If I have a fear of being alone, I shouldn't demand that people give me their attention. If I have a fear of financial insecurity, I shouldn't demand that rich people give me their money. If I have a fear of public opinion, I shouldn't demand that people give me their respect. Why not? Because it's wrong & it's never gonna happen... that's why! Fear comes from inside, not outside & therefore, the solution comes from inside as well. The goal for today: ask God to remove my fear, rather than asking the world not to scare me! Have a great day everybody!
"Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee" ~St. Augustine. This quote, properly interpreted, says that peace & contentment will elude me when I'm not doing what my heart wants me to do. If I feel like life has me stuck in a rut, then the only solution is to follow my heart out of that rut. The best way to restore peace & contentment is to search our hearts... find out what God put us here to do... & do it! The goal for today: follow my heart... it will lead to contentment! Have a great day everybody!
We live in a world that has come under the insane belief that the only person that should matter to me... is me?!?! I should love "myself"... forgive "myself"... & help "myself"... I should "look out for #1" first & foremost?!?! I tried that for 20 years & it drove me to the brink of suicide! I guarantee that loving others first is the only way to love yourself... that forgiving others first is the only way to forgive yourself... that putting the welfare of others ahead of your own will save your life. The goal for today: you first... me last! Have a great day everybody!
"We needn't always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering" ~Anon. I suffered for nearly 20 years & the learning & growth that came from that suffering has been powerful & profound... but I'm done learning everything the hard way. I can learn from my past mistakes... I can learn from others mistakes... I can seek the Truth prior to having a major problem & maybe avoid it to begin with. The goal for today: don't wait for trouble... seek, find & voluntarily follow the Truth! Have a great day everybody!
"Eventually we will realize that all people are to some extent spiritually sick & frequently wrong. Then we can approach true tolerance & see what real love for our fellows actually means" ~Anon. Everyone on Earth is selfish, resentful, dishonest & afraid, to a lesser or greater degree (myself included). And if we can remember this when we act inappropriately or wrong each other, then we can be understanding... rather than angry. The goal for today: take the time to understand each other... for after all, "it is by understanding that one is understood" ~St. Francis of Assisi. Have a great day everybody!
Depression is remorse over things that have happened in the past... & anxiety is fear of what might happen in the future. Both can be very troubling conditions... however, both can be simply & easily resolved by learning how to live in the present. Here is how I live in the present: I ask God to direct my thinking... I spot, admit & correct my selfishness, resentment, dishonesty & fear as quickly as possible... & I constantly look for people to help. The goal for today: trust God... clean house... help others! Have a great day everybody!
Each & every one of us holds our own destiny in our own hands. It may seem as though the world & it's people are conspiring against us & trying to beat us down, but the only way that others can control your destiny is if you let them. I intend to be happy today, no matter what! I intend to be helpful to others today, no matter what! I intend to take the time to see the true beauty in ALL of the people, places & things in my life today, no matter what! The goal for today: don't just intend... do & fulfill your own destiny... no matter what! Have a great day everybody!
Sometimes people say that my ideas aren't realistic... but they are. The things I write about are very possible! People have been putting this stuff into practice for thousands of years. They aren't always easy & I certainly don't practice them perfectly... but they are absolutely possible. None of us have to be angry, scared or hurt. None of us have to be depressed, anxious or miserable. Whether we believe it or not... we can be happy no matter what anyone says or does. The goal for today: let's tell ourselves the Truth about who controls our feelings! Have a great day everybody!
"We came equals into this world, and equals shall we go out of it" ~George Mason. True equality has nothing to do with money, power or prestige... it is a matter of heart. We all have equal access to inner peace & happiness. We all have equal ability to give love & compassion. We all have equal right to think & feel however we choose. We didn't bring material prosperity into the world with us & we won't leave with it. If I don't feel equal... I should start looking inside for equality. The goal for today: true equality! Have a great day everybody!
I recently had to renew my drivers license & as the gentleman at the DMV handed me my new license he said... "Your veterans designation stamp is on your license... & thank you for your service." It's hard to put into words the feeling that comes when someone says that. I didn't enlist to get thanks & praise, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a great feeling to hear that "Thanks". The goal for today: know that vets aren't looking for a pat on the back... but give them one anyway! Thank a vet today! Have a great day everybody!