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When I first heard of Martin Luther King Jr. I was in the auditorium of my elementary school. I was just learning to speak English which was my second language. Even if at that tender age, I really couldn’t understand what his message was about or what the issues were, I remember being moved by the power of his voice and the respectful silence that would take place as students and teachers listened to his eloquent speeches.
His life was cut short, but his words lives on, and becomes more powerful as times goes by. When words, or a message has truth in it or a meaning that triggers change, they survive the test of time.
I am sharing a few memorable quotes in his memory:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Love as means of change:
I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.
Doing the right thing:
On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.
People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
This open heart of mine
can feel the sorrow and joy of
those I love and even for the
But I have learned, that no
matter how open one’s heart
may be –
the mind’s filters and fears
have a way of stepping
on the petals of the heart.
The human part of me, feels
a quiet sadness, perhaps a void,
a small death –
as I am reminded yet again,
nothing in the illusion of life
stays the same
or is what I thought it would be.
Yet, my soul feels the gentle ripples of
peace, a sense of gratitude and a wisdom,
that in the midst of the thorns
life sometimes gives,
there is beauty
there is love
there is joy
there is Spirit
and the opportunity to continue
to live life with a child-like wonder
and an eternally open,
@Copyright 2010 Sufilight
These past few days I have been thinking how glad I am that I joined the WordPress community as I have met very talented writers and inspiring human beings. Whenever I hear someone say that they have lost their faith in humanity – I don’t agree. In the midst of what we call the world’s shadows there is much beauty shining forth in the form of love, courage, compassion and inspiration.
I am thrilled and grateful that I was nominated by The Tale Of My Heart for the Liebster Blog award. His blog is filled with diverse music, art and writings that fills one’s space with a few minutes of inspiration. Just the design of the blog itself which changes graphics everyday is a visual treat.
So what is the Liebster award? I am quoting Tales Of My Heart: This Award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections.
Leibster is German & means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite'”
All the blogs that I follow are awesome, but since I am limited to 5, I nominate the following blogs at random for the Liebster Blog Award:
I will be adding a blog roll in the near future so I can add all the blogs I enjoy but have been having trouble doing this as not all the blogs show up in my list.
May we all continue supporting and expressing ourselves freely through this fun and wonderful medium in cyberland. 🙂
I was almost done with a WordPress post for today’s entry, had reached the end, spelled checked it and in the process of adding one more sentence, I deleted the entire post! I type very fast and this has happened before: I inadvertently touch the delete key and away it goes forever. Gone are my thoughts back into the world of energy. Aarghh.
“Must save, save when typing” – my new mantra.
A lesson on non-attachment for me? Guess it is, but, venting sure feels good! As Nrhatch (Nancy) (whose blogs I recommend), would say: Aaah… that’s better! 🙂
I am grateful for a brand new day!
For the clouds with their funny shapes,
For the sunshine and the rain.
I am grateful for food and shelter,
for my health and good mind.
I am grateful for my loved ones and friends,
the ones who are still with me
and the ones who were once in my life.
I am grateful for the Presence of God/Spirit
in all my affairs!
I am grateful for a heart that feels
warmth, love, and a deep appreciation
for the blessings of life!
And so it is! Amen!
Copyright © 2011 “Beyond Inspiration” Excerpt by Sufilight
I am on a mission to finish my book on affirmative prayers and spiritual musings. Such a simple book, but it takes work to create the finished product. It’s my baby, and though nothing is ever perfect, it has to be polished and well dressed before I go ahead and let it walk out into the world.
I figure, if I start with my first published book, I will continue writing books because I will see the reality of my goal turn into a tangible creation. I already have a second one in the works which is a children’s story I wrote about 15 years ago. It feels good to finally end the procrastination of decades. I notice that when we stop procrastinating, things seem to flow better as there isn’t that tension or negative self talk from unfilled goals.
There is a blogger who offers great tips for would be authors. I highly recommend her, just reading her entries puts one in a creative space and helps with writer’s block.
If my subscribers do not see me writing as much or reading your blogs, please know I am still around, so please don’t think I forgot you or leave me! But, knowing myself, I probably will post as soon as tomorrow, 🙂 but yet there are no guarantees, as I don’t want to turn posting in my blog as an excuse to not focus on my book.
I have seen many talented bloggers with good writing skills, so I hope that would-be authors will take the leap!
Last year, life is was busy for my soulmate Phil and I. Once again, we had to go to clean our cabin in Mt Hood for new guests arriving on the following day. We couldn’t hire a cleaning lady, as we needed the money and it was important to be there anyhow, as sometimes guests would break things (such as the washing machine, doors, lamps) but Phil fixes things quickly. We would come home and work on our online business’ orders, which we can be easily processing after 11 PM, plus Phil had to answer rental inquiries and book new guests. I have a new found respect for anyone who owns a hotel or inn, it involves patience and professionalism. In addition, Phil re-opened his remodeling business and had an assignment the following week.
We worked this hard because we had a large six figure business debt, and until the cabin sold we had a responsibility to meet.
So where am I getting with this? That I noticed we have a lot of energy and we are both baby boomers. We don’t really get tired or feel overwhelmed (well most of the time) because we went with the flow – we didn’t complain often, even if I don’t care very much for cleaning; we just do it, and made sure we added some humor and fun into our day.
It is self-created stress and resistance that depletes one. I have found that what we cannot change, it’s best to simply accept it; nothing is forever anyway in this world of temporary form.
This is a short, sweet life lesson that we both have learned to apply with consistency.
May your day be filled with humor and non-resistance!
Post Note: We sold the cabin in December 2010 at the nick of time, when options ran out in a bad real estate market. We are blessed!