It seems to me that I am always searching for ways to better myself and enrich my life. I wasn't raised in a home that was strong in any type of spirituality, and have always found myself a little skeptical and a little fascinated with people who have strong faith in any kind of religion or god. With that said, I am constantly clipping little things out of magazines and newspapers that give me hope in humanity and in myself. Words have a way of filling a void in me in a way that I assume it must feel like to sit in a pew during Sunday morning mass and be renewed for the week ahead.
I have faith in words. They are tangible and soothing to me. They are real.
Lately, as the evening news shows us more images of horror and corruption, I find myself wondering more and more about the nature of human beings. At our core, are we really good? What has happened to the values that we once held do dear? How have we become so violent and self-centered, and is there hope for us, yet?
This morning, while I was thinking of the latest murders in Wisconsin, and saying a silent prayer to someone I hope hears me and my deepest thoughts, I stumbled across this little article I snipped from somewhere. I can't tell you where it was first printed or by whom, but it was taped into the front of a notebook I rarely open. Like I said, I don't have a lot of faith, but I do believe I was meant to find this and reread today. It gives me great hope that we are, in fact, good, and all is not lost.
10 Spiritual Tonics
1. Stop worrying. Worrying kills life.
2. Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.
3. Control your appetite and overindulgence. They clog the mind and body.
4. Accept your limitations; all of us can't be "great".
5. Don't envy. It wastes time and energy.
6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden views.
9. Spend some time alone for the peace and solitude of silence.
10. Try to want what you have instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.
Do something kind for someone today. We all need a little more of that in our lives.