Category: Good Stuff From Other People


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Patience didn’t use to be one of my possessions. Now days, I am better at it. I ran across this quote and thought it was very appropriate for the subject of patience and waiting on blessings that are on their way.

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Today as I did carpool in the morning I was listening to K-love , a Christian radio station  and this sweet lady came on. She had a thick Southern accent and she said she worked for AAA, she helped people that broke down on the side of the road. That makes it not for   good a day. Stella (that is her name) likes to bring a little ray of sunshine into people’s lives, so she tells them:

“whatever you got going on today, God can handle it.”
I am going to take it a step further and say…let Him.
Have a fantastic blessed day!

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I received this from my mom’s cousin in Brazil. It was and article in Portuguese from a newspaper. I enjoyed it so much that I took the time to translate and share it. Again, a lot of truth in it. It sure changed my behavior and I am making my brain work more, less repeats – more new things!

The Mind Erases Duplicate Entries
Airton Luiz Mendonca
(Article from the Newspaper “O Estado De Sao Paulo”

The human brain measures time by observation of movement. If you were to be found in an empty white room, without any furniture, doors or windows, without a clock…you would start to lose track of time.

For a few days, your mind will keep track of time by internal reactions of your body, such as your heart beat, sleeping cycle, hunger, thirst and blood pressure. This happens because our notion of time derives from movements of objects, people, nature, happenings and repetition of cycles, like sunrises and sunsets.

With that understood there is something else to be considered: our brain is extremely optimized. It avoids doing the job twice. An average adult has about 40 to 60 thousand thoughts a day. Anyone of us would go crazy if the brain had to consciously process that number of thoughts. That is why the majority of these thoughts are automatic and they don’t show up in the daily tasks. When you live an experience for the first time, the brain uses lots of resources to comprehend what is happening. That is when you feel more alive. As the same experience is repeated, it simply will categorize your reactions in the auto-mode and deletes the experiences that are duplicates.

If you understood theses two things, you will understand why it seems that time goes by faster when we get older and why Christmas comes faster than the one before. When we start to drive cars, everything is very complicated, it seems like our full attention is required the whole time. Then, one day we drive shifting gears, looking at stop lights, reading traffic signs, and even talking on the phone, all at the same time. How did that happen?
Simple: the brain already knows what is written on the signs (you don’t read with eyes, but with the previous image in the mind); the brain already knows the gear to change to (it simply takes your past experiences and uses, instead of repeating the experience). In other words, you didn’t live that experience, at least to the mind. Those critical seconds of gear shifting, reading signs are erased from your notion of time.

When you start to repeat exactly the same thing, the mind erases the repeated experience. As we get older, things start repeating itself – same streets, people, problems, challenges, TV shows, complaints…At last…the new experiences (the ones that make the mind stop and really think, making it seem like your day seems to be long and filled with new things), get to be less and less. Until so many things are repetitious that it becomes difficult to say what is new in the week, year or for some people, in a decade. In other words, what makes time seems like it is going faster is…ROUTINE. The routine is essential to life and optimize a lot of things, but the majority of people love routine so much, that along the way, their journal becomes a book of only one chapter, repeated every year.

Thank heavens there is an antidote to acceleration of time: Change and Register. Change by doing something different and Register it by doing a ritual, a party or with pictures. Change the view, go on vacation with the family (I suggest that you go frequently on vacation and preferably to a warm place one year and a cold one in the next) and register with pictures, post cards and letters. Have children (they destroy routine) and always do birthday parties for them and you (registering the event by making the day different).
Take advantage of the rituals to make special moments different from the usual moments. Do engagement parties, weddings, sweet 15 (here, sweet 16), this or that, send away parties, be a part of the class reunions, visit distant family members, go back to school at 60 years old, change your hair color, grow a beard, shave a beard, buy different Christmas decorations, go to movies, cook a different recipe from a new recipe book. Choose different clothing, don’t paint the house the same color, do different. Kiss your lover different and live different moments with him/her. Go to different stores, read different books, look for different experiences. Be different.

If you have money, especially if you are already retired, go with your spouse or friends to other cities or countries, see other cultures, go to strange museums, experience weird foods…in other words…L I V E!
Because if you live the ‘differents’ intensely, time will seem like it is taking longer to pass. And if you are lucky enough to be married to someone willing to live and seek different things, your journal will be a lot longer, a lot more interesting and much more alive than the existing ones that you can find lying around. Encircle yourself with friends. Friends with different tastes, from different places, with different religions and that like different foods. At last, I think you got the message, right?
Good luck in your experiences in expanding your time, with quality, emotion, rituals and life.
W RIT E iN dIFFerEnt sIzEs anD CoLOrS.
CREATE, CUT, PAINT, RIP, GET IT WET, FOLD, TEAR IT TO PIECES, INVENT, RE-INVENT…
LIVE!

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I love this poem. It is very true. Our habits will either make or break us. The author is unknown, however, it is a very good piece of advice. It sure helps me to look at my habits and see where I am headed if I keep them up.

Where are your habits taking you?

The Habit Poem

I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.

I will push you onward or drag you down to  failure.

I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them –

quickly andcorrectly.

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.

Show me exactly how you want something done

and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of great people,

and alas, of all failures as well.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine though

I work with the precision of a machine

plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin –

it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and

I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am Habit.

Mother Teresa

I love the kindness we can see in her eyes. She lived her life as Christ has asked her to live it. Serving His children in everything she did.

This Poem is found on Mother’s Teresa’s office wall, I once wrote the organization to get permission to use it in a book and they said it was not part of her writing. I think it is just beautiful and worthy of being shared.

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.”

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This dictionary is absolutely wonderful!
The examples they use to describe words are from scriptures, Shakespeare and classic writers.
We have forgotten the meaning of many words, we choose to dilute our vocabulary.
English is a challenging language to learn, however, the words are beautiful and powerful when we use them how they were meant to be used.
I haven’t read it from cover to cover, however, I have used it side by side when reading things of importance that are in old English…such as The Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.

by Marianne Williamson

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

More Quotes

C. S. Lewis

“Obedience is the first law of heaven upon which all righteousness and progress rests.” Bruce R. McConkie

“Faith is the ability to not panic.”

“Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.”

“Learn as if you were going to live forever and live as if you were going to die tomorrow.” Gandhi

“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

“The most important thing in your home are the people.”

“It is alright to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush whenyou are done.”

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” Mother Teresa

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” Mother Teresa

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put into the action.” Mother Teresa

 

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“It is not what happens to you. It is what you do about it.” W. Mitchell

“Use what talents you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke

“If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation.” Chinese Proverb

“Lay down true principles, and adhere to them inflexibly. Do not be frightened into their surrender.” Thomas Jefferson

“The law of flotation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things, but by contemplating the floating of things which floated naturally and then intelligently asking why they did so.” Thomas Troward

“Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a miraculous day.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” Mark Twain

“One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything.” Paramahansa Yogananda

“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I must be honest and say that this book is one that has helped me the most in shifting how I think, what I do from my thinking and letting go of things that needed to be gone long time ago.

There is homework in it, it is very effective and very powerful. Very easy read, I read it once through and then went back to do what it said.

If you are looking for a change in your life, get this book and start reading. I read Chapter 3 (I knew what it contained and was anxious to get started) and then went back to the begining. Do not skip the Introduction or the Prelude. Very good stuff in it.

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