2014 was indeed an awesome year in every area – family, work, personal growth, traveling…
Wow! Maysoon is extremely inspiring, super funny and very beautiful. One of the most dinchack (wow!) TED talks I’ve ever heard…
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Are you guilty? What are you going to do about it?
I bumped into Dookaz website when looking for good quality t-shirt suppliers for Dinchack. That’s how I met the owner, Iris Chan, whose story is nothing short of inspirational, and something I must share…
Iris is a qualified nurse who always wanted do something bigger and better, something that helps the community. So she founded Dookaz a few years ago, with a promise to:
- make changes to our environment by doing what is right
- encourage and conduct fair trade, fair business, equality and justice
- encourage and protect our environment
- spread positive messages all round
That’s quite an undertaking for a t-shirt company. After the initial challenges of any new business, her work became known in Hong Kong. They were the first company to offer anyone to print their own design, logo or message on t-shirts, without any minimum quantities – as long as the message was positive. Iris started teaching under-priveleged children and adults to learn how to make t-shirts and make a living. Business expanded to printing bags and shoes and labelling services, but still ensuring that none of the material or process would cause any harm to the human body or the environment. Her team grew to over 20 designers and workers, all of them as passionate as her to do good.
Then few months ago, her machinery broke down. With no money for repairs, business depended on handmade stuff only, and soon started to decline. She lost the entire team one after the other, but continued working all by herself to serve her existing clients as best as she could. Then last week, she broke her arm. All her family and friends told her this is a sign that she should finally close down the business. But Iris said, ‘I still have one arm, and the other will be ok soon’. And there she is, making t-shirts all by herself, with just one arm, serving her clients with a smile, and making a difference!
Iris is likely to read this piece, so please feel free to share your comments with her.
Today is a celebration of Buddha’s birthday in Hong Kong. And here’s a collection of the shortest but very inspiring quotes by Buddha. Each one seems so simple, yet is so deep.
- You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.
- What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.
- Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
- Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.
- We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
- Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.
- It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
- Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- Live every act fully, as if it were your last.
Do you have a favorite Buddha quote, or any other short inspiring quote to share?
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“Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness. But when those moments pass, we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect. We will look around and say to ourselves: ‘I survived.’ And we will be cheered by our words. Only those who fail to recognise that inner strength will say: ‘I lost’, and be sad.”
“Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end; it is a lifetime choice.”
“Stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness. Because happiness is contagious and will always manage to find a solution, whereas logic can find only an explanation for the mistake made.”
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms. For those who cannot learn to do so, life will be a nightmare.”
What’s your favorite Paulo Coelho’s book? Or any inspiration book. Please share through comments.
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