Break the [wounds + unawareness] cycle and guard your descendents

Inspirations to Focus and
Comfort You Along the Way
p. 9 of 10

Collected by Peter K. Gerlach, MSW


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You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire time around.

You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life." Each day in this school, you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like some of the lessons, or think them irrelevant and stupid.

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is the process of trial and error, experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as experiments that ultimately "work."

A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go to the next lesson.

"There" is no better than "here." When your "there" has become "here," you will simply obtain another "there" that will, again, look better than "here."

Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need.. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

Your answers lie inside you. The answer's to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

You will forget all this.

                                - Anonymous

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred. let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
 to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for
 it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

                                    - St Francis of Assisi

 Invest in the inspiring story "The Man Who Planted Trees",
by French author Jean Giono.

...and see if you don't feel like passing on
 "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, once you read it.

Now you will feel no rain,

For each of you will be shelter to the other;

Now you will feel no cold,

For each of you will be warmth for the other;

Now there is no loneliness for you,

Now there is no more loneliness,

Now there is no more loneliness.

Now you are two persons, but there is one life for you.

Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be good and long upon the Earth.

                                    - Apache Wedding Blessing


Once upon a time, a fierce forest tiger caused a village to live in terror. It ate livestock at will, and even killed several children and adults. The villagers hired a hunter, and trapped the tiger. Respecting life, they built a stout bamboo cage for him in the center of the village. 

        For many years, the tiger slept, and paced endlessly around the cage. The grandchildren of the original villagers finally said - our tiger is old and toothless. We should let him return to his forest to die in peace. They dismantled the cage, and all gathered to see their old friend set free.

        The tiger was bewildered. He looked around at the strange bar-less scene, and at the nearby forest. Then he resumed pacing his measured square, walking the boundaries of the cage that was no longer there.

- Chinese folktale

Thanks to Cheryl Miller for these:

"You are the only problem you will ever have, and baby, you are the only solution." - Raymond Douglas Stanford

"It is true that when one door closes, a new one opens. It's those hallways that are the real bitch." Anonymous

"Religion is for those who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there." - Anonymous


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