Your greatest power is to be… More loving, more courageous, more joyous, more friendly, more sensitive, more aware, more forgiving, more tolerant, more humble, more patient, more helpful. In essence, the power to be a better human being.
I was with some community leaders the other day who were disappointed that there were not more of our community’s top leaders volunteering. I suggested that we should focus on the non-leaders when we look for good people. Some of the smartest people with the kindest hearts and willing hands are too often overlooked.
For me I have had more pleasant and positive experiences with those who are overlooked then many of the well-known and many because they are humble and don’t like to bask in the spotlight. I have learned there is a lot to be said for “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” I think it is also true that there is much beauty to see if you just look.
I just love the people I meet while volunteering, working with the Salvation Army and our cities leading senior organization. I have found that the world is full of potential friends but we must be ready to acquire them. So my friends please don’t overlook the humble for that is where some of the best of the best are found.
Here is a piece by Ralph Marston that I really like, I hope you will also.
When you can get free from the demands of your ego, you also free yourself from most of your self-imposed limitations. In practicing genuine humility, you will find enormous power.
Get beyond the desire to control others, and you vastly improve your ability to control your own actions. Let go of the need to be right, and you open yourself to experience new truth.
Get free of the need to blame, and your own sense of responsibility grows stronger. Stop seeking to place judgments on others, and you’re free to powerfully improve your own actions.
Give up the thought that you’re better than everyone else, and a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you. Stop seeking unfair advantage, and you’re free to develop an unstoppable effectiveness.
Quit demanding the most and start expecting the best. You’ll experience a level of true abundance that you never before could have imagined.
Live each moment with humility, love, respect and gratitude for the whole of life that surrounds you. And you will find a treasure that has no end.
Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
Kids statements that are a little … off track:
* God bless America Thru the night with a light from a bulb!
* 0 Susanna, 0 don’t you cry for me, For I come from Alabama with a band-aid on my knee!
* Give us this day our deli bread! Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Whole East Coast.
* We shall come to Joyce’s, bringing in the cheese.
* Gladly, the consecrated, cross-eyed bear.
* He carrots for you.
* Yield Not to Penn Station.
* Dust Around the Throne.
* Praise God From whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures, HERE WE GO
* Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names.
* While shepherds washed their socks by night
* He socked me and boxed me with His redeeming glove.
A smart husband buys his wife very fine china so she won’t trust him to wash it.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE OVER THE HILL WHEN…
You’re sitting on a park bench and a Boy Scout comes up and helps you cross your legs.
You keep repeating yourself.
Your Insurance Company has started sending you their free calendar…a month at a time.
At cafeterias, you complain that the gelatin is too tough.
Conversations with people your own age often turn into “dueling ailments.”
You keep repeating yourself.
It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump.
You run out of breath walking DOWN a flight of stairs.
You look both ways before crossing a room.
You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity.
You find your mouth making promises your body can’t keep.
You start beating everyone else at trivia games.
You frequently find yourself telling people what a loaf of bread USED to cost.
Your back goes out more than you do.
You keep repeating yourself.
Cafeteria food starts tasting GOOD.
You realize that a stamp today costs more than a picture show did when you were growing up.
Many of us are at the “metallic age” – gold in our teeth, silver in our hair, and lead in our pants.
A rancher needs a bull to service his cows but needs to borrow the money from the bank. The banker who lent the money comes by a week later to see how his investment is doing. The farmer complains that the bull just eats grass and won’t even look at the cows. The banker suggests that a veterinarian have a look at the bull.
The next week the banker returns to see if the vet helped. The farmer looks very pleased.
“The bull has serviced all my cows, broke through the fence, and has serviced all my neighbor’s cows.”
“Wow,” says the banker, “what did the vet do to that bull?”
“Just gave him some pills,” replied the farmer.
“What kind of pills?” asked the banker.
“I don’t know,” says the farmer, “but they sort of taste like peppermint.”
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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