You, me, the night building manager, the cleaners and homeless people all have something in common: We need to be nourished.
The other night, I was helping lead a Full Circle Fund meeting, which is working to provide economic opportunities for people across our world. It’s a wonderful group, focused on providing financial support and volunteer time to help serve the community.
That evening, we had leftover sandwiches from dinner. While I usually take any leftovers from the meetings I attend to homeless people, I thought perhaps I would give myself a rest from it this evening. It was a huge tray I would have to balance, carrying my many bags as well. Yet something made me gather up the sandwiches, and hope there would be someone who would appreciate them.
When I approached the night building manager downstairs, he was a bit hesitant at first… but after positive encouragement he took two and with much gratitude. Two of the cleaners said no, hesitantly… but when I spoke to them in Spanish, they took two to three sandwiches each! As I then turned outside, a lovely man cleaning the outdoor tiles in the rain lifted up his hood, smiled widely; and took two.
I passed an elderly homeless man in a wheelchair underneath the cover of a prominent office building, who reached out to take two sandwiches as well. As I walked down the street, a gentle, petite Asian man, with bags and bags of recycling beside him, was persistently searching through the refuse to find more cans. He was so slight of frame and with a smile that beamed. He took the entire rest of the tray.
Within five minutes, 15 sandwiches were given. And my heart was given to as well, filled by being able to help other people in one small way.
Make the effort to give, of whatever we may have. For we all need to be nourished.
“Turn the other cheek” — that’s the teaching that we should carry with us. All violence and all the mayhem and badness in this world will disappear as we all adopt that ancient teaching and wisdom just in our everyday activities and our choices.
For me it’s become very important to meditate two to three hours a day. That’s the only way I’ve gotten answers and returned to the wisdom I experienced during my journey.
Consciousness is the thing that exists. It is the support, the basis on which all of the universe is based. Consciousness is our oneness with the Divine. It is pure God-given love and power.
Our attitude, our mind, our consciousness has tremendous power over our health.
To me, so much of the badness in our world has to do with the fact people don’t love even themselves enough. They don’t realize they are divine beings. This of course is not about being selfish and greedy.
Our infinitely powerful Creator loves us infinitely no matter what. We are here to learn lessons, so its all about love and forgiveness — showing love to strangers, showing love to our enemies.
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.”
Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent. Don’t take an endeavor lightly:
- Either you are building a company or watching TV.
- Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car.
- Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine.
- Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up.
- Giving the postman a smile, or ignoring her.
Everything COUNTS. Every one of your activities can reflect excellence!
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco—my own “home sweet home”. He was the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was incredibly influential in the technology sector, revolutionizing how we interact with technology and computers. Although Jobs started his adulthood with little direction, he soon discovered that he could be truly excellent in the field of technology and business. After traveling the world and working for Atari, Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. The duo created a product and business model that allowed the average American to have access to a computer. Tragically, Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 at 56 years old. He has left us with a legacy of hard work, creativity, and dedication to one’s goals.
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.
We paid the price. He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our own life today, in a beautiful and free country.
What liberty will you fight for? What is so “dear and sweet” to you– that you must preserve for your future children?
Born in 1736, Patrick Henry became governor of Virginia and an American leader in the struggle for freedom. He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress. This quote came from a speech he gave in 1775 that appealed for citizens’ rights to bear arms. Patrick Henry dedicated his life to securing total freedom for the American people. He was instrumental in the adoption of the Bill of Rights so that individuals’ rights across America would be protected so that future generations would know freedom.