Category Archives: faith
People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people will accuse you of ulterior motives, be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you – be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous – be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow – do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It never was between you and them anyway.
Nothing changes, but it can.
– James Read
Strive to have an open mind, a joyous heart and expressive soul, and decide for yourself where true wisdom and real magick can be found.
– Father Alkhemiyst
He who sings, prays twice.
– Dr. Bob Laurette, Granger Community Church, Granger, Indiana
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
– Douglas Adams
The oldest wisdom in the world tells us we can consciously unite with the divine while in this body; for this man is really born. If he misses his destiny, Nature is not in a hurry; she will catch him up someday, and compel him to fulfill her secret purpose.
– Sarvepalli Radhakrishman (President of India, 1962-67)
The Tortoise And The Hare
The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare reminds us that different people take life at different speeds and that one way is not necessarily superior to another. In fact, in the story it is the slower animal that ends up arriving at the destination first. In the same way, some of us seem to move very quickly through the issues and obstacles we all face in our lives. Others need long periods of time to process their feelings and move into new states of awareness. For those of us who perceive ourselves as moving quickly, it can be painful and exasperating to deal with someone else’s slower pace. Yet, just like the tortoise and the hare, we all arrive at the same destination, together, eventually.
People who take their time with things are probably in the minority in most of the world today. We live in a time when speed and productivity are valued above almost anything else. Therefore, people who flow at a slower pace are out of sync with the world and are often pestered and prodded to go faster and do more. This can be not only frustrating but also counterproductive because the stress of being pushed to move faster than one is able to move actually slows progress. On the other hand, if a person’s style is honored and supported, they will find their way in their own time and, just like the tortoise, they might just beat the speedier, more easily distracted person to the finish line.
It’s important to remember that we are not actually in a race to get somewhere ahead of someone else, and it is difficult to judge by appearances whether one person has made more progress than another. Whether you count yourself among the fast movers or as one of the slower folks, we can all benefit from respecting the pace that those around us choose for themselves. This way, we can keep our eyes on our own journey, knowing that we will all end up together in the end.