As A New Week Dawns: A Thought 4 the Week

April 15 is tax day in the United States.  As many of us in the United States are scrambling to wind things, it is high time to remember how challenging times and disappointments are always part and parcel of life.    Whether it is Contracts being cancelled, calls not returned ,job applications being rejected or taxes owed--it is how one deals with the challenges that would in the end determine the "how".      This really hit home as I had the good fortune to recently visit the Getty Museum and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center on how lives have evolved ever so.    It shows how far we have come, what we should value and embrace and not continue to be discouraged at the temporary setbacks or roadblocks which will occur.

What  Jonathan Lockwood Huie yet again shared in his daily "thoughts" was ever so timely to underscore this.   It is a good lesson to be remembered and learnt by us all as we navigate through the daily minefields that is life--as long as we remember to do it with a smile and not allow the World to ever change our smile not withstanding the onslaught of challenges:

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama

God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamor.
- Charles Stanley 

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St. Francis of Assisi 


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