After a couple of decades on this planet, many years of soul searching, and studying the "self," I feel that I am finally closer to knowing myself which ironically seems to be a journey which tells me that the more I understand myself, the less it is that I know. I now can say I have truly felt the difference between the deepest agony of the human condition and the highest state of joy. I know from my own experience that the main difference that lies between "you" and "me" is just a feeling, a feeling of being separate, isolated, lonely, lost, versus a feeling of being whole, connected, at home, and loved. I think most people, if not all, live with a kind of homesickness, a sweet nostalgia which they can't quite put their finger on as if they were once in a place that they can't quite remember but desperately, somehow, want to get back to. The mystics have said for over a millennia that in existence there ... Read Full Story >>
My 9-year-old daughter and I were flying from our home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to spend a week with my husband in Miami, Florida. Mike had been in Florida for five months working for an internet start-up company. We were excited about the trip because we had seen him only five times in five months, and Kallie missed her Dad terribly. As usual on the Charlotte-to-Miami flight, the plane was totally full. I had noticed a troop of Boy Scouts at the gate and commented to my daughter that if anything happened, we would be OK with all those Scouts on our flight! Little did I know.... Because we did not get our boarding passes until we arrived at the gate, Kallie and I could not get seats together and were separated by the aisle. That wasn't such a big deal, except that Kallie was nervous about the trip and had counted ... Read Full Story >>
Eyes are two gifts to you. It is your choice what to see with them.
Your Voice is a gift to you. It is your choice what to say with it.
Thinking is a gift to you. It is your choice what thoughts to carry with you.
Life is a gift to you. It is your choice how to live.
The power of our gifts lies in our ability to give them
You have a gift that is waiting to be unwrapped inside you. If you begin to just open it, maybe somebody will one day find that they are alive because you shared with them the gift you found within you.
Once a 10 years old kid went to an Ice cream-Corner. He sat near a table and asked the waiter," How much for an ice cream cone please?" Waiter replied, "25 Rupees."
The kid started counting his money. Later he asked the price of small ice cream cup. The waiter a little bit annoyingly said," 20 Rupees."
The boy said," I would like the small ice cream cup." The boy ate the ice cream, paid the bill and went away.
The waiter went to pick up his empty cup and what he saw there shocked him and tears came in his eyes. Near the cup, the boy had kept 5 Rupees as his tip.
Before ordering for ice cream, the boy had cared for the waiter. The boy had showed qualities of respect and caring. Before thinking for himself he thought for others.
If we all started thinking for others, like the small child, how beautiful the world would become!! Think of others and give them polite and loving behaviour with a smile!
John Blanchard stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn't, the girl with the rose. His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a Florida library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin. The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner's name, Miss Hollis Maynell. With time and effort he located her address. She lived in New York City. He wrote her a letter introducing himself and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month ... Read Full Story >>