The Measure of Our Success: A letter to My Children and Yours
Twenty-Five Lessons For Life
by Marian Wright Edelman
1. There is no free lunch. Don’t feel entitled to anything you don’t sweat and struggle for. You can’t take anything for granted in America.
2. Set goals and work quietly and systematically toward them.
3. Assign yourself. Don’t wait around for someone to direct you to do what you are able to figure out and do for yourself. Don’t do just as little as you can get by.
4. Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul, build a decent family or help you sleep at night. Don’t spend every dollar you earn. Save a dime and share a dime.
5. Don’t be afraid of taking risks or of being criticized. Don’t be afraid of failing at any task, it’s the way you learn to do things right.
6. Take parenting and family life seriously and insist that those you work for and who represent you do. (family values)
7. Remember that your wife is not your mother or your maid, but your partner and friend. Think of your girl friend as your mother or sister.
8. Forming families is serious business. It requires planning, economic stability, commitment, love and time.
9. Be honest. Struggle to live what you say and preach.
10. Remember and help America remember that the fellowship of human beings is more important than the fellowship of race, class and gender in a democratic society. Don’t tell, laugh at, or in any way acquiesce to racial, ethnic, religious, or gender jokes or to any practices intended to demean rather than enhance another human being.
11. Sell the shadow for the substance. Don’t confuse style with substance. A “BMW” is not an advanced degree and designer clothes are not a life goal or worth a life.
12. Never give up. Never think life is not worth living. I don’t care how hard it gets.
13. Be confident that you can make a difference.
14. Don’t ever stop learning and improving your mind or you’re going to get left behind.
15. Don’t be afraid of hard work or of teaching your children to work.
16. Slow Down and Live – You’ve got a long way to go. A job done too hurriedly is never well done.
17. Chose your friends carefully. Stay out of the fast lane and ignore the crowd. You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.
18. Be a can-do will try person. Focus on what you have and not what you don’t have. What you can do rather than what you cannot do.
19. Try to live in the present; don’t carry around unnecessary burdens from a yesterday you will not live again or a tomorrow that is not guaranteed.
20. Use your political and economic power for the community and others less fortunate.
21. Listen for “the sound of the genuine” within yourself and others. Learn to be alone without being lonely. Be yourself, know yourself, learn to like being with yourself.
22. You are in charge of your own attitude. You control yourself
23. Remember your roots, your history and the forebears’ shoulders on which you stand.
24. Be reliable. Be faithful. Finish what you start.
25. Always remember that you are never alone. Significant others, teachers, counselors, mentors, ministers. Hitch your start to someone.
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“Authenticity is the essence of power.”
Our ancient ancestors believed that every place has a Spirit looking after it or embodying it: just as we have a soul, the plants, trees, birds, mountains, and rivers have their own essences.
When the Spirit of Place arrives in your reading, it says that the answer to your query is in the overarching theme of your circumstances. Is your questions about a struggle? The answer is to relax and let go of your need to control the situation. If your inquiry relates to finding love, then embody love rather than long for it. Once you find the essential truth that underlies your question and then name it, you’ll discover the answer you’ve been seeking. Your greatest power is in your authenticity.
Don’t get entangled in details or desires that obscure the truth or your situation. Step back and ask yourself, What is the real nature of my inquiry? Even exquisitely seductive hidden agendas cannot conceal this. Trust your intuition, the Spirit of Place is whispering in your ear. You hold the power to tell the truth- first to yourself, then to the world. You can always distinguish between an essence that is true and one that is “synthetic.”
Be honest with yourself, and remain willing to let your situation be revealed for what it really is and not what you want it to be. An apple can’t become an orange, just as a dog can never be a bird. Are you trying to change someone or something to suit your agenda? Only when you see things as they truly are will you find the real treasure.
-by Colette Baron-Reid from The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards
In this blog post are some great links to resources for coping with grief. If you’re like me, struggling with accepting a recently departed loved one or, are in the grieving process, you’ll want to be sure and check this post out. It has some great links to some great reads. It surely helped me get though a tough patch and it just might help you, too! I’m posting for all of us who are grieving. May we be well and heal and process into acceptance in our own way. And, may our loved ones R.I.P. I love you and am praying for us all! Blessed be. Namaste.
Here you’ll find some great meditations! I especially enjoy the meditation on grief and the chakra clearing ones. Meditation is one of the keys to my spiritual grounding and practice so I’m always seeking new sources of inspiration. I stumbled upon this one while doing a google search for “coping with grief” resources. I just adore this website, as it’s user friendly and beautiful to boot! Check it out and have a listen!
by Debbie Ford
I, Califoriamoon, will no longer be bound by the slavery of my fear.
I will never again give my power away to my insecurities, my doubts, or my resentments.
I will stop allowing my past to define who I am, and I will stand for my highest integrity.
I will stop being a people pleaser and will honor my authentic truth.
I will stop listening to the voice of my critical, fearful, arrogant, know-it-all self, and I will listen to the voice of my most courageous and confident self.
I will break free from the strangulating grip of my self-defeating behaviors and will each moment choose powerfully to make choices that leave me feeling strong, powerful, and ready to take on the world and move from fear to faith.
I take this vow now as a positive stand for my soul’s highest expression and for every man, woman, and child on this planet today.
As I set myself free, I am freeing all those around me to be their courageous, confident, authentic selves.
And now, as I close my eyes, I ask all the powers that be to support me in living this vow each moment of each day.
So it is. And so it shall be.
You’re on the Right Path: Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s working. The angels are encouraging you to take positive action steps related to your dreams. Ask you guardian angels to, “Please give me signs, guidance, motivation, support, and inspiration related to my Divine life purpose.”
Writing: You heal, inspire, teach, and entertain with the words you write. This will require some self-discipline and you must act on a daily basis to bring this dream about. It is an art and will never be completely perfect. Call upon AA Gabriel for clarity, confidence and motivation.
SURRENDER: Let Go, Let God
BELIEVE: Have faith!
ACTION: Go for it!
STOCK: Take inventory.
FORGIVENESS: Release judgements.
CONFIDENCE: You can do it!
FLOW: Trust the process.
COURAGE: Give yourself credit.
ACCEPTANCE: Be open to change.
PATIENCE: Everything has a season.
KNOWLEDGE: Learn something new.
TRUTH: Express yourself.
COMMITMENT: Make a covenant.
EXERCISE: Connect with your body.
MEDITATE: Be still.
PRAY: Connecting with God.
BALANCE: Energy healing.
ABUNDANCE: Bountiful blessings.
THANKSGIVING: Being grateful.