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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (jlh @sail7.com)
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Monday, February 9, 2015

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How To Get Over Regret

Reader's question: Hi  Jonathan! How do you get over regret about missing a FABULOUS job opportunity I missed for "fear" and family commitments??? THANK YOU.

My answer:

Thank  you for writing.  Regret is, indeed, a most troubling emotion. To overcome regret, focus on these three steps...

1. Forgive yourself.

2. Look forward, rather than back.

3. Be grateful for what you have, rather than regretting what you don’t have.

See my articles on self-forgiveness and self-love at www.sail7.com

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thursday, January 8, 2015

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Need Help with Motivation/Inspiration

Reader's letter:

Lately, I have been ignoring things that are important to me like school,workout,eating healthy, reading the Bible,writing my bucket list, writing daily goals, even praying I find it difficult as I don't have or don't know the right words to say to God. It's frustrating if not depressing. I lack the motivation,inspiration to jump from my bed, pray,workout,eat and go to school. All I want to do is wake up eat, watch movies,eat and sleep! I tell myself this is not right, this is destruction and poverty but I find it hard to get up and implement it.

Please help... just tell me anything even if it will pain me, I want to get out of this lazy mode. Thank you!

My answer:

First, just forgive yourself. You aren’t doing anything bad. You aren’t sinful, worthless, or anything like that.

Now, take some time to consider what you want your life to be like. How would you like to be remembered?

Begin by taking one small action each day that will help create the kind of legacy that you wish to create. For example, do one kind thing today that will make someone else’s day a better day.

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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A Quick Thought on Anti-Gay Discrimination

Suppose, hypothetically, that being Gay were a sin - so what? Nowhere in
the bible does Jesus suggest that punishing sin is a job for humans.
Actually He says "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone." And
certainly the bible tells us that no one is without sin. So let sin be a
matter between each individual and God, and let's all follow the
overarching Christian commandment to love our neighbor as ourself.

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Signs of a Compassionate Person

I found a great article - 8 Ways To Tell If You're A Truly Compassionate Person - and decided to make a brief summary.

These characteristics are generally associated with a compassionate person...

1. Emphasizing one's similarities to other people, rather than one's differences.

2. Giving a low priority to money.

3. Taking action by volunteering and offering specific help to individuals.

4. Being kind to yourself. Being compassionate begins with self-compassion.

5. Teaching others. Teaching another is the most powerful way to reenforce any idea in oneself.

6. Being in the moment. Compassion requires giving one's full attention to another - without multitasking, or thinking about one's next appointment.

7. Understanding that each person holds their own valid point-of-view.

8. Being grateful for other people.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Who am I to Judge?

He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 8:7)

Who am I to judge.
- Pope Francis

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 15:12)

Jesus often asks His followers to follow His commandments -
especially loving one another,
but NEVER does Jesus ask his followers to punish other people for anything.

The ONLY mention of punishment in the four Gospels is in Matthew 25:46.
Consider reading Matthew 25:31-46 today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy
in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

This is at the heart of all good education,
where the teacher asks students to think and engages
them in encouraging dialogues,
constantly checking for understanding and growth.
- William Glasser

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes,
and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to
enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you
to the threshold of your mind.
- Khalil Gibran

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

Friday, January 31, 2014

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What Is Reality?

You Create Your Own Reality.
- Anonymous

How can someone say "You Create Your Own Reality?" Are they crazy? Yet many wise people have expressed essentially this idea. What is going on?

I say that there are two kinds of reality - the reality of facts, and the reality of experiences. At first glance, one would be inclined to think that facts are the basis of everything, but much that is important cannot be dealt with using facts.

When you argue with reality,
you lose - but only always.
- Byron Katie

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

The Byron Katie and Star Trek quotes address the reality of facts. A fact might be that you were fired from your job last Friday. That is reality, and nothing you can believe or disbelieve or argue about changes that fact - that reality. Whether you believe your dismissal was unjustified doesn't change the fact. Arguing with this kind of fact is illogical, and causes you to suffer needlessly

Now, moving to the reality (or unreality) of experiences, when you were fired, you might also have believed that you would never get another job, or that your children would starve, or that your mother would think you were worthless, or you might have begun to believe that you were now worthless. These beliefs exist outside the realm of facts. The first three of these deal with the future, and thus can either become true or can become false - depending upon your actions, among other things. Your own thought of your worthlessness can be changed in an instant by simply altering your perception of yourself and your value.

Regarding experiences and perceptions, there are no underlying facts, and thus the idea that "You Create Your Own Reality" is not only correct, but of great practical importance in motivating you to believe in yourself and to take actions that create material benefits, as well as joy, in your future.

Here are three more quotes on the idea that you can control how you experience life, and that the future is altered by how you choose to experience the present.

What others say and do is a projection of their own reality.
- don Miguel Ruiz

All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Your thoughts create your reality.
Your mind is more powerful than you know.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Further reading: How to Cope With Life
Overcome Being Negative
Abundance or Scarcity? Love or Fear?
Truth isn't True. Reality isn't Real.
Coping with the Impossible