All in good time

Time is a Mystery

Since the dawn of time, humans have sought unceasingly to understand the mystery of time. Perhaps, one of our time quotes will speak to you in the gentle voice of understanding.
Something we don’t do enough of is appreciate time. Like those exquisite moments when we are “lost in time”.
Can you think of an experience when time stood still? Where were you not-doing something? Not-doing is being in the moment.
In Tao Te Ching, the word for literally no-doing is “Wu-wei”, pronounced woo-way. Wu-wei doesn’t imply indifference or laziness; it implies effortless action.
We are no-doing when we follow the path of no effort; the path of simplicity; the path of heart. No-doing is the cultivation of our inner-nature, in the present moment.
The Gift of Time

Let’s suppose, in some mystical way, you are given the gift of time for 24-hours. What will you do?
Here are the conditions – you must choose solitary ways to find your bliss – you cannot save gift time. Actually, it’s impossible to save time, anytime. You can only manage time and delude yourself you saved it.
We’ll offer a few potentialities. If nothing sparks your interest, browse through the time quotes (at the bottom).
You could – ride a train…take in a movie, with sub-titles…eat lunch at a French restaurant…have high tea in a tea room…browse through used-book stores…enjoy a solo happy hour in the lobby of a fabulous hotel…write the first chapter of your novel…sing at a Karaoke bar…people watch at the mall…have a massage.
A Time for Everything

“There is a time for everything…” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, but you can’t do everything at the same time. You can’t be a full-time parent and travel three weeks out of the month for your job.

  • You can’t start your own business, with five hungry kids and no money in the bank.
  • You can’t open a bed and breakfast unless you can cook and please people.

These examples aren’t supplied for you to accept limitations.

They are provided to help you realize the value of compromise, priorities and pre-planning.

When you truly want to do, to be, to have something, it’s a matter of taking small actions until the dream manifests. Do what you can, when you can. Doing something positive is better than succumbing to failure.

(By the way: If you answered, “Now is the time,” you are correct!)

There is no gain without pain

Preparing for your journey

“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:” Matthew 6:28

“There is no gain without pain.” Benjamin Flanklin

Live One Day At A Time And Make It A Masterpiece” Dalai Lama

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8

No gain without pain. The proverb really means that we cannot achieve real success in any field without great effort and sacrifice from our end. Prima facie, it may seem contradictory, for there are people who have gained wealth without any pain whatsoever. When we take the case of the son of a millionaire, we know how he has come to inherit great fortune without any headache. But we can realize these are rare cases of luck, just like a man winning a lottery; which need not be counted on. For us it remains naked truth that success can be won only at the cost of hard work and ceaseless labor.
No pain, No gain. This is particularly true in the case of education. Students, who really aspire great success and scholarships, have to work hard. There is no royal road to learning. A scholar is not born;’ but made through hard work and perseverance. A student can never become a scholar unless and until he works hard, gives cent percent concentration on his books and studies. The story is also true in your professional life. If you start a business, at first you have to suffer loss. This is what the Pain is mean.
Once you suffer the pain, there is following the reward in form of Gain. So in all phase of life we have to accept this. No pain, no gain is certainly true for all the different aspects of life. It is also true in character-building. No one is naturally very good. A good and noble character is the result of constant sacrifice, patience, effort and struggle. It requires ceaseless effort to form good habits and to resist temptation, evil companions, bad books and vulgar films. Finally we have to accept that nothing can be achieved without real effort.

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If you are leaving for a distant journey what must you do? First you need to take care of the needs of your household. Make all the necessary arrangements because if you miss something, it will be a long time before you can come back. The words of wisdom tells you, you need to prepare for the resources required for your journey, but take no heed but the leap of faith, one day at a time and make it a masterpiece, and God will take care of the rest.
– Contributed by Oogle.