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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie (jlh @sail7.com)
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Friday, April 3, 2015

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Thoughts for Times of Grief and Depression

Reader's request: I need some inspiration about grieving and depression.   Your words always help me through each day.   Thank you for all that you do.

Some thoughts for times of grief and depression...


If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

The only cure for grief is action.
- G. H. Lewes

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis


Affirmation:
I gather strength from life's storms.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

More at...
www.jlhuie.com/search/label/grief
www.jlhuie.com/search/label/depression
www.dreamthisday.com/quotes-sayings/grief/

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Quotes for Holy (Maundy - "Foot Washing") Thursday and Good Friday

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
- Jesus (John 13:14)

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you and persecute you.
- Matthew 5:44

more at...
www.dreamthisday.com/quotes-sayings/jesus/
www.jlhuie.com/search/label/Jesus

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

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.