Wednesday, August 23, 2017

THE EGO IS A VEIL BETWEEN HUMANS AND GOD









An email greeted me with another quote this morning from Mr. Quote Man (Thank you!). Oh just to mention, Mr. Quote Man is a long-time friend in the blog. He is one of two wonderful people in my blog life and beyond. One is Raj Kishore Baruah who got me started on it (in 2004). And the other is Mr. Quote Man (who shies away from being named) who keeps me writing in there. Both are from India. So you see, friendship knows no race, color, culture, nor creed. It goes beyond borders. Breaks down wall divides. Smashes gender issues. Breaks through the barriers of time and space. A precious connection imbued with the treasures of true friendship, selfless and giving. God's precious gift. I count myself truly blessed by them. Happily there are many more like them. All are blessings.

Now back to the quote..... 😊


"The ego is a veil between humans and God." ---- Rumi


Rumi, is one of the most influential Persian poets of the 13th century. The poetry of Rumi has been compared to the book of Psalms and to the Song of Solomon. He writes as the lover of God, attempting to reconcile how distance has come between himself and God. His poems can be read merely as love poems, but they must also be considered as symbolic of the relationship of man to the divine. (thanks to wiseGEEK.com)

Ego --- 1) The “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought. 2) egotism; conceit; self-importance: 3) self-esteem or self-image; feelings: (thanks to Dictionary.com)

 Veil --- 1) something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals  2) a mask, disguise, or pretense:




That certainly tells us that the I-ME-MY-MINE of things and self has no place in a god-relationship.

It is everybody's experience, I would bravely presume, that at the lowest ebb of our hurt, misery, pain, grief, disappointment, heartbreak, trials, need....... when our beauty or brilliance or education or titles or influence or wealth fail to gain us the relief we so desire..... when we stand bare, empty, puny (insignificant), helpless, a nothing ----- It is in that precise moment that the Divine connection happens!  When we are wounded in our brokenness --- we find God. 

I think that God does not care for the accoutrements or embellishments of the person but looks to the heart where authentic truth resides. That true .....or false? 😇





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE VERY GOOD







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Remember Mr. Quote Man? He sent me this quote this morning in email. ----- 


"It is not enough to be very good if you have the ability to be great." ---- (Alberta Lee Cox) "
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"Pwede na" -- is a Filipino expression said in a negative tone and meaning. It means 'that will do'. But that does not always have to mean it's the best job.... the best effort.... the best work.... the best performance.... the best idea.... the best plan.... It could mean that the person saying this may be simply so much in a hurry, has a deadline to catch, is impatient, is angry, doesn't care at all, or maybe -- just ordinary in his perceptions.
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The word mediocrity comes to mind. Mediocrity is defined as -- not very good, ordinary, average, middle-of-the-road, uninspired.
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"That will do" would reflect on the task performed, on the person who did it, and on the person evaluating it. As a friend said 'misery loves company' and further added that mediocrity plays on the same even playing field of incompetence and being ordinary.
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I saw this scene on local TV in a sitcom.... a mother chiding her daughter with this ------- 'Wag kang makuntento sa 'pwede na'. Alam kong merong kang ibubuga.'  - ('That will do' is not acceptable. Because you can be more!)
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Maybe we should teach our children to see themselves as .......... able to do so much more, able to be the best, able to shine bright and even brighter, and to believe in their own talents - skills - abilities - and potential.
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God does not create junk. Every living creation is special - two-legged or four-legged ... An obra maestra! There is no mediocrity in God's creation.
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It is only man who thinks himself less and small... when he is so much more, when he can be so much more! By God's design.



 (Thanks, Mr. Quote Man, for the quote.)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

THERE ARE NO SMALL JOBS OR BIG JOBS. EXCELLENCE COVERS IT ALL.




You have seen this picture of the street sweeper before, so with the quote by Martin Luther King Jr. below; so have I many times. But it's something we need to be reminded of so often. We need to see this again and again and again until our eyes drop. Because we always forget. We consider life as a ... let me see..... a pizza pie! Oh yes... we crave for it, relish it, and then when sated forget about it. Then one other new day the craving comes back, again we indulge, and then forget about it... again!
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But Life is something else unlike a pizza pie.
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Life is so much more and it deserves even so much more from us. And that simply put means ---- hard work.. seriousness... dedication... diligence... brilliance... creative juices... intelligence... and whatever else a man would do with his best talent and all.
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Here's what I heard Mom say to my kid brother one day long ago; that day when he wasn't feeling in top form and the stuff he was supposed to finish didn't meet Mom's scrutiny. In short, tinatamad!
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---- "Don't allow this 'that will do'- attitude (in Tagalog.. 'pwede na') to take you down the steps of mediocrity. You can't and shouldn't be content with only a half-hearted effort or simply just about one-third of your energy or just put in a so-so performance. Nor leave a task hanging in mid-air just because you don't feel up to it. Be firm with yourself. Give it your best shot whatever the role you are made to play in life or asked to do at work or at play. Being mediocre isn't in God's dictionary. In fact, God created plenty of opportunities for you to become better or the best. No argument to that. So temper your moods with discipline. "
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Well, brother had it coming to him just because his inspiration suddenly fell flat. But he listened and went back to the task with firmer resolve. The story ended well and I learned much that day. There is no midway to excellence. Discipline will get you there. Mom was a stern teacher not only in her classrooms but much more in her home.
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There is no excuse for mediocrity. There are no small jobs or big jobs. Excellence covers it all. We are tasked to be......
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----- the best mother or father to our children ...the best son or daughter to our parents, the best teacher or student, CEO or a clerk, vendor, policeman or soldier, doctor or nurse, caregiver, maid or janitor, priest or a nun, journalist, composer, painter, writer or poet, businessman, carpenter or laborer, professor or scientist, messenger, busboy, waiter, saleslady, politician, or a friend. Or other roles and tasks life presents for us to do.
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Martin Luther King Jr. says it superbly.......... to quote
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"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, --- 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well." ------ Unquote.
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God expects us to do a good job. Always. Blessings, everybody






Friday, August 18, 2017

LIFE IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU





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August 18, 2017

Good morning, world! How’d you sleep last night? If you ever sleep! That is everybody knows that you carry problems on your shoulders 24/7. God created the world (that’s you) but man created its problems. That is correct, right?

A lot of things are happening in many parts of the world today…. Wars, violent protests, killings, arguments, uprisings, cruelty, racism, bullying, greed, blackmail, lies, and every other thing you can dump in that ugly category. All in small or greater measure. Individually or collectively. All serving one goal --- self destruction. And reasons for that come a-dozen fueled by the ego, pride, angst, a superiority complex, snobbery, mine is right and yours is wrong, that holier than thou feeling. Reasons may be diverse good or bad but we know that there is always a sensible way of settling issues or arguments (if we so choose and decide) without having to hurt ourselves and others.

I remember this ……. ‘Life isn’t all about you’ -- That’s a line in the movie “Doctor Strange”

It’s this mind frame of “I-Me-My-Mine” that seems to get in the way of doing good or greater things for the self or others. But always! --- Thoughts like ‘What’s in it for me’… ‘Who gets the credit’… ‘I deserve it’… ‘I’m bigger and better’… ‘I’m important’… ‘I should be first’…

A friend remarked some days ago that --- ‘we always do that to ourselves; admit it we often make that mistake. It’s a flaw but it should not remain a flaw. Sadly sometimes we don’t realize it until it becomes too late to save ourselves or repair it because damage has already been done.’

Unfortunately true.

Don’t think though that the I-Me-My-Mine of life and living is totally bad. If it were we won’t be getting from here to there in terms of self-growth and progress at all. It supports life goals, objectives, and dreams. But it has a limited time frame.

When all becomes sated or achieved... when contentment, happiness, and satisfaction rule, don’t stop there. That now is the cue to prepare yourself for another challenge --- of bringing all that you are (talents, skills, wisdom, expertise, knowledge, insights, experience, training, goodness, kindness, compassion, positivity, etc.) into service and on to the bigger world outside. The bigger world of people who may have the same dreams and goals like you but perhaps may not know where to begin. You could probably help, right?

That, incidentally, is how God wants it. We all stand connected.


Have a blessed day, folks! God bless you



Friday, August 11, 2017

MOTHERS/PARENTS AND CHILDREN







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It's been days since my last post, right? Been busy with day to day stuff. Would have gone on that way indefinitely if a friend and former colleague at work hadn't called up. It was a simple Hi-and-Hello sort of thing. We talked about the good ole' days at work; shared memories on that. Then the chat moved to the present time and she talked about family and children. Without meaning to, the chat changed tone a bit. She seemed sad talking about her children now all grown-up. I didn't pry but just let her talk her heart out. It seemed like she needed to vent out things; maybe just wanted a listening ear. 


To cut a long story short, I'm bringing back an interesting article shared here a few years ago. It was written by Nicky Hamid. Maybe this will shed light into a particular concern which parents, particularly mothers, commonly have difficulty dealing with. Well, maybe not all perhaps but many. 

Here's the piece.....
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To quote:


YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT YOUR CHILDREN

Your children’s path is their own to walk, not yours. And no matter how hard you try you cannot go there. If you choose to tie your happiness to your children's behavior you are destined for continuous disappointment. It has not been easy for any of us to really get it, that loving unconditionally means giving up emotional attachment to another. Giving up completely the idea that in any way your own happiness is dependent on anyone else. 

This does not mean you cut yourself off. It actually means you become more connected because you are far more in tune with yourself and the needs of the moment. 

Your children are not your children. They belong to life and are their own sovereign beings. And when you stop playing the painful game of "Rescue" they might have less to contend with, one thing of which is their resentment of your interference. 

Hold your vision and knowing of who they truly are (remember they came from God and you saw that clearly in their eyes when they were very young) and let them go in your own mind and emotions. Love them as totally as you have always done but set them free. 

This is not being uncaring for you know that you are not. Make peace with your own childhood and nurture more the childlike qualities that reside within yourself, eg. Play more. 

And who is the expert? There is no “perfect” parent. Each of us does our best ..... and our children are our best teachers. They are actually, perhaps unknowingly, confronting you with reflections about how you can take your own freedom and joy further. 

Happiness is a choice. If you can choose your own happiness first then you lay the best foundation for your children, because you will be presenting an “open door” that they will remember always and where they can step into their own happiness when they so choose. 

Shine On
I So Love You
~ Nicky Hamid


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Here's what Mom would always tell me...... "Parents are simply the stewards .. (one who manages or looks after another) .. of their children. They belong to God. Don't forget that." - 

Here's something we also should remember.... "Love your parents. We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old." Right?

Blessings to you, your parents, and your children. In Christ.