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PARADOX OF OUR TIMES

This was authored by a teacher in Colorado who was inspired after the horrible shooting at the Littleton High School.

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The Colorado Teacher wrote:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have 

taller buildings, but shorter tempers;

wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints;

we spend more, but have less; 

we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; 

more conveniences, but less time;

we have more degrees, but less sense;

more knowledge, but less judgment;

more experts, but more problems;

more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much,

spend too recklessly, laugh too little,

drive too fast, get too angry too quickly,

stay up too late, get up too tired,

read too little, watch TV too much, 

and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life;

We’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing

the street to meet the new neighbor.

We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space;

We’ve done larger things, but not better things;

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less;

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait;

We have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We have more food, but less appeasement;

We build more computers to hold more information to

produce more copies than ever, but have less communication;

We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion;

tall men, and short character; 

steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare;

more leisure, but less fun; 

more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce;

of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, 

throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies,

and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and

nothing in the stockroom; 

a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and 

a time when you can choose either to make a difference,

or to just ignore.

~jinjersam~

*credit to the owner/s… just sharing this email to everyone*

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THE KNOTS OF PRAYER

Dear God,
please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots, and
might nots that find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the am nots
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.

Amen.

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO

 

There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.” 

~~ Nikki Giovanni

SICKNESS IS THE MEANS …

 

“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.” 

~~ Rainer Maria Rilke