At the end of life, what really matters

is not what we bought, but what we built;

not what we got, but what we shared;

not our competence, but our character;

and not our success, but our significance.

Live a life that matters.

Live a life of love.

Unattributed

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.”

Wilferd A. Peterson

Everyone likes to give and receive gifts, and it doesn't need to be only at a holiday time. Today, let's talk about that most precious of gifts - you.

Did you know that you have a gift that no one else in the world possesses? Maybe you have already discovered it. Your gift is your ability to live a life that expresses your unique personality and your individual talents through the work that you choose to do, the way you spend your free time and through your relationships. Your gift is what you bring to the table, to make the world around you a better place for others.

Although it may seem hidden at first, when you search for your gift with an open mind and a free spirit, it will be there. Once you have found it, if you follow it with courage and persistence, it will reward you with happiness and deep satisfaction nothing else can provide. It is in contribution that we truly understand the power in giving.

Now, it doesn't matter how big or important your gift is. All that matters is that it is yours and that you are free to give it. When you do give it, it doesn't deplete you - it validates and fills you, because giving reaffirms the meaning of life. It is a true hallmark of the unselfish spirit.

It's hard to go comparison-shopping when it comes to finding your special gift, because you can't try on someone else's life. But in order to really live your own life, you need to be willing to listen to your heart, pay whatever it costs, and make a firm commitment not to turn back.

If you do these things, you will find your gift, and you will also find that you have more to give to others than you had ever dreamed possible.

Pacific Institute

Be kinder than necessary,

for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle in their journey.

Thank God and them

for the opportunity to walk this leg of their journey with them!

- Unknown -

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:

God will not hold us guiltless.

Not to speak is to speak.

Not to act is to act.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Never regret.

If it’s good, it’s wonderful.

If it’s bad, it’s experience.

Victoria Holt

 

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. 

Unknown

 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence... in a descending spiral of destruction....
The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate--must be broken,
or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Martin Luther King, Jr., "Strength To Love" (1963)

"The trick is not how much pain you feel—but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses."

Erica Jong

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.

Montaigne - French Renaissance Writer

"If you want others to be happy,
     practice compassion.
        If you want to be happy, 
          practice compassion.”

The Dalai Lama

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience." 

Woodrow Wilson