Good morning great people!
Far too often in life, we need to be reminded that we have the opportunities, in every moment, to be our best selves. Many of us live our lives according to what others may think or say about us and the decisions we make. Remember today that no one can have power over you and your life unless you give it to them.
“Care what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
I’ve been away from spreading this positive wisdom for quite a while (about six months!!!) and, frankly, it shows. If our environment and our lives are a direct reflection of our minds and our inner selves, then mine has been a bit chaotic since I’ve slacked off on finding a good piece of information/inspiration to share with friends and strangers all over the world each day. I’m back to my commitment of sharing some good soul food each day. Hopefully it will be as much of a benefit to you as it is to me.
I was really touched by this proverb while reading a great blog post on http://www.diningwithdana.net . I think this proverb is simply ‘on point’. We all need to tap into our spiritual memory and remember ourselves – our true selves. Know who you are and own who you are so that no one else has the power of ownership over you. When you know yourself, you respect yourself and respect will save the world. 🙂
“If you don’t know who you are, anyone can name you. And if anyone can name you, you will answer to anything.” —African proverb
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.” – Gautama Buddha
“All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” – Edwin Markham
When I think of gratitude, universal law, the law of attraction, the Golden Rule or reciprocity I am always drawn to images in my mind of the ocean. The rhythm of the ocean, the flow of the ocean, how the beach continues to give while the ocean takes and then returns back to the beach the same elements it was given, in addition to a little bit more from farther out and deeper within the ocean. If you think about it in that context, then universal law doesn’t seem so mystifying. The beauty of God’s teachings for us is that we can see the lesson all around us, if we take a moment to look. Next time, think about the ocean and how the sea works in conjunction with the moon and the beach on a continuous basis. As long as all three parties are giving, they are getting it back, and then some, in return.
God is real.
“So many people don’t live for today. They are completely consumed with the future, and yet it is how we live today that creates our future. It is what you feel today that matters, because it is the only thing that determines your future. Every day is an opportunity for a new life. Every day you stand at the tipping point of your life. And on any one day you can change the future – through the way you feel. When you tip the balance to good feelings, the force of love will change your life so fast that you will scarcely believe it.” – The Power, Rhonda Byrne
Whenever I read or hear of a great philosophy concerning the power of love and how love conquers all, I always remember that God is love. 😉
Student says “I am very discouraged, what should I do?”
Master says “Encourage others”
– Zen proverb
The best way to bring yourself out of a slump is to be of service to others. The best way to get encouragement for yourself is to encourage others. Super simple.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
So, I had an entirely different post in mind for my Soul Food today, but as God/The Universe would have it, all of that changed. Sometimes, we all need to remember humanity and remember the kindness of empathy, even in the “little things” in life. Today, I went to grab lunch–nothing special about that. I was going about my usual routine. As I got to the cashier, I realized I grabbed my purse when I left for lunch but forgot my wallet, which was on my desk, back in my building. Hastily, I asked the cashier to set my food aside and “I’ll be right back with my wallet!” and proceeded to leave the restaurant to go back to my office for my money. It was such a blessing to me when God interrupted that statement and action by inspiring the young lady behind me to say “That’s okay! I’ll pay for you”. Immediately I was touched by this gesture, but, as our Western society has trained us, I began to tell her she didn’t have to, it’s ok, I’ll just run back to my building and go up and grab my wallet. The more I tried to convince her that she did not have to BLESS me in that way, the more she told me that it was fine, she will “take care of it”. I thanked her, genuinely, from my heart and asked if she had a business card or point of contact so that I can repay her. She said “not necessary, I know that can be a long walk back and forth to get a wallet…”
This act of kindness made me realize two wonderful lessons for my spirit:
1.) Never try to convince YOURSELF or anyone else that you should not be blessed
2.) God shows up, quite often, and helps us with the “little things” as a reminder that when it comes to the big things, “He” may not show up in a literal sense,but “He” is there, always, just waiting for you to accept the blessing.
With that in mind, I believe that “random acts of kindness” are not so random, they are by divine design. The beauty and power of God is that, yes, I got all of that from a stranger paying for my lunch.
“…weeping may last through the night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalms 30:5
Today, Joel Osteen, one of my favorite ministers, sent this scripture out as part of his daily email communications. As always, this word is right on time for me. Sometimes we need to remember that each day is a new opportunity to receive joy, so we need to embrace that possibility and expect to see joy every morning! 😉 The prayer that Joel Osteen concluded his message with is below:
Father, thank You for joy. Thank You for peace. Thank You for walking me through the difficult times. I choose to answer the door for joy every single morning so that I can walk in the strength You have given to me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen
PS – It’s good to be back!
“Man is a universe within himself” –Bob Marley
This artwork is ‘Expansion’ by Paige Bradley, New York
No matter what you are going through or how hard things may seem, we all tend to seek, even in secret sometimes, that greater force out there in the universe that can help us and guide us to better days. While I fervently believe that force exists and is present and active in our lives (once we acknowledge and receive) I also know and believe that the greatest gift, truth and connection from that Highest Power is realizing and recognizing the presence of that power within ourselves. All that you seek in the universe is within YOU. Be that light you want to see in the world, as Gandhi said, and make a change! Decide today to be the best you that you can be and encourage others to do so, along the way.