How To Discover The Hidden Knowledge Inside Of YouWritten by Dien Rice
When I was a kid, I loved to lie back in grass, staring up towards sky.
Sometimes, while lying back, I'd stick my feet up in air and look at my little feet with clouds moving behind them. Then I'd pretend that I was walking across sky. These are some of fun things we do as kids, and as we grow up we forget about this kind of magic...
Another thing I used to do was to look at clouds and see what sort of shapes I could find.
Sometimes I'd see a bird of some kind, sometimes a boat floating across sky, and sometimes I'd even see a person's profile... And countless other images!
These shapes are always in sky. How long has it been since you looked? They are always there when there are right kind of clouds - but - you don't see them unless you look for them.
It's like talent and knowledge that's lurking inside of you. You have within you very useful knowledge which would be valuable to many other people. It's all based on things you have done, experiences you have had. But most of time many of us think, "I don't know anything of value."
The truth is, it's like looking for shapes in clouds. Unless you look for them, you won't see anything there. But once you start searching, you will discover that there are many meaningful shapes in clouds, which until a moment ago were completely invisible.
What have been your experiences in life? I'm sure there have been plenty...
THE PETALS THAT FALLWritten by Arleen M. Kaptur
A flower bud offers so much hope and expectation for potentially beautiful bloom that is to follow. We watch it gently open its petals and bask in warm sunshine of day. The fragrance fills air with aroma of life and even night hours cannot fade its brilliant color and delicate details. But one day petals begin to fall one by one onto ground. Our flower begins to fade in beauty but a miracle lies within. There deep inside in very plant that brought it to fulfillment, there lies future growth and possibility for following year and more breath-taking delight in new growing seasons.
Well, life is so much like this flower. Babies and children truly delight us with their fresh newness and comical antics. As they search to know world around them, they can sometimes mess up ours. They spill, fall, fight, and grow. Our eyes deceive us as we don’t notice evolving adult in that beautiful child. Our ears close to their endless chatter, and our feet get weary of following them and insuring their safety. Before long, and without any notice, they are young adults and capable of making decisions and following their own dreams.
We are adults for a longer time in our lives than we are children. How many times we long for those carefree days of letting each day bring on fun, joy, and total abandonment to whatever comes our way. As adults, we plan, schedule, and keep “to do” lists. We keep world in motion and we clear a path for future generations. Adults create products and innovations to make life easier, and more fulfilling. Bridges bring people and nations together, and bricks build homes and families. Cultures teach us to tolerate differences and history shows us what to avoid. Then, without any warning, we reach our golden years. Retirement from our jobs is as close as a heartbeat and we relinquish heavy reins of industry and business to next generation of adults. It becomes our time to bask in our achievements or to remember, smile, and relish memories. Whether our thoughts bring good times or bad, they all had a hand in forming life we have and thoughts we possess.
As senior citizens, our eyes may not be as bright as a child’s, but they still carry a vision. Our hands are not smooth and delicate, story of labor and hardship is etched in them forever. However, our words can still delight and bring joy to youngest of young and to current adult world. We have memories, successes and failures to relate. Our stories give insight into what was and what can be. Each day still has its challenges but also its rewards. The hours can be filled with what we enjoy, or they can be wiled away while we wait for inevitable. Life goes on whether we like it or not. To choose not to enjoy what it has in store will just crimp our ability to continue growing and achieving self-satisfaction and self-esteem. We are who we are and that is what we have to work with. We can sit back or we can reach up. The choice all through life is ours and so are rewards and consequences.