Monday, October 20, 2008

Now So Accepting

Gandhi Quote of the day:"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still small voice within. "Thought for today: Liberation from the self is living each day without a place to stand or ideas about who we are. That's when we can dance with life. [Genpo Roghi]

Thought for today II: "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color."[Maya Angelou]

The Law of Forgiveness by Emmet FoxIt is an unbreakable mental law that you have to forgive others if you want to demonstrate over your difficulties and to make any real spiritual progress.The vital importance of forgiveness may not be obvious at first sight, but you may be sure that it is not by mere chance that every spiritual teacher from Jesus Christ downward has insisted so strongly upon it.You must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form; but sincerely, in your heart -- and that is the long and the short of it. You do this, not for the other person's sake, but for your own sake. It will make no difference to him (unless he happens to set a value upon your forgiveness), but it will make a tremendous difference to you. Resentment, condemnation, anger, desire to see someone punished are things that rot your soul, no matter how cleverly you may be disguising them. Such things, because they have a much stronger emotional content than anyone suspects, fasten your troubles to you with rivets. They fetter you to many other problems which actually have nothing whatever to do with the original grievances themselves.Forgiveness does not mean that you have to like the delinquent or want to meet him; but that you must wish him well. Of course you must not make a "door mat" of yourself. Of course you must not allow yourself to be imposed upon, or ill treated. You must fight your own battles and fight them with prayer, justice, and good will. It does not matter whether you can forget the injury or not, although if you cease to rehearse it you probably will -- but you must forgive.

Have a sunny day. Fine Art


Patti said...

Great philosophy, much food for thought; I like the idea of freedom from self yet can't imagine 'living each day without a place to stand.'
Also, your jewelry is gorgeous! I love the way it's photographed using cactus as a stand, very creative.
Take care and visit soon!

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Thanks Patti for your comments--Patti has a very warm blog-check it out.

Thyme2dream said...

this is really good stuff!!!

Forgiveness doesnt say that what the person did was okay.... forgiveness submits the person who wronged us into God's judgement, which always has within it the opportunity for redemption.

Unforgivness wants to keep the person from receiving God's mercy that endures forever, forgiveness releases the offender into that mercy and grace- and removes the deadweight of trying to be God for God from around our own neck:)

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Thanks for your intelligent comment.Loved the look of your blog and recommend it to everyone.Have a sunny day.