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do not force their way with great strife. Flowers
to perfection slowly in the sun. Don't be in a
spiritual matters. Go step by step, and
be very sure.
who know how to play can easily leap over the adversities of
life. And one who knows how to sing and laugh never brews mischief.
the person of science and the person of action live
always at the edge of mystery, surrounded by it.
Miracles are not in contradiction to
nature. They are only
with what we
know of nature.
You Passing the Buck?
Sometimes you may be tempted to think that life
seems to be one big muddle and doesn't make any
sense at all. Well, there may be a good
reason for thinking that way! Let's look
at an analogy. We could be very much like
one who goes to the theater after the curtain
has gone up and the play has been in progress
for some time. The latecomer has no
knowledge of the beginning of the story, nor any
idea of what the ending may be. The script
may not make sense, and the person may feel
confused regarding the plot of the story.
Similarly, in the drama of life, we may not
always know or understand the plot.
Sometimes the script seems pointless. We
may fail to grasp the grand scope of the
universal dramas in which we may be
participating. At that point, there could
be an attempt to blame the "director,"
the "producer," perhaps even the
playwright, for the situation. However, in
the universal drama of life, there are no
"bit players." And there is no
one to blame! Life can seem less of a
muddle if we read the script correctly and
become aware that we have unique qualities and
can bring gifts to the "show" that no
one else can give.
Perhaps you've heard the expression, "the
buck stops here." This saying is
cousin to another one that is quite commonly
used in the United States, "passing the
person is accused of passing the buck, he or she may be
said to be avoiding responsibility and passing it on to
someone else. When someone says, "The buck
stops here," that person implies that he or she will
handle the matter him- or herself and take full
responsibility for the outcome. Which one of these
expressions do you find yourself in the habit of using?
You may know of someone at this moment of your life who
may be rebelling against unfairness of one sort or
another. Perhaps you, yourself, may be choosing to
be antagonistic? Many people throughout history have
chosen to rebel against their government or their society
in order to bring about a higher purpose. Some may
have understood that the cost of their rebellion could be
their very lives; yet, they consented to pay the
price. These people have often assisted in making
great changes for the benefit of the people.
If a student chooses to rebel against his or her parents,
for example, and as a result finds him- or herself without
a place to live or without any money for college, that
student must be willing to accept this as the cost of the
rebellion. Likewise, it makes no sense to complain
if our employer cuts our pay when we have failed to do the
work we agreed to do. In that situation, we have
received what we have deserved, and we should learn to
accept it without protest.
One time at a country fair, a farmer exhibited a pumpkin
grown in the exact shape of a two-gallon jug.
"When it was no bigger than my thumb," he said,
"I stuck it in the jug and just let it grow.
When it filled the jug, it stopped growing."
What the glass jug did for the pumpkin, our thoughts do
for our lives. We may grow as big, as mature, and
become as creative as the things we think about and
believe in. But we stop growing at the limit of our
One of the first things we need to do is to banish the
thoughts that say the control of our life is held by
another. We have a built-in control tower called the
faculty of free will, and nothing can move into our minds
unless we are willing to place the "stamp of
approval" on the delivery.
The law of responsibility applies in every area of our
lives. For example, if we choose to abuse our bodies
with drugs or alcohol, it become imperative that we know
the cost of this decision. We must ask ourselves if
the drugs and alcohol are worth the cost in sickness and
One may ask the question, "How can I take control
over my life when I am faced with such inner turmoil and
confusion and my problems are so large?" One
thing we can do at once is take the same thought energy we
have expressed in "how can I take control?" and
turn it around into the thought, "I am one with the
wisdom of God; I know what to do, and I do it!"
One of the best ways to exhibit the self-control that
leads to success is to know that faith, not fear; love,
not hate; joy, not sorrow; peace, not tension; freedom,
not bondage are the role we choose to play.
Whatever we choose in terms of our behavior in this life,
we will be much better off if we can truly say, "The
buck stops here. I am willing to pay the price for
my decision. I am willing to accept the consequences
of my actions."
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Something Every Day: Be Curious
Years after college my beloved physics professor,
Sheridan Simon, told me that the bane of his existence
was delivering a simply beautiful lecture on the
physics of black holes or quantum mechanics, then
opening the floor to questions knowing he had done
some of his best work, only to have the student in the
second row raise his hand and ask, "Will this be
on the test?"
Voltaire has said, "Judge a man by his questions
rather than by his answers." Why are we
learning anything in life? To satiate our own
curiosity or because it will be on the test?
This is a vital distinction--not only for students,
but also for business executives and parents and all
the rest of us. The pursuit of knowing--and,
more important, of not knowing--this is
curiosity. And curiosity keeps us alive, pure
Honest inquiry. Honest inquiry is the pursuit of
great, fantastic, compelling questions posed for one
reason: to explore. Not to pass the test,
but to explore. What a planet we live on!
Where do rivers go? Is there a cloud
factory? How do birds know when to go, and when
to come back? Why is Justin Bieber famous?
From where does racism come?
How can we remain curious? As Bernard Baruch
said, "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton
asked why." How can we recapture the holy
curiosity of our childhood in which "why"
was our way of being in the world? Here are a
Play backup. A few years ago I was asked to give
a keynote talk at a conference in Melbourne,
Australia. A brilliant man named Charles
Hampden-Turner (who eventually became my intellectual
mentor and who, at the time, had written something
like twenty books) was the opening speaker at the
conference; I was the closing speaker. The very
thought of meeting him and being near him--much less
give a speech in front of him--made me very
nervous. During the conference, in addition to
my keynote, I was also to give a workshop. Who
should show up but Charles Hampden-Turner, to listen
and to learn. What on earth could I possibly say
that would be of interest to this amazing
intellect? It didn't matter. What mattered
was that he came and he listened and he laughed and
participated. He played backup, not leading
man. I have watched him do it repeatedly since
then. This is the mark of curiosity, the showing
up, the willingness, the spongelike quality even in
someone who has much to teach others.
Never be bored. Really? You're
bored? Because you've already read every book,
talked to every person in your universe about what
they love to think about, and you know exactly how ice
crystals form and how planes stay up in the sky?
Wow. Albert Einstein tells us, "The
important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing. . . Never
lose a holy curiosity." What is your reason
for boredom? That the world isn't entertaining
enough for you? Or that it has not focused its
considerable appeal on you, specifically and totally
you? Boredom is for the selfish. Don't go
Focus on ideas. "Be less curious about
people and more curious about ideas," advised
Marie Curie. What makes up the bulk of your
dinnertime conversation: people, events, or
ideas? Move in the direction of ideas.
Seek disequilibrium. Learning involved
discomfort. More often than not, it involves the
discomfort of not knowing. We're trained to
know. As Einstein said, it's a miracle curiosity
survives formal education, so deeply engrained is the
goal to have the right answer. But
learning--real learning--involves not knowing.
As Marie Curie has also said (smart woman!), "Dyssymmetry
causes phenomena." Things don't happen
until they are thrown off balance. How can you
throw yourself off balance? Alter your daily
routine: When you go to the movies, are you an
aisle-seat-in-the-back sitter? Sit middle front
to alter your perspective. Enroll in a class
about which you know nothing, exactly nothing, not the
one that will be a breeze. Read magazines you'd
never pick up. Seek opportunities for
disequilibrium rather than running from them.
Listen to children. Never interrupt a
child. Never lose patience with their endless
series of questions. Find opportunities to hear
a child's perspective on anything, everything.
Here are a few examples of the questions Tess asks us
daily: "If the world was disinvented, where
would we be?" and "What was the first word
ever spoken?" Children teach us, if we
don't ignore them or shut them down because we falsely
believe we know better.
advice do you wish you had heard—really
heard—when you were graduating from high
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Out of the hundreds of essays, six themes
• Remember who you are: be you
• Know what matters most: be passionate
• Make peace with time: be present
• Let go of certainty: be unsure
• Learn something every day: be curious
• Open up your hand: be free
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Step into this moment, because it is the only one
you have right now.
wasted or thrown away.
The divine opportunity could be
stolen unless you tell
yourself it is here right now; available to you
to make of it anything
Why not choose this
moment, right now, to be available
yourself by declaring, I AM
GOOD! . . . . The richness of
the present is here. The
fullness of now
If you are not here now, it means you could be
the love, joy, peace and brand-new ideas that are here right now.
Truth about Play
Why We Should
Jill Murphy Long
Play is part of being human, yet it remains an elusive
part of many people's lives. Studies have proven
play is a major factor in the appropriate development
of social, emotional, mental, and physical growth for
children. But what happens when we stop playing
as adults? Are we stunting our own growth?
Why do humans play? Is it a requirement of
survival like breathing, eating, and sleeping?
Play introduces the concept of "balance" in
a busy life; it encourages people to seek
solitude in nature and allocate time for daily
laughs. Humor is needed to reaffirm our humanity
and sanity. Laughter releases tension and
stress, and builds rapport among those it
touches. It is through our play that we are
reintroduced to both once again.
In this time spent developing, challenging, and
nurturing the authentic self, the promise of
play--happiness--will be found.
Play encourages interaction, risk-taking, and the use
of imagination. Abstract thinking and creativity
are explored, and social, language, and mental skills
are mastered, as self-worth is strengthened. The
value of dedication and practice is also
learned. As such competencies are developed,
these skills cross over to other aspects of life.
on these inherent benefits of play, recess should be
reinstated for those over the age of ten. Until that
day--why not decide to make play a frequent event in your
life and add an hour or two of active play and creative
expression to each week? It may seem like child's
play at first, but once the magic starts, there will be no
question that this is what your spirit needs.
Genuine play occurs when you lose sight of yourself and
your life for the moment. You are totally immersed
in whatever physical or creative activity with no
awareness of the passing of time. You are truly
awake and alive. For some people, play may be more
physical. For others, it is a creative outlet for
expression. However, both types of play can satisfy
our basic need for curiosity, exploration, and fun.
In the choice for a long and healthy life, playing is not
just an option, but also a natural element of each
day. Moving the body is as crucial as eating and
sleeping. It is a proven fact that increased
physical activity--a hike, jog, or a round of
tennis--results in increased "smarts."
Physical activity is an essential part of long-term
health. As play is added to your days, you will
begin to see that the amount of time spent playing is in
direct correlation with the amount of energy you
have. Your newfound interest will also keep mood
swings in check, help manage stress, and build a stronger
Play is so good for our bodies. No matter your size,
shape, weight, or height, adding play to your life will
improve your self-image. When we become too busy to
play, we fall prey to diet fads or bad habits like
smoking. Playing hard and eating well will do
wonders not only for your temperament, but for your body,
too. . . .
The biggest tragedy facing us today is. . . the missing
awareness of the mind-body connection. This is why
play, through both active and creative expression, is so
important. Play is meant to draw us closer to our
own reflection, to see what is really inside our
complicated yet beautiful selves. The desire to
move, the desire to create, is and should be a required
element of every person's day. It is the truth
behind what makes us who we are.
Be yourself. Be your complete and authentic
self--not what you think others want you to be or what
society pressures us to be. Express yourself with
your body and your mind by being you, the person who you
are supposed to be. Use your time, energy, and money
not on dieting, but on passionate living achieved by
body-moving activities and mind-engaging interests.
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another reason to relax and have fun. Permission
to Play encourages people to carve out the time
in their busy lives for fun, whether it's sports,
crafts and other creative activities, or card and
board games. When we play, we relax, we feel
silly, we rejoice and we may just get in better
shape. Full of whimsical ideas, fun tips and
useful, nothing-but- enjoyable activities you may
never have thought of, plus encouragement to make
this essential happiness ingredient a part of your
life, Permission to Play includes many ways
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present moment is always full of infinite treasure. It
contains far more
than you can possibly grasp. Faith is the measure of its
you find in the present moment is according to the measure of
Love also is the measure: the more the heart loves, the
more it rejoices in
what God provides. The will of God presents itself at
each moment like
an immense ocean that the desire of your heart cannot empty;
yet you will drink from that ocean according to your faith and
In his book You'll
See It When You Believe It, Dr. Wayne Dyer offers some
interesting and helpful suggestions for personal
transformation. A synopsis of these suggestions is shared
here for your reflection.
* Practice thinking about yourself and others in formless
ways. Take a few moments each day to evaluate yourself. .
. in terms of pure thought and feeling. Watch yourself
acting and interacting. Do not criticize or judge, simply
note how your form is behaving and how it is feeling.
* Use the observer exercise (mentioned above) with other
people. Notice how they may destroy their potential for
happiness and success because they identify exclusively with
* Make an effort to go beyond your comfort zone on a regular
basis. Listen to the real you inside who is encouraging
you to transcend yourself.
* Make an effort to cease labeling yourself as a means of
identifying who you are as a human being.
* Begin to view your mind, your nonform side, as new and
miraculous. Know that your mind is capable of transcending
your form and that your body is in a larger part controlled by
*Work each day to clear yourself of the two factors that do the
most to inhibit your personal transformation: negativity
*Examine how you treat the physical or visible you.
* Allow yourself time to meditate quietly by yourself.
Meditation is a powerful tool, and it is as simple as
breathing. You should choose your own style of meditation.
* Above all else, be kind and understanding to yourself.
Be especially kind to yourself if you behave in a way you
dislike. Talk kindly to yourself. Be patient with
yourself when you find it difficult to be a "holy"
person. . . . Forgive yourself.
Arrow and the Song
shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly as it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
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