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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pay it Forward - with Gratitude


TODAY, consider performing an act-of-kindness for someone who can never repay you.

Is there someone who will be alone on Thanksgiving unless you share your table with them?

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father
goes forward, not backward.
What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.
- Nancy Friday


Each of us has been generously gifted by parents, teachers, mentors, and others we can never repay. So, in gratitude for what we have received, it is now our turn to generously gift the children, the up-and-coming, and the down-and-out -- with no expectation that they can ever repay us - and with the hope that they will, in turn, pay-forward to another generation.

Further reading: Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving

Universal Kindness and Compassion

True Measure of a Successful Life
    

Friday, November 17, 2017

Understanding is Beyond Knowing Facts


There is a great difference between knowing and understanding:
you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
- Charles Kettering

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
- Robertson Davies

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.
- Mark Twain

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
- Chinese proverb

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau


Further reading: Open Minds

Knowledge is Soon Changed

Understand More, Fear Less

Listen, Really Listen to Understand

Seek the Truth
     

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How You Choose to View Your Life


When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Adversity can crush our spirit - or strengthen it - it is our choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Whenever you say or even think, "This is hard,"
that task or challenge becomes difficult.
Dread it, and it becomes terrifying.

When you choose to move past fear -
fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of "looking bad," fear of losing respect -
life becomes much lighter, and most any task becomes possible - perhaps even enjoyable.
Most any challenge can become an adventure of discovery.

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


The secret to a great life is recognizing that life was never intended to be fair.
Life simply isn't "fair," and that's okay.
The joy of life comes from playing the game of life as best we can,
focusing far more on the love and good example we can contribute
to other lives than on demanding money, stuff, love, or appreciation.
Service becomes a source of joy when it is not viewed as a duty.

Further reading: Circumstance Reveals What You Are Made Of

Strength In Hard Times

Do not rail against life
      

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

True Serenity


Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

We have a good life when we manage to live with both
satisfied and unsatisfied needs,
when we are not obsessed by what is beyond our reach.
- Kjell Magne Bondevik

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time;
serenity, that nothing is.
- Thomas Szasz

Do what you can, and do it well.
Accept the rest with equanimity, and trust in God.
No one can ever do more than that.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Serenity

Pay Attention to the Natural World

Living in Peace


      

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fire of the Mind


The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein


Further reading: Knowledge is Soon Changed

Open Minds

Lifelong Learning

Reason
    

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