Saturday, September 17, 2005

Pray Out Hate

Changing one's thought pattern may be a long and difficult process. But it can be accomplished by the practice of displacing unhealthy thoughts with healthy ones. You can pray out hate, for example. A man told me he had to pray 142 times to get rid of a certain hate but then, like a fever, it broke and became a well man spiritually and emotionally. Don't knock yourself out disliking or hating or resenting. It isn't easy to shift from that habit to the love habit. But the person who does just that is in for a lot of happiness.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Individual

Rufus Jones, Quaker educator and philosopher, pointed out that the word individual implies an being who resists being divided. When you muster yourself on the side of the real you, you come alive, accomplish more, gain a sense of greater worth -- and live with joy. The effort it takes to be your own individual really pays off in satisfaction.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Eight-Year-Old

Some persons simply refuse to grow old. I like that eighty-year-old man told me:
What's wrong with being eighty years old? It isn't how long you've been around; it is what you've done with you've been around. Sure, I've been in the world eighty years. But I don't have an old philosophy. I do not think old thoughts. I happen to own the business I run. But I can still run it all right. When I find some bright young fellow who is as smart as I am, I'll step down. Don't think because I have a game leg that I can't handle the business. You don't ren a business with your leg but with your head. And my head is okay. I don't intend ever to get old. I know there will come a time when my obituary will be in the paper, but I will have had the time of my life all my life.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Negative Thoughts & Postive Thoughts

Think negative thoughts and you thereby activate negative forces and tend to draw back to yourself negative result. Like attracts like. Send out hate and you get back hate. Send out fear and you get back fear. Send out defeat and you draw defeat to yourself. Conversely, send out positive thoughts and positive results will come to you. We defeat ourselves, or gain victories, by the thoughts we think.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Relax

Captain Eddie Eichenbacker once gave me an exercise for relaxing: Sit loosely in a chair, making yourself limp. Imagine yourself a burlap bag filled with potatoes, mentally cut the string, allowing the potatoes to roll out. Be like the bag that remains. Lift your arms one at a time, letting them fall limply. Do the same with your legs and eyelids. Conceive of all your muscles as relaxing. Say, "All tension is subsiding, all stress is leaving me. I am at ease. I am at peace with God, with the world, with myself.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Cattle

On the plains, winter storms can take a heavy toll of cattle. The temperature drops below zero. Freezing rain and howling winds whip across the prairie. Snow piles into drifts. In the maelstrom, some cattle, I'm told, turn their backs to the icy blasts and slowly drift downwind, finally coming to a boundary fence barring their way. There they pile against it and many die. But other cattle react differently. They head into the wind, slowly working their way forward against it until they come to a fence. Here they stand, shoulder to shoulder, facing the storm. "We' most always find them alive and well," said an old cowboy. " That's the greatest lesson I ever learned on the prairie: to attack difficulties head-on and not turn and run."

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Get Ready For Tomorrow

Here is one way to end a day and get ready for a great day tomorrow: Do not carry the day into the night. Let it rest while you rest. Before you go to sleep, run over your personal world mentally and thank God for everyone and everything. Count your blessings; name them one by one. Then say to yourself, "God watches over me, over my house, over all my loved one." Then go to sleep in peace. Let go and let God.