Feeling Off Course

Sadness

When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. Your healing is not a straight line. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself: ‘All is lost. I have to start all over again.’ This is not true.

What you have gained, you have gained. Sometimes little things build up and make you lose ground for a moment. Fatigue, a seemingly cold remark, someone’s inability to hear you, someone’s innocent forgetfulness which feels like rejection — when all these come together, they can make you feel as if you are right back where you started.

But try to think about it instead of being pulled off the road for a while. When you return to the road, you return to the place where you left it, not to where you started. It is important not to dwell on the small moments when you feel pulled away from your progress.

Try to return home, to the solid place within you, immediately. Otherwise, these moments start connecting with similar moments, and together they become powerful enough to pull you far away from the road. Try to remain alert to seemingly innocuous distractions.

It is easier to return to the road when you are on the shoulder than when you are pulled all the way into a nearby swamp. In everything, keep trusting that God is with you, that God has given you companions on the journey. Keep returning to the road to freedom.

This Excerpt is taken from the book : ‘The Dance of Life : A Spiritual Journey with Henri Nouwen’ Edited by Michael Ford . For more information about the book : Click Me!

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Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:24

No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money Matthew 6-24

One of my favorite verses from the Holy Bible. So often in life we focus on the pursuit of  money and neglect  God. We may not do it on purpose but it is a reality that we cannot ignore. Our thoughts and actions might revolve around the pursuit of materialistic things and at the end of the day, there is a feeling of emptiness.

While it is important to work on your business or daily needs in life,  we should always remember who our creator is. Jesus so rightly says that ” No one can be a slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money”.

The need of the hour is to give your best at what you do but always be focused on God and not get lost in the material temptations of the world.

 

 

Enhancing the Meaning of Life

Work like you don’t need the money

Live like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Sing like nobody’s listening.

 

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Life offers means to be and to become meaningful for those who care to be wise and responsible, to be keen observers and to be intelligent enough to learn.

 The point is not how long you live, but how nobly you live. Nobility helps to discover that in every evil person there is a good person and in every defeated person there a victorious person.

 A successful plan must have an aim, a destination. You should know where you are going. You should be able to answer just two questions:

1.     What is your destination?

2.     How will you get there?

 

At higher altitude with flag unfurled, we were reaching the dizzy heights of the world we dreamed of.

Dreams are necessary to sustain life.

Foresight is essential to success.

If we could first know where we were, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it” (Abraham Lincoln).

 

The true commitments,

Your dreams have to be bigger.

Your ambitions higher.

Your commitments deeper.

Your efforts greater.

 Freedom is not the right to do as a person pleases, but the liberty to do as he ought.

Freedom is best when it is reasonably restrained and rationally made use of.

Only virtuous men are capable of freedom.

 Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them. Let yourself be thirsty and hungry for wisdom.

 Those who are empty of meaning are easy victims of neurotic anxiety.

 To be and to become sons is the vocation of every man and every woman. We are sons of God, sons of parents and in some way sons of peers and educators. Globally, self-confidence in boys nad girls will decline during adolescence, and in contrast to boys, girls self-confidence won’t shoot back up again until early adulthood. Once trust is tarnished, it is hard to restore it to its original glow.

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty, they merely move it from their faces into the heart. The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Courtesy-  J. Maurus