FOR THE DEEP THINKERS :


SOME WORDS TO LIVE BY :

Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.




SUCCESSFUL PRAYER :

Pray for the strength to get through the crisis.

Pray for understanding that will lessen the pain.

Pray to forgive another rather than dwell on harms done.

Pray for courage.

Pray for guidance.

Pray for faith.

Pray for renewed self-confidence.

Pray for renewed self appreciation.

Pray for support and the wisdom to recognize and receive it.

Be grateful for the answers to such prayers.

Gratitude itself is a form of prayer, a great receptivity that attracts blessings.

"Thy will be done" is the HIGHEST form of prayer.





FOUR QUESTIONS :

There are only four questions of value in life :

What is sacred ?

Of what is the spirit made ?

What is worth living for ?

&

What is worth dying for ?

The answer to each is the same...

Only love.





OUR DEEPEST FEAR :

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson © 1992





FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND :

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”

- Mary Stevenson © 1984





PEACE OF MIND :

Several years ago the sociology department of Duke University did a study on "peace of mind." Several factors were found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability, they are:

FORGIVE...... Rid yourself of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.

FORGET...... Live in the present. An unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression.

ACCEPT LIFE...... Don't waste time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it.

STAY INVOLVED...... Force yourself to stay involved with the living world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional stress.

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES...... Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune.

BE OLD-FASHIONED...... Cultivate the old-fashion virtues -- love, honor, compassion and loyalty.

BE REASONABLE...... Don't expect too much of yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable.

GO OUTSIDE YOURSELF...... Find something bigger than yourself to believe in. Self-centered, egotistical people score lowest in any test for measuring happiness.




QUOTES :

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.

- Gandhi

Do not commit any unwholesome actions, Accumulate virtuous deeds, Tame and train your own mind.

- Shakyamuni Buddha

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I want a world where people are respected for the ease and warmth of their melting... rather than the strength of their walls.

- Clint Weyand

The reasonable man adapts to the world around him. The unreasonable man expects the world to adapt to him. Therefore, all progress is made by the unreasonable man.

- George Bernard Shaw

Choose empathy over logic.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

- Aristotle

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

- William Saroyan

He who cannot howl will not find his pack.

- Charles Simic

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

- Buddha

I know nothing except the fact of my own ignorance.

- Socrates

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While there's life, there's hope.

- Cicero

The life which is unexamined is not worth living.

- Plato

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons,
heaven or hell.

- Buddha

Two roads diverged in a wood and I --- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Careful the things you say
Children will listen.
Careful the things you do
Children will see
And learn.

Children may not obey
But children will listen
Children will look to you
For which way to turn
To learn what to be.

Careful before you say
"Listen to me"
Children will listen...

Careful the spell you cast
Not just on children
Sometimes the spell may last
Past what you can see
And turn against you.

Careful the tale you tell
That is the spell
Children will listen.

- Lyrics from "Into the Woods", Stephen Sondheim

Fortune favors the brave.

- Virgil

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

- Arun Gandhi

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

- Antoine de Saint Exupéry,
"The Little Prince" © 1943 (et al)

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.

- Buddha

A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.

- Goethe

Everybody screws up... that's what happens. It's what you DO with the screw-ups, it's how you handle the experience. That's what you should judge yourself by.

- the WB's "Gilmore Girls"

Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

- Paramount's "Vanilla Sky"

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

- Aesop, "The Lion and the Mouse"

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

- Buddha

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.

- Lao Tzu

Nothing endures but change.

- Heraclitus

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

- James Thurber

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

- Buddha

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

- Confucius

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

- Aesop, "The Old Man and Death"

If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.

- Abraham Lincoln

The universe is vast and we are so small. There is really only one thing we can ever truly control... whether we are good or evil.

- MGM's "Stargate SG-1"

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

- Martin Luther King Jr.,
Accepting Nobel Peace Prize,
Dec. 10, 1964

Don't use your head right now... your head is confused; and don't listen to your heart... your heart is fearful. Listen to God. Be still and know that He is near. Let God tell you what to do.

- "Touched By An Angel"

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.

- Christian Fürchtegott Gellert

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me
To make me less afraid, more accessable.
I choose to risk my significance
To live so that that which comes to me as seed
Goes to the next as blossom
And that which comes to me as blossom
Goes on as fruit.

- poem written in response to 9/11
CBS's "Without a Trace"

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Actions have consequences, and to be in denial of that is to be disengaged from the laws of the universe...which renders you powerless and vulnerable to an inordinate amount of pain

- CBS's "Joan of Arcadia"

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

- Bertrand Russell

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.

- Elbert Hubbard

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.

- Unknown Author

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

- Buddha

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground

- Unknown





BUDDHA SAYS :

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.




LOVE IS :

Love is long suffering and kind.
Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently,
does not look for its own interests,
does not become provoked.
It does not rejoice over unrighteousness,
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

- 1 Corinthians 13:4