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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
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On Today's Theme:
All those times we got in trouble from our parents for copping an
attitude, and it turns out that "attitude" is everything. The key, of
course, is whether you have a bad attitude or a good attitude, and
their definitions may surprise you. A bad attitude in the eyes of the
Blessing and Blessed universe is demonstrated by a clenched heart
unavailable to hold the goodness showered upon it. A good attitude
is: open heart, open mind, open hands - all made clean by love, and
deep by a prayerful, hopeful spirit. This "attitude" collects holy gifts.
May we happily and open-heartedly hope for God's gifts today.
- Lisa Bowman
Being so eager to arrange our own future, we of little faith
close ourselves off from what is coming. We have no patience
with the unspecified promise and we have no trust in the unseen
situations which the future has in store. Therefore, when we pray
with little faith, we pray without hope. Likewise, we pray without
despair, for despair is only possible for someone who
knows what it means to hope.
The prayer of little faith is carefully reckoned, even stingy, and
is upset by every risk. There is no danger of despair and no
chance for hope. We become midgets in a world of tiny things.
The immense difference between hope and wishes comes out in
the remarks of a student who wrote: "I see hope as an attitude
where everything stays open before me. Not that I don't think of
my future in those moments, but I think of it in an entirely different
way. Daring to stay open to whatever will come to me today, tomor-
row, two months from now or a year from now -- that is hope. To go
fearlessly into things without knowing how they'll turn out, to keep on
going even when something doesn't work the first time, to have
trust in whatever you're doing --- that is living with hope."
From "With Open Hands"
by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Ave Maria Press, 1972
The master observes the world but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
Tao Te Ching
...(The master) lets nature take its course and watches as people,
events, and the seasons come and go. He has an inner spaciousness
that embraces everything. He lets things be; he acts by not acting, not
manipulating others, process, nature, or reality...His inner vision, as
spacious as the universe, guides him in all things. He follows the way
of Heaven, which is also the way of Nature, the Tao, the Divine.
From "The Mystic Hours"
by Brother Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
...and now, The Last Word:
Your place is the wilderness. The bread you eat
falls from heaven. The basket you collect it
in is your attitude.
Clutch your basket tight and your manna will
have no place to rest. Open it up and look to
the heavens and your basket will
always be full.
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Random Bonus Quote:
Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of himself,
terrified by neither poverty not death nor captivity; who is
strong in resisting his appetites and in shunning
honors, and complete in himself.
Horace (circa 65 BC)