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Don’t Give Up

Posted by mopsky on October 30, 2007

One day I decided to quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, I asked, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”
His answer surprised me…
“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light.
I gave them water.
The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.
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Posted by mopsky on October 14, 2007

Simplicity will point to you where and what and who the gold is in your
life. Let me share with you the seven powerful lessons I’ve learned on
simple living:

Some take their pleasure dining in classy restaurants, trips to Europe, and owning the latest home theatre-equipment. I’ve chosen the simple path: If I can simply be with my wife, or take a quiet stroll under a canopy of stars, or play with a child, or read a good book in my home, or laugh with friends over a pizza, I consider myself richly blessed. Focus on what you have and not on what you don’t have.

Here’s the truth: The person who has covered the greatest distance does NOT win, but the one who has most enjoyed the journey does. Stop running around! chasing your own tail!

Get off your hurried pace and learn to breathe. Replace doing with being. Learn to say no to invitations, appointments, and commitments, activities and events that will rob you of your focus. Learn to say “yes” to rest, to tranquility, to quietness.

I own very few things today. Because I am more than the brand of my watch, the logo of my shoes, the name of my car. I believe that if in my soul I deeply respect and value myself, people around me will sense that, and they too, will value and respect me-whether I’m wearing Armani or not.

I don’t believe in borrowing from credit cards. (For convenience, I use one card but I pay the whole amount at the end of each month.) If I need something really bad, I save up for it. Sometimes, at midpoint, I realize I don’t really need the darn thing and give up the whole idea. The only exception I feel we should enter into a credit is when buying a non-depreciating item, such as housing or land. I believe we should always live within our earning capacity. Proverbs 22:7 says, “Those who borrow are slaves of moneylenders.”

If I content myself with P250 shirt instead of P4,000 Lacoste, I can help others more. Trust me, there is immense pleasure! You will find that the empty thrill of owning a diamond ring on your finger pales in comparison to the joy of handing a piece of bread to an orphan child.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The Old Testament of tithing, or giving 10% of your income is a good guideline to follow. The New Testament challenges us to give with a cheerful heart. (When you’re cheerful, you may give more than 10%!) Make it a habit.

Saving is essential to being good stewards of the money that God “lends” to us. Saving is an important way of providing for our future-both for our needs and to be generous to others. I recommend that you save at least 10% of your income. I can almost hear you now: “Bo, that’s impossible!” Oh yeah? Well, how did you live three years back when your salary was one-half its
present amount?” Sacrifice. Many of our needs are actually wants. Is cable TV a need? Will you suddenly die if you can’t watch CNN or HBO? Are those new golf clubs essential to your existence? Invest in time deposits, long-term stocks and housing.

Make a list of all your monthly expenses, according to categories. Make also a list of irregular expenses-those that don’t come monthly. Set up another savings account for these expenses and put in a little money each month. To differentiate this from the savings account, we call ours “freedom account” because it frees us from worrying about them when they suddenly attack. And stick to your budget!

Balance. Don’t take living simply to the extremes! Living simply doesn’t mean living in deprivation. There are special days when my wife and I eat in a fancy restaurant. Or, when we splurge on a vacation. Very rare, yes, but my point is that you take living simply NOT as a rigid goal- but as a happy process towards the goals of generosity, inner peace and holiness.

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Freedom of Simplicity

Posted by mopsky on October 13, 2007

Freedom of Simplicity
By Bo Sanchez

Happiness is not found outside of you. It doesn’t come from cars, clothes, cash, or Caribbean cruises. Happiness is found within. But how can you find it if you don’t have the simplicity of time and space to discoverthe most important things in your life?

How can you search the depths of your soul if you are too busy impressing others, acquiring wealth, protecting your properties, and paying your debts?

Simplicity is not about the external either: living in a doghouse, eating in Hepatitis joints, wearing rags.

Let me define what it is: Simplicity is living from the core of your being.

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If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw

Posted by mopsky on October 5, 2007

If You’re Reading This

If you’re reading this
My mommas sitting there
Looks like I only got a one-way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
And war was just a game we played when we were kids
Well I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots
I’m up here with God
And we’re BOTH watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go
And if you’re reading this
I’m already home

If you’re reading this
Half way around the world
I won’t be there to see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stands up for the innocent and the weak
I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots
Tell dad I don’t regret that I followed in his shoes

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go
And if you’re reading this
I’m already home

If you’re reading this
There’s gonna come a day
When you move on and find someone else
And that’s okay
Just remember this
I’m in a better place
Where soldiers live in peace
And angels sing Amazing Grace

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go
And if you’re reading this
If you’re reading this
I’m already home

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