Monday, February 25, 2013

Judge or Discern?

Judgment: The act of condemning or  criticizing someone from a position of assumed moral superiority.

Discernment: Distinguishing between. Perceiving.

Blaming comes from judgment. It leads to pain and suffering. Judgment is cruel. You have felt this cruelty when you have been judged by others.

Discernment is necessary. We discern between people and experiences to determine what we want and don't want. We discern between wisdom and foolishness when people speak or write their opinions. Wisdom and foolishness have little or nothing to do with whether or not the person agrees with you. 

Rather than battle with someone who disagrees with you, ask them how they came to their conclusions. Listen without judgment. Discern whether there is any truth in what they say.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Counting Miracles

I'm counting miracles.
Miracle: A shift in perception.  An unexpected gift.  Moments of extraordinary beauty.

Today I counted at least eight.

Miracles inspire gratitude.

How many miracles did you notice today?

William Frank Diedrich, author of
Adults at Work.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Net Worth

Your net worth:  The value you add to others during your time on the planet.

You add value to others by seeing the best in them; giving something that helps them; teaching; creating art, music, writing and experiences that are meaningful to others; by loving them; by forgiving them; by listening/being present; by praying about them; by growing and sharing your talents and gifts.

Sacrificing is not giving. Real giving involves no sacrifice. You give because you want to. Sacrifice leads to resentment and the expectation that someone owes you something back.

When you truly give of yourself you expand your net worth. You receive the value you give.

William Frank Diedrich, Author of
Adults at Work

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Big Challenges

Life has big challenges for me lately.

Ego says:  Why me? This shouldn't be happening. I deserve better. It's not my fault!

Soul says:  "Oh Lord, chisel down my life according to thy design." (from Yogananda)

Conclusion: Intend to be happy regardless of appearances. Be present. (mindfulness)
Stay connected spiritually. Give up moods! Know that something wonderful is happening today! (Advice adapted from Elisabeth Fayt. Thanks Elisabeth!)

Today is a good day! (Me)

William Frank Diedrich, author of
The Road Home: The Journey Beyond the Spiritual Quick Fix,
 and Adults at Work.