Thought for Today

"He is going before you into Galilee, it is there you will see him, just as he told you" Mk 16:7.

September 2017

 

CHANGE THE WORLD
“It is not a question of whether you will change the world. Every life affects the world one way of another. It is therefore a question of how you will change your particular world.”
CHRISTOPHERS, 3/’79

 

THE PERSON YOU ARE
“The thoughts you think become the words you speak; The words you speak become the actions you do; The actions you do become the person you are.”
Source Unknown

 

ON ENTHUSIASM
“Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and, proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
Rainer Maria Rilke



ADVICE FOR SPEAKERS
“I definitely try, when I speak, to make people laugh. And while their mouths are open, I put something in for them to chew on.”
Rev. Billy Graham

LESSON FROM LOBSTERS Growing Each Day,
“How does a lobster grow? After all, its shell is rigid and cannot expand. When the lobster feels itself compressed within shell, it retreats to a crevice in an underwater rock formation, sheds its shell, and grows a new one. When it outgrows this shell, it repeats the process and continues doing so until it reaches its maximum size. During the stage when it is without its shell, the lobster is in great danger. A predatory fish may eat it, or a strong current may dash it against a rock. In order to grow, the lobster must risk its very life. It is impossible to achieve success without risking failure; sometimes life can only be lived by risking death. Since life consists of growth and progress, we must learn to live with risk. People for whom failure is devastating may never try anything. They will never grow. The greatest failure of all is the failure to grow and to maximize one’s potential. This passive failure is even more serious than active failure.”
Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

 

PARABLE OF BROTHER LEO
A legend tells of a monastery well-known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him. Almost immediately, they began to bicker about who should do various chores. On the third day they met another monk going to the monastery, and he joined them. This monk never complained or shirked a duty, and whenever the others would fight over a chore, he would gracefully volunteer and do it himself. By the last day, the others were following his example, and from then on they worked together smoothly. When they reached the monastery and asked to see Brother Leo, the monk who greeted them laughed. ‘But our brother is among you!’ And he pointed to the fellow who had joined them. Today, many people seek leadership positions, not so much for what they can do for others but for what the position can do for them: status, connections, perks, advantages. They do service as an investment, a way to build an impressive resume. The parable about Brother Leo teaches another model of leadership, where leaders are preoccupied with serving rather than being followed, with giving rather than getting, with doing rather than demanding. It’s a form of leadership based on example, not command. This is called servant leadership. Can you imagine how much better things would be if more politicians, educators, and business executives saw themselves as servant leaders?
Michael Josephson

URGENCY OF DOING
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” AFIRE WITH GOD
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

AFIRE WITH GOD
“Earth’s crammed with heaven. And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees takes off his shoes, The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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