I’ve been busy cleaning out books, papers and clothes the last while. It always feels great to get rid of things that are not being used and are, hence, underappreciated. It is better to pass on such things to someone else who is able to appreciate them. Part of this process of cleaning involves looking through all the inspirational and/or humorous stories I’ve collected over the years. I’m pasting below one from an unknown author that I love. I trust you enjoy it too.

It was a cold day in December. A little boy about 10-years-old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway in New York City. He was barefoot, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the boy and said, “My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get a half dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with a towel.

By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she then purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?”

As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words: “Are you God’s wife?”

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We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin,

the second is knowing when to stop.

Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is one of favourite books. Every few years I pick it up again to reread. It’s a classic fable—poetic and meaningful. A beautiful story about the value and magic inherent in following our dreams.

The Zahir is completely different. It seems semi-autobiographical like many of Coelho’s other books. In fact, the author states in The Zahir that any writer can only write about themselves. I extrapolate this to mean we can only deeply share that which we’ve personally experienced.

I love the book. I personally enjoy Coelho’s openness about life as a best-selling author. And I’ve received much insight from his comments about expressing and releasing the past. Here are a couple of excerpts from The Zahir on that subject:

“How does one go about abandoning the story one was told?”

“By repeating it out loud in meticulous detail. And as we tell our story, we say goodbye to what we were and, as you’ll see if you try, we create space for a new, unseen world…”

 

“When I had nothing more to lose, I was given everything. When I ceased to be who I am, I found myself. When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny…”

Like Coelho, I believe in the value of sharing our stories. I also fully resonate with his words and feelings about the guidance we receive constantly if we allow it. The following words from the book beautifully summarize Coelho’s perspective regarding what I call synchronicity, what he calls signs:

I believe in signs. After I had walked the road to Santiago, everything had changed completely: what we need to learn is always there before us, we just have to look around us with respect and attention in order to discover where God is leading us and which step we should take next. I also learned a respect for mystery: as Einstein said, God does not play dice with the Universe, everything is interconnected and has a meaning. That meaning may remain hidden nearly all the time, but we always know we are close to our true mission on earth when what we are doing is touched with the energy of enthusiasm.

The Zahir is set in Paris and in the steppes of central Asia. I recommend the book for anyone interested in the modern human condition and for anyone interested in the art of relating to the one(s) you love. Next to  The Alchemist, this is my favourite Paulo Coelho offering. Read it. Once begun, you won’t want to put it down.

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I’ve decided to begin posting regularly (no promises on how regularly) short excerpts from a beautiful little book, The Quiet Mind: Sayings of White Eagle. I trust you derive as much inspiration from these words as I have. Here’s the first. These are in no particular order.

 

Loving Means Seeing Good

You must learn so to act, so to live each day, that you are naturally, at all times, a being of love. Love is not sentimentality. Love is seeing good, seeing God, recognizing the divine law of cause and effect working throughout all life. To love is to be tolerant towards all men, towards all the happenings of daily life; to be patient, thoughtful, kind and meek. All these qualities are contained in the one word—love.

For more on the White Eagle Lodge visit:

http://www.whiteagle.org/quiet_mind.htm

 

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One day, a boy says to his father, “Dad, will you run a marathon with me?” And his father says yes.

They run their first marathon together. Again, the son asks, “Dad, will you run a marathon with me?” And his father says, “Yes, my son.”

One day, the son asks his father, “Dad, will you run the Ironman with me?”

The Ironman is the most challenging triathlon there is: swimming for 4 km, biking for 180 km and running for 42 km.

And the father replies, “Yes.”

The story seems simple… Until you watch the video of the race…

 I highly recommend viewing this. When Lucia and I watched it the first time last night it brought tears to our eyes. When we watched it a second time it again brought tears to our eyes AND  the cookies in the oven burnt!

Enjoy,

John

John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life. 

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The following words are from the work of Alice Bailey and Djwhal Khul (the Tibetan). Repeat them daily. I say them while looking in the mirror early each morning. I have taken the liberty of adding ‘and daughters’ to the first line. You can choose to use that additon or not. May this world find peace.

Mantram of Unification

The sons (and daughters) of men are one & I am one with them.
I seek to love not hate. I seek to serve, not exact due service.
I seek to heal, not hurt.
Let pain bring just reward of light & love.
Let the soul control the outer form & life & all events
& bring to light the love which underlies the happenings of the time.
Let vision come and insight, let the future stand revealed.
Let inner union demonstrate & outer cleavages be gone.
Let love prevail. Let all men love.

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I’ve come to realise that any action without love is meaningless, empty and ultimately unfulfilling.

 

Love greases the wheels. It’s the lubricant that makes our actions flow. Ultimately we come to realise that it’s the power and presence behind (or within) what we call reality, but which isn’t real. Only love, and I’m not talking about romantic love here, is real.

 

Only love is real.

 

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I mentioned in a blog not long ago, Nature is My Balm, that my mother was dying. The service for her was today and I wrote the following words which were read out on my behalf by my brother-in-law. I know this is intensely personal, but I’ve decided to share this widely because ultimately we are all part of one big human family. The one certainty in life for each of us is that one day we will move on. I don’t see this as something to be saddened by. It is a time to celebrate the contribution each of us has made to this world and to wish each of us well on the next stage of the journey. May the following words have as much meaning to you as they’ve had for me and my family.

 

First, let me thank you all for being here to remember and to honour a beautiful woman, my mother, Audrey Haines. I know Mom would have appreciated…let me rephrase that. I know Mom appreciates the presence of each and every one of you. So do I.

 

What makes a woman like Audrey so special? It’s probably all the little things she did. Added up it becomes a big thing and a worthy contribution to creating a loving world.

 

I think my mother (and my father) gave a wonderful example of living out their dreams. After Dad’s early retirement from Bell Canada, they travelled each winter in their 5th wheel trailer, eventually finding a wonderful place outside of Tucson, Arizona to spend the colder months. They took up new crafts. Mom loved the connection she felt with Native American culture and she even made clay pots in the traditional way. She and Dad took over the reins of their hiking group, regularly leading people on diverse hikes in the stunning mountain scenery around their winter home. They were happy Snowbirds.

 

When Dad died in 2002, part of Mom died with him. The gap that she felt then was one none of us could adequately fill. Mom continued to live a good life and completed dreams including last year visiting the Panama Canal with Nancy. Mom had wanted to see this magnificent feat of human perseverance and engineering for a long, long time.

 

When I visited Mom in August and September last year, she was still quite healthy and she was still writing in her journal to Dad every night. He was her rock. She was his anchor. We might say she hadn’t let go and moved on. Mom had moved on—to a new way of being. love-for-mom1She had created a bridge through her belief and her writing with the other world and she continued to truly communicate with the man she loved despite their residing in different worlds. There is something quite special in this.

 

It has probably been mentioned already today but at the risk of repetition, on Mom’s last day in the Tillsonburg Hospital, she kept repeating, “Home, Jim.” I know she was met by Dad when she died and I am genuinely happy that they are truly reunited. There is no more powerful force in the universe than love and that force has brought these two special people together again. May you too realise that they are never further away than your next focused thought.

 

May we each honour my mother by doing as she did, by each day being a little more loving and by living out our dreams.

 

God bless.

 

John

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