Sometimes its hard to put into words how much our friends mean to us. Friends comfort us in our times of need, glorify our triumphs, comment on our work, celebrate our birthdays, laugh with us, forgive us and love us. Things change in life. Jobs and addresses may come and go but, if were lucky, our friends stay with us throughout our lives, making each day better.* Friends are like a magnifying glass-they show us things we dont notice ourselves.* Friends are like reading glasses-they help us decipher the fine print.* Friends are like shiny mirrors-reflecting back to us how beautiful we really are.My SlideShare and Facebook friends are a heartfelt celebration of friendship.Over the years I have shared with them myriad stories, opinions, andthoughts, at times intellectual and personal other times comical and appealing. To them all, I dedicate this presentation. Because I needed photos to support my show the selection was limited. The text is my choice and does not reflect the individual in the slide.
Can you imagine what theworld would be like ifevery person didsomething nice foranother person everyday?People can be soconsumed with One of the wonderful benefits of helping others isselfishness and trying to that you feel great and also create a lot of good fortake care of themselves. yourself in the process.
Every successful andpowerful person andleader harnessed themagic of belief, faith andcommitment. They hadpositive energy, visionand purpose fueling them They were knocked down many times, but they goton to greatness. They back up and moved forward every time.took action until theysucceeded.
When we chooseacceptance, we can makethe most of what we aregiven.Acceptance meanschanging yourself inorder to adapt to hard It frees us from a doomed struggle and allows us torealities. conform mentally and spiritually to life events we have no power over, may not understand and cannot change.
Most people want to besafe and there’snothing wrong withthat. But, when youbox yourself and yourlife in too tight, you lose out on the best fun, opportunities, and other stuffthat adds delicious spice to life when you allow it in.
In nature seeds are planted, soilis tended and the seeds arewatered and laboured over longbefore the first shoots pokethrough the earth. An impatientgardener will want to dig downto the seeds and see what’sgoing on beneath the surface.But if he gives into that desire, The wise gardener plants the seeds and has faith that they arehe’ll disturb the growth and growing out of sight in the darkness. While he patiently tends topossibly kill the sprouting weeds and waters the surface, the seeds will take root and growseedlings. into potatoes, a pear tree or whatever he has planted.
It’s more than clear thereare many times when weact out behaviours that,while seeming right to usat the time, are later foundto be all wrong for us andeveryone else unfortunate But how do such blunders take place, knowing thatenough to have been no one would consciously choose to defeat himself?caught up in our The simple answer is that we don’t see what’smisguided choices. actually before us.
Most people spend theirentire life imprisoned withinthe confines of their ownthoughts. They never gobeyond a narrow, mind-made,personalized sense of selfthat is conditioned by thepast. In you, as in each It is the very essence of who you are. We may call ithuman being, there is a presence, awareness, the unconditioned consciousness. Indimension of consciousness the ancient teachings, it is the Christ within, or your Buddhafar deeper than thought. nature.
A big thank you goes to Abhishek, Doina, Helga, Vanessa, Ali, Vili and Nancy for allowing me to use their personal photos. Choice of music:- The London Philharmonic Orchestra Playing the Music of Pink Floyd (1995) Title piece: Us and Them