Keep on smiling ...

Following a recent blog comment about the benefits of positive thinking, just to get the ball rolling again I'm publishing a circular email that I've just received in Thai and English...

Apologies to those who have missed my blogs, and thanks for the messages of support... I'm now back in France, together with Pi Ploy and our baby, and will be getting back in the swing of things shortly!

If you think you are unhappy, look at them.
ถ้าคิดว่าคุณไม่มีความสุข ลองดู คนพวกนี้

If you think your salary is low, how about her?
ถ้าคิดว่าเงินเดือนคุณน้อย ... แล้วเธอคนนี้ ละ

If you think you don't have many friends......
ถ้าคิดว่าคุณไม่มีเพื่อน .......

When you feel like giving up, think of this man.
เมื่อรู้สึกท้อแท้ ... คิดถึงชายผู้นี้ นะ

If you think you suffer in life, do you suffer as much as he does?
ถ้าคิดว่าชีวิตคุณช่างยากลำบาก .... คุณลำบากเท่าคนนี้้ไหม ?

If you complain about your transport system, how about theirs?
ถ้าไม่ชอบ ระบบขนส่งมวลชนของคุณ ... ดูคนพวกนี้สิ

If your society is unfair to you, how about her?
ถ้าคุณคิดว่าไม่ได้รับความยุติธรรม . .. แล้วเธอละ

Enjoy life how it is and as it comes. Things are worse for others and a lot better for us
ชื่นชมชีวิต ในสิ่งที่มันเป็น... ในอย่างที่มันมา. ทุกสิ่งแย่กว่าสำหรับคนอื่นๆ และดีกว่ามากสำหรับเรา

There are many things in your life that will catch your eye but only a few will catch your heart---- pursue those.
มีึหลายสิ่งในชีวิตที่ คุณเห็นได้ด้วยตา แต่มีเพียงจำนวนน้อย ที่จะจับใจคุณ .... จงหาให้พบ

เกลียดผัก ....


เบื่อ ความใส่ใจของพ่อแม่ ? ....
พวกเขาไม่มี พ่อแม่ เลย

อยากได้ Adidas แต่ ได้ Nike แทน งั้นหรือ ?
พวกเขามี ยี่ห้อเดียว

ไม่ชอบที่นอน หรื่อ ?

คุณยัง บ่น อยู่ รึเปล่า ?
ลองมองไปรอบตัว และขอบคุณ ในทุกๆ สิ่งที่ คุณมี ในช่วงขีวิต ที่ไม่ยั่งยืน

Well, it gave me pause for thought, anyway. Some of us do need reminding occasionally ;-)


hobby said...

Welcome back, and I hope things are now on the up for you & family.

I found some of the images in this blog depressing, but it certainly does remind of how things could be much worse.

Particularly liked the transitory (impermanance) message - I find it very helpful in dealing with all manner of things.


Mike said...

Hi Pete nice to see you back I have missed your witty columns, although this post is somewhat sobering and certainly got my attention.

Martyn said...

Welcome back Pete you've been truly missed. I hope your wife and baby have settled in well.

Don't mention to Pi Ploy about the French and their love of frog legs or your battery torch, baseball cap and snooker cue will go missing and Pi Ploy will be out all night.

I had just looked out of the window at the gale force winds and lashing rain currently hitting my hometown here in Swindon and thought what a hard life. I would have to drag my weary ass one mile to the pub and spend some easily earned money on a few beers. I'd dry out once there, wet my insides, get soaked going home, fall asleep and dry out again in both senses of the word. Life sucks and then I read your post. I've got a stroll down easy street.

Joy said...

Nice to see yr new blog post again:-) (Looking forward to seeing some pics of the baby and her/his mum:-) My friend also recently gave birth to a baby girl.she is just abt ,less than 3 months i think.

BLOGitse said...

GREAT posting!
I'm going to share this on Twitter.

Talen said...

Nice to see you back and posting Pete. Hope all went well for you back home.

Catherine said...

Welcome back Pete. And what a depressing, yet inspiring post.

(I have a number of people to send it to)

john said...

well put together post and different really makes you think how silly some of the complaints we pretend are important are really just whining
i must admit arter my travels in india and nepal i really got a different prospective on life
we are lucky in the west even if we live overseas we still have a lot of protection compared to some locals
ps happy new year
talen martyn glad to see you around

Vacation Remix said...

Keep up the good writing!