How can we forgive those who do not want to be forgiven? Our deepest desire is that the forgiveness we offer will be received. This mutuality between giving and receiving is what creates peace and harmony. But if our condition for giving forgiveness is that it will be received, we seldom will forgive! Forgiving the [...]
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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, [...]
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better [person]. ~Benjamin Franklin
“In the old days it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukka’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas! or Happy Hanukkah! or (to the atheists) [...]
A friend of mine forwarded this story to me about an old man on Christmas Eve. It is much longer than what I would normally post but if you have the time it is a new take on the “Night Before Christmas”. If you read to the end you will see that it is a [...]
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire, If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something For it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for your limitations Because they give [...]
This video is a bit longer than what I usually post but if you have 12 minutes this is well worth your time. At age 108, Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer still practices piano for 3 hours every day. At age 104, she had a book written about her life: “A Garden Of Eden In [...]
Regular friends who drop by the website know I like to share the collective wisdom from many different sources. Here is a short video that provides wisdom about wisdom.
I was musing on All Saints Day about the possibility that we are all saints. It seems Henri Nouwen wondered about similar possibilities. We often limit the Church to the organization of people who identify themselves clearly as its members. But the Church as all people belonging to Christ, as that body of witnesses who [...]
The trouble with, “A place for everything and everything in its place” is that there’s always more everything than places. ~Robert Brault Check out Robert’s saysing at his website: A Robert Brault Reader where he encourages us to “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big [...]
Posted in The Wisdom of... on Oct 29th, 2012
I tell you this, and I tell you plain: What you have done, you will do again; You will bite your tongue, careful or not, Upon the already-bitten spot. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960 Additional wisdom from Mignon: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” “Anything you [...]
For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one. -‘. Erma Bombeck
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon – the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it. ~Lord Byron