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“We’re all just walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass
Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) is a Hindu spiritual teacher, and the author of Be Here Now. He was born Jewish, considered himself an Atheist in his early years, and went on a spiritual search to India in the 1960s. There he met Neem Karoli Baba, who became his guru, and gave him the name Ram Dass, meaning “servant of God.” Ram Dass has written more than ten books and founded two foundations, the Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.
Heartfelt advice is such wonderful wealth. And it’s even more meaningful when it’s in a letter, which someone took the time to write, and shape with their own beautiful language, handwriting and style.
This is one of my favorites, between a father and a son. John Steinbeck wrote to his son about the meaning of love. I really don’t need to say anything else.
Enjoy this sincere, kind wisdom. I almost feel its warmth emanating from the page…of care, of experience, of hope, of trust. May we all trust love.
“Love…is an outpouring of everything good in you–of kindness, and consideration and respect–not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable…[This] can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had…And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens–the main this is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.” — John Steinbeck, to his son Thom
John Steinbeck was a Nobel Prize-winning author, whose most famous works include The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck’s works often address social issues such as ecology, cultural standards and the condition of laborers.
“Better to make a few mistakes being natural than to do everything out of a feeling of worry.”
– The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1946
It’s better to make a few mistakes being natural. It’s important to be who we are in a natural, real way. If we get everything right, and are absolutely perfect, but it’s done with anxiety…. then it actually isn’t right, is it?
What we do needs to be done with care, love, calm. With joy and sincerity…and since Dr. Benjamin Spock was a famous leader in parenting in the 40s, I’ll take his advice not only for parenting, but also for management. And for our communications, how we live our lives, how we treat others…
Dr. Spock was an influential writer on childrearing, who advocated for increased flexibility and affection in the treatment of infants and children. He was also an Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and a peace advocate.
“One makes a gift of one’s life and endeavors by sanctifying it with love, and devotion and selfless service. When seeking to uplift others, we are uplifted in the process. Every kind thought or smile therefore benefits oneself as well as all the world.” –David Hawkins
Dr. David Hawkins is a psychiatrist and spiritual teacher, and the author of a number of books about spirituality and consciousness.
One morning as I was leaving for work, my mom and I had a very special interchange.
We live in Menlo Park, and I was headed north to San Francisco. My parents were headed south to Carmel for a bit of rest. “Have a great day, Mom! Thank you for having me… and now we’re going in different directions!”
“No, we’re not,” she said immediately.
I knew exactly what she meant. Our minds and hearts are going in the same direction. She’s taught me to be loving and kind. To follow my heart, and to do what I love to do. And to live rightly. And that is what she does with her life. She is so consistently, joyously serving others. I’ve never seen a better model of this.
And so, as we parted that morning, we went in the same direction.
“Love Many, Trust a Few, And Always Paddle Your Own Canoe”
–Terri, from Coudersport, PA, as seen on Dark Chocolate Dove Wrapper
Terri has it right. What a joy to enjoy dark chocolate, which I love, with a truly inspired quote.
Life affords us so many ways to love, and how important it is that we keep doing so. At the same time, we have to be careful, and so Trust, or entrusting ourselves to others, perhaps must be a bit more rare. I wish it weren’t so…however, everyone is on their pathway of personal growth. So we must honor them, and honor ourselves: We should always love, but not necessarily entrust to others.
As far as paddling one’s own canoe. As my Oma says, “You’d better put a little elbow grease into that.” She was always ensuring she had pulled her weight. In fact, when I went over to Oma’s for a sleepover as a young child, even at the age of 8 or 9, our fun together — was working together. We scrubbed the kitchen floor on hands and knees, sharpened pencils, and wrote up a list for the freezer so she knew what was in there. She taught me to care about being clean, ordered and organized, which made her home special. She made it fun. I loved working with my Oma.
Terri, we thank you for a quote which has delighted us all!