Sunday, April 30, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
In view of the increasing negative events happening around the world here are five things you can do to help you stay positive.
1. Take a news sabbatical. Listening to the news can be downright depressing. All bad news all of the time can drag you down and keep you there. Give yourself permission to stop listening to the news, especially before bed time.
2. Use your influence to do good where you live. Shift your focus from what is happening in other parts of the world to your community. Get involved in making a positive change or contribution.
3. Focus on what is working in your life. Choose one thing that you are grateful for and focus on it for the rest of the day.
4. Express your appreciation to others. You can create a positive world one person at a time by saying thank you every chance you get to everyone you interact with ? from the person who holds open a door for you to your child who does a chore to a cherished friend or loved one.
5. Focus on what you can change, let go of what you can't change. When faced with a distressing situation ask yourself if you can control over the events. If you do, change what you can. If you don't, learn to let it go and move on.
Friday, April 21, 2006
You are not promised TOMORROW!
Something happened yesterday and I felt the need to post this. I have been seriously reminded of how delicate our lives are and how easily it could be over.
You just don't know when your timer is going to run out.
You could be asleep.
You could be at work.
You could be playing a game with your kids.
You could be shopping.
You could be driving.
You could be visiting relatives.
You could be out with friends.
You could be doing ANYTHING at anytime....
There is no way to know when it is our time to go.
If there is something you have always wanted to do but have been putting it off, make plans to do it now.
If there is a wrong that you really want to make right...don't put it off any longer. Fix it now.
If you had a falling out with a close relative and deep down you want to get that relationship back...Fix it now.
If there is something you want to learn...sign up for classes, go to your local library, or buy a book. Do it now.
AND.......MOST OF ALL:
Tell your family you love them...does it TODAY, TONIGHT, AND TOMORROW.
You just never know.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Man is here on earth for this one purpose, that he may bring forth that spirit of God in him and thus discover his own perfection. The three stages towards this perfection are the following.
The first stage is to make God as great and as perfect as your imagination can. .... The second stage is the work of the heart... The first lesson that love teaches us is: 'I am not. Thou art.' The first thing to think of is to erase ourselves from our minds and to think of the one we love. As long as we do not arrive at this idea, so long the word love remains only in the dictionary. Many speak about love but very few know it. Is love a pastime, an amusement, a drama; is it a performance? The first lesson of love is sacrifice, service, and self-effacement. ... To close the eyes for prayer is one thing, and to produce the love of God is another thing. That is the second stage in spiritual realization, where, in the thought of God, one begins to lose oneself in the same way that the lover loses the thought of self in the thought of the beloved. And the third stage is different again. In the third stage the Beloved becomes the Self, and the self is there no more. For then the self, as we think it to be, no longer remains. The self becomes what it really is. It is that realization which is called Self-realization.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Some time ago, an article in National Racquetball Magazine told the story of Reuben Gonzales, who was in the final match of a professional racquetball tournament. It was Gonzales' first shot at a victory on the pro circuit, and he was playing the perennial champion. In the fourth and final game, at match point, Gonzales made a super "kill" shot into the front wall to win it all.
The referee called it good. One of the two linesmen affirmed that the shot was in. But Gonzales, after a moment's hesitation, turned around, shook his opponent's hand, and declared that his shot had "slapped" into the wall, hitting the court floor first. As a result, he lost the match. He walked off the court. Everybody was stunned.
The next issue of National Racquetball Magazine displayed Reuben Gonzales on its front cover. The story searched for an explanation of this first-ever occurrence on the professional racquetball circuit. Who could ever imagine it in any sport endeavor? A player, with everything officially in his favor, with victory in his hand, disqualified himself at match point and lost! When asked why he did it, Reuben replied, "It was the only thing I could do to maintain my integrity."
Saturday, April 15, 2006
exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one
about how his grandfather led a battalion against a
German division during World War I. Through
brilliant maneuvers, he defeated them and captured
valuable territory. After the battle he was
presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To
Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership.
World War I. From the Men of Battalion "Captain
Frank looked at Art and said, "You really don't
expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's
wrong with the story?
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
At times I'm so discouraged
with the problems of the day,
I fail to see the joyful things
that are along the way.
When troubles overwhelm me
it's then my nerves may fray.
That's when I need to take the time
To simply sit and pray.
Reflecting on God's many gifts,
it makes me so aware
of all the joy in little things
around me everywhere!
I must try to remember
though problems come my way,
not to miss the joyful things
and the beauty of the day.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." He continued, "and that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on." "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."
In simple words, if you have a problem or anything that is eating into your peace, keep it aside for as much of time as you can afford to, and come back to it. You will be amazed at how quickly the issue becomes a non issue, in your second consideration. "So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of the day down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."
So, my friend, why not take a while to just simply RELAX.
Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while. Life is short. Enjoy it!