Being Open Minded – You Can Rise No Higher Than Your Lowest Opinion of Another

Children need food and water. Their survival depends on that. But they also need recognition, acceptance, and love. Their emotional health depends on that. Just as plants that are insufficiently watered wither and die or have their growth stunted, children who are denied sufficient love grow up wounded. Their wounds hurt. Unless they learn how to heal themselves, they will …

Becoming Better – We have within ourselves an innate need to grow

He who stops being better stops being good (Oliver Cromwell, 1599 ~ 1658) We have within ourselves an innate need to grow. We want to become more than we are today. Simply put, we want to become BETTER human beings. When we are confused about how to become better, we may find ourselves wanting to own more possessions or earn …

When we appreciate beauty we can create it

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror (Kahlil Gibran) It’s the end of a long day and you step into a hot bath. Suddenly your mind and body tingle with pleasure. Doesn’t it feel great to be alive? Sure it does, but why wait until the end of the day to cleanse and refresh yourself? We live in …

Awakening to God-Fish are unaware of the ocean in which they live

There was once a wise and holy fish who preached to the others, saying, “We live in an Ocean of Love. Behold how it protects and sustains us!” At first the fish were thankful, but soon they took their good fortune for granted. For whether they remembered or not, they still were cared for. Although their eyes were always open, …

Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but a fire to be kindled

Did you ever dream of becoming an author? Well, guess what? You are! You are the author of your life. It’s exciting to realize how much power you have. But there’s a price for that power. The price is called RESPONSIBILITY. Here’s what I mean. If I’m unhappy with my present situation, I have no one to blame but myself. …

Our aspirations are as important as life itself

Man partly is and wholly hopes to be (Robert Browning) Unlike the animal kingdom, which is content to BE, we are driven by an urge to BECOME. Become what? The poet Robert Browning (1812 ~ 89) described it as a desire to become COMPLETE. Like a car without gasoline, something is missing. Like that car, we need to be filled …

Don’t waver, but savor the favor

Branko Copic (b. 1915) was a Bosnian-Herzegovinian writer well loved in his homeland, which was formerly known as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His children stories, novels, narratives, and poetry touched the lives of many. One day in 1984 he called a friend to ask a favor. “Why don’t you come over so we can chat?” “I’m sorry, Branko,” his …

Asking Empowering Questions – A Penny for Your Thoughts

You probably heard the expression, “A penny for your thoughts…” Isn’t that an offer that is far too little to hear the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of our friends? For if we were to listen carefully to what they have to say, I’m sure there is a great deal we can learn. How about YOUR thoughts? How much are they …

The only way to learn what you can get is by asking for what you want

“Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.” These words of Christ express a natural law; mainly, the world responds to those who ask. Percy Ross (1917 ~ 2001) describes this profound fact in more playful terms, “The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes.” If …

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

You have heard people say, What goes around, comes around. But have you given that saying much thought? It is actually a modern way to express ancient wisdom. The Old Testament stated it this way . . . they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. (Job 4:8). At least 50 years before the birth of Christ, the …