A Wonderful Story

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.” “Is the man of the house home?”, they asked. “No”, she replied. “He’s out.” “Then we cannot come in”, they replied. In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. “Go tell them I am home and invite them in!” The woman went out and invited the men in. “We do not go into a House together,” they replied. “Why is that?” she asked. One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.” The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!!”, he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!” His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!” “Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.” The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” Love got up and st arted walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?” The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!
~ Unknown author

Happy is harder than money

Happy is harder than money. Anyone who thinks money will make them happy doesn’t have money.
~ David Geffen

The Three Ants

Three ants met on the nose of a man who was lying asleep in the sun. And after they had saluted one another, each according to the custom of his tribe, they stood there conversing. The first ant said, “These hills and plains are the most barren I have known. I have searched all day for a grain of some sort, and there is none to be found.” Said the second ant, ” I too have found nothing, though I have visited every nook and glade. This is, I believe, what my people call the soft, moving land where nothing grows.” Then the third ant raised his head and said, “My friend, we are standing now on the nose of the Supreme Ant, the mighty and infinite Ant, whose body is so great that we cannot see it, whose shadow is so vast that we cannot trace it, whose voice is so loud that we cannot hear it; and He is omnipresent.” When the third ant spoke thus, the other ants looked at each other and laughed. At that moment the man moved and in his sleep raised his hand and scratched his nose, and the three ants were crushed.
~ Khalil Gibran

The Prophet

But you do not see, nor do you hear, and it is well. The hands that wove it shall lift the veil that clouds your eyes, And the clay that fills your ears shall be pierced by those fingers that kneaded it. And you shall see And you shall hear. Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf. For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things, And you shall bless darkness as you would bless light.
~ Khalil Gibran

When I Loved Myself Enough…

When I Loved Myself Enough…
– I come to know my own goodness.
– I began taking the gift of life seriously and gratefully.
– I begin to know I was in the right place at the right time and I could relax.
– I felt compelled to slow down – way down. And that has made all the difference.
– I came to love being alone surrounded by silence, awed by its spell, listening to inner space.
– I came to see I am not special but I am unique.
– I redefined success and life became simple. Oh, the pleasure of that.
– I came to know I am worthy of knowing God directly.
– I began to see I didn’t have to chase after life. If I am quiet and hold still, life comes to me. – I gave up the belief that life is hard.
– The parts of me long-ignored, the orphans of my soul, quit vying for attention. That was the beginning of inner peace. Then I began seeing clearly.
– I started meditating every day. This is a profound act of self-love.
– I no longer needed things or people to make me feel safe.
~ Excerptions from the book of Kim Mcmillen

Richard Bach

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.
In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah.
~ Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)

Mohandas Gandhi

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission could alter the course of history.
All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is surrender. For it is all give and no take.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
Commonsense is the realized sense of proportion.
Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.

Mother Teresa

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
The word “belief” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it – I don’t need to believe it.
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth.

“What was once called the “Holy Ghost” is an impelling force, creating wider consciousness and responsibility and thus enriched cognition. The real history of the world seems to be the progressive incarnation of the deity. “

~Letters Vol. II, Page 436.

Albert Einstein

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Abraham Lincoln

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.

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