Monday, February 21, 2011

The Cancer of Negative Thoughts


Not being thankful

Not seeing some good in all people

Not remembering past triumphs over adversity

Not allowing for the possibility of an eternal life with the same sociality as in the present life, but with greater capacity for joy and sorrow, and greater opportunities to develop character and service

Grandpa Wal

Be My Friend

My friends:

Tell the truth kindly

Can be trusted with my innermost secrets.

Share my goals and aspirations.

Do little things that make a big difference for me and others.

Grandpa Wal

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In order to not duck life, but do well in it, we need ability. Some abilities we would do well to master are:

Account-ability; Response–ability; Correct-ability; Enjoy-ability; and Achieve-ability.

Grandpa Wal

Saturday, January 1, 2011

I once heard a story about a climbing race for frogs. Excitement filled the air as the frogs and their fans gathered to see the race. However, when the fans saw how high the climb would be, they soon fell prey to skepticism and began to mouth off that it was too hard and too much to expect a frog to do. One by one the competing frogs became convinced by the jeering of their fans that it was too hard to do and they fell away from the race until only one frog was seen to continue climbing. Although the shouting and screaming of the doubtful fans grew, the frog merrily climbed upward until it reached the top and won the race. … When the prize was handed to the winner, the question was asked, “Did you not hear our cries of how the climb was impossible for a frog to do?” The smiling frog replied, “What did you say? I am deaf, so you’ll have to sign or write down your question, please!”

So it is with us, that we should be deaf to the negative things that come into our minds, blind to the self-defeating pictures presented to our mind’s eye; and dumb when it comes to saying negative things about ourselves or others. In this way, we will win the battle within, which leads to winning all the outward battles in life.—Grandpa Wal