Archive for April, 2010
Do you have a pet in your life? I do! I have two cats. Do your pets “talk” to you? Mine sure do! Today one of my cats likes hard food and the other likes soft food. The cat who likes hard food was pestering me and It took me two hours to figure out that he had an “empty” dish bowl of hard food. This really amazes me that an animal can communicate and tell their owners what it is they are wanting. Does this happen to you?
Today’s lesson is that I need to slow down and learning to hear what it is our pets want.
Okay everyone lets discuss being positive…today is Wednesday April 28,2010. I work part-time for an attorney and I work part-time doing Security. Today has not been an easy day for me. When other people have a behavior that bothers me my ego wants to say, “I don’t get mad, I get even.” Although if I seek deep down into my spiritual side I realize that “getting even” would not do me any good nor would it do the person whose behavior upset me. It is better to forgive in an instant and to go on with the day.
Have you ever misplaced your car keys, wallet, tv remote, _______fill in the blank? Well I sure have! LOL. This very thing happened to me today as I was in a rush to “get going, or get things done faster.” In an instant I told my angels or St. Christopher to come get my misplaced item and give it to me NOW or to TELL me where that Item is, Now! Needless to say, my disrupted spirit would not let me stay calm. I have realized that it was not “that” important to find in that “moment” and the item would return to me at a later time. I realized that life is just too short to “cry over spilled milk.” Those little things that bother us are really nothing but a message from our spirit telling us that we need to slow down. It is better to slow down, breathe, and stay calm than to worry about what “might” happen “if.”
My lesson today is to stay calm in the midst of the storms of life whether they be little things or big things. These moments pass and solutions present themselves, always. Despite the fact that my environment, people, or things may want to spread the negative vibe, I will stay in the Now and in the Positive because today is the best day of my life; a gift from God. May you all be blessed as you read this and I pray that abundance follow you where ever you may go.
|04/25/2010||Resisting any unwanted character within us
increases the conflict
we feel over it,
but it also speeds up any
reactions we have to its
In other words, the more
want to feel something
our suffering over it!
|04/23/2010||All violence towards others,
or any attack upon oneself,
is nothing more than one’s
imperfection trying, in vain, to keep
itself out of sight.
|04/21/2010||Resistance is the favorite
food of the enemy of freedom.
|04/18/2010||Love doesn’t resist or resent
anything;it knows and
sees the secret unity in
all it beholds.
Light doesn’t fear shadows;
it gently transforms
them into open space.
|04/16/2010||True kindness — the flowering
of patience, compassion,
and the quiet, but unshakable
strength for which
we all aspire — is only found
growing along that uphill
path called “humility.”
|04/14/2010||When all is well with us, we
openourselves up to the
words of the wise, welcoming their
whenever some painful trial
comes knocking at
our door — bringing with it
the possibility of real-time
wisdom that nothing else can
provide — we slam shut
the door of our heart and mind,
wanting no words with it!
|04/11/2010||If you listen carefully, quietly,you’ll hear the voiceof the moment tell you that all is
well and always will be.
|04/09/2010||Wise persistence always pays the
one who serves it at least once,
but usually twice. The first payoff
— and the
most valuable — is the realization
that “walls” are
immaterial apart from the
resistance that lends them
their temporary substance.
The second payment
comes on the other side of the “wall”…
achievement proves the value of
|04/07/2010||Any thought that “promises”
to rescue you, or to
otherwise deliver you to
you twice. First, that it has the
power to lift you above
what’s dragging you down;
more significantly, that
there is a “you” that
needs being saved from some
dire straight, or that
can be actually be enlarged by
|04/04/2010||Rebirth is a return; it is the Divine
answer to acall seeded into
creation for the soul to
return home to its uncreated
|04/02/2010||Allowing the rushed state of another
person to pushyou into an anxious
state of mind… is like letting thehorse
you’re about to ride convince
you to wear the saddle!
|03/31/2010||Whatever justifies the
in anger, blame, or bitterness is,
itself, a part of – in league with –
negative states. And that’s
what we have to see
if we ever want to be free of
whatever it is (within us)
that has “good reasons” for
tearing itself apart.
|03/28/2010||Part 1:If putting yourself first
had any real power to grant
you true liberty – a way
to make you content,
then – for all you’ve given to
yourself – shouldn’t
you be happy and free by now?
Asking God to help you —
without first doing the
interior work of seeing and
admitting the truth of
yourself to yourself — is like
sending someone else
to church or temple for you
to pray for your transfiguration.
|03/26/2010||Waiting on others to approve a
change you know you must
make in your own life — an action you
must take that will likely lessen
upon them, and perhaps drive
them to make
changes in their habitual choices
— is like hoping
that a snowman looks forward
to a spring thaw.
|03/24/2010||There is only one reason why
any of us ever do wrong to another,
blame someone else for our
to be thankful for what we have, or go
entire day without remembering
that’s because we have forgotten –
once again —
our own interior wretchedness.
|03/21/2010||Longing to be whole – to be
one withwhat is holy –
is like standing in the surf as it washes the
shoreline and wishing that you could
be nearer to the ocean.
|03/19/2010||Running from yourself is the|
|03/17/2010||Part 1:All forms of momentum are
mindless,but never more so
than when a mind– blinded by desire – runs after what it
wants without any
awareness of its action.
Desire is in bondage to itself, but the
Spirit of man is indomitable! Awaken
the sleeping soul to its unseen captivity,
and nothing in the world can stop its revolt
and ultimate liberation.
|03/14/2010||Part 1:It is an unthinkable spiritual
paradox thatbefore one can ever
hope to be dressed forthe marriage
divine, one must first see
how unsuited he or she is to know such a Love.
Desires serve the awakening one,
while one who sleeps…serves desire.
|03/12/2010||Coming to any negative conclusion
is like getting caught in a sudden
rainstorm… and then jumping into a
river to keep
your shoes from getting wet.
|03/10/2010||There are times when there’s more
to be gained from
losing a fight, than there is in winning it.
Show me someone who only enters into
battles he’s sure can be won, and I will
show you that person who has all but
forsaken the possibility of ever knowing
his own soul.
|03/07/2010||The suffering inherent in negative
statesis the dark creation of a level of
self thatbelieves its conflict with life can be
reconciled through resistance.
|03/05/2010||Stormy thoughts and feelings can no
moreovercome your quiet awareness
of themthan do raindrops have the power to wash
the sky through which they pour.
|03/03/2010||It is sheer fantasy to think that
your “tomorrow” can be any different –
better or brighter thantoday – as long as
all you do is fantasize about it.
Real self-change requires the conscious
sacrifice of the self whose hopes lie in
|02/28/2010||Until we learn to make peace with our
own sense of emptiness, we will never know
the true nature of fulfillment.
|02/26/2010||With regards to suffering, our pain
hurts alittle less whenever we can
remember this strange (but true) spiritual fact:
many of God’s greatest gifts seem, at first,
unbearable to receive.
|02/24/2010||Being fully present to oneself is freedom
from the tyranny of the past and fearof the future.
|02/21/2010||It is a fool and his pride that relishesin
any perfection that “proves” its
value by punishing him for his
|02/19/2010||The only truly worthwhile “accomplishment” –
– the one action that stands the test ofpassing time —
is the interior work we do that
allows God to accomplish His task in our soul.
|02/18/2010||The vast majority of people miss out
onmost of their lives in their ceaseless
rushnot to miss out on what they’ve imagined l
ife has to offer…once they become who
they’ve imagined they should be.
|02/14/2010||Here’s the real spiritual reason you
should doonly one thing at a time –
whether putting on a pair of socks,
picking up a pencil, or pouring
yourself a cup of tea: The only way it’s possible
to do more than one thing at a time is to have
surrendered your attention to a divided nature
that believes just getting things done
is the same as doing things well.
|02/12/2010||The seeds of what will be are planted
in the here and now, a fact of life that
guaranteesone thing: unless we do the inner work to be
aware of ourselves in the present moment…
yesterday will be our tomorrow.
|02/10/2010||Blame is the dark effect of denial,
of refusing torecognize that when
it comes to anyone oranything
that sets you off…seer and
the seen are one and the same.
|02/07/2010||Arrogance, fear, in fact all dark
negativestates only rule and
stain our lives as they do because of how
distanced we’ve become
from the immense and divine
mystery of our own True Nature.
|02/05/2010||Any form of measuring yourself by
the unkind action of another towards
you is like looking into a badly fractured
mirror… and then blaming yourself
for the shattered image you see therein.
|02/03/2010||Preparation, hard work, is part of perfecting
whatever you’ve imagined you
want to attain in this world. But there is a world
beyond anything we can imagine;
(it is) an intelligent presence, a “place” of
powers and principles whose self-obliterating
touch can no more be prepared for than can a
mountain pine prepare for a lighting bolt.
..or a newly opened spring flower its first
taste of the morning sun.
|01/31/2010||The presence of the Master is useless|
|01/29/2010||Excellence, wherever… and within
whomever you may find it, is always
a result of effort… never by accident.
|01/27/2010||All negative emotions, but especially
anger, are the offspring of one dark
state…a frustrated desire that would rather
set fire to the object, person, or condition
seen as being at fault, than turn around
and see itself for what it is in reality:
the unseen source of its own suffering.
|01/24/2010||It’s widely believed that psychological
pain is a natural response to
moment, but the true –
and secret – source of this pain is an
unseen conflict inherent in our present
level of consciousness itself; the truth is
that the “self” that suffers this pain is
revealed by unwanted conditions –
not created by them.
|01/22/2010||Real abundance has very
little to do with being able to
give ourselves whateverwe want,
but rather with being free
of the part of us that’s forever wanting
something better and new in order to
feel new and better about itself.
|01/20/2010||The truth of our oneness with life only
starts to become real for us as we
awaken to see that in hurting others; we have also
hurt ourselves and–that whenever
we hurt ourselves–others suffer.
|01/17/2010||Perhaps the most deceptive of all th
e false gods is the one who
condemnsyou for being you.
|01/15/2010||Discover the unseen relationship
between always being in a rush…
and how important it makes you feel to always
be going somewhere in a hurry…
and you’ve made first contact with
the power you need to slow down
and take command of your own life.
|01/13/2010||The true spiritual battle isn’t with life,
but in our work to stay in the midst of
it when other parts of us want to run away.
|01/10/2010||The comparative mind can’t understand
that perfection is not in time, but
rather is the action of what is Timeless upon
time and all of its creations.
|01/08/2010||There is only one thing that you don’
thave to imagine or struggle to keep
alive — and that is what you authentically love.
|01/06/2010||The key to the kingdom of heavenis
never farther away from us thanwhat
each present moment reveals to us;
for in truth “purity of heart” is inseparable
from our willingness to see that things are
the way they are because of the way we are.
|01/03/2010||A stone set into motion, rolling down a hill,
goes only where gravity and accident allow.
The same law holds true for any sense of “self”
set off by a mechanical reaction;
momentum carries it along until it
crashes into someone or something
that it then blames for being in the way.
|01/01/2010||Any mental or emotional crisis in our life
is evidence of an “account past due.”
Understood properly, such pain reveals
where we are holding on to parts of ourselves
that cost us more to maintain than
they are worth.
|12/30/2009||Feeling sorry for yourself is not an action…
anymore than reliving some old regret
has the power to change your present
nature. Struggle with yourself; reaching
takes disturbing the one who rests; yet,
as surely as a seedling breaks out of her
earthly tomb, so will you realize the
world above you…once you commit
to do the interior work needed
to attain it.
|12/27/2009||In the grand scheme of things,everything
that God gives you– for its
darkness or light, pleasure or pain
– is so that comes the day when,
within you, is awakened the wisdom
and will to give it all back to Him.
|12/25/2009||In this High Holiday Season, so
fullof self-created gratification,
we shouldnever forget that hidden in the shadow
of all passing pleasures dwells their
unseen opposite, some form of sorrow
that — sooner or later — must visit the
unwary soul. Yet… for our striving to
remember this inescapable fact of life,
born in us is this bright new
understanding: lasting joy is found
only in the realization of our
|12/23/2009||Yours is the power to put the fear of
the future behind you, but only as you
are willing to see that unless
you do the interior work to awaken
now…your past awaits
you just ahead.
|12/20/2009||Our greatest power – as it turns out —
isn’t the ability to imaginea limitless life,
but rather to become
aware of the fact that all dreams are
part of the finite world.
|12/18/2009||Real life can no more act to pull us down
than does the rising sun burden the spring
|12/16/2009||To be consciously kind has its cost,
and the principle coin with which
this payment is made is…the sacrifice of self.
|12/13/2009||It’s impossible to be concerned
with how others see you…and be
true to yourself at the same time.
|12/11/2009||No one is less interesting than someonewho
thinks nothing could be more
fascinating than telling you all
|12/09/2009||Whenever you try to protect yourself
from any form of fear, it is only fear
that you protect. Only fear can
make you into what you don’t want to be.
Dreams are not merely the nightly thoughts you experience as the brain sorts out the day’s events. They are the goals and visions that fire your heart and saturate your soul with joy at the very thought of them. They are those continuing visions of what you want your life to be at its highest level of fulfilment–what you want to do, how you want to do it, what kind of person you want to become in the process.
Your destiny and reason for living are wrapped up tightly in your dreams and desires, like the genetic information inside a seed. That dream in your heart contains your spiritual “DNA,” the very blueprint for who you are. Your dream is that idea, that vision for your life that burns inside of you–something you can’t ignore for long. It keeps coming back to your mind because it is part of who you are; it will never leave you alone.
A dream doesn’t drive you; it draws you. It is like a big magnet that pulls you toward itself. I don’t believe that there is a man or woman without a dream, because God designed every member of the human race to have dreams. Without a dream, a person will be frustrated in the present and will miss his or her future.
Your dream did not even originate with you. It resides within you, but God put it there. He is the source of your dream. When people dream without God, they find it hollow and unsatisfying. Every person must come to Jesus for his or her dream to make sense. In fact, without Jesus, you might follow a dream for your life that God never put in your heart.
Not every dream is from God. There is such a thing as godless dreams. But when your dream is God’s dream, it’s unstoppable.
Jesus said that apart from Him we can’t do anything and that all our dreams will be frustrated. The power, energy and creativity needed to fulfil our dreams must flow from Jesus.
The most common and most crucial question is, “How do I know which dreams in my heart are from God?” Here is the answer. You will know it’s God’s dream if:
1. It is bigger than you.
2. You can’t let it go.
3. You would be willing to give everything for it.
4. It will last forever.
5. It meets a need nobody else has met.
6. It brings glory to God.
Let’s unpack each of these. First, any dream God put in your heart will be much bigger than you. Most children start out with big dreams of being a major league baseball player or the first woman president of the United States. But people and circumstances whittle those dreams down to size. We reach adulthood, and we voluntarily trim our dreams to manageable proportions so we won’t be disappointed.
That’s the opposite of what we should do. We should set higher goals, not lower ones. God is the author of bigness, not smallness. We may not reach the highest dream, but we will go a lot farther by aiming high than aiming low.
The first test you can apply to your dream is: “Is it too big for me to fulfil without God’s help?” If you can do it without His help, you are not dreaming big enough. If it’s much bigger than you, you are on the right track. The Bible promises that all things are possible with God. Is your dream impossible enough? Does it go beyond you enough to qualify for God’s help? Your dream should be so big that it takes your breath away, makes you temporarily weak in the knees, and makes you cry out to God for help and guidance.
Next, are you able to let this dream go, or does it keep bugging you? A God-given dream is a bothersome thing: it won’t leave you alone! It keeps bobbing to the surface of your heart, clamouring for your mind’s attention. If that’s how your dream behaves, then it is probably from God. You also know it’s a God-given dream if you are willing to devote every ounce of energy and every minute of your days to it. A dream inspires devotion like the devotion a parent has for a child: you would give your very life just to see it grow and find fulfilment.
Will your dream last forever? Many people pursue dreams built on things that will fade away. They dream of fame, but fame never lasts. Others build dreams on wealth, health or power, but none of these last more than a few decades at most. A dream cannot be built on ego. It cannot be built on tradition–because the company expects it or your family expects it. None of these foundations will support your dream.
You must build your dreams on something that will last. Only two things in the entire world will last forever: truth and people. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word will never pass away. You have to build your dream on that never-changing foundation.
The second thing that lasts forever is people. God made human beings to last forever. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost, to die for people. That’s how we should spend our lives, too. If God Himself thought people were worth dying for, shouldn’t we follow His example? In fact, the only way to minister to God is to minister to people, as He said, “When you’ve done it to the least of them, you’ve done it to Me” (see Matt. 25:40).
Your dream must be built on human need. Will it help people? Improve lives? Alleviate human suffering? Does it fill a need nobody else is filling? If so, you can be sure that dream is from God. The secret to happiness in life is pouring into other people, giving without expecting anything in return.
Finally, your dream should bring glory to God. The most horrible thing in life is to realize you have wasted months, years or decades following the wrong dream. Life is too precious to fritter away by building on a crumbling foundation. Many people lose their lives, not by dying, but by squandering their time.
From Neale Donald Walsh to lift up your spirit:
..that getting down on yourself is not the answer. Why
would you do to you what God would never do to you?
The few things you do not “get right” (whatever that is)
cannot compare to the things at which you excel. Do
you know that? You are kind, you are caring, you are
generous, you are sensitive, you are compassionate, you
are forgiving, you are more accepting than you know,
and more loving than you will give yourself credit for.
Now…what else is there?
Try to understand this: You are doing just fine. Better
than ‘just fine.’ You are excelling. You are magnificent,
you are wonderful! And God loves you to pieces!
Love, Your Friend….
Neale Donald Walsch
Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.
Neale began his journey in the most ordinary way. Overstressed and overextended by modern day life when the options ran out and frustration reached its peak, he turned to God. Desperate questions scratched on a legal pad in the middle of a long, sleepless night, began a precious dialogue which changed Neale’s life forever and eventually changed the lives of millions. This process began over 10 years ago and became the much loved Conversations with God Series.
Today the books have been translated into 37 languages, and Book One remains to this day in the 100 top selling spiritual books on Amazon.com.
In addition to bring through the extraordinary With God series, Neale has authored 16 other works, as well as a number of video and audio programs. Available throughout the world, each of the first five CwG dialogue books has made the New York Times Bestseller list, Conversations with God-Book 1 occupying that list for over two and half years.
The With God Series has redefined God and shifted spiritual paradigms around the globe. In order to deal with the enormous response to his writings, Neale joined with loved ones and friends to create the Conversations with God Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring the world to move from violence to peace, from confusion to clarity, and from anger to love.
Neale’s work has taken him from the steps of Macchu Picchu in Peru to the steps of the Shinto shrines of Japan, from Red Square in Moscow to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to Tiananmen Square in China. And everywhere he has gone-from South Africa to Norway, Croatia to The Netherlands, the streets of Zurich to the streets of Seoul, Neale has found a hunger among people to create a way to live, at last, in peace and harmony. He has sought to bring men and women in every culture a new understanding of God and of Life which would allow them to experience that.
Neale was born into a Roman Catholic family living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His first spiritual teacher was his mother, who taught him not to be afraid of God, as she believed in having a personal relationship with the Divine. She taught Neale to do the same. A non-traditional believer, Neale’s mother hardly ever went to church, and when he asked her why, she told Neale, “I don’t have to go to church-God comes to me. He’s with me and around me wherever I am.” This view of God in his childhood would open Neale fully as an adult to transcend the traditional views of organized religion and bring to the world the message found in Conversations with God.
An insatiably curious child, Neale’s comments about life seemed to possess a wisdom far beyond his years, and caused relatives and family friends to often ask, “where does he come up with this stuff?” While attending a Catholic grade school, Neale would often pose questions in Catechism class that would extend past the traditional grade school curriculum. Finally, the parish priest invited Neale to his rectory to answer questions. This meeting turned into a once-a-week visit that blossomed into an open forum where Neale learned not to be afraid to ask questions about religion and spirituality-and also learned that his asking these types of questions did not mean that he would offend God.
By the age of 15, Neale’s involvement with spiritually-based teachings led him to begin reading a variety of spiritual texts, including the Bible, the Rig Veda, the Upanishads and Divine revelation according to Sri Ramakrishna. He noticed that when people got involved in religion they seemed less joyful and more angry, exhibiting behaviors of prejudice and separateness. Neale concluded that the collective experience of theology was not positive.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, but academic life could not hold his interest and he dropped out of college after two years to follow an interest in radio broadcasting that eventually led to a full-time position at the age of 19 at a small radio station far from his Milwaukee home, in Annapolis, Maryland.
Restless by nature and always seeking to expand his opportunities for self-expression, Neale in the years that followed became a radio station program director, a newspaper reporter and, ultimately, managing editor, public information officer for one of the nation’s largest public school systems, and, after moving to the West Coast, creator and owner of his own public relations and marketing firm. Moving from one career field to another, he could not seem to find occupational satisfaction, his relationship life was in constant turmoil and his health was going rapidly downhill.
He had relocated in Oregon as part of a change-of-scene strategy to find his way, but Fate was to provide more than a change of scene. It produced a change in his entire life. A car driven by an elderly gentleman made a left turn directly into his path, Neale emerging from the auto accident with a broken neck. He was lucky to escape with his life.
Over a year of rehab threw him out of work. A failed marriage had already removed him from his home, and soon he couldn’t keep even the small apartment he’d rented. Within months he found himself on the street, homeless. It took him the better part of a year to pull himself together and get back under shelter. He found, at first, modest part time jobs, once again in broadcasting, then worked his way into full time employment and an eventual spot as a syndicated radio talk show host.
He had seen the bottom of life, living in the weather, gathering beer and soda cans in the park to collect the return deposit-but now he seemed to be on a roll again. Yet, once more Neale felt an emptiness in his life. In 1992, following a period of deep despair, Neale awoke in the middle of a February night and wrote an anguished letter to God. “What does it take,” he angrily scratched across a yellow legal pad, “to make life work?”
Now well chronicled and widely talked about, it was this questioning letter that received a Divine answer. Neale says that he heard a voice, soft and kind, warm and loving, that gave him an answer to this and other questions. Awestruck and inspired, he quickly scribbled these responses onto the tablet.
More questions came, and, as fast as they occurred to him, answers were given in the same soft voice, which now seemed placed inside his head. Before he knew it, Neale found himself engaged in a two-way on-paper dialogue. He continued this first “conversation” for hours, and had many more in the weeks that followed, always awakening in the middle of the night and being drawn back to his legal pad. Neale’s handwritten notes would later become the best-selling Conversations with God books. He says the process was “exactly like taking dictation,” and that the dialogue created in this way was published without alteration or editing.
In July, 2005 Neale completed the final CwG dialogue book, HOME WITH God in a Life that Never Ends, to be released in March, 2006 by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. The book covers areas never before discussed in any of the previous CwG texts, of which there are nine, including Conversations with God-Book 1, Conversations with God-Book 2, Conversations with God-Book 3, Friendship with God, Communion with God, Conversations with God for Teens, the New Revelations, Tomorrow’s God, and What God Wants.
In 2001 Neale founded Humanity’s Team, which he has described as a worldwide civil rights movement for a soul (HumanitysTeam.com). In 2005 he began work on putting into place a global education program, The School of Theology of the New Spirituality (Schooofthenewspirituality.com). In early 2006 he created The Group of 1000, a community of supporters who seek to place Schools of the New Spirituality in cities, towns, and villages from around the world.
One of my Favorite poem about LIFE.
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost…
I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I cant believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in… its a habit.
But, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
God vs. EVIL
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, ‘ My son, the battle is between two ‘ wolves ‘ inside us all.
One is Evil. – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. ‘
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘ Which wolf wins?
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘ The one you feed. ‘
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…..in fact I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, Can you give me one good reason not to quit?” I asked.
His answer surprised me…
“Look around you “, He said. “what do you see?”
“I see trees and sky…but mostly I notice the fern and the bamboo?”
“Well, My Child…When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds,
I took very good care of them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern grew quickly… from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor, filling my heart with joy.
Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the next few months the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.
But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the coming months still nothing from the bamboo seed.
But I would not quit.
In the beginning of the following year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But Il did not quit.” He said.
After nearly 18 months of planting the seed a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant. ..
But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the 18 months growing roots.
Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.
I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”
He asked me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling,
you have actually been growing roots”.
I would not quit on the bamboo.
I will never quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said.
“The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come”, God said to me.
“You will rise high”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.
“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and brought back this story.
I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.
Never, Never, Never Give up.
Don’t tell God how big the problem is,
Tell the problem how Great the God is!
The story is excerpted from the book written by Paulo Coelho “Like The Flowing River”.
A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point, he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
‘I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’
Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’
‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on to them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’
‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.’
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice’
‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencils fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. In just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.