“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The truly humble are those who have no thought of using other people to their own avail. They are aware from their own intelligence and abilities, but because somewhere along the way they have acknowledged how inadequate they are alone.
The day of the self-sufficient person has never truly been. Without other people, without a sense of humility, success is lost to the overambitious.
English critic John Ruskin once said that the first test of a truly great person is humility.
There is greatness and sincerity when we can say to ourselves that we are only human and except for the grace of God we would even lack those qualities. We realize that the world owes us nothing, and no person owes us anything but love. It is not simply our job to serve ourselves, but it is our duty to serve others.
Humility is one of the finest qualities found in human nature. Without it we are nothing but a brash machine, with it we are warm and kind and always respected.
If we want to be friends to others, we must meet them on their level. This isn’t to say we have to be the type they are, but understand them and realize that it is a good thing that we are not all alike. This is the beauty of humanity, the variations that keep the human race from being monotonous.
And there is nothing sweeter to the human ear than to hear someone talk its language. Great persons have realized this and have made themselves adaptable to the little and to the big, to the learned and to the unschooled, in order to be more widely understood.
Who knew better than the Wise Master the importance of meeting others on their own level? The Master looked into the lives of every type of person and saw many changes that needed to be made, but also saw much to love and to waken. And in this gentleness and compassion the Wise Master could meet us all and speak out languages, then to be understood and followed.
We live in such narrow existence’s when we cannot communicate with anyone except those on our own level of thought and action. And if we only have one level on which to operate, there’s danger of it becoming a shelf for immovable objects.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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General Meaning: Humility is often rewarded in human affairs, just as the erosion of a great mountain fills the valley. It is the way of nature to fill the empty cup. Regardless of your position, humility is a positive and deceptively powerful attribute. If you are in a high position but are still humble, people will be drawn to you and the causes you espouse. If your position is lowly, humility will endear you to those of higher status. True humility is a virtue to which all should aspire.
The most successful and happiest people are those who know how to bring each situation into balance by reducing that which is too great, and adding to that which is too little. Such a person craves not power, but balanced and stable relationships. Humility is the virtue that supplies the balancing power, as humble people are not prey to the many illusions that grow out of self-importance. If humility is not natural to your disposition, make a conscious effort to develop a strain of self-effacing humor.
Today’s Affirmation for Thursday, Aug. 23
“I rest in tranquility and divine grace. In this moment, I am calm, happy and fulfilled.”
Today’s Thought for Thursday, Aug. 23
“Keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
Thomas A. Kempis
(c. 1380 – 1471)
Today’s Meditation for Thursday, Aug. 23
The Lake Of Calm
Visualize a beautiful mountain lake, its surface smooth as glass. Feel a breeze come up sending ripples across the water. Then, as the breeze dies, watch the ripples subside and the water become calm. Throughout the day, whenever a disturbance ruffles the surface of your mood, recall the image of the lake; feel the ripples of emotion settle into calm.
More Thursday Comments
Lord of the Ants
by Karl Lembke
(sung to the tune of “Lord of the Dance”)
Well we cleansed with sugar ’cause the salt was gone, And the color was right though the substance might be wrong, And when the water dried, it was sticky, my oh me, It attracted all of the ants, you see,
(chorus) Ants, ants, all over they shall be, I am the lord of the ants, you see. I’ll crawl on you, and you’ll itch from me, And you’ll dance with ants in your pants, said he.
We have ants in the carpets and we’ve ants in the drapes, We have ants in the kitchen dancing galliards on the grapes, We have ants in the bedroom and what may be more fun, We have ants in our circles now from sun to sun.
‘What to do’ cried the priestess, ‘what to do’ cried the priest, ‘All the baits and the sprays haven’t helped us in the least, ‘The buggers eat it up and it only makes us sick, ‘All in all I’d say it is no pic-nic!’
We stood round the fire while the flames lept up high, With the sound of the sirens wailing up to the sky, Though the bug bombs exploded it could still have been worse, At least now we’re free of the ant lord’s curse!
(spoken: “Oh hell!”)
Today’s Affirmation for Thursday, April 26
I rest in tranquillity and divine grace. In this moment, I am calm, happy and fulfilled.
Today’s Thought for Thursday, April 26
“Keep te peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
Thomas A. Kempis (c. 1380 – 1471)
Today’s Meditation for Thursday, April 26
The Lake Of Calm
Visualize a beautiful mountain lake, its surface smooth as glass. Feel a breeze come up, sending ripples across the water. Then, as the breeze dies, watch the ripples subside and the water become calm. Throughout the day, whenever a disturbance ruffles the surface of your mood, recall the image of the lake; feel the ripples of emotion settle into calm.
Gratitude in action
Gratitude is more than saying thank you. The real power of gratitude comes from making meaningful and valuable use of those things for which you are thankful.
It’s nice to be appreciative. It’s even better to put that appreciation into action by being creative and productive.
Life is overwhelmingly abundant. The way to enjoy and benefit from that abundance is by putting it to purposeful use.
In this place, in this moment, you are a vital steward of life’s great abundance. You have the opportunity, and the responsibility, of transforming that abundance into unique value.
Whatever may be going on in your world, be truly thankful for it. And then put that gratitude into action by making a positive difference.
Life’s goodness is not meant to be hidden away and hoarded. Life’s goodness is best used for making even more.
— Ralph Marston