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Along time ago, there was an Emperor who told his horseman that if he could ride on his horse and cover as much land area as he likes, then the Emperor would give him the area of land he has covered.

Sure enough, the horseman quickly jumped onto his horse and rode as fast as possible to cover as much land area as he could. He kept on riding and riding, whipping the horse to go as fast as possible. When he was hungry or tired, he did not stop because he wanted to cover as much area as possible.

Came to a point when he had covered a substantial area and he was exhausted and was dying.
Then he asked himself, “Why did I push myself so hard to cover so much land area? Now I am dying and I only need a very small area to bury myself.”
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The above story is similar with the journey of our Life. We push very hard every day to make more money, to gain power and recognition. We neglect our health, time with our family and to appreciate the surrounding beauty and the hobbies we love.

One day when we look back, we will realize that we don’t really need that much, but then we cannot turn back time for what we have missed.

Life is not about making money, acquiring power or recognition. Life is definitely not about work! Work is only necessary to keep us living so as to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of life.

Life is a balance of Work, Family and Personal time. You have to decide how you want to balance your Life. Define your priorities, realize what you are able to compromise but always let some of your decisions be based on your instincts. Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of Life, the whole aim of human existence.

So, take it easy, do what you want to do and appreciate nature. Life is fragile, Life is short. Do not take Life for granted. Live a balanced lifestyle and enjoy Life!

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

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By Lindsay Olsen, age 16, California

You know the deal. Prom is over and spring break was ages ago. Here and now, summer is here.

While scampering to pull up grades, studying for finals, signing yearbooks, and taking standardized tests, teenagers have another activity as well –planning out their summers.

Summer. Two glorious months of freedom. Parents are at work, friends have cars, and everyone’s homework is, for once, done. So what are we going to do with the sixty-some sunny days of summer?

“Vacation!” A unanimous response.

Chris Rischer from California is hauling it across s the world, to spend a month in his home country, England. Other popular international vacationing spots are Mexico, France, Italy and India.

As far as staying in the states goes, Laine Watkins is off to Nebraska, to spend the summer in the countryside. Sarah Michaels is going to a university to work on her (blech…) college essay.

Many Californians are off to the Hawaiian islands, as if they don’t get enough sunshine as it is.

But what about everyone who isn’t privileged enough to fly to France, or take a cruise in the Bahamas? Well, McDonalds is a popular spot. To work, that is. Ryan Hendric and four of his pals, Jessica, Jared, John, and Craig, are spending their summer flipping burgers.

Summer is a great time for teens short on time to pick up some quick cash without it interfering with their studies. And speaking of studies, some people actually studying are this summer. Lauren and Erica report depressinglythat they have to spend their summers conducting physics labs and reading novels for their advanced placement classes.

Some people are doing pretty cool things. Heather Onsted, a senior from Michigan, is traveling to Israel with a religious group. Nigri Vessels, a freshmen from New York, is spending the summer with her youth group, building shelters for the homeless. Adam Birch is going on an independent rainforest study in Central America. Hannah Dridel is starting her own jewelry business, and Morgan Wright is learning Russian in preparation for a month-long trip next year.

Plenty of “hanging out.”

Tricia Howell hit all the common activities when asked what she was doing. “I’ll be surfing at the beach, shopping at the mall, chilling with my crew and boyfriend, and partying!”

Sasha Bradeson states “I’m a lazy bum. I hardly ever party. I’m quieter then that, but I still enjoy summer. I like to write short stories, chat online, and swim with my friends.”

Scott Stevenson says, “I’ll chill with my girlfriend everyday, but I may try to get a job too, cuz I wanna get a car. And I’ll definitely play basketball!”

You don’t have to bum it, though. Summer is a terrific time to accomplish tons of things. Like getting in shape, for example. Running, swimming, and dancing are all easy, cheap, and great exercises. And hey, if you get good you’ll have a team to join at school next year. When it rains, I suggest you paint, design Web sites, make clay pots or cook. Look, here’s some time, it’s a gift, use it to explore different activities. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover that making a video game is funner than playing it and then you’ll become a game designer and make millions.

Summer is also a great time to persue “college application points,” persay. You can always work on upping your SAT score, or sign up for an AP class and study (come on…it’s not that bad!).

Of course there is always volunteer work. Soup kitchens, environmental programs, hospital volunteer programs- all are abundant practically everywhere, and they really need your help.

Do something! Anything! Come September, you’ll be sorry that you didn’t.

My old friend told thirty years ago, crossing Qatar by car was an adventure. Like many in the Gulf States, the road from the airport in the east to western Dukhan was a dirt track flattened by Mil workers with a blade grader and smothered in crude oil.

Now, Qatar, on the west coast of the Arabian Gulf, is one of the fastest-growing members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. The capital city, Doha, lies on the east coast and is home to about 60% of the country’s inhabitants.

To predict about Qatar for the next 10 years, let’s see back the history: The transformation of Qatar into a modern state began with the exploitation of oil from the 1940s, and gathered momentum once the gas from the North Field came on stream in the 1990s. Major projects now underway or planned for the near future include road systems, schools, hospitals, hotels, and sports facilities.

The successfully 15th Asian Games in 2006 becomes a momentum to show the world about Qatar. Everybody will know the State of Qatar has all the basic components that attract foreign investment, mainly political and social stability as well as effectively contribute to the diversification of the Gross National Product.

Qatar enjoys a unique geographical location in the Gulf region. Being a peninsula of the Persian Gulf gives it an added advantage of having a number of beaches and ports, which increases Qatar’s chances of becoming an investment hub.

The government has expanded exploration projects in oil and gas fields, and offered incentives to attract foreign capitals to carry out similar projects in Qatar. In this regard, it has issued several laws to simplify investment procedures and liberated economy and developed the techniques of marketing gas from giant plants.

With the little population and much resources, at the next 10 years Qatar will be the strongest economic country in the world. It will happen, if Qatar also develop the human resources and keep the social stability.

I was born in the house that had belonged to my maternal grandfather in Purwokerto, central of Java, Indonesia on August 15, 19… My mother used to tell me that I was the only one of her babies that kept the doctor waiting. I was a ‘breach baby’. Thanks God for keeping my life.

I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. My grandparents were all dead before I was born so I had no relationship with them. The house that I was born in and lived in until I was 14 years old was a white, wood house. It had a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.

My mother gave “readings.” There was no TV, only rich people have a TV. Mother entertained us by giving readings. She kept a scrap book of poems or “readings” from which she could select poems and subjects she wanted to use.

I have been writing since before I could read. My mother told me that at the age of two, I would come to her and say, “Write this down. I have a poem.” While I was growing up, I wanted to write the kinds of books. I loved to read: stories that made me laugh or cry, and religious book.

My parents were very concerned with their children. They always knew where we were and knew the parents of the children we played with. Education was very important and we were expected to excel at school.

My job in keeping up the house was to dust and the shelf once a week. I was also expected to go to town to get items for my mother and I helped with gardening and preparing produce for eating. Sometimes I helped with ironing but I think Mother thought I wasn’t able to iron anything very complicated!

My mother thought playing games was good for us and favorite gifts to us were various games. We played them with the family and also with our friends who came home with us from school to play. We played dakon(a traditional game), Monopoly, football and some others various games. Mother taught us to take care of the games and put them away carefully so that we had the games when we wanted to play with them.

I respected my parents most. I’m sure every parent agonizes within himself about things they wish that they had done differently. I hope this story of my life makes my children realize how much we love them.