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5 - perspective 6
can see in the puddle either
the mud or the reflection of
the blue sky, just as we choose.
only the people who worry about their liabilities would think
about the riches
they do possess, they would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a
million dollars. . . or your
two legs. . . or your hands. . . or your hearing?
you do have, and you’ll find that you won’t sell them for all
the gold in
The best things in life are yours,
if you can appreciate yourself.
Anna was saying to
herself: why do I always have this awful need
to make other people see things as I do? It's
childish, why should they? What it amounts to is that I'm scared of being alone in what
need only examine your present situation to discover
resources and opportunities.
When life's problems seem overwhelming,
what other people are coping with. You may consider
view your life as blessed does not require you to deny your
pain. It simply demands a more complicated vision, one in which
or event is not either good or bad but is, rather,
good and bad, not sequentially, but simultaneously.
There is an old story about a man who wrote
to the department
in his state to find out
how to cope with the crabgrass
that was spoiling his
The department responded with a number
suggestions. The man tried them all,
but he could not
eliminate the crabgrass. Exasperated, he
noting that every method they
had suggested had failed. His
was still riddled
with crabgrass. He got back a short reply:
"We suggest you learn to love it."
This is the art of reframing, redefining
something so that it is
no longer as
isn't the situation that is changed,
of course; it is
on the situation.
Robert H. and Jeanette C. Lauer
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Two - Year Three
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Argue for your limitations, and sure enough,
archer competing for a clay
shoots effortlessly, his
the prize is
changed to a brass
the hands begin to shake.
it is changed to gold, he or she
as if going blind.
abilities do not deteriorate, but
belief in them does,
as he or she
allows the supposed value of an
external reward to cloud
There is no
danger of eyestrain from
looking on the bright side of things.
Harold Kushner reminds us that everything that God has
potentially holy. Our task as humans is to
find that holiness in what appear
to be unholy situations. He suggests that when we can learn to do this, we
have learned to nurture our souls. It's easy to see God's
beauty in a
beautiful sunrise, a snow-capped mountain,
of a healthy child,
or in ocean waves crashing
on a sandy beach. But can we learn
in seemingly ugly circumstances--difficult life lessons,
a family tragedy, or a struggle for life?
is not the eye that sees the beauty of the heaven, nor
the ear that
the sweetness of music or the glad
tidings of a prosperous
but the soul, that
perceives all the relishes of sensual
perfections; and the more noble and excellent
the soul is,
the greater and more savory are its perceptions.
Hey mister, where
you goin' in such a hurry?
Don't you think it's time you realize
There's a whole lot more to life than work and worry
All the sweetest things in life are free
And they're right before your eyes?
You've got to stop and smell the roses
You've got to count your many blessings every day
You're gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky
If you don't stop and smell the roses along the way
we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice it is small,
we do not criticize it
as "rootless and stemless."
We treat it as a
seed, giving it the water and nourishment
of a seed. When
it first shoots up out of
the earth, we don't condemn it as immature
underdeveloped, nor do we criticize the buds for not being
when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process
and give the plant the care it needs
stage of its development.
The rose is a rose from the time
it is a seed to the time it dies.
Within it, at all times,
it contains its whole potential. It seems to be
in the process
of change: Yet at each state, at each
moment, it is perfectly all right as it is. A flower is
it blooms than when it is merely a bud; at
each stage it is the same
thing--a flower in the process
of expressing its potential.
2 - perspective 3
5 - perspective 6
We do a lot of
vacillating between old ideas and new ways of thinking.
patient with yourself through this process. Beating
yourself up only
keeps you stuck. It's better to build
yourself up instead. Anything you say
or think is an
affirmation. Really be aware of your thoughts and your
you might discover that a lot of them are very
negative. Many people tend
to approach life through
negative eyes. They take an ordinary situation like
rainy day and say something like, "Oh what a terrible
day." It isn't
a terrible day. It's a wet
day. To create a wonderful day sometimes takes
slight change in the way you look at it. Be willing to let
go of an old,
negative way that you look at something, and look
at it in a new, positive way.
Louise L. Hay
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Have you ever
seen an inchworm crawl up a leaf or a twig,
and then, clinging to the
very end, revolve in the air,
feeling for something, to reach
That's like me. I am trying to find something
there beyond the place on which I have footing.
Albert P. Ryder
outlook is steeped in pessimism,
I remind myself, "Two and two still make four,
and you can't keep humankind down for long."
Bernard M. Baruch
disabled gave me an immense advantage. People are
to you. It puts you on a different level than if you
into a situation whole and secure.
When you are annoyed at someone's mistake,
immediately look at
yourself and reflect how you also fail; for example, in
good equals money, or pleasure, or a bit of fame. By
of this you'll quickly forget your anger, especially if you
the person was under stress, and could do little else.
And, if you can, find a way to alleviate that stress.
we have a compost bin filled with organic material which is
smelly, we know that we can transform the
beautiful flowers. At first,
we may see the compost
and the flowers
as opposite, but when we look deeply,
we see that the
already exist in the compost, and the compost already exists
flowers. It only takes a couple of weeks for a flower
to decompose. When
good organic gardeners look into their compost, they
that, and they do not feel
sad or disgusted. Instead,
the rotting material and do not discriminate
it. It takes
only a few months for compost to give birth to flowers.
|It is curious that the leaf should so love
and the root so hate it.
is a weed? A plant whose
virtues have not yet been discovered.
Things looked at patiently from one side
generally end by showing a side that is beautiful.
Robert Louis Stevenson
is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up,
snow is exhilarating;
there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds
of good weather.
begin life with the world presenting itself to us as it
is. Someone--our parents,
teachers, analysts--hypnotizes us to "see" the
world and construe it in the "right"
way. These others label the world, attach names and
give voices to the beings
and events in it, so that thereafter, we cannot read the
world in any other language
or hear it saying other things to us. The task is to
break the hypnotic spell, so that
we become undeaf, unblind, and multilingual, thereby letting
the world speak to
us in new voices and write all its possible meaning in the
new book of our
existence. Be careful in your choice of hypnotists.
nothing wrong with the world.
What's wrong is our way of looking at it.
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Learn to see what is in front of you,
rather than what you learned is there.
Stephen C. Paul
travel a circle is to journey over the same ground time and
again. To travel a circle wisely is to journey over the same
for the first time. In this way, the ordinary becomes
and the circle, a path to where you wish to be. And when you
at last that the path has circled back into itself, you
where you wish to be is where you have already
been. . . and always were.
We have lived by the assumption that what
was good for us
would be good
for the world. And this has been based on the
even flimsier assumption that
we could know with any
what was good even for us. We have fulfilled
the danger of
by making our personal pride and greed the standard of our
behavior toward the world - to the incalculable disadvantage
of the world and
every living thing in it. And now, perhaps
very close to too late, our great error
has become clear. It
is not only our own creativity--our own capacity for life--
is stifled by our arrogant assumption; the creation itself
We have been wrong. We must change our lives,
so that it will be possible to
live by the contrary
that what is good for the world will be good for
requires that we make the effort to know the world and to
what is good for it. We must learn to cooperate in its
processes, and to yield to
its limits. But even more
we must learn to acknowledge that the
creation is full of
mystery; we will never entirely understand it. We must
arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of
the majesty of
creation, and the ability to be worshipful in
presence. For I do not doubt that
it is only on the
humility and reverence before the world that
will be able to remain in it.
The Art of the Commonplace
adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
people who say you are not facing
mean that you are
not facing their idea of reality.
Do you ever realize that you are now actually living the life which looked
so rosy and radiant with promise in your childhood and adolescence?
you recognize in the days and weeks as they slip by that iridescent dream
of the future, which then enchanted your youthful fancy, as a mirage in a
desert charms the senses of the weary traveler? Do you ever stop to think
that the time you are now trying to kill is the very time you once looked
forward to so eagerly, and which seemed then so precious; that the moments
which now hang so heavily on your hands are the same that you then
determined should never slip from your grasp until you had
extracted from each its fullest possibilities?
Why does what looked like paradise to you when viewed through youth's
telescope now seem but a dreary desert? Because your vision is distorted.
You are looking at your environment from a wrong point of view.
disappointed, discontented and unhappy, because you did not find the fabled
bag of gold at the foot of the rainbow, while you go on squandering,
in useless repining, the time that, properly used, would convert your
present seeming desert into the paradise of your early dreams.
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