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Thursday, February 28, 2013

House of 1000 Mirrors


(Wherever You Go, There You Are!)

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place
 known as the House of 1000 Mirrors.

A small, happy little dog learned of this place and
decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced
happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house.
He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted
high and his tail wagging as fast as it could.

To his great surprise, he found himself staring at
1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging
just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was
answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly.
 As he left the house, he thought to himself,
“This is a wonderful place.
I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as
happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly
climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into
the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs
staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to
see 1000 little dogs growling back at him.

As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place,
and I will never go back there again.”

All the faces in the world are mirrors.

What kind of reflections do you see in the faces
of the people you meet?

Japanese Folktale

Have a Blessed Day

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Being Yourself

Everyone likes to feel that he or she is special.
Unfortunately, many of us grow up believing that we’re not special at all.
We wish that we could be better at sports or more attractive.
We wish that we had nicer clothes or more money.
Like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, or the Cowardly Lion from
The Wizard of Oz, we believe we’re not good enough just as we are.
In the movie, the Scarecrow wishes that he had a brain.
The Tin Man wishes she had a heart, and the Lion wants courage.
In the end, each of them realizes that he already has what he needs.
Most parents want us to be the best we can be.
They sometimes try to encourage us to do better by comparing us to others.
They mean well, but the message we often get is that we’re not good enough.
We begin to believe that the only way we can be special is by being better
than someone else, but we are often disappointed.
There will always be someone out there who is better than we are at something
There are plenty of people around who may not be as smart as we are
but who are better at sports.
Or they may not be as good-looking, but they have more money.
It is impossible for us to be better than everyone else all the time.
Like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion,
we all want what we believe will make us better people.
What we don’t realize is that often we already have inside
us the very things that we seek.
Parents sometimes forget to tell us that we are special, 
 and that we are good enough just as we are.
Maybe no one told them that when they were growing up, or maybe they just forgot.
Either way, it’s up to us to remind them from time to time that each of us,
in our own way, is special.
What we are….is enough.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Eighteen Random Rules of Life

1.  Find the lesson in every failure, and you’ll never fail.

2.  The likelihood that you’re right is not increased by the

     intensity of your conviction.

3.  Real friends help you feel worthy and make you want to be better.

4.  When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

5.  Don’t confuse fun with fulfillment or pleasure with happiness.

6.  Refusing to let go of a grudge is refusing to use the

     key that will set you free.

7.  Hating hurts you more than the person you hate.

8.  Counting on luck is counting on random chance; your odds are

      much better when you plan and work.

9.  It’s better to be kind than clever.

10.  Don’t underestimate the power of persistence.

11.  The easy way is rarely the best way.

12.  It’s much easier to burst someone else’s bubble 

      than to blow up your own.

13.  You can’t avoid pain, but you can avoid suffering.

14.  Self-pity is a losing strategy; it repels others and weakens you.

15.  Shortcuts usually produce short success.

16.  Control your attitude or it will control you.

17.  It’s more important to be significant than successful.

18.  The world is waiting for you to heal it.

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