My Religion is Kindness

'Each human creature is alone - but acts of kindness take away our loneliness, for we discover that others are concerned for us'. ~Pam Brown b. 1928

Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”— Dalai Lama

We have a choice in being kind towards one another. Kindness seems to affect the heart and can melt away resentment. We can’t stay angry with someone for too long because it takes a lot of energy to sustain it. If we’re kind to one person, then our only hope is that the next person will pass on kindness to another. Expressing kindness doesn’t mean that we are weaker but stronger. Thus, expressing kindness to another helps us to earn our self-respect and the respect of others. Yes even self-respect is earned. Kindness is by choice and it helps support self-esteem. Most of us respond better with kindness than to a command. We usually remember the person who said kind words to us.  Being kind is sometimes difficult, but simple to do.

 

 

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It Is Time To Pause and Reflect

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”— Mark Twain

Mark Twain is suggesting to us to be different or to realize that we’re different in every way and then embrace it. Each and every one of us is unique. There is no one alike. There is no one like you or me. We don’t have to be more like someone but we can be more like ourselves. We have the gift of individuality that we each can bring into a group of people because each person has a unique talent. Some of us are more gifted than others while some of our gifts are underdeveloped.  Isn’t it better to have an underdeveloped gift than have no gift at all? We can develop the latent gift and express it uniquely to the world to see. So we don’t have to be like the majority for us to fit in instead we can feel comfortable being in our own skin.

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Pressures Of Being Perfect

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.”— Mark Messier

If the only pressure we’re under is the pressure we put on ourselves, then we can ease up on the pressure anytime we want. We have control on how much pressure we put on ourselves. We all want to do our best and sometimes our best will not be good enough, but that’s okay. Perfection is not the solution. We’re humans with flaws. Perfection infers that the world will judge us harshly if things are not done right and proper. However, we’re not robots, but a person with emotions. So let us ease off on the pressures of being perfect and learn how to be more ourselves as we live each day of our lives. No one is perfect and everyone has feelings. Acceptance is possible when we let go of perfectionism.

 

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Different Approach Makes Different Results

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

How come we approach a problem in the same way to expect a different result? The good news is that we don’t have to continually use the same approach when we know that it is not working for us. It is better to constantly find new ways to affect an outcome.  We save a lot of time in the long run looking for different approaches. Sometimes it is like being in a laboratory conducting experiments and then collecting our findings.  It is all right to have a certain expectation for a different result when we’re using a different approach to things. This is how we know what works and what doesn’t work. If we know this or that isn’t working in our lives, then we have the opportunity to change things. Changing our approach around doesn’t have to be burdensome but an opportunity to learn a great amount.

 

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The Smallest Acts

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”— Swami Sivananda

Self-confidence starts with small goals. Each time we succeed in accomplishing a small goal we gain self-confidence. It is easer this way than to start out accomplishing something grandiose. If we start out trying to meet a big goal, and then fail, our self-esteem would plummet, thus no self-confidence. We need confidence in ourselves so we can rely on ourselves to accomplish our goals. When we put in our heart, mind and soul, we are focused. Our internal conflicts, our doubting thoughts creates in us the struggle to succeed, however, we don’t have to stop for them, but to continue on pushing through until we get there. The more we push through, the more focused we get the less time we have to focus on our struggles.

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The Truth We Believe

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” — Pema Chodron

We hold on to our beliefs tenaciously sometimes without considering new possibilities. Our minds are already made up without questioning our assumptions. We dare not question our own beliefs because we feel it could be a threat to us. There is nothing wrong about readjusting to old beliefs when we receive new information. The new information either strengthens our belief system or loosens up our belief system so we can be ready to receive new truths. Our beliefs will always be challenged. For us to learn anything new we must have an open mind to new ideas. We don’t have to be naive to accept everything we hear but we can allow ourselves to consider other possibilities or alternatives in the long run to have us grow in our quest for new understanding about life.

 

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More To Life, Than Speed

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”— Mahatma Gandhi

We live in a fast-pace world. We want to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. We sometimes, express impatient with one another or with ourselves. We angrily tale-gate another vehicle because of our lateness. We just don’t want to wait. We want to get things done immediately. However, if we approach life as slow and steady, then we won’t miss out on life but have time to enjoy it. We don’t want drag our feet either but to participate in what life has to offer. As Gandhi says there is more to life than how fast we get there.  Speed isn’t as important than seeing how pretty is the scenery.

 

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Enjoy The Dream Today

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“Letting go of the past means that you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.”— Don Miguel Ruiz

Sometimes we don’t want to let go of the past is because there is a familiarity. We’re comfortable with familiarity of the past even though it can sometimes hurt. The past is the memory of things we’ve experienced. But we do have dreams. And some of our dreams do come true for us. Those dreams that are happening now in our lives are what we can enjoy and cherish if we give them our attention.  Cherish what we already have and we will be happy. We have a chance to live out our dreams as it is happening today.  The dreams that’s happening in our lives today are from a distant past that were just ideas. We have all put in the hard work for our dreams to become real in our lives.  It is okay to let go of the past while enjoying what is happening now.

 

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The Beginning Of Self Improvement

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“Self knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.”— Spanish Proverb

We all have blind spots we don’t know about. It’s impossible to observe every behaviors we do and every thoughts we think. Self-discovery is like an answer to a riddle, we’re always surprised to discovery something new about ourselves. However when we do get the answer, we can feel good about it and take the courage to look at our selves for what we are and accept the parts of ourselves that we dislike. We do need some knowledge and/or information about ourselves for us to know where to make improvement in areas we’re lacking. Self-improvement is about setting standards for ourselves while being role models for other to set standard for themselves. We can easily change when we see what it is we need changed.

 

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Meaning In The End

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Post Written By Eugene Morgan

“Meaning is not what you start with but what you end up with.” — Peter Elbow

For us to have meaning we must first experience the struggles of life. When we struggle together in life we find meanings and as result of what we’ve been through together we develop closeness. We build new associations that we can cherish for the rest of our lives. Those associations are felt by our minds, souls and bodies. When there is no meaning in our lives, it’s like watching a black and white movie. Meaning makes life colorful and tangible. We need to touch things, feel the sun on our faces and wake up with a smell of coffee in the morning.  We don’t realize that some things are meaningful to us until we revisit our old stumping grounds, or we miss something in our past whether that’s a person or place or thing. Having meaning in our lives give us some sort of purpose. We have a reason to get up in morning because we have a purpose in what we do.

 

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