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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Willingly accept the complexity and the contradictions of life


True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem.
We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.
- Harold Evans

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma,
a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own
mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
- Umberto Eco

For every complex problem,
there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

Willingly accept the complexity and the contradictions of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You didn't get stamped out of a mold. You aren't a "black person" or a "white person," a "fat person" or a "skinny person," a "bad person" or a "good person." You are a highly complex human being with emotions, beliefs, capabilities. Each day you face challenges to your health, relationships, finances, and world-view -- and every day you respond to those challenges in ways which are unique to you.

Honor and love all of your unique self. Never diminish yourself with self-applied labels or categorizations.

Further reading: Lessons from Life

Paradox

Stand Rapt in Awe
      

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Be an Observer of Life


Be aware of what is going on around you today - truly conscious.
Don't make assumptions. Focus on looking behind the obvious.

Be an Observer of Life.
Gaining wisdom from carefully observing life
is not a substitute for action -
it is a prerequisite for informed action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.
I just watch what they do.
- Andrew Carnegie

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
- The Buddha

Today's Affirmation:
I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: What You See

New Eyes

Lifelong Learning
      

Monday, July 15, 2019

Let Your Faith Be More Powerful Than Your Anxiety


Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow...
but only empties today of its strength.
- C. H. Spurgeon

All times are times of crisis. Wars, earthquakes, diseases, floods and murders have been constant companions of humankind from the beginning. 300,000 people die each and every single day. Yet against this backdrop, the magnificence of human accomplishment, human love and compassion, and great human happiness plays out each day. Let us marvel, and have infinite gratitude for, the human spirit that towers above the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I were to say, "God, why me?" about the bad things,
then I should have said, "God, why me?"
about the good things that happened in my life.
- Arthur Ashe

Further reading: The Serenity Prayer

Life only appears to be rushing toward us

The Myth of Security

Grace and Gratitude

Goodness of Life

The Eye-of-the-Storm
     

Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Home For Our Children's Children Yet Unborn


The greatest challenge ...
is not the exploring of the mysteries of the outer space,
but the developing of the millions of God's forgotten children,
the developing peoples of the world,
so they can become our equal
and full partners to build a better world -
a world of freedom and brotherhood.
- Jimmy Yen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If there is anything we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see
whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Let this be a time to honor all children
and to put ourselves into service
preserving a magnificent earthly home for future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.
They are children, women and men who share a legitimate desire for being more.
- Pope Francis

Everything you do, and everything you do not do,
is your legacy to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Our Children's Earth

Our Grandchildren

A Parent's Gift

A Truly Successful Life
        

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Do Not Compare Yourself To Others


Never mind what others do; do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Do not compare, do not measure.
No other way is like yours.
All other ways deceive and tempt you.
You must fulfill the way that is in you.
- Carl Jung

Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.
- Douglas Horton

Comparisons are odious.
- Old English Saying

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
- The Buddha

Further reading: Avoid Comparison, Prevent Suffering

Cheer Whenever Others Succeed

Value Honor, Not Ego

Criticism and Complaint

Each To Their Own
         

Friday, July 12, 2019

Fairness, Caring and Integrity


Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime -
to set an example -
and when he is dead,
to be an inspiration for history.
- William McKinley

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Today's affirmation:
I choose to live a life of gratitude and joy,
inspiring others to follow my example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Who You Are

Intentional Living

The Value Of Honor

How To Know What To Do
      

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Don't Let The Past Drive Your Future


Life - for most people - is their past projected large
onto the movie screen of their future.
Don't let the past drive your life - choose life.
Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
But without it we go nowhere.
- Carl Sagan

Create your future from your future, not your past.
- Werner Erhard

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
- Charles Kettering

Don't let the past bully the future.
You own the future; the past owns itself.
- Carly Cermak

Imagination is the only key to the future.
Without it none exists - with it all things are possible.
- Ida Tarbell

Today's problems can seldom be solved using yesterday's answers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today's affirmation:
I choose not to project my past onto my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Be The Captain Of Your Own Ship

Purpose and Direction

Where do you want to go?

Be the Melody

What is Your Goal?
   

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Beyond Sameness


A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it
a superficial appearance of being right.
- Thomas Paine,
[Likewise, A long habit of not thinking a thing right gives it
a superficial appearance of being wrong.]

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

What is it about sameness that so draws me,
and how could I begin to have
that same kind of attraction to change?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

"Never quit" is one of those very common expressions that contains only one aspect of an important larger truth. Persistence is a virtue only when the goal is both desirable and attainable. There is no dishonor in redirecting your energies to more worthy or achievable goals.

Sadly, there is comfort in what we find familiar,
even when it causes us pain and suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Don't Be Too Sure

What You've Always Done

The Good Old Ways

Your Whole Toolkit
    

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Firm Foundation


Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground
as you reach for the stars.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
- Confucius

When you jump for joy, beware that no one
moves the ground from beneath your feet.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are,
and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going.
And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.
- Terry Pratchett

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do,
and the more genuine may be one's appreciation
of fundamental things like home,
and love, and understanding companionship.
- Amelia Earhart

Further reading: Honor Your Roots

A Strong Foundation

Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

Fulfill Your Dreams
    

Monday, July 8, 2019

How To Keep The Golden Rule


To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places,
but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing
ourselves in their places.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick (Founding Pastor of New York's Riverside Church)

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

That which is hateful to you,
do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah;
the rest is the explanation.
- Talmud (Jewish Wisdom)

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Luke 6:31 (the "Golden Rule") 

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
Compassion is the universal standard for moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Compassion is the Foundation of All Ethics

Love Your Enemies - Jesus

Go and Do Likewise

Three Wise Monkeys

Love Your Neighbor
   

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Respect And Care For God's Natural World


Walk in the woods and listen carefully,
for trees speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver (paraphrase)

Find out how much God has given you
and from it take what you need;
the remainder is needed by others.
- Saint Augustine

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Show me your hands.
Do they have scars from giving?
Show me your feet.
Are they wounded in service?
Show me your heart.
Have you left a place for divine love?
- Fulton J. Sheen (Archbishop)

God expects us to care for His world -
to clean up our sewage and our industrial pollution -
to respect His forests and His wild animals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Universal Sacrament of Compassion

Keep the Golden Rule

Confession of Sins

Unity in One Body and One Spirit
     

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Joy and Inspiration in the Commonplace


Today's affirmation:
I find joy and inspiration in the commonplace
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The enlightened give thanks for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Further reading: Simple Pleasures

The Commonplace

Beauty is Everywhere
    

Friday, July 5, 2019

Always an Opportunity for a Kindness


The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

Be kind whenever possible; and it is always possible.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindness is better than piety.
- Yiddish Proverb

Your measure that matters is your measure of kindness,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Let Us Be Kind

Brotherly Love

Plant Trees For Your Grandchildren

Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude
     

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day 2019


We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States)
[Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- Emma Lazarus - written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands
is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
- Jimmy Carter

Further reading: Take Action About Things That Matter

The Freedom of Others

No Need to Conform

Uncharted Territory
      

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Care About People's Feelings


People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
- Anonymous

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
- Katharine Butler Hathaway

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.
- Hippocrates

“Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.”
- A. A. Milne

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

The best comfort I could offer
was to just let her tell her story.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

Generally, your greatest service to someone
in their time of trouble, sorrow, or confusion, is your comfort.
Take the time to listen to their troubles and concerns
with patience, kindness, and empathy,
but without offering unsolicited advice or suggestions.
Your kindly hand on their shoulder, supportive hug, and patient listening
are often the greatest gifts you can offer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: True Measure of a Successful Life

Giving Love and Comfort

This is my wish for you...

Encourage Others
      

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Do Not Walk In Fear

We will not walk in fear, one of another.
We are not descended from fearful men,
Not from men who feared to write, to speak,
To associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
This is no time... to keep silent.
- Edward R. Murrow
Listen here for Murrow's quote in the context of his 1954 denunciation of Sen Joseph McCarthy's "Commies in America" conspiracy theory.

Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
Accept no one's definition of your life;
define yourself.
- Harvey Fierstein

Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind -
even if your voice shakes.
- Maggie Kuhn

Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.
- Harvey Milk

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

Further reading: Have Confidence in Yourself

Take Action - Now
      

Monday, July 1, 2019

Open Your Eyes to the Unfamiliar and the Hidden


There are many answers you have received but have not yet heard.
- A Course In Miracles

When the solution is simple, God is answering.
- Albert Einstein

God is not what you imagine
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books,
but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.
- Joseph Smith, Jr.

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
- Joan Baez

Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answered.
- George Meredith

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus

Let today be a day to open your eyes to the unfamiliar and the hidden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Find A Way

Have a Conversation With God, Today

A Fire to be Kindled

Asking The Right Questions

Beyond Answers
 

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