People often say they are too depressed to do the things they want to do. But sometimes it’s because they haven’t done the things they want to do and have allowed their lives to stagnate that depression begins and gradually builds over time until the depression seems to be the cause of the inertia in their lives rather than the result of it.
The problem with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, etc. is that we go out of our way on these particular days to be considerate, loving and grateful. And then the next day we revert back to being thoughtless, inconsiderate, unloving, taking our loved ones for granted, and being caught up in ourselves. As long as we relegate selfless acts of gratitude and love to a handful of days a year we can be sure that our world will continue to be a mockery of the heaven on earth it could be. Bottom line: Take time every day to find ways to enrich the lives of others. Take time every day to love ye one another. http://forgivetowin.com
The problem with many people who profess to be devout worshipers of their religion, whatever it might be, is that they fanatically and zealously worship their God, their Guru, their whatever, but don’t worship the message. They don’t apply the principles in their lives. They don’t walk the talk, they don’t practice what their religion preaches. A tragic mistake that gives religion a bad name and doesn’t move humanity forward, towards greater compassion, communication and cooperation, which is the ultimate purpose of religion in the first place.
Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.
The world needs forgiveness. The world needs each and every one of us to practice forgiveness in some form as best we can. Even if we are not able yet to turn the other cheek… Even if we are not able yet to bless our enemies… Even if we are not able yet to treat others as we wish to be treated… Even if we are not able yet to forgive and forget… Even if we are not able yet to let go of judgments, prejudices, resentments, grievances and jealousies…. It behooves each and every one of us to do the best we can today and every day to dislodge even a smidge of our anger and judgment by extending a forgiving thought to another. The world won’t become a better place with bullets or other forms of magic. It requires you and I making a conscious effort to extend compassion, acceptance and forgiveness despite any unwillingness to do so.
I am a junior in high school. I have been practicing a Chopin etude for a year. I got a first place in the Northern Indiana School Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Association competition. I am now at the state level where I have been watching and listening to the best piano students in Indiana. It’s my turn, and I know that the worst thing I could do is to have a memory lapse. I have just finished the first page, and I stop cold. I can’t remember anything to even get started again. The only thing I can do is start completely over, knowing that the best I can do now is get a 3rd or 4th place on a scale of 1st to 5th. What am I going to do?
My goal now is simple: make music. I did. I came back, and not only got a 1st with the best points possible, the judge’s comment card came back with a single word on it. The word Bravo was double underlined with an exclamation point!
The memories of this experience and others like it have sustained me through the worst times in my life. That judge taught me that errors can be not only be forgiven, but forgotten.
Our dreams may be messages from our subconscious mind helping us to process information and resolve conflicts. The people who populate our dreams may be symbols of things we need to understand, learn or remember.
There are so many things we put off for another day. Take a moment today to think about these things. Decide to put at least one of these things into action today. Consider the possibility that when you surprise yourself by doing something different, the universe may return the favor.