# 189:

Spiritual growth requires honesty
in every action, in every word spoken,
and, most importantly, in every thought.



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# 253:

Why?
Because God allows everything.
That’s why.



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# 198:

One must resist the slumber
induced by a false sense of permanence.



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# 183:

Is reason superior to emotion?
It depends.
Which would you prefer:
to think about love, or to feel love?



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# 151:

How to stay out of trouble: Wait!


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# 154:

If you ever get everything you want,
you will become a slave to prosperity.



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Afterlife


The first tribunal was with the chickens.

“According to our records,” the chief justice rooster announced in a loud, screeching voice, assuring he would be heard all the way back to the very last row of the cavernous courtroom, packed with clucking hens and muttering roosters of all kinds and colors.

“According to our records, during your lifetime, you have eaten," he paused with grave solemnity, "the equivalent of 8,693 chickens,” he declared, pointing his beak menacingly at me, his wattles inflated with indignation.

I shivered at the totality of it all.

“The accused will stand before this court.”

I stood.

“Do you wish to make a statement before sentence is passed?”

“Yes,” I barely answered in tremulous voice.

“Proceed.”

Summoning up my courage, knowing there was little I could say that would alter my fate, I cleared my throat, took a deep breath, and at the top of my voice cried out:

“Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!”



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# 172:

The best teachers do not try to change us,
they help us unlock what is already within.



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# 194:

Do not cloud what is real
and unexplainable
with rational pretense.



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# 190:

The friendliest, most kindhearted people
are those most without fear,
especially fear of themselves.



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# 195:

Instead of arguing,
learn what your adversary thinks and why.



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# 175:

If I didn't know what I know now
I wouldn't know what I know now.
But I know now what
I didn't know when
I didn't know what I know now.


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I've Been Busy!


Brian Williams and I were recently embedded in Afghanistan but we got separated from our military escort and were lost for a week at the Kandahar International Airport, living on vending machine candy and coffee.

Then, in the middle of the night, the ghost of Robert Frost suddenly appeared on a luggage carousel, enshrouded in a glowing blue-white mist. He spoke to us:

"Whose woods these are I think I know, his house is in the village though," pointing toward the northeast quadrant of the airport. At first I had no idea what this meant, but he kept repeating the phrase in a louder and louder voice: "His house is in the village though," until at last, almost shouting he said:


"HIS HOUSE IS IN THE VILLAGE YOU DUMMY!"

This final outburst awakened Brian and between the two of us we realized Frost was directing us to a part of the airport that would facilitate our escape.

By early morning we'd made our way northeast where we finally encountered the ticket counter. We were a bit embarrassed that we hadn't thought of this before, but wrote it off to battle fatigue. Brian tried to charge our tickets on his NBC Visa card, but for some reason his account had been closed, and so I sprung for the airfare. At least they gave me an Auto Club discount.



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# 144:

There is no “best” way to satisfy hunger,
with food or religion.



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# 205:

Earth is the place for making mistakes,
the place of learning,
especially,
learning to forgive.



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# 252:

A prayer is an articulation of the soul.


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# 173:

Embrace your sadness,
for the wound must be treated
in order to heal.



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# 143:

We have a moral obligation to embrace joy,
to be as happy as possible.



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Blackjack




Poor old Blackjack,
Battered with one eye swollen shut,
He comes to my back door and cries for food
But he hurts too much to eat.

He cries to bring me out,
To hear the sympathetic sound of my voice,
To feel the rush of warm air from the open door
Against the stiff chill of early morning.

He comes close to the open door
But will not go in.
Some distant memory of being a kitten,
A house cat,
Pulls him to this place of food,
This place of sanctuary from the larger world,
The more dangerous world
He is now too wild to escape.



~ by Russ Allison Loar
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# 152:

Everyone is no one at all.


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# 161:

May we live up to the wisest words we speak.


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# 182:

Enlightenment is not a destination,
it’s a beginning.



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# 202:

Perhaps another word for God is Being,
Something whole
In which we have individual parts,
But still always part of the whole.



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Mindings