Category: Kindness

Act Great!

What is the key
To untie the knot of your mind’s suffering?

What
Is the esoteric secret
To slay the crazed one whom each of us
Did wed

And who can ruin
Our heart’s and eye’s exquisite tender
Landscape?

Hafiz has found
Two emerald words that
Restored
Me

That I now cling to as I would sacred
Tresses of my Beloved’s
Hair:

Act great.
My dear, always act great.

What is the key
To untie the know of the mind’s suffering?

Benevolent thought, sound
And movement.

— Hafiz

Separate And Equal

Separate but equal is a phrase that has been used in the past regarding class segregation. Of course, in that reference, the emphasis was on separate and the word equal was not the least bit appropriate in that phrase under those conditions.

As I thought about the phrase separate but equal, it has new meaning to me because I now see that we are all separate but equal. We are individuals. We are all equal in God. I think it works better as separate and equal. Getting the but out is an important distinction. We are all of the Divine. We are all of the same Source Energy. And yet, at the same time, we each are experiencing an independent body, mind, and experience.

The most interesting part is that we each get to choose our perspective at any given moment. As we align or stay in tune with the unconditional love of that equality we may choose to spread that joy, roll around in it, pour it over our parched bodies in need of hydration, and delight in the wonder of a love that powerful and all-encompassing. Ahhhhhhhh. I’m in joy just thinking of it.

Can Any Beauty Match This?

When the sun within speaks,
when love reaches out its hand
and places it upon another,

any power
the stars and planets
might have upon us,

any fears
you can muster
can become
so rightfully insignificant.

What one heart
can do for another heart,
is there any beauty
in the world
that can match this?

Brotherhood, sisterhood,
humanity becomes the joy
and the emancipation.

— Hafiz

Love And Kindness

“Love and kindness are never wasted.
They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them,
and they bless you, the giver.”

— Barbara de Angelis

Practicing loving people is so much fun and so rewarding as well, though I seek no reward. It is built from the simplest compliment to flat out telling someone that you love them. And, what is also interesting is that it gets easier and more fun with the practice.

Love and kindness in all forms are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who received them, and they bless you, the giver.

Spread Some Joy Today. Truly, love and kindness top the list of creating joy in others and in yourself.

Silence Is Golden

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”

— G. B. Stern

Say what? I have to totally 100 percent disagree with this quote.

I use silent gratitude all day long. I look out the window at the trees, blue sky, clouds, whatever is going on with the natural environment around me and I sing grateful praises silently. I go for a walk and do the same thing. I think of people and think the same thing. In fact, the vast majority of my gratitude is silent and unlike the quote above, I think it is of huge value to me and to others around me. I do believe that my attitude created by my gratitude affects others without any words.

If you want to see love expand in your life, just begin singing praises of what you see around you throughout your day. You will be amazed at the difference in a very short time.

It’s Never Too Late To Begin Being Grateful!

Spread Some Joy Today–show people how much you love them with your eyes and your demeanor. Words are good but optional.

A Love That Frees

“The promises of this world are, 
for the most part, vain phantoms; 
and to confide in one’s self, 
and become something of worth and value 
is the best and safest course.” 

— Michelangelo 

 

“The value of a man 
should be seen
in what he gives 
and not in what
he is able to receive.” 

— Albert Einstein 

[Classic post from 2-21-17]

I’m going to share a dream from early this morning. It was so powerful that I woke up and had to write part of it down.

I was friends with a man named Bob Mopi, who was such a special friend. I remember reading a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh the other day which matches this man’s love and friendship perfectly: “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” I felt completely and totally loved and free whenever I even thought of Bob Mopi, and I did nothing to hold him from being equally loved and free.

Bob was an expert at numbers, investing, and managing money. He was in the highest demand, and yet he chose as he chose not paying any attention to the grandness of the offers. He was his own man and did as he pleased; did what pleased him the most.

I was friends with several board members of a mid-sized company and they really needed a treasurer, but more like a CFO; someone who could guide the company financially out of the chaos that it had landed in, but they couldn’t pay the big bucks and so they were wondering where this magic person would come from.

I said, “what about Bob?” I didn’t even say his last name, and they all knew exactly who I was talking about. They all instantly said, Bob Mopi. Yes, that’s who we want. But, will he be available to us? That’s the question. I said that I would speak to him.

Now this board was made up of the finest men and women one could know. They were smart and full of integrity, and yet, they found themselves in need of some financial help. Well, a lot of financial help.

I talked with Bob and he instantly agreed to do it, not even asking about any compensation. The only thing he stipulated is that he must have the freedom to not be tied to this job. He must be able to get the work done in whatever little time it might take and then have the freedom to do other things in the meantime. It was agreed.

Afterward, back in the big office with that board, everyone was chatting it up and I spoke out (and this is what I wrote down early this morning): “I know what is so special about Bob. He doesn’t not like anyone. Everyone is important to him. He doesn’t know how people he interacts with will be of value to him or he to them, but he knows there is value in all relationships, however brief or exalted.”

I thought, wow! If someone were to say that about me, that would be the greatest compliment I could ever be paid. It is love. It is love as a noun, and also a verb. It is love in action. It is unconditional love. It doesn’t matter how the other is expressed physically, Bob loves them as they are inside–as they truly are, and he loves them with such freedom that the other feels no ties that bind, with no expectations, with no requirements.

Imagine The Possibilities Of This In Your Life And Your World. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing beyond the surface to see that in which we all are the same in love and freedom.

What A Great Return

“Thousands of candles can be lit
from a single candle, and the life
of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases
by being shared.”

— Buddha

Like the candle, when we brighten someone’s day, cause them to laugh or smile, demonstrate kindness in a myriad of ways we are not less than we were before and yet we have extended our reach to as many as we decide to influence.

Yet, unlike the candle, it seems to me that this candle is not only energized, and improved by the experience of influencing others, it is enhanced and expanded by it.

Now isn’t that an interesting thought…

What a great return on investment!

Returning To Love

Good day to you. This is a long one, yet a very important one I think. My wife died of ALS in August of 2013. She was a real challenge for the last two years prior to her passing in many ways, and I, as her full-time caretaker had so many opportunities to strike back from her incessant negative verbal and then written communications to me when she could no longer speak.

The huge benefit to me through all of that, which I carry with me today, was and is that I got to earnestly practice patience, unconditional love, peace, giving, forgiving, and, well, all those things that we know are in our best interest and that of others around us but we may find burdensome to practice. The goal becomes a challenge and thoughtful response instead of a challenge and personal attack or egoic reaction or trying to justify anything at all about our position in all of that.

Below is a letter i wrote to Nancy in December of 2012, and as you can see, not knowing it then, it was only a few months before she was gone. I hope this letter and the Daily Inspiration I posted the same day has some meaning and perhaps even inspiration for you. — My Love To All Of You, Terry

12-9-12

Nancy,

I want to apologize for my sarcasm yesterday about Pearl Harbor and the religious connotations that surround that. Then, I proceeded to make more fun of the Bible and your beliefs.

I wrote about that in today’s Daily Inspiration (attached below).

I am earnestly practicing my own new beliefs in unconditional love and peace and harmony, and yet sometimes, that old, cantankerous, argumentative, my-beliefs-are-more-right-than-yours attitude surfaces and it takes me a minute or two, sometimes three or four to hear what is coming out of my own mouth and then to relate that this is not what I really wanted to say.

The reason this came out and has before from time to time is a frustration I have when I see you powerless and helpless and not exercising or believing in your own internal, and in my opinion, God-given power, but instead relinquishing it to external authorities, such as the Bible, God, doctors, government, and this list goes on.

But, that’s not your problem. It’s mine. Frustration wants something to be one way and it is not. That place is not peace and it is not unconditional love. I need to always come back to love and peace and that way is to relax in my own power to allow myself and others to be who and what they are without having to satisfy me.

I am practicing in my unconditional love and personal peace. I will continue to practice even more. It is the place I most want to be. Forgive me for my outburst and belittling the concepts of life that you think important. I need to let you have all your beliefs and be totally at peace with that.

I love you as much now as ever,

Terry

Daily Inspiration from 12-9-12

“In order to experience peace
instead of conflict,
it is necessary
to shift our perception. . .
Many of our attempts to correct others,
even when we believe we are
offering
constructive criticism,
are really attempts
to attack them
by demonstrating
their wrongness
and our rightness.”

— Gerald Jampolsky

I found myself using blatant sarcasm, making fun of someone else’s beliefs about something because. . . well. . . it doesn’t matter why does it? It was not my finest hour and as I thought about it afterward, I saw the error of my mouth.

Of course, to me, some of those beliefs are just plain silly and really easy for me to make fun of; however, who the hell am I to stand in judgment of what someone else believes?

Since I’m a practicing proponent of unconditional love, I need to get more practice in, don’t I? Every single one of us has beliefs that others around us do not have. This is also true of nations of people and throughout the wide variety of cultures around the world.

The only way I can see the world really working is each of us allowing the other to have their beliefs, while they also, allow us to have our own.

Debating a belief is fine when both parties want to explore the other’s beliefs, but when someone wants to cling to theirs, I need to support their right to hold whatever belief they choose. Hopefully, that is returned, and we are at peace.

It is the perception of I’m okay and you’re okay that works the best.

I Knew That. I’ll Practice The Art Of Allowing More.

Spread Some Joy Today–Do something good, and unusual for someone.

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