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Published 8-8-11    The Religion Network publishes every Monday

The Kabbalah, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Viktor Frankl, Jean Church,
C. S. Lewis, Alexander Green, Alfred D. Souza, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Dear Readers,

When we go to the gym to work out, we put our minds into a mode of
"No pain, no gain." Life's constant challenges, its obstacles, irritations,
and the pain can make us stronger, just like lifting weights in a gym.
There is one big way life differs from the gym: life's problems build
us up spiritually because God holds our hand the entire way. And
when it comes to the really heavy lifting, we can trust him to
reach out his mighty Hand and help us through the rigors of life.

- Lisa

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We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the
earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades,
and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure
in mother earth, can produce flower after
flower and bring their fruit to maturity.

The Kabbalah
A discipline concerned with the
mystical aspects of Judaism


Don't waste life in doubts and fears;
spend yourself on the work before you,
well assured that the right performance
of this hour's duties will be the best
preparation for the hours and ages
that will follow it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American Transcendentalist, poet



What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor


You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways:
if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder;
but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be
consumed, and comes out a star.

Jean Church
Motivational leader and mentor


Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish scholar and Christian writer

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The first key to resolving your problems is to upgrade your thinking.
"This time, like all times, is a very good one,"
said (Ralph Waldo) Emerson, "if we but know what to do with it."

We also fail to recognize how our problems benefit
us by strengthening us, advancing our interests.

When a man "is pushed, tormented, defeated," (Emerson) wrote,
"he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on
his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured
of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill."

If it doesn't seem that way now, recognize that it may in the future.
It's often just a matter of perspective. "The years teach much,"
Emerson said, "which the days never know."

Excerpted from:
"Emerson: The Quintessential American,"
by Alexander Green, Investment Director of the Oxford Club and author


For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin
-- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way.
Something to be got through first, some unfinished business,
time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

Dr. Alfred D. Souza (d. 2004)
Australian author and philosopher

The Last Word:

A talent is formed in stillness,
a character in the world's torrent.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Key figure of German literature



























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts
of saliva over a long period of time.

George Carlin (1937-2008)
American stand-up comic, author, actor



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