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Life is Too Short

I saw this online very recently and ... well it's just perfect for a Friday Thought ... or indeed for a thought for any day.

It's from the pen, or mouth, of a very wise man - Nicky Gumbel -  who is, I have to say, one of the finest people I've had the privilege of meeting in my life. Very briefly ... but wow ... what a guy!

The Rev Nicky is the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton church in the Diocese of LondonChurch of England and it was he who helped to develop the Alpha Course, which is an 'introduction to Christianity' course which has changed millions of lives across the globe. I've taken the course and also been an Alpha course leader ... it's just amazing and full of common sense as well as trying to help us unravel the mysteries of faith. 

Nicky is well known for his straight speaking and this, I think, is Nicky at his best.

It's a thought which has been picked up by the 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer movement which started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England and has now grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer involving Christians from across denominations.

However, even if you're not a 'prayer' ... this piece of wisdom is classic. And I hope it inspires you today as it inspires me.

Thanks Nicky! 

Have a great day everyone! 

Life is too short


Live Every Moment

Here's a thought for your Thursday.

Can't say much more really ....

Have a great day and ... live every moment of it!

 

Live every moment


Wise Words on a Friday

Rather than me rattling on today, here's a profound thought for a Friday from someone much wiser than me.

The current and 14th Dalai Lama - the title is one that is bestowed by the Tibetan people to the leading spiritual leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, which I read is the  the newest and most dominant of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. And he's also one of the wisest people around.

Yes I know this is a bit deep for a Friday but we have the weekend to reflect on it and think about what it means for us.

I've read it quite a few times and every time I do I see something new in the wisdom.

Hope you find it helpful. 

Have a good day everyone!


Dalai Lama quote

 


Do Something

At the start of a new week, let's take a moment to think of the days ahead.

We have no idea what will come, or how the days will pan out for us.  

But even if we can't determine what will happen to us, there is one thing we can control ... and that's our own behaviour. 

I love this thought for a Monday ... and I don't know about you, but I think it's a great way to start the week.

Let's not spend our days feeling angry, or bitter, jealous, or sad about things we can't control.  Let's not dwell on the things we don't have or the opportunities that have not come our way.

Instead, let's do things that we're proud of. Let's be kind to each other. Let's reach out a helping hand to another. Let's find the positive in all things, where possible. Let's be grateful for what we have rather than being resentful that we have not been given things that we think are owed us, or that we see others enjoying.

Reaching out to others, being that 'friend' and going out of our way to make a difference in our world - maybe that's what we need to aspire to this week.

A positive mindset won't just help others, it will have an impact on our own wellbeing and that has to be something to be thankful for! 

Have a great week everyone!

 

Monday Future Self


I Pledge to ....

This Saturday maybe it's time to kick back a bit and try to rest and relax.

But when it comes to our human interactions, I believe there's no 'rest' or 'relaxation' from trying to be a person who helps others, encourages, supports and makes the world a better place.

There's no time to 'rest' from being kind.  But sometimes it doesn't come naturally and we may need to work at it.

So here's a reminder of some of things that can help to make a difference in our world.

If you fancy it, while you're having some 'downtime' this weekend, maybe give this a few moments of your time. You don't have to sign a pledge or anything like that ... but thinking about it is a start.

Be encouraged.

Have a great day!

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Live Love Listen Speak

WOW, I made it to the end of the week!

Lots to do today and then an opportunity to relax a bit.

And here's a thought to help us make it to the weekend!

Don't need to elaborate.

Have a great day!!

Fab Friday

 


Focus

It's so easy to let life pass us by, isn't it?

We go through the day intent on completing our 'to do' lists, just trying to ensure we are in all the places we need to be, at the times we've promised. 

Doing all the chores around the house, dropping the kids off at school and picking them up again and transporting them to this and that 'club' or activity. Washing, cleaning, food shopping, cooking - and that's just the 'home stuff'. Most of us also have work as well ... appointments, hours in the office or wherever it is that we have our workplace, assignments ... it never stops.

In addition, then some of us even try to fit in space for stuff like exercising and 'having fun' and what with all the schedules we set ourselves, those 'enjoyments' can often sometimes end up being a bit of a stress as well - if we don't fit in that time for a run or swim or visit to the gym we tell ourselves off for being a 'failure'.

SO much time! SO little time to do it all in!

Life is so busy sometimes we just don't give ourselves a moment or two to breathe, to take in the little moments that can bring us joy. To be grateful for everything we have rather than worry about the things we don't have, or the stuff we are lacking in comparison to everyone else.

That wave from a neighbour, the giggle from a child, the clouds, the wind in our hair, the sight of a flower nestled in the corner of the garden, the people who bring me joy just by being there for me.

Today I'm encouraged just to FOCUS a a bit more. Not on all those chores but on the people who are important to me. Not the stuff that can stress me out, but those little things which I take for granted which I sometimes just miss out on because of all of the 'noise' in my life.

I'm reminded that there are so many people and things I have been given that I should be grateful for but I don't take the time to give thanks. Today I'm determined to be more aware and to be more thankful! And to be more 'in the moment' rather than always thinking about the next thing I have to do.

To cherish each moment that is given to me! 

Have a Terrific Tuesday everyone! 

 

Terrific Tuesday title Terrific Tuesday




Be The Change

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”.

It's a famous quote which lots of us have heard ... but do you know who said it?

Well it was a man called Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - the man who we know now as 'Mahātmā,' Gandhi... and he was born on this day - October 2nd - in the year 1869 .


Mahatma-gandhi-be the changeGandhi was an Indian lawyer, an anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist and activist who is renowned for using  'nonviolent resistance' to lead the successful campaign which led to India's independence from British rule in 1947.

He was a hugely charismatic and inspiring character who, although he was wanting rid of the British Raj who had ruled over India since 1858, epitomised a 'way of peace'. 

At a time when others advocated militant guerrilla warfare against the British, he proposed an opposite way. He fasted to persuade others not to riot. In response to the British monopoly and taxes on salt - among other things, an essential for cooking and preserving food - Gandhi defied the salt laws not with violence or even by shouting, but by leading a Salt March, which ended with him making salt from seawater by evaporation. He had started his march in early 1930 with just 78 trusted followers but the long walk was 240miles and took 24 days, and along the way he was joined by thousands. It's reckoned by the time of the salt making at a place now called Dandi, more than 50,000 people were gathered to watch the act of defiance.

In fact, it inspired people to act similarly. When Gandhi broke the British Raj salt laws on 6 April 1930,  it started a movement of large scale acts of civil disobedience against the salt laws by millions of Indians. They felt empowered and inspired by their quiet leader's example. They saw 'another way'.

Gandhi's life and way of living and being meant that, even before this time in his life he was revered as a 'wise man'. His first political activism started in South Africa where he lived and worked as a young man and it was there back in 1914 that he was first given the honorary title 'Mahātmā  - which can be translated from the Sanskrit as "great-souled"and "venerable".

Mahatma Gandhi's way of nonviolent resistance has down the years inspired civil rights and freedom movements across the world. The idea of achieving goals like social change not through bombs and killings and violence but through quiet protests, civil disobedience and political and/or economic non-cooperation can be seen as 'weak' by some, but actually it's the opposite. It's the way of strength and resolve. It's the way of courage and understanding. It's the way of compassion and empathy.

I'm sure most of us have things we would like to change ... maybe we would like to change the world ... but often we look for outside factors to change before we look at ourselves. We think if we change the circumstances around us then THAT will result in the transformations we desire. 

But this quote from this wise man reminds us that if we want the world to change, we need to make that change happen first within ourselves. 

If we want a world where love is all around, maybe we need to start by being more loving ourselves. If we don't want a world where argument reigns, then we need to hold our tongues and use our own words wisely.

If we wish to live in a kind world, we may need to ensure WE are kind first.

If we want a society which is more understanding, then we need - I think - to practice being more understanding. If we're not tolerant how can we expect our world to be a tolerant place?

So today, let's think about the change that WE might have to be, if we are to see a changed world. It's profound, and challenging, and it may mean we need to completely turn OUR lives around.

What a challenging philosophy! But imagine what the world could look like if we are that change!

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

 


Speak Think Do

Here's a brilliant thought to encourage us this Tuesday!

I Love it! 

Let's keep positive people around us ... and try not to let the negative influencers impact on our happiness.

Let's try to think positively and healthily ... negative thoughts will only bring us down.

Let's try today not to jump in with cross words and negative sentiments which will only upset others and ruin their day,  and make us feel bad for making them ... feel bad.

And let's all try to do something today to help another person.

Reach out the hand of kindness ... just because we can!

Tuesday positive circle


When you rise

It's the weekend, and I'm thankful for that!

I'm thankful that I've got through this week and I'm grateful for everything I have in life. I'm not rich, but I have the love of my family. I live in a beautiful place and I have interesting work. I feel strong most of the time and when I do not ... I have God to turn to.

I am blessed!

With all this in mind ... here's an inspiring thought for today.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

 

 

WHen you rise