The Brave and Heroic


In her book, Passionate Presence, Catherine Ingram quotes from the Bhagavad Gita:

If you want to be brave, look at those who forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.

If you are having a reading day, may the words you read inspire your thoughts. Happy Saturday.

Wishes Fulfilled



“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.” This is a quote by Richard Bach, author of Jonathon Livingston Seagull, a great weekend read. May all your weekend wishes come true. Happy Saturday.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - eBook - By: Richard Bach

 

It’s All In Your Mind


How many of us have had this sentence pronounced on us after disclosing a thought or ailment. Well, it turns out it is true, whatever it is is all in our mind.

Many books convey information on the subconscious mind and I, for one, find it fascinating. More than once I have read that the subconscious mind is an obedient servant and whatever we tell it, it obeys. I gleaned this from a book in 1984 “…the subconscious mind has no sense of humor. It cannot take a joke. It does not chuckle in amusement if we make such statements as , ‘That’s a real pain in the neck!’ On the contrary, to the subconscious mind, an order has been given and, like any good servant, it goes about its business to achieve the goal to which it has been assigned…in this case, a pain in the neck.”

My late husband constantly complained about everything being a pain in the neck and he suffered from chronic neck pain. I read the above passage to him one evening and suggested he try to stop telling himself that everything was a pain in the neck.

Well, he really tried to heed this advice and it took some time but his neck pain was gone.

Someone else constantly complained that everything was a pain in the — (backside). This person died of painful colorectal cancer.

Our minds are truly an amazing part of our being, and learning more about our subconscious mind can be extremely helpful in living life to a fuller extent.

 

 

 

The Worth of Wisdom


If wisdom is worth thinking about, it is worth having. Wisdom goes beyond being smart, intellectual, and/or knowledgeable. Wisdom is the sum total of all of these and yet is only available to those who recognize this fact. The following was gleaned from Psychology Today online:

Wise people generally share an optimism that life’s problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn’t sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development.

The Bible speaks often and well of wisdom:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1;5 NIV

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, Proverbs 3:13

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; Proverbs 4:5

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10

For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11

 

And then there is the age old adage: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Whether or not you place much stock in this verse, it is wise to consider the worth of wisdom.

 

A New Page in the Book of Life


Each day is a new page in the book of life. Many words may appear on the page but only a few will be meaningful. There are so many instances in which we have to pick and choose our words in order to keep peace in a relationship, make the most of a bad situation, and use words of encouragement when needed. It is up to us how we are going to fill each new page so that any particular day in the book of our life will make a good read for us and those with whom we share our lives.

It is also good to not only write our daily page but to read the pages of others who have gone before us, such as Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Perls (1893-1970) who wrote this as perhaps one way of dealing with relationships strained to the limit:

I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.

And then there was this by American Theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971):

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

This one recently caught my eye in Harry Belafonte’s memoir, My Song:

“Not everyone can be who you want him or her to be.”

Whether we are writing our own page, or reading that of another, each new page in the book of life is a challenging experience. It should not only be written well, but lived well, and make good reading for all whose lives touch ours.

 

And People Are Listening


This morning I read a wonderful post by one of my favorite bloggers, Katie. She writes about how a former professional baseball player spoke in church about his relationship with the Lord, and how he could never do the things he does without God’s hand in every part of it; that God get’s all the credit for his talents and gifts.

Katie went on to write that we must never fear people’s reactions to our words of love for the Lord, and we must never shy away from giving glory to God for everything he has blessed us with. She says we are urged to share the Word of God with others. We are compelled to spread His teachings whenever and wherever we can. She says to speak up for the Lord, speak your heart. Those who are willing to truly listen will know you are speaking His truth and will be blessed by your words. Katie tells us that this young man speaks proudly of his great faith and love for the Lord. And people are listening.

Wow! Thank you, Katie.

In my book, My Precious Life, my first thanks goes to God. Without him this book would not exist. Guaranteed!

The feedback from sales of the book is very encouraging and I would like to share, in part, two of the many comments that have come to me.  The first comes from the UK where a gentleman wrote a review on Amazon.co.UK: “I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Wonderfully uplifting and a ‘makes you feel good’ life story. Thanks for sharing this with us.”

And this came via email just last night: “Dear Patricia, I have just finished reading your wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down!! I admire you for writing it but more than that I was touched, saddened and encouraged by all that your life represents. Your very firm faith shines through each chapter. I know this book will have a positive influence on many readers and will point them to God.”

That last sentence is key. It is why I wrote the book.

“Wonderful book” and “I could not put it down” are the most repeated comments. It makes me smile–and I think God might be smiling too.

As I said in one of my other blogs, “To God be the glory, great things he has done….”

Once again, My Precious Life can be found online at Amazon or ordered at your local book store. People in my little corner of the world can get it directly from me.

Thanks, Katie, I hope you don’t mind my sharing part of your blog today. 🙂 It is just so apropos!