What is Wisdom? – Saturday Survey Question for February 22, 2008




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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life




Today’s affirmation is:


“I cultivate the wisdom gained through my experiences and share it to benefit the world.”



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The Saturday Positive Thinking Survey gives readers of The Affirmation Spot an opportunity to express their views on a survey question related to positive thinking or positive change.









This week’s question

Dictionary.com defines wisdom as “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”What is your practical definition of wisdom and where do you does your wisdom come from?


Your Answer


Share your wisdom by sharing your thoughts here.

Be Peaceful Be prosperous!

Ray

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Cherokee Story of Two Wolves – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday February 20, 2008



wolves.jpg A friend of mine sent this story to me today. It is so insightful I had to share it. Thank you, Sharon!

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. ”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”


The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Be peaceful Be positive!


Ray

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Laughter Medicine – The Affirmation Spot for Friday December 21, 2007

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Today’s affirmation is:

“Today I am experiencing complete joy by seeing the humor amid all the world’s seriousness.”smiley_face.jpg

They say laughter is the best medicine. Here’s an extra dose this Friday sure to make you smile, if not laugh out loud. There is nothing in this world more life-affirming than a hardy laugh. Be careful, though, for in humor there is sometimes also great wisdom.

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”

~ Herm Albright

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”

~ Douglas Adams

“The optimist claims we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimists fears this is true.”

~ James B. Cabell

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn’t.”

~ Erica Jong

“When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

~ Sydney J. Harris

“Genius may have limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

“What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.”

~ Richard Harkness

“Is there another word for synonym? And why is the word abbreviation so long?”

~ Anonymous

“If all the world’s a stage, where is the audience sitting?”

~ Anonymous

“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”

~ Will Rogers

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to the next with no loss of enthusiasm.”

~ Winston Churchill

“If you want something in life, you have to work for it. Now, quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”

~ Homer Simpson

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray

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Moving Mountains Beginning with Mole Hills – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday December 18, 2007


Today’s affirmation is:

It is not the mountain I conquer, but myself. I am reaching for the top of the mountain and my day in the sun is here.”

mountain.gifThere is a famous quote variously attributed to several people that says, “Whether or not you believe you can do a thing, you’re right.”  In the Book of Matthew, Jesus audaciously states, “Had you the faith of a mustard seed, you could command a mountain to be moved from here to there and it would be so.”

Both statements clearly to remind us that we have within us an astonishging capacity to do what would ordinarily be considered miraculous. In both instances, the fuel for the miracles is our belief.

I have often pondered this statement of Jesus and thought, “Ok, I believe it. I command the mountain to move.”  Immediately, even before I can get the words out, “common sense” enters my mind and says, “This is nonsense. The world does not work that way.”  Doubt has entered the picture. That’s why Jesus started his statement with, “Had you the faith…”

In Buddhism, doubt is one of the “five hindrances” to wisdom and considered the most difficult to overcome. We live in a society that teaches us that doubt and mistrust are prerequisites for our own self-protection. I wonder if the doubt spread by this world view is hindering us, individually and collectively, as we pursue our goals.

Although easier said than done, if we could suspend our disbelief just long enough to allow a firm belief in ourselves and our potential to take root and flourish; we could begin bringing the miraculous into our lives.

Maybe we start with things smaller than mountains like succeeding in our career, or strengthening our friendships and relationships, or simply achieving peace of mind.  Then perhaps we can tackle the mountain.  But then as Edmund Hilary stated, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

How true!

Everyone have a great Thursday. Find a situation today to suspend your disbelief long enough to allow your miracle.

Be peaceful Be prosperous

Ray

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Cut Yourself Some Slack – The Affirmation Spot for Thursday October 4, 2007

woman_relaxing_zoom.jpg Today’s affirmation is:

“I’m a high achiever, but when I need down time I recognize it and I take it!”

Hey, you’re a human being, not a robot. It’s a wonderful thing to be a super achiever and most days you are. Wisdom, however, dictates that you recognize when enough is enough.

You all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. It’s a long race and you need to find respite now and again, if you are to complete it successfully. It’s perfectly OK, and really necessary, to transition freely from tortoise to hare.

Your dreams are still there. They are not so fickle that they will spoil because you take one day to cool it! The key is to recognize you need it and take it without beating yourself up the whole time. That defeats the purpose.

You can be the hare again tomorrow, but on the days when you need to be the tortoise accept it. 

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Make today peaceful, positive, prosperous, and, if you need it, a restful day!

Ray 

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