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“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality… We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.”
– Che Guevara
“Let the world change you and you can change the world” – Che Guevara
I hope these words of advice will help my daughter to live a happy life
- Family is the most important thing in life. Only a family’s love is unconditional.
- Life is circular. The more you can give the more you will receive. Of course at first you have to have something valuable to offer. Judge your life by what you can give not what you can accumulate.
- Take time to develop your own skills, long term and short term goals. Respect your own and other people’s needs.
- Know the right time to give, receive, wait, take action, sharpen your skills or help others.
- Take responsibility for your own actions, do your best everyday, and make sure you are moving in the right direction to achieve your goals. What you do defines who you are and everyday is a chance to change.
- You are unique. You have your own strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Always be aware of your reasons and intentions and never lie to yourself. Be respectful and keep a positive attitude, strong morals and a sense of integrity.
- Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to others. You don’t know where they are coming from or where they are going.
- Trust yourself and your intuition. Don’t be afraid to aim high. The fear of failing is one of the biggest obstacles that you will have to overcome. Respect the power of commitment, dedication and belief.
- Some people will help you in life and others will hinder you. Some friendships will last many years others just a day. If it is time to say goodbye hold on to the memories or a valuable lesson.
- Focus on finding your own happiness, confidence and passion in life. Appreciate the small things in life and try to take something positive from everyday.
- When you find the right person to love embrace that love with everything you have. Experience the joy of loving and being loved. Share each others openness, honesty, happiness, dreams and forgiveness. Motivate, inspire and teach each other. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerabilities.
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Long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided there should be a way of measuring time. On his birthday he told the animals that there was to be a swimming race. The first twelve animals across the fast flowing river would be the winners and they would each have a year of the zodiac named after them.
All the animals lined up along the river bank. The rat and the cat, who were good friends, were worried because they were poor swimmers. Being clever they asked the strong ox if he would carry them across the river.
‘Of course’ said the kind ox. ‘Just climb on my back and I will take you across.’ The rat winning the race
The rat and the cat quickly jumped up and were very excited when the ox soon took the lead in the race. They had almost reached the other bank when the rat pushed the cat into the river leaving him to struggle in the water. Then just before the ox was about to win the race the rat jumped on his nose and on to the bank to finish first.
‘Well done,’ said the Jade Emperor to the proud rat. ‘The first year of the zodiac will be named after you.’
The poor ox had been tricked into second place and the second year of the zodiac was named after him.
Shortly after the exhausted tiger clawed his way to the river bank to claim third place. Swimming across the river had been an enormous struggle for him against the strong currents. The Emperor was so delighted with his efforts that he named the third year after him.
Next to arrive was the rabbit, who hadn’t swum across at all. He hopped across on some stepping stones and then found a floating log which carried him to the shore.
‘I shall be very happy to call the fourth year after you,’ the surprised Jade Emperor explained.
Just then a kind dragon swooped down to take fifth place.
‘Why didn’t you win the race, as you can fly as well as swim?’ the Jade Emperor asked.
‘I was held up because some people and animals needed water to drink. I needed to make some rain,’ the dragon explained. ‘Then when I was nearly here I saw a poor little rabbit on a log in the water and I blew a puff of wind so that the log would float to the river bank.’
‘Well that was very kind of you and now you are here you will have the fifth year of the zodiac named after you.’
The next thing the Jade Emperor heard was the sound of the horse’s hooves. Just as he was thinking the horse would be the next animal to arrive, a sneaky snake wriggled out from around one of the horse’s hooves. The horse was so surprised that he jumped backwards giving the snake a chance to take the sixth place in the race. The poor horse had to be satisfied with seventh place.
The goat, monkey and rooster on the raft not long afterwards a raft arrived carrying the goat, the monkey and the rooster. They explained to the Emperor how they had shared the raft that the rooster had found.The Emperor was very pleased that the animals had worked together. He said the goat would be the eighth zodiac animal, the monkey the ninth and the rooster the tenth.
The next animal to finish was the dog.
‘Why are you so late when you are one of the best swimmers?’ asked the Jade Emperor.
‘The water in the river was so clean that I had to have a bath on the way,’ explained the dog.
His reward was to have the eleventh year named after him.
Now there was one place left in the zodiac and the Emperor wondered when the last winner would come. He had nearly given up when he heard a grunt from the pig.
‘You took a long time to cross the river,’ said the Emperor to the pig.
‘I was hungry and stopped to eat,’ explained the pig. ‘After the meal I felt so tired that I fell asleep.’
‘You have still done well,’ said the Jade Emperor. ‘The last year of the zodiac will be named after you.’
The cat swimming to shore as for the cat who had been pushed into the water by the rat, he finally crawled out of the water but was too late to have a year named after him. He felt very cross with the rat and since then cats have never been friends with rats.
From that day to this the Chinese Zodiac has followed this cycle of years named after these twelve animals.
The fisherman and the businessman
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”
The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”
The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
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