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Make your Maker proud

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For stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister and her family, Jean Valjean spent 19 years in jail. He needed a place, but was rejected a number of times. And then there was the kind Bishop Myriel who gave him shelter for the night. When everybody was asleep, Jean Valjean stole the bishop’s silverware and fled. French soldiers noticed him, for he was “walking like a man who was running away” and he had the silverware. The incident was promptly reported to the bishop, who said, “I gave them to him as gifts. In fact, he even forgot these candlesticks”.

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WERE there instances when you realized that you could have said or done something foolish and regrettable if you had given vent to your anger? Thank Heavens, you didn’t! While it is true that anger is a natural emotion, it is also – as wise people say, “only one letter away from danger”.

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Even in textbooks, researchers found that more empowered roles are assigned to men, and they are portrayed as achievers and leaders, while women are portrayed as a chatterbox, pre-occupied with making themselves look beautiful, and are assigned stereotypical roles like rearing children and cooking meals.

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Keep on keeping on

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In a marathon, you don’t hear spectators saying “Boo!” or “Ah, wala, wala, wala!” No taunting or teasing, only encouraging words.

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SOME witches do not ride a broomstick. They appear just like everybody else. They smile, shower you with compliments, and kiss you on the cheek. They have a habit of pointing out what you need and encouraging you to embrace an expensive lifestyle. They do not want you to become contented with what you have and who you are. Ask yourself why!

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WHO is exempted from heartbreaks, illnesses, embarrassing moments, unfair criticisms, financial difficulties, failures, and natural calamities? Certain things, people, events, and situations can give us so much stress – and if we don’t know how to cope in a proper manner, we might end up not only wasting our time, but our lives as well.

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