28 July 2009

24 July 2009

Friendship

"So many of our human connections are superficial. During his short life on earth, Jesus spoke frankly about the shallow nature of those relationships. He knew that people’s loyalty to him often ran no deeper than a free meal of fish and bread, or the reality-show prospect of some miraculous spectacle.

But for Jesus, the concept of friendship was deadly serious.

“I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you,” he told his disciples. “And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.”

I marvel at what those statements really mean. I’ve held nothing back, Jesus seems to say. I’ve told you things that, until now, only my Father and I knew. I’m about to face a challenge you can’t comprehend, to go where you cannot follow, and yet I’m taking the time to tell you this: You are my friends.

And one more thing. “You didn’t choose me,” Jesus concluded. “I chose you.”

As my best friend who lives on this planet, I’m glad Lori chose me. True friendship is precious, beyond knowing."

Excerpt from "Thankful for true friendship" in Walk with me


17 July 2009

Giving and Receiving


Summer evening sky in Lahti, Finland July 09


"Y’know, sometimes the generosity of another can be quite overwhelming, but it is a good thing to practice receiving. Without people on the receiving end, there would be no givers. Every person is vital to the flow. A friend in need is a friend indeed. If this confuses your humble self, just say thank you and take the present without telling yourself you don’t deserve it. Society has a way of fooling you into feeling small or less-than if you find yourself at the receiving end of someone’s kindness. I have friends that hate when I pay for things. But I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for the kindness of those friends through the years; those who loaned me their cars, allowing me to sleep on their couch for years without paying rent, taking me to movies, feeding me, smoking me out, etc. These days, supporting someone else’s journey is more than my karmic duty. It is my greatest pleasure. Even if my contribution is just one meal, it uplifts me to fill the belly of another to fuel their continued travels. If we all Give what we Get then there will always be plenty for everyone to enjoy at just the right time. These days I’m still at the gaping end of a horn-o-plenty so it’s easy to share the wealth. The goods just keep falling into my lap. But, while every gift has a good intention it’s hard to accept “stuff” when on the move. I rarely buy “things” on the road. Words and pictures make the best souvenirs for any adventure. Just press a flower into a notebook and call it a day."

- Jason Mraz


From Freshness Factor Five Thousand


Check out also: The Story of Stuff

Share the wealth.

14 July 2009

True freedom and equality

..Could also be called the heart of Jesus.

Kathy Escobar's got it again!


I pretty much agree.

PS. It's my birthday tomorrow!! yey :)

02 July 2009

Fidelity

A friend of mine sent me this video a few days ago. I think it is cute! It(the song) has got nice atmosphere. Lightness to it. Have to say it is completely opposite of me and my feelings today! So, especially a perfect day to post something like this :)