Small things

Be faithful in small things because it is in them your strength lies. – Mother Teresa

Love

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while living someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu

Keep Going

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

Faith

There are times in our lives when the walls feel like they are tumbling down, and we are drowning in the storm. It is hard to have faith and remain strong when we take one step forward and stumble five backwards.

Yet in order to reach the distance, to finish a task, we must continue to put one foot in front of the other. It is only yourself that can take you out of the depths of despair. It is only yourself that can save you from the wrath of destruction. You must do what is right. You must learn to forgive and move on.

You have heard that it is said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. – Matthew 5:39-42

It is not for you to judge and cast the first stone (John 8:7). During hardship, it is up to you to figure out the lesson.

Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process. -Sai Baba

Let the light shine

I started Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day meditation challenge. Yesterday’s focus was I am a radiant spiritual being. Throughout the course of the day I found it fascinating how a few different people touched my life. It seemed as though a slight glimmer of light and encouragement shone through the chaos of my life. It was enjoyable to take a break from fixing our home to enjoy time with family and friends on the weekend. As one counsellor I spoke with told me, you still need to make room for fun. Without breaks, and without moments of fun, burnouts and downward spirals can occur.

As I was pondering on what to write about this week, light seemed to be my focus.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him. – Luke 8:16-18

Sometimes in our darkest hour we may find a light. It may lead us down a path. To what that path may have in store for us, or where that path may lead us, we cannot always control the direction it may take. We do have a choice to follow said path, and we have a choice to veer from the path. Yet if it is meant to be, the universe will find a way to steer us back in the right direction.

It is in life’s challenges where we learn our greatest lessons. It is our greatest lessons that strengthen us to who we are. We can choose to sit back and have everything taken from us; or we can choose to be grateful for what we have been given.

Namaste. Amen.

Hard Knox

“I get knocked down, but I get up again, ain’t never gonna keep me down…” – Tubthumping, Chumbawamba

Sometimes you need to take a hard knox approach to life. If life knocks you down, you need to get back up and start living again.

To take a more zen like, compassionate approach to life, if someone does you wrong, you need to bite your tongue and move on.

Stop dwelling on what cannot be unchanged. Stop holding a grudge. Be grateful for the little bit of help you do receive, even if you have to re-do the work to your standards.

Move on, move on, move on!

“Don’t look back, you’re life is not going that way!”

Happy Friday!

I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars, and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans¬†who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.¬†– Insight from the Dalai Lama

Go out and find your happiness this weekend! Happy Friday!

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