September 30, 2021
From serenity comes gentleness, comes lasting strength.
I have met hundreds of folks over the years and liked those who rolled with the punches while staying calm. These were the people who are so in control of their lives that they handle pitfalls with grace. Too many of us let too many things bother us excessively.
Things are so much easier to handle if we have learned how to achieve serenity. Here is an article on the value of staying calm.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.
A person becomes calm in the measure that one understands themselves as a thought evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as one develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, one ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.
The calm person, having learned how to govern themselves, knows how to adapt themselves to others; and they, in turn, reverence their spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of them and rely upon them. The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence, their power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find their business prosperity increase as one develops a greater self control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a person whose demeanor is strongly equable.
The strong, calm person is always loved and revered. They are like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the eternal calm!
How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control flow few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!
Written by James Allen
When completely relaxed, we experience the essence of our being, the deep silence that knows everything as it is.
The junior executive had been complaining to his wife of aches and pains. Neither one could account for his trouble. Arriving home from work one night, he informed her, “I finally discovered why I’ve been feeling so miserable. We got some ultra-modern office furniture two weeks ago and I just learned today that I’ve been sitting in the wastebasket.”
Seen on a headstone in a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
The children of Israel wanted bread,
And the Lord sent them manna.
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
A lawyer had successfully handled a difficult law case for a wealthy friend. Following the happy outcome of the case, the friend and client called on the lawyer, expressed his appreciation of his work and handed him a handsome Moroccan leather wallet.
The lawyer looked at the wallet in astonishment and handed it back with a sharp reminder that a wallet could not possible compensate him for his services. “My fee for that work, ” acidly snapped the attorney, “is five hundred dollars.” The client opened the wallet, removed a one-thousand dollar bill, replaced it with a five-hundred dollar bill and handed it back to the lawyer with a smile.
“Happy laughter and family voices in the home will keep more kids off the streets at night than the strictest curfew.”
At age 4 success is . . . . not peeing in your pants.
At age 12 success is . . . having friends.
At age 16 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 20 success is . . . having sex.
At age 35 success is . . . having money.
At age 50 success is . . . having money.
At age 60 success is . . . having sex.
At age 70 success is . . . having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is . . . having friends.
At age 80 success is . . . not peeing in your pants.
She said, my mother is a typical Jewish mother. Once she was onJury duty…
They sent her home. She insisted SHE was guilty.
What the Store-employees really mean…
1. “Can I help you get a size?”
Don’t touch that, I just spent an hour folding it and I don’t need your hands messing it up again.
2. “Do you need help with anything?”
Quick, my manager is coming around the corner and I need to look busy.
3. “Welcome to <<Store Name Here>>”
Good, another customer to mess up my entire store just to buy a pair of socks.
4. “Have a nice day!”
Now that you ruined mine
5. “Thank you for shopping at <<Store Name Here>>”
Thanks for emptying your wallet with us!
6. “Do you need a shopping cart to help you carry your items?”
The more you can carry, the more you can buy!
7. “I love your shirt! Where did you get it?”
Your shirt is much nicer than the clothes we sell here, why are you even shopping here?
8. “Can I help you get something down?”
I’ll get a ladder and put it up for you since this other nice customer put in the absolute wrong place.
9. “Don’t worry about folding it, I can do it”
You would just mess it up again if you folded it.
10. “No, we don’t have any more in the back”
I just don’t want to check
When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.
Roy T. Bennett
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