Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

What’s growing in your garden?

“As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Becoming a good “farmer” in life is important for your well-being. You need to know which seeds to plant and how to care for them after they have grown if you want a satisfying life. If you plant seeds of love, you will bear fruits of friendship. From these friendships, you can nourish your own garden and while helping others who need nourishment. So, start planting many seeds today!

The tantalizing tongue

“Words elicit emotions, use them wisely!”

~ James Filbird

All throughout history, in religious writings and in literature books, it has been written about how wise, powerful, mean, sweet, wicked, poisonous, attractive, tantalizing and tasty the tongue can be. It perhaps is the most dangerous part of who we are as humans. Remember to tame your tongue. It’ll make you more attractive.

What is in you?

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

~ Walt Emerson

The kind of person we are to others should be more important to us than what we do in life for ourselves. What we end up doing in life is born from who we are at the core of our being. If you are a good-hearted person, you’ll do good things for others. If you’re selfish and insincere, you will only take from others and most likely not have any meaningful friendships. Choose to live a happier life by helping others live a happy life. It all starts with what is in you.

What is love? It’s the act of placing another person’s interests above your own.

Below is the very best description and definition of what love is to me. It is taken from the Bible in the “Love chapter” found in Corinthians I:13 and reads like this:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,  it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Love, such a complex word to fully understand, yet something that is desired more than anything in life by all who are human. We are born from it, live by it, marry into it, and sometimes die for it. We can never really learn the true meaning of it unless we have had the good fortune of seeing it first-hand in our lives growing up. Unfortunately, few people are lucky enough to have been born into a family environment that fosters a life that is based on this type of love. Additionally, everyone is subjected to life in a world that is not fair, true, or based on real love. Instead, we are taught to be selfish, greedy, possessive and independent. Knowing this, how can real love ever have a chance in this world? Does real love conquer all? If so, when and how? I don’t know. I wished I had the answers to these questions so I could share them with you.

What I do know is that the reason why real love is unattainable is that many of the requirements of this kind of love are very difficult to achieve and maintain. For example, when was the last time you forgot when someone did something wrong to you?; or the last time you kept moving forward in the face of adversity and pain?; or always wanted to do the best for others and not for yourself?; or always told the truth to your friends and/or your lover? When was the last time you were true to yourself, let alone to others?

Now you can see why real love is so hard to attain even though we are all able to obtain it if we really want to. What must be done to bring forth this kind of love to all? I believe we must start with giving children a proper and sincere example of love – from both their parents and extended family. Then it should be practiced by all: fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, cousins, best friends, husbands, and wives. Try your best to consider others before yourself and always have hope and happiness in your heart so that you can encourage others to live a life based on this kind of love. Peace and love to you because love never dies!