Uniqueness is inherently human. Each of us contains a unique character, and perhaps more significantly, a unique perception of the world around us. This uniqueness seems to make it impossible to relate with another person entirely. When we allow ourselves to be immersed in love with another or with God, we give up a little …
Monthly Archive: January 2008
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When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
-Pauline R. Kezer
Sometimes thinking about kindness can be overwhelming. There is so much that could be done. There seems to be so much need in the world. In Monday’s post, Kindness is not a Sacrifice, I said that “when suffering and scarcity exist, it affects us all in some way.” If this is true … How can …
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There is only one real deprivation... and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most.
My son, Tristen, is at an age where he uses the phrase, “I want” frequently. At the same time, he’s also learning to share and do nice things for people. Unlike most grownups, toddlers express their emotions openly. It is much easier to tell what they are feeling inside. Because of this, I can clearly …
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Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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There is more to kindness and generosity than the warm feeling it gives us in our hearts. When we give to others, we improve the conditions of the world in which we live. When suffering and scarcity exist, it affects us all in some way. Whether close friends and relatives, neighbors in the same block, …
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Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.
-Mary Jean Iron
Here is a list of simple affirmations to help us live in the present. “Today is a New Day. It is free from the past.” “What can I do this moment to live the life I want to live?” “What can I do this moment to express my gratitude?” “With each moment, with each mistake …
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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
As a younger, single man, I would obsess over the idea of finding someone to spend my life with. Most of my relationships were short lived. I worried so much about how they would end up, that I couldn’t take the time to enjoy the person I was with. After several failed relationships, I finally …
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A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
The past is gone. But, it is a piece of the experience that defines who we are today. All fear, stress and regret come from the past. We can be free of them entirely by choosing to live in this moment. In this moment, life is simpler, mistakes are less devastating, work is more productive …
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