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“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a
hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at
the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it
was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

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June 29, 2009


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From the Inside Out...
An Old Pickle Jar

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Tell the Truth —
It's the Soul's #1 Medicine

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One of the best ways to get through difficulties is to simply persevere day by day. Huge projects don't seem as daunting when we focus on one element ... completing that before we tackle the next phase. As Napoleon Hill said, "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."

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As far back as I can remember, the large pickle jar sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar.

As a small boy I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled.

I used to squat on the floor in front of the jar and admire the copper and silver circles that glinted like a pirate's treasure when the sun poured through the bedroom window.

When the jar was filled, Dad would sit at the kitchen table and roll the coins before taking them to the bank.

Taking the coins to the bank was always a big production. Stacked neatly in a small cardboard box, the coins were placed between Dad and me on the seat of his old truck.

Each and every time, as we drove to the bank, Dad would look at me hopefully. "Those coins are going to keep you out of the textile mill, son. You're going to do better than me. This old mill town's not going to hold you back."

Also, each and every time, as he slid the box of rolled coins across the counter at the bank toward the cashier, he would grin proudly. "These are for my son's college fund. He'll never work at the mill all his life like me."

We would always celebrate each deposit by stopping for an ice cream cone. I always got chocolate. Dad always got vanilla. When the clerk at the ice cream parlor handed Dad his change, he would show me the few coins nestled in his palm. "When we get home, we'll start filling the jar again."

He always let me drop the first coins into the empty jar. As they rattled around with a brief, happy jingle, we grinned at each other. "You'll get to college on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters," he said. "But you'll get there. I'll see to that."

The years passed, and I finished college and took a job in another town. Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom, and noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served its purpose and had been removed. A lump rose in my throat as I stared at the spot beside the dresser where the jar had always stood.

My dad was a man of few words, and never lectured me on the values of determination, perseverance, and faith. The pickle jar had taught me all these virtues far more eloquently than the most flowery of words could have done.

When I married, I told my wife Susan about the significant part the lowly pickle jar had played in my life as a boy. In my mind, it defined, more than anything else, how much my dad had loved me. No matter how rough things got at home, Dad continued to doggedly drop his coins into the jar.

Even the summer when Dad got laid off from the mill, and Mama had to serve dried beans several times a week, not a single dime was taken from the jar. To the contrary, as Dad looked across the table at me, pouring catsup over my beans to make them more palatable, he became more determined than ever to make a way out for me. "When you finish college, son," he told me, his eyes glistening, "you'll never have to eat beans again unless you want to."

The first Christmas after our daughter Jessica was born, we spent the holiday with my parents. After dinner, Mom and Dad sat next to each other on the sofa, taking turns cuddling their first grandchild. Jessica began to whimper softly, and Susan took her from Dad's arms. "She probably needs to be changed," she said, carrying the baby into my parents' bedroom to diaper her.

When Susan came back into the living room, there was a strange mist in her eyes. She handed Jessica back to Dad before taking my hand and quietly leading me into the room.

"Look," she said softly, her eyes directing me to a spot on the floor beside the dresser. To my amazement, there, as if it had never been removed, stood the old pickle jar, the bottom already covered with coins.

I walked over to the pickle jar, dug down into my pocket, and pulled out a fistful of coins. With a gamut of emotions choking me, I dropped the coins into the jar.

I looked up and saw that Dad, carrying Jessica, had slipped quietly into the room. Our eyes locked, and I knew he was feeling the same emotions I felt. Neither one of us could speak.

~By A.W. Cobb in "Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul"
(Contributed by Phyllis who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico)

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In my article 10 Ways To Nurture Soulful Living, I list speaking the truth at Number One. Speaking the truth gets top billing, because without it, nothing else in your life has legs on which to stand:

Tell The Truth — We speak in terms of "searching our soul" when we need to find answers for life's deep questions. The soul is the seat of our own truth and demands it. We must seek the truth and tell it. Skate by the truth as your soul knows it, and sooner or later, you'll be back to re-visit the subject you avoided. The soul settles for nothing less than the bare naked truth. (Entire article HERE)

Your truth, as you see it, know it and speak it, constitutes the pillars on which your life is built. Withhold it; shave it, trim it, and you've sold out your soul. Since the soul seeks the truth, anything less is a compromise. To the soul it's a lie. The ego tells a story to cover it up from the mind, a justification to placate the conscience. But the soul never forgets a lie.

Yet we live in a society that not only does not value speaking the truth, it rewards deceit. We're conditioned to lie, though we rarely call it that when the truth has been breached. "Mistakes were made" is how the media and politicos spin lying.

The world economic collapse is the outcome of a system of lies that finally unraveled, bringing down an entire country (Iceland), investment institutions (Lehman Bros, AIG) and companies that have formed the backbone of our country's manufacturing sector like GM and Chrysler.

What's more important than telling the truth? If the truth is so powerful, why do people resist telling it?

Frankly, because there are more tangible rewards for "spinning" than there are for being courageous. When our founding father chopped down that cherry tree and proclaimed, "I cannot tell a lie," we should have stamped those words on every coin in the land. Perhaps we might have learned. Instead, here's what we settle for:

A) Looking good and having others' approval

We worry if we tell the whole truth, we might offend someone. We worry they'll think badly of us or we'll hurt their feelings. We worry they'll withdraw their approval, which would suck because we depend upon these people to give us our sense of self worth, affirm our identity and justify our existence!

This is the result of faulty thinking, conditioned over a lifetime of wanting to fit in and appear normal. Underneath this is an inner conversation that fears you're not really normal. Everyone else is normal, but not you. So to appear normal you need to play the game like everyone else plays it. And guess what? Everyone else is playing it just like you!

We end up being inauthentic and dishonest, which becomes the standard for normal. All this takes place below the level of our conscious awareness. We're living a lie and lying to ourselves about the fact that we're living a lie! Here's the lie: It's not other people's feelings we're concerned about. It's our own!

B) Staying Safe and Avoiding Pain

Telling the truth can be very uncomfortable. It's painful to look into someone's eyes and see them hurting because of something you've said or done. Better to fess up and own up before the cosmic bank starts to charge interest on your dishonesty.

Sooner or later, the truth will out. The interest rate is high for prolonging the inevitable. You rob yourself of courage and integrity by playing it safe. Money will not buy it back.

C) Being in Control and Being Right

Withholding the truth is a way of manipulating others and maintaining control. You tell yourself others can't handle the truth. I assert we're really not all that concerned about other people when we withhold the truth.

It's our own feelings we're protecting. We simply can't tolerate witnessing other people be uncomfortable in the presence of our honesty. So we dress it up to make it more palatable.

"OK," you say, "but do I have to go around like a jerk telling people what I really think? Am I supposed to sound off on people, read them the riot act? Do I just go home and vomit the truth all over my spouse? What about the aftermath? How do I handle that?"

Good questions! Consider this: Life's too short to live it as a lie.

What if you could learn to tell the truth in such a way that those on the receiving end feel they've been served? What if you could deliver the truth, as you know it to be, and the other person thanks you for your honesty? It can most definitely be done and I recommend you learn how to do it before your final breath.

Learn to tell the truth in a way that it truly does set you free. Be a responsible, humble, servant to the truth. Own it as yours. Claim it. Telling the truth is a humbling experience. Be humbled by it. When you surrender your ego to being in service to the truth, everybody wins.

We are living in a time when the lies of the past can no longer be tolerated as we move into a new stage of our collective consciousness. The old system is collapsing under the weight of its untruths and we are here to sweep up the wreckage and begin again. The truth is often very painful to tell and to receive, but it will set us free. From the wreckage, new possibilities arise.

Our job is to be guardians of the truth that is aligned with the values on which we seek to build the future. We must settle for nothing less than the truth that serves the highest good for all, not just for a few. (See an example of using humor as a lighthearted approach that still delivers the "bare naked" truth HERE)

Honor your word as your sacred bond. Tell the impeccable truth, without compromise. If you do, your soul will reward you with a sense of peace, satisfaction, freedom, lightness, aliveness, and completion. And that, my friend, cannot be purchased at any price. All the riches in the world cannot buy you what telling the truth provides. This then, is what your soul came to have you learn.

~Dr. Judith Rich is a well known teacher in the field of transformation and consciousness.
For over 30 years, her work has focused on awakening of one’s dormant inner resources,
empowering profound personal and professional breakthroughs for individuals and
organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Visit her new blog and web site, Rx For The Soul at

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The Louvre in Paris
Henry II had such imagination and grand plans for the Louvre that it was more than 300 years before it became reality — a very long "work-in-progress."

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Located in Paris, The Louvre {loov'-ruh} has stood for more than 800 years and reflects stages of change in French life through the centuries. The earliest known building was a fortress built about 1190; however, a Frankish tower or fortified area probably existed at the end of the fifth century. The fortress not only protected the city of Paris from invasions from the west but protected the king from his own subjects on the east. This fortress served as an arsenal, its dungeons housed political prisoners, and its rooms held the royal treasures--icons, armor, manuscripts, and jewelry. By about 1400, the Louvre had become a royal retreat where banquets, tournaments, and state occasions were held. It was at this time that elaborate gardens were added and an aviary for exotic birds as well as a host of wild animals. The Louvre lost its military importance when a group of merchants seized possession and moved city walls beyond the Louvre. The Louvre, just an arsenal and prison once again, was neglected for 150 years and its buildings fell into ruin.

In 1527, the structure was torn down by Francis I, who in 1546, put artisans to work erecting a palace, the beginning of the Louvre as we know it today. In 1564 Catherine de Médicis had her architect build a little château in a neighboring field to the west called the Tuileries. It was then decided to create a grandiose royal residence by joining the Louvre and the Palais des Tuileries. The most important is the Grande Galerie built along the Seine in the reign of Henry IV. In the 17th century Louis XIII extended Lescot's west wing by adding the majestically domed Pavillon de l'Horloge (clock pavilion). Under Louis XIV the Cour Carrée, a great square court, was constructed. The Louvre was abandoned as a royal residence when Louis XIV moved the court to Versailles in 1682.

In 1793, during the Revolution, the first state museum was opened in the Louvre, The present Louvre includes Oriental (ancient Mesopotamian) ; Egyptian ; Greek, and Roman antiquities; sculpture from the Middle Ages to modern times; furniture and objets d'art; and paintings representing all the European schools. A section of the museum is devoted to Islamic art.

In the late 1980s the Louvre embarked upon an aggressive program of renovation and expansion. When the first plans by the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming PEI were unveiled in 1984, they included a glass pyramid in the central courtyard that would serve as the museum's main entrance. Despite drawing protests before the fact, since its opening in 1989 the pyramid has proven remarkably effective in accommodating the large numbers of visitors, and has even become a relatively beloved landmark of the city. In November 1993, to mark its 200th anniversary, the museum unveiled the Richelieu wing in the quarters that had been vacated, grudgingly, by the Ministry of Finance in 1989. This expansion, which completed the museum's occupancy of the palace complex, added 230,000 square feet (21,390 sq meters) to the existing 325,000 square feet (30,225 sq meters) of exhibition space, and allowed it to put an additional 12,000 works of art on display in 165 new rooms.

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