Monthly Archives: January 2016

Hope Is Ours

“Humans are, properly speaking, based upon hope, we have no other possession but hope; this world of ours is emphatically the place of hope.” ~ Thomas Carlyle …

Our humanity presents us with both the capacity, and the inclination, for hope. Perhaps this can be attributed to our ability for logical reasoning. Or maybe it is something much more intrinsic, something that is a part of our eternal souls that speaks to us on another level. Regardless of the source, we humans are the only creatures endowed with such a possession, and this fact alone should be reason enough for each of us to ask ourselves, “Why?” Being entrusted with such a wondrous gift should also implore us to be passionate stewards of it. Continue reading

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Self-Giving Is Self-Serving

“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale …

This is one of those beautiful truths we come to discover in life, for not only does it enable us to give and to share with others–a necessity for each of us to become whole–but it also helps us to grow and to become stronger individuals so that we are able to live our lives more effectively. Selfless giving and service toward others effectively creates self-giving and self-serving as well! This is simply the law of attraction, a principle of life that states that we each attract to us exactly what we focus on and give forth to the world. Continue reading

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Our Unique Identity

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.” ~ Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak …

Our self-hood is our unique identity in life. And contrary to what we often hear, growing in our own authentic self-hood is not selfish; it is required of us if we wish to live fulfilling lives–to experience all that we can of life, to give to others to the best of our abilities, to realize our true potential, and to add our own unique beauty to this world. Living our self-hood is the one true calling that will lead us down the path towards wholeness and fulfillment in life. And if we ignore, abandon, or wander off the path that leads us towards this vocation, we will find ourselves, lost, incomplete, and still searching for a joy that can only be found in living out what we were called here to do. Continue reading

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Approve Of Yourself

“Because one believes in oneself, one does not try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one does not need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching …

Our confidence in our self goes a long way towards determining how others see us. When we see ourselves as unattractive, insignificant, or unworthy, we tend to shy away and become protective of ourselves, hiding away our beauty and potential from others. In such instances, our distorted view of ourselves becomes the same lenses others have to look through to see us. However, when we believe in our abilities and ourselves, we breed confidence, assurance, and contentment, all of which enables us to share fully, our unique talents, abilities, and potential with others, who in turn begin to see us through a much clearer lens.
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Our Spiritual Gardens

“Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. For that person whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero …

The first thing that comes to mind when reading this is a favorite passage of mine from Proverbs 27:19: “As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the man.” Because we are not merely the body that we see in the mirror, but also a spirit, we see a glimpse of that spirit reflected back from our hearts. And although it can be easy enough for us to identify with these bodies, we are not them–we are something more, something eternal. Yet we may feel through them–much of our pleasure and pain comes to us by way of them. And we use our five physical senses–which are integral parts of our bodies–to help us to understand and define the world. So it is only expected that we recognize our presence as our bodies, and start to feel that the inevitable mortality that has to be a part of the body, is also a part of us. Continue reading

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Cleverness Vs Wisdom

“You can tell whether one is clever by his or her answers. You can tell whether one is wise by his or her questions.” ~ Naguib Mahfouz …

Although we often tend to credit clever individuals with wisdom, there are stark differences between the two. A clever mind possesses the ability to gain knowledge, skills, logic, and reasoning, and then to use them in a brilliant or amazing way. But cleverness does not necessarily employ morality… as we saw with the Enron scandal. There, clever minds were able to use accounting loopholes and poor financial reporting to hide billions in debt that ultimately led to huge losses for investors and employees alike. And similarly, cleverness, aside from entertainment, is quite useless and insignificant in our lives. We often find clever individuals to be fun and entertaining–the jokesters, the storytellers, the magicians. These individuals may always seem to have a witty answer, but does that answer bring about anything of real value? Continue reading

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Burying A Hatchet!

“There is no point in burying a hatchet if you are going to put up a marker on the site.” ~
Sydney J. Harris …

Many times, we say we forgive someone, when in reality, we have only set aside our anger and vengefulness in a place where we can easily pick it back up if need be. But what is forgiveness worth if we are not truly willing to bury the hatchet? And more importantly, what does holding onto the anger and resentment actually do to us? Continue reading

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