The Art of GIVING
Emerson said it well: “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself”
We give of ourself when we give gifts of the heart: love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness…
We give of ourself when we give gifts of the mind: ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, principles, plans, inventions, projects, poetry…
We give of ourselves when we give the gift of words: encouragement, inspiration, guidance…
The Art of TRAVELLING
Travel expectantly. Every place you visit is like a surprise package waiting to be opening. Untie the strings with the spirit of high adventure.
Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully”, wrote Robert Louis Stephenson, “is better than to arrive.”
Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of life.
Travel with curiosity. It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.
Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity, the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.
Travel patiently. It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.
The Art of MASTERING FEAR
By flooding the dark corners of fear and superstition with the bright light of reason and knowledge, thus mapping the unknown, overcoming fancy with fact, dispersing hobgoblins of the imagination and revealing the truth that sets man free.
By finding inspiration in the words of Cardinal Newman: “Fear not that your life shall come to an end but rather that it shall never have a beginning.”
By willingly taking the risk of enriching adventures tinged with danger, knowing the sheltered and protected life misses much and that as the Bard of Avon expressed it: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
The Art of BEING YOURSELF
Champion the right to be yourself, dare to be different and set your own pattern; live your own life and follow your own star.
Respect yourself, you have the right to be here and you have important work to do.
Don’t stand in your own shadow; get your little self out of the way so your big self can stride forward.
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny spark of possibility within you into the flame of achievement.
Follow the advice of Socrates: Know Thyself; know your strengths and your weaknesses; your relation to the universe; your potentialities; your spiritual heritage; your aims and purposes; take stock of yourself.
Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life.
Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.
The Art of LAUGHTER
Remember the old proverb: “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest man”
Guard yourself against the gloomy outlook by recalling the wise statement of Henry Ward Beecher: “A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs…he is jolted disagreeably by every pebble in the road.”
Most of all, learn to laugh at yourself, meet each day with a sense of humour.