“The moment you asked for forgiveness, God forgave you. Now do your part and leave the guilt behind.” —Joel Osteen
I sat with the stars on the hill of life
And looked at the world below.
I ran with the winds where winds begin
And followed them where they blow.
I lay by the sea on the beaten rock
And rode on the farthest wave,
I watched by a child on its night of birth
And followed it to its grave.
And love in the still of the star flecked night,
When earth was all strewn with gold,
Has lifted my heart like the chords of a song
Oft sung in the worlds of old.
And although I have not understood all this,
Made up of a laugh and a wail,
I think that the God of the world knows all,
And some day will tell the tale.
We are each a seed.
We are each a blossom.
We are each a flower.
We are each a tree.
We are each in need of tending, pruning, and love,
from others and our self.
Friend, speak to me of you.
Speak to me of others who have loved you.
You have spoken to me of God.
– —Paul Mark Sutherland
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Assuring and inspiring words from Shervin Hojat, a modern-day man of wisdom.
Have you met the man who had a huge fortune
and always felt poor?
Have you met the man who could recite all the names of God
and never felt God in his heart?
Have you met the man who has read all the books on love
and never allowed love in his life?
Have you met the man who gave wonderful lectures on world peace
and never felt his peace within?
Have you met the man who fed the hungry
and never felt and fed his own hunger?
What is the value of a great book
if it cannot be internalized?
Path of heart is different from that of mind.
Mind pushes you to think, verbalize and do:
a human doing.
Heart pushes you to feel and be:
a human being.
Take off the mask!
Use the knowledge of your heart.
It never lies to you.
Feel, be alive and conscious
through your heart’s path.
Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame once said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” While I’m certain there are plenty of second, third, and so on, most important things a father can, and should, do for his children, I believe that the good Father Hesburgh has it correct.
Often, it’s easy for us to fail to see just how much of a positive, or negative, affect our personal attitudes, words, and behaviors, can have on our children, spouse, partner, or other loved ones, however subtle we think they may be. “It’s my life; I should be able to feel and express myself the way I want to.” Of course we can, but that doesn’t mean we should.
Desmond Tutu said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” I know, I know, sometimes we’d like to ask God why he couldn’t have given us a different family. But, maybe we just haven’t seen or realized the value in each of them…not yet anyway. Regardless, the fact remains, our family is our family, and it’s up to us, not to them, to be a caring and loving family member. We have no control over another’s actions. The only person each of us has control over is our self. Remember Gandhi’s words “you must be the change you wish to see…”
Here are three gifts you can give to your family this holiday season that won’t cost any money. They are bound to appreciate them a lot because the three gifts that you give to them will turn you into a loving…and loveable, family member. After all, wouldn’t you like for each of them to become a loving and loveable family member for you?
Live life. Laugh lots. Love forever. When you give these three gifts to others, it’s guaranteed to bring them joy. However, the person who will benefit the most is…YOU.