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Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.

Cosmic Stairway

Lao Tzu

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Nothing stops the person who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop their achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of their powers of accomplishment.

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Thomas Carlyle (Scottish philosopher; photo by Eliott & Fry Photography)

Humor Friday

Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

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Plutarch (public domain)

…But how many times have we “wetted the clay” only to walk away from what could have been? We have a grand vision, an epiphany; we see precisely what we want to accomplish, we wet the clay in preparation, and then it happens. A thousand little negative forces come at us. From doubt, to procrastination, to simple distraction. The clay hardens.

No matter what great idea your mind has hatched, I guarantee you that others could find a thousand reasons why it will not work. The market is saturated. Someone has already done it. It is too costly. You don’t have the experience needed to complete the project. Uh oh, maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.

No! There was something about this undertaking that got you excited, made you passionate. So put up your hand and dispel every one of the forces trying to separate you from the wet clay. You will build it, and nothing is going to stop you. Start small, using just enough clay to shape the first brick. Then repeat, and repeat, and repeat.

When you hatched the idea for your project, you immediately designed a blueprint (at least you should have) showing what your completed masterpiece would look like. Now, break it down into the smallest of segments, and begin with the first—focusing all of your attention and energy on it. Completing that segment is your only mission. Once it is completed, the brick hardens, and you have successfully moved forward.

If you follow this plan of attack, something amazing will happen. You will gain confidence in your own abilities and you will be more focused on tackling the next step in the process. So, embrace your plan, and complete your masterpiece, brick by brick!

MSH

Embrace Adversity

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace

Horace (public domain)

…We control our world by the way we perceive it.

While we cannot orchestrate external circumstances, we have full power over the way we perceive those circumstances, thus controlling the way they affect our lives. Most of us cringe, get angry, or even fall into a depression when adversity comes our way. However, once we realize that life is a proving ground Divinely designed to help us grow toward our Creator, we begin to see each individual challenge for what it really is: simply another opportunity for spiritual advancement.

Remember, God doesn’t throw anything at us we cannot handle. And the more we put ourselves out there in the arena, the bigger target we become for adversity. That is the way it is supposed to be! Don’t try to hide in the stands, it is a miserable existence; enter through the Gate of Life, and then embrace and fully live the experience!

MSH

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

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Henry David Thoreau (public domain)

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate, than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.

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Herodotus (b: 485 BC, photo: public domain)

…this is always a better choice than inaction, though it may take some time for us to realize it.

MSH