My friend's open book
Post on 16-Apr-2017
Sometimes it's hard to put into words how much our friends mean to us. Friends comfort us in our times of need, glorify our triumphs, comment on our work, celebrate our birthdays, laugh with us, forgive us and love us. Things change in life. Jobs and addresses may come and go but, if we're lucky, our friends stay with us throughout our lives, making each day better.* Friends are like a magnifying glass-they show us things we don't notice ourselves.* Friends are like reading glasses-they help us decipher the fine print.* Friends are like shiny mirrors-reflecting back to us how beautiful we really are.My SlideShare and Facebook friends are a heartfelt celebration of friendship. Over the years I have shared with them myriad stories, opinions, and thoughts,at times intellectual and personal other times comical and appealing. To them all, I dedicate this presentation. Because I needed photos to support my show the selection was limited. The text is my choice and does not reflect the individual in the slide.
Can you imagine what the world would be like if every person did something nice for another person everyday?People can be so consumed with selfishness and trying to take care of themselves.One of the wonderful benefits of helping others is that you feel great and also create a lot of good for yourself in the process.
Every successful and powerful person and leader harnessed the magic of belief, faith and commitment. They had positive energy, vision and purpose fueling them on to greatness. They took action until they succeeded.They were knocked down many times, but they got back up and moved forward every time.
When we choose acceptance, we can make the most of what we are given.Acceptance means changing yourself in order to adapt to hard realities.It frees us from a doomed struggle and allows us to conform mentally and spiritually to life events we have no power over, may not understand and cannot change.
Most people want to be safe and theres nothing wrong with that. But, when you box yourself and your life in too tight, you lose out on the best fun, opportunities, and other stuff that adds delicious spice to life when you allow it in.
In nature seeds are planted, soil is tended and the seeds are watered and laboured over long before the first shoots poke through the earth. An impatient gardener will want to dig down to the seeds and see whats going on beneath the surface. But if he gives into that desire, hell disturb the growth and possibly kill the sprouting seedlings. The wise gardener plants the seeds and has faith that they are growing out of sight in the darkness. While he patiently tends to weeds and waters the surface, the seeds will take root and grow into potatoes, a pear tree or whatever he has planted.
Its more than clear there are many times when we act out behaviours that, while seeming right to us at the time, are later found to be all wrong for us and everyone else unfortunate enough to have been caught up in our misguided choices. But how do such blunders take place, knowing that no one would consciously choose to defeat himself?The simple answer is that we dont see whats actually before us.
Most people spend their entire life imprisoned within the confines of their own thoughts. They never go beyond a narrow, mind-made, personalized sense of self that is conditioned by the past. In you, as in each human being, there is a dimension of consciousness far deeper than thought. It is the very essence of who you are. We may call it presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness. In the ancient teachings, it is the Christ within, or your Buddha nature.
A big thank you goes to Abhishek, Doina, Helga, Vanessa, Ali, Vili and Nancy for allowing me to use their personal photos.
Choice of music:- The London Philharmonic Orchestra Playing the Music of Pink Floyd (1995)Title piece: Us and Them