29 November 2016
without judgment is like a car without brakes, but one
without enthusiasm is like a car without a motor.
humble person is generally well-liked and respected
because he or she does not challenge others. When
the ego is not attacked, not put on guard, it has a hard
time gathering strength to attack another.
Nothing great is
created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a
fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer
you that there must be time. Let the tree first
blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
and Living Your Ideal Legacy
legacy is more than a gift that lives on after
you. Certainly, a legacy is a contribution to
humanity. A legacy provides value to future
generations. However, if you are creating your
ideal legacy, it will also make your heart bubble
with passion and excitement today!
May Alcott wrote: "When
Emerson's library was burning at Concord, I went
to him as he stood with the firelight on his
strong, sweet face, and endeavored to express my
sympathy for the loss of his most valued
possessions, but he answered cheerily, 'Never
mind, Louisa, see what a beautiful blaze they
make! We will enjoy that now.' The lesson was one
never forgotten and in the varied lessons that
have come to me I have learned to look for
something beautiful and bright."
left future generations with a philosophy of
creativity, spiritual development, and
individualism. He saw value and quality in
each moment of life. His writings continue to
share the message that people have the mental and
spiritual capacities to achieve their dreams.
He lived a philosophy that continues to benefit
building blocks of your legacy are the ideas and
philosophies that you live and value. Your
contributions will provide something beautiful and
bright to cherish during this lifetime. They
will increase your sense of aliveness and fill you
with the energy of a unique purpose for which you
were born. They make up the quality of your
can you begin creating and living your ideal legacy
Decide What You Value the Most
down all the things that you value, and select at
least five core values: those things that
provide the foundation for your actions, beliefs,
and philosophies. Examples of values are love,
health, spirituality, family, career, adventure,
peace, and community.
Draw a Time Line of Your Life
a long line and mark it by years and months
beginning with your birthday. Extend it for
decades after your life will have ended.
Include all the things you have done and things you
want to do. Include the benefits future
generations will experience from your
contributions. Show how your life's work will
actually continue after you. Your timeline is
a very eye opening exercise. Spend adequate
time with it and fill in as many details as
possible. Then return from time to time to
update your timeline and add extra details.
Write a Purpose Statement
the themes running through your timeline. They
can help to reveal your purpose if you are not
already aware of it. A purpose statement is a
simple, private statement that guides your daily
actions. For example, you might write, "I
help others to live happy and healthy lives" or
"I create art that brings spiritual
awareness." Do not confuse a purpose
statement with a mission statement, which is a more
specific way you might fulfill your purpose.
Focus on Today
timeline presented a large picture. What is
your focus just for today? Spend sufficient
time focusing on your current steps as well as on
the future. How are your actions in each
moment supporting your values and contributing to
your purpose? If you are on purpose, you will
feel authentically happy and fulfilled.
Move Forward with Gratitude
your ideal legacy by taking positive steps each day
toward your vision for a better world. Savor
the small treasures in your relationships with
people. Live with gratitude for each
contribution you have received and created.
Give thanks even for the setbacks that ultimately
reveal clearer paths forward.
Billy Graham said, "The legacy we leave is not
just in our possessions, but in the quality of our
lives." What legacy does the quality of
your life reveal today? Envision your ideal
legacy. See your role in creating a richer
humanity. The legacy you share and live today
can create a better world for future generations.
* * * *
Copyright Steve Brunkhorst.
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True Measure of Greatness
Randall S. Weeks
young student once asked his old teacher,
"Teacher, what is the true measure of
greatness?" The teacher looked far away
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measure greatness in height and weight, but great
people are never so tall as when they stoop to talk
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measure greatness in physical strength, but great
people are never so strong as when they shoulder the
burden of the downtrodden stranger.
measure greatness in terms of financial gain, but
those who show generosity to their family and
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people have vision and do not keep the truth to
people have passion for life and are not ashamed to
people expect the best from others and give the best
people know how to work and how to play, how to
laugh and how to cry, how to give and how to
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is not difficult to see how dependent simplicity is upon
Enslavement to the opinions of others is the source of a great
of duplicity in modern society. How often we discover our
to be prompted, not by the divine Center, but by what others
may say or think. Sadly, we must confess that our
is all too frequently characterized by endless attempts
justify what we do or fail to do.
with Difficult Times
It's been a rough
year--there's no way around that. It's been a year
full of conflict, war, violence, anger, prejudice, and
fear--and due to the predominance of social media and
the Internet in general, all of these negative elements
of our society have been shared with us in much more
intimate ways than ever before. We've all seen
much more of the conflict than we ever would have twenty
or thirty years ago. As we reach the end of this
year, I have a sense of hope, but that hope is tempered
with the realization that I'm pretty sure that things
are going to get worse before they get better.
I don't say that as a pessimist, of course. I say
that as someone who has watched trends carefully
throughout my lifetime and who has learned to recognize
signs that change is coming--and whether that change is
going to be positive or negative. The election for
us in the States, for example, was a horrible experience
in divisiveness and anger and fear, but that was only
step one in a process that is going to continue with
more political turmoil than we've ever experienced in
our government. Anyone who thinks that things are
going to go smoothly over the next few months simply
hasn't studied history to see just how much conflict is
going to occur--and what's going to happen when that
conflict boils up and boils over, affecting not just our
country, but all the other countries in the world with
whom we have diplomatic and business ties.
Again, that's not a pessimistic outlook--it's simply an
observation of the situation in which we find
ourselves. We will be isolated in the world, and
this time, not by choice (we chose isolationism after
World War I, for example). Our president-elect has
already made too many threats and too many promises that
will have negative effects on too many people for us to
be able to believe that things are going to go smoothly
for the next few years. Yes, he may fulfill those
promises, but we have to remember that every action
sparks some sort of reaction, and if our actions hurt
others, we can expect the reactions to hurt us.
great difficulties are permitted
only in order to
strengthen the character.
So why talk about
something that seems so negative on a website that's
supposed to be positive? Because I believe
strongly that it's important that we be aware of the
possibility of upcoming adversity so that we can
consider how we want to deal with it before it gets
here. If we do this, we can be much more
effective when it does arrive, and we won't be
caught by surprise. Many people foresaw the
real estate crash ten years ago, for example, and
weren't nearly as strongly affected by it as those
who had no idea that it was going to happen.
The people who got hurt the worse were those who
were surprised by it.
We have to ask ourselves what adversity means to us,
and how we're going to react to it. What's
going to happen when and if political differences
grow so strong that we lose friends? When our
differences grow so strong that we can no longer
find any common ground with others whom we
love? When our economic situation grows much
more difficult because more money is going to the
wealthy and less is going to the people who are
working at lower-wage jobs?
How will we deal with that adversity when it gets
here? If we can think about it now, we should
be able to work through it much more easily; if we
pretend that it isn't going to happen, we're going
to be caught off guard and thrown into a very
ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she
moments of comfort and convenience, but where
he or she stands
at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
My hope, of course, is
that I'm wrong. I hope that the difficult
times don't hit us nearly as strongly as they're
threatening to. But I don't see any signs in
our current political situation that indicate that
our years ahead aren't going to be filled with
strife and conflict.
And as a nation full of people who are much more
likely to get their "knowledge" from
television news and Facebook than from more trusted
news outlets, we will not have the advantage of
having a well-informed populace which is able to
meet our problems with common sense and levity--our
last election proved to us that a large number of
our citizens are more interested in being angry than
in being informed; more interested in feeling
righteous indignation than in feeling satisfaction
for having informed themselves clearly and fully
about any given situation. (And I won't even
go into the state of a public education system that
has created a populace of former students who have
been taught only the most basic of critical thinking
skills, and how that affects our country as a
This means, of course, that one of the most daunting
tasks facing us is the task of educating our people
so that we're able to choose what truly are the best
options and to effect change when change is called
for. We need to help ourselves to see just
what needs to be done to positively affect the
people of our country without worrying about race or
creed or ethnicity or skin color or sexual
orientation. We need to learn to differentiate
between the things that truly are worth making laws
about and things that really are personal issues
that shouldn't be regulated by law.
become wiser in adversity; prosperity destroys
our appreciation of the right.
I truly believe that
we have trying times ahead of us, mostly due to the
deep divisions that we feel between ourselves and
the people who disagree with us, especially
politically and religiously. We have tough
times ahead of us because we seem to have forgotten
what it means to cooperate with one another instead
of competing with each other; what it means to
compromise instead of trying to force others to do
things exactly as we want them to. We're going
to have many people in power who will represent only
a small portion of our populace, and we can expect
them to push policies that will benefit a small
minority rather than a great number of people.
And because of this dynamic, it looks like we're
going to see more conflict instead of less; more
frustration and feelings of disenfranchisement; more
feelings of helplessness and fear of loss.
It will be up to us to encourage those who are
losing hope, to help those who are suffering through
hardship, to show love to those who are feeling
disenfranchised and helpless. We have hard
times coming, and it's up to us to ride them out in
positive, loving ways.
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