A 2011 project: adopt a phrase and go for it

Lives based on having are less free than lives based on either being or doing.  If you don’t know what port you’re sailing to, no wind is favorable.  It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness can only be expected from the strong.  We don’t’ seek things as they are; we seek things as we are.  When I let go of what I am I become what I might be.  If you don’t create your reality, your reality will create you.  Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned you will find you cannot eat your money.  There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.  If you don’t know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else.  When you come to a fork in the road, take it.  There is no wealth but life.  Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.  We must become the change we want to see.  The workplace should primarily be an incubator for the human spirit.  If what you’ve done yesterday looks big to you, then you haven’t done much today.  I’ve never seen a luggage rack on a hearse.  There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.  Think how many great things have been done in life by people not aware they weren’t possible.  He knows most who says he knows least.  A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.  At the feast of ego everyone leaves hungry. 

Not sure of the sources of all these quotes, but as the year becomes history and the New Year is yet to be born, EACH of these merits thoughts and a wonderment, Does one connect to me particularly?

What’s interesting to me, as Diane read these quotes from a business journal, in almost every sentence, I can think of at least some people.  That’s only to mention that each of us is our own individual self.  [That was declared once by my son, Andrew, when he had a protest to contined piano lessons—shooting basketballs had more promise…and now that he’s coaching college basketball teams at Schreiner College and not receiving applauding endorsement at a piano recital at Carnegie Hall, that seemed to be a good self-discovery/affirmation!]

So, what is the dream…for each of us…the vision, the hope, the expectation? 

I’m figuring that what is to be is not unrelated to what has been…although there may be some shifts and adjustments, how life unfolds is mostly the result of our attitude, our passion and the ways in which we can answer the question, “In what way can you get stronger?”  [I prefer that to the query, “What are your weaknesses?”]

I’m saving the first paragraph.  Others who read this may want to do the same.  Why?  Look at it this way:  it might work if we each took one of the first-paragraph-affirmations and adopted it…and be like one family I learned about yesterday…

To go into the New Year, and this is a first-time act for them, they sat down and each wrote on a piece of paper what they hoped to learn and accomplish in 2011, sealed it in an individual envelope.  They will be opened a year from now on New Year’s Eve.  A great idea.

So, about to wave farewell to 2010 and nod in greeting to 2011. 

Walk well and safely…for each of us…and see how our lives cannot be focused on how much we have…but on how much we can give…of our energy and our caring and our resilience and of ourselves, resolutely…


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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