Archive for January, 2014

The Holy Man

Word spread across the countryside about the wise Holy Man who lived in a small house atop the mountain. Legend had it that a simple meeting with him brought great enlightenment.

A man from the village, who had many problems, decided to make the long and difficult journey to visit him.

When he arrived at the house, there was an old servant inside who greeted him at the door.

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“I want to see the wise Holy Man,” he brusquely demanded of the servant.

The servant smiled and led him inside. As they walked through the house, the man from the village eagerly looked around, anticipating his encounter with the Holy Man.

Before he knew it, he had been led to the back door and escorted outside. He stopped and turned to the servant,

“But where is the Holy Man? You have done nothing but lead me through the house. There is no one here. I have been deceived. I want to see the Holy Man!”

“You already have,” said the old servant. “Everyone you may meet in life, even if they appear plain and insignificant…see each of them as a wise Holy Man. If you do this, then whatever problem you brought here today will be solved.”

“It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that make them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
William Blake

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“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Author unknown

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Shortest Speech by Bryan Dyson

Former CEO of Coca-Cola

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. They are Work, Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends, and Spirit – are made of glass.

If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.”

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends, and have proper rest.

Value has a value only if its value is valued.

Thank you to my friend Bob Farese for sharing this speech.

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What I’ve Learned

“Tomorrow comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

 John Wayne

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What I’ve Learned

  • I’ve learned that we don’t have to change friends if we understand friends change.
  • I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
  • I’ve learned true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
  • I’ve learned you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
  • I’ve learned our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
  • I’ve learned that it’s taken me a long time to become the person I want to be.
  • I’ve learned you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
  • I’ve learned you can keep going long after you think you can.
  • I’ve learned we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
  • I’ve learned either you control your attitude or it controls you.
  • I’ve learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
  • I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
  • I’ve learned money is a lousy way of keeping score.
  • I’ve learned my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
  • I’ve learned sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up.
  • I’ve learned sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
  • I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
  • I’ve learned maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.
  • I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
  • I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
  • I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
  • I’ve learned you shouldn’t be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
  • I’ve learned two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
  • I’ve learned your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don’t even know you.
  • I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
  • I’ve learned the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

Author Unknown

Thank you to my friend Albert Livingston for sharing this with us.

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This is My Wish for the New Year

It starts with you and me. In this year ahead, may we all improve our ability to see in each other a mirror of our own humanity.

When we look at any other human being, regardless of their race, religion, age, sexual orientation, income level, or cultural background, may we see…

Our own hopes for a good life for ourselves, our children and a future that is safe and secure…

Our own fears of rejection, being hurt, losing control, looking foolish, making a mistake…

Our own needs to fit in, be respected, wanted, accepted, and loved…

Our own wants to be valued by someone, to feel important and be heard…

Our own dreams for a nice place to live, time with friends and family, and an easier life…

This year, I am committing to consciously build connection between myself and the people I know and meet, to focus on our similarities and not our differences, to seek to understand those who look, live, and act differently than I do, and to proactively seek out ways to grow within myself to expand my awareness of the richness in diversity.

Will you join me?

 Thank you to my dear friend Jim Kiske for this banner.

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