Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease.
First realize that you are sick; then you can move toward health.
Tao Te Ching - #71)
Silent nights of empty dreams, after days of feeling lost
Wrapped amid the memories, of what a foolish man has lost.
My heart cries out for the freedom, that is the promise of passing time,
While my eyes run dry from the river of tears that I, in my darkness cry.
I knew you well, my angel. Since time itself began.
I have known you since my childhood dreams. 'T was you made me a man.
This place you have created, is yours and mine alone.
A place where dreams do come alive, and we never walk alone.
You are the beating of my heart, your love gives me breath.
For you, I live and dream great dreams, though we have never met.
~ Special thanks to the inspiring poet of Bisbee, Ron Hatton. Please feel free to e.mail him and sign up to receive his words of inspiration on a regular basis. firstname.lastname@example.org
School beckons adults and children to its doors. The weather shifts from
tremendously warm days to cooler temperatures. The plants move from seedlings
to hearty plants with harvest-in-hand. And the human being contemplates the changes
of a year quickly transpiring into the days of darkness and cold chilly air, where only
a warm fire or a good friend can shake of the bone chilling effects of winter. And as
scenic as all of this appears, the reality of life moves forward at lightening speed,
taking us with it, apparently without any cause, or sensibility in the process.
In reflecting over the months of summer, now apparently gone according to
the evidence all around me, I am once again caught in my own reflection of what has
been, and what will be. A few years ago, I was a sprouting coach, today harvesting
the bounty of time, wisdom and experiences that have led me to levels of maturity,
happiness and abundance, quite unknown back then. The rewards for having a
dream have blossomed in deep and meaningful ways, that unknown to me then, were
a shadow in the sky of possibilities. And in the moments of contemplation, I remember once again, that it was only yesterday, a plan, a desire, and a passion to live something that was totally out of the question to my old ways of thinking, believing and being in the world.
This month I challenge you to review where you have placed your dreams,
And the desire or passion to live those dreams. Have you given the soil the proper
seeds to nurture and develop into a full harvest? Have you dedicated yourself to
living within your own truth and integrity to manifest what you truly desire? Have you
rededicated yourself to your dreams, when life required your attention in different spaces or places in your life. This month, reflect on the planting of the seeds, the living of the possibilities and rededicate your life to the dreams that have become lost in the multitude of responsibilities that have called your attention and focus into other realms. Today, just for today, take one step in the direction of your dream and be in your integrity of living that truth, just for today.
A while back I was reading about an expert on the subject of time management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.
As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered
overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled
out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on a table
in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks
and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the
jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside,
he asked, "Is this jar full?"
Everyone in the class said, "Yes."
Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.
Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was onto him. "Probably not," one of them answered.
"Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a
bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into
all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more
he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted. Once again he said, "Good!" Then he
grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the
jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and
asked, "What is the point of this illustration?"
One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no
matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you
can always fit some more things into it!"
"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this
illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in
first, you'll never get them in at all."
What are the 'big rocks' in your life? A project that YOU want to
accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education,
your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember
to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all.
So, tonight or in the morning when you are reflecting on this
short story, ask yourself this question: What are the 'big rocks'
in my life or business? Then, put those in your jar first.
If lawyers are disbarred
On a more positive note though, perhaps we can hope
Have a great month!
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