Using both ropes
Balance can be illustrated with a window washing platform on a skyscraper. This scaffold needs both ropes adjusted the same length in order for its workers and other items to remain in place.
Our two ropes could be
1) reliance on God’s wisdom
2) Our conscience
Like pedaling a bicycle
Stop pedaling and you will fall.
We have to make progress in Christianity or we will fall. Can’t stand still.
How to die early
Here is a businessman’s list of ways to die early. (From an unbalanced approach to life)
1. Never say No to a request — always say YES.
2. Your job comes first; personal considerations are secondary.
3. Accept all invitations to meetings, banquets, committees, etc.
4. Go to the office evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
5. Golf, bowling and hobbies are a waste of time.
6. It is a poor policy to take all the vacation time which is provided to you.
7. Never delegate responsibility to others; carry the whole load at all times.
8. Do not eat a restful, relaxing meal — always plan a conference for the dinner hour.
9. If your work calls for traveling — work all day and drive all night to make your appointment for the next morning.
10. Fishing and hunting are a waste of time and money — you never bring back enough fish or game to justify the expense.
11. Take the briefcase home on the evenings when you do not go to the office. This provides an opportunity to review completely all the troubles and worries of the day.
The law of the garbage truck
One day I hopped into a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a large black car pulled out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital.” This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call: The Law of the Garbage Truck.
He explained the following: “Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.”
“The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so… love the people who treat you right, and pray for the ones who don’t.”
Remember… you cannot always choose what happens to you in life, but you can always choose how you react to it. We live by choice, not by chance.
Strength Can Become Weakness
A person who calls himself frank and candid can very easily find himself
becoming tactless and cruel.
A person who prides himself on being tactful can find eventually that he
has become evasive and deceitful.
A person with firm convictions can become pigheaded.
A person who is inclined to be temperate and judicious can sometimes
turn into someone with weak convictions and banked fires of resolution.
Loyalty can lead to fanaticism.
Caution can become timidity.
Freedom can become license.
Confidence can become arrogance.
Humility can become servility.
All these are ways in which strength can become weakness.
Take care of yourself.
Life sends us upon a tightrope,
that’s sometimes hard to see.
To walk that fine line,
we must always be alert.
To listen, to feel, and let ourselves react.
To perceive the importance of even the little things.
The awareness of a brand new day,
the peacefulness of sleep.
Listen to the wind ,
and feel it’s gentle touch.
The ocean with it’s mighty power,
and every small raindrop.
A mighty eagle soaring,
a tiny hummingbird.
To hear the tremendous thunder storm,
and to smell the new spring rain.
The willingness to give,
and also to receive.
The old with all their wisdom,
the infant’s innocent.
The tears of birth,
and the tears of death.
Be balanced my friend.
Take care of yourself.
— Charlotte West
A washing machine works well when the load is balanced. If the load is not balanced, then it goes “bang, bang, bang”.
Stop the machine and readjust the load to bring it back into balance.
Do we stop and make adjustments in our life from time to time.
A certain business man sent his son to search for the most wise person and learn about the secrets of happiness.
After wandering through the desert for forty days, the young man came to a magnificent palace built upon a hill. The wise man was residing there.
However, instead of a philosopher´s room, the young man was guided into a wide and busy hall, with business men coming in and getting out, people standing on every corner and talking, a small group playing music, and even a huge table full of delicacies.
The wise man was talking to everyone as a friendly host so that the young guest has to wait for more than 2 hours before it was his turn.
Now the wise man listened what the new young visitor has to ask, but said he didn’t have time now to explain him the secrets of happiness. He recommended the young man walk on a sightseeing tour around the palace and be back in two hours.
“But I would like to ask you something,” the wise man added, handing the young visitor a tea spoon with two drops of oil in it. “While touring, would you please take care of the oil in the spoon?”
Now the young man walked around the palace and its compound, careful of the two drops of oil in the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the hall.
” Well,” said the wise host, ” how do you find the precious Persian carpet in my dining room? What about the beautiful park, that took my master gardener ten years hard work? No doubt you are impressed by the volumes of literary collection in my library?”
Ashamed, the young man admitted that he couldn’t pay so much attention to all those things because he had to be careful of the two drops of oil in the spoon.
“But it is a custom here that no guest could be trusted before he is well acquainted with our house. I therefore urge you to start again and get to know my palace and the things in it first, before I consider your question.”
The young man took the spoon and start his tour all over again. But this time, he was careful that nothing escaped his notice. He spent sometime wondering the beautiful works of art hanging on the wall, the amazing diversity of flowers in the park, the beautiful landscape, the extravagant works of architecture.
Back in the hall and deeply impressed, he described to the wise man everything he had seen.
” But where are the two drops of oil i entrusted you?” the wise man wanted to know.
The young man was shocked to discover that while he was on his fascinating tour, the two drops of oil were gone.
The wise man, however, only tapped his young visitor on the shoulder and said; “I give you this counsel — the mystery of happiness lies in keeping the balance between being impressed by all the wonders of creation without ever forgetting the two drops of oil.”