International giving is on the rise. In the United States, we’re seeing double-digit annual growth. A study called Preferences for International Redistribution by Osili and Cagla Okten explored the characteristics of international donors.
A home should be inspiring. All the objects in your home should reinforce your values and character. Home should be a respite of calm and peace, and a reflection of who you are. A home should demonstrate moderation. Homes should reflect what is needed. Meet your needs, and then embrace moderation and simplicity. A home should have balance. The best homes reflect a sense of balance within the spaces, allowing for different types of activities. Some may be more energetic, others which are more peaceful.
During the Edo era in Japan (1603-1868), the only wood they’d use from the forest was if a branch had fallen from a tree. In the same way, we don’t pick fruit before it’s ripe. We don’t wrench the tomato from the vine until it’s ready to give itself to us. Perhaps, then, the message for us in present-day as well is, don’t cut down the wood until the tree is ready to release its branch.
Simple Truths creates some powerful books and motivating stories. My dad recently sent me this one, and a phrase particularly struck me. Mac Anderson talks about how his dad respected people equally…how we should strive to treat everyone as we would want to be treated. To treat them the same. That is with love, respect, caring — and in a very even, consistent manner. What a life calling! Anderson states: I recently heard someone say, “If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value.” Truer words were never spoken.” If you want to read…
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” — Kahlil Gibran
“Never stop paying attention to your feelings: they’re the only warning bell God lodged into your inner circuitry to remind you of your higher purpose.” — Anthony Silard
“Just For Today” is a moving, practical piece that allows us to warmly embrace life, each day…I hope you enjoy and it helps you live life more graciously today!