The Key to your happiness lives within you. ~ Aris~
Good Morning Friends,
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QUESTION: What does “courage” have to do with being a person of good
character…with someone who stays true to their principles and their values?
You see, being values-driven means two things:
Doing what’s right – following our conscience; refusing to compromise our
principles, despite pressures and temptations to the contrary, and
Taking a stand against what’s wrong – speaking out, whenever we see others do
things that are incorrect or inappropriate.
Unquestionably, both of those require guts and fortitude…they require courage.
Following your conscience instead of “following the crowd”.
Refusing to take part in hurtful or disrespectful behaviors.
Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of others.
Speaking your mind even though others don’t agree.
Taking complete responsibility for your actions…and your mistakes.
Following the rules – and insisting that others do the same.
Challenging the status quo in search of better ways.
Doing what you know is right- regardless of the risks and potential
I’d like to share the “Cadet Prayer” that is repeated during chapel services at
the U.S. Military Academy:
“Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be
content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the
courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to
compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in
That is truly the essence of courage.
Author and submitted by: Edmond Lonewolf
Every moment spent in negativity is paid for with something truly priceless.
That something is life. It is completely impossible to ever replace even a
single minute spent on negative thinking. And not only does negative thinking represent lost opportunity, it is also quite destructive in its own right.
In short, negative thinking is an extravagant, wasteful indulgence. It is indeed a hollow luxury that few people, if any, can afford.
The good news is that it is also unnecessary. For even in the most difficult,
seemingly hopeless situations, negative thinking is completely optional. At no
point, under no circumstance, in no situation are you ever required to waste
your life with negative thoughts. You can find a positive approach, a positive
response to any situation, no matter what it may be.
How many minutes, hours or days of your life do you wish to throw away on
negative, defeating thoughts? The price of negativity is way too high, and
thankfully, you don’t need it at all.
“I owe no man anything but love” it is said. But what is love? Love is duty –
whatever duty may require to accomplish a good thing.
Love is peace. One must not only be peaceful but contribute to the peace of
others. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.
Love is sometimes pain. We must give up something that causes us pain because it is for the good of the greatest number.
Love is understanding. That others do not have to forever explain their actions
to us. That we know their reasons without being told.
Love is courage. Courage to lead where one has the ability to lead. Courage to
stand up for what one believes in and wants to live.
Love is faith. Faith in God/ess/The Great Spirit, faith in self, and faith in others. Everyone is not
above reproach, but we must have faith that the majority strives to be.
Coleridge wrote, “He prayeth best who loveth best,” which seems to rule out all
hollow and self-heard prayers. For those who truly love do not hear themselves
only, or rule all life useless because they cannot love or pray.
Life can be as simple as love and prayer. Where the two mingle there can be no
jealousy, resentment or fear.
Jealousy makes us compare our lot with another’s. And there can be no
comparison, for no two people are alike.
Resentment plunges an otherwise logical soul into despair and an endless journey
And fear rushes us headlong into situations that detract, accidents that could
be prevented, and long delays in reaching our goals.
But if we can, for a few moments, invite into our hearts a thing called love,
then we can pray. And if we can pray we have the source of all answers to our
~ Joyce Sequichie Hifler~
Now all things have gone up in value; man alone has become cheap – he has become cheaper than animals. He is slaughtered in millions without any qualm, because of the terrific growth in anger, hate and greed.
He has forgotten his unity with all men, all being, and all worlds. The completion of that unity alone can establish world peace, social peace and peace in the individual.