Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
Make a conscious decision today to give your love in the form of understanding, and you will discover the most powerful way to enhance your life and the life of everyone around you. Without insisting that your love be received or even appreciated, consider this an experiment on how much you can listen to those around you. You can express this kind of love in a few words and with few actions. At the end of the day, you will be able to look back and assess the effects of giving your love.
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
A miracle is commonly defined as a noticeable interruption of the laws of nature, which can sometimes be explained by Divine intervention. But there is another way to look at a miracle. Think of it as seeing the ordinary with careful attention. Think of it as noticing the details, mystery, and wonder of everything around you.
For a meditative practice today, choose something to examine closely. It could be a flame on a candle, a plant in a pot, or a sleeping pet. Look at it for a long time, and let yourself imagine how it came into being.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
When we encounter something new or are surprised by something, we frequently experience the feelings of wonder and astonishment. It is as if we experience a moment of pause to take in the event or object with rapt attention.
We can practice being aware of the Presence by consciously feeling wonder at ordinary objects and events. Another way of practicing this is to appreciate everything and everyone you encounter in the next hour. Try to notice how the items and people you observe support your existence, and silently say a few words of gratitude for their Presence.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it.
George Bernard Shaw
Wit is the ability to see the world in an interesting way, and cleverly make connections between ideas, things, and situations in a humorous manner. The phrase “living by your wits” means that you use this ability to make your way through the world with an interesting and resourceful approach.
You can practice your sense of wit by considering how to do ordinary things in new ways, or by observing friends and family and identifying characteristics they have in common. An archaic use of the word wit means, simply, to know. What can you discover and know through observation today?
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Gratitude is often thought of as a feeling or experience caused by getting something. For example, I might feel grateful and happy when I receive a gift or compliment. Or I might feel thanksgiving rise up within me when a prayer seems to have been answered. I might be filled with gratitude for the time my grandchildren spent with me, or the note my colleague left to acknowledge something I did.
But there is another side to gratitude that has everything to do with a prosperity mindset. Thanksgiving or gratitude is not only the result of something; it is also the attitude which prepares us to receive. Try to imagine that gratitude is a cause, not only a result.
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
My best friend brought his niece and nephew to my home while he was babysitting them. We got out the inflatable pool, filled it up with water, and sat on the deck to watch the elaborate interactions of the kids as they devised the most comfortable way to ease themselves into the water. I was fascinated to see how completely present they were for the task at hand. Without any editorializing of how they presented themselves, not caring whether their swimsuits were of the latest fashion or how their bodies looked, they carried out their task, bursting out with shrieks each time they touched the cold water. Panting with excitement and apprehension, they culminated the experience with a wild plunge and more shrieks of shock. I could have watched for hours. And I did.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
In the biblical story of David and Goliath, David faces what seems to be an insurmountable task. He literally has a giant of a problem. And yet the story is so popular because David emerges triumphantly from the battle.
You represent the character of David. Some of the challenges you face seem gigantic. Yet what you may be unaware of is the power you have inside you to meet those challenges. This innate power is the Presence of God, and it can overcome any obstacle set before it.
Your challenge—the giant Goliath—is there to call forth the Presence of God in your life. Its only purpose is to bring you closer to God, so that you can see just how powerful this partnership really is. Face your chal- lenges head-on. Know that you will come through them unscathed. You will emerge triumphantly. With God, all things are possible.