Quote Tuesday

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Your way is good for you, but not for me.
My way is good for me, but not for you.  

~Swami Vivekananda 
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Just This Moment

Hours ago I was relishing the beautiful day here in the Texas Hill Country. The melodic chorus of wind chimes and birds, roosters crowing, dogs barking and the distant sound of children playing fill the air. For once, I was in the moment, right there and no where else. Listening, feeling, sensing the world around me. Why, I wondered, is this not a common occurrence? Simple, because I, and I am certain that I am not alone, spend inordinate amount of time ruminating about the past or wondering about the future. Our thoughts of the past are replete with “whys.” Why did I do this? Why did I say that? Why? Why? Why? The future is no different. When this happens, I will ________ (fill in the blank)? What if this? What if that? All of these musings take us away from what is right in front of us–this very moment. As I typed this sentence, countless precious moments have passed by like the rush of the wind, irretrievable and lost forever. So whatever you are doing and wherever you may be, just stop, and smell the roses. Remember, as Babatunde Olatunji reminds us, “yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” Live it. Don’t let it pass you by.  Blessings. 

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Quote Tuesday

I cannot claim to have unearthed this beautiful quote.  It came to me by way of an intent on the website Intent.com. http://www.intent.com/ For those of you not familiar with the website, 

“Intent is a community where members can share their dreams and aspirations, and receive support from others. This is your online destination for turning your intention into tangible action, and inspiring others to do the same.” http://www.intent.com/about-intentcom.

It is an on-line refuge for anyone wishing to share their thoughts, dreams and aspirations in a positive, supportive and caring environment. The site also offers the opportunity to lend  support and encouragement to others as they travel on their own journey.  I find that the old adage, “it is better to give than to receive” to be true in this instance.  For me, by supporting another’s intention, I am increasing his or her’s chances that their intention will be realized. Furthermore, in doing so, I am acknowledging our oneness with the other.

Among its many definitions, “support” is defined as  to “give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage.” http://goo.gl/3zyJ8 Intent.com offers such support and more. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. http://www.intent.com/

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Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds.This life is a great chance. What seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. See for the highest,aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.
-Swami Vivekananda


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"From the Desk of God" Redux

As I was reviewing my past blog articles, I came across this post from last year.  I’ve read the attached memo time and time again, but it never loses it appeal for me.  With each reading, I feel a burden being lifted from my shoulder as I trust in a power greater than my own. Once again, I trust that you too might find whatever solace or inspiration that you seek within these words.

One of my go-to web sites is www.wisdomalacarte.net, and I mean I go to it every day either via Facebook, Twitter or web. The articles are wise, well-written, informative and gleaned from the best of the best by Daniel Foisy and his partner. One day, long after it was originally posted, I came across the article that I’ve posted today. The article was literally an answer to my  very fervent prayers, as I found it soon after I learned that I had an embolism in each lung. I was scared, worried and filled with a dread unlike any that I’d ever known. This anonymously written article, along with the passage of time, significantly allayed my worries, fears and dreads.  

For those of you whose “God” comes in some other form, I urge you not to, as they say, throw the baby out with the bath water. Simply substitute your higher power in place of God. I believe that either way, you get the message. Enjoy!

From The Desk of GOD
Effective Immediately:

Please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already gave you the 10 Commandments. Keep them. But follow these guidelines as well…
Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to me. And, although my to-do-list is long, I am, after all, God. I can take care of anything you put into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

Once you’ve given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.
Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.
I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me – OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend.
I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?
You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.
Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.
As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only – to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!
With all my heart, I love you,
Author Unknown, http://j.mp/d7Zebv

Blessings and love,