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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The 80/20 Rule

I just can't help myself from not posting this piece of valuable lesson that a friend sent me...

Interesting quote from the movie 'Why did I get married?'
In most cases, especially in relationships, you will only get 80% of what you NEED and you will hardly get the other 20% that you WANT in your relationship. There is always another person (man or women) that you will meet and that will offer you the other 20% which is lacking in your relationship that you WANT And believe me, 20% looks really good when you are not getting it at all in your current relationship.
But the problem is that you will always be tempted to leave that good 80% that you know you have, thinking that you will get something better with the other 20% that you WANT.
But as reality has proven, in most cases, you will always end up with having the 20% that you WANT and loosing the 80% that you really NEED and that you already had.
Be careful in deciding between what you WANT and NEED in your life.

Adultery happens when you start looking for what you don't have. 'Wow, this girl in my office is a real looker. But it's not her Wynona Rider features that got me. I'm crazy about her because she's also understanding, intelligent, tender - so many things that my spouse is not'

Somewhere along the way, you'll find a woman or a man who will be more charming or sensitive. More alluring. More thoughtful. Richer. Have greater sex appeal. And you will find a woman or man who will need you and pursue you and go loco over you more than your spouse ever did.

Because no wife or husband is perfect. Because a spouse will only have 80% of what you're looking for. So adultery takes place when a husband or wife looks for the missing 20%. Let's say your wife is melancholic by nature.

You may find yourself drawn to the pretty clerk who has a cherry laugh no matter what she says: 'I broke my arm yesterday, Hahahaha .. . ..'

Or because your wife is a homebody in slippers and pajamas, smelling of garlic and fish oil, you may fall for a fresh-smelling young sales representative that visits your office in a sharp black blazer, high heels, and a red pencil-cut skirt Or because your husband is the quiet type, your heart may skip a beat when you meet an old college flame who has the makings of a talk show host.

But wait! That's only 20% of what you don't have.

Don't throw away the 80% that you already have!

That's not all. Add to your spouse's 80% the 100% that represents all the years that you have been with each other. The storms you have weathered together. The unforgettable moments of sadness and joy as a couple. The many adjustments you have made to love the other. The wealth of memories that you've accumulated as lovers.

Adultery happens when you start looking for what you don't have.

But faithfulness happens when you start thanking God for what you already have.

But I'm not just talking about marriage.

I'm talking about life!

About your jobs.
About your friends.
About your children.
About your lifestyles.

Are you like the economy airline passenger that perennially peeks through the door of the first class cabin, obsessed with what he's missing? 'They have got more leg room! Oh my, their food is served in porcelain! Wow, their seats recline at an 80% angle and they've got personal videos!'

I guarantee you'll be miserable for the entire trip! Don't live your life like that. Forget about what the world says is first class. Do you know that there are many first class passengers who are miserable in first class -- because they are not riding in a private Lear Jet?

The main message???

If you start appreciating what you have right now, wherever you are, you are in first class!

(Whoever wrote this, thumbs up to you!)

Monday, July 19, 2010

To Eat or Not to Eat

Rhenee came to stay with us on the 27 June. He is one of our Couples for Christ brethren from Brunei who has agreed to be attached with our community here in KK for about a month. The purpose of his visit is for mission work. He is a good musician but it didn't take a long time for us to find out that he is a good cook too! On his first day, we took him out for dinner. The next day, for breakfast I tried to be as normal as possible, taking my green juice along with varieties of fruits. Jerome was not at all pleased. After a couple of hours or so, he brought Rhenee out for what they called 'real food'. Anyway, the next day Rhenee volunteered that he prepare dinner for us. He is really a good cook but the problem is that he likes meat very much.(oops!) Anyway, on the positive side, a meat dish that I normally cook would be tough and dry but Rhenee could cook meat that is tender and succulent moist! Yupp...Jerome is really enjoying himself! For me, I am fighting a losing battle. This week is going to be the 3rd week Rhenee been with us. I can't remember the time when we have meatless meal! Not that I'm complaining about him but it is me that I'm disappointed with. Don't you think that I should be the one influencing him to eat more vegetables and fruits in every meal?  :(
Anyway, I always believe that whether to eat or not to eat is a matter of personal choice and this got to do with one's own ability to control himself/herself.