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I know how evil humans can be, and I’m watchful. But, I know something else, too: bad people are rare. Good people are everywhere.

To that I’d like to add: AMEN!

The quotation is from Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attacks, who lost both of  his legs when the first bomb went off at his feet. He learned much later that he had been standing right next to one of the bombers. Jeff feels that he was lucky to have survived. After nine months of healing & rehabilitation, he is home & learning how to walk with his prosthetic legs. Bauman’s book, Stronger, was excerpted in Parade magazine, March 23, 2014.  Parade.com to learn more about Jeff.

To leave an inspiring message for Jeff, go to facebook.com/parademag.

I know this. I believe this. And, yet, I still need the reminder. Thanks to Beth for this inspired reminder.

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agree to disagree and respect

It’s not always easy to hear what another believes in life. Some beliefs seem as if they mentally hurt people, don’t they? But to them they may feel and think they need that belief. Who are we to say it won’t help them to believe the way they do? We know it won’t help us but you never know about them, right? Many embrace their beliefs in a higher power. They feel that they wouldn’t be a good person without their beliefs. They feel they have to have someone or something to answer to.

We can embrace all of who they are and still not have the same beliefs. We can respect one another and still live in the same world agreeing to disagree.

Any belief and religion has the same deep seed of truth my friend. Love…

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My dear one,

If you feel insufficiently loved, seek not those who will love you but those you can love. The people hungry for your love are all around you. Go to the grocery store and see if anyone looks love deficient. Look around at the subway stop. Go to a church or temple or mosque and check out the back row. Volunteer at a hospital or orphanage or homeless shelter or animal shelter. Find someone online who you sense might be hurting. Offer your love and kindness as a gift with no expectation of love in return.
Be willing to let your love land flat if someone is unable to receive it, understanding that their lack of receptivity is not a rejection of you but rather an inability to receive love, usually stemming from a deep underlying sense of unworthiness. But also be willing to have your love embraced. Be willing to make someone’s day. Be willing to hear laughter and see upturned smiles. Be willing to see tears and to feel tears on your own face, because every single one of us craves love and belonging, and way too many of us aren’t getting enough, especially this time of year.
When you seek to give love instead of complaining about how you’re not getting loved enough, a miracle happens. The energy of giving love is like a boomerang. Love rockets out of you, and then love comes bursting right back into your own heart.
This is something you can do right now. You don’t have to wait to love and feel loved. You can look around at work and sense whether there is anyone who needs the lift of your love today. You can surprise someone who isn’t expecting your love. You can practice one random act of kindness.
If you long to feel loved, I dare you to try giving it. Then report back. What happened?
With eternal love,

Your Inner Pilot Light

 Lissa Rankin 3001 Bridgeway Suite K231 Sausalito, California 94965 

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Treat everyone you meet…

WORD FOR THE DAY
Friday, Feb. 14
Treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster,
and do so with no thought of reward.
Your life will never be the same.
Og Mandino
The Greatest Salesman in the World
From Gratefulness.org, 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Peace is not…

Peace is not
merely the absence of war.
It is also a state of mind.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru
Practice

Today I understand that if I refrain from a violent act but continue to hold hostility in my heart, what we have is a cease fire, not peace.

Today I have the change of heart and mind necessary to bring about peace.

WORD FOR THE DAY
Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
Henri Nouwen
From Gratefulness.org, 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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