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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Give Thanks for the Miracles of Each Day


A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Today... Give thanks for the miracles -
Give thanks for the love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Keep a grateful journal. Every night,
list five things you are grateful for.
- Oprah Winfrey

We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity,
for in prosperity we forget God.
- Dwight L. Moody

Further reading: The Power Of Gratitude

A Thankful Heart

Love All Of Life

Have a Conversation with God, Today
   

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Life Is Not "Fair," But It Can Still Be Joyful


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

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

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

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.

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.

Life Is Not "Fair," But It Can Still Be Joyful
Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Do Not Rail Against Life

Strength In Hard Times

Circumstance Reveals What You Are Made Of
      

Friday, December 14, 2018

Don't Settle For Less Than Understanding Something Important For Yourself


You do ill if you praise, but worse
if you censure, what you do not understand.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

If you can't explain it simply,
you don't understand it well enough.
- Albert Einstein

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Understanding does not cure evil,
but it is a definite help,
inasmuch as one can cope
with a comprehensible darkness.
- Carl Jung

Don't Settle For Less Than Understanding Something Important For Yourself.
 - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Understand More, Fear Less

Open Minds

Seek the Truth

Knowledge is Soon Changed

Listen, Really Listen to Understand
     

Thursday, December 13, 2018

After You Have Chosen Your Path, Walk It Each Day


There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Take Charge of Your Life - Secrets for Getting Un-Stuck

Enthusiasm and Passion

Wanting To Win

You Can Do It
     

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Simple is Often the Best


It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.
- Amelia Barr

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
- Aristotle

Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.
- Bill Moyers

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Simple Joys

Things Divine

Seeing Unexpected Beauty

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now
       

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Future is Unimaginable. The Best is Yet to Come.


There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you
it's going to be a butterfly.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Vision stands on the shoulders of what is actual
to get a better view of what is possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

There are all kinds of futures.
There is a hoped-for future,
there is a feared future,
there is a predictable future,
and there is an unimagined future.
- Werner Erhard

Further reading: Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Be a Dreamer, In Action

Faith in a Great Future

Is your glass of life half empty? Or half full?
      

Monday, December 10, 2018

Choose Unconditional Love Rather Than Hate


Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You never hate that which you do not first fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

An "enemy" is a mirage -
an image of self reflected on the sands of Hell.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hate returns upon itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Allow Love to Conquer Hate

Revenge, the Deadliest Sin?

Hatred vs. Love
 
Don't Get Burned by Your Own Anger
      

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jesus Calls Us To Love All People


A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today's affirmation:
All people are my heart-felt brothers and sisters.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Feed the Hungry

Sow Love Wherever You Go

Share Yourself Deeply

Love Begets Miracles
      

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Think For Yourself


Let today be a day to take life less seriously.
Take the weight of the world off your shoulders.
Choose Joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
- Rita Mae Brown

If you stand up and be counted,
from time to time you may get yourself knocked down.
But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again.
A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.
- Thomas J. Watson

Further reading: A Foolish Consistency

How to Deal with Rejection

Being Your Own Person

Thinking for Yourself
    

Friday, December 7, 2018

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2018


Today, fear again grips America - in public and in private. Remember FDR's words and focus with courage on the job at hand - the job of living joyfully regardless of external circumstances.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

This world of ours... must avoid becoming
a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself
the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill

Further reading: Serenity rather than Fear

You Need Courage

Revenge Never Ends
     

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Discover the Empowering Force for Good that is Unconditional Love


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Return love for hate.
- Anonymous

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Go and Do Likewise

Categorizing People

On the Unworkability of Vengeance

Life is a Reflection

Fear and Love
      

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Make Deeply Considered Choices


To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

Today's affirmation:
I have no need to conform to the stereotypes others have defined for me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us has a choice in all matters. There is nothing that any of us ever HAVE to do. Each of us, man or woman, chooses the roles we play, and what we make of our lives at each instant. Expectation and Tradition are burdens we take upon ourselves, or choose to throw off.

Does this mean becoming selfish? Not at all, it means becoming selective. It always means doing what we believe is right, regardless of the expectations of others.

Expectations (Demands) suck the juice out of life. Don't believe that you are bound by the demands of others. You do not have to conform to the stereotypes others have defined for you.

Further reading: Trust Your Own Wisdom

Intention versus Expectation (Demand)

Why I Choose to Believe that Others are Never the Cause of My Unhappiness

Chose Adventure
     

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Dance With Life, All Of Life


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain.
- Vivian Greene

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.
The evening beam that smiles the clouds away,
and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
- Lord Byron

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,
you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
- Morris West

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us,
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Further reading: Celebrating Rainbows and Butterflies - the Small Miracles of Our Life

Zero-Based Gratitude

How to Move On and Let Go
      

Monday, December 3, 2018

Beware Your Own Unguarded Thoughts


The monsters are in your own head.
- Paula Cole

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Rattlesnake of the Mind" is a metaphor inspired by the Zen term, "Monkey Mind," which refers to the mind's tendency to invent an unending sequence of creative stories about everything we see and hear.

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

You are not your mind. You, a Spiritual BEing,
are neither your mind nor your body.
Mind and body are your tools - to use as you choose.
Sometimes your body appears to have a will of its own,
as when it twitches or pains.
Likewise, your mind often appears to have its own will.
That incessant chattering of regret, disappointment, guilt,
shame, foreboding, worry, and fear
is your Rattlesnake Mind striking off on its own.
Know that your mind can be a vicious rattlesnake, and be cautious.
The mind can be tamed, but only with conscious effort and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Stilling Your Mind

Overflowing Cup of Tea - Zen Koan
      

Sunday, December 2, 2018

See God's Hand In Every Flower


Nature Speaks God's Truth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The experience of God,
or in any case the possibility of experiencing God,
is innate.
- Alice Walker

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person
walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

God known only through books pales in comparison
to God personally experienced in daily life.
Become aware of God permeating everything.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Prayer and Mystery

Universal Connection

God of Children

Everyday Miracles
     

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Celebrate Your Little Spark of Madness


Today is your day to practice whimsey,
smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
watch wondrous cloud animals parade your story,
search every rabbit hole
for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast
and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat,
and dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
 
You're only given a little spark of madness.
You mustn't lose it.
- Robin Williams

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Follow Your Bliss.
- Joseph Campbell

Who said that life had to be serious?
Imagine, Play, Sing, Turn Cartwheels, Be Unstoppable, Dance Wildly With Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if we like our outrageous side best?
We "know" that the "right" thing to do is to suck it up,
put the costume and the happy face back in storage for another year,
re-dress in our frown and gray flannel suit,
and trudge back to job, chores, "responsibilities," and "duty."
Stop! Maybe TODAY is the day to put the frown and gray flannel
into that dusty storage locker, and start to LIVE.
Not just today, but EVERY DAY for the rest of your life!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today: Do something Outrageous - just because you want to.
Take off your shoes and dance on the beach... Play in the mud... Sing at the top of your lungs... and don't care who hears you.
Celebrate today... Celebrate ME... Celebrate Life... Celebrate Rainbows and Butterflies... Celebrate Whimsey...

Further reading: Life is too important to be taken seriously

Today is Your Day (my complete poem)

Do Something Crazy

Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat
     

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