Thoughts…

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One of the most difficult decisions we have to make in life… whether it is about a job… a relationship… or a dream… is when to try harder… or when to just walk away…

There are some people… who radiate so much love… you feel grateful… they share the same world with you…

If someone asked you to list all the things that you love… how long would it take your name to appear on the list…?

We can’t always avoid all the negative people in our lives… Just think though… If you had $1,000 dollars and someone took $5 dollars from you… you might be angry for a moment… but it would not ruin your entire day… There are 1440 minutes in a day… don’t let someone’s 5 minutes of negativity… ruin the more than 1400 other minutes you have left to enjoy…

The strongest people… are not only the ones who struggle with public battles… they are often the ones who are struggling with private battles… we know nothing about…

To the world… you may be just one person… but to those who love you… you may be one of the most important people in the world… Today would be a good day… to tell some of them… you feel the same way about them…

One of the best ways… to get a clue to someone’s character… is to listen to what they say… about other people… behind their backs…

Sometimes we still have to remind ourselves consciously… not to be overly affected by the opinions of others…. The ability to let go of our need to be liked… even if it sometimes requires a titanic struggle… is one of the greatest changes we can make in our lives…

Some say… what you “think”… is more important than what you “feel”… but I believe that “feelings” are more real and more powerful… Our thoughts can be manipulated… but our feelings are more likely to be grounded in truth… Never deny feelings… The mind… is a creation of the world… it can only perceive what it can embrace and understand… but the heart… the soul… knows otherwise… If indeed… “the future has an ancient heart”…it is the soul that knows the future… because it is rooted in ancient understanding…

I hear often… that loving or caring for someone can sometimes be painful… I think… Loving and caring is not what hurts… they are beautiful and generous emotions… but they must be offered without a requirement… that we get the same amount of love and caring in return… What hurts is not the love we share… but the unsatisfied expectations we have of an “equal” return… It may seem unfair… but real love asks nothing in return…. If we can learn to give love without “expecting” a return… perhaps we can stop the “hurting”…

The struggle to be yourself… to be who you really are… does not end with insights gained by knowing yourself through introspection… The struggle only ends… when life presents you with opportunities to demonstrate by your actions… who you really are… Until you begin “speaking” and “acting”… in a way that says “This is who I am”… you will continue to be misunderstood…

The human heart has a weakness… it can cause you to ignore common sense… and it can lead you to believe what you “hope” is true… when deep down… you “know” it is not..

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Going along with what the crowd thinks… has only one real benefit… it relieves you of the terrible burden… of thinking for yourself…

Don’t change who you are because someone doesn’t like you… You might spoil it for that person… who will come along… and love you just the way you are…

It seems to me… the best and most reasonable solution to almost every problem… is always the one… that is the kindest and most compassionate…

I will never understand Einstein’s Theory of Relativity… nor will I ever understand why some women fall in love with idiots…

Never rely solely… on “telling” someone that you love them… the words alone are meaningless… unless you wouldn’t need to say it… for them to know…

Telling someone you will love them forever… is an empty promise… Forever does not exist… and I don’t think anything lasts forever… You should love them… for as long as you have them… for as long as you can… You should love them every moment of every day… because you don’t have forever…

Whatever you have planned for today… wherever you have to go… I wish only that my prayer for your success… gets there in the same moment that you do… have a great day…

Never play with the feelings of others… When you play games with someone… you may win the game… but you will certainly lose that person…

In the game of love there can be two losers… you and me… or one winner… us!

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Acceptance… means that we can be who we are… just as we are… and though there may be… a need for growth and improvement… we are not forced to do more than our best… we do not have to be someone we are not!.. It means that the people who say they care about us… give us a feeling of self-respect… a feeling that we are worthwhile… They make us feel… they are happy that we are… who we are… and that we are welcome to be ourselves…

Spring… I love this time of year… life is reasserting itself… It is a time of rebirth…Easter celebrates the risen Christ…and our world steps out of winter… Maybe… for some… God had them meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one… so that when they finally meet the right person… they will know how to be grateful for that gift… Maybe we have to make a few wrong choices in order to see the right ones more clearly… but now we can start anew… it is time to dream whatever you want to dream… go where you want to go… be what you want to be… because you have only one life and one chance… to do all the things you want to do…. Let’s get busy…

Regardless of how powerful the attraction in a new relationship may be… the initial excitement will fade… and there had better be something else… something more lasting… to take its place…

I’ve learned… that sometimes… it’s not “what” you have in your life… but “who” you have in your life… that matters most…

There is no failure in life… or in love…. except in no longer trying…

Whenever you think of yourself as inadequate… incomplete… weak in some way… You are being influenced by what is called the “scarcity principle”… and it affects all of us…. When we believe that something is missing in us… that we are not attractive enough… not smart enough… not desirable enough… we tend then to look for those missing things in others… For that reason… we often fall in love with others seeking what we feel we lack in ourselves… There can be no greater mistake than that… for real love is incapable of asking for anything… love wants to give… not receive… but if we feel incomplete… unimportant… we try to enhance our lives… by seeking external approval… external possessions… and external “love”… but the “You” that God created… isn’t incomplete… and “needs” nothing… You are already complete… safe… loved… and loving… you only need to look for opportunities to share what you have… not get something more… No one else can complete you… God has already done that…

It Occurs to Me…

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It seems to me:

We must acknowledge… the balance the Universe insists on… and be thankful.

We must appreciate… the love others share with us… and be grateful.

We must acknowledge… the sacrifice our forebears… have made for us… and know how blessed we are.

We must be able… to look at… all the violence and anger around us… and know it cannot enter our hearts… unless we let it.

We must understand… that the pain caused… by others… was not really personal… they are merely living their lives… the best they can.

We must learn… it is impossible… to seek pleasure through the body… and not expect… to sometimes feel pain.

We should know… the world we perceive… is only a dream…. what we see often reflects… only our own internal frame of reference… the dominant ideas… wishes… and emotions in our minds.

We should understand… that God so loves us all… that He need not forgive us… because He has never condemned us.

First strive to understand… then ask to be understood…

When someone complains to you that life is hard… Ask… “Compared to what?”

Worse than breaking a promise… is trying to stay true to a promise… someone else broke… long ago…

It may seem easier… to build a lie… that gets you through the day… than to face the truth that haunts you through the night…

A rule of thumb:… Never put yourself in a position… to be harmed by the truth…

Why is it?… no matter how bad our memory is… we can always remember… the things we wish we could forget…

Nothing makes us look more ridiculous… than the pretense… that we are something… we are not…

We are all going to make our share of mistakes… so stop blaming yourself for being human…

The thief thinks everyone steals.. the cheat thinks everyone cheats… the liar thinks everyone lies… the untrustworthy expects everyone else to be unworthy of trust… People will tell you who they really are… if you pay attention to what they say about others…

Finally… we should take a moment… each day… to appreciate… that no matter how difficult life may be… each new breath we take… is a blessing from God.

Thinkers…

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstein

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”

– Sigmund Freud

“He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.”

– Michel De Montaigne

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

– Henry van Dyke

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

– Mother Theresa

Falling in love is not a choice… staying in love is.”

– Unknown