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Change Your Outlook On Life

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Although I cannot change my life, I can change my outlook on life;

Although I cannot change my environment, I can change my state of mind;

Although I can not adjust my environment to adapt to my own life, I can adjust my attitude to adapt to the environment.

People who are content see the bitterness of the poor.
People who are not content see the happiness of the rich.

Those that we give to can bring happiness in return!

The fastest footsteps:
Do not cross boundaries, but are insistent.

The slowest pace:
Is not truly slow, but wandering.

The best way:
Is not a broad road, but requires patience.

The greatest happiness:
Is not to receive, but to show appreciation.

The best fortune:
Is not money, but to be satisfied.

The most freedom:
Is not to own, but to let go.

Mother Teresa said:
We often cannot do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

Short Stories of Enlightenment

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The original text of this article was in Chinese, and the author is unknown.

During an enemy attack, a soldier found a cave to take cover in. The enemy was trying to chase him so he went into the cave, praying that they wouldn’t see him there. All of a sudden, he felt a spider bite him. He was about to kill the spider, but he felt merciful and let the spider go. The spider climbed over to the opening of the cave and started to spin the web over the entrance. The enemy came up to the cave and saw that the web was untouched, so they figured nobody was in the cave. Thus, the soldier’s life was saved.

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Image is from Technology of the Heart (Prophet and Abu Bakr in the cave | Metaphysics of the spider web)

Enlightenment: Sometimes, when we help others we end up helping ourselves as well.

A father lost his pocket watch and searched everywhere for it. But, try as he might, he couldn’t find it after many hours. After he had left the room, his son came in and found it right away. His father asked, “How did you discover it?” He replied, “I just sat there quietly until I could hear the tick-tock, tick-tock of the clock.”

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The image is from Gentleman’s Gazette(The Pocket Watch Primer)

Enlightenment: Sometimes, if we are too busy and anxious trying to find something we want, we fail. But if we quiet down, we not only get what we want, but we also hear our inner voice.

 

There was a traveler who stopped by a temple and saw a monk. He asked him, “Before you became an enlightened monk, what do you do?” The monk replied, “I chop wood, carry water, and cook.” The traveler said, “What about after you became a monk? What do you do now?” The monk said, “I chop wood, carry water, and cook.” The traveler asked, “So there is no difference?” The old monk said, “Before becoming a monk, when I chop wood, I would worry about carrying water. When I carried the water, I would worry about cooking. When I was cooking, I would worry about chopping wood. But after becoming a monk, when I chop the wood, I just chop the wood. When I carry the water, I just carry the water. When I cook, I just cook.”

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The image from ANTHONY ZOLEZZI | Chopping Wood

Enlightenment: We must live in the present; the “Dao” is very simple. We just need to use our common sense to understand it.

 

If you hold a 25-pound child, you won’t feel tired because you love him. But if 25 pounds of stone has replaced this child, I’m sure you will tire much more quickly.

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The image is from How to Hold a Baby | Infant Care

Enlightenment: If a person doesn’t like what they are doing, no matter how talented or smart they are, they cannot fully develop their potential. But if they like what they do, then you will be surprised to see how much their ability has increased. A lot of times, if we don’t achieve something, it is not because we are not capable. It may not be in our favor or our interest.

 

During the Second World War, a Jewish family was being prosecuted. The family’s two sons went out to seek help. The older son looked for someone who helped him before while, the younger one went to look for someone he had helped before. In the end, the older son was rescued, but the younger son was betrayed.

Enlightenment: Whoever loves you will continue to help you willingly. But whomever you love will not necessary always do the same.

 

A robin was flying to the east when he met a dove. They rested on a tree, and the dove asked the robin where he was going. He replied, “I don’t want to leave. But the residents of this neighborhood said that my song is ugly.” The dove said, “Don’t try so hard. If you can never change your voice, wherever you go, you will not be welcome .”

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The image is from American Robin, Identification

Enlightenment: We cannot change our environment, only ourselves.

 

A donkey fell into a dry well. People tried to save him, but it was impossible, so they decided to bury the donkey there. At first, the donkey cried sadly when he felt the soil on his back, after a while; he fell silent. Then the donkey started to shake off the dirt when it hit his back and stomped it under his foot. Gradually, the soil under his feet made him move higher and higher. With the increased height, he was able to jump out of the well, to everyone’s surprise.

Enlightenment: When life throws challenges at us, we have a choice. We can cry, complain, and idle. Or we can take action by shaking off the dirt that is thrown on us and move upward.

The Unexpected Rewards from the Mistakes

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An MRI study by USC and a group of international researchers has found that having the opportunity to learn from failure can turn it into a positive experience – but only if the brain has a chance to learn from its mistakes. The following stories echo the same results of the USC MRI study.


“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.” -Denis Waitley

There was a paper mill worker at work one day; he produced a pile of waste paper, which could not be used to write on because he carelessly made a mistake in the formula. His boss was furious and not only deducted his salary but also fired him. Moreover, he was ordered to take the waste paper home.

The mill worker was dejected and despondent to bring back a pile of useless waste paper.

His wife was cooking dinner when he went home. He slumped at the table, staring at the beef soup that stewed on the stove, thinking about how to tell his wife the bad news that he had lost his job. Suddenly, his wife screamed because the beef soup began to overflow and splash everywhere.

The worker did not think much, and immediately took a few sheets of waste paper that he had brought home, covering the soup that had spilled on the stove and elsewhere. The paper drained the soup.

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Picture from Teaching Mama

 

He was surprised to see the paper had absorbed all the soup. He could not help but think, “Could there be a use for this paper, even if it cannot be used in writing?”

The worker carefully studied the paper and found that its water absorption was splendid. It could not be used to write, but it could instead be used to dry the water off of areas. He cut the paper into pieces and brought the paper to the market to sell. The absorbent paper quickly became popular.

Later, the worker applied for the patent for his absorbent paper, which he initially made by mistake. As a result, he made a huge fortune.

It is said that this is how paper towels came about. The worker who was fired for using the wrong paper formula instead became one of Germany’s most wealthy people!

When the worker was first fired, how could he expect that the thing that helped him become successful was the wrong product he made that had cost him his job?

 

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There is also another well-known example of the success of a mistake; it is the origin of Japanese sake. Japanese rice wine was opaque in the early days. One day, as the owner was inspecting the winery, he caught a worker stealing rice wine, who he angrily fired.

The dismissed worker was unhappy, and he wanted to retaliate, so he threw the ashes of the stove into the barrel. By the time the owner found out, the barrel was full of ash; but he also realized that the remaining upper layer of the wine was as clear as water.

The wine owner was not frustrated or upset about the wasted rice wine. Instead, he immediately applied this newly found clarifying method. After many trials and improvements, he started producing clear sake, and it was well received.

The way to make a mistake perfect is to learn from that mistake. If you are simply upset because of the error, you will never know how much reward you might receive from that mistake in the future.

This article was translated from the original Chinese from http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/11/9/15/n3373001.htm.

Prayer of Awakening Our Strength

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I found this prayer, originally in Chinese, at a time of great stress, and it gave me hope and comfort in that time, so I have decided to translate the prayer for my readers.

喚醒力量的祈禱
Prayer of awakening our strength

 

God and I are one
I am not only mere flesh; inside me is the presence of love.
I am a spiritual being; a manifestation of the perfection of love, beauty, and kindness.

My true self has infinite love, light, and wisdom.
Because of love, my heart is completely free; I can totally live a life of love and connotation.
I come to this world not to suffer, but to learn love, to give love, to convey love; to awaken the love of hearts of people, and also to enjoy the fullness of life and beauty.

I am a capable person, I am a rich being, and perfection is my other name!
I am not alone, I have never been alone; because God and I are a whole. All things and I are one.
Though I appear as flesh, I am a spiritual being; the perfect presence of the sacred and the entire satisfaction.

I appreciate my divinity, and I respect the deity of others as well.
How I respect God, likewise I respect others.
My every breath is the breath of God, I always remember I am loved, I always remember to have a connection with Him. I always call on God.
He created all that we need, and He and I are one. He and I are inseparable!

I thank all the things in my life; I thank God. He is with me all the time. I appreciate the wisdom of the universe. It connects with me every moment.
Ceaselessly I look to the goodness and come back to my nature. I continually return to the being of joy and perfection.

May I not see other people’s fault, only to see the goodness in them. May I not see the darkness of the people, only to see their inner light.

 

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The image is from www.campus.rieti.it

Now,
The stream of boundless joy has flowed into me and filled me.
Infinite wisdom has also gushed into me and inspired me;
Unlimited prosperity has run into me and guided me.

Unconditional love shines brightly in my heart.
Immeasurable wisdom brings the light into me.
Eternal life appears inside of me like an endless stream;
A steady flow of the fountain of life emerges with furious energy.

Now, my heart is ready, and I am completely open for what is to come.

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