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We hope our selection of inspiring quotes, poems and short stories will add
a positive thought to your day and lift your spirits.
Your daily dose of spiritual vitamins...
"Silence gives rest to the
mind...and this means giving
rest to the body.
Sometimes rest is the only
medicine needed."
Slowdown Therapy
1. Slow down. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment
has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them
they're pushing.

4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves
blow, your neighbor mow.

5. Taste your food. Nature provides it to delight as well as to nourish.

6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are
remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess.
Your gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next.
Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside
you.

10. Create a place in your home, at your work, in your heart where you can go
for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury; it's a
necessity.

12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and
tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.
13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but
only if you are willing to receive them.

17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we
muse, ponder, and mull.
18. Make time for play - the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs
re-creation.

19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.
21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There
will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs.

23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself
"WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your
self-understanding.

24. Take time to read. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and
meaning, not the one who finishes first.

26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.

32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

33. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.

35. Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.  
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were
meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to
help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be, your neighbor, your coworker, a
long lost friend, or a complete stranger. When you lock eyes with them, you
know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at
first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you
would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of
good luck.
Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all
occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they
may be, life would be like a smoothly paved,straight, flat road to nowhere. It
would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you
experience, help to create who you are and who you become.

Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the
most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they
have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when
you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not
only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to
love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments
everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it
again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up
because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and
believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others
to believe in you.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go
out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

Most importantly if you Love someone tell him or her, for you never know what
tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live. That's the story of Life.
The Story of Life
Learn a lesson in life each day that you live.
Weeks passed and the twins developed. As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy: "Isn't it great that we were conceived?
Isn't it great to be alive? "

Together the twins explored their worlds. When they found their mother's cord that gave them life, they sang for joy! "How great
our mother's love is, that she shares her own life with us!"

As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing.

"What does it mean?" one asked.

"It means our stay in this world is drawing to an end." said the other.

"But I don't want to go," said one. "I want to stay here always."

"We have no choice," said the other. "But maybe there is life after birth."

"But how can there be?" responded one. "We will shed our life cord and how can life be possible without it? Besides, we have
seen evidence that others were here before us, and none of them has returned to tell us there is life after birth. No, this is the
end. Maybe there is no mother after all."

"But there has to be," protested the other. "How else did we get here? How do we remain alive?"

"Have you ever seen our mother?" said one.

"Maybe she only lives in our minds. Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good."

So the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear.

Finally, the moment of birth arrived. When the twins had passed from their world, they opened their eyes and cried for joy - for
what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams.

That is birth ... and that is death.
Twins - A Parable
Once upon a time, twin boys were conceived.
The Power of Encouragement
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had
some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed
potential talent.

Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic
talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value
and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect
Rossetti's judgment.
He then apologized for taking up Rossetti's time, but would he just look at a few more
drawings - these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch
of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed.
"These," he said, "oh, these are good. This young student has great talent.
He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as
an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it."
Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. "Who is this fine young artist?" he asked. "Your son?" "No," said the old
man sadly. "It is me - 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up - too soon."
In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.

Although her heart was filled with sadness,
she also had a strong feeling of determination.Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams. Now that
was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dream to come true.  

She took her son' s hand and asked, 'Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever
dream and wish what you would do with your life?'
Mommy, 'I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.'
Mom smiled back and said, 'Let's see if we can make your wish come true.'

Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix , Arizona , where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as
Phoenix .She explained her son's final wish and Asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on
a fire engine.

Fireman Bob said, 'Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll
make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the
whole nine yards!  

And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat - not a toy -- one-with the emblem of the
Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.'  
'They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix , so we can get them fast.'
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting
hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station.

He was in heaven.

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the
Paramedic's' van, and even the fire chief's car.  He was also videotaped for the local news program. Having his dream come true,
with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any
doctor thought possible. One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the
hospice concept - that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital.

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to
send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition.
The chief replied, 'We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes.. Will you please do me a favor?

When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, wil! l you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?'
'It's the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?'
Am I a Fireman yet?
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the
hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open
window-------- 16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room

With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told
him how much they LOVED him.

With His dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,  

'Chief, am I really a fireman now?'   
'Billy, you are, and The Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand,' the
chief said.

With those words, Billy smiled and said, 'I know, He's Been holding my
hand all day, and The angels have been Singing..'

He closed his eyes one last time.
I do a lot of management training each year for the Circle K Corporation, a national
chain of convenience stores. Among the topics we address in our seminars is the
retention of quality employees - a real challenge to managers when you consider
the pay scale in the service industry.

During these discussions, I ask the participants, "What has caused you to stay
long enough to become a manager?"

Some time back a new manager took the question and slowly, with her voice
almost breaking, said, "It was a $19 baseball glove." Cynthia told the group that
she originally took a Circle K clerk job as an interim position while she looked for
something better.

On her second or third day behind the counter, she received a phone call from her
nine-year old son, Jessie. He needed a baseball glove for Little League.

Cynthia had promised he would get a glove as soon as she found a job and he
was calling to remind her of her commitment. She explained that as a single
mother, money was very tight, and her first check would have to go for paying bills.
Perhaps she could buy his baseball glove with her second or third check.

When Cynthia arrived for work the next morning, Patricia, the store manager,
asked her to come to the small room in back of the store that served as an office.
Cynthia wondered if she had done something wrong or left some part of her job
incomplete from the day before. She was concerned and confused.
Jessie's Glove
Patricia handed her a box. "I overheard you talking to your son yesterday," she said, "and I know that it is hard to explain such
things to kids. This is a baseball glove for Jessie because he needs to understand how important he is, even though you have to
pay bills before you can buy gloves. You know we can't pay good people like you as much as we would like to; but we do care,
and I want you to know you are important to us."

The thoughtfulness, empathy and love of this convenience store manager demonstrates vividly that people remember more about
how much an employer cares than how much the employer pays. An important lesson for the price of a Little League baseball
glove.
Be Like Water
~Bruce Lee

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you
put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a
bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it
becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Be water my friend.