1. Garden of Happiness

    50

    Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and groans.  If people were universally cheerful, there wouldn’t be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is.  Cheerfulness, too, promotes health and morality.  Cheerful people live longest here on earth, afterward in our hearts. ~ Author Unknown

  2. Earth teach me

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    Earth teach me stillness
    as the grasses are stilled with light.
    Earth teach me suffering
    as the old stones suffer with memory.
    Earth teach me humility
    as blossoms are humble with beginning.
    Earth teach me caring
    as the mother who sucures her young.
    Earth teach me courage
    as the tree which stands all alone.
    Earth teach me limitation
    as the ant which crawls on the ground.
    Earth teach me freedom
    as the eagle which soars in the sky.
    Earth teach me resignation
    as the leaves which die in the fall.
    Earth teach me geneneration
    as the seed which rises in the spring.
    Earth teach me to forget myself
    as melted snow forgets its life.
    Earth teach me to remember kindness
    as dry fields weep with rain.

    ~UTE Prayer

     

  3. Be the kind of person you Admire and Respect

    38

    You cannot change the world,
    But you can present the world with
    one improved person – Yourself.
    You can go to work on yourself to make yourself
    Into the kind of person you admire and respect.
    You can become a role model and set a standard for others.
    You can control and discipline yourself to resist acting
    Or speaking in a negative way
    Toward anyone for any reason.
    You can insist upon always doing things the loving way,
    Rather than the hurtful way.
    By doing these things each day,
    You can continue on your journey
    Toward becoming an exceptional human being.

    Poem title: Change Your World
    Written by Brian Tracy

  4. If it is truthful and helpful

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    If it is not truthful and not helpful, don’t say it.
    If it is truthful and not helpful, don’t say it.
    If it is not truthful yet helpful, don’t say it.
    If it is truthful and helpful, wait for the right time.

    ~ Buddha

  5. Yourself

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    Love yourself and watch –
    Today, tomorrow, always.

    First establish yourself in the way,
    Then teach,
    And so defeat sorrow.

    To straighten the crooked
    You must first be a harder thing –
    Straighten yourself.

    You are the only master.
    Who else?
    Subdue yourself,
    And discover your master.

    Willfully you have fed
    Your own mischief.
    Soon it will crush you.

    By your own folly
    You will be brought as low
    As your worst enemy wishes.
    So the creeper chokes the tree.

    How hard it is to serve yourself,
    How easy to lose yourself
    In mischief and folly.

    The kashta reed dies when it bears fruit.
    So the fool,
    Scorning the teachings of the awakened,
    Spurning those who follow the law,
    Perishes when his folly flowers.

    Mischief is yours.
    Sorrow is yours.
    But virtue is also yours,
    And purity.

    You are the source
    Of all purity and impurity.

    No one purifies another.

    Never neglect your work
    For another’s,
    However great his need.

    Your work is to discover your work
    And then with all your heart
    To give yourself to it.

    ~The Dhamapada

     

  6. The Wonders of Life

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    Life is filled with suffering,
    but it is also filled with many wonders,
    like the blue sky, the sunshine,
    the eyes of a baby.
    To suffer is not enough.
    We must also be in touch
    with the wonders of life.
    They are within us and all around us,
    everywhere, any time.

    Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

     

  7. Beauty in the Forest

    50

    There is beauty in the forest
    When the trees are
    green and fair,
    There is beauty in the meadow
    When wild flowers
    scent the air,
    There is beauty in the sunlight
    And the soft blue beams above,
    Oh the world is full of beauty
    When the heart is full of love.

    ~Author Unknown

     

  8. Serenity – Peace amid the Storm

    36

    Morning by itself signifies a new beginning.
    So this morning start by forgiving yourself
    for all the mistakes you made yesterday
    and look forward to a promising day
    that lies ahead of you.
    Have a good morning!

    ~WishAFriend

  9. Human Mind and Ocean Waves

    83

    A human mind is like oceanic waves,
    sometimes calm, sometimes rough,
    and sometimes in a turmoil,
    just like the cyclonic bursts.

    Worries make a hell out of human life,
    triggering the mind’s painful nerves,
    just like the oceans waves,
    lashing widly at the sandy shores.

    A human mind is in a turmoil,
    when thoughts are not clear,
    just like the cyclonic waters,
    twirling and swirling out of control.

    But when a human mind is at peace and rest,
    it is just like the occean,
    with it’s calmness blessed.

    ~Suparna Subhash Pai, India

     


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