Many years ago, there lived a man who was capable of loving and forgiving everyone he came across. Because of this, God sent an angel to talk to him.
‘God asked me to come and visit you and tell you that he wishes to reward you for your goodness,’ said the angel. ‘You may have any gift you wish for. Would you like the gift of healing?’
‘Certainly not,’ said the man. ‘I would prefer God to choose those who should be healed.’
‘And what about leading sinners back to the path of Truth?’
‘That’s a job for angels like you. I don’t want to be venerated by anyone or to serve as a permanent example.’
‘Look, I can’t go back to Heaven without having given you a miracle. If you don’t choose, I’ll have to choose one for you.’
The man thought for a moment and then said:
‘All right, I would like good to be done through me, but without anyone noticing, not even me, in case I should commit the sin of vanity.’
So the angel arranged for the man’s shadow to have the power of healing, but only when the sun was shining on the man’s face. In this way, wherever he went, the sick were healed, the earth grew fertile again, and sad people rediscovered happiness.
The man traveled the Earth for many years, oblivious of the miracles he was working because when he was facing the sun, his shadow was always behind him. In this way, he was able to live and die unaware of his own holiness.
A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light. An angel appeared, showed a large rock in front of his cabin and asked him to push against the rock with all his might.
This the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock.
Nothing happened. And he decided to make it a matter of prayer. “Lord I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even been able to budge that rock. What is wrong? Why am I failing?” The angel appeared again : “My friend, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. And now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?”
“Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. “Through opposition you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. “You learned the importance of discipline and training, ”
This you have done. Now it is my turn, my task.”
And the angel moved the rock, showing to the man a beautiful path ahead.
“Friends are an integral part of your life, but every friend you have must live life at their own pace. When the time comes & they must leave you, there is no need to grieve over their parting from your life. It is the very essence of life that it should be so. But it hurts nonetheless and we grieve nonetheless, but we hold them in our hearts forever. Always cherish the joy, laughter, memories and love that they have brought into your lives. Always remember them with a warm smile for what they have given you.”—from ‘A beautiful mind’
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”— Albert Schweitzer (via mlq3)
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’ I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”— Maya Angelou (via mlq3)
American magazine The Atlantic has named Manila as the ninth most dynamic city in the world. Istanbul (Turkey) ranked first, Shenzen (China) second, and Lima (Peru) third, according to TheAtlantic.com.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”—Maya Angelou (via crookedindifference)
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[INT. - OVAL OFFICE - DAY. The PRESIDENT is meeting with staff. A TV is tuned to C-SPAN.]
AXELROD:...and you're meeting with Clinton in five hours.
OBAMA:He's a former president, Dave. I don't need a reminder.
AXELROD:I just read what's on the schedule, sir.
OBAMA [holds up schedule]:I have a copy. I can read.
AXELROD [smiles]:Yes, sir.
GIBBS:After the meeting, you're going to do a joint briefing in the press room. Opening remarks, then Clinton, back to you.
AXELROD:Does he take questions?
AXELROD:Does he do a Q and A?
GIBBS:No questions. It's your podium.
OBAMA:He's a former president.
AXELROD [holds up schedule]:I know, sir. I can read.
OBAMA:I want him to take a couple of questions. I'm a big boy.
GIBBS:Fine. He'll talk up the tax compromise.
AXELROD:That should bring some of our guys back into the fold.
OBAMA [stressed]:Where they should be in the first place.
GIBBS:It's hard for many people to swallow, sir. We just gave the richest Americans a tax break for the next two years.
OBAMA:There's more in that deal. And the GOP left me no choice.
AXELROD:The American people know that, sir. Well, half of them.
AXELROD [annoyed, then]:We need to make an impact statement, sir. Something that tells them we--and our party--won't take this lying down. We look weak otherwise, sir. And even more Democrats will jump ship.
[GIBBS notices the TV.]
[OBAMA and AXELROD look. AXELROD turns up the volume.]
[SANDERS O/C]:You can call what I'm doing whatever you want. You can call it a long speech, you can call it a filibuster...
“Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he like best?” “Does he collect butterflies?”. They ask: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much money does his father make?” Only then do they think they know him.”—The Little Prince
“Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter’s tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end.”— Salman Rushdie (via mlq3)
“You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.”—Joni Mitchell