Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. —Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein knew in his heart that the source of all his knowledge was not himself, but a mystery - something or someone outside himself. And it left him in awe and wonder. He knew also that while genius may be ninety percent hard work and only ten percent inspiration, all the hard work in the world amounts to nothing without that outside, mysterious inspiration.
He was right. We can work hard and play hard. We can paint and draw and write and develop formulas all our lives, but none of it will be new or different unless we are open to inspiration from some power outside ourselves that also, somehow, is deep within us. To be really good at anything, whether it's playing baseball, designing fashion clothing, fixing an engine, or cooking, we must believe in some creative force that helps us excel. When we see that force at work, we stand in awe at the wonderful and mysterious gift we have been given.
How have I been inspired to discover something?
From Today's Gift: Daily Meditations for Families ©
Schoolchildren perform according to the expectations their teachers have of them. Likewise, what we women achieve depends greatly on what we believe about ourselves, and too many of us have too little belief in ourselves. Perhaps we grew up in a negative household or had a non-supportive relationship. But we contributed, too, in our negative self-assessment. The good news is that it no longer needs to control us.
It's true, we can't control other people in our lives. And we can't absolutely control the outcome of any particular situation. But we can control our own attitudes. Interestingly, when we've begun tagging ourselves competent and capable, instead of inadequate, we find that other people and other situations become more to our liking, too.
We will want the good that is in us all,
even in the worst of us, to flower and grow.
But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark.
Meditation is our step out into the sun.
- As Bill Sees It, p. 10
Thought to Ponder . . .
I stood in the sunlight at last.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
H O P E = Honest Open Positive Environment
Being rich is not about how much money you get. It’s about how much meaning you give.
You don’t need a lot of stuff to be rich. In fact, the less you need, the richer you are.
Be genuinely joyful, and you are as rich as anyone can ever be. See the real beauty in even the smallest things, and every day, every situation becomes an unending source of richness.
Being rich is being able to lovingly give of yourself. And that depends not on the size of your bank account, but on your simple choice to do so.
When it comes to being rich, what’s on the inside is vastly more important than what’s on the outside. Being rich is feeling rich, and you can do that in any circumstance.
Being rich is fully appreciating and expressing the immense value your life has in every moment. Being rich is how you can be right now, and always.
— Ralph Marston