“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” (Neale Donald Walsch)

Thought of the Day

Quotation Celebration

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I realize it’s more than two weeks before Thanksgiving. At least in the United States. But it’s never too early to be thankful. So let’s take a look at this quotation on gratitude. 

Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is an American writer, known best for the series of books he began publishing back in 1995 entitled, “Conversations With God.” Not only did the first book spend nearly three years on the New York Times Best Seller list, but the success of the other books in the series has been no less than extraordinary. Though I don’t intend to discuss the theology of Walsch, the way these books came about is remarkable. 

Walsch experienced a number of tragic losses in his life back in the early 1990’s. He lost all his possessions in a fire, his marriage ended, he lost his nearly 30-year career, and he was in…

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Who am I?

Who am I?

Who am I? A Poem by Darlene Wiggers

Who am I?

Do you really know me?

Do you dare to come near?

You may think I am aloof or arrogant.

But I may be easily misread.

The layers of my onion may fool you.

Will you dismiss me too quickly?

But I may be good for you,

As I am an acquired healthy taste.

Who am I?

Do you really know me?

Do you dare to come near?

I am the roaring sound of a seashell,

Holding memories of long ago.

Do you have the time to hear them?

Will I open up to you?

I may touch you with my stories.

Am I worth the time to you?

Who am I?

Do you really know me?

Do you dare to come near?

I am the fragrant scent of a rose,

Nursed by the summer sun and the rain.

My heart is true and authentic,

But I see that not all hearts are.

So, I have grown thorns to protect me.

Who are you? Will I trust you? Will I let you come in?

Who am I?

Do you really know me?

Do you dare to come near?

I am a hidden gem in my oyster shell,

Sometimes overlooked.

My value is appreciating,

Just like the weight of gold.

Will you take the time to culture me?

I just may climatize to you.

Who am I?

Do you really know me?

Do you dare to come near?

It takes much more time to know me.

You may not “see” me even at second sight.

When I am scared,

I am protected by my turtle shell.

But when I am strong,

I pop like a beautiful firecracker.

Will you miss me in the blink of an eye?

I have so much to offer.

Do you have the patience for me?

It’s your loss, if you walk away,

I know I am worth more than just a few tries.

The Healing of the Pause

Inspired by R is for Remember That Silence is Sometimes The Best Answer – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

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The Healing of the Pause

In the hustle and the bustle,

And all the noise of your life –

The answers to your questions

Never ever come to light.

Hear the whispers of the wind

In the struggle and the strife?ThehealingPause

Feel the ripple of the waves,

Or the rustle of your mind?

Stop reacting to the racket.

They don’t own you –

You’re in charge.

Choose to listen to the peace.

Choose to shut it all out.

Sense the freedom of release,

Sense the sway of the rhythm.

As there’s a message in a bottle.

There’s a song in that sound.

Still the madness

For a moment.

Heed the calmness

To be found.

The key is in the silence.thehealingofthe pause

Let go and lose yourself.

Be open to the remedy.

Be present just this once.

The cure is in your range.

Inhale the breadth of this instant

Receive the healing of the pause.

The Healing of the Pause

 

The Quality Of Your Breath

Inspired by Q is for Quality Not Quantity In Anything You Do – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

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Too much, yet never enough.

Overkill.

Too little, survival is threatened.

Extinction.

Running on empty, yet going nowhere.

Consumed.

Too slow, almost standing still.

Boredom.

Too many choices, overwhelming.

Too few, unmotivating.

Too many people, but few you can count on.

Lost.

Too few, but not for long.

Measure twice, cut once.

Value in moderation.

The quality of your breath.

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Practise Makes Perfect – NOT!

Inspired by P is for Practice Makes Perfect – DALAI LAMA -LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND MAKE IT A MASTERPIECE

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First off, it’s NOT about being perfect. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying you don’t need perfectiondestroysto practise. Even the pros continue to practise, because as it is said, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” But perfection is an ideal, and an ideal is not only for the most part, unreasonable, but it is also static. As things are always changing, to survive, we must also adapt to those changes. Ideals don’t allow for this. Instead, we need to look at it as a model and be prepared to make changes, if and when necessary. We set ourselves up for failure when we aim for perfection. We need to practise to get better, not perfect. We need to strive for excellence. We need to do the best we can do – NOT perfection.

If you strive for perfection, you can caught up in a whirl wind of thinking that you are not good enough. Give yourself a chance and realize that PerfectNothingit’s not meant to be perfect the first time you attempt something (or any other time). Don’t let yourself get paralyzed with the fear of not being good enough before you even begin! No matter how slow the progress is, you are still moving forward (“One step forward, two steps back” may be slow, but it’s better than being stuck and not moving at all.)

You are your worst enemy, if you believe in perfection. If you do make a mistake, no – correction – when you make a mistake – own up to it. After all, you are human. At that time, I’m sure you did what you thought was best, considering the circumstances. Perhaps the time in question wasn’t picture perfect (as it often isn’t). All you can do is make the best out of your current situation. Don’t keep replaying the event – “Why did I do that? I should have…I wish I had…” Don’t beat yourself up. Hindsight really is 20/20. And you can’t go back and redo it now, anyways.

If you did the best you can do, you need to let it go and move on. Let yourself be satisfied, and let yourself move on. And don’t let this discourage you. Nobody likes to make striveforprogressmistakes, but you set yourself up for failure when you expect perfection on your first attempt (or any attempt). Ease up – it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not only part of the process, it’s a progression. That’s right – you’re making progress even when you make a mistake! The important part is what follows: stick with it, learn from it, and try again!

worthitYou will need to have many practice runs before you’re excellent at something. But stay focused. And remember, it’s okay to seek guidance. You’re not expected to be an expert when you’re new at something. It may take longer than expected, and that’s okay (But, again, don’t overthink things – know when to let it go and move on.) You may also have doubts when you find it really challenging, also expected (Nothing worth having, comes easy). But in the end, you will come to realize that it was worth the struggle.

Rather than focusing on perfection, just be your true authentic self. Be in the moment, feel it, and it will fall into place. It will feel right. There may be certain steps you have bepresentnotperfectstudied, but at some point you need to let go of that because it’s already part of who you are. You know what you’re doing now. Trying to remember that text book example exactly step by step is counterproductive now. Get over it! Not only that, there’s theory and then there’s application. That’s right – sometimes a curve ball is thrown at you and you need to deal with it – just follow your instincts and do the best you can. Remember, everything is in a state of flux and things are always evolving. We, too, always need to adjust and rise to a new level of excellence.