Thursday, September 6, 2007

i-TFTD #55

i-TFTD #55

#55-1. The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment.

#55-2. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

-Albert Schweitzer

#55-3. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
-Mother Teresa

The first one reminds us of a capability called Delayed Gratification, the first attribute of Emotional Intelligence.

The second is one type of the attitude of gratitude mentioned earlier in i-TFTD #30: Bless You My Friends. Often we can never repay acts of kindness in the same way to the same people who helped us. My personal experience has led to the strong belief that opportunities to "repay" arise in different ways with different people but we must remember to carry on the virtuous cycle.

We sometimes act as though there is a limited quantity of appreciation we have in our safebox that has to be carefully dispensed. The third is such a simple reminder from a simple and great person to loosen our purse strings at least as far as words go.

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