Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do All You Can

Do all you can with what you have,
in the time you have, in the place you are.

~Nkosi Johnson

Of Note: This poignant bit of wisdom came from a twelve-year old Zulu boy living with AIDS. It was brought to us by www.gratefulness.org which just passed 16,000 in the number of people on its daily quote list. If you have not checked out this site, please do. They have great e-cards as well. I am always grateful to Marie for sharing her colorful photos that decorate this blog.

Today's Weather Report: It is hard to describe cold, wet air at 37.5 degrees. The clouds seem only a few feet from the ground when conditions are like this. The snow has shrunk 6 inches, maybe more as the day has progressed. The half-mile road to the house is almost impassable. Welcome to an intense "January thaw" in February. The Birkie cross-country skiing race folks can't be at all happy with this sudden turn of events.

News You Can Use Snippet: Sometimes we need a boost of energy to keep going in the right direction. The Tibetan Masters were cognizant of the habit of Humanity to unhappiness and recommended the following cure-all: "I close with an appeal to all to rally their forces, to renew their vows of dedication to the service of humanity, to subordinate their own ideas and wishes to the group good, to take their eyes off themselves and fix them anew upon the vision, to guard their tongues from idle speech and criticism, from gossip and innuendo, and to read and study so that the work may go intelligently forward." He continued earnestly: "Let all students make up their minds in this day of emergency and of rapid unfolding opportunity to sacrifice all they have to the helping of humanity. Now is the need and the demand. The urgency of the hour is upon us, . . .I offer to you opportunity and I tell you that you are needed--even the very least of you. I assure you that groups, working in unison and with deep and unfaltering love for each other, can achieve significant results." If this prescription was followed, unhappiness would be forgotten in joyful service. What are we waiting for?

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