Monat: August 2017
One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that at many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that is happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it.
"LORD… you said that once I decided to follow You, You’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I do not understand why You’d leave me when I needed You the most."
The LORD replied,
"My precious, precious child, I love and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
Copyright © 1964 Margaret Fishback Powers
Um Wasser zu finden,
solltest du nicht überall kleine Löcher graben,
sondern an einer einzigen Stelle bis auf den Grund bohren.
In Jedem lebt ein Bild des, was er werden soll.
Solang er dies nicht ist,
ist nicht sein Friede voll.
Entweder machen wir aus uns selbst etwas Bemitleidenswertes,
oder wir machen uns stark.
Der Arbeitsaufwand ist derselbe.
AS I BEGAN TO LOVE MYSELF
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is "AUTHENTICITY".
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
as I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call it "RESPECT".
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it "Maturity".
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call it "SELF-CONFIDENCE".
As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it "SIMPLICITY".
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything
that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations,
and everything the drew me down and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is "LOVE OF ONESELF".
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is "MODESTY".
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past
and worry about the future.
Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it "FULFILLMENT".
As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick.
But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection "WISDOM OF THE HEART".
We no longer need to fear arguments,
confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.
Today I know THAT IS "LIFE"!
Charlie Chaplin’s speech on his 70th Birthday, April 16, 1959
Ich habe die Erfahrung gemacht,
dass ich nicht immer das bekommen kann,
was ich gerne möchte.
Also habe ich gelernt,
immer das zu mögen,
was ich bekomme.
–Anthony de Mello–