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Such is the ordinance of God: those who will not work out their own salvation he gives into the hands of other men to bear rule over them.
— Xenophon, "Cyropaedia"
Being a god is the quality of being able to be yourself to such an extent that your passions correspond with the forces of the universe.
— Roger Zelazny "Lord of Light"
Abandon what no longer works, what no longer contributes, what no longer serves.
— Peter Drucker
At any moment that you find yourself hesitating, or if at any moment you find yourself putting off until tomorrow trying some new piece of behavior that you could do today, or doing something you've done before, then all you need to do is glance over your left shoulder and there will be a fleeting shadow. That shadow represents your death, and at any moment it might step forward, place its hand on your shoulder and take you. So that the act that your are presently engaged in might be your very last act and therefore fully representative of you as your last act on this planet.
— Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda
I say, do not pity him overmuch. He lives his life, his own life, his own way—thought, word, and deed free!
— Edmond Rostand "Cyrano de Bergerac"
"The biggest threat to a culture is happy, independent, satisfied and free people."
Someone's opinion of you doesn't have to become your reality
— Les Brown
The purpose of life is to increase the warm heart. Think of other people. Serve other people sincerely. No cheating . . .
—The Dalai Lama
The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag
If nobody makes you do it, it counts as fun.
"Leaders have failed to instill vision, meaning and trust in their followers. They have failed to empower them."
— Warren Bennis, Leaders The strategies for taking charge
Have you ever considered how complicated things can get, what with one thing always leading to another?
— E.B. White from a New Yorker story
I'm not going to make fame and money my rule because I don't like what I see in the lives of people who live by that rule.
— Jess Lair, Ph.D.
Corinth 13:3 says "And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."
The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.
— Don Juan to Carlos Casteneda
It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
—Mahatma Gandhi
Things which matter most should not be at the mercy of things that matter least.
— Goethe
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
—Mahatma Gandhi
Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might. Eccles 9:10 NRSV
Happiness is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.
Warren Buffett: "What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact."
"Leadership" connotes unleashing energy, building, freeing, and growing.
—A Passion For Excellence
"You're investing in yourself when you extend or enlarge your presence in a market that is already partly yours."
— Tom DeMarco, "Slack," 2001.
"A penny saved from any kind of investment is never a penny earned."
— Tom DeMarco, "Slack," 2001.

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These come from a variety of sources: books I am reading, websites, etc. Some pains have been taken to ensure accurate attributions. If any are not correct, please let me know.

"Many people get wiser as they get older, whereas others get mean, or shallow and bitter." —Philip Glass
"Every day of my life I experience a different shade of living."
For anguish he gives us a definition that anguish is felt by a person "who involves himself and who realizes that he is not only the person he chooses to be, but also a lawmaker who is, at the same time, choosing all mankind as well as himself." He gives us the example of Abraham believing that an angel of God has ordered him to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, this shows the anguish of trying to act rightly without ever being able to secure any conclusive evidence of what is the right course of action. —Jean-Paul Satre
Questions don't change, answers do.
He seemed positively diabolic in his enjoyment of our discomfort. —"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou
Those things that hurt, instruct. —Benjamin Franklin
"Success is defined as: The achievement of something desired or planned."
"Two people love each other only when they are quite capable of living without each other but /choose /to live with each other." — The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
We ought to. But we don't. —Kurt Tucholsky
"I remember going to the circus a few years ago. I was having a good time until they started the elephant act. They had an elephant dressed up in a little apron and hat and made it do a handstand on a little drum. All of a sudden, I was embarrassed---for myself and for everyone there. I was ashamed of our species for having taken this gorgeous, sentient creature and reducing it to an entertaining plaything." —Jeremy Rifkin
This was a rather odd interpretation I came across about Genesis. This guy pointed out that after God created the world, He saw that it was "good." The suggestion is that creation is a continual process, and that we have some work to do before it is "great." Another way to say it might be that God gave us all the ingredients, but we need to bake the cake. Anyway, I thought it an interesting take on things.
All people should leave a work reflecting what they found in life.
Adolescents frequently complain that they are disciplined not out of genuine concern but because of parental fear that they will give their parents a bad image. "My parents are continually after me to cut my hair," adolescent boys used to say a few years ago. "They can't explain why long hair is bad for me. They just don't want other people to see they've got long-haired kids. They don't really give a shit about me. All they are really caring about is their own image." Such adolescent resentment is usually justified. Their parents generally do in fact fail to appreciate the unique individuality of their children, and instead regard their children as extensions of themselves, in much the same way as their fine clothes and their neatly manicured lawns and their polished cars are extensions of themselves which represent their status to the world. —M. Scott Peck
Did you know there were two Herod's in history around the time of Jesus? The first was known as Herod the Great. He wasn't really so great. He proclaimed the decree that all sons less than two years old be killed around the time Jesus was born. The other Herod was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great. He was the guy who offered Salome (his wife's daughter) anything she wanted, even 1/2 his kingdom, for an erotic dance. She asked for the head of John the Baptist. You don't hear of a lot of people named Herod today. I wonder if it was because they guys were such jerks. Some people have Herod as a last name, though. Speaking of which, I don't know anyone named Pontius, although, again, some people have this as their last name. It's funny how so many names are derived from the drama of the bible, and yet some are not used at all. In the case of bad guys, it sort of makes sense; but I haven't really heard of anyone named Abel or Enoch, and these weren't bad guys.
imagine the good works that could be funded by selling off the Vatican treasures.
You probably remember the tale of Jesus meeting with John the Baptist. He was about 30 years old then. The tale has it that Jesus had John the Baptist baptize him even though John protested that it should be the other way around. This even signified when Jesus truly started his ministry. The interesting point that this author stated was that this event was the meeting of the Old Testament with the New Testament. John the Baptist preached all Old Testament material---the law of Moses---because the New Testament hadn't started until this very moment. John, of course, knew of Jesus from the prophecies. The prophecies are interesting in their own right, but that is another "today's thought."
I came across a rather convincing section of a book that dispels the myth of the nativity. He first pointed out that only two of the four gospels mention the birth of Jesus, and, although both set it in Jerusalem, they are both significantly different. In one, Joseph is called back for a census. In the other is the manger and swaddling clothes. Over time, these two stories have blended together in what we remember, sentimentally, in school plays or in the movies. His arguments continue: it was unlikely for Joseph to bring a woman 8-months pregnant on a 100 mile journey; there is no reason to believe that stars can move; there is no reason to believe any of the story of Herod killing all males under 2-years old. In fact, the author states that Herod killing baby males is simply a recounting of the tale of Moses. The final point, which I find the most thought provoking, is that the author feels that the two gospel writers who embellished the story did so to add credence to the words and works of Jesus. The author felt that these writers wanted to enshroud Jesus in mystery and myth so that people would find his message more poignant. This got me thinking. Remember the "Prayer for Our Nation" E-mail you sent to me a few days ago, that was supposedly written by Rev. Billy Graham, but I found that he had not written it? This was the link . The message was a good one, but apparently someone (or someone(s), since it was also attributed to Paul Harvey at some point) decided that the message alone wasn't good enough. So people affixed the message to a lie, then sent it off around the world. They made the message into an urban legend. This is not unlike what the author of my book says Matthew and Luke did. I guess what this all boils down to is that I won't look at a nativity scene or greeting card depicting the birth of Jesus in quite the same way.
Apparently, Peter, the "rock", is considered by some to be the first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This article, however, says that the scripture gives a most emphatic "no."
"[...] an age that believes in miracles is likely to witness them, and an age like ours which dismisses the possibility, correspondingly unlikely. We get, not only the government, but the miracles we deserve." The author pointed out that people flocked around Jesus mostly to see him cure the sick. They would come from miles around and surround him in droves. It is highly possible that they were there for "the show" rather than to hear his words. Some heard, and that was good. The above quote suggests this is true with today's government. All the money that is spent for these bozos to get elected, all the mudslinging campaign commercials, all the people arguing, commenting, and posting political humor, all of this "less of two evils" routine---these are the people who forge, mold, and allow the continued abuse in Washington. Politics is not about leadership or the good of the people---Politics has become grand-scale entertainment.
One of the most poignant themes of the Gospels is Christ's continual sense of frustration on finding that there was no on who could really understand him. Even his disciples didn't really "get" him.
Jesus' prescription is to do good to those who harm us, and pray for those who persecute us. Not just to refrain from adultery, but to refrain from desiring. And not just to refrain from killing, but from being angry or calling someone a fool.
Rain falls on the just and unjust alike.
I thought about the loaves and the fish routine. One author suggested that Jesus simply asked one guy, who thought ahead to bring some food for himself, to distribute it, which, in turn, prompted others to also distribute theirs. So, the miracle was really getting people to help each other rather than some sort of divine multiplication of matter. In honestly, I think getting people to help each other is way more difficult than matter replication. :-) This reminds me of the Stone Soup story: Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers. Then the travelers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so that gets added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out. More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
It occurred to me that the Catholic church is like Sears. Early on, Sears Roebuck and Co. was the top mercantile trader in all the world. This would have been the late 1800's. In the mid-1900's they were booming. But now who shops there? (Apparently Kmart bought out Sears in 2005). Anyway, my point being that the Catholic church was very strong in years past. Nowadays, I think many people have fallen away from the church, or any religion, for that matter.
"It's my job to bring hope and inspiration to the team."
"constant repetition merely anesthetizes the public's senses"
Without a goal, discipline is nothing but self-punishment.
This was stated by Zig Ziglar on one of his audio presentations. He said that of a poll of 100 top executives, the way to get to the top /and stay there/ requires honesty and integrity.
If you keep doing what you've been doing, you are going to keep getting what you've been getting.
There are no complaints, only suggestions, and you cannot offer a suggestion without at least two solutions. This comes from a book I am reading. It's related mostly to the business world, but it was interesting where he got the idea. Apparently when he or his brother complained, their mother would tell them: "I am not the complaint department. You come back with two solutions."
Getting older isn't really all that bad. It's sort of like a wine aging. It gets more mellow, less bitter, more robust flavors.
"We must become the change we wish to see in the world." —Mahatma Gandhi
"When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immoveable.As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it. And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family."
A lot of inspirational thoughts are sappy, corny, and silly.
There was this football guy. He apparently wasn't very good, so the coach never really put him out. For seven years he wasn't put out. One game, the head quarterback was injured, so the coach put him out. They won the game. Then they won the next, and the next, and the next. This guy was now top choice. The point of the morale was: when did he become an amazing quarterback? The proffered answer was that, during those seven years, the guy trained and trained. He lifted weights, threw many passes at automated machines, ran sprints, etc. He was preparing to be a winner. When his break came, he didn't have to say, "just a moment coach, I gotta get ready."
Debt is evil because it steals your future freedom.
"To those who don't believe in God, life on earth is all there is, and so it is natural for them to strive for this world's values --- money, popularity, power, pleasure, and prestige. You were born for a specific purpose, an exciting and joyful purpose. This purpose can only be revealed to you through God. Want joy in your life? Seek God' purpose and will for your life."
"It's not our circumstances that drag us down, it's the thoughts that we have about our circumstances that weaken us. Negative thinking can destroy and negative thinking is a choice we make."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." — Thomas Edison
"Today's rejections will lead to tomorrow's opportunities."
The very person who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said. — C.S. Lewis
Tear the band-aid off all at once.
This comes "The Witch of Blackbird Pond." The background is that William is courting Katharine, but she finds him dull. "Seems to me you're pretty choosy," snapped Judith. "Don't you know William is able to build the finest house in Wethersfield if he wants to? Does he have to keep you amused as well?" This is a loaded statement. Cousin Judith is basically telling Katharine to marry for money/comfortable lifestyle, not for love. In the situations of days of old, this is quite sensible advice. Of course, to have a story, the female protagonist cannot simply marry for lifestyle. Look at Pride and Prejudice. On the other hand, the term "amused" is of interest, too. There are women who accept attention, amusement, and entertainment from a guy without any intention of entering a meaningful relationship with him.
"You can't steal second base and keep one foot on first." I see this as meaning that you need to take some risks in life to get ahead. A life that is completely safe and comfortable has no rewards.
The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it. —Paul Scherer*
"It's best to let sleeping dogs lie."
God sends you flowers every spring.
"The only one who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe."
The political "race" is a lot like the shopping months before Christmas. Both are trying to sell you stuff, and, the day after, you realize you spent way too much money on a lot of crap.
Mmy inbox will be full when I die.
"The only reason you have anything is to give it away." The idea behind this is about intangible things like knowledge and love. You can't really "give away" knowledge or love, you basically share it, and when you have shared it, you still have all you had initially.
Life shouldn't be dreary.
"There are ways to meet the needs of society , and there are ways to do your own thing."
Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility. —George Orwell
"Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet!" This comes from the book I am reading. The author describes a time in which he was trying to impress a Japanese teacher at a Zen Monastery with how smart he was, how much he knew. The spiritual leader slapped his face and said this phrase.
"Love" is the process of chasing a woman for six reels. —Unknown
"A direct attack only strengthens people in their illusion, and at the same time, they become embittered. There is nothing that requires such gentle handling as an illusion if one wishes to dispel it. If anything prompts the prospective captive to set his or her will in opposition, all is lost. And this is what a direct attack achieves, and it implies moreover the presumption of requiring a person to make an admission to another, which could be more gainfully made in private." —Kierkegaard
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything as if it were a nail.
Life is a river--you can flow with it, or not get your feet wet. The river doesn't care.
"The less you have, the less you have to worry about." —Buddha
"The person who loves you is going to tell you that you have dirt on your nose."
To get the maximum value from money is to spend it before it diminishes through inflation and before you diminish through age.
"We don't know how to die or live with dignity."
"[...] I think loving relationships and togetherness are made in heaven, but it has to be /practiced /on earth, and sometimes that is very difficult."
The only people who scream and yell at the moment of death are those people who have never lived at all.
"Do less in life and achieve MUCH more by focusing on your purpose."
This comes from The Power Of Myth, an interview between Bill Moyers (journalist) and Joseph Campbell (authority on mythology). I thought this was a good identification. *MOYERS:* Machines help us to fulfill the idea that we want the world to be made in our image, and we want it to be what we think it ought to be. *CAMPBELL:* Yes. But then there comes a time when the machine begins to dictate to you. For example, I have bought this wonderful machine---a computer. Now I am rather an authority on gods, so I identified the machine---it seems to me to be an Old Testament god with a lot of rules and no mercy.
Joseph Campbell was talking about the circle of life in the "Myth" book. The serpent/snake is the symbol for this. We have a serpent in the Garden of Eden who instigates the Fall. The symbol comes about because a snake sheds its skin. The snake throws off life in order to continue living. The Fall meant that humans were no longer part of eternity. Time had come into being, death, birth, and the killing and eating of other living beings, for the preservation of life. All nifty so far. The bit I liked was that he said "You don't kid yourself by eating only vegetables, either, for they, too, are alive."
Thus, we reach the seeming paradox that you cannot at once idolize the Bible and embody the spirit of Jesus. He twitted the Pharisees as today he would twit the fundamentalists: "You search the Scriptures daily, for in them you think you have life." —Alan Watts
*CAMPBELL:* Ramakrishna once said that if all you think of are your sins, then you are a sinner. And when I read that, I thought of my boyhood, going to confession on Saturdays, meditating on all the little sins that I had committed during the week. Now I think one should go and say, "Bless me, Father, for I have been great, these are the good things I have done this week." Identify your notion of yourself with the positive, rather than with the negative. You see, religion is really a kind of second womb. It's designed to bring this extremely complicated thing, which is a human being, to maturity, which means to be self-motivating, self-acting. But the idea of sin puts you in a servile condition throughout your life.
*MOYERS:* Do you ever think that it is this absence of the religious experience of ecstasy, of joy, this denial of transcendence in our society, that has turned so many young people to the use of drugs? *CAMPBELL:* Absolutely. That is the way in. *MOYERS:* The way in? *CAMPBELL:* To an experience. *MOYERS:* And religion can't do that for you, or art can't do it? *CAMPBELL:* It could, but it is not doing it now. Religions are addressing social problems and ethics instead of the mystical experience.
*MOYERS:* And then there is that final passage through the dark gate? *CAMPBELL:* Well, that is no problem at all. The problem in middle life, when the body has reached its climax of power and begins to decline, is to identify yourself not with the body, which is falling away, but with the consciousness of which it is a vehicle. This is something I learned from myths. What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle? One of the psychological problems in growing old is the fear of death. People resist the door of death. But this body is a vehicle of consciousness, and if you can identify with the consciousness, you can watch this body go like an old car. There goes the fender, there goes the tire, one thing after another -- but it's predictable. And then, gradually, the whole thing drops off, and consciousness rejoins consciousness. It is no longer in this particular environment.
[ . . . . ] He has been removed from his childhood, and his body has been scarified, and circumcision and subincision have been enacted. Now he has a man's body. There's no chance of relapsing back to boyhood after a show like that. *MOYERS:* You don't go back to Mother. *CAMPBELL:* No, but in our life we don't have anything like that. You can have a man forty-five years old still trying to be obedient to his father. So he goes to a psychoanalyst, who does the job for him.
For all can see that wise men die; the foolish and the senseless alike perish and leave their wealth to others." —Psalm 49:10
Again from Campbell. He's talking about the shift of what's important as evidenced by the height of buildings. I had never really thought of it this way before. I think he has a point. *CAMPBELL:* It takes me back to a time when these spiritual principles informed the society. You can tell what's informing a society by what the tallest building is. When you approach a medieval town, the cathedral is the tallest thing in the place. When you approach an eighteenth-century town, it is the political palace that's the tallest thing in the place. And when you approach a modern city, the tallest places are the office buildings, the centers of economic life. If you go to Salt Lake City, you see the whole thing illustrated right in front of your face. First the temple was built, right in the center of the city. This is the proper organization because the temple is the spiritual center from which everything flows in all directions. Then the political building, the Capitol, was built beside it, and it's taller than the temple. And now the tallest thing is the office building that takes care of the affairs of both the temple and the political building. That's the history of Western civilization. From the Gothic through the princely periods of the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth centuries, to this economic world that we're in now.
*CAMPBELL:* The New Testament teaches dying to one's self, literally suffering the pain of death to the world and its values. This is the vocabulary of the mystics. Now, suicide is also a symbolic act. It casts off the psychological posture that you happen to be in at the time, so that you may come into a better one. You die to your current life in order to come to another of some kind. But, as Jung says, you'd better not get caught in a symbolic situation. You don't have to die, really, physically. All you have to do is die spiritually and be reborn to a larger way of living. *MOYERS:* But it seems so foreign to our experience today. Religion is easy. You put it on as if you are putting on a coat and going out to the movies. *CAMPBELL:* Yes, most churches are for nice social gatherings. You like the people there, they are respectable people, they are old friends, and the family has known them for a long time.
*MOYERS:* Can Westerners grasp the mystical experience that leaves theology behind? If you're locked to the image of God in a culture where science determines your perceptions of reality, how can you experience this ultimate ground that the shamans talk about? *CAMPBELL:* Well, people do experience it. Those in the Middle Ages who experienced it were usually burned as heretics. One of the great heresies in the West is the heresy that Christ pronounced when he said, "I and the Father are one." He was crucified for saying that. [ . . . . ] *MOYERS:* What has undercut this experience today? *CAMPBELL:* It's characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong. *MOYERS:* Always wrong? *CAMPBELL:* In matters of this kind, yes. The majority's function in relation to the spirit is to try to listen and to open up to someone who's had an experience beyond that of food, shelter, progeny, and wealth.
Looks like one of the ten commandments is purely from the Hebrew Bible. It's an exclusive relationship. It was not enough that Yahweh be worshiped along with other deities, nor even to be preeminent among lesser deities. Of course, this was Old Testament stuff. There was all sorts of crazy stuff in the Old Testament. *CAMPBELL:* Yes. The god idea is always culturally conditioned, always. And even when a missionary brings what he thinks is God, his god, that god is transformed in terms of what the people are able to think of as a divinity. [. . . .] *MOYERS:* Is the idea "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" purely a Hebraic idea? *CAMPBELL:* I've not found it anywhere else.
"Caffeine makes a lot of people into jerks." My thought is that caffeine makes people more easily irritated, but circumstance is what makes people into jerks.
*CAMPBELL:* This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
"We all have too many things on our to-do lists. Because we enjoy the satisfaction of crossing things off those lists, it's tempting to spend time on trivial tasks at the expense of really important ones."
*CAMPBELL:* The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy -- not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call "following your bliss."
"The influence of a vital person vitalizes." —Joseph Campbell
*Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs (with God's Instruction) built the ark, professionals (without God's Instruction) built the Titanic.*
"It is not enough for a leader to do things right, he must do the right thing."
Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe. —Keith Caserta
Now that the political race is done, I can bring this out. *CAMPBELL:* It's characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong. *MOYERS:* Always wrong? *CAMPBELL:* In matters of this kind, yes. The majority's function in relation to the spirit is to try to listen and to open up to someone who's had an experience beyond that of food, shelter, progeny, and wealth.
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." —John Milton, Paradise Lost
"This is my life, yes. And I am willing to take any kind of pain for it."
*MOYERS:* Do you think Jesus today would be a Christian? *CAMPBELL:* Not the kind of Christian we know. Perhaps some of the monks and nuns who are really in touch with high spiritual mysteries would be of the sort that Jesus was. *MOYERS:* So Jesus might not have belonged to the Church militant? *CAMPBELL:* There's nothing militant about Jesus. I don't read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant's ear, and Jesus said, "Put back thy sword, Peter." But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since.
Warren Bennis shared the findings of Gib Akin who studied the experiences of sixty managers. "Learning is experienced as a personal transformation. A person does not gather learnings as possessions but rather becomes a new person. . . . To learn is not to have, it is to be."
*MOYERS:* And yet one of my favorite myths is the story from Persia that Satan was condemned to hell because he loved God so much. *CAMPBELL:* Yes, that's a basic Muslim idea about Satan being God's greatest lover. There are a number of ways of thinking about Satan, but this is based on the question, Why was Satan thrown into hell? The standard story is that, when God created the angels, he told them to bow to none but himself. Then he created man, whom he regarded as a higher form than the angels, and he asked the angels to serve man. And Satan would not bow to man. Now, this is interpreted in the Christian tradition, as I recall from my boyhood instruction, as being the egotism of Satan. He would not bow to man. But in the Persian story, he could not bow to man because of his love for God -- he could bow only to God. God had changed his signals, do you see? But Satan had so committed himself to the first set of signals that he could not violate those, and in his -- I don't know if Satan has a heart or not -- but in his mind, he could not bow to anyone but God, whom he loved. And then God says, "Get out of my sight." Now, the worst of the pains of hell, insofar as hell has been described, is the absence of the Beloved, which is God. So how does Satan sustain the situation in hell? By the memory of the echo of God's voice, when God said, "Go to hell." That is a great sign of love. *MOYERS:* Well, it's certainly true in life that the greatest hell one can know is to be separated from the one you love. That's why I've liked the Persian myth. Satan is God's lover -- *CAMPBELL:* -- and he is separated from God, and that's the real pain of Satan.
As he taught, Jesus said, "Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted in the marketplaces . . . ." This also reminds me of an anecdote by Campbell when he was at the YMCA swimming and he met a priest. The priest asked him a few leading questions then asked, "Do you believe in a personal God?" whereupon Campbell said, "No," and the priest got up and left.
*MOYERS:* I notice when you tell these stories, Joe, you tell them with humor. You always seem to enjoy them, even when they're about odd and cruel things. *CAMPBELL:* A key difference between mythology and our Judeo-Christian religion is that the imagery of mythology is rendered with humor. You realize that the image is symbolic of something. You're at a distance from it. But in our religion, everything is prosaic, and very, very serious. You can't fool around with Yahweh.
"There are no little things in the morning."
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. — Norman Macewan
Babe Ruth not only set a home run record, he also set a strike out record. "Babe Ruth, of his batting outs, 24% of them were strikeouts. The average batter of his time made a strikeout in 12% of their outs. Ruth's K per out rate was twice that of the league average. And the all-time leader is? Babe Ruth." So perhaps being the best at something isn't necessarily all that great if you can't hold your weight for the team.
(attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, but there is some discussion to suggest that there is no evidence or citation to this effect) *Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.*
*Carlos Fuentes:* "I really think youth is something you win from age. You are rather old and stupid when you are young. The youngest men I ever met in my life were Luis Bunuel who made his greatest films between the ages of 60 and 80, and Arthur Rubinstein, a man who became a genius at 80, being able to strike a note by raising his hand to heaven and making it fall exactly as Beethoven and Chopin demanded. Pablo Picasso painted his most erotic and passionate works when in his 80s. These are men who earned their youth. it took them 80 years to become young."
"Morton Downey, Jr., made himself both rich and famous almost overnight by becoming the Archie Bunker of talk show hosts. It's not so much that people like his biased, rude, macho act (although some obviously do), it's that they response to the fact that he has a point of view and expresses it. We may not like what he says, but at least he says something." — On Becoming A Leader by Warren Bennis
"Ambition is the death of thought." —Ludwig Wittgenstein
If you don't make any mistakes, you aren't trying hard enough. —Warren Bennis
If you want to measure the effectiveness of a retail operation, for example, measure the attitude of any clerk in the store. If the clerk is rude, unknowledgeable, helpless, changes are the top executives either are inept or lack a coherent vision. —Warren Bennis book
"You've probably heard of Grandma Moses, the great folk artist whose colorful paintings of rural life sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars today. Amazingly, Grandma Moses didn't even start painting until she was 76 years old! Her main pastime before painting was needlework. But the arthritis in her hands made it too painful to continue the intricate needlework she loved, so she switched over to oil painting. Grandma Moses, you see, was determined to lead a productive, creative life, which she did right up until her death at 101! When arthritis forced one door closed, she didn't give up --- she just decided to build another door! She was determined to engage in a fulfilling, productive activity, and because she made the effort to build a door, she became a world-famous painter, even though she never had an art lesson in her life!" —If You Can't Climb The Wall, Build A Door by Dr. Charles Lever
William A. Ward gave as his "recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping, work while others are loafing, prepare while others are playing, and dream while others are wishing."
The need to keep struggling to overcome our problems reminds me of the story about a group of military officers who approached Napoleon with the request that he promote a certain enlisted man. Napoleon inquired as to why the officers felt the soldier was worthy of a promotion. The officers told Napoleon that the soldier's cleverness and courage had enabled the French Army to win an important victory in a battle just several days before. Napoleon pondered the request for a few seconds before responding with this question: "What has the man done since?" To this question the officers had no answer. Napoleon knew that all too often a little-known soldier will demonstrate a sudden burst of brilliance and help to WIN A BATTLE or two. But Napoleon understood that the soldiers who WIN THE WAR are those individuals who are always moving forward, always forging ahead, always climbing their walls, day in and day out. —If You Can't Climb The Wall, Build A Door by Dr. Charles Lever
"The world we've made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking" — Albert Einstein.
I come into this society, so I've got to live in terms of this society. It's ridiculous not to live in terms of this society because, unless I do, I'm not living. But I mustn't allow this society to dictate to me how I should live. One has to build up one's own system that may violate the expectations of the society, and sometimes society doesn't accept that. But the task of life is to live within the field provided by the society that is really supporting you. A point comes up -- for instance, a war, where the young men have to register for the draft. This involves an enormous decision. How far are you going to go in acceding to what the society is asking of you -- to kill other people whom you don't know? For what? For whom? All that kind of thing. —Bill Moyers
"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant."
"What would you do if you had a bank account that was credited with $84,600 at the beginning of each day, but which would not allow you to carry your unused balance from one day to the next? Unless you like to throw money away, you'd draw out every single cent before the end of the day, isn't that true? Well, each of us has just such a "bank account" called time. Each day 84,600 seconds are deposited into our account, and if we don't use the time wisely, then we lose it." —If You Can't Climb The Wall, Build A Door by Dr. Charles Lever
This comes from Ecclesiastes. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
"And there is every reason to believe that laughter is a spiritual force." —Pastor Todd Outcalt
"I have a feeling that faith bears a closer resemblance to giggling than to praying. I have an idea that faith has more to do with Play-Doh and painting than singing from hymnals and reciting tired words. I have the notion that faith is more like making a game out of life than going through life playing games." —Pastor Todd Outcalt
Then CBS executive Barbara Corday said, regarding education, "If I were talking to young executives, I'd advise them to forget their MBAs. A lot of young leaders are very taken with their own credentials, and they forget that most American leaders of the past 150 years didn't have MBAs, didn't have Ph.D.s. I barely graduated from high school and have never had another day of formal education. I'm not saying that because I'm particularly proud of it, but I'm also not embarrassed about it. In my business, very few people have an academic background that matches in any way what they're doing now. A liberal arts education is probably the best thing for my business, and I feel I have that, even though I don't have a degree to show.... A lot of the young people I've dealt with in the last five years have all sorts of degrees, but they lack some of the personality traits, the showmanship and enthusiasm and childlike qualities, that the entertainment business requires, and it makes me sad to see that.... People who go to plays, read books, know the classics, who have an open mind and enjoy experiences, are more apt to be successful in my business than someone with an MBA in finance.
Chinese Proverb: If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we're headed.
"The chances that life just occurred are about as unlikely as a typhoon blowing through a junkyard and constructing a Boeing-747." ---astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe
By contrast, the greatest piece of literature ever written on the subject of love, the 13th Chapter of I Corinthians, includes not a single reference to feelings: "Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong." (I Corinthians 12:4-5 TLB)
"Humankind took possession of the messenger and did not understand the message."
"But when you've been around for thirty or forty years, and seen more of the results of your mistakes, you can say, 'There really isn't, in material things, what I thought was going to be there.'"
"Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves." —Lao Tzu
There is a huge difference between managers and leaders. Have you ever noticed that we, as a people, look to leaders? Take for instance Jesus: he was not a spiritual manager, but a spiritual leader. What's the difference? A leader has a vision and imparts that vision upon the people. A manager tracks and allocates assets, monitors time-sheets, OK's expenditures, and tells people what to do.
*Jesus said: No prophet is acceptable in his village; a physician does not heal those who know him.*
"People will prefer fighting to the death rather than to give up their unhappiness."
"Nature and culture never go together, but one is always at the expense of the other. If one grows, the other has to shrink. To reach 100% Culture is a utopia; to reach 100% nature means paradise."
". . . punishment doesn't do a very good job of changing behavior." —Jess Lair, Ph.D.
If you were diagnosed with incurable cancer, and you only had a few months to live, and it became progressively more painful, do you think God would have a problem with suicide?
"The implication is punishment is not a very good way to get rid of the behavior that we don't want. But it persists. We do punish people a great deal. And why does it persist? It persists for the simple reason that punishing is very, very satisfying to us. The person who's doing the punishment enjoys it. As a parent, as a teacher, as a boss, you and I just love to pound on people and punish them. But you're doing this, not because it works so well, but because you love it so." — Jess Lair, Ph.D.
"Now there are many was of dying. Most of them involve dying on your feet like I was doing. I see my young teaching students sitting in class, and almost everyone of them are violently opposed to dress codes. Yet I predict that ten years from now half of them may vote for a dress code in their schools. That's how away they are going to get from where they are today because of accumulation of little wrong turns and dying to life." --Jess Lair, Ph.D.
Then Peter came and said to Him, =93Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
QUOTATION:With willing hearts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once; the impossible takes a bit longer. ATTRIBUTION:Author unknown. Inscription on the memorial to the Seabees (U.S. Naval Construction Batallions), between Memorial Bridge and Arlington Cemetery.
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. — Dalai Llama
A quotation from A Christmas Carol by Dickens: "I wear the chain I forged in life....I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it."
"I will give an example of this Fifth Gospel. Luke 12:32 says, 'Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.' Ah, this is a popular verse. I've preached many times from this text. But what about the next verse? 'Sell your possessions and give to charity.' I've never heard a sermon on this verse[....]" — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Jesus didn't say, 'How would you like to go?' No. He commanded, and they did it. That is how disciples are made." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
*Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of the life. Jesus said: Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male, in order that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself male shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.*
"You know, brother, we have to support all the things we're doing in the church, and so we tithe our money. But it's not as bad as it sounds, because when you tithe, the ninety percent goes further than the 100 percent did before. God will stretch the money for you." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Now we understand that baptism has a meaning. It should be done right away, as soon as the person begins to live in the new kingdom." "It doesn't matter to me so much whether it's by immersion or whatever--the Bible is not as plain on that as it is on, say, loving one another (and we don't do that!)." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
It's great to travel, but it's also great to come home.
Jesus said, I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). Do you know what that means? Excuse me for this illustration, but it comes from Jesus Himself. What things do we vomit? Things that won't digest. If something is digested, it doesn't come up. Vomited people are those people who refuse to be digested by the Lord Jesus Christ. And digestion means getting lost. You're finished. Your life ends. You are transformed into Jesus. You are unmistakeably associated with Him. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Speaking in tongues without love is noise. Prophecy and the ability to understand spiritual mysteries, without love, are nothing. The gift of faith without love is nothing." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
The Samaritan was nothing special. We have called him the "good Samaritan," but Jesus didn't. He just said, "A certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him . . ." (verse 33). He was simply obeying the old commandment. He left some money to pay for the man's care, and then went on to do his own business. But we are so bad that, by comparison, he was a *good* Samaritan. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
God does not say, "Love your neighbors." You cannot love the whole world. He says, "Love your neighbor." So take one person, one family. Start to pray for that family. Start to look for their problems, their needs--spiritual, material, psychological, all kinds of needs. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
The pastors have always been more divided, more concerned about their differences, than the people. So we must set the example in every city by creating a fellowship among the pastors of the city. We cannot get our congregations to love if we do not. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"God has only two groups--those who love one another, and those who don't." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
We even stopped changing our voice and vocabulary for prayer. So many Christians have a whole different way of speaking when they pray; it's very dramatic and flowery. Why? Because they close their eyes and think they've entered another world. But with our eyes open, we realize that we must live only one kind of life twenty-four hours a day. Everything must be done in God's presence; His is always here. We don't need to put on any special speech for Him. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
When The Lord began to speak to me about solutions to our growth problem, He started with the passage in Ephesians. My job was to equip the saints, to bring them to maturity. I hadn't been taught that. I had been taught how to entertain people, not how to perfect them. That was the idea of the many activities of the church--to entertain, to maintain, to keep people involved. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Why is it in the modern church that when someone wants to be trained for the ministry, he must leave the church and go to a seminary? The church is not fulfilling its job. If pastors were equipping the saints to do the work of service like the Bible says, the seminaries wouldn't be needed. God has only one agency on this earth: the Church. That's all He intended. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Information is not bad, but it is the least way of teaching. All it does is possibly awaken your interest to experience the things you are informed about. Unfortunately, we made this an end in itself. To know and memorize the words of the Bible was our only goal. The strange thing is that Jesus almost never used this method. We never see Jesus giving His disciples a Bible study. Can you imagine Him saying, "Well, don't forget that tomorrow morning we'll be having devotions from eight to nine. From nine to ten we'll have minor prophets. Then from ten to eleven we will have the poetry books, and then from eleven to noon we will have the homiletics and hermeneutics." Yet he was preparing the best ministers history ever saw. How could He forget such important subjects? — Juan Carlos Ortiz
It is tradition that makes us say, "Lord, NO!" We read in the Bible about the unity of the Body of Christ, and we say, "No! God wants the denominations the way they are." The Bible is the rule of faith and practice, we say--unless it conflicts with our tradition. Fantastic. [....] The power of tradition is awesome. God cannot do many things He would like to do because of our bondage. We are scandalized every time He wants us to change a little. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
The absence or ineffectiveness of leadership implies the absence of vision, a dreamless society, and this will result, at best, in the maintenance of the status quo or, at worst, in the disintegration of our society because of lack of purpose and cohesion. —Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus
We are working hard now to end the poverty in our congregation. After all, we are supposed to be the light of the world. How can we tackle social problems outside the church when we haven't solved them inside the church? Some pastors get very involved in politics to bring about the social justice--but they can't get it in their own congregation. We should start where our own word is heard and obeyed. Let us start with the people with the Bibles under their arms. They must carry out social justice before anyone else. It's incredible to think that one brother in a congregation can have two TVs while another has no bed. It's incredible that one has two or more cars while another has to walk twenty blocks and wait for buses an hour every day. But it happens all the time in my country. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"I was the Reverend, an ordained minister. But now I realize that I couldn't even be a deacon in the primitive church--they had more spirituality, more wisdom, more power, more gifts, more of everything than the most highly ordained people today." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
The Catholic Church was wrong when it ousted Martin Luther. If they had heard him, the whole Catholic Church could have been renewed. How many sons, faithful to the Mother Church, have been cast out because they would not agree with it? But we evangelicals are doing the same thing. We count only those with use who think as we do. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
the holy spirit is the whole will of God —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Someone asked me if it is OK to kick someone in their mind if they were mean. I replied with an excerpt from the Wikipedia page for ahimsa: In Gandhi's thought, ahimsa precludes not only the act of inflicting a physical injury, but also mental states like evil thoughts and hatred, unkind behavior such as harsh words, dishonesty and lying, all of which he saw as manifestations of violence incompatible with ahimsa.
"Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all." — Mary Daly
Workers who do their best, but consistently fail to live up to their own expectations, eventually stop trying to do their best. It never seems to be good enough or appreciated.
It is important to realize that blaming is fun. Anger is fun. Hatred is fun. And like any pleasurable activity, it is habit forming--you get hooked on it. —M. Scott Peck
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few. —Shunryu Suzuki
Looking back over my own years of schooling, I can see the enormous deficiencies of a system which could do nothing better for my body than Swedish drill and compulsory football, nothing better for my character than prizes, punishments, sermons and pep-talks, and nothing better for my soul than a hymn before bed-time, to the accompaniment of the harmonium. Like everyone else, I am functioning at only a fraction of my potential. —Aldous Huxley
Real marriage is the joining of heart, mind, and spirit that has already happened at a very deep level. If a couple lets their commitment evolve gradually and naturally, marriage vows do not represent trying to live up to some ideal, but are more of a conscious celebration of the connection they have already made and learned to be true to. —John Welwood
"Happiness is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it."
Zig Ziglar pointed out that the definition of /faith/ and of /fear/ is essentially the same thing: they both believe that what we don't see will happen. Of course, one is positive, and the other is negative.
"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival." —W. Edwards Deming
"It is true that when a couple are married they make certain promises to each other, but the act of giving love must be renewed every day." — Lewis F. Presnall
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too." —John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
"Most of us do quite well when we are actually confronted with an occasional big problem. It is the accumulation of little problems which confound us." — Lewis F. Presnall
Part of this problem is created by a general attitude of society. For most of us, respectability is part of our economic structure of trade. Our society exacts a far higher penalty upon those who are not considered respectable than it does upon those whose emotions may be immature. The idea that we can do as we please, as long as we do not get caught, is widely accepted by a great number of people in society. — Lewis F. Presnall
"We are often startled to discover the deep psychological insights contained in the teachings of Jesus. We are inclined to indulge ourselves in the conceit that wisdom originated with the discovery of scientific thought and that the psychological knowledge of man dated from the time of Freud." —Lewis F. Presnall, 1959
"Perhaps any of us could get along with perfect people. But our task is to get along with imperfect people." —Richard L. Evans
"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy." —Mahatma Gandhi
"It is not enough for a person to have the undesirable patterns removed from his mind. He must also replace these things with constructive thoughts and actions." — Lewis F. Presnall
"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." —Margaret Carty
A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. —Mahatma Gandhi
"I suspect that all Christians believe, or would say they believe, that Christ dwells in us, that the kingdom of heaven extends into our regenerated spirits. Yet we don't all act like it. We treat God as if he's far way--sleeping peacefully in heaven, or on vacation until his next guest appearance at church on Sunday. Jesus may have finished his appointed time on earth, but the at-hand kingdom did not dissolve after Easter or Pentecost." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"This is power. And this is how God's power works. We make a decision, we take a step, and God is faithful to kick in with us. [....] If we chose the godly path, he is there with power to help us walk it. The element of choice, or free will, is important." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. —Ephesians 4:26
Even emotions with less sinful potential than anger are subject to this same principle. Suppose a loved one dies. If you are sad, this is good and natural. But if you fail to set the timer, problems arise. Satan grabs another foothold. Prolonged sadness may turn to depression. If you have lost a spouse, you may start praying, "Lord, I don't want to live any longer. Take me to heaven." You being entertaining suicidal thoughts. You have forfeited your self-control. You may not get suicidal, but perhaps you maintain the funereal atmosphere--always crying, feeling sorry for yourself, making it hard for old friends to be around you. After a while, there will be fewer and fewer of those friends who bother to try. What is the proper amount of grieving? I cannot say. That is why this aspect of self-control must be one of Spirit-to-spirit, of well-formed convictions, of listening to one's conscience. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"It has been said that Satan never kills a Christian; he just hurts her and other Christians finish her off. How true it is that the church is the only army that shoots its wounded." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
I stress continually. How often we become conscious of Christ's presence in the worship service. "I really felt God's presence in that meeting," someone will say. "The Lord was really there today." Well, where was he before you showed up? Was he hanging from the rafters, waiting for your loud songs to wake him up? No, we bring Christ with us because we live with him. It's not unusual to sense his presence more easily in a gathering of believers, or to feel him in a special way occasionally. But we are mistaken if we regard him as a celebrity who makes special appearances only at events with sufficient spiritual voltage. As soon as we develop that mentality, we're linking God with activities. Jesus did not come to bring us activities; he came to bring us life, abundant life, and ongoing experience. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
It's the Holy Spirit's job to convict, not yours. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Satan will not leave alone what God has already accomplished. He wants God's people to pay again for what God's son has already paid for. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Prayer does not have to be repeated. God, of course, is all-patient and he understands our motives, so there is nothing really bad about repeating prayers to God. But God is not deaf. He is not retarded. He hears us the first time. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"We treat God like a slot machine. You put a coin in the machine, pull the handle, and see if you score. If you do, you can quit. If you don't, you'll probably try again and again, as long as your change holds out, waiting for the Big Payoff. So we make our prayers like coins. Chinggg, brrr. Chinggg, brrr. Over and over." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Many of us have used a prayer list. You go through it in the morning and you feel better. Miss it, and you feel a little guilty. Some days you are so spiritual that you repeat it in the afternoon, and you really feel like you've racked up a few extra points. Now God is hearing these prayers. But be honest--does God want you in a *religion* or a *relationship*? —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Be anxious for nothing; in other words, do not be anxious. That's a commandment. If we let ourselves slide into worry and don't bother to climb out, it's sinful. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
One of my children, upon reaching young adulthood, was only a superficial Christian. It concerned Martha and me. We prayed in the child's bedroom to rebuke any evil influences, which was a good step to take. But beyond that, we sensed that God mainly wanted us to extend our love. So one day I said, 'Listen, I will never rebuke you again because then our relationship would deteriorate and we would always be fighting, and you already know what I think is right and wrong. We'll just be kind to you and kiss you and hug you. We'll do that because we love you, but not because we agree with you.' And then my wife was able to let this rest in the Lord's hands. She shed no more tears over it. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
It is likely that what you feel, right or wrong, is a pervasive force in determining your behavior day by day. Emotional experience in the western world has become the primary motivation of values and actions and even spiritual beliefs. [....] Most love songs, in fact, make it clear that a commitment to one another is based on the excitement the couple shares. —Dr. James Dobson, "Emotions, Can You Trust Them"
Raising someone from the dead is a spectacular thing, and is not recorded too many times in the Bible. Nevertheless, it is there, and Jesus promised we would do greater things than he did. So why do we not see this phenomenon happen more often? Once I was at a funeral for a young boy who had died in an accident, so it was particularly sad. The parents were getting extremely emotional. I was a young pastor, and wasn't sure exactly what I could, or should do. So, when nobody was watching, I went to the corpse and said, "In the name of Jesus, get up!" Nothing. I said, "Lord, why this? Why can't he live? It doesn't seem just. What can I tell the parents?" I let the matter drop. About a half hour later, still in the funeral, the Lord seemed to ask me, "Juan Carlos, do you want to know why you didn't raise that boy?" "Why?" "Because I haven't given you that gift. But I know you have $100 in your pocket that could help this family tremendously with the funeral expenses. Give what you have and don't try to give what you don't have." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
What exactly is immaturity? It is someone or something that hasn't changed with time. Immaturity reflects a resistance to change. When Scripture speaks of a hard heart, it's talking about a person set in stone, opposed to internal change. After I had been in the United States and seen the collection plates that were used in church, I proposed the idea to my congregation in Argentina. We had been using long bags strung poorly with wire on old broom handles. Our deacons looked like they were hunting butterflies when they walked around with those sacks.Our church had become a little more sophisticated, and I though the change would be appropriate. But no! "Pastor, you know the founder of the church made those bags," the deacons said. We argued and argued. But we couldn't change things. It was as if there were a Law of Collection Equipment, and obscure verse in Deuteronomy promising that fire would pour out of heaven on those who dared to substituted anything for the tithe receptacle. This touches the heard of the problem: Is the church only and institution ruled by laws, constitutions, and decrees? Or is it also an organism ruled by life? —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Peter and the other disciples were Jews from head to toe. Circumcised, well-versed in the law, they knew they were the best, the elect, God's chosen people for eternity. What they didn't know was that they were wrong. For all their knowledge, all the intimacy of having walked the earth with Jesus, they did not fully comprehend what he had accomplished. And I bet Jesus said many other things to make his intentions clear about the universality of the gospel. We he was gone, did the disciples have the idea of preaching to the Gentiles? No. Yet Peter, James, John and the rest had been in the front row when Jesus was giving instructions. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Lest you think this is simply my raving, look at Jesus. With whom did he spend most of his time? Sinners, prostitutes, publicans--those outside the law. They had no pretenses of righteousness. They did not have Truth all figured out. He never told Gentiles they were hypocrites, but he sure let it loose with the Pharisees, the equivalent of today's churchgoers. He called them a bunch of snakes, whitewashed sepulchers. Much of their condemnation was based on their reverence of the Law at the expense of all else. Of course, most of us belong to traditional and denominational churches. And that's good. But we must be on guard: Just because we do not adhere to Sabbath diet rules and the other minute points of the Law does not mean we are safe from the smug self-righteousness of institutionalized religion." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
The church has been too much like a thrown baseball. It receives a blindingly fresh burst of energy from the Holy Spirit, only to begin to squander it the next day, or the next year. Soon the friction and gravity of rule-lovers has initiated. As Paul rebuked the Galatians, "Are you so foolish?" Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:3). —Juan Carlos Ortiz
I remember dissecting frogs in high school. If the world's best surgeon had wanted to reassemble one of those frogs after I had its guts spread all over the table, he would have thrown up his hands in despair. Today, the church specializes in Bible dissection. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Worry is like this: You go to your garage, start your car, leave it in neutral and press the accelerator until the engine burns up. A lot of noise, ad lot of energy expended, but you don't go anywhere. You end up worse off than before. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
The universality of the church is its quality of being worldwide and basically the same, centered on Jesus. The local church is the expression of the universal church in a certain locality. The third dimension--denominations--was added by human beings because of our inability to get along with each other. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"This is a tragic hour, when loyalty to a church is placed above loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ." — Wilbur M. Smith, Therefore Stand, 1945
For four or five months I taught unity to my congregation, which had grown to about 1,500 people. At the end, I asked, "How many believe that the church is one?" Many hands went up. "Put them down. How many of you *really* believe the church is one?" Even more hands were raised. "How many of you are willing to prove it? To demonstrate this with your own lives?" Many hands again. "Good. Next Sunday, go to the church closest to your house, whether it's Catholic, Lutheran, or Presbyterian. Whatever money you normally spend on gas or bus far to come here, give it to that church's offering. Only those who live closest to this church come here." Silence. They didn't want to accept the challenge. But a third of the congregation obeyed. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"The business of growth is the only thing which can be pursued through a whole lifetime without inducing a feeling of boredom. Things lose their appeal. Ideas become commonplace. People come and go. But growth always remains exciting---full of surprises, full of promise." —Lewis F. Presnall
Some people reach the top rung of the ladder only to find it has been leaning against the wrong wall. — anonymous
"I am not saying you should give up your belief in the incarnation, the virgin birth, the death and resurrection of Jesus. But many of our differences are not about the heart of our faith, but about peripheral matters: infant baptism, drinking wine, and praying in tongues, for example." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"I believe that God is trying to regroup his people today. Maybe I should say that he's trying to de-group them." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Some day you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are." —Rudyard Kipling
"People who never take a chance never get ahead."
"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." —Eric Hoffer
It is impossible to fail totally if you dare to try.
"Humanity peaks at times when societies rise from decadence to a highly sophisticated state of civilization. Eventually, however, most cultures allow decay to set in. Rather than rooting out the negative influences, the human institutions adjust to the downward movement. The decline continues and accelerates until it reaches a low ebb at which point it begins the long, slow ascent once more."
Many of you who are reading these words do not have time to experiment. Your energies and your resources are running out. You have to be assured that the next thing you try will not be some wild and reckless whim.
"In the long run, we only hit what we aim at." —Henry David Thoreau
"Problems are like a pregnancy. They will grow until their presence is obvious. No one is just a little pregnant. And no problem is unimportant enough to ignore." —Robert H. Schuller
Robert Schuller, paraphrasing. He was looking to get large contributions for his church. He asked a guy who had gotten a $1 Million contribution how he did it. The guy replied, "How do you catch a moose?" Schuller thought about it. He figured that he had to go to Canada, where moose live. He had to understand their habits, follow their paths, maybe even use bait. One doesn't catch a moose in Las Vegas.
"The lack of a sense of progress toward ideals, the growing belief that much of the rapid cultural and technological change is getting us nowhere, is another major contributor to a decreasing quality of life." — from the book "The Art of Problem Solving" by Russell L. Ackoff
One's suffering disappears when one lets oneself go, when one yields - even to sadness. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Doors will open to the enthusiastic person first.
"It simply makes no difference how good the rhetoric is or even how good the intentions are; if there is little or no trust, there is no foundation for permanent success." —Stephen R. Covey
"And what happens when the source of borrowed strength - be it superior size or physical strength, position, authority, credentials, status symbols, appearance, or past achievements -- changes or is no longer there?" —Stephen R. Covey
It's so much easier to operate at a low emotional level and give high-level advice. —Stephen R. Covey
"No one is defeated until they start blaming someone else." --Coach John Wooden
"I realized that Sandra and I had been getting social mileage out of our children's good behavior, and, in our eyes, this son simply didn't measure up. Our image of ourselves,and our role as good, caring parents was even deeper than our image of our son and perhaps influenced it. There was a lot more wrapped up in the way we were seeing and handling the problem than our concern for our sons welfare. As Sandra and I talked, we became painfully aware of the powerful influence of our character and motives and of our perception of him. We knew that social comparison motives were out of harmony with our deeper values and could lead to conditional love and eventually to our sons lessened sense of self-worth." —Stephen R. Covey
"Until you convince people there is a problem, they won't fix the problem."
"Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us." —Stephen R. Covey
"It's much better to have a reputation as someone who talks only when it counts than to be known as someone who has to put in his two cents' worth on every subject." — Larry King
Suppose you wanted to arrive at a specific location in central Chicago. A street map of the city would be a great help to you in reaching your destination. But suppose you were given the wrong map. Through a printing error, the map labeled 'Chicago' was actually a map of Detroit. Can you imagine the frustration, the ineffectiveness of trying to reach your destination? You might work on your behavior-- you could try harder, be more diligent, double your speed. But your efforts would only succeed in getting you to the wrong place faster. You might work on your attitude-- you could think more positively. You still wouldn't get to the right place, but perhaps you wouldn't care. Your attitude would be so positive, you'd be happy wherever you were. The point is, you'd still be lost. —Stephen R. Covey
He who never makes a mistake seldom makes anything else.
Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want /now /for what we want /eventually/. —Stephen R. Covey
Efficient management without effective leadership is, as one individual has phrased it, "like straightening deck chairs on the Titanic." —Stephen R. Covey
Viktor Frankl says we /detect/ rather than /invent/ our missions in life.
"He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail." —Abraham Maslow
"A humble attitude is *not* thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." —Zig Ziglar
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side. —Zig Ziglar
"The demarcation between a positive and a negative desire or action is not whether it gives you an immediate feeling of satisfaction but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences." — Dalai Lama
"If you desire happiness, you should seek the causes that give rise to it, and if you don't desire suffering, then what you should do is to ensure that the causes and conditions that would give rise to it no longer arise." — Dalai Lama
Although I speak from my own experience, I feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable for you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it. —The Dalai Lama
"A relationship built primarily on sexual desire is like a house built on a foundation of ice; as soon as the ice melts, the building collapses." —The Dalai Lama
"The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people." —Karl Marx
"I truly believe that compassion provides the basis of human survival, the real value of human life, and without that, there is a basic piece missing" —The Dalai Lama
There is no fortitude similar to patience, just as there is no affliction worse than hatred. — The Dalai Lama
According to the Buddhist thought, the root causes of suffering are ignorance, craving, and hatred. These are called the "three poisons of the mind."
"[...] there is a danger that too much intellectualization will kill the more contemplative practices. But then, too much emphasis on practical implementation without study will kill the understanding. So there has got to be a balance." —The Dalai Lama
"Things which matter most should not be at the mercy of things that matter least." — Goethe
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. —Jim Rohn
"If one comes across a person who has been shot by an arrow, one does not spend time wondering about where the arrow came from, or the caste of the individual who shot it, or analyzing what type of wood the shaft is made of, or the manner in which the arrowhead was fashioned. Rather, one should focus on immediately pulling out the arrow." --Shakyamuni, the Buddha
"You should never lose sight of the importance of having a realistic attitude--of being very sensitive and respectful to the concrete reality of your situation as you proceed on the path towards your ultimate goal." —The Dalai Lama
"Since patience or tolerance comes from an ability to remain firm and steadfast and not be overwhelmed by the adverse situations or conditions that one faces, one should not see tolerance or patience as a sign of weakness, or giving in, but rather as a sign of strength, coming from a deep ability to remain firm. Responding to a trying situation with patience and tolerance rather than reacting with anger and hatred involves active restraint, which comes from a strong, self-disciplined mind." — The Dalai Lama
"There are five billion human beings and in a certain way I think we need five billion different religions, because there is such a large variety of dispositions. I believe that each individual should embark upon a spiritual path that is best suited to his or her mental disposition, natural inclination, temperament, belief, family, and cultural background." -- The Dalai Lama
"The purpose of religion is to benefit people, and I think that if we only had one religion, after a while it would cease to benefit many people. If we had a restaurant, for instance, and it only served one dish--day after day, for every meal--that restaurant wouldn't have many customers left after a while." — The Dalai Lama
"I don't know how it can be, but there are people who spend ten, twenty years in church and still do not know how to lead a person to Christ. The only thing they can do is invite them to a meeting. They say to a friend, "Why don't you come to our church? It has comfortable benches, new carpeting, heat in winter and air conditioning in summer. We have a nice preacher too. Why don't you come?" —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Each believer needs to know his place in the body. Most church congregations are not a spiritual building, but a mount of bricks. There is a difference. However good the materials may be, if they are not situated in their right place and correctly related to one another, there is no building. Each member of the congregation is a brick. The evangelists are continually bring in new bricks. The pastor encourages this, even teaching classes on soul-winng. Bring in more bricks, he urges. But bricks are not a building. Instead of a builder, the pastor now becomes a caretaker of bricks. The problem of having a mount of bricks on the land is that when the bricks are not built into a building, they can be stolen or broken up. Therefore the pastor is continually having to take care of the bricks, because some other pastor or Satan might steal them. But the Bible tells us pastors are for edifying the body of Christ, not just for caretakers of bricks. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Generally speaking, once you're already in a difficult situation, it isn't possible to change your attitude simply by adopting a particular thought once or twice. Rather it's through a process of learning, training, and getting used to new viewpoints that enables you to deal with the difficulty." —The Dalai Lama
"Our ultimate aim in seeking more wealth is a sense of satisfaction, of happiness. But the very basis of seeking more is a feeling of not having enough, a feeling of discontentment. That feeling of discontentment, of wanting more and more and more, doesn't arise from the inherent desirability of the objects we are seeking but rather from our own mental state." — The Dalai Lama
"There is no fortitude similar to patience, just as there is no affliction worse that hatred." — The Dalai Lama
"When speaking of these negative states of mind, I should point out that I am referring to what are called /Nyon Mong/ in Tibetan, or /Klesha /in Sanskrit. This term literally means 'that which afflicts from within.' that's a long term, so it is often translated as 'delusions.'" —the Dalai Lama
"I think prayer is, for the most part, a simple daily reminder of your deeply held principles and convictions." — The Dalai Lama
"So, in speaking of having a spiritual dimension to our lives, we have identified our religious beliefs as one level of spirituality. Now regarding religion, if we believe in any religion, that's good. But even without a religious belief, we can still manage. In some cases, we can manage even better. But that's our own individual right; if we wish to believe, good! If not, it's all right. But there's another level of spirituality. That is what I call basic spirituality---basic human qualities of goodness, kindness, compassion, caring." — The Dalai Lama
"But true spirituality should have the result of making a person calmer, happier, more peaceful." —Dalai Lama
"As I understand it, the church of today faces three basic problems. The first is the eternal childhood of the believer. The second is the misplacement of the believer. The third is the lack of unity." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Materialism is also an evidence of childhood. Children do not know how to value things. Perhaps a child has a hundred-dollar bill in his hand, but you show him a chocolate bar, and he'll leave the hundred-dollar bill for the chocolate. Church members demonstrate their childishness by their craving for material things---good homes, good cars, money---while they leave spiritual things in second place. Eternal childhood." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"The only way out is to stop all activities and ask God if we are doing the right thing or not." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"A boy in my congregation who had been saved before the renewal started said, 'Within six months of my conversion I knew everything everybody else knew in the church. From that six months on, I was just maintained in the congregation. I grew just so far and I stayed there.' —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"But you cannot make others in the image of Jesus Christ if you are not made first. So the first goal in life is to be like Jesus. That means maturity." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Jesus Himself went to heaven with inner peace because He left a congregation that did not need to write a mission board and say, "Please, send us another pastor because our pastor went up in a cloud to heaven." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"I believe in tongues, although I think many people have made it just another 'me' ministry instead of bringing glory to God." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
We see ourselves as the lords who sit in the pews and Jesus as our servant. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Jesus has many names. The Word of God labels Him: Jesus, Savior, Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed, the Authorized One (to do the things He did), the Love of God, the Lion of Judah, the Star of the Morning, the Son of Righteousness, the Cloud of Glory, the Water of Life. He's everything. Jesus is so inclusive that no one name can tell everything about Him. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Zaccheus was in a tree. Jesus came up to him. "Zaccheus, hurry. Come down, because I need to go to your house today." Jesus never gave a choice to anybody because salvation is not a choice--it's a commandment.
You teach more by living than by talking. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Jesus prayed 40 days before choosing disciples. This sort of gets you thinking. Jesus apparently didn't have a direct phone line to God.
Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas of life. — Stephen R. Covey
Satan is successful when he gets us to put emphasis on unessential things and to treat lightly the element that is really essential.
"I'm sure you have noticed that, as a general rule, people with nothing to do want to do it with you." —Zig Ziglar
"If Jesus didn't make more than twelve disciples, how can I make five hundred?" —Juan Carlos Ortiz
* Those who killed the physical body of Christ, those who shed His blood, at least had a purpose. What purpose is there, today, in crucifying and hurting and dividing this body of Christ? There is no purpose. So the punishment of those who hurt and bleed this body of Christ, the church, is going to be much greater than the punishment of those who crucified the physical body of Jesus Christ. This is what Paul means---that one who drinks without discernment, without knowing what is the body of Christ---is going to be guilty of the blood and of the body of Jesus Christ. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Each believer needs to know his place in the body. Most church congregations are not a spiritual building but a mountain of bricks. There is a difference. However good the materials may be, if they are not situated in their right place and correctly related to one another, there is no building. Each member of the congregation is a brick. The evangelists are continually brining in new bricks. The pastor encourages this, even teaching classes on soul-winning. Bring in more bricks, he urges. But bricks are not a building. Instead of a builder, the pastor now becomes a caretaker of bricks. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
In our country you cannot save money in the bank because inflation is too high. Sometimes it is eighty percent in one year, so you cannot possibly save money. Thus to save you have to buy something. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
I call it "the gospel of the offers," "the gospel of the big sales," "the gospel of the specials," where the preacher offers the people some incentive to accept Jesus. But we don't accept Jesus, it is Jesus who accepts us. ... If you accept Jesus, the preacher says, you are going to have joy, peace, health, and prosperity. ... Such a gospel appeals to the interest of man, not the interest of Jesus. "If you bring $10, you are going to get $20," we are told. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
They said, in effect, "Caesar, you can count on us in some things, but when Jesus and you are in the balance, we will stay with Jesus, because we have committed our lives to Him. He is the first one. He is THE LORD---the one who possesses supreme authority over us." That was the reason Caesar persecuted the Christians. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Prayer becomes a kind of Aladdin's lamp. Use it and you will receive everything you like. No wonder Karl Marx said religious is the opiate of the people. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
We cannot cut Jesus into pieces and take the piece we like best. We are like children who are given bread with jam. They eat the jam and give you back the bread. Then you put more jam on it and they lick off the jam again and give you back the bread. That's the way we want to do with Jesus. We want to take the jam and give the bread away. We have to eat the bread with the jam. Heaven may be the jam, but the Lord Jesus is the Bread of Life. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Many of my friends have underlined verses in their Bibles, most of which compose the fifth gospel. To see what I mean, read the verses you have /never /underlined, because that is the truth you lack. I do not underline the Bible any more because the underline divides the verses into first class and second class. I used to have my Bible underlined with many colors. Now I have everything the same color, because every word is important. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Zaccheus knew that Jesus was Lord and the Lord had come for him. So he announced that he would give half his goods to the poor and restore fourfold all he had cheated people of. Then Jesus said, "Today salvation has come to this house."
He went home sad. If we had been there, we would have run after the young ruler and said, "Listen, don't take it so seriously. Jesus didn't mean it that way. He'll soften up once He understands how much you have. Why not start with just a part of what you have. You can increase it next year and won't even miss it." We would have invited him to follow Jesus, but on his own terms, not Jesus' terms. That is why Jesus let him go. He loved him, but if He had lowered the requirements, that man never could have been saved--from himself. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Then after a while we ask for the third payment. "You know that in order to support all the things here, we pay tithes. But if that is asking too much, perhaps you'd prefer to start with 5% and move up to the tithe next year. But if you tithe, God is going to give you threefold. In fact, the person who tithes has more than the one who doesn't." Sorry, that's a man-centered gospel. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
If a person from another planet were to come to earth and see how Christians live, he would conclude that Jesus had said something like this: "Seek ye first what you are going to eat. Seek ye first how you are going to dress. Which house are you going to buy? Which car are you going to drive? Which girl are you going to marry? Which job are you going to do? And then if there is a little time left, and if it is not too uncomfortable for you, please do something for the kingdom of God." That's the way most of the people in the church live. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Jesus didn't have to preach to His Disciples, "Oh, disciples, the lost souls---each time the clock strikes, 5,952.5 people go to hell! Don't you feel sorry for them? Don't you hear them shouting from hell?" Jesus said, "Go to that city. Knock at the door. Say, 'The peace of God be over you.' Heal the people. Go!" He commanded. He didn't say, "Would you like to go?" He said, Go! —Juan Carlos Ortiz
As a young evangelist I used to go into the country and preach to little churches in small towns. I was a nobody. When I visited the central office of my denomination no one said to me, "Hello," "Good morning," "Good afternoon." I went in, sat down, and went out---that was all. But when I became pastor of a big city church, things changed. Then when I visited the central office or the Bible School, people fawned over me. "Oh, Brother Ortiz, hello. Give me your coat. Do you want a cup of tea?" But I knew if I moved back to small churches I would be a nobody once again. We use people. If we bring in more money, if we build up more churches, if we multiply---ohhhh! But if we fall in disgrace, who takes care of us? —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Some time ago, my wife was invited to serve as chairman of a committee in a community endeavor. She had a number of truly important things she was trying to work on, and she really didn't want to do it. But she felt pressured into it and finally agreed. Then she called one of her dear friends to ask if she would serve on her committee. Her friend listened for a long time and then said, "Sandra, that sounds like a wonderful project, a really worthy undertaking. I appreciate so much your inviting me to be a part of it. I feel honored by it. For a number of reasons, I wont be participating myself, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your invitation." Sandra was ready for anything but a pleasant "no." She turned to me and sighed, "I wish I'd said that." I don't mean to imply that you shouldn't be involved in significant service projects. Those things are important. But you have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage---pleasantly, smiling, nonapologetically---to say "no" to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger "yes" burning inside. The enemy of the "best" is often the "good." Keep in mind that you are always saying "no" to something. If it isn't to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the more fundamental, highly important things. —Stephen R. Covey
The Bible says it is the doers of the Word who shall be justified, not the hearers of the Word. Why are there so many hearers? Because there are so many speakers. If we speak, and speak, and speak, what can people do but hear? —Juan Carlos Ortiz
The church building should not be a cave where believers hide from the world. It should be a place of service to the community. Jesus never said, "Sinners, come to the church." He said, "Believers, go ye and make disciples." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Today as in New Testament times it is not the publicans and sinners who are far from the kingdom, but the Scribes and Pharisees---the religious people. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
You can discuss anything with a person who loves you.
"I had a good friend who loved to play golf. He always wanted me to play golf with him, but after all the struggles I had with priorities---some of which I have yet to even tell you---I always turned him down. You see, playing golf was great, but it meant I would lose that time with my kids and my wife. I was not willing to do that anymore. A few years later, that friend of mine got cancer. As I was sitting with him one day, just a few days before he died, he said something to me that I will always remember. He said, 'If I knew this was going to happen, I would have played a lot less golf and spent more time with my family.'" —Seeds of Success by Bill and Billy Moyer
Kids are entrusted to us for God's glory. They are not for our glory.
"I was at the church late and noticed a light on as I was leaving. When I went in, I saw our priest mopping the floor. I said, 'Father, why are you mopping the floor?' He told me he usually did it because they did not have anyone else to. I told him I would do it, but he refused. He said, 'Mopping the floor is not the greatest gift that you have. You have other gifts to use, and I would appreciate it if you would use perhaps your greatest gift, your big mouth, to find someone to mop the floor for me.' He meant that as a compliment. He was right. Mopping the floor was not a gift of mine. I was given the gift of being able to talk to people and in front of large numbers of people." —Seeds of Success by Bill and Billy Moyer:
Recently I was in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. I was told there are four hundred churches in that city. That is not true. There is one church broken into four hundred pieces. So we should find out how to put the pieces together, because there cannot be more than one church in each locality. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"I invited a Catholic priest to preach in my church. He first asked permission of his bishop. The bishop said, "You may go, but don't take anybody with you except the most spiritually mature people of your parish." He had previously promised to come with all the parish. But when he arrived, he apologized, saying, "I'm sorry. I came with only three people because the bishop told me not to bring those who are not spiritually grounded." So perhaps they are more ready than we---the democratic people---to be submissive." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
1. Learn about leadership for the rest of your life. 2. Don't just learn leadership principles, but also learn about leaders.
"Questions also convey interest, but sometimes the interest they convey is tangential to what we're trying to say. Sometimes the distraction is obvious. If you're trying to tell a friend about the inconsiderate things your husband did on your vacation, and she interrupts with a lot of questions about where you stayed, you certainly don't feel listened to. " —The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols, PhD
"First we understood that a member is not independent in the body-type membership. None of us have ever seen a nose walking along the street, or a foot walking by himself. The body must be joined and fitly knitted together. If a member is independent, he is not a member. And if he is a member, he cannot be independent." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
We're lost, but we're making good time! --- Yogi Berra
I imagine that when we get to heaven, Paul will call most of us Bible teachers over to one side and say, "Listen, I never said what you taught." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"When siblings are competitive, it's often a result of being undernourished in some sense, feeling deprived of attention, affection, feedback, or approval." — Tom DeMarco
Tradition is more firmly rooted in us than even the Word of God. We are like the car on the merry-go-round that is attached to the platform. It has a steering wheel and the child turns it one way and then the other, but the car always remains stationary. That's how we are in our churches. We are attached to the platform of our traditions. Yet we say, "God, show me thy will." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"But the majority is not always right. It was the majority that made the golden calf in the wilderness. The majority left Jesus to go alone to the cross. So we cannot say that something is right because the majority votes for it. Yet today we still equate the vote of the people with the voice of God." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
You get paid a /salary/ for what you do, you get a /return/ on what you own.
"Someone's opinion of you doesn't have to become your reality" — Les Brown
People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest. — George Matthew Allen
This comes from an Ortiz book, although it is about another guy named Smith Wigglesworth. That's a fun name. "Wigglesworth was sleeping and suddenly he felt the bed being moved. He felt that somebody was at the foot of the bed, so he lit a candle and looked and it was Lucifer sitting there. 'Oh, it's only you,' he said and went back to sleep." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"Where does He have his 'office'? Some people say it is in the third heaven. I was told in seminary that the first heaven was where the planes fly, the second heaven is where the galaxies are. And the third heaven is where God is. And that is all. Perhaps that is right. Perhaps not." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
Remember the emotional bank account---similar to a bank account, you can make deposits or withdrawals from each of your family relationships. Make a conscious effort to make meaningful deposits in your relationships. When you make a withdrawal, apologize and correct the mistake. —Stephen R. Covey
But after some years the church lost its charisma, its spiritual power. The leaders became materialistic. They were more conscious of earthly power than the power that came from above. However, without the charismata, without the immediate and pervasive activity of the Holy Spirit, the church became a danger to the world. Without God's revelation the church started to go astray. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
"People often make two mistakes in their search of inner peace... focusing on things they cannot change, and ignoring things they can change." —Robert Moore
"Do not simply believe whatever you are told, or whatever has been handed down from past generations, or what is common opinion, or whatever the scriptures say. Do not accept something as true merely by deduction or inference, or by considering outward appearances, or by partiality for a certain view, or because it is plausibility, or because your teacher tells you it is so. But when you yourselves directly know 'these principle are unwholesome, blameworthy, condemned by the wise; when adopted and carried out they lead to harm and suffering' then you should abandon them. And when you yourselves directly know 'these principle are wholesome, blameless, praised by the wise; when adopted and carried out they lead to welfare and happiness' then you should accept and practice them." —Gotama Buddha
One must become a good human; otherwise one can never be a good Christian, a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Hindu, a good Buddhist. --- —S.N. Goenka
"You cannot eliminate pain if you do not feel it."
"If you can't be star in the sky, at least be a lamp at home."
"Mind precedes all phenomena, mind matters most, everything is mind-made. If with an impure mind you speak or act, then suffering follows you as the cartwheel follows the foot of the draft animal. If with a pure mind you speak or act, then happiness follows you as a shadow that never departs." — Gotama Buddha
Finally, there is attachment to religious forms and ceremonies. We tend to emphasize the external expressions of religion more than their underlying meaning and to feel that anyone who does not perform such ceremonies cannot be a truly religious person. We forget that without its essence, the formal aspect of religion is an empty shell. Piety in reciting prayers or performing ceremonies is valueless if the mind remains filled with anger, passion, and ill will. To be truly religious we must develop the religious attitude: purity of heart, love and compassion for all. But our attachment to the external forms of religion leads us to give more importance to the letter of it than the spirit. We miss the essence of religion and therefore remain miserable. —William Hart
Materialism is another indication of childhood. Why are people materialistic? Not because they have rebelled. Children are materialistic by nature. Children do not know the value of things. If spiritual things have little value, and material things do, it is because we lack the ability to value things properly. If *a new car every year* is more important than the mission field and expanding the kingdom, it is either because people are crazy or they are children. —Juan Carlos Ortiz
No amount of technical administrative skill in laboring for the masses can make up for lack of nobility of personal character in developing relationships. It is at a very essential, one-on-one level, that we live the primary laws of love and life. — Stephen Covey
This changes the way we counsel people. When one says, "Pray for me, I've lost my job," we answer him, "I can't pray for you the way I used to." "Why not?" "I will /believe/ with you for another job. Now go hit the pavement." —Juan Carlos Ortiz
You may get the golden egg of temporary pleasure from putting someone down or sharing privileged information, but you're strangling the goose, weakening the relationship that provides enduring pleasure in association. — Stephen Covey
Unexpressed feelings never die. They are buried alive and come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses, particularly of the respiratory, nervous, and circulatory systems often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. — Steven Covey
Some reactions, the Buddha said, are like lines drawn on the surface of a pool of water: as soon as they are drawn they are erased. Others are like lines traced on a sandy beach: if drawn in the morning they are gone by night, wiped away by the tide or the wind. Others are like lines cut deeply into rock with chisel and hammer. They too will be obliterated as the rock erodes, but it will take ages for them to disappear.
Children look at things as they appear on the outside. Give a child two boxes, one big and one small, and he will choose the bigger one. Even though the small package may contain something much better, the child will choose the bigger one because he looks only at externals. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
When I went to Bible school, I went to learn the Bible. But I was taught instead the doctrines of my denomination, and we used the Bible to prove them. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Suppose I wanted to become an Australian citizen, and I went to the authorities and asked to be naturalized. Even though I would get citizenship, always deep in my heart there would be a remembrance of Argentina --- of those two-pound steaks for 50¢, and of my Spanish language. God doesn't want that at all. He wants us to be wholly of His kingdom, fanatics of His kingdom. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Wisdom is the beautiful thing about age. When you have more behind you than in front of you, there is more to share.
"[...] we tend to sop up new knowledge like sponges when the thing we're learning is largely irrelevant to us [....]" — Tom DeMarco
The only way you can know the type of tree you are is by the fruit of your life, not by your doctrines. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
We're especially sensitive to criticism from someone whose opinion we care about. The right person saying the wrong thing can puncture the ego like a pin bursting a balloon. —Michael Nichols
You don't ever have to take any of my advice, but if you're going to jump out of an airplane, I advise you grab a parachute.
Positive thinking will let you do /everything/ better than negative thinking will. — Zig Ziglar
Children desperately wan to open up, even more to their parents than to their peers. And they will, if they feel their parents will love them unconditionally, and will be faithful to them afterwards, and not judge or ridicule them. —Stephen R. Covey
Jesus didn't preach inspirational sermons; those are for disobedient people, to convey to them that it would be nice if they would like to do the thing Jesus commanded. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
In my country girls used to be very helpful around the house. But nowadays they take too much care of their nails and hands, so they don't like to do dishes or wash the floors, and mother has to do all those things. Or the girls do it with with complaining and wailing, "Oooh, I'll ruin my hands!" But the day comes when the girl is to introduce a very special boy to the house. She gets up early in the morning singing tra-la-la-la-la-la, she starts to clean and polish everything. She has an urge from inside. Ah, it's love! The boyfriend is coming and she wants to make the house very clean. "Mama, is there something else I can do?" She doesn't feel tired, it's easy. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
But the New Covenant is pictured in Romans chapter eight. The law of the spirit of life in Jesus Christ has made me free from the law of sin that was in me . . . There is no condemnation for those who walk after the Spirit. — Juan Carlos Ortiz So the Bible really isn't against homosexuals. "No condemnation" means no condemnation.
"I lived in the country where we had to pump the water. Pumping water is hard work. One day the running water came. Just open the faucet . . . a sound like shhhhhhh . . . and the water ran! But some people loved the old system, so they kept on pumping. They were not using the running water, even though they had it! Don't be like that." — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Nearly every religion has a holy book, and people try to live according to the book. Muslims try to live according to the Koran, Buddhists according to Buddha's thoughts, and Christians according to the Bible. Sometimes I do not see too much difference between our usual practice and other people's religions. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
Some people will divide and destroy a community to save their point of view. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
What you do off the job determines how far you will go on the job —Zig Ziglar
To know only the historic Christ is a retrospective and static knowledge. To know Him as He is now is a dynamic and growing knowledge. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature." —Ezra Taft Benson
When we learn to worship in the Spirit, we are no longer controlled by our circumstances. When Paul writes about serving the Lord in the Spirit, he means we don't need any organ or candles or instruction--nothing. I could sit in a tavern and have the closest fellowship with God with all that carousing going on around me, because my worship is in the Spirit. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
But of course if we fail and nobody notices it, we still look like we are holy. So we become hypocrites. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. —George Bernard Shaw
I have drawn particular attention in this book to those scripts we have been given which we proactively want to change. But as we examine our scripting carefully, many of us will also being to see beautiful scripts, positive scripts that have been passed down to us which we have blindly taken for granted. Real self-awareness helps us to appreciate those scripts and to appreciate those who have gone before us and nurtured us in principle-based living, mirroring back to us not only what we are, but what we can become. —Stephen R. Covey
There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children---one is roots, the other wings.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. —Teilhard de Chardin
That which we persist in doing becomes easier --- not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. — Emerson
Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be. —Goethe
This is really what it means to be spiritually /thirsty/. Thirst is that frustration and depression when we cannot live up to God's standards as they were recorded. We can't! That perfect will of God, that holiness, that purity, that love we have heard about, where is it? — Juan Carlos Ortiz
When He left them, they had no Sunday school materials, no cassettes, no New Testament, no Bible seminars to send the pastors to; they had the promise of the Father. — Juan Carlos Ortiz
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it: but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. —Madame de Stael
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. —Aristotle
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. — Og Mandino
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. —John F. Kennedy
"Maybe Christmas," the Grinch thought, "doesn't come from a store." Dr. Seuss
The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body. —Mahatma Gandhi
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. —Soren Kierkegaard
"I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life." —Muhammad Ali
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. —Eleanor Roosevelt
After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.' —Anna Quindlen (author; journalist)
This is an interesting one. The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses. —Thomas Jefferson
"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." —Harry S. Truman
"For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise." —Benjamin Franklin
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. —William James
"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer." —Henry David Thoreau
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. —Dale Carnegie
"I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people." —George Bernard Shaw
When faced with all the ups and downs of life, still the mind remains unshaken, not lamenting, not generating defilements, always feeling secure, this is the greatest happiness. — Buddha
"I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people." —George Bernard Shaw
Humans have seldom created anything of lasting value unless they were tired or hurting. —Jon M. Huntsman
"The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor." —Albert Camus
"I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." —Steven Wright
Every time we react, we reinforce the mental habit of reaction.
"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses." —Hippocrates
"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." —George MacDonald
"The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore." —H. L. Mencken
"The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has." —Michelangelo
"Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known." —Garrison Keillor
"I was walking in the park and this guy waved at me. Then he said, 'I'm sorry, I thought you were someone else.' I said, 'I am.'" —Demetri Martin
"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser-in case you thought optimism was dead." —Robert Brault
"After all, mental negativity---our own and others'---is the root cause of the sufferings of the world. When the mind has become pure, the infinite range of life opens before us, and we can enjoy and share with others real happiness." — S.N. Goenka
A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. —Wiliam Shedd
"The average family has a negative influence on its members as far as developing maturity is concerned. Much of our emotional stress rises out of the common immaturities in family life. In fact, our families are our foremost cause of emotional stress, and, therefore, of ill health, in this country." — John A. Schindler M.D.
"There was a time in my life when I thought I had everything - millions of dollars, mansions, cars, nice clothes, beautiful women, and every other materialistic thing you can imagine. Now I struggle for peace." —Richard Pryor
"The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom." —Sun Tzu
"Working step by step, one naturally reaches a stage where the next step is the experience of nibbana [nirvana]. There is no point in yearning for it, no reason to doubt it will come."
"... failure is an event, not a person - that yesterday really did end last night, and today is a brand-new day."
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. —Dalai Lama
"Some assume the world owes them all they can get while others assume they owe the world all they can give." -Harry Emmerson Fosdik
Some people tend to forget that kindness and manners are free.
"We've all been handed cards. I don't identify with people who have been handed cards from the same deck as me, but those who play with similar strategy." — Allyson Partridge-Rios
What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have. —Ralph Marston
If you want lasting change, raise your standards. —Tony Robbins
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." —Carl Jung
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." —Albert Einstein
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." —M. Gandhi
"The unending endeavour to bridge the gap between the finite and the infinite is mysticism." —Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
"A man does not seek to see himself in running water, but in still water. For only what is itself still can impart stillness unto others." -Chuang-tse
"Without ideational concept, the repetition of a mantra is a waste of time." -Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
"My life has been full of the most terrible tragedies, most of which never occurred." —Dale Carnegie
"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions." —Albert Einstein
As you think, so you become. - Yoga Proverb
"If we are in a dry land, and need to dig for water, one hole is enough. But we must go deep. The digging of many shallow holes will not quench our thirst." -Dada Nabhaniilananda
"Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." Matthew 7:6
Compared to other megacities around the world, theft and violent crime are almost non-existent. In 2011, there were only 7 reported gun murders in a population of about 130 million people. [Referring to Tokyo]
Spanish Proverb: "Pray to God, but hammer away . . . ."
"I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest." —Dalai Lama
Discovery takes place, not when the mind is crowded with knowledge, but when knowledge is absent; only then is there stillness and space, and in this state understanding or discovery comes into being. Knowledge is undoubtedly useful at one level, but at another it is positively harmful. -Krishnamurti
Trust in Allah, but tie your camel. —Sufi proverb
I know of no truly successful person who does not demonstrate a sense of decency. There are those who appear successful on the surface, but who in reality are selfish, unhappy individuals lacking the motivation and capacity to love. It's a shame they never experience the joy of being kind to others. —Jon M. Huntsman
Many wealthy people are under the erroneous belief that the true measure of financial success is not what you make but what you keep. —Jon M. Huntsman
"If you think you'll succeed, you'll succeed. If you think you will fail, you will fail. Either way, you are right." — Paramahansa Yogananda
"People are generally about as happy as they decide to be." —Abraham Lincoln
"If there is hope in the future there is power in the present." — John Maxwell
Do, but also seem. —Baltasar Gracian
"I have done one thing that I think is a contribution: I helped Buddhist science and modern science combine. No other Buddhist has done that. Other lamas, I don't think they ever pay attention to modern science. Since my childhood, I have a keen interest." —Dalai Lama
"It is misleading to think that you are a physical being having a spiritual experience. Rather take the view that you are a spiritual being having a worldly experience." —Teilhard de Chardin
Georges Gurdjieff once said that before someone can break out of a cage, they must first realize they are in the cage.
"The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like a condemned man who is proud of his large cell." —Simone Weil
A symbol is a mythological sign that has one leg here and the other in infinity. It points to the transcendent. — C. G. Jung
"What we are now is the result of whatever we have thought in the past; and whatever we shall be in the future will be the result of what we do or think now." —Swami Vivekananda
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace. —Jimi Hendrix
"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." — St. Augustine
Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterward. — A Jesuit Maxim
"We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes---unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose." —Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
"No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same." -- Jay Asher
"You see things that are; and you ask, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I ask, 'Why not?'" —George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
"I am not interested in religion. I am interested in human beings and the goal of human beings, and how to bridge the gap between the two." —Unknown
Spirituality is non-dualistic, and states that the purpose of human life is to merge one's self (or sense of 'I') into Infinite Consciousness. Theistic religions tend to be dualistic, propounding a fundamental separation between God and the world and the belief that the purpose of human life is to enter into a relationship with God and go to heaven after one dies.
No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up. —John Andrew Holmes
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." —Albert Camus
"Fortunately, you can have a number of small successes before a big success. And small successes count just as much as a big success as far as your belief system in concerned. Therefore, if you can win little victories in being successful at something, your psyche will believe that you can accomplish even greater things in the same area." —William Cohen, "The Art of the Leader"
"Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." —Sholom Aleichem
"25 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?" — Jesus Christ
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." -Abraham Lincoln
"When I change a television channel to remove a distasteful program, I seldom get one that is satisfactory. Health is more than the absence of disease, even though many doctors act as though they are equivalent." --Russell L. Ackoff
"Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that." -George Carlin
One of the commonest causes of a prolonged, severely unhappy FUNDAMENTAL emotion is an unfilled basic psychological need, six of which - love, security, recognition, creative expression, new experiences, self-esteem. -John A. Schnindler, How to Live 365 Days A Year
(Anthony) Stafford Beer, the eminent British theorist and cybernetician: that instead of inserting a balloon between driver and dashboard in the even of an accident, spikes should be placed on the dashboard facing the driver. This would ensure his involvement in fewer accidents.
"The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin
"I used to work in drug abuse prevention, where I learned and important lesson. We told people all the harmful effects of drugs and assumed they would listen to reason. The secure and happy kids would listen and avoid drugs, but the unhappy kids used them no matter how great the risk. I have worked with people who sniffed glue, drank cleaning fluid, shot up with dirty needles-the search for serenity has little to do with reason. Because there were a lot of unhappy kids, our prevention program backfired and drug abuse mounted. Clearly, providing information was not enough." -Joseph V. Bailey
"To suppose that merely by abandoning material progress we could overcome all our problems would be short-sighted. That would be to ignore their underlying causes. Besides, there is still much in the modern world to be optimistic about." ---Dalai Lama
"This in turn encourages us to suppose that because others are not important for my happiness, their happiness is not important to me." -Dalai Lama
"I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose." -George Carlin
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." —Bill Cosby
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." —Leonardo da Vinci
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." —Jesus Christ
The word Guru means "dispeller of darkness."
They say that the biggest difference between the American worker and the Japanese worker has nothing to do with Japanese management techniques. Instead, it's simply that the American worker looks forward to the weekend, and the Japanese worker looks forward to the workweek. —William Cohen, The Art of the Leader
*The family influence.* A person's total education, of course, includes much, much more than what he learns in the schools he attends. Our /most important/ educational influence is the family we are brought up in. And there are many, many families who effect on their children is a terrible and ruinous one. Most families develop strong emotional stress. There are many exceptions, certainly, but by and large, our families are educational flops of the first water. —John A. Schindler, How to Live 365 Days A Year
"Behind the need we feel to break away from it all lies in an innate desire for the something more that we all long for but have never been quite able to find. Our endeavors and successes in the external world are important. They are the physical shape we give to our dreams and aspirations. But when we pin all our hopes on finding happiness or fulfillment 'out there,' we are likely to be disappointed, and when this happens we start looking for what is missing." —Dada Nabhaniilananda
"Generally speaking, you can have two different types of individuals. On the one hand, you can have a wealthy, successful person, surrounded by relatives and son on. If that person's source of dignity and sense of worth is only material, then so long as his fortune remains, maybe that person can sustain a sense of security. But the moment the fortune wanes, the person will suffer because there is no other refuge. On the other hand, you can have another person enjoying similar economic status and financial success, but at the same time, that person is warm and affectionate and has a feeling of compassion. Because that person has another source of worth, another source that gives him or her a sense of dignity, another anchor, there is less chance of that person's becoming depressed if his or her fortune happens to disappear." —Dalai Lama
And these children that you spit on. As they try to change their worlds. Are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through. —David Bowie
"Insecurity can take form as shyness, competitiveness, hostility, arrogance, defiance, intellectualizing, showing off, and more." —Joseph V. Bailey
My concern is rather that we are apt to overlook the limitations of science. In replacing religion as the final source of knowledge in popular estimation, science beings to look a bit like another religion itself. With this comes a similar danger on the part of some of its adherents of blind faith in its principles and, correspondingly, to intolerance of alternative views. —Dalai Lama
"Clearly, a major reason for modern society's devotion to material progress is the very success of science and technology. Now the wonderful thing about these forms of human endeavor is that they bring immediate satisfaction. They're unlike prayer, the results of which are, for the most part, invisible---if indeed prayer works as all. And we are impressed by the results." —Dalai Lama
"We have, in my view, created a society in which people find it harder and harder to show one another basic affection. In place of the sense of community and belonging, which we find such a reassuring feature of less wealthy (and generally rural) societies, we find a high degree of loneliness and alienation." —Dalai Lama
"People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think." -George Carlin
Actually, when we think carefully, we see that the brief elation we experience when appeasing sensual impulses may not be very different from what the drug addict feels when indulging his or her habit. Temporary relief is soon followed by a craving for more. ... Indulging our senses and drinking salt water are alike: the more we partake, the more our desire and thirst grow. -Dalai Lama
"Usually we do not allow our children to do whatever they want. We realize that if given their freedom, they would probably spend their time playing rather than studying. So instead we make them sacrifice the immediate pleasure of play and compel them to study. Our strategy is more long term. And while this may be less fun for them, it confers a solid foundation for their future. But as adults, we often neglect this principle. We overlook the fact that if, for example, one partner in a marriage devotes all their time to their own narrow interests, it is sure that the other partner will suffer. And when that happens, it is inevitable the marriage will become harder and harder to sustain. Similarly, we fail to recognize that when the parents are interested only in each other and neglect their children, there are sure to be negative consequences." —Dalai Lama

If you are going to clean your house, you don't examine each piece of dust as you go. You simply sweep it away. Similarly, there is no value in looking at all the details of your life; obsessing stalls the promise of recovery—serenity. —Joseph V. Bailey
"It is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others." —Dalai Lama
"In this context, the great Indian scholar-practitioner Shantideva once observed that while we have no hope of finding enough leather to cover the earth so that we never prick our feet on a thorn, actually we do not need to. As he went on to observe, enough to cover the soles of our feet will suffice. In other words, while we cannot always change our external situation to suit us, we can change our attitude." —Dalai Lama
"This suggests that the first step in the process of actually countering our negative thoughts and emotions is to avoid those situations and activities which would normally give rise to them." —Dalai Lama
We can conceive the nature of mind in terms of the water in a lake. When the water is stirred up by a storm, the mud from the lake's bottom clouds it, making it appear opaque. But the nature of the water in not dirty. When the storm passes, the mud settles and the water is left clear once again. —Dalai Lama
"Every addict's primary addiction is to thought. Addicts are constantly analyzing themselves, as well as others and their problems." —Joseph V. Bailey
"Take the case of a person who cruelly tortures another. Their mind (/lo/) must be strongly gripped at the gross, or conscious level, by some kind of harmful thinking or ideology which causes them to believe their victim is deserving of such treatment. Such a belief—which to some degree must have been deliberately chosen—is what enables the cruel person to suppress their feelings. Nevertheless, deep down, there is bound to be some kind of effect. In the long run, there is a high degree of probability that discomfort will be felt by the torturer. Consider in this context the example we looked at earlier—of merciless dictators like Hitler and Stalin. It seems that as they neared the end of their lives, they became lonely, anxious, full of dread, and suspicion, like crows afraid of their own shadows." —Dalai Lama
"Were we to expend even a fraction of the time and effort we consume in trivial activities—pointless gossip and the like¿on gaining insight into the actual nature of afflictive emotion, I believe it would have a huge impact on our quality of life." —Dalai Lama
"Sarah believes that doing all the right things will make her a happy, well-balanced person. Believing that serenity is something we do rather than something we are is a problem that many recovering people face." —Joseph V. Bailey
"It makes no sense to brood anxiously on the harmful actions we have committed in the past to the point where we become paralyzed. They are done, it is over. If the person is a believer in God, the appropriate action is to find some means of reconciliation with Him." —The Dalai Lama
"It is also true that I possess several valuable wristwatches. And while I feel that if I were to sell them I could perhaps build some huts for the poor, so far I have not. In the same way, I do feel that if I were to observe a strictly vegetarian diet not only would I be setting a better example, but I would also be helping to save innocent animals' lives. So far I have not and therefore must admit a discrepancy between my principles and my practice in certain areas." —The Dalai Lama
"Consider: riches are no defense against anger. Nor is a person's education, no matter how accomplished and intelligent they may be. Nor, for that matter, can the law be of any help. And fame is useless." —Dalai Lama
The easiest way to slay a dragon is to step on the egg.
"Burnout is the state of mind resulting from sustained stress. It is characterized by loss of motivation; decreased enjoyment, creativity, and productivity at work; and lack of energy and desire to continue." —Joseph V. Bailey
"It will remind us that there is little to be gained from being kind and generous because we hope to win something in return. It will remind us that actions motivated by the desire to create a good name for ourselves are still selfish, however much they may appear to be acts of kindness. It will also remind us that there is nothing exceptional about acts of charity toward those we already feel close to." —The Dalai Lama
"/It must get worse before it gets better. Good medicine has to taste bad. Nothing worth anything comes without hard work and suffering. Who said life was going to be a bed of roses?/ Somehow, we came to believe that life must be full of suffering and hard work. The more we suffer now, the greater our reward later (in heaven). The fact that suffering has been the experience of a great many people doesn't make this belief true. Anything is difficult until you understand the principle behind it. When I first tried to rid a bike, it seemed impossible, but once I got it, it was a snap. The same is true for finding serenity in our lives." —Joseph V. Bailey
"As we realize the principles of serenity in our lives, a paradox occurs. Our sensitivity to stress and other forms of negativity grows while our tolerance shrinks. Increasingly unwilling to experience these feelings, we begin to let go of stress-producing thoughts, or nip them in the bud. Our common sense directs us to avoid habits that produce stressful thoughts, such as commiserating with negative thinkers." —Joseph V. Bailey
Children who are loved with no strings attached are likely to experience this natural self-esteem. They are not driven to prove themselves and yet they often accomplish a tremendous amount in life. On the other hand, children raised with conditional love (manipulation through affection, which really isn't love at all) learn to like themselves for what they do, and are driven to accomplish or are defiantly opposed to doing anything at all. —Joseph V. Bailey
"In view of this, I could see developing a "smart" bullet that could seek out those who decide on wars in the first place. That would seem to me more fair, and on these grounds I would welcome a weapon that eliminated the decision-makers while leaving the innocent unharmed." —Dalai Lama
"I often tell Tibetans that carrying a mala (something like a rosary) does not make a person a genuine religious practitioner." —Dalai Lama
"The struggle is thus to overcome these feelings of partiality. Certainly, developing genuine compassion for our loved ones is the obvious and appropriate place to start. The impact our actions have on our close ones will generally be much greater than on others, and therefore our responsibilities toward them are greater. Yet we need to recognize that, ultimately, there are no grounds for discriminating in their favor." —The Dalai Lama
"But when we align our thinking with the changes in our life, it can be interesting and even fun. Fighting change with our thoughts creates stress. To paraphrase an old Hindu proverb: 'If a fish swims up the mountain stream, it will be bruised against the rocks, exhaust itself, and dislike the journey. If the fish swims with the current, however, it easily avoids the rocks, travels swiftly, and enjoys the journey. The stream doesn't care which way the fish swims.'" —Joseph V. Bailey
Now more than ever we need to show our children that distinctions between "my country" and "your country," "my religion" and "your religion" are secondary considerations. —Dalai Lama
"I remember seeing a poster of a sleepy kitten sharing a small flowerpot with a large cactus. The caption read: 'When we are at peace with ourselves, anywhere can be home.'" —Joseph V. Bailey
"In everyday life, it is normal and fitting to adapt in some degree to one's friends and acquaintances and to respect their wishes. The ability to do so is considered a good quality. But when we mix with those who clearly indulge in negative behavior, seeking only their own benefit and ignoring other's, we risk losing our own sense of direction. As a result, our ability to help others becomes endangered." —The Dalai Lama
All human endeavor is potentially great and noble. —The Dalai Lama
Suppose your boss arrives; you will welcome him and say, "Please come, sit down and have something to eat." You flatter him but inside you say, "What a trouble has arrived! When will he go?" This is not known to your boss. Thus, two "I's" are within you; one performs action in the external world, and the other is inside. You are well-acquainted with this inner "I", but others do not have the correct information about it. Spiritual practice(sadhana), therefore, is to unify the two, the internal "I" and the external "I", into one. Two-ness in one single personality of human beings is their disease. The greater the gap between these two I's, the more you will undergo psychic torment. You must remember that in this second half of the 20th Century there is a great gap between the internal "I" and the external "I". And because of the trouble in adjusting these two "I's" there is an increase in the number of lunatics. This is the greatest disease of the 20th Century. —Srii Srii Ananda Murtiji
*This lack may begin in childhood.* There are many unfortunate people who feel the sting of the lack of affection early childhood on, because they have the had luck to have been born into a family where real affection simply does not exist. Mother and father wage a continual cold war against each other, with periods when the war gets pretty hot and the air is filled with angry words, with, perhaps a dish or two for punctuation. What they can't take out on each other, the parents take out on the children. The children learning by imitation, imagine that constant bickering quarreling spite and hatred are the stuff that all life is made of; so sisters and brothers return blow for blow. Everyone feels alone, hunted, exploited, uncomfortable, and on the defensive. These boys and girls may get quite old or may go all the way through life without ever getting the idea that there is such a thing as affection or that there are human capable of it But the psychological need for it is present, and these people have a restlessness and a yearning, for something they haven't got. Basically, they are very unhappy. The odd and tragic thing is that they don't consciously realize it and of course they don't know that it is lack of affection that underlies their restlessness. —John A. Schindle
Boy, oh boy, was he right! My clubs would have to go in the backseat. His trunk was jammed with books, audiotapes and videos with cover credits like /Zig Ziglar/, /Tom Hopkins/ and /Wayne Dwyer/, and titles like /Go for It/, /Do It/, and /Slam Dunk the Moment/. I shut the trunk, maneuvered my golf bag onto the backseat, and as we pulled out I asked, "What the heck is all that stuff in the trunk?" "That's my stash," he said. "The stuff that keeps me going." I thought, /Here's a guy making a few hundred thousand dollars a year and he needs that stuff to keep him going?/ It didn't seem to make sense. I knew my questions might seem intrusive, offensive and off-putting but I just couldn't help myself. "What do you mean 'keep you going'?" "I hate my job," he said. "I use the tapes and books to try and stay pumped up."
"Nevertheless, we do have to make a living. Maybe you've gotten your functional illness as a direct result of our business-industrial system. You are going to have to continue living in it and being a part of it. Then (to yourself) play it as a game, something that's a great big lark, something done because it's ENJOYABLE, not a duty. Play it cheerfully and pleasantly, and don't let the trap of competitive striving catch you. It's barely possible that following this advice, you may never drive a Cadillac, but you'll enjoy eating peanuts and watermelon at a picnic you get to in a rattling good 1937 Chevy. You may even end up in the poorhouse, but you'll have a good time getting there, and you'll live to sing at the funerals of the poor devils who beat you up the ladder." —John A. Schindle
"Some people will say that while the Dalai Lama's devotion to non-violence is praiseworthy, it is not really practical. Actually, it is far more naive to suppose that the human-created problems which lead to violence can ever be solved through conflict." —Dalai Lama
"I am really no different from any of you." Warren Buffett, with his usual down-home style and slightly disheveled appearance, is talking to a roomful of students at the University of Nebraska. Since he is one of the richest men in the world and since most of the students can barely cover their phone bill, they start to chuckle. "I may have more money than you do, but money doesn't make the difference. Sure, I can buy the most luxurious handmade suit, but I put it on and it just looks cheap. I would rather have a cheeseburger from Dairy Queen than a hundred-dollar meal." The students seem unconvinced, and so Buffett concedes on one point. "If there is any difference between you and me, it may simply be that I get up every day and have a chance to do what I love to do, every day. If you want to learn anything from me, this is the best advice I can give you." —Excerpted from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
"People are born motivated," asserts Dr. Quick. "It's the natural condition. Look at little kids," he says, "and you can easily observe the two basic instinctual drives; one is to feel safe and secure and the other is to explore and master the world. "The instinctual drive to master the world, which almost everyone has," he says, "is the genesis of our motivation to do things like jump tall buildings and run fast." The big problem occurs "when people find themselves in organizations where their natural energy and drives and frustrated and blocked by a a whole variety of bureaucratic mechanisms."
Wisconsin isn't so bad during the Spring and Fall.
Chairman Mao once said that political power comes from the barrel of a gun. Of course it is true that violence can achieve certain short-term objectives, but it cannot obtain long-lasting ends. If we look at history, we find that in time, humanity's love of peace, justice, and freedom always triumphs over cruelty and oppression. —Dalai Lama
"Only while sleeping one makes no mistakes. Making mistakes is the privilege of the active—of those who can correct their mistakes and put them right." —Ingvar Kamprad, "The Testament of a Furniture Dealer" (1976)
For example, the cultivation of generosity is essential to counteract our tendency to guard our possessions and even our energy too closely. —Dalai Lama
People who have freed themselves of "your" addiction represent hope. Hope is a beautiful feeling that alleviates isolation and despair. It carries a person from suffering into a higher state of mind. If, however, we create the belief that only another who is similarly afflicted can understand us, then we are limiting tremendously our sources of compassion and understanding. I have seen people with different addiction labels segregate themselves in the same way that races, nationalities, and religious groups have done for centuries. This prejudice prevents them from seeing the mutuality of human beings and puts a limit on their growth. The more we believe we are unique, the more stuck we become. —Joseph V. Bailey
We humans already have enough problems. We all face death, old age, and sickness—not to mention the inevitability of meeting with disappointment. These we simply cannot avoid. Is this not enough? What is the point of creating still more unnecessary problems simply on the basis of different ways of thinking or different skin color? —The Dalai Lama
On a recent visit to new York, a friend told me that the number of billionaires in America had increased from seventeen just a few years ago to several hundred today. Yet at the same time, the poor remain poor and in some cases are becoming poorer. This I consider to be completely immoral. It is also a potential source for problems. —The Dalai Lama
*The Family Is Our Number-One Cause of Disease* The most important single educational factor to which most people are subjected is the family in which they grow up. Because of the amount of time a person spends in the family and the authoritative nature of the control which the family has over our early thinking the family has more to do with molding our personalities and our ability to handle living than any other factor. In view of this tremendous effect the family has upon its charges, it is very sad that such a tremendous number of families are muffing their opportunities, and are doing a poor job. —John A. Schindle
Conversely, we find that in the face of even relatively slight adversity, some people who have everything are inclined to lose hope and become despondent. There is a natural tendency for wealth to spoil us. The result is that we find it progressively more difficult to bear easily the problems everyone must encounter from time to time. —The Dalai Lama
"It is important to get one's objectives straight now only before designing an incentive system, but also before designing any system that might be perceived by others as providing an incentive, however unintended. For example, consider the way property is taxed in most of the United States. Such taxes are generally proportional to the assessed value of the property. Therefore, they provide and incentive that encourages allowing property to deteriorated. That such taxes operate in this way is apparent in urban ghettos. No wonder we have so much rapidly deteriorating housing in most American cities." —Russell L. Ackoff
"Timing is so important with anything in life. If we plan seeds too early in the spring we endanger the young plants. The same is true for recovery. For example, for some people, to go to a group twice a week may be extremely helpful at one point in their recovery. At another time, it may be better to take a break from the group or stop attending altogether." —Joseph V. Bailey
"Keep yourself responsive to the simple things that are always near at hand and readily accessible. Don't get in the habit of requiring the unusual for your pleasure, a failing one is very likely to find in people having more than a little money or education." —John A. Schindle
"Without a hobby, spare time becomes a boring span of time during which our minds are more and more apt to cogitate upon our troubles." —John A. Schindle
"Far from applying the teachings of their religion in our personal lives, we have a tendency to use them to reinforce our self-centered attitudes. We relate to our religion as something we own or as a label that separates us from others." —Dalai Lama
"As we come to understand the principles of psychological functioning, our relationships take on a whole new form. When we feel secure, we can better distinguish who is responsible for what in a relationship. For example, we stop feeling guilty for others' shortcomings or behavior even if they tell us we are responsible. When we stop playing games, so must they — or they must find other playmates. It takes two to tango." —Joseph V. Bailey
"For a long time one of the chief arguments for the existence of God and the validity of religion has been that no tribe of men has ever been found, not even in the remotest corners of the earth, without some sort of religious beliefs." —Erich Voehringer
" . . . we are not born to struggle through life. We are meant to work in ways that suit us, drawing on our natural talents and abilities as a way to express ourselves and contribute to others." —Marsha Sinetar
*The atmosphere of dislike.* Another common family atmosphere which produces the wrong kind of emotions is the ATMOSPHERE OF DISLIKE, or the atmosphere of lack of affection, and atmosphere that is fatal to anything good that the family as an institution stands for. Usually this atmosphere of dislike stems from the basic fact that father and mother do not like each other, and the only reason they hang together is "for the children's sake." In the atmosphere of such a home, the children quickly learn not to like each other. Love, or dislike, comes to children largely by example. The parents have no genuine affection for the children, and the children reciprocate with even less. In this kind of family nobody wants any of the other members. No one is necessary to anyone else, and when a person feels he isn't necessary, he never develops full mature individuality. No one in a family like this is made to feel important or desirable for himself. No one ever gives or receives any appreciation. Life is like eating dried, tasteless prunes. —John A. Schindle
"Many of the Jews who were released from the concentration camps after World War II initially felt guilty for surviving while millions of others had died. Free from external threat or hopeless conditions, many continued to create an internal hell. You would think that the survivors would be grateful and exuberant. Yet quite often, human beings who are used to living at a certain level of unhappiness have a hard time letting go of the habit of negative thinking." —Joseph V. Bailey
"A sentient being, according to my usual definition, is one which has the capacity to experience pain and suffering. One could also say that it is our experience of suffering which connects us to others. It is the basis of our capacity for empathy." —The Dalai Lama
"Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of." —Jonathan Swift
There is in everyone the need to feel that he and his efforts are being appreciated—appreciated by those for whom we strive. Everyone needs to be regarded by someone as being of some importance, and doing something that is of some good. It often happens that a man may leave a perfectly good position because he feels that his efforts are not being properly appreciated. He resents the fact that although he worked above and beyond the call of duty and did an extraordinarily good job, none of his superiors or equals showed any indication of having recognized it. His need for recognition is given a severe blow. He leaves. —John A. Schindle
The very low think they ought to gripe, so they gripe. The very high think they should sound worthy of their position, so they gripe at the taxes and the political opposition; they lambaste everyone under them. —John A. Schindle
"To put it another way, until now, Mother earth has been able to tolerate our sloppy house habits." —Dalai Lama
"Being "house rich" helps people believe that they are indeed rich."
Facebook = attention riveted to what is outside you
"And what is more important, don't let the feeling pervade your family that everyone is so taken for granted that a pleasantness or kind word is unnecessary." —John A. Schindle
Noah didn't wait for his ship to come in—he built one!
Have you ever seen in a movie where the person is at the center of the screen, not moving, and the rest of the world moves by at an accelerated pace? This is what I think of when I think of the phrase "letting go."
When I was seven years old I was an avid collector of plastic buttons. I even ascribed named and imaginary personalities to some of them. The larger buttons were particularly useful. By threading a loop of cotton through the holes, and alternately tensing and relaxing the tension of the cotton, you could cause the button to spin at great speed, producing a marvelous whirring sound. The larger the button, the better the sound. Now I had somehow acquired an enormous and elegant brown button which, when spun in this manner, emitted the best and loudest sound of all. However, once my elder brothers discovered the powers of this singularly superior button it became an object of lust in their eyes. So it came to pass that one afternoon when I was playing happily with my button, they took it from me, and would not give it back. Soon I was in tears. This attracted the attention of our mother, who demanded to know what we were fighting about. "They took my button," I wailed, indignant at this new instance of the weak being tyrannized by the strong. My brothers of course denied everything, including the legitimacy of my claim to ownership of the button. To my horror, my mother, instead of supporting my cause and administering justice on behalf of her youngest, as a mother should, took my beautiful button and smashed it with a hammer declaring, "I'll teach you kids not to be so stupid as to fight over a button!" I was mortified. Rather than achieving instant illumination regarding the futility of materialism, I found my trust in parental justice sadly diminished. A few years ago I reminded my then eighty-year old mother of this incident. She did not remember it. Not because her memory is failing — far from it. No, it was because the incident had little emotional impact on her — from her perspective it was just the boys fighting again — hardly something unusual. I'm sure my brothers remember it no more clearly than she. But I, shocked at the unfairness of my mother's solution was scarred for life. Well perhaps I'm getting carried away, maybe not for life, but you can see how an apparently insignificant incident like this can make a deep impression on a vulnerable child. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
"If it be objected that it is the nature of the one who is abusing us which is truly the cause of our pain, still we would have no reasonable grounds for anger with that individual. For if it were that person's ultimate nature to be hostile toward us, they would be incapable of behaving differently. In that case, anger toward them would be pointless. If we are burned, there is no sense in being angry with fire. It is the nature of fire to burn." —Dalai Lama
"The trend in American living has been to put so much emphasis on the means for enjoyment—fine houses, automobiles, better television sets, cameras, electric ranges — that in the process of getting the means, we provide ourselves with frustration and anxieties." —John A. Schindle
Often when we do something for another person, we imagine that we are helping someone less fortunate than ourselves, and that they are lucky to have us around. But in terms of karma, the opposit is true. We are in fact the main beneficiaries of our own selfless deeds. The irony is that if our primary motivation is to reap good samskaras for ourselves, rather than to relieve suffering, it will not have the desired effect. You may be able to fool yourself, or others, but it's a bit more difficult to pull a fast one on God. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
When we give with the underlying motive of inflating the image others have of us—to gain renown and have them think of us as virtuous or holy—we defile the act. In that case, what we are practicing is not generosity but self-aggrandizement. Similarly, the one who gives much may not be so generous as the one who gives little. It all depends on the giver's means and motivation. —Dalai Lama
Ahimsa means not to do harm to others in thought, word and actions. To the best of our capacity we should never inflict injury on another living being. This principle is sometimes interpreted to mean complete non-violence, but if carried to an extreme it becomes very impractical. For example each time we breathe there are microbes which we inhale and kill! To solve this dilemma Anandamurti gives suggestions, saying that in selecting our diet we should choose the food where consciousness is less developed before killing highly developed creatures. Another problem is the question of self defense. Here Anandamurti says that to defend oneself against an aggressor or against an anti-social person is justifiable. Even if you use force, your intention is to save and protect life, not to cause pain or block the mental, physical or spiritual progress of that person.
In modern India untouchability has been abolished by law, especially through the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi; but it still persists in many ways. Such age-old prejudices are hard to eradicate, even by law, as is shown by the segregation which still persists in many parts of the United States. —Erich Voehringer
In the last few decades a strange new movement has spread in Japan, especially among students and intellectuals, but attracting many others, called Mukyokai, or "No-Church movement". It was started by a lone theologian, Uchimura Kanzo. Converted while a student by an American college teach (a layman), he became a convinced and ardent follower of Christ, but he became so disgusted with denominationalism (missionaries fighting over the little group of student converts at the college) that he would have nothing to do with any organized form of Christianity. He was satisfied to follow Christ in his own life, study the Scriptures, and spread his faith by lectures and literature. In spite of the fact that there was no organization at all, the movement started by him did not come to an end with his death in 1930. The Bible study groups and lectures continued among his followers and attracted ever greater numbers. —Erich Voehringer
" . . . the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine." —Astrophysicist Sir James Jeans, 1930s
A few lone individuals have cried out here and there that it is all a bad joke or an accident, but by and large the human race has never paid much attention to them. We may not agree on the answer to it all, but most of us sense a hidden mystery, beyond our comprehension. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
We have set up a system which is so unjust that the wealth of a single man could prevent the deaths of millions of children, yet it is not used for this. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
Emotionally Induced Illness is prevalent in all ages, but it grows more and more prevalent in the declining years of life—the very time an individual should be gliding into a calm, easy harbor, instead of back into the storm. This is true partly because of the conditions and situations that the aging person must try to cope with; on the other hand many people handle age poorly simply because they never handled any part of their lives well. The inability grows larger like a giant snowball toward the end. —John A. Schindle
If it is God's will for someone to be poor, and you are in a position to help them, it could equally be God's will for you to exercise your God-given faculty of compassion and help them. Surely this is more likely than the alternative proposition that a supposedly loving God created this situation in order for you to demonstrate that you have a heart of stone. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
Robert Frost once said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in." We can paraphrase that to define what a home should be: "A good home is the place where, when you desperately need a life, you'll be sure to find one." A lift, you understand, not more irritation, not nagging, not arguments, not a scathing look, not a lack of sympathy, but a LIFT. —John A. Schindle
A few years ago a colleague of mine was in a bus station in Minnesota. He was sitting next to a man ho asked him what he did for a living. When he replied that he taught meditation, the man looked serious and said: "You'd better shape up son. Hell's going to be hot for you." —Dada Nabhaniilananda
Hinduism knows no corporate worship like a Christian service; worship and devotion are all private, whether in the temple or at home. —Erich Voehringer
"These duties are spelled out in minute detail. For women, for instance, the perfect life is that of the 'three submissions': when young to her father, when mature to her husband, when old to her sons." —With regard to Hinduism, Erich Voehringer
"[...] there are two schools of thought as to the mode of salvation by bhakti, which remind us of similar controversies among Christian theologians. One school says that man has something to do with his salvation by cling to God with his faith. This is the 'monkey hold,' the way a little monkey clings to his mother when she carries him to safety. The other school says that God does everything—and man can do, and need do, nothing at all. This is the 'cat hold,' because the cat picks up her kitten by the neck and carries her without any cooperation on the kitten's part." —Erich Voehringer
Among the few possessions that Mahatma Gandhi left behind was a well-used New Testament. But, like Gandhi, they [Hindus] would not think of changing their religion or being baptized. They believe that there is some truth in all religions, and that the ultimate truth can never be fully known to man; so there is no inconsistency to them in mixing the teachings of the Bible with the ideas of their own scriptures. Their main objection to Christianity is its very exclusiveness, its claim that there is no salvation except in the name of Jesus Christ. —Erich Voehringer
[Describing Buddhist Monks] For the monks there were four mortal sins which entailed exclusion from the order: 1. Sexual intercourse 2. Theft 3. Taking human life 4. Pretending to knowledge that one does not possess The last of these four is particularly interesting and there is more to it than meets the eye. It was meant to preclude any of the useless theological speculation and doctrinal controversies which have wrought so much havoc in most religions. Buddha realized that one of the main sources of anxiety and trouble in man's life is the uncertainty about religious searchings and spiritual truth. Is there a God or gods, a life after death, sin and punishment? What must I do to appease the spiritual powers? As great "unknowables," these concerns can only lead to increased human suffering and uncertainty. —Erich Voehringer
[In reference to The One Great God in polytheism] Some legends say he was much closer to man in the beginning, but he moved away because of man's wickedness. He is good and kind. Strangely enough, he is not usually worshiped. As one African put it: "He needs not to be worshiped, because he is good anyway," meaning that the other spirits need to be worshiped to appease them so that they will not do any harm. —Erich Voehringer
Shinto is the only major religion where the supreme deity is thought of as female, in spite of the fact that Japanese society is patriarchal and women play a subordinate role. —Erich Voehringer
"In New York City, as in any big city, some parents neglect their children, and a certain number of monsters do awful things. Government cannot substitute for the parent, or replace the family and neighborhood groups that need to protect their most vulnerable members. There is a danger in giving the false impression that the city is primarily responsible. That relieves people of their obligations." —Rudy W. Giuliani
"Patronage does not mean giving a job to someone who supported you politically. it means giving a job to someone /only/ because he supported you politically. Of course I hired people who supported my campaigns. After all, the reason they did so was because they shared my beliefs." —Rudy W. Giuliani
"The only clear thing is that we humans are the only species with the power to destroy the earth as we know it. The birds have no such power, nor do the insects, nor does any mammal. Yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, so, too, do we have the capacity to protect it." —Dalai Lama
Many people are precipitated into Emotionally Induced Illness by some adversity. Everything they had appears at one moment to have vanished, and they are completely at a loss to go on. Futility and frustration are piled on disaster. The underlying crack in most of the people who give way beneath adversity is the immaturity of selfishness and egocentricity. The death of a person near to them is calculated in terms of what it means to them, personally, in the the way of services lost. —John A. Schindle
At the time of Marco Polo in 1269 the Chinese emperor asked the pope to send 100 priests to explain the Christian faith. Two finally set out timidly but turned back before they got half way. The Jesuits in the sixteenth century with careful planning and preparation established bases in China. They adjusted themselves to the Confucian way of life and, with their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy, found entrance to the imperial course. When rivalries between the Franciscans and the Jesuits broke out, the Chinese threw them all out. —Erich Voehringer
The internet was great up to 2008¿ then it jumped the shark. Now it consists of mostly idiots and their idiot opinions and their idiot trends and idiot hating. —Satya Ramnarain
The Jews were the first people to have a public school system with obligatory attendance and a general school board in Jerusalem, at the time of Christ.
Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black. —Remark about the Model T in 1909, published in Henry Ford's autobiography My Life and Work (1922)
Living like a millionaire requires doing interesting things and not just owning enviable things. — Tim Ferriss
"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task." —Viktor E. Frankl
"Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas." —Paul Poundstone
There is more to life than increasing its speed. —Mahatma Gandhi
Even the best hitters fail 2 out of 3 times.
Most information is time consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside of your influence. —Tim Ferriss
Bad luck is usually brought on by stupidity, and among outcasts nothing is so contagious. —Baltasar Gracian
Many people never lose their heads because they have none to lose. —Baltasar Gracian
The function of all higher education is to some extent the enrichment of people's lives.
How often do we push ourselves to accomplish something only in order to impress other people? The emotional satisfaction we get from feeling we are 'somebody', in someone else' eyes, is often more important to us than the accomplishment itself. —Dada Nabhaniilananda
Anyone who lives within their means suffers for a lack of imagination. — Oscar Wilde
Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. — Vida D. Scudder
Many people spend more time planning the wedding than they do planning the marriage. —Zig Ziglar
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. —Albert Einstein
Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything. —Charles Kuralt
From all this anxiety Buddha freed himself and his followers by a radical operation, by doing away with both God and soul. There are no gods to worry about, neither to reward nor to punish. There is no higher power to watch over one or to whom one is in any way responsible. One has only oneself to reckon with. "Man himself is his only refuge." —Erich Voehringer
Ten Jewish men could start a synagogue. The women could not take part in the service but they could be present in a special balcony behind a lattice, where they could not be seen. — Erich Voehringer
Complete racial integration before God is a reality among the Muslims, while among Christians it is still too often a mere doctrine, not put into practice. — Erich Voehringer
In general, people's poorest manners surface both quicker and more frequently on the telephone than when you're face to face with them. Why? Because it's so easy to hang up the phone versus asking somebody seated across the desk to leave your office. —From "The Perfect Sales Presentation"
I like things to happen; and if they don't happen, I like to make them happen. —Winston Churchill
General MacArthur refused to throw the authority of the American occupation behind Christianity as many Japanese had expected, but upheld the strict separation of church and state, and Christianity, being presented in such a bewildering diversity of competing denominations did not seem appealing to the Japanese people. — Erich Voehringer
There are times in life when you just don't want to miss a good chance to shut up. —Phillip C. McGraw
"... and randomness is another name for chaos, in those corners of the universe where God's creative light has not yet penetrated. And chaos is evil; not wrong, not malevolent, but evil nonetheless, because by causing tragedies at random, it prevents people from believing in God's goodness." —Harold S. Kushner
There is only one valid definition of business purpose: to create a customer. —Peter Drucker
There is a law that no religious instruction may be given or any religious influence exerted on young people until they are age 18. — Erich Voehringer
If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes. —Mark Twain
To tell someone "how the cow ate the cabbage" means to tell the person the unvarnished truth, even if the person would rather not hear it. It can also mean to state one¿s opinion forcefully or to "tell someone off" ("The mechanic had been jerking me around for weeks, promising that every new repair would fix the problem, so I finally told him how the cow ate the cabbage and drove home").
But has it really been proved? If so, atheism would indeed be finished and every sane person would have to believe in God, just as everybody believes that two times two are four, and that water freezes at 32 degrees. But there are still atheists with us, in fact more of them than ever before, which shows that these "proofs" are not really proofs at all. — Erich Voehringer
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
If you don't want to learn, years of schooling will teach you very little. But if you want to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn. Life is a great opportunity for gaining knowledge. Your attitude in this opportunity determines the depth and direction of your life.
Calypso envies Ulysses because he will not live forever. His life becomes more full of meaning, his every decision is more significant, precisely because his time is limited, and what he chooses to do with it represents a real choice. —Harold S. Kushner
". . . some people are so addicted to habits that it is hard to speak of them as being free. " —Harold S. Kushner
Why do ballet dancers always dance on their toes? Wouldn't it be easier to just hire taller dancers?
The very simplicity of Islam is a great attraction. "I can learn all about Islam in two hours, while I have to study two years to become a Christian," said an African, and chose Islam. Thereby he stepped from his crude tribal religion into the higher level of a world-wide brotherhood, gained friends and prestige without having to change his heart and life as Christianity demands. He did not have to dismiss all his wives but one, because Islam permits polygyny. By accepting a religion that was not connected with the hated colonial powers, he did not feel that he was betraying his African heritage. All these things weigh in the balances for the uncommitted African in favor of Islam against Christianity. — Erich Voehringer
. . . a man with a toothache walking through a forest can't appreciate the beauty of the forest because his tooth hurts him. —Harold S. Kushner
It has been said that just as every actor yearns to play Hamlet, every Bible student years to write a commentary on the Book of Job. —Harold S. Kushner
(excerpt from Tom Asacker) ... hitting a thick fog while driving. What happens? We tense up and slow down. We become a two-fisted driver. We turn down the music and tell people to be quiet. Right? We can't handle communication or distractions. We lean forward to get a few more inches "out there," looking for little markers to get us through the present "situation." But what happens when the fog lifts? We relax and speed up to make up for lost time. We crank up the tunes. We enjoy the ride.
There is a German psychological term, Schadenfreude, which refers to the embarrassing reaction of relief we feel when something bad happens to someone else instead of to us. —Harold S. Kushner
Iranian folk proverb: If you see a blind man, kick him; why should you be kinder than God?
The phrase "Job's comforters" has come into the language to describe people who mean to help, but who are more concerned with their own needs and feelings than they are with those of the other person, and so end up only making things worse. —Harold S. Kushner
To say of Hitler, to say of any criminal, that he did not choose to be bad but was a victim of his upbringing, is to make all morality, all discussion of right and wrong, impossible. —Harold S. Kushner
Why, then, do bad things happen to good people? One reason is that our being human leaves us free to hurt each other, and God can't stop us without taking away the freedom that makes us human. Human beings can cheat each other, rob each other, hurt each other, and God can only look down in pity and compassion at how little we have learned over the ages about how human beings should behave. —Harold S. Kushner
It serves no purpose to try to moralize against jealousy and talk people out of it. Jealousy is too strong a feeling. It touches us too deeply, hurting us in places we care about. —Harold S. Kushner
If it weren't for objections, a sales person would be nothing more than an order taker.
War doesn't determine who's right, just who's left.
God helps those who stop hurting themselves. —Harold S. Kushner
When he was young, he once asked his father, "If you don't believe in God, why do you go to synagogue so regularly?" His father answered, "Jews go to synagogue for all sorts of reasons. My friend Garfinkle, who is Orthodox, goes to talk to God. I go to talk to Garfinkle." —Harold S. Kushner
Why is lemonade powder made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
"I can worship a God who hates suffering but cannot eliminated it more easily than I can worship a God who chooses to make children suffer and die, for whatever exalted reason." —Harold S. Kushner
To explain that mental retardation results from a defective chromosome is to offer an explanation which does not really explain anything. Why should chromosomes become defective? And why should a person's potential for happiness in life depend on their not doing so? —Harold S. Kushner
Who among use could respect or worship a God whose implicit message was "I could have made your mother healthy again, but you didn't plead and grovel enough"? —Harold S. Kushner
Just as mass murder is not necessarily terrorism, so mass murder and terrorism are not necessarily war. Indeed, their perpetrators often choose mass murder and terrorism precisely for lack of the political standing, power, resources, or numbers to wage war.... Any attempt to destroy life and property, without an objective of conquest, is a /criminal/ act, and its perpetrators merit prosecution under criminal statues. But such an attempt is not an act of war except in a loose, metaphorical sense.... When the word /war/ is taken to justify the arbitrary exercise of power in the absence of war, metaphorical language may become an instrument of tyranny. —Professor Barbara Fields
Anguish and heartbreak may not be distributed evenly throughout the world, but they are distributed very widely. Everyone gets his share. If we knew the facts, we would very rarely find someone whose life was to be envied. —Harold S. Kushner
Consider the Swastika. That /symbol/ is found in remains from the Bronze Age and, before the Nazis appropriated it, it was /thought/ to be a char or sign of good luck. But now . . . ? —Tom Asacker
We do not love God because He is perfect. We do not love Him because He protects us from all harm and keeps evil things from happening to us. We do not love Him because we are afraid of Him, or because He will hurt us if we turn our back on Him. We love Him because He is God, because He is the author of all the beauty and the order around us, the source of our strength and the hope and courage within us, and of other people's strength and hope and courage with which we are helped in our time of need. We love Him because He is the best part of ourselves and of our world. That is what it means to love. Love is not the admiration of perfection, but the acceptance of an imperfect person with all his imperfections, because loving and accepting him makes us better and stronger. —Harold S. Kushner
"There were good guys, bastards, and phonies, and the worst was a phony. A good guy, I learned by example, was a guy who made no excuses about looking out only for himself. A bastard was a man who had the same philosophy but took extra pleasure in hurting people. A phony was somebody who claimed to be concerned with anything but himself." —Norman Mailer, The Deer Park
Actually, being angry at God won't hurt God, and neither will it provoke Him to take measures against us. If it makes us feel better to vent our anger at Him over a painful situation, we are free to do it. The only thing wrong with doing it is that what happened to us was not really God's fault. —Harold S. Kushner
There are so many options available today that we have the ability to pick and choose brands to create unique identities, all the while believing ourselves to be better than we actually are. —Tom Asacker
Human beings are God's language. —A nineteenth-century Hasidic rabbi
Søren Kierkegaard, a provocative Danish Christian of the nineteenth century, raised the fascinating question as to whether the original disciples ("the disciple at first hand") had any decisive advantage over us ("the disciple at second hand"). We commonly assume that they did, But did they? The New Testament report of the first confession that Jesus was "the Christ" speaks volumes to this question. It was made by the disciple Peter. Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." In response Jesus observed, "Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven." (See Matt. 16:13-20.) These words expose to our view the deepest level of Christianity's optical problem. The only literal sense in which we today can "look at Jesus" is by reading of him in the New Testament or in other books that draw upon the New Testament. But if the men who lived and worked with him could not "see" his meaning when they could see him in the flesh, how can we hope to do so just by looking at a word picture of him, or by reading about him in a book? —Robert Clyde Johnson
We could bear nearly any pain or disappointment if we though there was a reason behind it, a purpose to it. But even a lesser burden becomes too much for us if we feel it makes no sense. —Harold S. Kushner
A priest was supposed to be closer to God than any other man except the pope. He alone could say the almost mystical rites of the mass. No one else, not even an emperor or a king, could perform the miracle of transforming the altar bread and wine into the flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus. Not even the angels had such power. "A Man Called Martin Luther" by Kathleen Benson
Mahatma Gandhi, the famous Indian leader, once said, "I have never been interested in a historical Jesus. I should not care if it were proved by someone that the man called Jesus never lived, and that what was narrated in the Gospels were a figment of the writer's imagination. For the Sermon on the Mount would still be true for me."
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'Thought for the day The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'Spoon feeding They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, 'I don't understand.' 'It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'
The Bible was not a secret document; Martin did not feel as if he was doing anything sneaky by going to the library to read it. It was just that the Bible was not the basis for the kind of religion taught by the church in the early 16th century. The teachings of the church were based on the ideas of the church. Bibles were scarce, and reading the Bible was not considered important. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
There has been a recurring suggestion that Jesus was velvety. We have come to assume almost unconsciously that there was a soft streak running through his personality. In most contemporary paintings of him, which are strewn freely and without much thought, through the Sunday school rooms of Protestant churches, it would not be immediately apparent, except for the beard, whether he was male or female. He has been pictured so often, and for so long, as the "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" that the other half of the record—the side that repels—has been almost entirely forgotten. —Robert Clyde Johnson
I came to cast fire upon the earth; and would that it were already kindled! . . . Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (Luke 12:49-51)
It is said that Hans Luther once became so ill he nearly died. The priest who came to visit him said he should make his peace with God and give all his money to the church. Hans had replied that we would give him money to his children because they needed it more. Hans Luther was not the only one who resented the wealth of the church and believe this wealth was gained at the expense of the common people. A large number of Germans felt that way. Discontent among the peasants over the money-hunger of church landlords had led to a number of local peasant revolts in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
"Man depends on God for all things: God depends on man for one. Without man's love God does not exist as God, only as creator, and love is the one thing no one, not even God himself, can command. It is a free gift or it is nothing. And it is most itself, most free, when it is offered in spite of suffering, of injustice, and of death . . . ." —Archibald MacLeish
But every time they tried, Luther would refuse to compromise. He knew what was at stake, but he stuck to the belief for which he had gone through so much pain and suffering: the Gospel was something that could not be changed because of circumstances. He had seen the Roman Church, the princes, and the peasants use it for their own ends. He did not want it exploited by his own people. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
At the same time he worked on ways to get the common people involved in religious services. One way was to make the mass meaningful to them, so he sat down and wrote out a new mass, entirely in German. It included what was good in the Catholic mass and excluded what was not true to the Scriptures. In his mass there would be a longer sermon, Communion for everyone who wanted it, and hymns to be sung not just by the pastor or choir but by the congregation as well. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
Luther believe, and Lutherans believe, that God in His Word is the final authority and that any man, no matter how close to God, even if he is the pope, can be wrong. Catholics believe that when the pope is speaking as the official representative of the church in matters of faith and doctrine he cannot make mistakes. Luther believe, and Lutherans believe, that people need only have faith in Christ to be saved. Catholics do not believe that mere faith in Christ is enough for salvation, but a person must also perform deeds of love to make himself acceptable to God. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
In Luther's opinion, talking about God in pretty language was to deny God's present on earth and His power to affect the affairs of men. He could and did speak of God in "barroom" language when he was addressing people he thought were hypocrites. In doing so he was probably ahead of his time. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings?
Luther had written that the bread and wine at Communion should be shared with the people, just as Christ had shared these things with His disciples. In Wittenberg Luther's followers began sharing the bread and wine at Communion, saying the mass in ordinary street clothes and reciting parts of it in German. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
Religious people stop being religious, perhaps because they find the prayers and ceremonies no longer express their feelings ("What do I have to be thankful for?"), perhaps as a way of "getting even with God." Sometimes tragedy makes nonreligious people religious in an angry, defiant way. "I have to believe in God," one man told me, "so that I have someone to blame, someone to curse and shout at, when I think of what I've gone through." —Harold S. Kushner
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. —John Quincy Adams
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26)
His name was John Trebonius, and it was his habit, when entering a classroom, to remove his hat and bow respectfully to the students. The young men were future burgomasters, chancellors, doctors, and regents, he would explain, and they deserved his respect. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
Luther agreed with the apostle Paul that God wanted some men to be princes and some to be peasants, so that there would be order and peace on the earth. This did not mean that all princes were automatically good, but God would punish such men. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
Business demands innovation. There is a constant need to feel around the fringes, to test the edges, but business schools, out of necessity, are condemned to teach the past. This not only perpetuates conventional thinking; it stifles innovation. I once heard someone say that if Thomas Edison had gone to business school we would all be reading by larger candles. —Mark H. McCormack
Guilt can be defined religiously as the permanent hangover of sin. —Robert Clyde Johnson Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not¿that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation. —Encyclopedia of Psychology
The textbook definition of depression is anger turned inward instead of being discharged outward. —Harold S. Kushner
"If I am shown my error, I will be the first to throw my books into the fire." —Martin Luther
The Gospels are utterly frank in their admission that the moment of the death of Jesus was one of complete disillusionment for his disciples. Rather than seeing it as "the supreme instance of the hand of God molding human history," they saw it as the defeat of their Master, and by that same token as the defeat of God. Rather than seeing it as "the final unveiling of the divine love," they saw it as brutal, tragic, and even (as one writer has put it) "obscene." The divine love was surely veiled, rather than unveiled, at the point. —Robert Clyde Johnson
For his answers he went to the Scriptures, and pretty soon he wrote a pamphlet On Monastic Vows. In it he stated that there was no special religious vocation, that one could serve God married as well as unmarried, leading an ordinary life as well as a monastic one. At Wittenberg monks began to leave the Augusinian order. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
His [Jesus'] most biting indictments are not of the morally degenerate, the traitors, prostitutes, adulterers, thieves, and murderers. They are of the "phonies," and particularly of the "religious" phonies. He brings his most caustic judgment down upon those who refuse to face the truth about themselves, and thus live their lives "play acting," pretending that they are other than what they are. —Robert Clyde Johnson
Our egos are so vulnerable, it is so easy to make us feel that we are bad people, that it is unworthy of religion to manipulate us in that way. Indeed, the goal of religion should be to help us feel good about ourselves when we have made honest and reasonable, but sometimes painful choices about our lives. —Harold S. Kushner
Luther answered in Latin, "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason—I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything; for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe." Then he added in German this brief prayer: "God help me. Amen." —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
You cannot hope to build a relationship with someone if you do not deeply respect them. People sense whether or not you respect them. If they sense you do not, this will shine through, in subtle ways, and you will never be able to build trust with the person in question. —James Kelly
There is the old tale of two friends who met on the street after not seeing each other for twenty-five years. One, who had graduated at the top of his class, was now working as an assistant branch manager of the local bank. The other, who had never overwhelmed anyone with his intellect, owned his own company and was now a millionaire several times over. When his banking friend asked him the secret of his success, he said it was really quite simple. "I have this one product that I buy for two dollars and sell for five dollars," he said. "It's amazing how much money you can make on a 3 percent markup." —borrowed from "What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School," Mark H. McCormack
The terms Luther and Lutheranism were being more widely used every day, although Luther did not like it at all. Again and again he asked people to call themselves Christians instead of Lutherans. "What is Luther?" he asked. "After all, my teaching is not mine, nor have I been crucified for anyone." —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
Have you ever seen a business executive, discovering there is a problem with an airline reservation, start to yell and scream at the ticket clerk? Here is the one guy left with the power to get that executive on that plane, and he goes out of his way to alienate him. —"What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School," Mark H. McCormack
Many years ago I was having dinner with Andre Heiniger, the chairman of Rolex, when a friend of his stopped by the table to say hello. "How¿s the watch business?" the friend asked. "I have no idea," Heiniger replied. His friend laughed. Here was the head of the world¿s most prestigious watchmaker saying that he didn¿t know what was going on in his own industry. But Heiniger was deadly serious. "Rolex is not in the watch business," he continued. "We are in the luxury business." To me, Heiniger¿s comment summed up the essence of "marketability." It is knowing what business you are really in and understanding the underlying perceptions that connect your product to the people it is being marketed to. —Mark H. McCormack
A dog food company was holding its annual sales convention. During the course of the convention the company president listened patiently as his advertising director presented a hot new campaign, his marketing director introduced a point-of-sale scheme that would "revolutionize the industry" and his sales director extolled the virtues of "the best damn product in the business." Finally it came to the president to take the podium and make his closing remarks. "Over the past few days," he began "we've heard from all of our division heads and of their wonderful plans for the coming year. Now as we draw to a close, I have only one question. If we have the best advertising, the best marketing, the best sales force, how come we sell less goddamn dog food than everyone else in the business?" Absolute silence filled the convention hall. Finally, after what seemed like forever, a small voice answered from the back of the room: "Because the dogs /hate/ it." —Mark McCormack "What They Don¿t Teach You At Harvard Business School"
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman. —Coco Chanel
The Lutheran churches see church and state as separate (so Lutherans understood the separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution when it was drafted), but they do not see the state as completely separate from God. Though the state God rules man's outward actions; through the church He rules man's heart. Ideally, church and state should exist side by side and help each other, but neither should be under the control of the other. —A Man Called Martin Luther by Kathleen Benson
If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman. —Coco Chanel
Luck is the residue of diligence.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. —Abraham Lincoln
"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." —Joyce Meyer
"Correction does much, but encouragement does more." —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The best thing to do when you find yourself in a hurting or vulnerable place is to surround yourself with the strongest, finest, most positive people you know." —Kristin Armstrong
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." —Confucius
When I was young I was more impressed by outward factors—money, power, and glamour. But as I grow older and, theoretically, wiser, I've come to appreciate the importance of business character and other inner qualities and to see the relative insignificance of outward glitter, be it celebrity, position, or appearances. —"What They Don't Teach You At Harvard Business School," Mark H. McCormack
Several months ago I participated in a pro-am tennis exhibition. Just before we were to go on the course, I happened to overhear a conversation between our opponents. The pro, who was one of the top-ranked players in the world, said to his amateur partner, "Do you want to win this match or do you just want to play some tennis?" The amateur, who was a little intimidated, replied rather sheepishly, "Well, I guess I would like to win the match." "Fine," the pro said. "Then serve and get off the court!" This may have been the way for the pro to win that particular match, but it is hardly the best strategy for building a strong doubles team against tough competition over the long term. —Mark H. McCormack
"You cannot open a book without learning something." —Confucius
"A one-line memo has more impact than a two-line memo, and so on. Don't circle around the thought or dramatically build to reach it. There are no literary prizes for the Great American Memo." —Mark McCormack
http://seniorplanet.org/how-the-internet-put-a-powerful-quote-in-meryl-streeps-mouth/ ¿I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I¿ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that¿s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.¿
John DeLorean told me that shortly after he had become general manager of Chevrolet he attended a sales conference in Dallas, and when he arrived at his hotel suite he discovered that someone from the company had delivered a huge basket of fruit to his room. Remarking to an associate on the basket¿s size and variety he commented, humorously, he thought, "What? No bananas?" From that moment on, the word throughout General Motors was "John DeLorean loves bananas." No matter how many times he attempted to explain that he had only meant to be amusing, bananas kept showing up in cars, chartered planes, hotel suites—even in meetings¿and followed him throughout his career at Chevrolet. —Mark H. McCormack
"If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people." —Confucius
Today, I probably know more that I did twenty years ago, yet I find myself saying, "I don't know" more and more all the time. I'll use it even when I really do know, sometimes to get more information or to compare versions of what is already "known," but mostly because I believe the self-effacing approach is almost always more effective than the know-it-all approach. Even when you have a definite opinion, it is often better to soften it by allowing for the possibility that you may not be omniscient: "I don't know, but it appears to me that . . . ." —Mark H. McCormack
"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of." —Confucius
Reducing unnecessary [energy] withdrawals can also help avoid willpower bankruptcy, writes Levitt. President Obama uses this strategy by only wearing gray or blue suits. "I don¿t make decisions about what I¿m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make," he told Vanity Fair in October 2012. "You need to routinize yourself and focus your decision-making energy. You cannot be going through your day distracted by trivia."
The most common question asked me by non-profit executives is: What are the qualities of a leader? The question seems to assume that leadership is something you learn in charm school. But it also assumes that leadership by itself is enough, that it¿s an end. And that¿s misleadership. The leader who basically focuses on himself or herself is going to mislead. The three most charismatic leaders in this century inflicted more suffering on the human race than almost any other trio in history: Hitler, Stalin, Mao. What matters is not the leaders charisma. What matters is the leader¿s mission.
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." —Lao Tzu
Why is it called rush hour when everything moves so slow?
There are far too many of us who place far too much stock in being alive and far too little in living. ~ Author Unknown
In the non-profit agency, mediocrity in leadership shows up almost immediately. —Peter Drucker
Whenever we have conflicting desires, being good gives us permission to be a little bit bad. [...] the indulgers report feeling in control of their choices, not out of control. They also don't feel guilty. Instead they report feeling proud of themselves for earning a reward. They offer the justification, "I was so good, I deserve a little treat." This sense of entitlement too often becomes our downfall. Because we're quick to view self-indulgence as the best reward for virtue, we forget our real goals and give in to temptation. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. from The Willpower Instinct
In Shakespeare's Henry V, the young prince whose father just died—he's now king¿rides out. Falstaff, the old disreputable knight who has been the prince's boon companion in drinking and wenching, calls up to his "Sweet Prince Hal," and the new king rides by without even a look at him. Falstaff is cruelly hurt. He raised the prince because the old king was a very poor father and a cold one, and the young man found warmth only with that disreputable drunkard. Yet Henry is now king and has to set different standards for himself because he is visible. As a leader, you are visible; incredibly visible. And you have expectations to fulfill.
Believing that workers will automatically accept organizational goals is the sign of naive managerial optimism. The mechanism by which individuals involve themselves in the organization's objectives is more complex than that. You wouldn't be surprised to learn, for example, that the fellow you know as a database specialist is more inclined to describe himself as a father, a boy scout leader, and a member of the local school board. In these roles, he makes thoughtful value judgments all the time. What /would/ be a surprise is if he stopped making value judgments when he arrived at work. He doesn't. He is continually at work examining each claim for his individual energies and loyalty. —Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
There are also true believers who are dedicated to a cause where success, failure, and results are irrelevant, and we need such people. They are our conscience. But very few of them achieve. Maybe their rewards are in Heaven. But that's not sure, either. —Peter Drucker
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. —Eleanor Roosevelt
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill
One of our clients tried to cancel a product that was judged to have no market. Cooler heads prevailed and the product was built. It became a huge success. The manager who had unsuccessfully tried to kill the project (he now had become president of the whole company) ordered a medal for the team, with the citation "First Annual Prize for Insubordination." He presented it with a speech, stating that others seeking the award had better be just as successful. Being an insubordinate failure wouldn't get anybody a prize. —Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
"If you're going through hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." —Winston Churchill
Non-profit institutions generally find it almost impossible to abandon anything. Everything they do is "the Lord's work" or "a good cause." But non-profits have to distinguish between moral causes and economic causes. [...] In an economic cause, one asks: Is this the best application of our scarce resources? There is so much work to be done. Let's put our resources where the results are. —Peter Drucker
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. —Winston Churchill
"Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day's success." ¿ Israelmore Ayivor
"Leadership potential is in everyone; we all have it, but we all don¿t know it until we have a direct individual encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. The principal source of leadership influence is the Holy Spirit." —Israelmore Ayivor
"Self-esteem is the switch in the circuit of your life that dims or brightness of your future. Bring it low and you don¿t shine your light; raise it up and you brighten the corner where you are." —Israelmore Ayivor
"We are no longer in the dispensation of age and experience. We are in the era of knowledge and information. Information leads a true leader and a true leader leads others." —Israelmore Ayivor
"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today." —Thich Nhat Hanh
According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby. (The least effective strategies are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.) —Excerpt from "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Choice architecture designed to manipulate people's decisions is a controversial proposition. Some see it as restricting individual freedom or ignoring personal responsibility. And yet, people who are free to choose anything most often choose against their long-term interests. Research on the limits of self-control suggests that this is not because we are innately irrational, or because we are making deliberate decisions to enjoy today and screw tomorrow. Instead, we may simply be too tired to act against our worst impulses. If we want to strengthen self-control, we may need to think about how we can best support the most exhausted version of ourselves—and not count on an ideal version of ourselves to show up and save the day. —Excerpt from The Willpower Instinct, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
ALBERT SHANKER: Let me illustrate what learning is not and what it is. Teachers are required to give a course in Nature, so they put bird charts around the room. They show flash cards and have the children give the names of the birds. The end result is an examination where the students regurgitate the names of the birds. But the kids don¿t remember the names very long; all that¿s there a few months later is a permanent dislike of birds. In the Boy Scouts, when I was a youngster, they had a bird-study merit badge. You actually had to see forty different birds. You soon find you can¿t do that by walking across the street to a park. You have to get up early in the morning and go to a swamp or woods. You don¿t want to do it alone, so you find one or two friends who will go with you. Soon you find that the birds you see out there don¿t look the way they do in pictures. What happens over the months of going out with your friends and looking at these birds is you begin to feel a sense of power. You can see birds around you that no one else can see.
ALBERT SHANKER: The way to deal with this is to ask: What kind of human being are we trying to produce? Most educators deal with the question very narrowly in terms of test scores, SAT scores, or narrow performance. But essentially performance in education occurs along three dimensions. One, of course, is knowledge. The second dimension, I would say, is being able to enter the world as a participating citizen and perform within the economy. The third has to do with the growth of the individual and participation in the cultural life of society. Unfortunately, we don¿t do a very good job of even getting close to measuring these gains. —Albert Shanker was president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1985 and president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974 to 1997.
How do you deal with a competitive situation? Well, one way some early hospitals dealt with it was to pray that the world hadn't changed and that they would just survive. Now, prayer may have its role to play, but it is not the answer. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Some twenty years ago, a Girl Scout council in a major suburban area realized that the ethnic composition of the area was changing rapidly. It has been lily-white, and so had the Scouts. But now the area was rapidly becoming highly diverse: blacks, Hispanics, Asians were arriving in large numbers. That the Council had to offer scouting to the children of the newcomers was obvious to everyone. But so was the enormous cost of providing scouting to very poor neighborhoods. The question that seemed to demand a decision was, therefore, seen as a financial one: How do we raise the money? And the answer to that question seemed obvious: Have separate troops for different ethnic groups. Otherwise, it was feared, financial support from the affluent group, the whites, might be endangered. Fortunately, one of the leaders then asked: What is this decision all about? Is our mission to raise money, or is it to build a nation? It was clear at once that the decision was one of basic principle, to be decided contrary to all the Council's precedents. The answer had to be that, whatever the financial risk, we are not going to have ethnic troops. That is the past. We have to emphasize that young women are young women—not black, not white, not Italian, not Jewish, not Vietnamese—but young American women. That is what the decision was really all about. Once this was clear, the decision made itself. And the whole community accepted that decision without a murmur, once it was explained. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Many years later, long after he had left South Africa, Gandhi received a letter urging world leaders to draw up a charter of human rights. "In my experience," Gandhi wrote back, "it is far more important to have a charter of human duties." —Gandhi the Man, by Eknath Easwaran
Since the beginning of the world, young people have resented good manners as dishonesty. They think manners are substance. If you say "Good morning" while it rains outside, you are a hypocrite. But there is a law of nature that where moving bodies are in contact with one another, there is friction. And manners are the social lubricating oil that smooths over friction. Young people always fail to see this. The only difference is that in my youth you got slapped if you were not courteous; but we didn't feel like being courteous either. One learns to be courteous—it is needed to enable different people who don't necessarily like each other to work together. Good causes do not excuse bad manners. Bad manners rub people raw; they do leave permanent scars. And good manners make a difference. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
We may all have been born with the capacity for willpower, but some of us use it more than others. People who have better control of their attention, emotions, and actions are better off almost any way you look at it. They are happier and healthier. Their relationships are more satisfying and last longer. They make more money and go further in their careers. They are better able to manage stress, deal with conflict, and overcome adversity. They even live longer. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
I wish I could persuade everybody that civil disobedience is the inherent right of a citizen. He dare not give it up without ceasing to be a man. Civil disobedience is never followed by anarchy. Criminal disobedience can lead to it. Every state puts down criminal disobedience by force. It perishes, if it does not. But to put down civil disobedience is to attempt to imprison conscience. —Mahatma Gandhi
When I was thirteen, I had an inspiring teach of religion, who one day went right through the class of boys asking each one, "What do you want to be remembered for?" None of us, of course, could give an answer. So, he chuckled and said, "I didn't expect you to be able to answer it. But if you still can't answer it by the time you're fifty, you will have wasted your life." —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
There is a little-known effect of diet soda that contributes to hunger, overeating, and weight gain. The sweet taste tricks the body into taking up glucose from the bloodstream in anticipation of a blood sugar spike. You're left with less energy and less self-control, while your body and brain wonder what happened to the sugar rush they were promised. This may be why recent studies show that diet soda consumption is associated with weight gain, not weight loss. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Willpower "failures" like addiction, obesity, and bankruptcy often come with a stigma in our society. We may wrongly assume that a person is weak, lazy, stupid, or selfish, and convince ourselves that they deserve to be shamed or excluded from the tribe. But we should be especially wary of shunning people who do not control their behavior in the way we would like. Besides being a pretty cruel way to treat people, it is a lousy strategy for motivating change. As Deb Lemire, president of the Association for Size Diversity and Health, says, "If shame worked, there'd be no fat people." —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
To do this, a person needs focus. Michael Kami, our leading authority on business strategy today, draws a square on the blackboard and asks: "Tell me what to put in there. Jesus? Or money? I can help you develop a strategy for either one, but you have to decide which is the master." —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Without craftsmanship, there is neither a good job, nor self-respect, nor personal growth. Many years ago I asked the best dentist I ever had, "What do you want to be remembered for?" And he answered, "When they have you on the autopsy slab, I want them to say that fellow really had a first-rate dentist!" —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Smokers who go without a cigarette for twenty-four hours are more likely to binge on ice cream. Drinkers who resist their favorite cocktail become physically weaker on a test of endurance. Perhaps most disturbingly, people who are on a diet are more likely to cheat on their spouse. It's as if there's only so much willpower to go around. Once exhausted, you are left defenseless against temptation—or at least disadvantaged. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
That man I love who is incapable Of ill will, and returns love for hatred. Living beyond the reach of I and mine, And of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, Contented, self-controlled and firm resolve, with all his heart and all his mind given To Me¿with such a one I am in love. Not agitating the world, nor by it Agitated, he stands above the sway Of elation, competition and fear, Accepting life, good and bad, as it comes. He is pure, efficient, detached, ready To meet every demand I make on him As a humble instrument of my work . . . . Who serves both friend and foe with equal love, Not buoyed up by praise, nor cast down by blame, Alike in heat and cold, pleasure and pain, Free from selfish attachments and self-will, Ever full, in harmony everywhere, Firm in faith¿such a one is dear to me. — The Bhagavad Gita, The Way of Love
I do not believe in short violent cuts to success¿. However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes. There is, therefore, really no meeting-ground between the school of violence and myself. But my creed of non-violence not only does not preclude me but compels me even to associate with anarchists and all those who believe in violence. But that association is always with the sole object of weaning them from what appears to me to be their error. For experience convinces me that permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence. Even if my belief is a fond delusion, it will be admitted that it is a fascinating delusion. —Mahatma Gandhi
Every man and woman present rose to meet the challenge, and pledge nonviolent resistance even to the point of death. "Thus came into being," Gandhi wrote triumphantly, "the moral equivalent of war." —Gandhi the Man, by Eknath Easwaran
One of my mentors and teachers during World War II said to me: "Young man, if you ever grow up, you will learn that one needs both St. Paul and St. James." One needs faith /and/ works[....] —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Be a little leery, too, of the faithful assistant who for eighteen years has been at the boss's side anticipating his or her every wish, but has never made a decision alone. By and large, people who are willing and able to make decisions don't stay in that role very long. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
White defenders of the empire like Sir Winston Churchill fumed, Gandhi wore his khadi loincloth and shawl even to tea at Buckingham Palace, with his ubiquitous dollar pocket watch suspended by a safety pin from his waist. —Gandhi The Man, Eknath Easwaran
On some occasions he [Gandhi] would shame all India by refusing to enter the great temples whose gates had been closed for centuries to low-caste Hindu worshipers. "There is no God here," he would tell the crowds who gathered to hear him. "If God were here, everyone would have access. He is in every one of us." Because of the love the people bore him, such words went in very deep. Temples and homes throughout India, after centuries of exclusion, began to open their doors to all. —Gandhi The Man, Eknath Easwaran
The other thing I think that is unique about these United States is the fact that charitable giving is as much a force in the freedom of democracy as the right of assemblage or the right of vote or the right of free press. It's another way of expressing ourselves very, very forcefully. Someone who pays taxes does not think of himself or herself as getting involved in the welfare program. But if they become involved in a Salvation Army activity or the Visiting Nurses program, they /are/ involved. They are involved spiritually and they are involved monetarily. That makes a difference. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Gandhi was in jail again when the British decided to convene a "round table conference" to decided India's fate. India's "representatives," invited by British crown officials, were the maharajahs and politicians who were largely supported by the strength of British rule. Gandhi's American missionary friend Stanley Jones used to tell with great amusement how he was asked by Lord Irwin, the Viceroy of India, if Gandhi should be invited too. "Gandhi is India," Jones replied. "If you invite him, you invite India. If you do not, no matter whom else you do invite, all India will be absent." Lord Irwin, a little embarrassed, served Gandhi His Majesty's invitation in the cell at His Majesty's Yeravda Prison. —Gandhi The Man, Eknath Easwaran
Studies also show that people with higher heart rate variability are better at ignoring distractions, delaying gratification, and dealing with stressful situations. They are also less likely to give up on difficult tasks, even when they initially fail or receive critical feedback. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
We have learned that one inspires the leaders. I once helped run a rapidly growing professional school in which I had to hire very young people who had never taught. And I had to throw them in and run large classes of advanced and demanding students. Every one of these green teachers came to me and asked, "What do I do?" I said, "Make sure you don't lose the top 10 percent of the class. If you lose those, you've lost everybody. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Mark Ansel, the psychologist who developed this approach, argues that religious communities should take on more responsibility for supporting behavior change. Places of worship could offer fitness classes and nutrition talks alongside religious services, and social events should serve healthier food. He points out that for this approach to work, religious leaders will have to be good role models. Before they start preaching morning walks, they need to get in shape themselves—and just like they wouldn't be caught in a brothel, they'll need to think twice about stepping into the local McDonald's. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
According to the American Psychological Associate, Americans name lack of willpower as the number-one reason they struggle to meet their goals. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
"It is because we have at the present moment everybody claiming the right of conscience without going through any discipline whatsoever that there is so much untruth being delivered to a bewildered world." —Mahatma Gandhi
It's an old theological axiom that prayer is no substitute for right action. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
Evolution prefers to add on to what it's created, rather than start from scratch. So as humans required new skills, our primitive brain was not replaced with some completely new model—the system of self-control was slapped on top of the old system of urges and instincts. —Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
And as to that apathy, don't forget that Jesus picked only twelve Apostles. If he had picked sixty, he couldn't have done it. He had a hard enough time with those twelve, always saying to them, "Don't you understand?" And it took a long time even for those handpicked, very exceptional young people. —Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Peter Drucker
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." —George Bernard Shaw
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." —Abraham Lincoln
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." —William Shakespeare
"I believe that spirituality and science are different but complementary investigative approaches with the same greater goal, of seeking the truth." —Dalai Lama
"Regardless of different personal views about science, no credible understanding of the natural world or our human existence—what I am going to call in this book a worldview—can ignore the basic insights of theories as key as evolution, relativity, and quantum mechanics." —Dalai Lama
"The view that all aspects of reality can be reduced to matter and its various particles is, to my mind, as much a metaphysical position as the view that an organizing intelligence created and controls reality." —Dalai Lama
Although Buddhism has come to evolve as a religion with a characteristic body of scriptures and rituals, strictly speaking, in Buddhism scriptural authority cannot outweigh an understanding based on reason and experience. In fact the Buddha himself, in a famous statement, undermines the scriptural authority of his own words when he exhorts his followers not to accept the validity of his teachings simply on the basis of reverence to him. —Dalai Lama
It is most remarkable that since Independence in 1947, India has maintained the noble tradition of investing noted thinkers and scientists with the nation's presidency. —Dalai Lama
"This is the Popperian falsifiability thesis, which states that any scientific theory must contain within it the conditions under which it may be show to be false. For example, the theory that God created the world can never be a scientific one because it cannot contain an explanation of the conditions under which the theory could be proven false." —Dalai Lama
How is it possible that suffering that is neither my own nor of my concern should immediately affect me as though it were my own, and with such force that it moves me to action. ... This is something really mysterious, something for which Reason can provide no explanation, and for which no basis can be found in practical experience. It is nevertheless a common occurrence, and everyone has the experience. It is not unknown even to the most hard-hearted and self-interested. Examples appear every day before our eyes of instant responses of the kind, without reflection, one person helping another, coming to his aid, even setting his own life in clear danger for someone whom he has seen for the first time, having nothing more in mind that that the other is in need and in peril of his life. —Arthur Schopenhauer
There is another kind of breakup that takes place late in marriage, and this one just baffles me: people who break up when the kids are out of the house and launched. I have seen this happen in five or six cases to people whom I never would have thought would have had that happen. They are well on in their fifties, they have been living together, they've brought up a family together, had life together, and it goes to pot. They only thing holding them together had been the children. —Joseph Campbell
This is the way of the religion of law, where there are a lot of commands—ten commandments, a thousand commandments, a hundred and ten thousand commandments. It is a religion of fear. You have not awakened to the divine presence. It's out there, and you are here. This way is principally for people who have not had much time to devote themselves either to religious thinking or to love. —Joseph Campbell
The first half of life we serve society—engagement. The second half of life we turn inward—disengagement. —Joseph Campbell
To take a righteous attitude toward anything is to denigrate it. —Joseph Campbell
Oh, St. Louis, St. Louis—if only there were anything saintly about you. Anything heavenly, anything worthy of veneration. Anything not spackled with filth! But, no, alas. Praise for you I must limit to this: You are not Indianapolis. —Stephen B. Hockensmith
"That¿s the problem with getting married. You must ask yourself, 'Can I open myself to compassion?' Not to lust, but to compassion. I don¿t mean you have to have unconditional love. Committing yourself to a person unconditionally is very different from having unconditional love for everybody in New York City. I¿m not the Dalai Lama, who¿s supposed to have unconditional love for everything in the world. Even God doesn¿t have unconditional love. He throws people into hell. I personally don¿t even think that unconditional love is an ideal. I think you¿ve got to have a discriminating faculty and let bastards be bastards and let those that ought to be hit in the jaw get it. In fact, I have a list. If anybody has a working guillotine, I¿d be glad to give them my list." —Joseph Campbell
Organizations need members who have the strength of their convictions. No one has said it better than St. Thomas Aquinas: "We love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject. For both have labored in the search for truth and both have helped in the finding of it." —"Doing Good Better" by Edgar Stoesz and Chester Raber
When two or three people meet informally, they are likely to be rational, engaging, even charming. They enjoy each other's company as they freely exchange ideas on topics of mutual interest. Put those same two or three people into a meeting with six or eight others like them, and something changes. some become shy. They clam up and hardly speak. Others get loud and domineering. —"Doing Good Better" by Edgar Stoesz and Chester Raber
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." —Maya Angelou
A friend gave me a list of things that let you know you are old. Some of them are silly, others are serious. [...] The really serious one is ". . . when you've gotten to the top of the ladder and find it's against the wrong wall." And that's where so many people are. —Joseph Campbell
Visioning, like creativity, happens only in a receptive environment. Alexander Sozhenitsyn, the famous Soviet dissident, in his 1978 Harvard commencement address said, "Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legalistic relationships, this creates an atmosphere of spiritual mediocrity that paralyzes men's noblest impulses." —"Doing Good Better" by Edgar Stoesz and Chester Raber
7 billion people happy — automatically I get maximum benefit. 7 billion people . . . some trouble — how I can escape from that? —Dalai Lama
Nowadays, we are confronted by a huge gap between rich and poor. This is not only morally wrong, but practically a mistake. It leads to the rich living in anxiety and the poor living in frustration, which has the potential to lead to more violence. We have to work to reduce this gap. It¿s truly unfair that some people should have so much while others go hungry.
"Jimmy and Roslynn Carter bring respect—even awe¿to Habitat for Humanity by their association. What adds significantly to the Carters' contribution is that it is genuine. They don't just show up for photo opportunities." —"Doing Good Better" by Edgar Stoesz and Chester Raber
You can remain good human being without religion. It's possible. ... We must find a way to promote these values and not rely upon religion. That I call the secular way approach. The values are basically a biological factor. Even animals—dogs, cats, some birds. —Dalai Lama
"Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations." —Alan Watts
"What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do." —Alan Watts
The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination. —Alan Watts
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. —Alan Watts
I owe my solitude to other people. —Alan Watts
The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present. —Alan Watts
"The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible." —Alan Watts
"We have the hardest working steel workers in the world," said one Nucor executive. "We hire five, work them like ten, and pay them like eight. —Good To Great" by Jim Collins Today's Thought: Regarding Darwin Smith, CEO of Kimberly-Clark: "A man who carried no airs of self-importance, Smith found his favorite companionship among plumbers and electricians . . . ." —Good To Great" by Jim Collins
"All grown-ups were once children¿but only few of them remember it." —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work." —Emile Zola
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like." —Lao Tzu
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. —Lao Tzu
"Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." —Lao Tzu