Saturday, July 18, 2009

Life, as seen by a one time passer by

Some tentative lessons I have learned from Life

· I have learned that there are good times and bad times in everyone’s life, and that it is not so much the kinds of good times and bad times that come into our life, but how we face and survive the good and bad times, for both have lessons for us to learn and profit from.

· I have learned that some experiences we have while yet a child, can have a lasting influence on us unless we recognise that they are perceptions of what happened, and can be restructured positively in order to profit from them as lessons we have learned that shape our lives for good.

· I have learned that our choice of husband or wife is critical to establish the quality of life we wish to live.

· I have learned that having a faith to live by and a cause to live for can serve as a powerful compass and anchor for our lives.

· I have learned that having a tough mind and a fundamental intelligence to tell the difference between truth and error, between right and wrong, and between good and evil, is crucial to maintaining balance in life. Added to these qualities is the application of the will to choose truth over error, right over wrong, and good over evil as essential ingredients to a successful life.

· I have learned that it is important to think for ourselves and not depend on others to do our thinking for us on the assumption that they know and understand better what is involved than we do.

· I have learned that it is important to live within our means and not spend more than we have, so that we are not always chasing a rainbow that is not built on a solid foundation.

· I have learned the difference between good and bad debt. I have learned that good debt is that which earns us more wealth, while bad debt is that which keeps on costing us more and more until it destroys us.

· I have learned that in life everything is at risk and that we have to weigh up risks intelligently and take only those risks that we have to take with our eyes open and our mind and heart prepared to face the consequences of such risks.

· I have learned that there is no safe way to live and that everything we do has a price that must be weighed against our preparation to face such consequences. - Grandpa Wal

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Formulating the right questions is quite an art, but it is an art that can be developed by quiet thoughtfulness. When we learn to ask the right questions [as opposed to trivial ones] relating to every part of our lives, and then seek answers that resonate with our sense of truth, we become enriched, secure, and confident about what our lives are really about. - Grandpa Wal

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Change the World

Where simple and civil conversation once was the medium of social interaction, the dominant concerns of our day appear to be the rise and fall of the stock market, our bank account, what we owe on our credit card, and the state of the economy. All this has come about so that we can shop away our lives.

But must it be so? Many great change makers in history did not have, or spend, money to bring about the far-reaching changes they did, so why can’t we? Change our thinking and we change ourselves. Change ourselves and we change the world. Remember! The battle to win is the one within. Why? Because the thoughts and ideas that individual's have can be more powerful than money as a change maker for good or bad in the world. — Grandpa Wal

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It seems to me that we waste too much time on thoughts that lead nowhere useful or good. The precious life energy wasted on these negative thoughts can surely be put to better use if we choose instead positive thoughts that lead to truth, honesty, justice, mercy, kindness, friendliness, virtue, loveliness, cooperation, creativity, and so forth. Such thoughts are well tested and yield good results. Try them and see for yourself. - Grandpa Wal

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I am sure that each of us can recall when a person's kindness and encouragement has uplifted us at one time or another. I also know that when I reflect on those kindnesses or words of encourgement I am moved to be kinder and more encouraging to others as well. Consequently I feel thankful to all those kind and encouraging people in my life because they have helped me in my own efforts to win the battle within. I hope you feel so too. - Grandpa Wal
Click the link and see a short movie by Zig Ziglar on how other people's thoughts can lift ours and vice versa. Enjoy