Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.
-- W.E.B. Dubois
I believe in the dreams of the future more than the history of the past.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Give someone a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a person to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Lao Tzu
No problem can be solved with the same level of thinking that created it. -- Albert Einstein
We must be the change we desire to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as if everything is.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small in comparison to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
STATEMENT OF INTENTION:
This blog website is the outgrowth of frequent discussions among friends over a period of many years. My friends and I have discussed among ourselves, shared insights, advocated and disagreed, as well as extended each other’s comfort zones. The subjects were always diverse and varied – current events, our communities, systems, ourselves and that which we may generally refer to as our higher power (known by many different names). Despite any differences of worldview or perspectives, we always remain respectful of each other. In other words, we agreed to disagree.
The intention in publishing this website is to invigorate meaningful discussions and possibly help inspire new and empowering ways of thinking. I trust that in sharing my thoughts and reflections on this blog, I may help generate thoughtful discussion among the readers and visitors to this website. I may possibly help encourage us to look at things differently – or at least to look at issues relevant to our daily life – with a deeper or more reflective insight. And – if I am fortunate, our discussions may serve as a catalyst in the transformation of old paradigm thinking – and help introduce us to a new paradigm – a new way of understanding our conditions, methods and solutions.
In other words, this is my modest contribution to a new consciousness.
reflections on the person
The Third of the Four Agreements
I – like many others – have been recently inspired by the transformative work of Don Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements. I have explored the first two agreements in my earlier posts. This post focuses on the third of the four Agreements:
Don’t Make Assumptions
Short, sweet and powerful.
Certainly, we are all familiar with the common sense warning: “You know what happens when you assume?”
In my total transparency, I dare admit that I have been making assu... read more
reflections on social affairs
The Reformist Pope
THE REFORMIST POPE
A recent social survey revealed that when asked their religious preference, nearly 1 in 4 Americans indicate “none.” Whether this represents a general decline of religion in America, or a movement away from institutionalized religion remains to be determined. What is clear is that there are nearly as many Americans who claim no religion, as there are Catholics in America (24 percent).1
By my own admission, I am not a Catholic. Yet, in this article I fo... read more
on matters of spirit
Calling the Peacemakers
Saying these two words together often receives the same response as when a person may say: “ I am working for peace in the Middle East.” Instantly, either a sneer of cynicism or a glazed look is likely to be the typical response. Why?
One possible explanation for this response is that current events throughout the world suggest that religious animosities are at the heart of many violent ideological and armed conflicts.
Clearly, it is an over sim... read more
being the change
The Law of Attraction
As a lawyer, I am trained in the law of man. I have studied the laws of our legal system, as well as the rights and obligations that arise from the applications of these laws. It is always helpful to have knowledge of the laws, their application and consequences. I am reminded that ignorance of the law is no excuse.
I am also a student and practitioner of spiritual laws. Here also, in this realm, ignorance of the law is not an excuse. It is equally helpful to understand the laws, how they... read more