Monthly Archives: January 2018

Confucius

 

After Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, died in 479 BC his many beliefs and thoughts were collated and titled THE ANALECTS. This work, although small in volume, contains profound wisdom which is still a source of inspiration for us today……

 

 “What is past is beyond help.

What is to come is not yet lost.”

 

 “Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action.

Twice would have been quite enough”

 

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

 

 “The inside always manifests itself on the outside.”

 

 “I hear and forget. I see and remember. I do and I understand.”

 

 “When good is in danger, only a coward would not defend it.”

 

 “You can deprive an army of its commanders, but you can never deprive a man of his will.”

 

 “Honour your Father and Mother. Be noble in your work. Be loyal and honest to your friends. Never, and nowhere, can these laws be broken.”

 

 “It is difficult not to complain when one is poor, but easy to be humble when rich.”

 

 “Be correct yourself, before you correct others.”

 

 “A great man is hard on himself. A small man is hard on others.”

 

 “I have seen people drown and burn, but I have never seen anyone harmed by doing what is right.”

 

 “The man who, in the view of gain thinks of righteousness, who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life, and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends, such a man may be reckoned a complete man.”

 

 “The gentleman first practices what he preaches and then preaches what he practices.”

 

 “Do not worry if others do not understand you. Worry if you do not understand them.”

 

 “If I give a student one corner of a subject and he cannot find the other three, the lesson is not worth teaching.”

 

 “Going too far is as wrong as falling short.”

 

 “In ascent or descent there is no fixed rule, except that one must do no evil. In advance or retreat no sustained perseverance avails, except that one must not depart from one’s nature. The superior man fosters his character and labours at his tasks in order to do everything at the right time. Therefore he makes no mistakes.”

 

 “If there be righteousness in the heart,

There will be beauty in the character.

If there is beauty in the character,

There will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home,

There will be order in the nation.

When there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world”

 

 “An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity.”

 

 “Only one who bursts with enthusiasm do I instruct;

Only one who bubbles with excitement do I enlighten.

If I hold up one corner and you do not come back to me

With the other three,

I do not continue the lesson. “

 

 Zigong asked: ” Is there any single word that could guide one’s entire life? ” The master replied: ” Should it nor be reciprocity? What you do not wish for yourself, not do to others.”

 

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

 

“To know is to recognize what you understand and what you do not understand”

 

“Only the very knowledgeable and the very ignorant do not shift their ground”

 

 

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DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR A MORE FULFILLED LIFE

Everyday try to think up a new idea that could be introduced into your life to enhance it, to push it forward. Even small changes can freshen you up and help you to feel more positive, more alive. Experiment; take a trial run on something new.

 Enjoy the fruits of your work, all the effort you put in to make a better life. But never sacrifice yourself at the work alter. Work must never take us over to define us, narrow us down into some ‘ machine ‘ there solely to ‘ produce,‘ there must be a life outside of work, sufficient quality time to meet friends and family, to pursue hobbies, to relax and rest, etc. Set boundaries in place to regulate this schedule and keep to it.

 Never get too disappointed when individuals let you down or upset you in other ways. People operate from their own base, from their own level of awareness and understanding so we shouldn’t really expect any more than what they can deliver.

 You will never be truly happy if you do not follow your dreams trying to put in into practice what is deep inside you that needs expressing.  

 Regardless of what has happened in the last week, month, year, you are now in a different time zone and a different place so let go of the past and embrace the future for a new beginning, a fresh start.

 The formula for life is quite simple – use all your talents, work hard.

When relationships fall apart, that creates space for new ones to develop. Always remain open for this opportunity.

When we are inspired the thought of a potential project – that contains implicit directional goals – can surface within us. It’s a feeling of a powerful presence that enters our lives and opens us up to think: This could be it! a new route to explore. This is a special opportunity and we must never waste it.

Fear can interrupt the clarity of our perceptions and undermine our self-confidence thus weakening our endeavours. Using caution when making decisions is no mean thing but to allow fear to trap us in procrastination, to hold us back in dread of giving our best efforts, paralyzing our best intentions, is no way to lead our lives.

Never be put off by failures because we can re-work them to achieve eventual breakthrough. Never forget that it’s our trying that builds our character, not our successes.  

Deliberately cultivate social relationships, go out and make an effort to meet new people. Be prepared to cast a wide net and see what happens. People are more than important to our individual lives, they are vital and it’s good to recognize this reality.

Change is constant in our lives so best adapt to it.

 Ask yourself when was the last time I did something for the very first time?

Act on whatever sensibly comes to mind.

 We always have the potential to keep growing, to keep pushing forward into the new. Never forget this.

 Underneath all the distractions, noise, anxiety and confusion is another person. The real you, the real essence that you must always return to when you forget who you are.  

Look after your health – number one priority. Your body needs looking after, it needs nourishing and it needs you to be present in it. We often get too preoccupied with busy activity and forget all about trying to maintain balance then it could be a slippery slope into illness. Be careful, be mindful….    

Michael Lewin

Jung

Thoughts on ageing…….“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.”