UNITY by Constance Westwood

No way can I say that I have gone through any hardships in life. How blessed I have been to have had wonderful parents who never grudged me anything; sisters who cared for their ‘baby’ in the family – even now; a loving and trusting relationship with so much care and respect. I have had a fantastic journey so far pursuing what I wanted in my materialistic life. Throughout, loving individuals showered me with so much devotion and often unrequited care.

Everything came ever so easily.

Growing up as a Catholic was all about going to mass every week and doing the rituals as expected. With the fear of Hell and Purgatory firmly planted by the nuns while growing up, I had vivid visons of life that was filled with fire and endless punishment. Yet, something was missing. I had so many questions about life, so many gnawing doubts about my faith,

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5 Elements in Bandung

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This gallery contains 11 photos.

Here are some photos from ‘Retreat to Nature – a ‘5-elements’ experience’ in Bandung, Indonesia (3-5 May 2019).


Read more stories like this on her website, ‘How to Tell a Great Story’. (http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com).

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The Journey of a Flower

The Journey of a Flower

You wait with anticipation for your date to arrive. On tenterhooks, you pace up and down in your flat. You rush to a nearby mirror. Is your hair in place? Is the outfit the right colour? Maybe, the outfit is not right. Perhaps, you should change.

The doorbell rings.

Oh no! There’s no time. He’s here.

You open the door and there’s this man standing on your doorstep. All suited and booted, he looks debonair. But what’s this he’s holding?

It’s not a rose. Or even your favourite, orchids. Surely, he’d have made more of an effort than this – a single sunflower with a pretty red ribbon.

All manner of thoughts run through your head.

This man doesn’t care for me.
We’ve known each other for so long and he brought me this?
A sunflower for God’s sake.
Surely a rose wouldn’t

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We Walked by SwamiGuru

 

SwamiGuru

With the blessings, love and grace of the Divine Mother, I wish you good evening and bid you welcome to our inaugural graduation ceremony of the Mindfulness Masterclass Programme (‘MMP’ for short).

A warm welcome also to our Chief Guest, Vaidya Dr. C D Siby, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Seri Azlanii Dr. M. Mahadevan, YBhg Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Dr. Amir Farid Isahak, my students, 7C family and distinguished guests.

MMP started out with another name – ‘Walk With Swami’ (on which this story’s title is based). It was a 9-month course with an added 90-day practical session. We began in May 2018 with 22 students. Today, all 22 of them graduate from this course.

The aim of MMP was to teach my students to acquire the ability to rise above their circumstances and attain greatness in life. This is because we live

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Why Every Writer Should Build an Email List and How

By Rohi Shetty

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”
~Stephen Covey

If you are an online writer, blogger, solopreneur or publisher, starting and building your email list should be your top priority. Even if you are a newbie. Because the money is in the list.

The biggest regret of most online entrepreneurs is that they didn’t start building an email list earlier.

Lend your ears to Pat Flynn, founder of SmartPassiveIncome.com: “One of the biggest mistakes I made when starting my blog was NOT starting my email list at the same time. Since then, I’ve learned my lesson and have always started new businesses with an email list in mind. In many cases, I’ve built a list FIRST, even before launching a website!”

Not convinced? Here are five excellent reasons why you should focus on setting up and growing your email list right away.

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In the Shade of a Mango Tree – Interview with Dato’ Dr. Andrew Mohanraj (15 January 2019)

Dato' Dr. Andrew Mohanraj

Dato’ Dr. Andrew Mohanraj © Aneeta Sundararaj

“Same old. Same old. 2004 has been so boring.” These were the words my friend said on Christmas Eve. Neither of us was aware that our belief that the year would end on a dull note was premature. On Boxing Day, I was at home in Alor Setar. I was busy caring for my puppy who was recuperating from an operation. I’d shortened her leash by twirling it around one leg of our dining table so that she would remain in one spot. Suddenly, the glasses in our cabinets rattled and the dining table shook. This tiny little dog is too strong, I thought. Yes, looking back, this makes little sense. At the time, though, I was so focused on trying to make sure my fussing dachshund stayed still that

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How to Pick a Profitable Niche – Quickstart Guide

By Rohi Shetty

Most freelance writers struggle to find their niche. Either we procrastinate or we choose a niche that isn’t profitable. When we don’t have a clearly defined niche, it’s hard to communicate what we do and to find potential clients. Whether we are new or experienced writers, we need to choose our niche and to choose it wisely.

What is a niche?

A niche is a specific group of people who have a clear and compelling problem and are seeking a solution to it.

Most writers resist choosing a niche because they don’t know which audience to focus on. However, you will be surprised to know that picking a target audience is not so important. It’s more important to discover a problem that people have and then offer a specific solution to them. So your first step is to identify a pressing need and to build your freelance writing business

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Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me by Greg Koorhan


Title: Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me
Author: Greg Koorhan
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Crossbow Studio; 1 edition (July 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780692748275
ISBN-13: 978-0692748275
ASIN: 069274827X
 

This nifty book is full of useful information that will be a blessing for all storytellers. For those who are beginners in storytelling, you’ll not make the mistakes that veteran storytellers make. For veteran storytellers, you’ll understand why your stories written for a business setting aren’t converting to sales and how to correct such mistakes. It is, essentially, an important guide for those who need to learn how to market their products more effectively.

Let’s analyse this book a little more. For one, the subtitle to this book gives a glimpse of what’s ahead in that Koorhan says that the book shows you how to use storytelling to connect with the hearts and wallets

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How to Create Your First Viral Challenge For Your Audience

By Rohi Shetty

“Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

There is no better way to get out of your comfort zone than a challenge. As you learn to take on bigger and bolder challenges, you will improve your chances of success and satisfaction.

Five Steps to Create Your First Challenge
A challenge is like a course in which you help the participants to achieve a specific result by the end of the challenge. Creating a challenge is a highly effective way to attract readers, subscribers, and clients.

Topic and title

It should help your readers to overcome the struggles and challenges that they face. Think of some small and quick but significant wins that they can get from your challenge.

What are the

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Parent or Parents?

In Malaysia, both parents must consent to the conversion of their child to Islam. For now.

Many years ago, in a provincial court, I began to panic. The judge had refused my request for an adjournment. I wanted to wait for my boss to arrive so that he could start cross-examining the witness who was an engineer. No doubt, everyone in that courtroom with mould-stained walls and creaky furniture was aware that I knew next to nothing about construction law. My opponent smiled, certain of success.

I took a deep breath then summoned every ounce of optimism and courage in my being. In the next few hours, I asked the engineer basic questions to determine if he’d followed procedure. As his face became redder by the minute, it soon became clear that he had cut corners and caused damage to our client’s

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