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Don’t Quit, Keep Playing

A special thought

Sometimes it's not enough just to have you in my life; there are times when I need more of you than you give — more attention, more understanding, maybe even a little more of your time. Please understand. 

The Importance of Being Honest
  In the busy city of New York, such an astonishing thing that ever happened.
  On a Friday night, a poor young artist stood at the gate of the subway station, playing his violin. Though the music was great, people were quickly going home for the weekend. In this case, many of them slowed down their paces and put some money into the hat of the young man.
  The next day, the young artist came to the gate of the subway station, and put his hat on the ground gracefully. Different than the day before, he took out a large piece of paper and laid it on the ground and put some stones on it. Then he adjusted the violin and began playing. It seemed more pleasant to listen to.
  Before long, the young violinist was surrounded with people, who were all attracted by the words on that paper. It said, “Last night, a gentleman named George Sang put an important thing into my hat by mistaken. Please come to claim it soon.”
  Seeing this, it caused a great excitement and people wondered what it could be. After about half an hour, a middle-aged man ran there in a hurry and rushed through the crowd to the violinist and grabbed his shoulders and said, “Yes, it’s you. You did come here. I knew that you’re an honest man and would certainly come here.”
  The young violinist asked calmly, “Are you Mr. George Sang?”
  The man nodded. The violinist asked, “Did you lose something?”
  “Lottery. It’s lottery,” said the man.
  The violinist took out a lottery ticket on which George Sang’s name was seen. “Is it?” he asked.
  George nodded promptly and seized the lottery ticket and kissed it, then he danced with the violinist.
  The story turned out to be this: George Sang is an office clerk. He bought a lottery ticket issued by a bank a few days ago. The awards opened yesterday and he won a prize of $500,000. So he felt very happy after work and felt the music was so wonderful, that he took out 50 dollars and put in the hat. However the lottery ticket was also thrown in. The violinist was a student at an Arts College and had planned to attend advanced studies in Vienna. He had booked the ticket and would fly that morning. However when he was cleaning up he found the lottery ticket. Thinking that the owner would return to look for it, he cancelled the flight and came back to where he was given the lottery ticket.
  Later someone asked the violinist: “At that time you were in needed to pay the tuition fee and you had to play the violin in the subway station every day to make the money. Then why didn’t you take the lottery ticket for yourself?”
  The violinist said, “Although I don’t have much money, I live happily; but if I lose honesty I won’t be happy forever.”
  Through our lives, we can gain a lot and lose so much. But being honest should always be with us. If we bear ourselves in a deceptive and dishonest way, we may succeed temporarily. However, from the long-term view, we will be a loser. Such kind of people are just like the water on the mountain. It stands high above the masses at the beginning, but gradually it comes down inch by inch and loses the chance of going up.
  Life is a gift we're given each and every day.
  Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
  To live a little, you've got to love a whole lot.
  Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
  Life's a journey always worth taking.
  Take time to smell the rosesand tulips
  and daffodilsand lilacsand sunflowers
  Count blessings like children count stars.
  The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a treasure chest
  It lies within your heart.
  It's the little moments that make life big.
  Don't wait. Make memories today.
  Celebrate your life!
  ConsiderYOU. In all time before now and in all time to come, there has never been and will never be anyone just like you. You are unique in the entire history and future of the universe. Wow! Stop and think about that. You're better than one in a  million, or a billion, or a gazillion
  You are the only one like you in a sea of infinity!
  You're amazing! You're awesome! And by the way, TAG, you're it. As amazing and awesome as you already are, you can be even more so. Beautiful young people are the whimsey of nature, but beautiful old people are true works of art. But you don't become "beautiful" just by virtue of the aging process.
  Real beauty comes from learning, growing, and loving in the ways of life. That is the Art of Life. You can learn slowly, and sometimes painfully, by just waiting for life to happen to you. Or you can choose to accelerate your growth and intentionally devour life and all it offers. You are the artist that paints your future with the brush of today.
  真正的美丽源于生命里的学习、成长和热爱。这就是生命的艺术。你可以只听天由命, 慢慢地学,有时候或许会很痛苦。又或许你可以选择加速自己的成长,故意地挥霍生活及其提供的一切。你就是手握今日之刷描绘自己未来的艺术家。
  Paint a Masterpiece.
  God gives every bird its food, but he doesn't throw it into its nest. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, it's truly up to you.