May You Be Blessed

May your day be blessed with freshness and light. May you feel a sense of openness and ease. May you experience a lightness of being, along with otpimism, peace and happiness. Be blessed!

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May You Be Blessed And May Others Be Blessed By You

How to have peace with yourself and in times of uncertainty?


Peace is more than a feeling, more than a thought, and more than an idea. Peace is a gift from God and the basis of peace is our relationship to God and the relationship to ourselves.

“We are a flower quickly fading. Here today and gone tomorrow. A wave tossed in the ocean. Vapor in the wind.” In other words… Life is short — our time here is limited and we never know how long we will be here on the planet. So, we need to have peace with God by asking forgiveness, through obedience, repentance and surrendering it all to him, and live in harmony to have peace with one another.

When we live in peace with God, we are eager to make peace with others. We can both give and receive the gift of peace.

Peace comes from within and it begins with yourself.  As Dalai Lama says, “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” However, some people create conflict because of lack of peace with themselves. When there’s no love, there’s no peace. When there’s no peace, there’s conflict. And you cannot have peace with yourself unless you love yourself.

Remember, God is the foundation of unconditional love. The key to love yourself is to accept who you are, be at ease with yourself, embrace the beauty in you and the uniqueness of you, cultivate your strengths and keep working on your weaknesses. Then if you do, you’ll feel — there’s happiness that resides deep inside of you. So, when you’re feeling happy, that’s where you’ll find peace within yourself.

In addition, we may say or ask ourselves. How can I truly have peace in crisis? In times of uncertainty, the secret of peace is to give every anxious care to God. The Lord Jesus promised us peace in crisis. Just hours before His own crucifixion, Christ comforted His disciples with these words, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

What is your worst fear? If you should have to face it, Christ will be there with you. Trusting Him through prayer makes available “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” and it will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

“Inspirational Story of the Seed”

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of
his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one
of you. “The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. I am
going to give each one of you a SEED today – one very special SEED. I want
you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge
the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.” One
man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a
seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him
get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would
water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about
their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking
his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went
by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by — still nothing in Jim’s pot.

He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants
but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however. He
just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought
their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going
to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.
Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to
the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants
grown by the other executives. They were beautiful–in all shapes and sizes.
Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a
few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. “My, what great plants,
trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO. “Today one of you
will be appointed the next CEO!” All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at
the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director
to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows
I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!” When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed — Jim told him the story…. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then
announced to the young executives, “Behold your next Chief Executive!
His name is Jim!” Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed.
How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a
seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you boiled seeds; they were dead — it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

…If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

…Whoever can be trusted with little things can also be trusted with much or big things.

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“If you ask the CEO of some major corporation what he does, he will say, in all honesty, that he is slaving 20 hours a day to provide his customers with the best goods or services he can and creating the best possible working conditions for his employees.” -Noam Chomsky

“Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.” -Zig Ziglar

“Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.” -Mark Twain

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -Thomas Jefferson

“The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.” -Plutarch

“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.” -Lao Tzu

“The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.” -Billy Graham

“To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.” -John Ruskin

“I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.” -George Bernard Shaw

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Have Faith

Leo Tolstoy once said:

Where there is faith, there is love;

Where there is love, there is peace;

Where there is peace, there is God;

Where there is God, there is no need.

I’m sharing below, seven-thoughts-of-faith to ponder where we can be able to reflect, think, and apply it on a daily basis or in any seasons of life.

1. Faith isn’t anything you can see; it isn’t anything you can touch. But you can feel it in your heart.

2. Faith is what keeps you believing in the goodness of others and helps you find it.

3. Faith is knowing that whatever happens, this power will carry you through anything.

4. Faith is the best weapon we have against fears, worries, and uncertainties.

5. Faith is having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.

6. Faith is the assurance of things that hope for. Faith is the answer to every question.

7. God is always loving and faithful. You may be shaken but not be broken… When God is in the center of your life. Have faith, faith in God for nothing can touch a soul that is protected by faith.

The larger our faith, the smaller our fears; the greater our trust, the lesser our doubts; the stronger our beliefs, the weaker our worries; the deeper our love, the longer we live! God is able!

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12 Images of Inspirational Thoughts and Words of Encouragement

Life has the potential for endless change and growth.   Faith and hope are always available to guide us. 

I  am  sharing  here   the  twelve-images  of inspirational  thoughts  and  words  of encouragement follow…


1. Believing  GOD  won ‘t make the mountain smaller, but it will make the climbing easier. Hope we’ll be able to climb all our mountains today and everyday, and see the clear view of life.

2. When it rains, it pours… but soon, the sun shines again. Stay positive – Better days are on their way.

3. Sunrise makes our mornings beautiful but the word of God strengthen us and make our lives more meaningful.

4. May GOD send His love like sunshine in His warm and gentle ways to fill every corner of your heart and give your day a good start.

5. When we are weak and in despair, Our Mighty God is near; He’ll give us strength and joy and hope, And calm our inner fear. No one is hopeless whose hope is in God.

6. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

7. God understands we are not strong all the time. He knows that sometimes, all we can do is rest in His arms as He can take us through the journey of this life.

8. When God looks at you. He sees great things about you that everybody else ignores.

9. We are not supposed to always understand why certain things happen. We don’t have to always know the reasons why GOD allows some things to take place. All that is asked from us is to TRUST Him completely and let Him be in control.

10. COURAGE isn’t having the strength to go on. It’s going on when you don’t have the strength.

11. Keep on smiling! Life’s challenges are DESIGNED not to break us but to bend us toward GOD.

12. Every morning is a fresh opportunity to find God’s extra-ordinary love in the most ordinary places! Don’t forget to thank GOD for another waking moment, for another day to live.

Every morning has a new beginning, a new blessing, a new hope, and it’s a perfect day because it’s God’s gift. Have a blessed, hopeful, perfect day to begin with.

The Lord’s Prayer


Prayer lifts our hearts above the battles of life and gives us a glimpse of God’s power which spells victory and hope.

“The Lord’s Prayer”

Our Father who art in Heaven…

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

… on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

… and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the kingdom, the Power and the Glory,

forever and ever. Amen

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. -Mark 11:24 (KJV)

During this challenging time, it can be difficult to keep the fear at bay,  but the passage in the scripture of Psalm 91:2 says, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him will I trust.”  (KJV)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.   Amen.  -1 Corinthians 16:23-24  (KJV)

Stay well and safe everyone.  God bless us all.

The Giving And Receiving Feedback In Human Communication

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Both in giving and receiving it… We need to  practice  giving  clear  indications of how much of  a message  sent  us  is actually  received  and   also train our senses  to observe  clearly  how  our messages  are  responded  to  by others.

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To start, let us say that all human beings need the contact  of  relationships  and that  all organizations  and  the people in them do not  operate in a vaccum.   Even hermits,  living in a  cave  in  a mountainside,   have  contacts  with   the environment which make it essential that they  responds.   When  they  are  hungry, they  must  find food,   responding  to the message  from  their  stomachs.    When they  feel the  cold   wind   blow  they respond by seeking shelter or putting on protective   clothing.   Although   hermits may   have  little  verbal communication, they   still  must  be  involved in sensing feedback  and  adjusting  their moves to what  happens  to them  in  their surroundings.

Because  few  of  us  are  hermits  in this same  sense,  we need to adjust not just to the cold  or  to  hunger,   but  to  the constant  stream  of  messages  we  get from others in the course of a day.   The number of messages we send or receive may   vary   just  as  our  ability  to  react appropriately may vary from one  person to   another.    In   this  way  we  begin  to identify    those   who    can   give     clear instructions, those who can do what they are  asked,   those  who  can understand complex  information,  those  who   have difficulty in grasping new ideas. Much of the  ability  to  perform    well  in assignments  is  related  to  the ability to give and receive feedback. The sensitive person  can  pick  up the cues offered by another who does not understand  some instructions — maybe it is the  professor responding  to  a  quizzical  look  on the face of a student, and then asking “What is not clear in  what we have been  saying?” The sensitive person also can predict what parts of a message may be subject   to  confusion,   and   restate  or clarify   those  parts  without even being asked,  simply  because  he  or  she has anticipated the hearer’s confusion.

In communication , people need to share  meanings  of words and messages.  It is important for them to know that  communication is transactional —  that is, it  takes   place between  people  under some   kinds   of rules which we agree to follow.     One of the rules is that if someone looks angrily at us after we have made a remark,   we need to figure out what it was we said to make that person angry.  Another rule is that if the listener smiles and nods,   we are  thereby  permitted  to continue with that  kind  of    message.       So    our transactions are affected by the kinds of feedback we receive — whether negative, which   pulls   us   up   short,  or  positive, which    encourages     us  to  go   ahead. Words   don’t   mean,  people  mean  and meaning   is   the  relationship  we make between   a   word   and  what  the  word stands     for.     Meaning  is  the  key   to communication.      Meaning    is    what communication   is   about.    When   we communicate  with one another,  we are attempting  to translate in to a  symbolic system (language) a meaning we have in our  head  so that another person,  upon seeing  or  hearing  the symbolic system, will  translate   it  back  into   a   meaning similar to ours.    The key here is that the function    of   the  symbols  we  use is to make    meanings    appear   in   people’s minds.    If   the   symbols  elicit    similar meanings in different people,  then these people understand the message.    If the meanings  we  have  for words vary from person  to  person,  so  do  our  emotions vary.   It   is    important    in    our communication transactions to be aware of both content and emotion.

There    is   a      tendency    in all of us to sometimes pretend we understand when we  really do not.     It  is  not  considered intelligent  to   ask,   “what  do you mean by…?     and  we may try to avoid looking stupid.   As a result,  we may miss some important  messages by pretending and give the other person feedback which is false.   Two factors are important here: first,  that   we try to  give more honest feedback  about  our  depth of understanding,     and   second,  that  we make  it easy for the other person to say he or she  does  not  understand.    If you can  reduce  the  other  person’s  anxiety about asking questions by suggesting in advance  that  you  may not be making it clear,   you   may  receive  more    honest feedback.    On  the  other  hand, we may have  to  swallow our pride and admit we do   not   understand,   and  thus  provide more    honest   feedback   to   the   other person’s message.

Preparing   the  way  for a message has been    called  “feedforward”   for  an obvious     reason   —  it  sets  up    the possibility of getting feedback.  Making use of appropriate feedforward, should assist the feedback process.  You may also  precede  a  statement  you  make with a feedforward phrase such as, “If you   have  no   plans  for tonight… ” or Let’s         talk      about      next week’s assignment…” which gives the cues to your listener that you expect a response and  what  directions  the  discussion  is going to take.

*feedforward

noun

The    modification or control of a process using its anticipated results or effects.

From Oxford

The  concept of feedforward should not be described  as  apart   from feedback,   but  rather as a specialized activity within a total feedback system. Feedforward  will help  anticipate actions.

Two people riding together on a bus as strangers will make a number of moves to test whether or not the other is ready to talk, and what they will they talk about. Feeding  forward  in  our communication will  usually  result  in  more  appropriate responses in one another as we begin to operate   the  give-and-take  of communication.

Also, emotion is involved in the feedback process.    Our attention to feedback will help  us  verify  who we are in relation to others,   as  well  as  what  is  said.    We discover   who   we  are by watching the reactions of others.   How others see us, will  significantly  improved when we are given feedback.    Just having  feedback available,  however,  is  not  enough.  We need  to know how to handle it — that is, how  to  give  it appropriately and how to receive it intelligently.

Some Suggestions for Giving and Receiving Feedback in Human Communication follow

1.) Focus Feedback on Behaviors rather than on the Person

We generally can look more objectively on  what  we  do  than  what somebody says we are. Our behaviors, or actions, are  only  a  momentary  part of us and therefore   we  feel  more    comfortable about being challenged to change them. If   someone   calls  us   “dishonest,”    it sounds quite different from their saying we acted     “dishonestly”    in    a   given situation. We cannot tolerate very well an attact on     “us”    which   is  what   much criticism   sounds   like.   If  someone is critical  of  our  behavior,   we can more easily   accept   responsibility  for   that action, rather than tell ourselves we are a product of our genetic inheritance and for  that  reason  cannot   possibly be blamed nor think of changing.

Behaviors include those things a person does  well as  much  as  the things done badly. In describing behaviors we tend to concentrate    on   those   which  need improvement,   but   a  person  can often learn  much  from  feedback about those actions   which   facilitate,   support,    or improve communication. Descriptions of behaviors   should  not  be  evaluative or selective,  but should comment on what went on.

2.) Focus Feedback on Observations rather than Inferences

Observations   are   those   things which could  be  seen or heard  by anyone,  but inferences are   your own interpretations or conclusions about what went on. If we spice  our observations  with  inferences, we  tend  to  obscure   feedback,   so  we must be careful to differenciate when we are  making  inferences,  or extentions of our observations.

Observations   involve  what is going on, not what  happened  at  some   previous time or some  persistent characterisitcs you  have  noticed  over   a  long   period. Research  of Journal applied Behavioral Sciences has shown that feedback given as soon as appropriate after observation will be more specific, more concrete, and generally more accurately reported.

3.) Focus Feedback on Description rather than Judgment

As in case of  focusing on behaviors,  to use description is to avoid evaluation of the other person or of his or her actions. Description  attempts to remain  neutral, but judgment takes sides.

Concentrate  on  the  “what”  rather than the   “why.”   Again   the   “what”  of   the behavior  is  observable  by bothers and therefore  can  be checked for accuracy. The   “why”   of  a  person’s  behavior  is inferred and leads us into the dangerous area  of ‘intentions”   and   “motives” and the  emotionalism  which  goes with it. It may  be  useful  at  times  to  explore the  “why”   of  behaviors,  but  this should be done   with   the  help and consent of the person  being  discussed.   Most   of   us enjoy   playing  “shrink” to all our friends, but we should realize that our analysis of the   other  person’s   behaviors  may  be more   subject   to   our  own aberrations than  to  theirs.   If we concentrate on the ‘why,”   we  may  miss  much  of  the very useful “what” of feedback.

4.) Focus Feedback on Sharing of Ideas and Information rather than on Giving Advice

a. We  need  to feel a joint responsibility for the outcome of  the feedback encounter  and  be  ready  to  assist  the other rather  than  direct  his  or   her responses.

b. Telling  another   what  to  do  with the information we give does not leave them free  to  determine  what  the appropriate course of action for them will be. Advice giving  is  a  poor  attempt  at  problem solving  which  does  not  give  the   other person  leeway  to  make  his  or her own choices.

c. Explore  alternatives  rather  than provide solutions. If we concentrate on a variety  of  available  responses,  we can help  move  toward  a  more  satisfactory answer. Too often we have ready at hand a  list  of   solutions   waiting  for  the problems  to come along which might fit. When  we  offer  a  solution, ready-made from  our  own experience,  it may not be useful  to  someone  based  on his or her experience or because the problem may not be exactly as we saw it.

5.) Focus Feedback on What It May Do to Who Receive It

a. If  giving  feedback is only making you feel  good,   you  may  not  be  helping as much as you are imposing.

b. Be aware  of  how  much  feedback another  person can handle at one time. Avoid  the  long recitation “and then you did…” after the recipcient has given you some  feedback  that he or she is full to the  brim.  After  that  time  you are only satisfying  your  own  need, and not the other person’s need.

c. Emotional reactions may result when feedback  is  given at the wrong time or place.  This  is  particularly  true  in  the more  sensitive  and  personal  areas of human behavior. Even if you have some worthwhile  points to make, they should be presented with the recipient in mind.

*feedback

noun

1.  information about reactions to a product,  a person’s performance of a task,  etc.   which is used as a basis for improvement

2.  the modification  or  control of a process  or  system by its results or effects,  e.g.  in  a  biochemical pathway  or  behavioral  response.

From Oxford

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