Friday, December 30, 2011

Faults

Don't be afraid to look at your faults - Yoruba Proverb



Even though we know there is always room for improvement, we tend to shy away from criticism.   Our egos tell us we are being attacked and quite naturally we want to strike back.  In order to be whole, healthy beings, we need to know all there is to know about ourselves.   Sometimes that information must come from others.   This may mean admitting that we are not always right, and knowing it is okay to make a mistake.   A mistake, an error, a poor choice, or bad decision does not equal "there is something wrong with me."   It means you are on your way to being better.   We do not make mistakes on the basis of race or color.   We make them because we are human.   When we acknowledge our errors and face up to our shortcomings, no one can use them against us.  Let us not be afraid to admit when we are wrong.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Confidence


"The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel, which means God with us." Isaiah 7:14


Christmas means we should have confidence in God! This year, read the Christmas story out loud with your family, especially, children or grandchildren. The story is in the second chapter of Luke or the first and second chapters of Matthew.

The Christmas story gives us confidence that God did, and does, break into history and into human lives in transforming ways. Think about it: Mary was young. Elizabeth was old. Zechariah doubted. Joseph wanted to make the whole thing go away and get on with his life. King Herod hoped it wasn't true. But, in the midst of all of that human drama, God was determined to make Christmas with us. That's the first and best part of our confidence, God is determined to be with us! It should give you a smile to know that God is exerting God's self to be with you.

The truth is, we are nobody, really, that God should want to be with us. But, God does want to be with us! Jesus' birth tells the whole story. And because God wants to be with you, now you can be sure that you have real worth. Because of my worth in God, now I have real confidence, a confidence that endures through the changes of life; a worth that the world can neither give or take away. You can have Christmas every day of the year when you finally realize that.
 
(Originally posted December 2010)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our Situation & The Real Meaning of Peace

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others ... for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.                 ~ Albert Einstein 





The Real Meaning Of Peace
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?

"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."  ~ Author Unknown

Friday, November 18, 2011

Your Comfort Zone


Create a soft place to land in your home a refuge from the stress of the day.

Our day-to-day demands can quickly take their toll on our well-being if we are not vigilant about caring for ourselves as best we can. One way we can ensure that we have an opportunity to relax and recuperate each day is to create a soft place to land when we arrive home. This landing pad, whether it is an entire room or merely a small corner of a larger area, can provide us with a safe and comforting refuge in which we can decompress and recover from the day’s stresses. There, we are enveloped in feelings of security that transcend other issues that may be unfolding in our homes. Our landing pads also act as way stations that enable us to shift our attention away from our outer-world concerns and back to our inner-world needs.

To create a soft place to land in your home, begin by scouting potential locations. Or perhaps your entire home is your landing pad in which case you may only need to declutter. Your habits can often provide you with insight into the perfect spot, as there may be an area of your home you gravitate to naturally when you are in need of comfort. Any space in which you find it easy to let go of stress and anxiety can become your landing pad. A basement or attic, spare room, or unused storage area, furnished with items that soothe you, can give you the privacy you need to unwind. If you appreciate the elements, you may find that spending time in a section of your garden or outdoor patio helps you release the day’s tensions. Preparing these spaces can be as easy as replacing clutter with a small selection of beautiful objects that put you in a relaxed frame of mind. Remember to consider noise and activity levels while choosing the site of your landing pad. If you know that ordinarily human commotion will distract you from your purpose, look for a secluded spot.

The soft place to land that you create should inspire within you the mantra, “I can breath here. I can relax here. I know I am safe here.” When you return to your home after braving worldly rigors, you will feel a subtle yet tranquil shift occur inside of you as you settle in to this most personal of retreats and feel centered once again.

"Inspirational Me"

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Greatness Inside You



Life is a gift enfolded with happiness as well as darkness.  There is a light at the end of every tunnel; the sun returns after every storm.  The essence of goodness of life is felt when we lift ourselves out of the darkness and appreciate the good things in life especially the stars in the darkness for they shine brighter if only we look.  It is essential for every individual to wrap themselves with positive thoughts, for it enlightens the relationship with family and peers, with YOU.  Surround yourself with strong bonds, center yourself, BE your own best friend too. True happiness is felt in giving, in sharing. Listen to your soul, your instinct, that gut feeling.  Follow it when it nags at you.  Though money can aid in plenty of things that would make your life more comfortable and luxurious, you cannot find contentment until your heart rests into authentic happiness.  Stop searching OUT there and look within the storm of greatness inside you.

~ Courtesy Inspirational Me ~

Monday, October 10, 2011

Authenticity


Nobody knows the mysteries which lie at the bottom of the ocean. 
- Yoruba Proverb

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Your body is 50 to 75 percent water.   Like the ocean, you are a mystery of buried treasures.   The deeper you are willing to go, the greater are the treasures you will find.   Your mind is the only equipment you need.   The sharper your mind, the greater the depths that will be revealed to you.   Never allow anyone or anything to limit your mind since your mind feeds your emotions.   The emotions of your heart will keep your dreams afloat.   If you can feel it, the world must reveal it.   When you take time to breathe consciously, stilling the motion of the mind, you can take a plunge into the deepest resources of your soul.   Take a plunge within yourself to find the joy, strength, peace, freedom and love you may be seeking in the shores of life. 

Look within the ocean of yourself to find the treasure of life.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Challenge


The determination to outwit one's situation means that one has no
models, only object lessons. 
- James Baldwin

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If you are facing a challenge in your life, before asking someone else what to do, remember what you did the last time.  Nothing is new in life.  Everything has been said or done by you.  It may look different.  There may be new people involved.   It may even feel different, but it's not.  The key is to recognize the lesson.  Ask yourself,  "What am I learning in this situation?"   Is it patience?   Peace?   Forgiveness?   Independence?   What am I feeling right now?  Have I felt it before?  What did I do then?  Remember, no one can learn your lessons but you.  And the best teacher you will ever have is experience.


We are divinely guided at all times and we know exactly
what to do.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Faith


Faith without work cannot be called faith.


Faith must inspire action. It alone cannot be verbal. Mental faith is insufficient. Faith is not believing, trying or hoping. It is knowing by which you do. Faith develops endurance to face the trials without our being tempered to stop. Faith produces doers. Those who understand fewness of words, greatness of deeds are a measure of true faith. Faith is obedience to the urgings of the spirit, the porthole through which all things have their being. Faith controls the tongue, soothes the head and stifles the urge to complain. Faith produces patience. Your life is the only true measure of your faith. Your words and actions determine the fullness of your cup. If there is anyone or anything of unworthiness in your life you must ask yourself, "To what am I giving my faith?"


Can we put our faith in only those things that produce good for us?

Friday, June 3, 2011

You Can Do Anything You Choose to Do


Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; hungry before you; frightened before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; yet someone survived. - Maya Angelou


What do you do when it seems as if people want to stay in their pain? They have a story to tell and they tell you every chance they get. It may get to the point that they become so entrenched in their pain that they stop looking for a way out. Well, believe it or not, they may like where they are. Our job is to leave them there. You can point the way out of pain, but you cannot force them to get out. You can support the move beyond their limitations, but you cannot make the move. Movement requires learning from painful experiences by recognizing the role we have played. If we continually tell the story without drawing a conclusion, we become the victims of the drama of pain.

We can do anything we choose to do!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Abundance

Know your friends and then you prosper.
- The Maxims of Ptahhopte
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Abundance has absolutely nothing to do with how much money you have. Abundance is about feeling rich and having rich feelings. Abundance is rich relationships, rich experiences, a rich mind and rich ideas that provide you with a sense of meaning. To understand abundance is to create what you want without fear. Abundance is knowing the glass is always half full no matter what is going on. Abundance is feeling good about who you are, where you are and what you have because you realize you don't have to stay there. When your mind is an abundance of ideas, when your hearing is an abundace of love, when your life is a abundance of good people doing good things with you and for you, you are rich beyond words. Abundance begins in mind, extends to the deeds and brings rewards you can bank on even if you cannot put them in the bank. Our abundant sources are unlimited.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stations of the Cross

Our God is a God of life and being. I can only imagine how it must have been for those people long ago who rejoiced when Jesus came to their city and cried, "Hosanna!" How their hearts swelled with good will and how happily they threw their hats in the air. I can imagine, too, when I look within, how the good will fades, and the rancorous ill will grew into the cry, "Crucify him!"

How capable are we of swinging from praise to denial, from singing to despising? We are not always steady and sure in what we want in our lives and our loyalties.

Yes, we can rejoice when it is time for rejoicing, sing when it is time for singing, and praise when it is time for praising. We can also be grateful that when we forget our Heavenly Father and follow less worthy inclinations ... He does not forget us.

How many times have we been brought back by Him from our erring ways only to be grateful that He did? That His love is as persistent as it is? Let us seek more of a flavor of that kind of love in our lives so that we can be more open to others, more creative and responsive to the beauty and splendor that life can afford.

Since God refuses to give up on us, let us pray that we will refuse to give up on ourselves.

As we move toward the celebration of the great, glad news of Easter, let us lift up our hearts and our whole lives. I've included in this post something I find a meaningful meditation as we enter Holy Week. I hope you do as well.


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Friday, April 1, 2011

Purpose

There are four rungs on the ladder of success: Plan Purposefully, Prepare Prayerfully, Proceed Positively, Pursue Persistently.

- African-American folklore


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In everything you do, have a purpose. Make sure the quality of your intent is one of truth, honor and love. Prepare to pursue your purpose with prayer. Ask for guidance, protection and direction. Ask that closed doors be opened and that the purpose of those that remain closed be revealed. Give thanks for your answered prayers by proceeding without any doubt. Keep your purpose in mind, trust the guidance you receive, have faith in your ability to suceed and accept all that comes your way. If your purpose is clear, your prayers backed by faith, your outlook sure and positive, never, never look back. You may meet forks and turns in the road, but your obstacles shall all be removed.


Plan with a purpose, prepare with a prayer, proceed positively and be persistent of your goal.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Peaceful Warrior

I ain't gonna study war no more ....
- African American spiritual



Let us insist on peace today turning out minds away from war. There is war in our hearts, minds, body organs and words because of the fast pace in which we live. Yet for today, let us lay down our weapons, insisting that peace be the light and the way. Let us know today that we are spiritual beings, programmed for peace and love. Let us teach by example, demonstrating peace in everything we say and do. Let us know that it does not matter what others say or do. Let us think peace, speak in peace, knowing in our hearts that like will draw like. Let us know we are bound to become that which we study, so let us study peace and love and truth. If we commit ourselves to just one day of peace it is bound to feel so good, we will want to do it again. Let us be able to say - I AM a peaceful warrior.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mission Minded


Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect and make everyone else deal with you the same way. -- Nikki Giovanni
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Many of us live day to day without a sense of purpose. We want more out of life, but we can't seem to put a finger on exactly what it is. We believe our fate is due to lack of career, money or the freedom to do what we want. Actually, what we may be longing for is a personal mission. When you have a mission, you have a core passion that gives you vision. With the vision of your mission, you move gracefully through your goals. When you have a mission, you wholeheartedly embrace a task and you remain focused until the task is done. When you have a mission, you feel valued, worthy and respectable. You manage to keep your head up and others notice you. What is your mission? Is it teaching, healing, painting, driving? Perhaps it is building snowmen, counting pea pods or keeping others on their mission. Respect your life enough to pursue a meaningful mission. Respect yourself enough to give yourself something to do. Be mission minded and focus on a goal.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Abundance


Know your friends and then you prosper.
- The Maxims of Ptahhotpe

Abundance has absolutely nothing to do with how much money you have. Abundance is about feeling rich and having rich feelings. Abundance is rich relationships, rich experiences, a rich mind and rich ideas that provide you with a sense of meaning. To understand abundance is to create what you want without fear. Abundance is knowing the glass is always half full no matter what is going on. Abundance is feeling good about who you are, where you are and what you have because you realize you don't have to stay there. When your mind is an abundance of ideas, when your hearing is an abundance of love, when you life is an abundance of good people doing good things with you and for you, you are rich beyond words. Abundance begins in mind, extends to deeds and brings rewards you can bank on even if you cannot put them in the bank. Our abundant source is unlimited.