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Muslim Wisdom

Give up what appears to be doubtful for what is certain. Truth brings peace of mind, and deception doubt.

-The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Hasan bin 'Ali

What doubtful things do you focus on in a day? What truthful things do you focus on in a day? Which do you think helps you through the day more?

Hindu Wisdom

I met a hundred men on the road to Delhi, and they all were my brothers.

-Indian Proverb



What would happen if you treated everyone you met like your brother/sister? What is keeping you from doing so? How would you change it?

Jewish Wisdom

We cannot achieve self-respect if we are afraid of self-knowledge.

- M.R. Cohen, "A Dreamer's Journey"


What do you think you are afraid to know, or admit about yourself? What would have to change within yourself to be able to admit, or realize these things? How do you think you can bring about this change?

Rainy Day, Sunny Day

A Change In Perspective

Long ago, there lived an old woman whose tears never ceased because her worries were never-ending. She had two daughters. The eldest had married an umbrella merchant. On days filled with sunshine, the old woman would glance upward and think, "The weather is too nice! No one is going to want to buy any umbrellas and the shop may need to be closed!" Overcome with worry, she would cry and cry. Her younger daughter had married a noodle vendor and the old woman knew that when the rains came, the noodles would not dry and there would be no noodles to sell. On rainy days, the old woman would again be consumed with worry and her tears would pour. Thus, ever grieving for one of her daughters, she lived in constant sorrow. Her well-meaning neighbors, unable to console the old woman, began to call her 'the crying woman.'

One day, she crossed paths with a monk. He had heard of the crying woman and was very curious as to why she never stopped crying. The old woman explained the source of her sadness. The monk, who was very kind, smiled and said, "You won't need to worry any more because I can show you the way to find happiness."

The old woman became very excited and quickly asked the monk to tell her what to do. He replied that the answer was simple. "You only need to change your perspective," he said. "On sunny days, think not of your elder daughter and her umbrellas, but of your younger daughter finding the warmth to dry her noodles. When the sunlight is brightest, she will be able to make mountains of noodles and her business will prosper. When the rains come, think not of your younger daughter and her noodles, but of the many customers who will come to your elder daughter in order to buy umbrellas. The more forceful the rain, the more she will sell."

The old woman knew the monk was speaking wisdom and did as he said. After a time, her tears became smiles, and her smiles grew as the days progressed. From that day forward, she was known to all as 'the smiling woman.'


What in your life can you change your perspective about? What about it makes you feel bad? What about it can make you feel happy?

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Angel Wisdom

All the Utopia will come to pass only when we grow wings and all people are converted into angels.


- Fyodor Dostoevsky,
"The Diary of a Writer"

What is your idea of Utopia? Do you believe everyone can achieve your ideal state of being? Why or why not? What would have to happen or change to bring about your Utopia? How would you have to change to fit into the mainstream idea of Utopia?

Daily Three

Give three examples of a kind act you have done for another.

Did you recieve a reward for your act of kindness? Did you expect a reward for your kindness? Why or why not?

Inspiration

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


When faced with something negative, do you give off an equally negative response? If you respond negatively, what do you think you can change to respond more positively, or neutrally? Do you equate a positive or passive response to negative elements a sign of weakness? Why or why not? If you do take it for a sign of weakness, what would have to change for you to see it as a sign of strength in yourself and in strangers?

Angel Wisdom

Angels listen deeply with genuine intent, compassion, and love.


- Dan Martell, "About Angels"

Do you listen to those around you with compassion? In what ways can you practice the art of listening?

Inspiration

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

-Erica Jong


Do you think this is true for you? can you name a time when it wasn't true?

Angel Wisdom

Anyone who helps you grow is an angel to you.


- Kathryn Schein


Who has been your angel? What have they helped you with? How do you try to be an angel to others?