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you try to make your circle closed and
exclusively yours, it never grows very much.
Only a circle that has lots of room for anybody who
needs it has enough spare space to hold any real magic."
~ Zilpha Keatley Snyder, American Children's Writer (1927-
by Chris in Denver, Colorado)
March 29, 2004
"Time in a Bottle"
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From the Inside Out...
Never Too Late
Yes You Can!...
Heal Your Heart
Splendor in the Mist
Links That Shine...
Can You Spell
Laughing It Off...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
A Howling Success
Our Latest Discovery...
The Magic of Intention
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a final speech in a Dale Carnegie seminar several years ago, these
unexpected words emerged from my surprised lips: "While I've
always considered myself a major risk taker, I now realize that
I've never, ever risked ME. People would approach me cautiously
because of my daunting protective wall. Today, I'm choosing to remove
that barrier and open my heart." Since that moment of choice,
my life has blossomed beautifully.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
NEVER TOO LATE
long time ago, in a far away land, lived a princess of great beauty
and charm, but apparently little else. She would spend endless hours
admiring herself in the mirror and never ventured far from home
to experience the broader aspects of life. She was preparing herself,
she believed, for that special suitor that was to come along and
sweep her off her feet.
other princesses knew this about her and had grown weary of her
endless chatter on the subject. They too wished for a proper suitor
to arrive, but they never feared venturing out into the world while
they waited. Since there was no need for them to engage in formal
work, they took it upon themselves to help those persons in need
with whatever services they could provide. A poor street beggar
would receive some scraps of food. A lost or orphaned child would
be taken to a special home. Elderly people of all types were aided
with their needs.
for others was at times difficult work, but these young women had
become accustomed to it and they rarely complained. They used to
invite their friend Isabelle, the reclusive one who lived in front
of the mirror, but she consistently declined to take part so they
stopped inviting her altogether.
day, a fine young man arrived in the village, in search of his father
whom he had not seen in a very long time. As Andrew scoured the
town looking for his father, he came upon the contingent of princesses
and asked for their help. Evelyn, the eldest of the group, stepped
forward and informed him that his father had already passed on.
Andrew was depressed. His life had become so busy that he failed
to come around when he should have and ultimately missed that final
opportunity to mend the relationship with his father.
young women took him to the burial site and left him. "Oh father,"
he began, "I am so sorry I missed you. I am so sorry I did
not come earlier. I guess I was just afraid to. I always wanted
to tell you that I loved you, but the timing never seemed right,
and neither of us was all that comfortable with that kind of talk.
So I kept putting it off and here I am now, regretting it."
then an angel descended upon the scene. She said to Andrew: "My
task is to escort Souls back to the Eternal. Your father was one
of those Souls I helped guide this past year. As the time came for
the two of us to move on, his demeanor changed, for now he realized
you would not arrive on time. I promised that I would return here,
to his grave site, on the day you did arrive, and bring his final
message to you."
dear son," she began, "I regret not seeing you in my final
hours. I was hoping you would arrive before I passed on but I couldn't
hold on any longer. I fixed my gaze on the heavens and asked to
be taken up. My body was too weakened to carry on. To that final
breath I would have cherished a few more moments with you but I
knew you had things to do. So with my angel friend here, I arranged
for this message to be delivered.
hope you are well and I do wish you to know that I always loved
you. I could have told you more often, but that wasn't me, awkward
and shy to the end. I know you needed to hear such words, but I
was too old to learn another way. However, I can say it now, rather
easily it seems. I hope you will accept that these words are from
angel departed and Andrew headed back to the village. There he encountered
Evelyn and the other princesses and they described his father's
final days, saying they were all pleased to have known him. They
had one regret; that they could never get their fellow princess,
Isabelle, involved so that she too could have known such a fine
man. "Isabelle sounds a lot like me," Andrew suggested,
"isolated, alone and wrapped up in herself." The princesses
agreed that there were some similarities, but added that Isabelle
was still waiting for her fantasies to occur, while Andrew had finally
come to his senses.
Andrew wondered what he might do next, he made the decision to stay
for a few days. Would the young princesses mind if he joined them
on their rounds? Perhaps by helping some of the other elderly citizens
could he get a taste of his father's final days? He knew for certain
that he did not want to wind up like Isabelle, who, he could now
accept, was more like what he used to be. He would no longer be
so wrapped up in the world of affairs or appearances, nor would
he wait for some special person to come along to make his life whole.
Rather, he would get involved in life by mixing with the people
already around him.
was about to learn a number of lessons that would be valuable to
his new life. He would learn that moving closer to others helps
one come closer to their true self. It is by risking oneself in
such closeness that one truly finds the meaning and value of Love.
Such love cannot be found in a mirror or in some vast array of accomplishments.
This Love, and its inherent meaning for Life, simply lies in the
hearts and souls of those nearest to you and in your willingness
to share your heart and soul in return.
true nature of Love is one of "extension." It is through
"extension" that this Love grows. Andrew's heart was about
to expand beyond boundaries he had previously held on to. He would
know for himself the true nature of this Cosmic Love and for that
he felt grateful.
from "Parables on Grief & Loss"
Counselling Psychology, Practicing Therapist for 25 Years
Yes You Can!
HEAL YOUR HEART
all experience severe heartbreak at some time in our lives. For
many it happens in childhood or adolescence, the time when we are
most vulnerable. A cold mother, an absent father, being different
in any way from our peers and ostracized for it
these are some of the reasons for the early feeling that something
is wrong, inadequate and utterly disappointing about us. For others,
it happens later, when a spouse betrays our love and trust, a child
is hurt, or our dream of making it big in the world is shattered.
happens sooner or later to everybody, yet strangely
enough, we tend to believe that other people have heaps of money,
great careers, excellent health, and are blessed with devoted spouses
and perfect children. Even if common sense tells us that this isn´t
true, we behave as if it were. We hide behind our painted faces
and empty phrases, as if our wounded heart was a rare, shameful
thing that had to be hidden at all costs. Even if we are the light
of every party, our real self never shows up. We withdraw and disconnect
while telling pretty lies in appearance, word and deed. Thus our
hearts shrink and harden, and we live lonesome, inauthentic lives
deep within the fortress we have built from pride and fear.
this point on, two things can happen: either we become depressed
or cynical enough to believe that staying in this barren place and
turning into dust is our only option, or we listen to the cries
of our exiled hearts and become seekers.
let´s start the search for our true selves. In the following
imaginative exercise, you will begin to restore the lost connection
to your heart. You may feel some resistance reading these words.
Won´t this lead to an emotional breakdown, or to an eruption
of pain and anger? It depends on your intention.
you want to explore your childhood or other severe emotional trauma,
there are medical and psychological professionals who are trained
to guide you through that sensitive process. What we want to achieve
here is to find and free our spiritual hearts.
is the heart, and there is the true heart. There is our "pink"
heart, and there is our "golden" heart. There is our low
heart, and there is our high heart. Qualities of the low heart:
Passion, Extremes, Volatility, Attachment, Emotion. Qualities
of the high heart: Compassion, Balance, Patience, Unity, Spirit,
our intention is to connect to the high, the spiritual heart. This
may happen instantly, at the first try. If it does, it is a profound,
awe-inspiring experience, and you will recognize the level of truth
instantly. You will realize that there is, behind your physically
sick or emotionally broken heart, a heart that is completely whole
and strong and wise. However, establishing this pathway could be
a much longer process.
might connect to "pieces" of your heart at a time. Perhaps
you will first experience an acute awareness of your heart´s
imprisonment, or your inner space may remain silent for a while.
Take it easy. Whatever happens is just the right thing to happen
to you at this point.
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART:
or lie down comfortably, making sure you will not be disturbed.
Close your eyes. Breathe. Relax. If relaxation does not come easily
to you, visualize a thick, golden liquid pooling in your head. Slowly,
slowly, like molasses, it flows down into your whole body, making
it slack and heavy.
you feel relaxed, shift your attention to your chest. Imagine breathing
through your chest. In-out. In-out. In-out. Do this as long as you
want to. When you are ready, focus your attention gently on your
heart. Your high heart, your true heart, your spiritual heart. Now,
and possibly for the first time, greet your true heart. Express
your gratitude for its continuous, life giving service, its protection
you have established a connection, you might want to ask questions.
Then be quiet and listen. Listen to the voice of your heart. This
voice might express itself in words, in feelings, in images, in
sounds, or just as a "knowing". Learning to recognize
the unique voice of your heart may take time, so relax if you can´t
"get it right" at first.
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Laughing It Off
come you never hear about gruntled employees? (Like 'professional'
dam builders who REALLY love their work.)
bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train
stops.. On my desk I have a work station...
believe five out of four people have trouble with fractions.
don't have a solution, but I admire your problem.
a tin whistle is made out of tin (and it is), then what, exactly,
is a fog horn made out of?
who stopped the payment on my reality check?
believe the only time the world beats a path to my door is when
I'm in the bathroom.
WAS the best thing before sliced bread?
it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as
cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?
do banks charge you a "non-sufficient funds fee" on money
they already know you don't have?
is a carrot more orange than an orange?
are there 5 syllables in the word "monosyllabic"?
do they call it the Department of Interior when they are in charge
of everything outdoors?
a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell
him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it.
come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked
when someone threw a gun at him?
"con" is the opposite of "pro," then what is
the opposite of progress?
is lemon juice mostly artificial ingredients but dishwashing liquid
contains real lemons?
do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?
boneless chicken considered to be an invertebrate?
they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
the Little Mermaid wear an algebra?
happens when none of your bees wax?
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Untangling the Web
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is like music, art, sports or any other discipline it can
only be mastered with practice, training, and lots and lots of
encouragement. That is exactly what PartnersInKindness.org
is trying to promote. The following insightful list appeared recently
in their "Kind Words" email (distributed weekly to over
7,000 subscribers around the world), printed with permission of
Shaar Press from Zelig Pliskin's book: Kindness:
Making a Difference in People's Lives: Formulas, stories, and
"DONT be obsessed with the people you cant help.
Focus on the people you can. You are a mortal. You, like everyone
else, are limited. Obsessing about what you cant do prevents
you from thinking about things you can do.
"DONT let the lack of kindness and giving of others
influence you to stop helping and giving. Some people feel resentful,
Other people arent helping. Why should I? We
learn from role models. Learn from those who are kind, not from
those who arent.
"DONT keep trying to help someone who truly doesnt
want your help. Some people are very independent. They could gain
from accepting your help. But their need to be on their own is
stronger than their wish for your help. Be aware that some people
really want your help but are embarrassed about it. If you feel
that is the situation, try to say things to put the person at
"DONT give up too soon. Some people might think that
you really wont be able to help them so they initially tell
you not to bother. If you dont give up, both you and the
other person will see that he will gain much more than he thought.
"DONT complain that other people keep asking you to
do things for them. If others come to you for help, its
an expression that they believe you are a kind person. You might
not be able to meet other peoples needs right now, but by
being aware of their needs, you might think of a creative solution.
"DONT tell anyone, I had to go without this for
a long time. So you also can go without it. Other people
have a right to something even if you didnt always have
it. If you dont want to help someone, just say a polite,
"DONT be hurt if a selfish person complains that you
are selfish. Some selfish people try to manipulate giving people
by telling them they are selfish. Perhaps you are being selfish.
Then again, perhaps not. You might want to ask objective outsiders
for their opinion.
"DONT be naïve. Dont believe every story
you hear. If a story seems questionable, check it out. If you
have good reason to believe that someone is lying to you, perhaps
he is. But be very careful. Someones sad story might not
at first seem true, but it could very well be that it is. A person
who loves kindness would rather err on the possibility of helping
someone who doesnt need it rather than not helping someone
"DONT say things that might cause someone to feel badly
when you help him. Some people might say things such as, This
is so difficult for me to do. I dont know why I agreed to
do this for you. Or, This is the last time Ill
commit myself to do this for anyone.
"DONT embarrass someone when you do something for him.
Be careful not to say or do anything in the presence of others
that would cause distress to the person you are trying to help."
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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