the Parish ran a deficit of about $70,000 last year. This was due to Teacher salary increments and lower school enrollment. The former increased the expenses, while the later reduced the income. Not a good combination. The Priests, (we have two), had come up with two solutions/alternatives for us: either we stop having 1 or 2 children and go back to the old Catholic way of 10 or more to increase future school enrollment, or we should increase our weekly contribution by $4.58(?)!!!

What a tough choice! (I may do both! I will just ask the Church to take care of all the expenses for the 10 kids!)

All Things Milk – Reading up on Lactose Intorelance

Filed under: Happiness,Health,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 1:58 pm

I was diagnosed with Lactose Intolerance a couple of weeks ago… since then, I have made a commitment to watch what I eat, I have also forgotten that I am Lactose Intolerant and indulged myself in Ice-cream and cake “binges”! After a couple of days of that, it caught up with me this weekend… and it took a while for me to figure out that the pain was related to the tons of lactose I had consumed. Anyway, I was talking to my best friend while in bed and … soymilk came up in the conversation. Today, I got Lactaid (looks like Milk to me) and soymilk… but I wasn’t sure about the SoyMilk. I bought it anyway! I kept wondering if I should have done my research beforehand! So I was researching Lactose Intorelance, SoyMilk, etc. I found a very good article at dietician.com. Actually, it’s question and answer post(s) on Milk (allergies and more). I would strongly recommend reading it if you have any issues with Milk or you just wonder why you should drink milk, or what you should do if you are not drinking milk but you are wondering if you are losing out on some essential nutrients, or if you are wondering what’s up with Horse Milk -;) You can copy this and paste it in your browser, http://www.dietitian.com/milk.html or just click here.

Who know who reads what I read and what they are going through. I just thought I should share… it might help somebody. Oh, no regrets on the SoyMilk! Thanks for the suggestion!

September 15, 2007

Thankful for life when you have nothing…

Filed under: Happiness,Meditation,Reason for Breathing,Thanksgiving,World Issues — Steve (Chessiq) @ 10:20 am

Here is a classic in my opinion. It reminds me that I can still be thankful even when I seem not to have anything to be thankful for.

Here is one more Nina Simone song/video that I really like.

September 11, 2007

Mother Teresa

Filed under: Meditation,Reason for Breathing,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 8:44 pm

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Thanks to Paul Collins Collins Fine Art www.collinsart.com for allowing me to post this FINE ART here. I saw it a couple of weeks ago and I could not resist sending the artist a request for permission to have it here. I would like to buy this piece some day.

September 10, 2007

Thankful for excellent customer service

Filed under: Happiness,Thanksgiving,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 8:10 pm

Sometimes I take great customer service for granted. If it’s good, I think I deserve it or it’s why I am spending my money on whatever. If it’s bad, I get all riled up and try to make it known. Well, I used to be like that til a couple of months (or years?) ago, when I decided that if customer service was bad, I would tell the person that I didn’t appreciate what they were doing. If it was good or excellent, I would tell the person and also let his or her supervisor know that I am impressed. I have done it for reps who have waived a late fee, or given me a nice freebie or promo, or given me a good deal/discount, or given me helpful information, or was just nice to talk to on the phone even though nothing changed. I think it is a good thing to do. So today, I am thankful for the great customer service I have ever received in my life… I am thankful for the exceptional customer service I received this past weekend. It was so inspiring to me that I made a decision to provide excellent “service” to people in general… so help me, God!

August 31, 2007

What I am thankful for on 8.31.07

Filed under: Meditation,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 8:31 pm

Another month gone. Thank you Lord for the life! Thank you for my life and that of my dear friends and family.

I am thankful for the few hours I slept the past couple of days because I enjoyed the time that I was not asleep.

I am thankful for the people I work with. I am thankful for the company I work for. I am thankful for all that I have learnt. I am thankful for both the good days at work, and the not-so-good days.

I am thankful for everything that was done to make my birthday nice and memorable. I appreciate the effort that went into it. I appreciate how nice people were this week, and their presents. May God bless you a hundredfold!

I am thankful for the wonderful memories. I can go back to anytime and choose what to make me smile. So many wonderful places that I have been to. So many beautiful days I have spent with people I love or have loved.

I am thankful for my ability to make people laugh. There have been times when I have been so funny I have made myself laugh.

I am thankful for the friends that make me laugh. Almost all of them are wired in a way that they make me laugh so hard, I wonder how life would be without them.

I am thankful for my ability to laugh. I know there are some people who cannot laugh, either because of a chemical/hormonal imbalance or because of life experiences. I am thankful for my ability to “get” jokes and funny things.

I am thankful for the luck or grace or good fortune. When I look back, I wonder how some things worked out. The places I ended up, the jobs I found, the friends I made, the love I found, the help I received, the lessons I have learned. The more I reflect on such things, the more I see that I a very lucky person. So I am thankful.

I am thankful for the pain. For the times that I felt life was not worth living. For the times that there was no way out. For the heartbreaks. For the loneliness. For the low self-esteem. For the doubts. For the sins. For the things that made me angry, frustrated, and weak. All these things made me the person I am today. I love this person. All those things made me realize that I would be nothing without certain people. I would be nothing without God. It made me appreciate the books I have read, the people I have met, the faith I have gained, the education I have. I think I became more thoughtful, knowledgeable, faithful, … I just got better as a person.

I am thankful for Chess and for everything that led me to this game. I am thankful for the people who taught me how to play the game. I am thankful for the people I played the game with so that I could get better. I am thankful for the chance to meet Zengani, Kajani, JAC, Steve, and other Chess players and organizers. Mom, thanks for the support!

Thank you for the computer!

Thank you, Jules, for getting the cake for me! Happy Birthday R.C.!

August 29, 2007

If Warren Buffett were to live his life all over again…

Filed under: Meditation,Money,Reason for Breathing,Thanksgiving,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 7:26 pm

If you were to live your life all over again, what would you change? The second richest man in the world, and the greatest investor who ever lived answers that question in the video below. Please click play and then drag the “VCR timer button” to 1:22:15 to hear what he says. When I first saw the video, I decided that I would never again, wish I was born a different person. Sometimes I fail and wish things were different, but all in all, I am happy with who I am… all things considered. I get back to this video when I feel down or I wish things were different or … if I can’t find things to be thankful for.

August 28, 2007

Pay it forward

Filed under: Meditation,Reason for Breathing,Thanksgiving — Steve (Chessiq) @ 11:06 pm

pay-it-forward-pic.jpgI remember watching the movie, Pay It Forward, a couple of years ago. The only thing I remember about it, is the “random acts of kindness” that people extend to each other. You can read more about the move by clicking the link above.

What brought back the memories of that movie is a couple of kind acts that were extended to a dear friend of mine by complete “strangers”. These good Samaritans made an otherwise horrible experience, bearable and memorable. I wrote about the blessing of kindness a couple of days ago. It appears the blessings continue, and there is a reason to celebrate humanity.

How do you “repay” people for acts of kindness that they have given (to you or your loved ones)? In my opinion, there is no repayment. There acts of kindness indebt you to them forever, for you would not be the same person had they not intervened. Thus it behooves you to “Pay It Forward”. How often and how much? That depends on a couple of things. First, how much did your life improve because of the grace you received? Second, how much does the other person need for his or her life to significantly improve? Last, but not least, why are you doing it? (In answering the last question, you may want to think back and answer the question: why did that good Samaritan dress my wounds on that night?)

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