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You have the power!

“You don’t have the power to make life fair, but you do have the power to make life joyful.”

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing what you can and can’t change in your life will allow you to mature into a person who can understand the nature of power and its dynamics. Proper power potentially profits people perfectly.

How do you know when you are rich enough?

Portrait of Lao Zi (Lao Tzu)

Lao Tzu

“To know you have enough is to be rich.”

~ Lao Tzu

Are you rich because you have lots of expensive clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry, a fancy car and money in the bank? Or are you rich because you have a happy, sincere heart; friends and family who love you; good health; a smart mind; and a clear conscience? I have known many financially rich people in my life in America and in China but none of them could ever buy love, happiness or health with all their wealth. I would rather be rich in my heart than with money. Some of the “richest” people in the world are the poorest ones. Are you rich enough?

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!