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A Big “Thank You” Everyone.
Seasonal Greetings and Warmest Wishes to all of you !!!
With the Grace of God and the prayers from all of you in the recent days, I truly believe I am recovering very well this time.
I had my review a day after my surgery and my next review will be on the 21st instant. As for my vision, there have been a significant improvement. And I pray it will continue to make further positive progress.
A big “Thank You” to each of you, wonderful people …… Without your prayers I am convinced that I will not be able to enjoy such a significant improvement in my vision. Let me have my review this Friday and I hope to share more with you after that.
Meanwhile, have another wonderful day and I look forward to following-up with all your posting very soon.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.
Very Briefly ……
Warmest seasonal greetings and best wishes to each of you.
I have not been able to blog after my last post because of a surgery pertaining to my vision. Now, I will be going for another major surgery tomorrow. Frankly, I am very reluctant to make this decision but now that everything have been confirmed, I will leave everything to the Almighty.
With the Grace of God, I will be able to recover from my present medical condition and reconnect with all of you very soon.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. !!!
From Me To You.
Revisiting: The Joy Of Giving.
The three things we crave most in life; happiness, freedom and peace of mind are always attained by giving them to someone else ……
Generosity make us happier and mentally healthier. Like love, which increases with exchange, generosity is something only if we give it away. Think of stored grains for instance. If we stored grains in a warehouse eventually it will rot. But plant these grains in the ground and it will multiply.
Make others happy and you will be happier. Helping others often help the helper. The spirit of giving is one of personal fulfillment. Those who give more of their; time, money, kindness, love and ideas, have more of these things because that is the balance – and balance is the natural law of life. And it is by giving more we are actually communicating wholeheartedly. We feel less insecure – both emotionally and physically.
Life is an echo. What we send always come back. Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege. Be mindful, we can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. Contributing in small ways to the lives of others is like a once-a-day vitamin for our body and soul. People who live loving lives find life gratifying, meaningful, joyful and hopeful. They realize that it is in giving of self lies the discovery of deeper and more flourishing self.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.” As a matter of fact, his generosity and helping behavior gave him inner peace and the strength to overcome a history of depression. When we switch to a higher channel mentally, we replace the previous lower channel. Perhaps, such is human psychology that if we don’t express our joy, we soon cease to feel it. Remember, it matters not the value of the gift but, the thought of giving that provide us the fulfillment.
Lastly, if we want to reap happiness, we have to sow the “happiness” seeds first. The seed always has to lead. Giving is a rich way of living. Don’t let anyone convince you that it doesn’t make any difference whether you give. God sees your gifts and acts of kindness. He will pour out His favor on you. Thus, love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. No one has ever become poor by giving. And when we are generous to others, God will always be generous with us …… Practice generosity and change the world.
Revisiting: Your Truth, My Truth, The Truth.
Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.
~ Henry Ward Beecher.
In a very real sense, deception is rampant these days. It is no longer surprising to find people telling the biggest lies to those they are close with …… All of us want to know the truth. But, truth is merely a product of perception. And perceptions could be colored by experience. Consequently, there aren’t really lies if we believe them to be true. Definite and subjective meanings will continue to exist for the purpose and meaning of what is deemed to be the truth.
Truth telling is the avoidance of lying, deception, misrepresentation or non-disclosure in interactions. The problem with telling the truth is, it can be just as painful or destructive as a lie. Sometimes more so. But, don’t you think it is only when we speak the truth, say what is true and not say what is not true, we are worthy of trust and hopefully the people around us can understand, feel cared for and safe?
Indeed, this is not easy to do. However, a lot of unnecessary ugliness could be avoided if people choose to be upright by speaking truthfully. Be mindful, nothing ever good comes from lying or dishonesty. Lying is impractical. Words when uttered are like feathers being blown all over and, it is impossible for us to pick up every single feather that is blown. One lie will naturally lead to another and consequently a web of deceit is created. Tell it like it is. No posturing. No pretense. No spin doctoring. No emotional attack. No assumption. No fear based language and do not harm – as words can either cause tremendous harm or have a healing effect.
We often hear truth will set us free. Truth will prevail. Sadly, truth is but what we believe to be truth. At one point, I wasn’t sure what trust could mean to me because some of the people close to me weren’t trustworthy. And because of these few bad apples, I developed a distorted view that I can’t trust anybody. There is rarely a single truth – truth is relative to one’s life experience. And, truth will remain as individual as our version of reality. Truth will have a variety of meanings and absolute right and wrong could probably become doubtful and obscure.
Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments. Whether it is going to be your truth, my truth or the truth, it will be a disaster when only one kind of truth prevails at the expense of another. There aren’t any absolute or real truth for the truth seeker. There are so many different people living around us these days – it is normal or bound to have many different ways others could possibly look at things. Lastly, with hindsight and a little bit wiser, I can’t say I trust everybody because many people truly aren’t trustworthy …… And in a world where people are so engaged in reacting to events, I choose to place my trust first in God as He is the one who will faithfully be all that He promises to be.
Warmest Wishes and Blessings to all of you !!!
As Time Goes By ……
“There is no such thing as death.
In nature, nothing dies;
From each sad moment of decay,
some forms of life arise.”
~ Charles Mackay.
“Everything is contained sounds – the past, the present and the future.
The person who does not know how to listen will never hear the advice
that life offers us all the time. And only the person who listens
to the sounds of the moment is able to make the right decisions.”
~ Paulo Coelho.
“Don’t fight a fact, deal with it.
Don’t discard your self, be more of it.”
~ Hugh Prather.
“Everything in the universe has a purpose.
Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows
through everything in a purposeful fashion
is also flowing through you.”
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer.
Under The Charcoal Tree.
“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence ……
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
~ Mother Teresa.
“I come to meet You, God,
and as I linger here,
I seem to feel You very near.
A rustling leaf, a rolling slope
speak to my heart of endless hope.
The sun just rising in the sky.
The waking birdlings as they fly,
The grass all wet with morning dew
and telling me I just met You.”
“I am only one, but still, I am one.
I cannot do everything but I can do something.
And, because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can.”
~ Edward Everett Hale.
“The present is what slip by us
while we’re pondering the past
and worrying about the future.”
Have a great week and a new month !!!