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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 624
And mention Ishmael in the Book, for he was true to his promise and was a messenger, a prophet. He used to enjoin prayer and charity on his people, and he was acceptable to his Lord. [19: 54,55]
Hadith of the Day:
The Qur'an will either be evidence for you or against you. [Muslim]
Wise Quote of the Day:
How can the laws of nature be ruptured for you so that miracles result, while you, for your part, have not yet ruptured your bad habits. [Ibn Ataillah]
Guidance of the Day:
A human being is the kind of machine that wears out from lack of use. There are limits, of course, and we do need healthful rest and relaxation, but for the most part we gain energy by using energy. Often the best remedy for physical weariness is thirty minutes of aerobic exercise. In the same way, mental and spiritual lassitude is often cured by decisive action or the clear intention to act. Human energy comes into existence through use. You can't hoard it. It might well be that all of us possess enormous stores of potential energy, more than we could ever hope to use.
Even serious blows in life can give you extra energy by knocking you off dead center, shaking you out of lethargy. Acknowledging the blows doesn't mean sniveling; it means facing the truth and then moving on. Above all else, move and keep moving. Take time for wise planning, but don't take forever. Whatever you can do or dream you can---begin it, boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Get on the path of mastery and stay on it. A regular practice not only elicits energy but tames it. Without the firm underpinnings of a practice, deadlines can produce violent swings between frantic activity and collapse.
Television makes it even more complicated. By offering endless possibilities, it tempts you to choose none, to sit staring in endless wonder, to become comatose. Indecision leads to inaction, which leads to low energy, depression, despair. Ultimately, liberation comes through the acceptance of limits. You can't do everything, but you can do one thing, and then another and another. In terms of energy it's better to make a wrong choice than none at all. [Mastery--The key to success and long term fulfillment]
Food for Thought:
You should forgive your enemies. That is one of the things you have got to do. You have to learn how not to harbor a grudge, how to forgive. Things change, not because we are controlling others, but because we change.
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