Friday 8 October 2010

Gift of Love

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap and rested her cane against her leg.

It had been a year since Susan, thirty-four, became blind. Due to a medical misdiagnosis she had been rendered sightless, and she was suddenly thrown into a world of darkness, anger, frustration and self-pity. Once a fiercely independent woman, Susan now felt condemned by this terrible twist of fate to become a powerless, helpless burden on everyone around her. "How could this have happened to me?" she would plead, her heart knotted with anger.

But no matter how much she cried or ranted or prayed, she knew the painful truth her sight was never going to return. A cloud of depression hung over Susan's once optimistic spirit. Just getting through each day was an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. And all she had to cling to was her husband Mark.

Mark was an Air Force officer and he loved Susan with all of his heart. When she first lost her sight, he watched her sink into despair and was determined to help his wife gain the strength and confidence she needed to become independent again. Mark's military background had trained him well to deal with sensitive situations, and yet he knew this was the most difficult battle he would ever face.

Finally, Susan felt ready to return to her job, but how would she get there? She used to take the bus, but was now too frightened to get around the city by herself. Mark volunteered to drive her to work each day, even though they worked at opposite ends of the city.

At first, this comforted Susan and fulfilled Mark's need to protect his sightless wife who was so insecure about performing the slightest task. Soon, however, Mark realized that this arrangement wasn't working - it was hectic, and costly. Susan is going to have to start taking the bus again, he admitted to himself. But just the thought of mentioning it to her made him cringe. She was still so fragile, so angry. How would she react?

Just as Mark predicted, Susan was horrified at the idea of taking the bus again. "I'm blind!" she responded bitterly. "How am I supposed to know where I'm going? I feel like you're abandoning me."

Mark's heart broke to hear these words, but he knew what had to be done. He promised Susan that each morning and evening he would ride the bus with her, for as long as it took, until she got the hang of it. And that is exactly what happened.

For two solid weeks, Mark, military uniform and all, accompanied Susan to and from work each day. He taught her how to rely on her other senses, specifically her hearing, to determine where she was and how to adapt to her new environment. He helped her befriend the bus drivers who could watch out for her, and save her a seat. He made her laugh, even on those not-so-good days when she would trip exiting the bus, or drop her briefcase.

Each morning they made the journey together, and Mark would take a cab back to his office. Although this routine was even more costly and exhausting than the previous one, Mark knew it was only a matter of time before Susan would be able to ride the bus on her own. He believed in her, in the Susan he used to know before she'd lost her sight, who wasn't afraid of any challenge and who would never, ever quit.

Finally, Susan decided that she was ready to try the trip on her own. Monday morning arrived, and before she left, she threw her arms around Mark, her temporary bus riding companion, her husband, and her best friend.

Her eyes filled with tears of gratitude for his loyalty, his patience, his love. She said good-bye, and for the first time, they went their separate ways. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday... Each day on her own went perfectly, and Susan had never felt better. She was doing it! She was going to work all by herself!

On Friday morning, Susan took the bus to work as usual. As she was paying for her fare to exit the bus, the driver said, "Boy, I sure envy you." Susan wasn't sure if the driver was speaking to her or not. After all, who on earth would ever envy a blind woman who had struggled just to find the courage to live for the past year?

Curious, she asked the driver, "Why do you say that you envy me?" The driver responded, "It must feel so good to be taken care of and protected like you are." Susan had no idea what the driver was talking about, and asked again, "What do you mean?"

The driver answered, "You know, every morning for the past week, a fine looking gentleman in a military uniform has been standing across the corner watching you when you get off the bus. He makes sure you cross the street safely and he watches you until you enter your office building. Then he blows you a kiss, gives you a little salute and walks away. You are one lucky lady."

Tears of happiness poured down Susan's cheeks. For although she couldn't physically see him, she had always felt Mark's presence. She was lucky, so lucky, for he had given her a gift more powerful than sight, a gift she didn't need to see to believe - the gift of love that can bring light where there had been darkness.

Monday 4 October 2010

“I Love You” In 125 Languages

“I Love You” In All Languages
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AFRIKAANS – ek het jou lief / ek is lief vir jou
ALBANIAN – të dua
ALSATIAN – ich hab die lieb
Dialectal ARABIC (North African) – n’bghick
Dialectal ARABIC (Eastern) – bahebbak (to a man) / bahebbik (to a woman)
Literary ARABIC – ouhibbouka (to a man) / ouhibbouki (to a woman)
ARMENIAN – yes kez siroumem
ASTURIAN – quiérote
ATTIÉ – min bou la yé
AZERI – men seni sevirem
BAMBARA – né bi fè
BASQUE – maite zaitut
BAOULE – mi klôa
BELARUSIAN – Кахаю цябе (kahaju ciabie)
BENGALI – aami tomakey bhalo basi
BERBER – righ kem
BOBO – ma kia bé nà
BOSNIAN – volim te
BRETON – karout a ran ac’hanout / da garout a ran / me az kar
BULGARIAN – обичам те
BURMESE – nga nin ko chit te
CATALAN – t’estimo
CHEYENNE – ne’mehotatse
CHINESE – wo ai ni
CORSICAN – amu tè / ti tengu caru
CROATIAN – volim te
CZECH – miluji tě
DANISH – jeg elsker dig
DIOULA – mi fê
DUTCH – ik hou van jou
ESPERANTO – mi amas vin
ESTONIAN – ma armastan sind
FAROESE – eg elski teg
FINNISH – minä rakastan sinua
FILIPINO – mahal kita
FLEMISH (WESTERN) – ‘k zien je geeren
FRENCH – je t’aime
FRISIAN – ik hâld fan dy
FRIULAN – o ti vuei ben
GALICIAN – amo-te / ámote / quero-te / quérote
GEORGIAN – me shen mikvarkhar
GERMAN – ich liebe Dich
GREEK – s’agapo
GUARANÍ – rojhayhû
GUJARATI – hun tane prem karun chhun
HAITIAN CREOLE – mwen renmen’w / mouin rinmin’w
HAWAIAN – aloha wau iā ‘oe
HEBREW – ani ohev otakh (man to a woman)/ ani ohevet otkha (woman to man)
HINDI – main tumse pyar karta hoo
HMONG – kuv hlub koj
HUNGARIAN – szeretlek
ICELANDIC – ég elska þig
INDONESIAN – saya cinta padamu / saya cinta kamu
IRISH GAELIC – tá grá agam duit
ITALIAN – ti amo
JAPANESE – aishitemasu / aishiteru (barely used) / anata ga daisuki desu (”cute”)
KABYLIAN – hamlagh-kem (man to woman) / hamlaghk (woman to man)
KANNADA – naanu ninnanna pritisutteney
KHMER – bang srolaïgn ôn (man to woman) / ôn srolaïgn bang (woman to man)
KINYARWANDA – ndagukunda
KOREAN – saranghe
KURDISH – ez te hez dikim
LAO – khoi hak tchao lai
LATIN – te amo
LATVIAN – es tevi mīlu
LEBANESE – b’hibik (man to woman) / b’hibak (woman to man)
LIGURIAN – mi te amu
LINGALA – na lingi yo
LITHUANIAN – aš tave myliu
LOW SAXON – ik hou van ju
LUXEMBOURGEOIS – ech hun dech gäer
MACEDONIAN – te sakam
MALAGASY – tiako ianao / tia anao aho (stronger)
MALAY – aku cinta padamu
MALAYALAM – enikku ninné ishtamaanu
MALTESE – inħobbok
Maldiveian- aharen kalaa dheke varah loabivey
MANX – ta graih aym ort
MAORI – kei te aroha au i a koe
MARQUESAN – hinenao au ia oe
MONGOLIAN – Би чамд хайртай (bi chamd khairtai)
MORÉ – mam nong-a fo
NDEBELE – niya ku tanda
NEPALI – ma timilai prem garchhu
NORWEGIAN – jeg elsker deg
OCCITAN – t’aimi
PAPIAMENTU – mi ta stima bo
PERSIAN – dustat dâram (formal) / duset dâram (informal)
POLISH – kocham cię
PORTUGUESE – amo-te / eu te amo (Brazilian Portuguese)
PUNJABI – mein tenu pyar karda han (male speaker) / mein tenu pyar kardi han (female speaker)
QUECHUA de CUZCO – munakuyki
RAPA NUI – hanga rahi au kia koe
ROMANI – kamaù tut
ROMANIAN – te iubesc
RUSSIAN – Я тебя люблю (ia tibia lioubliou)
SAMOAN – ou te alofa ia te oe
SANGO – mbi yé mô
SARDINIAN – deo t’amo (logudorese) / deu t’amu (campidanese)
SCOTTISH GAELIC – tha gaol agam ort / tha gaol agam oirbh
SERBIAN – volim te
SESOTHO – ke ya ho rata
SHIMAORE – ni su hu vendza
SHONA – ndinokuda
SINDHI – moon khay tu saan piyar aahay
SINHALA – mama oyata aadareyi (spoken) / mama obata aadareyi (formal)
SIOUX – wastewalake
SLOVAK – ľúbim ťa / milujem ťa
SLOVENIAN – ljubim te / rad te imam (male speaker) / rada te imam (female speaker)
SOBOTA – volim te / se te volime (lit.)
SOMALI – waan ku jecelahay
SONINKÉ – na moula
SPANISH – te amo / te quiero
SUSU – ira fan ma
SWAHILI – nakupenda
SWEDISH – jag älskar dig
TAGALOG – mahal kita
TAHITIAN – ua here vau ia oe
TAJIKI – jigarata bihrum duhtari hola (man to woman) / tra lav dorum (woman to man)
TAMIL – naan unnai kaadhalikkarn
TATAR – min sine yaratam
TELUGU – nenu ninnu premisthunnanu
TETUN – hau hadomi o
TIBETAN – na kirinla gaguidou
TURKISH – seni seviyorum
TURKMEN – seni söýärin
UDMURT – mon tone jaratiśko
UKRAINIAN – Я тебе кохаю (ia tebe kohaiu)
URDU – mein tumse mohabbat karta hoon (man to woman)/ main tumse mohabbat karti hoon (woman to man) / mujhe tum se pyar heh
UZBEK – men seni sevaman / men seni yahshi ko’raman (less formal)
VENETIAN – t’amo
VIETNAMESE – anh yêu em (man to woman)/ em yêu anh (woman to man)
WALOON – (orthographe à betchfessîs) dji vs voe voltî
WELSH – rydw i’n dy garu di
WOLOF – nob nala
XHOSA – ndiyakuthanda
YIDDISH – ich hob dir lib
YORUBA – moni ife e
ZULU – ngiyakuthanda

Friday 1 October 2010

Instructions for Life

* Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
* Memorize your favorite poem.
* Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
* When you say, “I love you”, mean it.
* When you say, “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye.

* Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
* Believe in love at first sight.
* Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
* Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
* In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

* Don’t judge people by their relatives.
* Talk slowly but think quickly.
* When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
* Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
* Call your mom.

* Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.
* When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
* Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
* Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
* When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

* Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
* Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
* Spend some time alone.
* Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Read more books and watch less TV.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time.
* Trust in God but lock your car.
* A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
* In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

* Read between the lines.
* Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
* Be gentle with the earth.
* Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it.
* Never interrupt when you are being flattered.

* Mind your own business.
* Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.
* At least once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
* If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction.
* Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

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