All individuals who have attained the highest of levels generally have cultivated the essential mental habit of optimism. Without optimism, life loses its lustre and hardships appear at every step of the way. This is an essential life habit.
Today, write down the seven best qualities of individuals who you admire and post this list by your bed. Then, each morning as you rise, focus on a new quality which you will strive to implement during the day. After one week, you will notice small differences in yourself. In one month, these traits will become firmly embedded. After two months, all those important qualities will be yours.
You have as many reputations as you do acquaintances as each person you know thinks differently of you. What should truly concern you is your character. You have full control of this and this is what you must develop, refine and cultivate. Once your character is strong and vigorous, then all else that is positive will follow.
Consider yourself as an orange. Only what is really inside can come out. If you fill your mind with thoughts of serenity, positivity, strength, courage and compassion, when someone squeezes you, this is the only juice that can flow.
Our lives have been described as a parenthesis in eternity.
We are but a small blip on the stage of the Universe.
As we can take nothing with us when we leave, then the real meaning of our existence must be to give and serve others.
Keep this in mind. When you wake up early in the morning, repeat the mantra: “I will serve others today, I will care for others today and I will be kind today.” This kind of living will bring you huge returns if you stay on the purpose of aiding others rather than on the outcome of personal gain.
Be known as an innovator at your place of work. Sit down over the next week and write out ten suggestions for your supervisor as to how to improve the work being done and the quality of the workplace itself. Be known as an idea person willing to discover challenges and tackle them with zest and enthusiasm.
Laugh at yourself.
Keep open the windows of your mind.
Try to go through one full day without saying “I”.
Focus on others.
Listen to others and you will learn wonderful new things as well as gain friendships.
Spend one hour a day in full silence except in answer to direct questions. Even then, answer directly and without extending the conversation unduly. We, so very often, talk around subjects and repeat ourselves. This ancient Eastern exercise will not only build your will-power but develop clarity and precision of language which is essential for effective communication.
Study the following evidence of high character:
• Precision & clarity of thought and speech
• Refined and gentle manners
• The power and habit of introspection
• The power of personal growth
• The power to achieve your goals & dreams
“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. People grow old only by deserting their ideals and by outgrowing the consciousness of youth. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul… You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope young.” – Dr. L.F. Phelan
Explore the healing powers of Chinese herbal medicine and similar Eastern strategies for maintaining a state of perfect health (consult an expert at all times and take a formal course on the subject to gain powerful insights into this most useful area of healing).
Be certain to organize your time around the true priorities of your life. As Stephen Covey has noted: “it is easy to say no when there is a deeper yes burning within.”
Slow down your pace of life. In this complex age, we are running our lives at a frantic pace. Focus on what is truly important and start undertaking activities that will slow you down and rekindle the natural, calm within us. Sit in the grass and watch the blue sky for half an hour – at first, it is not as easy as one would think and the urge is to get up after only a few minutes of such useful relaxation. Once you are used to a healthier pace of living, with regular periods dedicated to the simple pleasures of life, every other activity will become more efficient and enjoyable.
Try eating only fruit and milk for a full day. Fasting is a powerful success strategy of the East that millions use regularly to maintain peak health and mental clarity. By trying this simple practice every few weeks you will notice a surge in your energy level and a lightness in your walk. Big meals require a significant amount of energy that could be better directed toward more productive pursuits.
Value your spouse’s laugh and keep your partner’s picture close by your work desk for inspiration and pleasant thoughts throughout the day.
If you are married, have your partner’s initials and your own engraved on the inside of your wedding bands along with the date of your marriage. This is useful not only in case the rings are lost but to provide you both with personalized keepsakes that may be passed down to successive generations.
The mind is like a garden – as you sow, so shall you reap. When you cultivate it and nurture it, it will blossom beyond your wildest expectation. But if you let the weeds take over, you will never reach your potential. What you put in is what you get out. So avoid violent movies, trashy novels and all other negative influences. Peak performers are meticulous about the thoughts they allow into the gardens of their minds. You truly cannot afford the luxury of a single negative thought.
Do a hundred sit ups a day and do not break this habit. Strong abdominal muscles are very helpful to ensuring that you enjoy peak health and injury free days. They also maintain your appearance and confidence level.
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Consider purchasing a pocket organizer which may prove to be an excellent tool for scheduling, recording your commitments and keeping the responsibilities of your life in fine order. One can be purchased at a reasonable price.
Browse second-hand bookstores every few months searching for lost treasures of character-building books. You will find gems on public speaking, improving your habits, time management, personal health and other important subjects for low prices. Some of these older texts are the very best and come from an age where every young person was under an obligation to develop discipline and good life habits regularly.
Read The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol. It will allow you to release the powerful forces which most certainly exist in your mind but may presently be untapped.
Be known as someone with a cool head, warm heart and great character. Your presence on this earth will long be remembered.
It has been said that doing something for others is the highest form of religion. Every week, out of the 168 hours available, spend a few in service to others. Many say that such selfless service soon becomes a key focus within their lives. Give your time at a seniors home or to needy children. Teach someone how to read or offer to give a public lecture on the subject of your expertise. Simply take action and do something to leave a legacy.
Fill your home with bright, fresh flowers. This is one of the best investments you can make. Let the sounds of great music, loud laughter and good fun fill the oasis of your home.
Get to know and enjoy your neighbors. They make life more pleasant and can provide helpful resources when you least expect it.
Recognize the power of mantras and the repetition of positive, powerful words. Indian yogis have employed this technique for over 4000 years to live tranquil, productive and focused lives. Create your own personal mantra which you can repeat daily to enhance your character and strengthen your spirit.
When the breath is still and strong, so is the mind.
Use the following visualization from time to time. Sit in a quiet place and picture that you will be on the earth for only another day. Who would you call, what would you say and what would you do? These questions will give you some important insights into what outstanding actions you must endeavor to complete.
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Ja! This poem gives a translation – with a few embellishments, OF COURSE! “THE TAO” a poem November 1, 2018: All Saints Day (The Day of The Son of God)
I wish you to feel – ever so safe!
May-your-safety-be – in the arms of this waif,
Encircling-you-in-safety, but NEVER restricting,
This is my wish! And our Love is inflicting,
It’s soft touch of Death, on All Saints right now,
Our Love is so perfect;
OUR LOVE I S THE TAO! 🙂 – Wow!
THE CONTENTED HEART! page 68: “THE DIVINE JOKE is when you discover what IT is, but THEN discover – it is beyond description, so no one will KNOW that you discovered it! SO! Don’t do IT for the sake of sharing it with others! Do IT for YOU!” The Mystic Poet
Montana reunion rib cage damage from climbing over fence
Austin – anti-depressants from Steve – Houston
Forced to take meds in Dallas – DEAL: go to Japan, get treatment
Going hysterical in principal’s office – Wharton
in Little House – 3 stints of isolation – boredom, drugs (pills – injections),
Falling into fear & depression after “comebacks”
Numerous STRANGE settings, away from home, alone, unsure what to
do – drug pusher in Houston apartment; toothless man under blanket on
couch; Circle K co-worker
Near drowning at Elkhorn – pulled out by mom.
Pool in Vancouver – coins
Missing bus from school – Vancouver
Missing bus & getting on wrong one – gong to school
Day after day – Austin – Alpine – some hope to hopeless (switch)
WHICH OF YOU KNOWS THE FRAGRANCE OF A ROSE?
All of them knew.
WHICH OF YOU CAN PUT IT INTO WORDS?
All of them were silent.
So, it’s NOT: Those who know, should not say,
necessarily, although it may keep you from being
a silly willy, but it is Those who know, CAN
NOT SAY . . . & Those who say delude themselves
IF they THINK they can express what they know.
THERE IS NO JUDGMENT THEN really. That makes me happy – or relieved
“DEFYING DESCRIPTIONS!” a poem All Saints Day Thursday Nov. 1, 2018
I won’t take a label! For I’m ONLY ME,🤐
And-I’M-NOTHING-to-boot – just-you-wait, Dear – and see!
I wanna surprise you – I’m NOT who/what you think!😁
I’m much more than that* – so SOMETIMES I STINK!! 😮
And sometimes – my perfume! It-wafts-up to-The-Throne,🙄
Then Angels will cry: “THAT ONE?! What’s (s)he sown?😮
Who is (s)he NOW? What has (s)he done?
WE-CAN’T-LABEL-HIM(her) – This is so much darn FUN!😁
We’re here and are sitting – on the edge of our seats!!😶
WHAT ENTERTAINMENT! What next? of his(her) feats!”🤗 (mum knows that you naughty boy) 😉
“I AM – What I shall be – the DIVINE ________**,
Who’s ALSO – some _________*** ” – Let’s hear an AMEN!!
I’M WHAT I SHALL BE! Not what you (might) expect,
But I’ll keep you “in stitches;” I AM – The Elect! 🙂 – Ho, ho, ho!
* – AND much less than that!! ❤
** – Feminine! or Masculine! or Homonym!
*** – depending upon your last “insertion,” try: FELLOW, SHEILA, BOBBLE-HEAD, et al
“EXITING THE LOADED GAME!” a poem a.k.a.: “My Rules! Your Rules! Our Rules! All Fools!” November 1, 2018 – Thursday
“WE SET THE RULES! YOU DON’T!
We’re gonna win! You won’t!
We have been playing – a long, long time!!
We are AUld School – we don’t have to rhyme,
‘Cause OUR RULES RULE, so you better sit back,
And we’ll give you a lesson in-the-humility that-you-lack,
‘Cause WE PLAY ‘RIGHT;’ WE PLAY TRUE,
We got ALL the cards! If you only knew!
Follow OUR standards, or else you’ll lose,
And even if you follow-them – well, WE GOT NEWS:
For YOU – Yea-we’ll-set-we’ll-set-we’ll-set-the-bloody-rules,
AND – we’ll change ‘em too!!!! (pause) Especially-during-’duels,’
When it SEEMS like we’re down, by a point or two;
Don’t worry! WE’ll win! We won’t be blue!
But, WAIT! Where are you going? Come-on-now!-That’s-not-NICE;
It breaks OUR RULES if-you-leave! (pause)
What’s this slice?
Of humble pie – that you’re jamming down,
Our ravenous-throats – Come-on! Don’t be a CLOWN!
Don’t stop our play – Don’t leave the place!
We NEED you here – IN “THE COMPETITORS’ SPACE,”
‘Cause IF YOU DON’T PLAY, HOW CAN WE WIN?
OMG! You’ve (got) THE MIDDLE FINGER!! Under our chin!” 🙂 – Yup!
Indonesia Warns Australia: ‘Mass Rallies’, Boycotts if Embassy Moves to Jerusalem 😜😜😜
Australia has been warned that any attempt to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would risk a backlash in Indonesia including “mass rallies” and boycotts of Australian products.
Canberra announced the move earlier this month as a sign of support for the only free democracy in the Middle East. However a Human Rights Watch researcher warned on Tuesday that Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, will not look favourably on the matter.
Andreas Harsono, an Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, told SBS News he predicted “mass rallies” and “massive traffic jams” around the Australian embassy in the capital Jakarta if the plan was implemented.
“Of course, the protests will be aimed at Australian embassies, consulates, Australian companies,” he said.
Israel has already applauded the Australian intention to move its diplomatic presence, a sign of the warm relations between the two countries:
Mr Harsono said Muslim groups in Indonesia view the push for Palestinian “statehood” as a “lightning rod” issue and would push the Indonesian government to respond.
“Politically, Palestine is becoming a lightning rod,” he said.
“Palestine is becoming a cause – campaign material – easily used within many, many Muslim organisations. Not only the radical, but also the moderate ones. If it is about Palestine, their position is more or less always similar.”
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains unmoved by the threats of a backlash, confirming Monday that Australia is a soverign nation that makes its own decisions on world affairs.
He said the determining factor in the decision would be Australia’s national interest.
“Australia will always make our decisions on our foreign policy based on our interests and will do that as a sovereign nation,” Mr. Morrison told reporters.
“We will listen to others but Australia will always make decisions about our foreign policy on our terms and in our interests. I have always put our interests first and that is how the decision will be made.”
He said a final decision on the policy had not yet been made by the government, and he said “proper process” would be followed: “But let me stress, Australia decides what our foreign policy is and only Australia.”
The United States officially relocated its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, attended the ceremony.
Mr. Trump promised to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem during his 2016 presidential campaign and announced the decision to proceed last December.
Some of Judaism’s holiest sites are located in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem; the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron; and Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.