He who Learns

He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.~Confucious

I laughed when I saw this the other day, as it reminded me of the many times of learning things “the hard way.” Often ignoring the clues or signs, I continued making the same mistakes as before. But! as soon as I became aware of the lessons, they ceased to destroy me.

Opposing the many times of learning, there were times of over analyzing things…never reaching my goals. While both bring despair, we need only find balance within. Finding balance within and the logic behind learning versus thinking things through, we find peace in our steps within the Canvas of Life.

Stepping into the Canvas with new eyes. Eyes that see not only in the darkest of hours but in the brightest of days. Eyes that cut through to the truth of all there is, lending us knowledge that existed inside the self all along…

he who learns

 

Adjust the Action Steps

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.~Confucius

Set the goals and do not rest until achieved. Often times it may take a few attempts, but assuredly if the goal is set it will be so. Resist the temptation to reset the goal…instead re-think the steps. Contemplate the end, before embarking on the goal…allowing the universe o do the rest…

taking new steps

Life is Really Simple

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.~Confucius

Via the EGO mind, we travel the Canvas of Life in hard labor. Through Spirit, we travel effortlessly into infinite possibilities. Let go of the old ways of doing things and tap into the Universal Life Force, available to all. Life does not have to be difficult, we need only get out of our own way…

life is simple

 

The Pilgrim Enters The Arena

Have you ever had a gut feeling or felt you needed to do something with your life, but were afraid to step forward with fear of humiliation? Or did you want to do something but failed to take the first step because you didn’t know how to do a given task?

This is a very common issue with many pilgrims, afraid to do something due to fear of ridicule or making mistakes. The only mistake made, is not taking that first step. The first step does require a bit of faith. Faith to step into the unknown, but hope that it will take off. One step, two step…keeping the momentum moving.

When the pilgrim is ready to step into the arena alone, a Warrior shall emerge. Win or lose, success or failure, warrior emerges victorious.

Courage

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,

who strives valiantly; who knows the great enthusiasms,

the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best, knows triumph of high achievement;

and who, at worst, if he fails, as least fails while daring greatly,

so that his place shall never be with those cold

and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

~Unknown

If we never took a risk, how would we know our boundaries? To define our own boundaries, we need willingness to go to the outer edge of these boundaries and push even further. If all we did was remain in the boundaries set before us, that is where we shall remain. Dare to redefine these boundaries. While the pilgrim remains in the boundaries, it is the warrior who dares go further.

Stepping into the Canvas with Courage. Courage to take a leap of faith, even when we have no idea where we are going. True believers are those who can see what others cannot, preparing their fields for a bountiful harvest. Dare to step in the arena alone…we will not know what awaits us until we enter…

When Service Becomes Disservice

With poverty climbing, more people falling under the national poverty level, programs and shelters closing their doors because they cannot meet the demands of the needy, what are we to do with our brothers and sisters who go hungry? Have you ever witnessed the reactions people have towards our homeless? Rude behavior towards them? Have you treated another human being, less fortunate, without respect? Chances are you can answer at least one of these.

The dilemma is not about feeding our homeless, but how we treat our fellow-man. Should we give free handouts? Or is it a greater disservice? While this topic can go round and round, they are still human beings who go hungry. This is definitely a controversial topic and many will turn away.

While the greatest gift we can offer is service, it can turn quickly into a disservice. By providing daily handouts, the homeless never learn to fend for themselves, giving them self-confidence of making it on their own. I am not suggesting we stop helping those in need. Instead we are to feed the hungry, while feeding their soul. It is a greater service to offer emergency nourishment, while giving courage to make it on their own.

 

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

~Confucius

Ani po finds herself in foreign land. Along the main strip, she observes a homeless person along her way. When the homeless person reached to Ani Po, asking for money, she replied, “what is the money for?”

Homeless: “Food.”

Ani Po: “I cannot give you money, but if you are truly hungry come with me. Will you dine with me?”

Homeless: “Sure but they will not let me in there.”

Ani Po: “What is your name? I am Ani Po.

Homeless: “The name is Matthew.”

Ani Po: “Well Matthew, I have money and if they want my money, they will let us both in.”

Ani Po and Matthew enter the fast food restaurant and they ordered food. Matthew was truly hungry, as he ordered a Big Mac super-sized and an extra Big Mac (ok, you can probably guess where we were). They both sat, enjoying each others company but mainly a hot meal.

Ani Po asked the young man why he was homeless, to which Matthew replied, “I just got out of prison and I am a felon.”

Ani Po: “A felon?! What did you do?”

Matthew: “When I was nineteen, I was busted for strong-armed robbery.”

Ani Po: “What the Hell were you thinking?

Matthew: “I was young and my buddies dared me to hold up a gas station. When I got caught, they were nowhere to be found.”

Ani Po: “So what are you going to do now? You going to live on the street forever?”

Matthew: “Well, I would get a job but who will hire a felon?”

Ani Po: “What do you want to do?”

Matthew: “I want to get into construction.”

Ani Po: “Avoid the commercial companies and the Unions…they will not hire you. Your only bet is to go private. Find someone looking for help and work your ass off, proving yourself to not only the boss but yourself. Learn as much as you can and when you are comfortable enough…get your own crew. I see great things in your future Matthew, but you have a rough road ahead of you.”

Matthew agreed to everything Ani Po stated and further added, “You are right about this path, but when I get my own crew I want to branch out into Architecture. I want to design handicap friendly homes. My Brother was shot when we were younger and he has a hard time in his current home.”

Ani Po: “That is a good plan. Check with your local university. Seeing you do not have any money to your name, there shouldn’t be any problems getting assistance.”

At this time a friend of Matthews enters and sits down next to them. Looking hungry Ani Po hands him his Super-Sized fries, “You hungry too? I shouldn’t eat these fries anyways.”

Ani po gets up and extends his hand to Matthew, “I wish you the very best Matthew and have enjoyed your company today. While today’s meal was free, you may have to work for tomorrow’s. You are at the crossroads of your future…do you stay on the streets or do get to work? I challenge you to follow your dream. Whatever obstacles lay before you, step over them and continue your journey towards your goal. You can have anything, but it may require a bit of work.”

Ani Po turns and walks away.

Matthew watches Ani Po leave. Withe a tear in his eye, whispering…”I will.”

Now that is service. Merely feeding Matthew would have been a great disservice. Not only did Ani Po share a life lesson with Matthew, but she showed Matthew that someone authentically cared about him and gave him hope. Had Ani Po not stopped to eat with Matthew, he would have remained on the street. Instead, Matthew has not just one crew but multiple. Not only does he have his own construction company, but also has an architecture firm.

If we, as a collective whole, repeatedly ignore the less fortunate, how will they ever learn a new reality? “Well I did it, why can’t they?” Maybe their reality was slightly different from yours and they need help seeing clearly. In order to change a broken wheel, it often requires an expert to show the way.

While the pilgrim prides himself filled with change in his pocket, the Warrior prides herself with change in Her heart. Enjoy this next clip on change…

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Stepping into the Canvas with change of Heart. Pockets may not jingle jangle like they normally might, but fortune is sure to appear. When we give everything we have, we see how rich we truly are. Keep everything to ourselves, we continue seeking that which is missing. Through service to others, we are serving ourselves. How will you serve today?