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Retreat! Time to Reflect, Rejuvenate and Rejoice!
(c)1999 – Julie Jordan Scott

“Every year, I pack up a duffel bag and head to the mountains near Yosemite. A weekend each year spent in the company of 90 or so women. Journeying from places mostly from throughout California. As we step from our vehicles upon arrival, we breathe in the pine smell of the crisp clean air and breathe out the stresses and concerns of our lives in the Valley below.

I have been making this pilgrimage for the past six years. Each time I return home refreshed and ready for whatever real life may have in store for me.

Embracing fully the concept of retreat, I have decided to schedule a monthly, day long personal retreat. I have set aside on my calendar throughout the year the last Friday of the month for this purpose. On my retreat day, I will intentionally create an experience that is unlike any of my other days throughout the month. Set apart. Special. Solitary.

Come along with me, lets try this together! I have uncovered a retreat formula that may work for you as well.

Reflect
The day begins with a day of reflection. Raise a figurative mirror to yourself, take your personal pulse. There are several ways to approach this. A few suggestions are as follows:

* Make a list of victories from the current month. Reflect: How did you achieve these victories? What action steps did it require? How did it feel to complete these victories? Would you describe your achievement fun? work? performing? striving? playing?

*Make a list of unfinished goals. Reflect: Why did you miss the mark this month? Is this goal truly according to my life purpose? Is this a task I can delegate or barter out? Should I re-add this to my list, or should I take it off?

*Make a list of goals/tasks for the new month. Reflect: Which projects should “bridge up”, fitting into my 30-60-90 day, 6 month, yearly plan? Are there any other areas that need to be thought out or planned? Which tasks are the highest priority and how can you ensure you will get there.

Then, set aside your carefully crafted plan! Its time to move!

REJUVENATE
Now it is time to put aside your “thinking hat” and work with your subconscious or intuitive mind.

Time to get busy! Do you like to exercise? Create Art? Look at Art? Listen to music? How about a long drive? Believe it or not, I have been known the cruise the Mall during my rejuvenation time.

Take along a pad and pencil or pen and relish whichever activity you choose. The pad and pencil is to take notes about whatever comes up, whatever floats in your mind in regards to the earlier Reflection exercise.

Don’t force anything to come! Just play! Enjoy! Be! You have this agenda, yes, but in actuality, you are not wedded to DOING anything! The point is to be intentionally free with yourself.

After you feel you have had enough time creating, driving, walking, exercising, mall cruising take time and sit down. Take out your list from your Reflection time and revise as necessary. This may be the time to have something to eat. Some refreshment. You may choose to completely envelope yourself in the process of eating.

Next, I find it helpful and invigorating at this point to do some reading. Not the newspaper, not a magazine, but something inspiring. Something that addresses the areas I am currently addressing on my Monthly plan.

After a half an hour or so, go back to your list. Has your quiet mind told you now to make any changes? Make note of them, add to the list, subtract from the list, brainstorm if necessary for your barter list.

REJOICE
Depending upon how long each component has lasted for you, you may have time to reflect some more. Spend more time in creation. Make sure to leave the time frame as loose as possible while still somewhat structured. The three main themes are very important. As you move to the end of your Retreat day, spend some time rejoicing. Applaud yourself for your efforts. Note all that you have accomplished this day.

Re enter the world slowly. Be gentle with yourself as you continue to refine YOUR Retreat process. I hope you will take time to really thoughtfully consider making this a regular part of your Purposeful life.”

By: Julie Jordan Scott

 

Inspiring Lessons

STORY ONE

NOT WHAT THEY APPEAR

“THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM; THE FIRST APPEARANCE DECEIVES MANY; THE INTELLIGENCE OF A FEW PERCEIVES WHAT HAS BEEN CAREFULLY HIDDEN…”

THE STORY:

TWO TRAVELING ANGELS STOPPED TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE HOME OF A WEALTHY FAMILY. THE FAMILY WAS RUDE AND REFUSED TO LET THE ANGELS STAY IN THE MANSION’S GUEST ROOM. INSTEAD THE ANGELS WERE GIVEN A SPACE IN THE COLD BASEMENT. AS THEY MADE THEIR BED ON THE HARD FLOOR, THE OLDER ANGEL SAW A HOLE IN THE WALL AND REPAIRED IT.

WHEN THE YOUNGER ANGEL ASKED WHY, THE OLDER ANGEL REPLIED, “THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM”.
THE NEXT NIGHT THE PAIR CAME TO REST AT THE HOUSE OF A VERY POOR, BUT VERY HOSPITABLE FARMER AND HIS WIFE. AFTER SHARING WHAT LITTLE FOOD THEY HAD THE COUPLE LET THE ANGELS SLEEP IN THEIR BED WHERE THEY COULD HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S REST.

WHEN THE SUN CAME UP THE NEXT MORNING THE ANGELS FOUND THE FARMER AND HIS WIFE IN TEARS. THEIR ONLY COW, WHOSE MILK HAD BEEN THEIR SOLE INCOME, LAY DEAD IN THE FIELD. THE YOUNGER ANGEL WAS INFURIATED AND ASKED THE OLDER ANGEL “HOW COULD YOU HAVE LET THIS HAPPEN!? THE FIRST MAN HAD EVERYTHING, YET YOU HELPED HIM,” SHE ACCUSED. “THE SECOND FAMILY HAD LITTLE BUT WAS WILLING TO SHARE EVERYTHING, AND YOU LET THEIR COW DIE.”

“THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM,” THE OLDER ANGEL REPLIED.

“WHEN WE STAYED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE MANSION, I NOTICED THERE WAS GOLD STORED IN THAT HOLE IN THE WALL. SINCE THE OWNER WAS SO OBSESSED WITH GREED AND UNWILLING TO SHARE HIS GOOD FORTUNE, I SEALED THE WALL SO HE WOULDN’T FIND IT. THEN LAST NIGHT AS WE SLEPT IN THE FARMER’S BED, THE ANGEL OF DEATH CAME FOR HIS WIFE. I TOLD HIM TO TAKE THE COW INSTEAD. YOU SEE MY YOUNG FRIEND, THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM.”

SOMETIMES THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THINGS DON’T TURN OUT THE WAY WE THINK THEY SHOULD. JUST HAVE FAITH AND TRUST THAT THE OUTCOME IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, ALTHOUGH YOU MIGHT NOT REALIZE IT, UNTIL SOME TIME LATER 

 

STORY   2

 

A YOUNG BUT EARNEST STUDENT APPROACHED HIS TEACHER, AND ASKED HIS MASTER: “IF I WORK VERY HARD AND DILIGENT HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO FIND ENLIGHTENMENT IN MY LIFE THE MASTER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS, THEN REPLIED, “TEN YEARS.

” THE STUDENT THEN SAID, “BUT WHAT IF I WORK VERY, VERY HARD AND REALLY APPLY MYSELF TO LEARN FAST — HOW LONG THEN ?” REPLIED THE MASTER, “WELL, TWENTY YEARS.” ”

BUT, IF I REALLY, REALLY WORK AT IT. LONG THEN ?” ASKED THE STUDENT. “THIRTY YEARS,” REPLIED THE MASTER. “BUT, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND,” SAID THE DISAPPOINTED STUDENT”.
AT EACH TIME THAT I SAY I WILL WORK HARDER, YOU SAY IT WILL TAKE ME LONGER. WHY DO YOU SAY THAT ?” REPLIED THE MASTER,” 

WHEN YOU HAVE ONE EYE ON THE GOAL, YOU ONLY HAVE ONE EYE ON THE PATH.”

WE NEED TO KEEP BOTH EYES ON THE PATH. DEMONSTRATING, THAT UNLIKE ANY OTHER EXPERIENCE IN OUR LIVES, ENLIGHTENMENT IS TRULY ABOUT THE JOURNEY AND NOT THE DESTINATION..
 
WE NEED TO HAVE PATIENCE IN ORDER TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT WE WANT TO DO. THERE IS NO SHORT CUT. WE DON’T GET THE CHICKEN BY SMASHING THE EGGS, THEY NEED TO BE HATCHED.

 

 

STORY 3  – ONE TRUE FRIEND

It is often said, if a person merits one true friend in his entire lifetime, he is greatly blessed.

True friendship is when we put our friend’s needs and desires ahead of our own, and they do the same for us. 

Story

There was once a man who lived hundreds of years ago, who did something for which the king condemned him to death. After hearing the sentence, the man turned to the king and asked, “Could I please have a week to put my affairs in order?”

The king replied, “I would like to grant you this wish, but I am concerned that you will not return to face your sentence, that you will run away.

If you can find somebody who will stay in your place while I set you free for a week to put your affairs in order, I will let you go. But bear in mind if you are not back in time to face your sentence; I will kill your friend instead—even if you are only a minute late.

However, if you do come back before one week is up, the sentence will be carried out on you as was intended.”

This man went to his closest friend, whom he had loved since childhood, and he asked him, “Can you please do me this favor?

I need a week to put my affairs in order before the king sentences me to death. I need you to replace me in the jail for one week so that the king will allow me to go.”

His friend replied, “Of course I will go to jail in your place, I would do anything for you.”

The week goes by, and the man puts his affairs in order. But the man runs into delays on the road back and is a little late in returning to the jail.

The king decides, “This man has not kept his promise, so I have no choice but to carry out his death sentence on his friend.” The guards escort his friend to the gallows to prepare for his hanging.

Just then the man who was originally sentenced to death starts running towards the gallows, yelling, “I’m here! I’m here! I was just a little late, but I’m here! I am the one who was sentenced to death so I am the one who must die. Set my friend free and put me in his place.”

Then the friend starts yelling back, “No, the seven days have passed! According to the terms of your agreement, my friend can no longer be put to death.

Now I am the one who is supposed to be put to death!” And they both started pleading their cases before the king, each one of them begging that he should be the one put to death instead of his friend.

The king, after seeing the selfless love between these two friends, called for silence. “My decree called for the death of one person, but I see that the bond between you is so complete that if I carry out the sentence I will be killing two people. Thus I am forced to annul my original decree. You may both go free.”

May we all merit one true friend. Knowing that when you develop such a heightened bond with another human being, you remove judgment and invite a tremendous flow of Light and blessings into your life.

From: inspiringstories-heartsoulmind.com.

A Trooper’s Kindness

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Here is a story of a public official doing a courteous duty. A young State Trooper just out of the the patrol academy was on his own after spending thirty days with a senior trooper. The senior trooper was there to show the rookie some of the things he was not taught at the academy. The senior officer would  tell him what to do and not do to help the public. He told him never push a vehicle out of the road, never change a flat tire, and never take anything from the public especially while on duty. After thirty days when the senior man said he felt the officer was ready to be on his own, he would get his first patrol vehicle. Usually, it would be an older vehicle and the other equipment would be older but in good condition.

The young trooper the day after receiving his patrol car began policing his assigned area. He drove up behind a vehicle on a country road that had a flat tire. He had been taught that he was supposed to help the public and this was an older woman who seemed not to know what to do. He approached the car and the woman began telling him that she was late to an appointment and her tire went flat. So, the young trooper said, ” I’ll take care of that for you.” He began to change the tire when it started to rain heavily. He got soaked and the ground became muddy. The rain was very heavy, but he prevailed and got her on her way without any problems.

About two hours after changing the lady’s tire, he received a message over the police radio to return to the station to meet with his supervisor. So, he returned without knowing what the call was all about. He began to think, “What have I done to be called into the station?” He was very nervous as he drove into the station parking lot. When he came into the station, he was met by his supervisor who looked upset. “Come in and have a seat” the supervisor said. “Did you change a flat tire this morning?” Yes, he said. The lady has called in a complaint on you. The young trooper began to think, “Did I say something or do something that was out of line?” As he sat there his thoughts could not provide any clue that he could think of. The young guy said “Yes, I changed a tire but I can’t think of anything I did wrong concerning that  repair. The supervisor said,”She reports that you left a muddy hand print on the side of her car and she wants the state to pay for her car to be washed.”  “What do you think about that?” the supervisor said. The trooper said, “I don’t remember any hand print but the conditions were very wet and muddy.” The supervisor called the lady and said the trooper was doing his duty and was on duty at the time. If you insist on your car being washed, the state will have to charge you for the hour the trooper spent changing your tire. His clothes are soiled and have to be dry cleaned. So, we will wash your car, but you will have to pay for one hour of his salary and the cleaning bill. She said forget it and closed the communication by slamming down the receiver of the telephone.

Sometimes doing your duty can result in issues like that. However, we are all thankful for the acts of kindness that come our way by strangers and friends. To the young trooper we say keep up the good work and serve the public as you were taught at the academy. ( A true story from Simposious. We are very grateful for all the men and women who serve in law enforcement).

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Quotes About Contentment

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Quotes About Contentment

Quotes tagged as “contentment” (showing 1-30 of 194)
Mark Twain

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
Dale Carnegie

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence People
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Oprah Winfrey

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
― Oprah Winfrey
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Martha Washington

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
― Martha Washington
Maya Angelou

“We need much less than we think we need.”
― Maya Angelou
Leo Tolstoy

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
― Leo TolstoyFamily Happiness
Lao Tzu

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
― Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
― Lao Tzu
Walt Whitman

“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough”
― Walt Whitman
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. Seuss

“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re real quite lucky.”
― Dr. Seuss
Dorothy Parker

Inventory:“Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”
― Dorothy ParkerThe Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker
Elizabeth Gilbert

“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”
― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love
Socrates

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
― Socrates
Pearl S. Buck

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.”
― Pearl S. Buck
Immanuel Kant

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”
― Immanuel Kant