Thursday, December 27, 2012

Who Will Be There for the Strong?

Sometimes the strong die, too!
- Louise Gossett, Jr.
Are you one of those people who is always there when somebody needs you?   You know just what to say, exactly what to do to turn the worst situation into a conquerable challnge.   Everybody calls you.   Everybody needs you.   You are, after all, strong enough, smart enough, tough enough to make it through anything and everything.   Well, who do the strong go to?   Who do the strong lean on?    Where do the strong go when they are not feeling very strong?   When you set yourself up to be an anchor for everybody else, you jump ship yourself!   The need to be needed, the illusion that without us things would not get done, is actually the way we escape ourselves.   The strong have needs.   The strong have weaknesses!   Sometimes those needs are so deep and painful that, rather than face them, the strong run away.   When the strong take the weight of the world on their shoulders, they eventually break down.   The question is, Who will be there for the strong?  --- Take time for you, to do for you the same things you do for others.    

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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."