any good book you have read recently?

Today, I got this message in my Inbox:

On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…

….that there is a book, waiting for you to read. It carries a wonderful message for you.

This may be a book that you started, then set aside. Or it may be a text that you have just heard about and that is now calling out to you.

Whichever it is, listen to the calling. Follow the impulse. Read the book. Its time is now.

I believe I finished all the books I had; there are some that I heard about and want to read, but I am open to new suggestions.

Please, feel free to write a comment with your recommendation of a book you liked.

prayer

‘May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.’

Grey’s wisdom

No one believes that their life will turn out just kind of okay.

We all think we’re going to be great and we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met. But sometimes expectations sell us short. Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. Standing. Still, the expected’s just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.


God wants you to know…

from Neale Donald Walsch daily newsletter

On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…

…that this is not the end, but the beginning. All endings start something better. It is inevitable.

Here is God’s promise: Life proceeds, it never recedes. Life progresses, it never regresses. Not even death ends anything, so how much can this particular event matter?

It is true. When one door closes, another does open.

The movement of life is ever upward. Six months from today you will know this. For now, trust it.

Do you think God does not know what She is doing?


Love, Your Friend….

reflections on a piece of paper

I travelled more than 8000 kilometers away from home to find a new culture, a new family, new friends, new places, new experiences, but most important to find myself.

the five people you meet in Heaven…

by Mitch Albom, also author of the international bestseller ‘Tuesday with Morrie’, is an amazing piece of writing – a small and precious jewel of only 208 pages.

It will give you 5 life lessons, it will change your perspective about Heaven, about life and death, love and sacrifice. It will give you wisdom and peace. If you’re searching for the meaning of your life, it can be a great help.

It’s a must read.

I first read about this book in the profiles of the ‘outstanding’ students of MM department of PolyU. Many of them declared this is their favourite book. So, I decided to buy it in Changi airport, in Singapore, before leaving to Hong Kong, with the last Sing $ I had. It was a good investment.

U R a Brand!

In my latest reading – U R a brand! by Catherine Kaputa, in one of the 12 chapters the author talks about how to influence likeability – how to make people like your personal brand. She suggests us to use these five principles:

1. The Attractiveness Principle – to know how to look good and package yourself accordingly to the brand you want to transmit – good clothes, nice hair style, etc. Attractiveness influences the first impression. We all know that good looking people get jobs more easily and that we have a natural attraction towards them. Attractiveness has also the halo effect and leads to a lot of positive assumptions.

2. The Similarity Principle – to find common ground and relevance influences likeability. Is also a good networking tool. We all like people who are similar to us in some way – personality, lifestyle, similar values, political beliefs, etc. This also means that people don’t like perfection – so if you want to be perfect, stop trying. You need to be human, like all the others. You need to make mistakes and tell stories about your struggles and problems.

3. The Empathy Principle – the best way to get someone like you is to like them. Empathize with them and they will like you. Be genuinely interested in what the others have to say. Be a good listener. Ask questions. Care about the others.

4. The Familiarity Principle – we like people with whom we are familiar and have contact [whether through personal contact, media or reputation]. That’s why is important to be visible, to be known. To be out there.

5. The Authenticity Principle – authenticity [the author says] may be the cardinal rule of branding. You have to be yourself, not try to be someone else or fulfill other people’s expectations and values. So, first know yourself and know what is great about you that the others should know. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Know what you want to transmit to the others. Create an authentic personal brand.

Easy?