The Heart of the Matter
December 28, 2018
Who Can I Share My Joy With?

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December 26, 2018
Mother Teresa Speaks


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be Kind Anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends, and some true enemies; Be Successful Anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you; Be Honest and Sincere Anyway.

What you spend years creating, others may tear down overnight; Create Anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous; Be Happy Anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow; Do It Anyway.

In the final analysis, it's between you and God; It Was Never About You and Them Anyway.

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December 21, 2018
Giving the Gift of Ourselves


Every year, about two days before Christmas, I experience something I am not particularly proud of.

Thinking about the gifts I've bought for my wife and kids, I get the feeling that I don't have enough for them. This feeling has almost nothing to do with how many gifts I've bought or how "good" the gifts are.

Beyond the quantity and quality of my offerings is the sense that my efforts to express my love for them is lame and doesn't really measure up to how I feel -- and that, somehow, they will be disappointed.

Indeed, there have been some "nights before Christmas" where I've left the cozy warmth of my home to return to the mall, looking for the perfect gift. It's humbling to witness this kind of behavior in me. And it's humbling to admit it. But it's also healing.

In time, with some reflection and a deeper dive into selfhoood, I've come to realize that it's not about fixing my flaws, patching up the quirks in my personality, or compensating for some imagined black hole.


It's about being.

The deep love we feel for the people in our lives begs to be expressed and yet the mind will never be satisfied with the form of its expression. No poem, no song, no diamond, no trip around the world will ever be enough.

In the end, the only thing we have to give -- is ourselves. And that is plenty.


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December 20, 2018
Practice Being Human



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December 09, 2018
When People Are at Peace


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