Sometimes, when we look at the world around us, all we seem to see is adversary, war, terrorism, poverty and competition. We may wonder where is the evidence of God’s influence. Where is the inspiration? The fact is, the influences of conflict are loud, dynamic and demanding of attention, while the influences of inspiration are …
Category Archive: Peace and Contentment
Peace, Contentment, Inner Peace
Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
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Man could not live if he were entirely impervious to sadness. Many sorrows can be endured only by being embraced, and the pleasure taken in them naturally has a somewhat melancholy character. So, melancholy is morbid only when it occupies too much place in life; but it is equally morbid for it to be wholly excluded from life.
The countryside here in Wisconsin right now is a barren desert of snow. The trees are leafless, dull, brown and dismal. During a two hour drive home from a client visit last week, I found myself experiencing the bleakness that often comes to many of us in the North this time of year. It has …
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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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Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Here are some ideas to keep us warm and hopeful: Decreased physical energy and dynamism are normal this time of year. Allow yourself to be restful, reflective and even somber from time to time. Give yourself permission to enjoy being wrapped in warm, cozy blanket on the couch with a cup of tea or hot …
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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
The holidays are over. We’re back to work, back to reality and back to the unchanging day to day life. As the holidays approached, we looked forward to breaking out of the daily grind. We anticipated the excitement of gift giving, gift getting, family gatherings, and perhaps most of all, time off of work. Suddenly, …
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