I wake up everyday feeling grateful to be alive. Life may not be a bed of roses, but I count my blessings. I have so much to be grateful for-a great career, good health, wonderful family, a sound mind, among others. I believe people and relationships are the “most important things in life”. That is why I would give up a football game to lend a hand to a moving friend. I’m a big believer in civility and common courtesy. We can iron out our differences without yelling and causing. I try to do the right thing even when nobody is watching. For example, if I see a parking meter flashing red, I quickly put in some quarters to save a stranger from getting a ticket. (In fact, if I had my way, I would start a movement to encourage others to do that. It’s all about making the world a better place). I try to surround myself with optimistic, enthusiastic, and positive-thinking people. My parents are my role models. Dad and Mom are not just husband and wife, but equal partners and best friends.
The words of my father have shaped the way I live my life:
“Son, you don’t have to be a bully or violent to be a man”
“The toughest and strongest men are kind and thoughtful”
“There is more to a man than muscle mass”
“If you think your wife is special, do the dishes for her; it doesn’t make you any less of a man”
Similarly, the advice of my mother has influenced the way I view women:
“Words are cheap. Let your action tells a woman that you love her”.
“Always tell a woman the truth; we are your mothers”.
“Don’t pretend to be somebody you are not; the right woman will accept you the way you are”
In general, the following echoes my worldview:
“Don’t judge somebody until you get to know them”—Warren Buffet
“You cannot think outside the box by living in the same box that creates a thought”—Michael Beckwith
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change”
“Don’t waste time living someone else’s life; don’t be trapped by dogma; have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”—Steve Jobs
What is your story? There’s no better way to learn more about someone than hearing their story. I would like to hear yours—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want to have a conversation with you, have coffee or tea with you, laugh or cry with you—because I like you and I want to be your friend. You are not glued to your computer. Your social life doesn’t happen on Facebook. You want to come out and meet for a drink or coffee. You do not sweat the small stuff. You are a confident, mature, educated woman. Your happiness doesn’t depend on your weight, shape, or bra-size. You are done with all the dieting nonsense and you have learned to accept and love yourself just the way you are. I don’t want the plastic surgery / “Hollywood version” of you; I want the original you—the natural you that comes with everything woman.