The right not to have something negative happen to me

Adam Y Zhang - Life is about sharing

Sometimes, I try to be of service, and bad things happen.

Sometimes, I try to help, and people get upset.

I don’t think I have the right not to have something negative happen to me.

Even if you try to live healthy, accidents happen.

Even if you generally perform fine, some clients will be upset.

I try not to expect that life owes me something, and I have the right to receive only good things.

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Asking others to pay for my birthday

Angela Sevin - The Borneo office

Some people ask for donations on their birthdays.

The result is generally good – some NGOs get more donations.

I prefer not to do it, though.

To consider that:

#1 I’m entitled to receive something, my friends owe me something;

#2 The NGO/cause I support is of better money than what my friends would generally do with their money;

are both false, at least to me.

I don’t think I’m entitled, and if my friends prefer not to help an NGO but buy ice cream, I think that the money is well spent.

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Căști cu zonă tactilă

Jan Jespersen - Listening

Dețin niște căști Sony cu zonă tactilă, am avut înainte niște căști cu butoane fizice pentru înainte/înapoi și nu înțeleg de ce ar exista pe piață căști cu zonă tactilă pentru next/previous.

Ascult la căști și când vreau să schimb melodia să trebuiască să fac swipe într-un anumit fel mi se pare o soluție nefericită.

E criteriu de selecție ale căștilor pentru căștile viitoare – buton fizic pentru melodia următoare, aproape nimic altceva nu e atât de important.

Problema principală? La căștile cu zonă tactilă nu ai feedback – nu ești 100% sigur că ai făcut gestul potrivit, sunt melodii care încep cu o zonă cu volum minim, și durează până ai înțeles dacă ai dat Next Song sau Play/Pause.

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How feedback used to be given

Ashok Boghani - Abnormal growth

When I was younger, in the people around me, people tended to be more direct and give direct feedback.

As time passed, fewer and fewer people give honest feedback.

It’s a much softer way of living.

On the other hand:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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In the way Jesus loved us

Adam Y Zhang - Love and Hate Relationship

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34 NIV


My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12 NIV


The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Luke 10:25-37 NIV


Love is „To will the good of the other” – Bishop Robert Barron.


I do think that to love others, you need first to have experienced what love is.

Jesus doesn’t give you the exact method to love others.

He tells us what’s the level and shows us an example. But how to love?

See the quote by Bishop Robert Barron; he explains it well.

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I’m doing my part

Lee Jaffe - DSC_7426 Anna's Hummingbird

One day, a gigantic fire ravages a rainforest.

Distraught, every animal turns and flees from their burning home. Passive spectators walking past the edge of the forest offer their condolences, but nothing more than a passing glance or hollow words of sympathy. After all, it’s not their home being burned.

As the sky turns grey with ash and searing flames tear through the land, one small hummingbird flits to a nearby river that is yet to be touched by the destruction. Relentlessly, the bird flies back and forth from the river to the fire, filling its beak with a tiny drop of water to toss on the leaves of a burning tree.

Noticing the tiny hummingbird’s efforts, a toucan challenges him:

“You’re crazy, Hummingbird! You’ll never be able to put out the fire on your own! Why even bother when it’s so much bigger than you?”

The hummingbird pauses.

“I know”, replies the hummingbird. “But I am doing my part.”

Project Aid & Rescue.

It’s easier to focus on other’s part. To notice their mistakes, errors, and things that are not working out for them.

But it’s much better to do your own part, to focus on yourself to fix your own errors.

You are in control of your life, you can fix your mistakes easily.

Others’ errors? Not so much.

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Nu spune niciodată că Dumnezeu este drept (Sf. Isaac Sirul)

Maica Tereza

„Nu spune niciodată că Dumnezeu este drept; dacă era drept tu ai fi fost în iad. Contează mai degrabă pe nedreptatea Lui, adică pe mila Lui, pe iubirea Lui, pe iertarea Lui” (Sf. Isaac Sirul)

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Este un paradox, dar dreptatea nu coincide cu mila și iertarea.

Îmi place mult citatul, îmi dă libertăți mai greu de atins altfel.

Iar Dumnezeu devine și mai atrăgător – nu e un contabil, e Iubire.

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