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Vani Ghougassian's "Beggar"
"Beggar" By Vani Ghougassian
Lebanese-American architect and artist

One evening I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to finish work.

Coming my way from across the parking lot, was what society would consider a bum. From the looks of him he had no car, no home, no clean clothes and no money.

There are times when you feel generous, but there are times that you just don't want to be bothered. This was one of the Don't-want-to-be-bothered times!

"Hope he doesn't ask me for money," I thought.

He didn't. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.

After a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very nice car," he said. He was ragged, but had an air of dignity around him.

I said "Thanks," and continued wiping off my car.

He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.

As the silence between us widened, something inside said, "Ask him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say yes, but I held true to the inner voice.

"Do you need any help?" I asked.

He answered in three simple, but profound, words that I shall never forget.

We often look for wisdom in great accomplishments. I expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing here but an outstretched grimy hand.

Then, he spoke three words that shook me. "Don't we all?" he said.

I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.

Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.

No matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can GIVE help. Even if it's just a compliment, you can give that!

You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all. They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse of something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you, through a torn world can see.

Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in himself.

Maybe Someone looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum and then said, "Go minister to that man cleaning the car, that man needs help." — DON'T WE ALL?

~ Author Unknown
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POINT YOUR THOUGHTS TOWARDS PEACE

I went to perform a wedding for my Goddaughter on the Island of Hawaii. In order for me to return home to Maui that evening, I had to book the last flight out of Kona. The airline reservation agent informed me that I would have to change planes in Honolulu, and my connection time would be an illegal 25 minutes. If I missed my connection, the airline would not be responsible for me. Okay, I thought, I’ll take my chances. I love my Goddaughter and would not miss this opportunity.

I performed the ceremony and sat in the Kona airport reading an inspiring book, waiting for my flight. Suddenly a voice came over the loudspeaker announcing that my flight would be departing 15 minutes late. Hmmm. That whittled my time to change planes down to 10 minutes. My mind started to spin off into “what if” scenarios, but I decided to not go there and just practice trusting. Why waste precious moments of life worrying? I decided to use the experience as an opportunity to stay happy no matter what.

The plane took off late and I refused to look at my watch. I remembered one of my favorite quotes by Emerson: “The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.” Instead of trying to dictate how things should work out, I simply asked for peace. I looked out the window and enjoyed the sunset.

We arrived 15 minutes late, I calmly exited the plane at Gate 53, and walked to the monitor to find out what gate my next flight was departing from. You can imagine my surprise when I saw that my flight was leaving from Gate 53. My flight to Maui was on the same plane I had just sat on! I laughed as I found my way to the very seat I had just left. No matter how late my first flight was, I would have been on the second flight.

I believe there was a direct connection between my practicing trust and the serendipitous result that occurred. Have you ever noticed that when you are impatient, frazzled, and upset, things go worse, and when you are relaxed, patient, and trusting, things go better?

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960), author of many books about spiritual principles and practice, taught that there is an Intelligent Power running the universe, and that Power responds to the thoughts we think in harmony with it. Thinking and acting with faith changes the results you get.

When you find yourself in a situation in which you seem to have no control, point your thoughts toward peace, and the universe responds:

"What is true peace?" — By Guido ten Berge & Ilse C. Nijssen © 2003

WE STILL LIVE IN A WORLD IN WHICH WARS, DISASTERS and diseases prevail in spite of the many churches, religions, peace organizations and Nobel prizes for peace. Peace develops there where harmony exists within a human being and consequently with his or her surroundings. Since humankind is becoming more alienated from itself, the word peace is taking on an ever more bitter undertone.

What is wrong with this planet? Why are the misery and the threat of war only increasing?

When you think about peace, you automatically associate it with something good. When you think about war, the word evil immediately springs to mind. But what is good and what is evil? In order to create true harmony we will have to become aware of the meaning of these polarities. What to one person is good, to another is not good and vice versa.

Harmony is based on love but it requires discipline. Love excludes nothing and lays no claim whatsoever. The lack of inner discipline creates an outer lack of freedom and this has a restricting effect on oneself but also on one’s surroundings.

We as people are dualistic beings and are continuously forced to find balance within ourselves by becoming conscious of our own harmony. Therefore love always conquers evil. War is the product of a state of mind that occupies itself with the loss of material and immaterial patterns of thinking related to our ego. In matters relating to peace we should try to act creatively by opening up to creativity which, in itself has a soothing effect.

Everything that you encounter in the NOW you have already encountered before. A new solution is required, however, in order to find harmony within yourself, with the other and with totality. Each pressure that becomes too strong creates a cosmic disturbance that requires harmonization.

Know that you can never lose the essence of who you are and what feels right to you. If we truly want peace on earth, then we will have to change our way of thinking. In order to open new doors, we should not close the doors we have already passed through.

We should, however, try to gain a wider perspective of values. Therefore, if the new is to replace the old it does not necessarily mean that the new is better than the old or vice versa. What matters is that we change our ways and broaden our horizons.

Humankind has clearly become alienated from itself. We still put the blame for the wars and disasters that are taking place outside ourselves. Let us see the error of our ways and realize than everything, each and every thing, has an impact on ourselves and that we alone are responsible for what we create. Let us also be mindful of the fact that if we do not change our ways, we will continue to create in a negative way.

We should become aware that the true Light can only be found within and that our life should be based on and lived according to this principle. It is in fact a very simple truth but because the majority of people think that humankind is helpless against invisible forces and powers that are affecting the earth, there seems to be no way out! Therefore it is very important that we work on becoming conscious and that we all come to realize that each of us plays a key role here on earth and that we alone are responsible for our actions.

So as to gain a broader understanding of what is happening around us, it is important that we stop denying our spiritual nature. Our soul longs to pursue its own way without being hindered by the opinions of others. This is not easy if our lives are ruled by what others expect of us. Rules that go against our own spiritual nature are precisely the reason why the world is slowly but surely degenerating and becoming a darker place.

All human beings are equal and there is no need to become the followers of anyone or anything. No one is better than another. We will be able to grasp the true meaning of this once we look within ourselves and stop placing everything outside of us. We must learn to work more dimensionally instead of following any kind of dogma or peace organization.

Because of the polarities, this disharmony may move either to the left or to the right. Therefore the profound darkness now found on earth though very serious can still be reversed.

Now that the moment of truth has arrived, we human beings — in order to salvage the earth — will have to go to the core of our being. The time has come to come to grips with the strong discontentment found within ourselves.

By working on ourselves and seeking the light within, we will be able to help make the earth a brighter place. In doing so we will create a new harmony and pave the way for peace on earth.


~By Alan Cohen, M.A., www.AlanCohen.com
Author of 20 popular inspirational books and tapes, including
the award winning books: The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore
and A Deep Breath of Life: Daily Inspiration for Heart-Centered Living
(Contributed by Sherry who lives in Miami, Florida)


Far Horizons

CYPRUS: A LIVING MOSAIC

"Basilica Kourion" Cyprus
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Tucked away in the easternmost corner of the Mediterranean Sea lies Cyprus — an island republic of spectacular beauty with sandy beaches enclosed by rugged cliffs, cool cedar forests, scented orange groves and gentle meadows blanketed in wildflowers. Rich in history yet replete with modern amenities, relaxing and effortless yet full of surprises, Cyprus is irresistible to everyone. And has been for 9,000 years. In a superb location overlooking the sea are the remains of a monumental early-Christian basilica, Basilica Kourion (shown above), which was commissioned by Bishop Zeno. Inscriptions and the remnants of the intricate mosaic floor can still be seen here.

This is an historic island, the third largest in the Mediterranean, where modern travelers retrace the footsteps of figures as diverse as St. Paul, Alexander the Great and Leonardo da Vinci. Cyprus is also a romantic island, once Anthony’s gift to Cleopatra and where, according to mythology, the goddess Aphrodite first emerged from the sea. There are truly worlds to discover in this eminently accessible island, where the service is extraordinary and the people are as warm as the Mediterranean sun. The whims of history have endowed Cyprus with an incomparable heritage, making it a world-renowned destination for anyone interested in art, history, and culture. Stone Age ruins, Greek temples, Roman theaters, Venetian structures and Byzantine churches cover the island. Golden icons, colorful frescoes and archaic statuary are among the artifacts that will captivate you, taking you back centuries. Witness artisan crafts made according to ancient traditions.

Gourmets appreciate another legacy of Cyprus’ many-layered history. The Greek, Venetian, British and Near East cultures have all lent their hand in creating a cuisine unlike any other. Almost every port and mountain village has a specialty: whether it be a variety of the renowned Cypriot wine, a special goat cheese, or a uniquely prepared lamb dish, new sensations await even the most urbane palate. In Cyprus, one can share a meze — a table laden with up to thirty “little” culinary delicacies — with friendly locals in a charming stone village.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are the Troodos Mountains, a rugged region that hikers, campers, and nature-watchers call paradise. In spring, the range is a dazzling carpet of wildflowers (as is all of Cyprus, home to myriad blossoming plants — over one hundred species found solely on the island). To the west of the town of Larnaca lies the Salt Lake, famous haunt of migrant flamingoes from December to March. Near the lake, in a tranquil setting crowned by lush palms, you'll find the Hala Sultan Tekke (photo below), a complex with a small mosque, mausoleum, minaret and living quarters. In Spring, Summer and Fall, there are walking trails and panoramic vistas for all to enjoy. And in winter, astonishingly, skiers hit powder in the mountains of Cyprus.

"Hala Sultan Tekke" Cyprus
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What disease did "cured" ham actually have?

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Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Do hungry crows have "ravenous" appetites?

If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

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Would a part-time bandleader be considered a semi-conductor?

Did you know that a goldfish has a memory span of three seconds?

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet soup?

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How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your......well, you know...?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks his head out the window?

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