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Spiritual Revelations for those seeking Humanity in Humans ~~CordieB.

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I am Who I Am…

Me, courtesy of CordieB

Me, courtesy of CordieB

I am who I am. . .

Am I who I am or. . .

Am I who I think I am. . .

or

Am I who others think I am

or

Am I a collective version of both?

Am I the same as I was yesterday

last year,

5 years ago?

Has there been regression

or

Has there been growth?

Have I learned from my experiences

or do I still do

the same things …

the same way

and receive

the same results

which I know are not

the results I really want. . .

or

Am I beginning to try different things

or do things in different ways

which bring forth new experiences

new lessons . . . 

new blessings

But all in all. . .

I am who I am . . .

and I am exactly as my Creator

would have me to be at this very moment! 

ok. . . it’s another moment. . .

and another. . .

I wonder how much I’ve changed……. since two lines ago?

That I’ve changed is a wonderful thing to know. . .

for…anything that is not changing…

can not in fact be living…

So, I am…a changing being…

~~Written by CordieB.

 

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Lasting Change is Never Forced…though it is often created by example

Strength, Courage and Wisdom--CordieB

Strength, Courage and Wisdom ~~CordieB

One of the greatest gifts given to me by God is the ability to change my mind ~CordieB.

Let us stop wasting valuable energy trying to change the minds of other people.  It is not our job.  How and what people think is advanced or limited by their own experiences–their own life lessons–and how well they apply those lessons. 

In our presense, other people have the opportunity to grow and perhaps even learn something.  Our actions in of themselves will promote change in the hearts of others.  When we express ourselves as being capable of loving, listening, sharing, and understanding, we promote the change we so often try to force upon others. 

Let us be an example of that we wish to change.  Let us spend less time worrying about what other people are thinking or doing and more time creating positive change in ourselves.

Spirtual Quotes Monday – “On Change, I Heard them Say . . .”

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Starting today, each Monday I will be posting quotes on spiritual and/or conscious provoking concepts.  I invite all of you wise ones to add your quote or view on the subject, because we can all learn from each other.   Throughout the week, reflect on Monday’s theme, and come up with a few life lessons of your own.  The theme for this Monday is Change.  I will start off with my own and add some that I have gathered. 

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant to say
Thank God for changing seasons, and for another day.
–CordieB.  (Click here to see the whole poem)

However long the night, the dawn will break.
–African Proverb

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
–James Baldwin

Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
–Margaret Mead

All things change; nothing perishes.
–Ovid

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.
–James Yorke

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
–Anais Nin

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.
–Heraclitus

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.

–John Schaar

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

“We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what in the morning was true will in evening become a lie.”

— C.G. Jung

Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Knowledge is not intelligence.
In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected.
Change alone is unchanging.
The same road goes both up and down.
The beginning of a circle is also its end.
Not I, but the world says it: all is one.
And yet everything comes in season.
–Heraklietos of Ephesos

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

–Anne Frank:

Change in all things is sweet.
–Aristotle (384-322 BC) – Greek philosopher

Life continually evolves. We’re always moving into new experiences, new possibilities. This constant change unsettles the personality, which finds security in stability. But with life always in flux, that security is an illusion. We experience pain by trying to hold on to things that are not solid.

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
–Alice Walker

“Do you wish to save changes?”
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We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”
— William Somerset Maugham

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

–Charles Darwin

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!
–Kalidasa

Life becomes joyful when we can open to the constant flow and ride freely with it. This requires us to let go of the need to control. We need to learn to trust.

“Can it then be that what we call the ‘self’ is fluid and elastic? It evolves, strikes a different balance with every new breath.”

— Wayne Muller

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
–Anatole France

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.
–Epictetus:

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
–M. Scott Peck:

The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart.

–John Welwood

Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.

–Caroline Schoeder

A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked,”Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?” Muste replied, “Oh, I don’t do it to change the country, I do it so the country won’t change me.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

–Maya Angelou

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
–Mahatma Gandhi

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
–Dr. Robert Anthony

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
–Eric Hoffer

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
–Henri Bergson

Verily, God does not change men’s condition unless they change their inner selves;
–The Quaran

Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance.
–Ecclesiastes 8 – The Bible

Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…
 –Corinthians – The Bible

Four Seasons


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There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to Judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter,
the second in the spring,
the third in summer,
and the youngest son in the fall. 

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and
drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfilment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and fulfilment of your fall.

Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time.

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time.

Live Simply.  
Love Generously.
Care Deeply. 
Speak Kindly.
Leave the Rest to God.

Happiness keeps You Sweet.

Trials keep You Strong.

Sorrows keep You Human.

Failures keep You Humble. 

Success keeps You Glowing.

But Only God keeps You Going.

Life…You have to live it either which ways

Life brings us the most unexpected at the least expected. One day you think it’s a new beginning and all ends. At times when all ends, there is a great new beginning ready to start. The only constant is surety of the fact…. You have to live life either which ways. –Suvikrant

This Morning I am Worried; This Morning I am Jubilant

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You know I’ve been having one of the “feeling down” weeks this week; so one morning I started writing this poem; the more I wrote, the more I heard that inner voice of love tell me to “get off my pitty pot.”   And so the poem changed from doom to to aspiration, and I thought I’d share it with my web friends. 

I’m Worried – Im am Jubilant- By Cordie B.  October 23, 2007

This morning I am worried.
I am worried about where I will stay shortly,
I am worried about where I will pray shortly.

This morning I am worried.
I am worried about how I will eat tomorrow;
I am worried about all the pain that will follow.

This morning I am worried.
I am worried about how this relationship will last;
I am worried about that perhaps we don’t have what it takes to surpass.

This morning I am worried.
I am worried that people may think ill of me;
I am worried that I can’t really be me.

This morning I am worried.
I am worried that I may not see the sun again;
I am worried that from now on, I’ll only see more rain.

This morning I am worried.
I am worried that I won’t see by worrying, I’m wasting my time.
For in the broad scheme of all things, there’s neither rhythm nor rhyme.

This morning I’m Jubilant.
I am Jubilant to know
that change is surely certain, all circumstances come and go.

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant and free
Because I’ve helped someone along there paths, and it has given joy to me.

This morning I am Jubilant
I am Jubilant to have a fresh new start;
And in the days that come my way, I’ll love with all my heart.

This morning I am Jubilant
I am Jubilant to have another breath;
And in the days I have to live, I’ll be attentive to my health.

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant to see;
The worries of my yesterdays were most because of me.

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant to see;
Most worries of my yesterdays will never come to be.

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant, know why?
For there’s no need on earth I know, for which God won’t supply.

This morning I am Jubilant.
I am Jubilant to say
Thank God for changing seasons, and for another day.