Category Archives: Inspiration

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Teaching

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


 

This was something I got from the TV a few days ago and I was inspired to share it!

Simon 🙂

The secrets and wonders of an old church

This is a church near to where I work. I used to work round the corner and I used to go here a lot and look round. It was peaceful, quiet and interesting to look around. It was built a long, long time ago. Back in the 13th century. It predates the United States, democrocy in the England and so much more.

There is a board on the back that lists every minister that’s served there. How original and old it is I can’t say, but I like to think it’s as old as the curch.

The walls show signs of how it’s changed over the many years.Every mark tells it’s story. Look carefully on the last picture on the right. just below the lip on the right is a ginger bread man figure. Put there by a crantsman who wanted to leave his mark, he’s now now retired but has his story too.

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This stone is a memorial to  a girl that died and tells the story of her father who was taken from his home country. One presumes he was a slave and somehow escaped to Britain where he married a local and had a child.

 

Inside, ancient painting and stone work set this place alive. The gnerations of families that have worshipped here. How many have been christened, married and celebrated in the sight of these arches. What stories could they tell if they spoke?

This place inspires me, the age and the features preserved are just amazing and I wanted to share them so you could too!

Simon 🙂

Big Rocks

Big Rocks

I posted this maybe nearly two years ago as I struggled with a great deal of life and bad things. While I’m in a different place now, it’s important to remaber this and I wanted to share it with you all again.

 

Dr. Stephen R. Covey,
First Things First

One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

“No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the big rocks in your life? A project that you want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

Simon 🙂