Julio Diaz has a brave heart and kind soul. This story on NPR tells what happens when he was mugged last month and how he may have helped a kid out. I loved it.
» Hear the story (or you can just read it at the same link as well)
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My hearing about and finally buying this book feels like a stroke of grace, a minor miracle. No, not a minor miracle. A gift from god.
Over the top? Hell yeah. But still the way I feel? You know it.
I kind of wish I'd found this book sooner. But then I wonder... would I have been ready for it? Maybe yes, maybe no. But now? I am this book's fertile freaking ground.
I could quote all kinds of passages, from simple sentences to full on paragraphs.... it is just chalk full of wisdom and insights and immediately helpful tips.
Here is the bit I read today that made me chuckle with identification:
Serenity Prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold NiebuhrOh Neil Fiore, there you go again. Nailing me to the cross. :)
Stress Prayer: Grant me the stubbornness to struggle against things I cannot change; the inertia to avoid work on my own behaviors and attitudes which I can change, and the foolishness to ignore the differences between external events beyond my control and my own controllable reactions. But most of all, grant me a contempt for my own human imperfection and the limits of human control.
This book PLUS the artist's way is like a super-power-house-un-block-a-thon. Talk about the levies breaking...
Or well, I hope so anyway.
Onward and upward people. It's an awesome day. :)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
For most of us, karma and negative emotions obscure the ability to see our own intrinsic nature, and the nature of reality. As a result we clutch on to happiness and suffering as real, and in our unskillful and ignorant actions go on sowing the seeds....
So often it is hard to remember this, isn't it?