Monthly Archives: October 2013

You Will Have Your Nights….And Daylights!

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word “happy” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” – Carl Jung

What Carl says here is an important concept for each of us to understand when we are experiencing difficult times–everyone goes through their own dark times in life; and without the darkness in our lives, there could not be light. The sadness is a necessary contrast to the happiness we experience in life; it makes the happiness in life that much more special.

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Determine What Priorities Hold Your Focus

“Look at your life as a beautiful fabric woven from wonderful rich colours and fine cloth. Make a plan, one that is full of obtainable goals for a happy life. Read through the plan daily so that it becomes a permanent part of your thought process.” – Sara Henderson

It is important that we have a plan for our lives. In addition, it is equally important that it consist of achievable goals that we can work towards. Many of us, however, go through our lives without having said obtainable goals, and sometimes even without having any sort of plan. No plan for advancing our career, no plan for improving relationships, no plan in place for achieving financial independence, no plan for improving our fortitude and integrity–nothing in place to help us reach goals that are important to us. Yet when it comes to a night out with friends, or a vacation trip, or even eating out, we will plan every single detail.

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Tears Are Sacred

“There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Henry Irving

Today’s culture tends to trivialize the importance of our tears. Especially as a man, I feel we tend to minimalize its purpose and power, and even criticize and ridicule those who allow themselves to cry. However, tears are a cleansing force, as Henry states, “a mark of power.”

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Appreciate That Others Share Your Feelings And Perspectives

“The knowledge that another has felt as we have felt, and seen things not much otherwise than we have seen them, will continue to the end to be one of life’s choicest blessings.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

What Robert states here is right–it truly is a “blessing” when someone sees things the way we do. But why? And furthermore, is it not also a “blessing” when someone sees things completely differently than we do, for this certainly displays the amazing uniqueness and diversity of each one of us and our perspectives and opinions?

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Offer Encouragement To Others

“If someone listens or stretches out a hand or whispers a word of encouragement or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.” – Loretta Firzaris

A group of children who were running in a local charity event decided to pick on one of the smaller boys. Near the end of the race, some of the boys tripped up the smaller boy and he fell sliding several feet on his arms and face. He was bleeding, embarrassed, and crying as a group of older children nearby taunted him by calling him names, and yelling at him to stay down and cry like a baby. As the group of children jeered at him loudly, howling insults and laughing at the boy, he began to stand up and dusted off his shirt and pants. He slowly jogged towards the finish line, pushing himself onward. As he crossed the line, he was met by his father and mother who hugged him. A few moments later, one of the other boys came up to him and said, “Did you not hear those others telling you to give up, calling you names?” And the boy’s parents said in reply, “He is deaf… he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.”
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Only You Know Your Dreams. They Are Within You… Find Them, Live Them, Love Them, And Pursue Them

“The world needs people like you to dream of something great and then pursue it with all your heart.” – Chris Widener

Why does the world “need” you to do it? Quite simply, the world needs us to pursue things with passion because positive energy, the energy that comes from living with passion, is necessary for all of us to experience. And only when you do this will you contribute something truly unique to you as an individual to the world and only then will you be able to serve as a role model for other people who long to see someone who is going after their dreams and living a special life.
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Share Your Wisdom With Compassion

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow down before children.” – Khalil Gibran

I find a truth in Khalil’s words that resonate with my soul. Wisdom, philosophy, and greatness can be very helpful in life, but it must be practical and take into account humanity and the needs of all people if it is to be so–for once you divorce them from emotions and compassion, they lose all of their value. Wisdom that does not cry comes in the form of the person who hears that a friend has suffered a great loss, only to say something like, “Well, you did not really need that person or thing, anyway.” This wisdom does not take into account the emotional needs of the moment, and seeks only to assert itself whether the situation calls for it or not.

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