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Life is a garden

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is een tuin

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Life isn’t a race

Hortus Closus

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Painting by Xie Chu Yu

Life is a garden,
A beautiful summer, but
Winter without spring.

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Life isn’t a race

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is geen race

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Life is a strange loop

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Life is a garden

Hortus Closus

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Life isn’t a race,
It is not a competition
It’s a  long travel.

We are heading to nowhere,
Through the mist of nothingness

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Life is a strange loop

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het leven is een vreemde lus

Hortus Closus

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Art by Vinzdream2006

Life is a Strange Loop.
You came from nothingness
You go back to nothingness
A travel through emptiness.

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In these days of concern regarding the depletion of the worlds energy

In these days of concern regarding the depletion of the world’s energy
it is worthy of note that ignorance is a renewable resource.
~ Contributed by Phil

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: In deze dagen van bezorgdheid over de uitputting van de energie van de wereld

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If you bring forth what is within you

“If you bring forth what is within you,
what is within you will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you,
what is within you will destroy you.”
~ as said by Jesus Christ – From the TED Talk by Leon Berg: “The Power of Listening: An Ancient Practice for Our Future.”

Discussion: The Therapeutic Power of Listening and Speaking

About a listening workout: speaking and listening from the heart.

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation’s Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years. In 2001, he went to Israel to seed the practice of Council among Israeli Jews and Arabs, co-founding the Israeli non-profit organization Ma’agal Hakshava (Listening Circles). Leon has returned to Israel many times since then to conduct Council trainings and lead a variety of coexistence programs. In 2008 Leon and his partner, Glori Zeltzer, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, began to teach their relationship workshops, Tools For Togetherness, to couples seeking to enrich and/or heal their relationships. They now teach the practices to couples in the US and abroad. For more information visit http://tools-for-togetherness.com

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Truth is the daughter of time

Architect Daniel Libeskind, who was born in Lodz, Poland after World War II,
in a recent interview with arts editor Diane M. Bolz about an exhibition
he designed marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, said

“Truth is the daughter of time,”

“You can try to manipulate truth. You can try to suppress it,
but, in the long run, truth always comes out.”

Dutch version / Nederlandse vertaling: Waarheid is de dochter van de tijd

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Machiavelli

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Machiavelli taught me that you never worry about the bubble you live in, you work in. If you are only worried about the six inches before your face, you have no concern about your hindsight and you definitely have no foresight for the pitfalls before you. If you’ve ever read The Prince you understand that the politics of the mind are far greater than the politics of the moment. Controlling yourself and your outcome is the only way to truly control your future. That’s the only way to really dispel the fog of war.

-OM

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A grove of giant redwood…..

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“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept
just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

~ Image, Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) by Ed Post
Text & image source: The Garden Of Pensiveness https://www.facebook.com/The-Garden-Of-Pensiveness-367268523352486/

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2020 presents itself as a new year and a new decade

Every year when one year comes to an end and a new one presents itself people remind themself to reflect on the past year and take stock. It allows them to review their goals for the year and ask themself a few questions.

‘How am I doing? Who am I becoming? If I stay on this present track, will I accomplish my goals?

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It is also the time to reflect on how we could cope with situations but also with other people. We take a look at our relationships and analyse them. You could ask:

Am I an asset? Do I add to the lives around me?  Am I ‘swift to hear, slow to speak’?

A new year allows time to flash back and gives people an inkling of the changes they may need to make in the future.

How many put into practice the plans that will ensure their goals are accomplished?

When you look at people, how many do not continue on the very same path, even when they made so many nice promises at the change of year.

Perhaps it will not be bad to not only set some goals but also to take certain steps in order to claim victory.

It would not be bad to Write down the goals and to place them in a very visible place.

It also would not be bad to speak about your desires and goals with the Most High Elohim. Surrender them to The Almighty God, allowing Him to do the best for us.

Make a commitment to the goals before the Lord and to an accountability partner. Most often when we expressed our intentions at the beginning of the year, later on we do not repeat them to others. Often we forget them ourself. By not remembering what we promised or by not thinking of those promises we give ourself a way out. Everyday we have to cope with other confrontations and as such life is not always as easy as we would love it to be. On the days, when we don’t feel like going on; when we want to give up, then it is a good moment to be reminded of the reasons we chose those goals at the beginning of the year in the first place.  We want to be encouraged to keep reaching toward that prize.  At such moments of discouragements prayer should be the first on your doorstep to welcome.

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a Vision of fierce idealism in a broken world

Leo Tolstoy.Leo Tolstoy knew plenty about the rank injustice, evil, and sheer brutishness that have dominated the world throughout history. He’d witnessed a public execution in Paris and had lived through the European revolutions of 1848, as well as the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, followed by the ultra-repressive regime of Alexander III.

By the end of the century, Tolstoy was reading daily newspaper reports about workers’ riots, bloody bombings by revolutionary terrorists, religious persecution, and pogroms.

And what counts is this:

Having lived through all of that, he never lost his faith in the possibility of goodness, of human promise.

In his seventies, Tolstoy asked to be buried on the spot where, as a boy, he and his brother Nikolai had discovered a little green stick — a stick on which they believed was inscribed the secret to universal happiness.

“And just as I believed then, that there is a little green stick, on which is written the secret that will destroy all evil in people, and give them great blessings,”

Tolstoy wrote in his Recollections (1902),

“so now I believe that such a truth exists and that it will be revealed to people and will give them what it promises.”

Tolstoy - War and Peace - first edition, 1869.jpgIn War and Peace, one of Tolstoy’s finest literary achievements, no character embodies the spirit of idealism more than Pierre Bezukhov, the big-hearted, bespectacled Russian count who at the beginning of the novel inherits the largest fortune in Russia. After that, he enters into a disastrous marriage, becomes a leading Freemason before growing disillusioned with its politics, botches his attempts to free the peasants on his estate, and eventually winds up as a French prisoner of war during Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia.

Then, just when he thinks things can’t possibly get worse, Pierre is brought before a firing squad. Prepared to die, he discovers, miraculously, that he has been escorted there only as a witness. Still, the sight of the blindfolded factory worker being shot in the head (which Pierre well realizes might just as easily have been him) is enough to shatter his every illusion he’s ever had about his own power, every ounce of his faith in

“the world’s good order, in humanity’s and his own soul, and in God.”

Yet he survives, both physically and spiritually, and emerges from captivity neither cynical nor bitter, but with a redoubled commitment to the ideals he has always believed in.

“I don’t say we should oppose this or that. We may be mistaken,”

He tells his wife after the war, upon returning from St. Petersburg, where Pierre has been trying to unite conservatives and liberals, who are at each other’s throats over the future direction of the country.

“What I say is: let’s join hands with those who love the good, and let there be one banner — active virtue.”

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