Be Nice

Espirational: A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

The two words I try to live by are be nice.   Those are words I heard a lot growing up and still remember my mother’s voice saying them in a rather sharp tone, followed by my full given name.  These were said when my mother thought I was doing something wrong.  It took me a long time to get past the thought that I was not a nice person.

Being nice is not easy, especially in today’s culture.  I am often told I am “too nice.”  I shouldn’t try to help people.  People will take advantage.  Yes, some might, but that doesn’t mean we stop trying to help where we can.

For me those two words sum up the teachings of the New Testament.  Let me get out my Bible here and show a few examples.

These first two passages talk about the Fruit of the Spirit or…

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Jiuzhaigou – Before and After the Recent Earthquake


It takes millions of years to create the picturesque environment of the beautiful lakes in Jiuzhaigou, China.

The placid and serene lakes there are known for their mirror like reflection. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lakes.

Water with calcium in it flows through the area creating bund like structures and series of terraces.

The water is so blue as it has no living plants in there; trees fallen over in the lake are progressively calcified.

Now, everything is destroyed.

The waterfalls are gone, the bunds disappeared.

Perhaps, the area will never recover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The last two photos are from the news agencies to which credit is due.

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Thought for Today

Espirational: A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Religion is meant to teach us true spiritual human character. It is meant for self-transformation. It is meant to transform anxiety into peace, arrogance into humility, envy into compassion, to awaken the pure soul in man and his love for the Source, which is God.”

—- Radhanath Swami
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Why To Never Give Up

Cristian Mihai

I often say that perseverance matters a lot. Because it all takes hard work and discipline.

Being resilient means facing adversity. Also, nothing works the first few times.

You’ve got to understand that greatness is achieved, not offered. It is earned.

This is why you should never give up.

As long as you keep fighting, anything is possible. If you quit, you’ve lost.

As they say, you can’t beat someone who doesn’t give up.

Never give up!

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