We live in moments, don’t we? Life is filled with moments and they can often slip by, unnoticed, and nothing – nothing can bring one back. So live your life in the fullness of being aware. Bring your attention to these moments and live life to its fullness. We have been taught this many times and in many ways – every tradition has been telling us this truth. Jesus said over two thousand years ago, “So do not start worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?” This was his way of saying, live in the present moment – don’t miss it! All the wealth in the world can not bring it back – and you need NO wealth to live in the here and now!
I don’t think that anyone seeks out suffering but as anyone who has lived for any length of time knows, some form of suffering and struggle will find them. This will do one of two things – it will destroy them or make them stronger. Almost every wise person who has ever lived understand this – that people, while not seeking out pain and suffering, will grow from it. It will ‘refine’ a person, much like a fire refines metal. This is what Eliszbeth Kubler-Ross is talking about – the human ability to grow wise and strong through suffering.
Success, when you think about it, is just not worth that much if you are not a person of value as well. Everyone talks of being a success and we read a lot about the ‘successful’ people in society, but of value we hear relatively little. This world doesn’t need more successful people but it does need more people of value - people who do the right thing. This wonderful quote is from a good friend, Rebecca Galeota – a woman of success AND value.
I think that Mr. Boyle understands the human heart pretty well. I’m not talking about the scientific heart – you know; the aorta, pulmonary artery, etc. I’m talking about the heart that can be filled with people – our poetic heart. It is unlimited in its capacity to hold loved ones in the heart. True, we have a limit to our time, but not to our ability to love – that is limitless. Just when you think that your heart is full – you realize that you have only scratched the surface!
Most people think in terms of ‘acts’ of kindness – doing something kind for another person - and that is, of course, very good. But what if kindness became ones lifestyle? People usually perform acts of kindness because there is a payoff involved. You feel good about yourself afterwards. You know that you have done something that has helped another person, and that’s a very good thing indeed. But what if your acts of kindness were so ingrained in you that you didn’t even know that you were doing them? This, to my way of thinking, is the highest form of altruism – when you do something and there is no payoff at the end for you – you do it because it is your lifestyle – your very way of being. “I was kind to you? Really! When?” “When you spoke those supportive and encouraging words to me.” “I’m glad that they helped but really, I had know idea.” You may not ever know how you have helped someone – but the world knows, and it is a little better for it. And if there is still a payoff for you in the end – well, that’s OK too. My thanks to Kezia Hara Hapsari for the quote. Kezia click “Like” for my Cartoon-Quote facebook page, so I went to her facebook page, and there was the quote! A good one I think. Kezia Hara Hapsari lives in Indonesia.
Some people are lucky and they seem to know what they want to do in life when they are quite young. For most people this comes later in life, but really, what does it matter? If you have a passion or a love for something, follow it – it doesn’t matter what other people say or think – this is, after all, your life. They have their own. And if this passion is something that you find that cannot support yourself with financially, that’s OK. It is something that you love - and no one can take that from you.
I suppose there are a few people who do not like music but I don’t think I know them. There are some things in life that are simply not all that enjoyable – everyone has their own list – but music is one of those things in life that just makes life good and you give thanks that it is in your life. Music styles seem endless and we all have our favorites. Mine is classical music. As I draw this cartoon I am listening to the 5th symphony of Jean Sibelius and it seems to capture the shifting colors and moods that are so typical for May in New England. The music can be overwhelming at times and yes, I can almost feel the dust of everyday life being washed away.