By Rev. Richard Kent Matthews
Laugh, and the world laughs with you!
The Holy Cliché called Compassion--Old fashioned and essential...for your good health.
“The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.” Baruch Spinoza
Cliché (from the French): a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel.
The Holy Cliché is one that maintains its integrity, meaning, grit, and truth.
Like most of us, you probably tend to brush off the old clichés. But sometimes they ring so true, you can't ignore them. For instance, here are just a couple of Holy Clichés. They remind us that:
Knowledge is power. Inquisitiveness can ultimately lead to wisdom. Continue learning every day. Listen closely, even to the winds. “A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after awhile, [they] know something.” Wilson Mizner
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Your most intimate relationship is with your own thoughts, and then with others. To establish the most powerful relationships, follow this suggestion: Don’t make them wrong. They worry about what others think. They are all self-serving first (just like you!). A sure way to the hearts of others is to allow them to realize in some subtle way that you sincerely recognize their importance. “Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.” Mother Teresa
It takes all kinds. To keep humanity from blowing itself apart, we need every kind of person to participate. Saving the world is a group effort!
The relationship is everything. Recognizing your interconnection is paramount. Even though you are distinct and individual, with different likes and dislikes, still, choosing to cooperate with one another can mean the difference between life and death—to ourselves as well as the planet.
When rightly understood, the Holy Clichés can be intimate reminders of how we are all interconnected. No matter how seemingly small the amount of compassion you extend, it can and will touch the world in ways that you won’t even begin to imagine.
Consciously choose each day to increase your level of compassion even slightly. This is a significant way for you to heal as well. And that is what the Holy Clichés call you to do: heal and help, simple as that.
We can dismiss the old clichés as irrelevant, outdated, useless; or we can reinvent them, spark them up, use them to ignite our passion to be of greater service to the world. It’s our call.
Let the world be your oyster! May sound fishy. But it’s the way forward.
“My life is blessed and I share it with the world!”
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