Winning Path

Friday, 7 August 2015

The Knots Prayer

The Knots Prayer

Please untie the knots
that are in my mind, my heart and my life.
Remove the have-nots, the can-nots, the do-nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will-nots, may-nots, might-nots
that may find a home in my heart.
Release me from the could-nots, 
would-nots and should-nots
that obstruct my life.

And most of all
I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life
all of the "am-nots"
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought that
I am not good enough.

So may it be.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Life Is A Journey

Life Is A Journey
~by John Ruskin

Life is a journey. Who would set upon a vacation trip to one of our National Parks and close his eyes to all the beauty, all the fun and happiness on the journey to and from the park?

Our happiness should never be reserved to the realisation of an object. It should be found in every golden moment along the road to accomplishment. 

Each of life's goals should be but stepping stones to something higher and nobler in the development of self. We should never cease, never stop, this eternal growth.

Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. and let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength or knowledge gained for yourself.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Young Man's Search For Happiness

A shopkeeper sent his son to learn the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for 40 days and finally came upon a beautiful castle where the wise man lived. He entered the main room of the castle.

The lad expected a saintly man and a quiet residence. Instead, he came upon a hive of activity. Tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra played soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food. The wise man conversed with everyone and the boy had to wait for two hours for his turn to speak.

The wise man listened attentively to the lad's explanation of why he had come and told him that he did not have the time to explain the secret of happiness. He suggested that the boy look around the house and return in two hours.

"Meanwhile I want to ask you to do something," said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. "As you wander around, carry this spoon with you and do not spill the oil."

The boy climbed and descended the main stairways, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours he returned to the room where the wise man was.

"Well," asked the wise man, "Did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in my dining hall? Did you see the garden that took the master gardener ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?"

The boy was embarrassed and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.

"Then go back and enjoy the marvels of my world," said the wise man, "You cannot trust a man if you don't know his house."

Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and went to explore the palace. This time he observed all the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens and the beauty of the flowers. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen. 

"But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?" asked the wise man. 

Looking down at the spoon, the boy saw that the oil was gone.

"Well there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil in the spoon."

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Are We Quick To Judge?

A little girl was holding two apples, one in each hand. 

Her mother came up to her and softly asked, "Sweetie could you give your mum one of your two apples? 

The girl looked up at her mother for a few seconds and then took a bite from one apple, quickly followed by a bite from the other apple. 

The mother felt the smile on her face freeze. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment. 

Then the little girl handed one of the apples to her mother and said, "Mummy, here you are. This is the sweeter one."

We are reminded time and time again never to judge, or to conclude too quickly, led by what we see and hear. No matter who we are, how experienced we are or how knowledgeable we think we are, always delay judgement. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see and hear may not be the reality. 

Saturday, 6 June 2015

You Are...

You Are...
        Christine Lim

You are strong… 
when you take your grief and teach it to smile.

You are brave… 
when you overcome your fear and help others to do the same.

You are happy… 
when you see a flower and are thankful for the blessing.

You are loving… 
when your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.

You are wise… 
when you know the limits of your wisdom.

You are true… 
when you admit there are times you fool yourself.

You are alive… 
when tomorrow’s hope means more to you than yesterday’s mistake.

You are growing… 
when you know what you are but not what you will become.

You are free… 
when you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.

You are honourable… 
when you find your honour is to honour others.

You are generous… 
when you can take as sweetly as you can give.

You are humble… 
when you do not know how humble you are.

You are thoughtful… 
when you see me just as I am and treat me just as you are.

You are merciful… 
when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.

You are beautiful… 
when you don’t need a mirror to tell you.

You are rich… 
when you never need more than what you have.

You are you… 
when you are at peace with who you are not.