Merry Christmas everyone! Today is Christmas, a time for people to be with their families and dear friends as they relish the time together on this day of reverence and remembrance It’s also a time where we reflect on the year that is coming to a close and when we make promises to ourselves to make the next year better than the last. I encourage you to make the effort during this most cherished time of the year to be a better person who makes a difference in other people’s lives. To be a person who takes better care of them self and cares for the ones you love just as much as you care for yourself. And mostly to become a person who lives a life beyond reproach and encourages others to live their life with zest and zeal, kindness, joy, and vigor.
Here is something to think about as you ponder what you can do to change your life for the better. My advice to you is to live and love in the NOW. The truth is found in the moment NOW and is soon forgotten in the mad dash for NEXT… planning, hoping, worrying, dreaming, leaving the truth unnoticed when it is right NOW to be had in all its glory and wonder.
“Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially if it is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery… It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man.”
~ Passage from Life of Christ
Perhaps the most difficult thing for people to do is live a life that is full of moral courage. Most people aren’t even courageous at all let alone possess the kind of courage that makes powerful people think twice about how effective their kind of courage is. Do your best to increase and improve yourself in such a way that you are known by all people for your moral courage. With it, you’ll be able to make life around you so much better. Maybe to those around you, you’ll be considered a kind of superhero. Super (Moral) Courageous.
Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.
“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”
~ Louis Nizer (1902-1994) American Lawyer
Religion is many things to many people. It’s what you want it to be no matter what god you believe in. The most important religion is the one that leaves a good impression on others. One that motivates people from any ethnicity to listen to their soul instead of their flesh. If your religion makes you a better person who serves others, is concerned for others, cares for others and desires to make the world a better place, then that is the best religion. As long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, then you are living an honorable life that is moralistic and humane. Go live your life with love and honor, because it’s a gift. Share it with someone today!
“It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”
~ Elbert Hubbard
How much time do you spend looking for your own abilities to improve yourself compared to the time you spend looking for the abilities in others? Those who are close to you can inspire you more than you can inspire yourself if you just let them. Even those who aren’t close to you can inspire you as well, so it’s better to look for the abilities in others so that you may improve your own abilities through the understanding and appreciation of their abilities. Incorporating other’s abilities into your life will increase your capabilities. And being more capable makes you more stable and able.
“Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can’t prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.”
~ Jesse Herman Holmes
Beauty in Nature
Have you ever stopped to realize that the things we desire and chase the most in life are things that we can’t even see. Real beauty is only found within us. Truth is never known. Love, creation and friendship are manifested only when acted out in a physical presense. All of them are abstract and really left to individual interpretation. Regardless of what we think of them, they are truly the most important things in our lives. So, as you live your life seeking material things that you can touch, see, smell and feel, you must realize that they won’t bring any real lasting satisfaction. Remember that sometimes it’s the things you can’t see in life that matter the most.
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Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)
“Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of
misfortune, or temporary defeat.”
~ Napoleon Hill
“What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.”
~ Wendell Phillips
Make a mistake and consider yourself more educated. Smart people learn from making mistakes. Mistakes are nothing more than something not going exactly as you or someone else had planned. Since life and humans are not perfect, we must accept our imperfections in the form of errors, mistakes, sins, etc. Remember, if you’re not making mistakes in life, then you’re not trying hard enough. The biggest mistake in life is to not admit you made one.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:
“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Live each day to its fullest and never be a slave to money or anything else that sacrifices friendships, health, love and life’s simple pleasures. These are the very things you will remember the most at the end of your life – NOT how much money you have or how popular you are. Live and love for today and in the moment!
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