Yearly Archives: 2013

posticon The Certainty of Uncertainty by John Cali and Spirit

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Did you ever wish you could know what the future holds? I sure did—I spent most of my younger years planning every detail of my life, present and future. How deeply I yearned for certainty, for that sure knowing everything would turn out exactly as I wanted.

Talk about an exercise in futility! I finally learned to embrace not knowing what the future held—to embrace the certainty of uncertainty.

All we have is the present moment. That much we can know with certainty.Read more

posticon The Oak Tree by Hans Brockhuis

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It is gorgeous weather. Not too hot, not too cold and practically no wind. I am sitting on a bench in the park. This is not just a bench. It is located on my favorite spot, under a beautiful aged oak tree. A lark shrills his joy about the summer. The trees around me radiate and tell me they are healthy and are being taken care of very well by the rain, which is falling regularly, and by the plentiful sunshine.Read more

posticon How To Have a Healthy Body All Your Life by John Cali and Spirit

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Hope_Peace_Joy_(4207698474)Holiday Candles by Rennett Stowe

With the holidays upon us again, our thoughts turn to celebrations. And celebrations sometimes lead to overindulgence. Overindulgence, in turn, leads to thoughts of how we can create healthier bodies.

Here are a few tips from Spirit.


  • Love your body unconditionally—exactly as it is right here and right now. It is part of you, your spirit. You chose it—now cherish it for the gift it is.
  • Your body needs quiet time—meditate regularly. It doesn’t have to be a long time.
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posticon Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 by John Cali

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One of my all-time greatest heroes is Nelson Mandela. He showed us the impossible is possible if we never give up.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this great man:

  • It always seems impossible until its done.
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
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posticon The Qualities of a Saint by Jane Ritson

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Seattle_-_Blessed_Sacrament_-_St._Jude_Thadeus_01Saint Jude Copyright © 2013 Joe Mabel

After the devastation of the hurricane named after St Jude I decided to do a little research on what qualities make a saint.

Initially it was a term of greeting for those in Jesus’ inner circle, otherwise known as his disciples.  After this it was used for people who suffered through following their faith.  Saint-hood is associated with those who devote their life to their beliefs, often entering a monastery or religious order.  Some lived alone, away from the pressures of society. Read more