I am not only grateful for “good” experiences but also for the “bad” ones too, because it is these experiences that bless us with wisdom.
Honestly, sometimes, the giving is its own reward. When I give to the homeless or those in need, it makes me happy that I could help someone who is struggling. It’s not as big as changing the systems that put them in that position in the first place, but I at least know that I helped in some way.
If I remembered that what is happening is offering an opportunity to learn and grow, this would help me to see that the struggles I am going through are a blessing in disguise that will eventually help me to learn how to love through various trials.
Expressing gratitude to others allows it to not just be an exercise in self-care, but also allows you to let others know that you appreciate what they have done for you. There is a social element to gratitude, rather than just a personal one.
Honestly, I’m struggling with what my values are at this point in time. I guess, however, that, since I value wisdom, the seeking itself is helping me be faithful to my values. Once I have found the values that work for me, then I can know what values I want to align myself with.
Lately, I’ve been so focused on school, I’ve kind of gotten out of my running habits. I might change that by committing to run everyday. If that means some things get turned in a day or two late, then so be it. I really want to prioritize self-care.
I feel like my life is a mission that I have come to accomplish. What it is that I am here to accomplish, I am not sure yet, but I think we are probably all here for an important reason. I feel like part of my mission is to become a minister.
The teachings in the Gospel of Mark about being willing to sacrifice as much as one’s own life for what is good and just are inspiring me right now.
I almost always receive the books I ask my parents for for Christmas.
Right now, I am learning a lot about forgiveness, predestination and free will, the Law of Attraction, and the purpose of religion. I’m wrestling with some questions about these topics that are leading me into some very interesting insights.
I could probably live more fully if I let go of my need for immediate answers to the deep questions in life.
For the past two years, I’ve been going through a major spiritual crisis, but the fact that I was willing to seek help as soon as it started has made it a lot more bearable than a similar crisis I had from April 2010 to July 2012, where I was not as willing to be open to others about what I was going through. My counselor has really helped me through this and has also showed me that it might even be a “triggered” crisis created by the trauma from April 2010 to 2012. I am abl...
For the past two years, I’ve been going through a major spiritual crisis, but the fact that I was willing to seek help as soon as it started has made it a lot more bearable than a similar crisis I had from April 2010 to July 2012, where I was not as willing to be open to others about what I was going through. My counselor has really helped me through this and has also showed me that it might even be a “triggered” crisis created by the trauma from April 2010 to 2012. I am able to approach this crisis from a more hopeful perspective.
The lazy person works twice as hard.
There is sunshine coming through the windows and reflecting off the walls in the room I’m in. The whole room is filled with sun. It’s even shining off one of the book titles on the shelf.
Sometimes, my dog smiles when we allow him to run around outside for a little bit and play with his ball. Maybe I can play with him for a while later this evening.
I am fortunate to have my animal companions, my family, plenty of clean food and water, and the wisdom I have gained over the years.
Without the kind of aide and infrastructure the US government provides, I wouldn’t be able to have the blessings I regularly experience like clean food and water; a running car; and other everyday blessings we often take for granted. There are always people working behind the scenes to provide our blessings to us.
I feel content whenever I receive new insights about the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence, or what God is doing in the world.
One of the songs that help me through grief is “On My Way” by Shawn Kirchner, a song that reminds me of the hope that there is a realm of beauty and joy beyond this life to which those I have lost have gone.
When I believe that every moment is a gift, it helps me to see the learning opportunity in every situation. Every encounter I have; every struggle I go through; and every blessing I receive is an opportunity to learn about how to love.
I don’t think so. I’m pretty good about changing my mind or at least questioning my point of view when other people present sound, valid evidence or reasons that contradict my own point of view.
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