A Quote on Humility

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There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance….it’s called humility. Confidence smiles. Arrogance smirks.

Author Unknown

Some people think that humility is a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth! Confidence simply means we know who we are, we know what we’re doing, and we are going to remain positive no matter the outcome.

Humility does not mean we walk around depressed, with our head hanging low! No way. However, humility does keep us from becoming arrogant. Arrogance is the bad type of pride that makes us think we are better than other people. It can cause divisions, and hurt other people, without even caring that pain has been inflicted.

So I think the author is saying that having humility is important in order for us to have balance. Smirking is no good, because our heart is not right, and it causes pain. Smiling is very good, because it tells other people, you still care, but you know who you are. You are a positive person!

 

Have a great week!

 

Peace.

 

 

 

 

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Blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

First Friday – Psalm 91

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Psalm 91: 1-4

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.’

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare,

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His feathers,

and under His wings you will find refuge;

His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

 

These verses are some of my favorites. The whole Psalm is filled with strength giving words. One thing to remember about the Psalms, is that they were actually songs, and had music with them. I would love to hear the music of the Psalms, that once played!

Clearly the Psalmist is encouraging us to have the Almighty, the Creator, as our shelter. It is a choice, and has always been a choice. When we do choose to trust, He helps and strengthens us. I love the poetry of being covered with His feathers! By the way, a fowler is one who catches birds, and the connotation about the fowler is very negative, so the Psalmist can illustrate the Creator protecting us.

So what about people that have no faith? Is God only concerned about people that believe in Him? No of course not. Although these verses are meant to strengthen and encourage, those that believe in Him, He cares about each one of us!

Think of it this way: Every time I wake up, that is God blessing me, and protecting me. Whenever I cross a street, or drive my car, and don’t get killed, that is God blessing me and protecting me. These illustrations do not depend on my faith. We all live every day. So what about when bad things do happen?

We’ve all seen innocent people suffer. There are times when it just does not make sense. But I want to trust in Him even during the terrible times, even when I do not understand. That’s where faith comes in. I may not ever understand, but these verses are meant to encourage us that there is an All Powerful, the One Who is Almighty, and that it is good to be in His care. When we are in His shelter, we can find rest. I know this is true, from personal experiences in my own life.

Note: The best book I have seen about suffering, is by C.S. Lewis, called the “Problem of Pain”.

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Bible quote from the New International Version

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Good Ground by Rumi

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“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded.

Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are.”

Rumi

 

In this quote, Rumi is sharing about more than just wildflowers. He is using this illustration to point to a truth about our lives, and more specifically, about our internal lives. When our lives, and yes our hearts, are like stone or rocks, not much is going to grow. It is difficult to be fruitful. Another way of saying this is, that there is a blockage between us and potential growth.

Our lives need to be based in ground that can produce, in his words here “crumbled” means easy to plant, or just naturally loose, rich soil, which allows plants to grow. This is why farmers plow their fields, and gardeners like myself, till the soil before we plant. This allows the plants, even wild ones, (and weeds) to grow much easier. In a very real sense, our soils needs to be loose, not hard as a rock.

When our lives are like that, beautiful things will grow from us, even when we don’t expect it. Wildflowers are spontaneous, surprising, and intensely beautiful. We can be like that too, we just need to take care of the soil.

 

Peace.

 

 

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Rumi quote found on google

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Taller than the Trees

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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Henry David Thoreau

 So having walked in the woods, we realize we are nurtured, but what does Thoreau mean by this? How can we be taller than the trees, and what does that mean? I believe there is a twofold answer. First, the person that has received from nature, by being in it, is strengthened. He/she has a clear mind, and peace is dwelling inside. These important elements bring strength to a person. We can walk taller, because we have the confidence we need. There is no need to be afraid, we are able to let go of anger, or any hindrance, to our internal life.

Secondly, the person that has been in the woods, can see the big picture now. The problems that did seem big, are not nearly as big as they thought. Ever hear the expression “You can’t see the forest because of the trees”? In nature this is reversed. We can see the forest now, because our spirit has grown, and we can see more clearly. We are above the trees. We can have a long distance vision.

Using the illustration again of a mother, do you remember your Mama helping you when you were little and you were injured? Maybe you were stung by a bee, or fell off your bike. What did she do? She held you, spoke gently to you, cleaned your wounds, and eased your pain. Nature can do that. We wipe our tears,  we keep walking the path, and we realize we are made stronger and more confident than ever. Peace.

 

 

This is day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me Kavita at KVision and Elisabet at An Elephant Named Buddha. Thank you!

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Tenderness and Kindness

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Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

Kahlil Gibran

It’s not popular to be tender or kind. People are often harsh or mean. Men in particular are trained to be tough. People that are very nice tend to be considered weak. Yet, which is more valuable – harshness or tenderness and kindness? Which of the these will help us to connect and stay connected to the ultimate source of love? We all know the answer. When I see the words of Gandhi, Chief Joseph, Gibran, and many others, I see tremendous strength, and yet gentleness at the same time. That’s where I want to be! When you read what they said or wrote, it is obvious they were connected, and that they lived their lives loving and honoring people. Now that is kindness. That indeed is greatness.

May the fountain of tenderness and kindness, and our love for people, cause us to bring life to others.

This is day 3 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thanks again to Bella, Lisa, and Erika.

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Sing Dear Ones

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“All men were made by the Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers.”

Thunder Coming Down from the Mountains (Chief Joseph)

Sing dear ones, sing,

sing of your sorrow and pain,

sing of your people,

your children,

sing of the land erased,

and the buffalo gone,

sing so we can hear you,

not so we can wail,

and cry stone tears,

but so we can remember you,

ask your forgiveness,

and embrace your beauty.

Sing dear ones, sing,

I want to remember.

 

 

 

Note: This quote is part of the 3 Day Quote Challenge given to me by three different people recently. The poem is an add on, and is mine.

A big thank you for the nomination to:

Bella from Arts and Rymes

Lisa from Underground Energy

Erika Kind

Since alot of people having been trying this lately I will wait on nominating someone else.

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Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”