December 26


Today's quotation:

Cherish your visions.  Cherish your ideals.  Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you will but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

James Allen

Today's Meditation:

"Cherish" is such a wonderful word!  The feeling that it describes is an incredibly positive one that includes recognition of how wonderful something or someone is, appreciation for that something or someone, and gratitude that the thing or person is a part of our lives.  When we cherish something, we have the greatest of respect for it and we see it in only the brightest of light.  Cherishing something or someone isn't about possession, but about appreciation.

There are parts of yourself that you most definitely should cherish, yet most of us are so highly critical of ourselves that we don't allow ourselves to cherish parts of ourselves.  But we do have valuable visions, and we do have ideals and thoughts and dreams and hopes and desires.  All these things are important parts of who we are, yet we tend to discount their value simply because they are parts of ourselves.  We tend to be much more likely to appreciate the visions and ideals of others than to do the same with our own, and that often keeps our visions and ideals from becoming reality.

James talks about these things almost as if they're part of a garden.  If we appreciate our gardens and treat them tenderly and feed them and care for them, great things will grow from them.  If we neglect our gardens, we might get a few tomatoes or cucumbers, but the garden never will reach its full potential.  Likewise, if we appreciate and cherish our own visions and beauty, if we nourish them with positive thoughts and ideas, then we will see wonderful things grow from us as we make our marks on our own worlds, as we share the wonderful parts of who we are with others.  If we are going to build our own worlds, then let's do so with the appropriate appreciation for our own visions and beauty.

Questions to consider:

Which parts of yourself do you most cherish?

How does cherishing something affect our view of it?

Why do we tend to appreciate the gifts of others more than our own?

For further thought:

I shall try to remember all this day that I am a divine creation with infinite possibilities.

Benjamin Eitelgeorge

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