only when we truly know and understand that we have
a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing
when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day
to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
all have to go through the tumbler
a few times before we can emerge
as a crystal.
far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things.
To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the
slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life
and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.
believe that we are solely responsible for
our choices, and we have to accept the
consequences of every deed, word, and
thought throughout our lifetime.
is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to
release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes
with living behind a facade designed to conform to external
definitions of who and what we are.
ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love,
which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle
and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
to get in touch with the silence within yourself,
and know that everything in life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events
are blessings given to us to learn from.
need to teach the next generation of children from day one
that they are responsible for their lives. Humankind's greatest gift,
also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice.
We can make our choices built from love or from fear.
most beautiful people we have known are those
who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle,
known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and
an understanding of life that fills them with compassions,
gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.
have never met a person whose greatest need was
anything other than real, unconditional love. You can
find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who
needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it
in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame
that heals our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion
to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other.
make progress in society only if we stop cursing
and complaining about its shortcomings and have
the courage to do something about them.
will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden,
but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you
experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand,
but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.
a peaceful death of a human being
reminds us of a falling star; one of
a million lights in a vast sky that flares
up for a brief moment only to disappear
into the endless night forever.
are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind,
blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful
snowflakes--unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.
you shield the canyons
from the windstorms,
you would never see
the beauty of their carvings.
is no need to go to India or anywhere
else to find peace. You will find that
deep place of silence right in your room,
your garden or even your bathtub.
the geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells
them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is
time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us;
there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells
us so certainly when to go forth into the unknown.
means not to impose your own powers on your fellow people but
offer them your help. And if they refuse it, to be
proud that they can do it on their own strength.
didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life
was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce,
in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and fewer Hitlers.
I've told my children that when I die, to release balloons in the sky
to celebrate that I graduated. For me, death is a graduation.
say to people who care for people who are dying, if you really
love that person and want to help them, be with them when
their end comes close. Sit with them--you don't even have to talk.
You don't have to do anything but really be there with them.
not much sense in suffering, since drugs can be given
for pain, itching, and other discomforts. The belief has long
died that suffering here on earth will be
rewarded in heaven. Suffering has lost its meaning.
|Dying is something we
human beings do continuously,
not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
|If we make our goal to live a life
of compassion and unconditional love,
then the world will indeed become a garden where
all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
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