Lesson of the day: you should always fight anger with love.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Have you ever worried about the future by thinking "what if..."?
The 'what if' pie
- "what if there are no good schools there for my kids?"
- "what if I can't find a good job?"
- "what if I can't make new friends?"
- "what if I find a great school for my kids, and they make lots of friends, discover hidden talents and get admitted to an excellent university?",
- "what if I find a great job, where I am well paid and have fun with my colleagues?"
- "what if I get promoted in that job because they value my skills?"
- "what if I find clubs and other opportunities to meet people?"
- "what if I'm pleasantly surprised by the number of people who share my interests?"
- "what if I discover new interests and make friends while practicing those activities?"
You can do it!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Can you love this world, with all its imperfections?
Can you love this planet with all its problems?
Can you love all the crazy, sick, misguided people?
Can you love this world with all its dangers and hostilities?
Choosing to focus on the positive means we don't like the negative.
But aren't we also avoiding seeing and thinking about the negative?
Can we accept this world as it is, even with its problems?
Can we be at peace with the fact that there will be cloudy days, ugly cities and evil people?
Or will we always live in avoidance, denial of the negative?
Where is the line between not focusing on the negative and accepting its existence?
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
|Image: Fresco by Fra Angelico. Source: wikipedia.|
When you think about your future, do you see things working out in your favour? Do you see yourself happy, successful and your dreams being fulfilled? Or do you automatically expect that life will be tough, you will struggle, and maybe - just maybe - if you are lucky you might have something good happen to you?
If you are the second type (or maybe you're just curious), read on to see why I believe you should always expect a good future.
I was visiting Cleveland, Ohio last month, and attended the Easter service at the Church of the Saviour. The sermon was given by Dr. Charles D. Yoost. Even though he has a fearful preaching style, I was able to get something very positive out of his sermon.
Therefore, I interpret that passage as saying: trust in God, because He has already prepared something good for you in the future.
What is that teaching telling us?
Why is that teaching important?
I see 2 reasons:
1) It gives you peace.
2) You get into a virtuous cycle of positive thinking.
If you trust that the future will be good, you will consequently let go of your fears and worries, which will bring you inner peace. When you have inner peace, you are able to cope better with whatever comes your way (whether it is actually good or not).
The Virtuous Cycle of Positive Thinking