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 anxiouscare 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).
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.
“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
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.
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)
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.
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.
The modification or control of a process using its anticipated results or effects.
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.
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.
Some days, life is a bowl of cherries. Other days, life is a buffet of negative and positive possibilities. Everything happens according to the law. In every cause there is an effect. In every effect there is a cause. Everything has its opposite. Up and down, moving in and out, swinging back and forth. And there’s happiness and sadness.
Are you happy enough? I believe you are! Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned , earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Put your feet on the ground and realize that you’ve been given a gift, another chance to live your life and do your best. See each day as a new beginning – leading to the happiest ending of all.
Awaken today and every day with the gift of love, the grace of a grateful heart, and the capacity to look toward the brighter side of things. Rise each morning filled with an enthusiastic purpose that gives you joy, for joy will give you wings.
A grateful heart is indeed a happy one. When it comes to gratitude. The Universe loves gratitude. So make a commitment to give thanks each day. Every day – look for things to be grateful for and you will truly feel happy.
Make “thank you” your catchphrase. As you walk from one place to another, say “thank you”, and make your last thought at night be one of giving thanks for the day. Be grateful under all circumstances, no matter what is happening around you. Saturating yourself with gratitude will change your life beyond your comprehension. When you radiate and live gratitude, you press the ON switch to the Universe and it will deliver all the good to you, matching the intensity of your gratitude.
However, you are an emotional being in a human existence and you are experiencing a wide range of feelings on a daily basis. When you feel happy from within then it can help you to prosper your all areas of your life. In fact, happiness is a positive emotion or positive energy which radiates positive vibes to attract more positive circumstances, prosperity and positive people into your life.
Life is consists of personal, professional, relationship, health, and spiritual life which demands positive energy to prosper.
Sometimes you have to experience some stormy times, hurt and life may knocks you down unexpectedly but you have to water yourself with the feeling of happiness to demagnetize all those negative energies. You have to radiate positive vibes of happiness to master over your pain, crisis, and stormy times as per the law of attraction.
Happiness is not a matter of chance or coincidence rather it is a matter of your own personal choice in the highway of your life. If you send the positive vibes of happiness, love and respect despite of sadness, frustration, and disrespect then you can attract more happiness, love, and respect in return as per the law of attraction.
The feeling of happiness helps to attract more positive thoughts, creative ideas, confidence, and generous attitude which are essential ingredients for living positive life.
Life may not always shower you with prosperity and positive circumstances but you have to pretend and act to be happy even in darkest times to attract happiness in your life. As valid truth says “fake it till you manifest it believing that you can manifest it into your physical experience”. The feeling of happiness is like a positive shield which can protects you from all the negativity in your day to day life.
Moreover, I believe you have heard the phrase “This Too Shall Pass”. As for me, I’ve heard it many times and even more frequently these days specifically across social media.
Several years ago, back then, I learned that this golden saying come into view or sight in the works of Persian poets and in Jewish folklore from King Solomon.
This Too Shall Pass phrase originates from a fable of a powerful King who asked wise men to create a ring that will make him HAPPY when he is sad, and vice versa. After deliberation the sages (a profoundly wise person) handed him a simple ring with the words “This Too Shall Pass” etched on it, which has the desired effect.
When you are on top of the world it is but a fleeting moment – things change. Remember, this too shall pass. On the other hand, when you are at your lowest or in the saddest moments, remember also, all nights are followed by day – this too shall pass.
So when we are in the valley, let us encourage ourselves to be hopeful and when we are at the peak, let us remind ourselves to be humble.
Last but not least, ask yourself what would make you happy? As soon as you have an answer, make some time to do it. Give yourself time every day to do something you enjoy. It’s your life. Spend a portion of every day doing something you’d like to do, something just for you. It doesn’t matter what it is – as long as it makes your heart smile and makes your soul happy as well. No matter how busy your day may be, never give yourself less. Find the things that most matter to you – something that provide your deepest satisfaction.
1. feeling or showing pleasure or contentment
2. fortunate and convenient
The term happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia flourishing and well-being.-Wikipedia