Declaration of Independence serves up some humble pie

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…”

July 1776, The Declaration of Independence

But ever found yourself a bit ahead (good!) or coming out on the short end (awful!) of life’s measuring stick? Really, what were those original patriots thinking? For me that sense of equality, a respect of others, can so often get lost in comparisons.

A few years ago I found myself in a job I did not seek, but accepted out of a sense of duty. Frustration ruled my days, then months as most of what I set out to accomplish failed. Compounding this dilemma were regular conference calls with colleagues who shared their thrilling successes… And then I became physically stressed out too with a progressive stiffness that interfered with my sleep.

Hoping for some guidance on what to do, I turned to the Bible. Perhaps this could be looked at as a desperate impulse. However, I have found true time and again the statement, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing” from an indispensable book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

There I realized for the first time that comparing myself to others was a mistake contributing to major self doubt and royally interfering with discerning my own way. This passage from Proverbs, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success”, gave me a refreshing new focus!

My approach to work changed. No longer trying to figure things out on my own or thoughtlessly mimicking others, I found an appreciation for humble prayer that is more listening than listing problems. First of all, I began to have restful sleep again as the stiffness eased. Then within a week I became aware of two circumstances unique to my area that have since grown into an important direction.

I experienced a sense of health and opportunity that freedom of thought and heart can bring. A freedom to live the best in myself as well as to highlight the good in everyone I meet. One might say I discovered that humble pie sans comparisons is delicious!

 

 

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Out of a babe’s mouth: how to be happy

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“Happy”. Are you counted among about 200 million others around the globe who have viewed songwriter Pharrell William’s You Tube video?Wondered what is fueling its wild popularity?

United Nations Secretary General Ban Kimoon explains the desire for happiness as “a deep seated yearning shared by all members of the human family.” In July 2011, the UN adopted a groundbreaking resolution which recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal”. In April 2012 the first ever UN Conference on Happiness took place in New York and a further resolution was adopted for an International Day of Happiness to be observed every year on the 20th of March. Perhaps everyone responds to “happy” because we all feel it is essential to human life! Continue reading

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Want a healthy body? Learn to listen

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The following post is from my colleague Keith Wommack.  I had to share it with all of you!  I sure wish I had read it years ago…

Admit it. You’re a lousy listener.

Don’t fret. I used to be one, but I’ve been fine-tuning my skill, and you can too.

I believe, you’ll want to improve your listening because good listeners have fulfilling relationships and are more apt to experience good health.

Regarding relationships, as you look to improve your listening ability, there are destructive behavioral habits you’ll need to be aware of and abandon.  More here.

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A fountain of youth: life lessons from Alice Herz-Sommer

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Watching the recent Academy Awards, I was intrigued by the winning film of the Best Short Documentary category, The Lady in Number 6.  A good part of the world knew the subject, Alice Herz-Sommer and her biography, A Century of Wisdom (2012).  Her life is remarkable not only for what she has endured – a survivor of the Holocaust or for what she has accomplished – at 109 the oldest known concert pianist, but for how she lived and the healthy effect she had on others.  Her biographer, Caroline Stoessinger, surmised Alice might have uncovered the source of eternal youth.

Alice, her friends and acquaintances describe what has impelled a biography, a documentary and her “fountain of youth”. A glimpse into her life rewards us with a view of the effect of living with a focus on the best in the human spirit. Having just finished reading A Century of Wisdom, I heartily recommend picking up (or downloading) a copy! The book is a treasure, but space allows me to share only a fraction of what I highlighted. Continue reading

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