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Monday, February 17, 2014

Getting Hit in the Head With Bricks


Your life may be moving along well - finally - and you believe you are now truly on the road to achieving whatever it is you have set out to do with it. You work hard. You are responsible. You play fairly. You remember to be kind. You don't lie or cheat, and you help others move towards their own goals. And then wham! You get hit on the head with a brick. Maybe even more than one. And in fact, it was not too long ago that you got hit with another one. You recuperated quite nicely from that one, but the last thing you wanted - expected - had hoped for, was to be hit by this new barrage.

In fact, it's now when you can get creative. Perhaps you can bend your mind enough in order to even consider this an interesting challenge. You see, as always, it's in your reaction to the event where what happens next lies.

If you groan, or mope, or bitch, or complain bitterly, or become resentful at the unfairness of life, it will - at the very least - take you a lot longer to recuperate from this latest setback. Furthermore, you will probably have a great deal more difficulty in finding potential solutions to the dilemma.

But if you make up your mind that this will not deter you, if you set your eyes on the horizon instead of on this particular boulder in your path, you will find it in you to continue.

I'm just reading a book about the combined history of Spain, Portugal, Holland, and England's race to gain control over the Spice Islands in the Indian Ocean. The merchants of these countries who financed the expeditions, the governments who gave out decrees permitting the bearer to claim land in the name of their respective crowns, and above all, the seafaring mariners and ship's captains went through the most incredible setbacks, calamities, seemingly insurmountable problems, and bricks in the head. But they had faith they would be able to deal with all of these disasters, and certainly that they would survive - to mention only two typical illnesses - the bloody flux (dysentery) and scurvy, and they also had faith that they would be able to communicate with indigenous populations with whom they did not share a common language. And yet ... they all persevered.

Above all, they had faith that they could find their way there, they had faith that those islands actually were there, and that they would offer them access to enormous quantities of spices cheaply that could then be sold for a great profit in their home countries.

Such faith in your purpose or goal is something that you can also find in yourself. It was Steve Jobs who said: sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

Don't lose faith.

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The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 


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It is your right to live a life of love. It is your right to understand that loving yourself first is not a selfish way of behavior, but one that allows you to live that life of love. However, it's highly probable that you never got the instruction manual explaining exactly how to accomplish this. Possibly your family - and it may have been a loving family - considered loving the self an act of selfishness. Or perhaps the members of your family simply didn't practice loving the self, and of course, what you didn't see - what was not shown to you - while you were growing up, meant that you just didn't learn how to apply it to yourself. The closer you are able to move towards loving yourself, the closer you will be to living a life of love - quite independently of whether you are in a love relationship or not. A life of love can be lived with or without a partnership, because a life of love implies that you know that it all begins with you by loving the self. The more clearly you understand how to love yourself, the more clearly you will see that it is very hard - if not impossible - to love others in ways that are unrelated to fulfilling any of your needs. Loving yourself first is - for so many of us - one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do. But know this: the benefits affect you in every particle of your being - body, mind, and soul - and are greater than you will ever be able to imagine.


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