Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Renato Cardoso's Blog: Blood Has a Voice: "There are many voices in the world. There are even louder cries of pain — from those who suffer injustice, the hungry, the rejected, the for..."
Friday, May 27, 2011
Being from Miami, I have always been a Heat fan. Long before they were a great team me and my brothers used to wear the Heat starter jackets.
Anyway, there is something I payed attention to, that I see is a trait in every great team and every great individual. And that is a never-say-die attitude. A it's only over when it's over mentality. A don't give up till the very last second mindset. This is a quality that is hard to beat.
For those who saw game 5 of the Conference Finals you will know that with 2mins and something seconds left in the game, the Heat were down by 10 points (77-67). But to no ones surprise, they began to attack with furious determination, which led to a comeback. And with under a minute left in the game they took the lead. So in less than two minutes they completely turned what should have been a lost, into a great victory. The funny thing is the Dallas Mavericks had done the same thing a few days before. And the Heat have done this time and time again.
This is the heart of champions! You want to win in life. You want to overcome the toughest battles. You want to make it to the highest places in this world. Fine, you can, but you must have a never say die attitude too. You must have a grit inside of you that stares defeat in the eyes and says "I will take you down". I love seeing turnarounds. There I was building something for my wife whilst watching the T.V. thinking "I guess there will be a game six". Then all of a sudden one 3 pointer, then another, then a steal, and then they are tied, then the Heat win!
Life is like this. Problems, challenges, struggles will come. Sometimes the odds will be totally against us. But never say die. Especially us who believe in such a great God. Because the world can put the odds against us, but really the odds are always in our favor, because our team is divine. If you fight back, God will back you up. Just as long as your fighting for what's right, what's good, what's fair.
So when you seem beat, take a lesson from the Miami Heat. It's not over time the last buzzer sounds. Fight till the end.
God bless you all, and may you never stop fighting.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
When talking about distractions, there is one that we can not forget, because we stare it in the face everyday. That is obviously ourself.
We can be our own best friend or our worst enemy. Because we are so easily sidetracked. Just think about it, how many times do you have a deadline and you know you need to stay completely focused on it, but instead you take a call from a friend and end up on the phone for an hour? Or you go onto Facebook and spend 30-45mins just chatting or looking at other peoples page.
We are all too curious! That is why as soon as you open your Yahoo or Hotmail account, the first thing you will see is some sort of advertisement or the latest news. I'm not saying that it is wrong to look at an interesting article of take a minute to read a short funny story. But if we add up all the time that those little distractions take out of our days, we may be amazed at how much time was just plain wasted.
If we allow ourselves to look aside at everything that seems funny or interesting in some way, then our day will be wasted on those things. And the more important things that we NEED to get done will fall between the cracks.
So the solution is discipline. We have to learn when to take that break or that call or watch that 3min video, and when to say NO. There is a time to tell ourself, you can not have this right now. Or not at all! Depending on what it is.
This will not happen overnight, but the more you work at it, the stronger you become in terms of resisting distractions.
Let us watch ourselves, and not always let "our" will be done.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
We always hear people saying "everyone makes mistakes, it's OK".
Well I have to disagree. Sure it is true that none of us will ever be perfect. And indeed we do all make mistakes. But that doesn't mean that it is OK.
If we do wrong, we need to acknowledge the fact that we have done wrong. Not just say, it was a mistake, that's OK. And by the way, when does it stop being a mistake and become intentional?
Some people keep doing the same silly things and calling them mistakes. But it's not a mistake if that is exactly what you were planning to do the whole time.
What I am trying to say is that it is extremely annoying to keep hearing and seeing people fake like they want to change, and pretend to be such innocent little angels in front of those who are an authority figure, only to become the devil when they are away from plan sight. That is fake and disgusting. We all need to take a hard look at ourselves and do something to better ourselves. Not just keep making sorry excuses for why we are not half of what we should be.
And by the way, the first step is sincerity.