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Friday, December 27, 2013


“Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.”
― Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed

Truth doesn't easily fit into the container of words. It is the thing into which everything else fits. Whatever words you use to wrap around Truth, it is certain that you have left off and left out so much more of the Truth for which words are totally insufficient. Like love, Truth can be expressed through words, but never fully. We know how important experience is to love - a touch, a look, the simple presence of someone we love. Truth also requires experience, or all we have are ideas about it, but not Truth itself.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winners and Losers

If you think only in terms of two choices (good or bad, winning or losing, success or failure), then you see people in those terms too. You're either a winner or loser, a success or a failure. But this is not how we are or even who we are.

We are faced with challenges and opportunities and we meet them sometimes well and sometimes not so well, and at every turn, we have the chance to do better, to be better, to express through our words, actions and in relationships, the best of who we truly are. Don't settle for black and white when the whole rainbow is available.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Like Yourself

There is endless power in simply liking yourself well enough that nothing diminishes your contentment.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Know Thyself

When you don't know your own value, you settle for a life that us less than worthy of you. You will feel the lack, the disconnect between who you are and the quality of your life, but it is only when you recognize who you are that you will see why and know what to do to change it.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

At Every Second

You have the power AT EVERY SECOND to be different. It's not easy, and it's not maybe fun, but it is possible, and you must never forget that you were made for this, for refining your character and nature and becoming more truly the human being you have the potential to be. The world is waiting for you to show up and participate and share what you have, and your own weaknesses and limitations are the worst excuses for not doing just that.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Standing Together

There are so many among us who need help - an extra hand or a smile or a caring touch or the healing that we can offer each other in so many ways. And there is a notion going around that we shouldn't need this, that we should be able to stand on our own and overcome whatever faces us with the sheer will and strength of our own resources.

But we are not made to stand alone. The saying that we come into this world alone and leave it alone simply isn't true. None of us gets here alone, and none of us makes it if alone is all we have. For so many of us, the greatest meaning in our lives comes from the moments where we connect to help others or let ourselves be helped.

The generosity and humanity required to live openly and lovingly and kindly is what we all need. It is what we most need to receive, and what we most need to give. And it's this big, messy, endless cycle, and it just feels better and works better to be in the middle of it than standing off to the side, too scared to receive, and too shut-off to give, substituting judgement and condemnation for caring and compassion.

Even those who have the fiscal equation all figured out, what it costs to help and care and how else we could spend that money, still need to give and receive at the level not of their wallet, but their heart and their humanity.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Right Choices

To know if you are making the right choices, look at who you are, not what others have done.