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The 12/19/13 Joy Jar

20 Dec

It is just a few days until Christmas and moi will be celebrating Christmas and reflecting upon the end of the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise. Aside from persistence and of course, gratitude – the purpose of the exercise; moi learned to spend time in reflection. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is slowing down to reflect.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

“It is necessary … for a man to go away by himself … to sit on a rock … and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?”
Carl Sandburg

“It is when you lose sight of yourself, that you lose your way. To keep your truth in sight you must keep yourself in sight and the world to you should be a mirror to reflect to you your image; the world should be a mirror that you reflect upon.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Even if you think you’re doing well and have it all figured out, there is a voice you will always inevitably hear at some point which nags at you and says “but wait…” Don’t ever dismiss it, listen to what it has to say. Life will never be close enough to perfect, and listening to that voice means stepping outside of yourself and considering your own wrongdoings and flaws.”
Ashly Lorenzana

“We’re so concerned with the idea of what we ought to be that we fail to take into account the things that make us who we really are.”
Nenia Campbell, Locked and Loaded

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
C. S. Lewis

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
John Quincy Adams

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley

It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.
Thomas Paine

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
John Locke

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
Peter Drucker

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
George Santayana

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
William Makepeace Thackeray

The 11/21/13 Joy Jar

22 Nov

We live in a very fractured world where politics just seems to be failing. It is helpful to step back and read the words of Thomas Paine. American History Central provides some facts:

Quick Facts About Thomas Paine
Born January 29, 1737, Thetford, Norfolk, England
Wrote, Case of the Officers of Excise, his earliest known prose composition and first important pamphlet, in 1772
Moved to Philadelphia in 1774
Became editor Pennsylvania Magazine in 1775
Wrote anti-slavery essay African Slavery in America in 1775
Published the pamphlet Common Sense in 1776
Enlisted in Continental Army in 1776
Published American Crisis I, the first of 16 American Crisis papers, in 1776. This work contains the famous line, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
Congress appointed Paine its Secretary to Committee on Foreign Affairs in 1777
Resigned as Foreign Affairs Secretary in 1779, as result of Silas Deane affair
Returned to Europe in 1787, dividing his time between England and France
Published part one of the Rights of Man, his reply to Edmund Burke’s denunciation of the French Revolution, in 1791
Published part two of the Rights of Man in 1792
Condemned for his radical views, Paine was declared an outlaw and forced to leave England in 1792
Became a French citizen and was elected as a member of the National Assembly in France, in 1792
Helped write the Constitution of the Republic of France in 1792
Published part one of The Age of Reason in 1793
Imprisoned by Jacobins in 1793, during the Reign of Terror, for his moderate views regarding the treatment of Louis XVI
Released from eleven-month imprisonment in 1793, with the help of James Monroe, the U.S. Ambassador to France
Published part two of The Age of Reason in 1795…
http://www.americanhistorycentral.com/entry.php?rec=472&view=quick-facts

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine

Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property… Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
Thomas Paine

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine

The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
Thomas Paine

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
Thomas Paine

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.
Thomas Paine

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Thomas Paine

Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.
Thomas Paine

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
Thomas Paine

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine

Those who want to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it.
Thomas Paine

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.
Thomas Paine

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Thomas Paine

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon.
Thomas Paine

These are the times that try men’s souls.
Thomas Paine
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_paine.html#LHxm5jWjqFFousJd.99

The 10/08/13 Joy Jar

8 Oct

You either have principles and follow them or you don’t. Now, is that hard?

Abortion Vote Exposes Rift at a Catholic University
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/0…
Loyola Marymount trustees are deciding whether to remove abortion coverage from insurance plans, but the vote has become a battle over how Catholic a Catholic university should be.

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are principles.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Stephen Covey

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
Margaret Thatcher

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
Thomas S. Monson

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
Plato

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
Victor Hugo

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
Albert Camus

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

I think Bible principles are principles for life.
Joel Osteen

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
John Quincy Adams

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Charles R. Swindoll

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
Jawaharlal Nehru

The 05/25/13 Joy Jar

25 May

 

The Memorial Day Weekend should give folk the opportunity to reflect on the bravery of our men and women in the military. It is this bravery that allows us to enjoy the freedoms many of us take for granted. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the bravery of our men and women in the military.

Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it… You take diplomacy out of war, and the thing would fall flat in a week.
Will Rogers

America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.
Allen Boyd

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
Sun Tzu

When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
Euripides

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The 05/10/13 Joy Jar

9 May

Some of the most intolerant folk are those who are attempting to persuade others to their particular view or cause. Many folk simply want to make others carbon copies of them. Apparently, deviation from their ideas makes them insecure, they don’t feel that they have been ‘accepted’ whatever that means. The Macmillan Dictionary defines tolerance:

the attitude of someone who is willing to accept someone elses beliefs, way of life, etc. without criticizing them even if they disagree with them

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is true tolerance.

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”
Albert Einstein

It’s an universal law– intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”
Paulo Coelho,
Warrior of the Light

Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.”
Timothy Keller

If I do not believe as you believe, it proves that you do not believe as I believe, and that is all that it proves.”
Thomas Paine

In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
Dorothy L. Sayers