25. Romano: In Love?

It had been just one week since the conclusion of the most sensational trial in the experience of the UNS Divine Scepter survivors. Several Crusader henchmen, followers of the corrupt and murdered Shaspa Hendricks, were found guilty by a Tribunal of four of the most influential leaders in this nomadic human society. They had perpetrated physical and sexual abuse against Marine personnel as well as those victims’ family members. Given sentences of life imprisonment, they were incarcerated in the ship’s brig awaiting transfer to a prison to be built on the planet below.

ArcLieutenant-General Helena Romano was visiting the home of her CO Thomas Hastings. On this day, Helena was fulfilling a promise to help Hastings’ daughter, Alexis, with her preparations for the entrance exams she faces in a few weeks. Alexis has decided on a Navy career and has applied to the Navy Academy for Officer Training. The entrance requirements are quite demanding, but the seventeen-year-old Alexis remains undaunted and committed. Continue reading “25. Romano: In Love?”

IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”

~ Leo Buscaglia

We have arrived at that gift-giving and receiving time of year – ushered in with spectacular fanfare by the incredible blast of the commercial horn called “Black Friday”. As we take deep breaths, and summon our courage, we set out to seek the elusive mall parking space, run the gauntlet of throngs of shoppers and search futilely for a harried salesperson to assist us. Or, we can go forth into cyberspace and explore strange new markets, seek out new products and exotic bargains; to boldly go where no consumer has gone before. Continue reading “IF YOU LOVE ME… #RRBC”

If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

~ Confucius

Confucius, 551 – 479 BC, was a Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher who had an enormous impact on Chinese culture through the ensuing centuries. Both personal and political morality were important to him as was justice and sincerity. As well, Confucius espoused The Golden Rule: “do not do unto others what you do not want done to yourself.” Continue reading “If It’s Easy – It’s Probably Bad!”

Love Yourself – You’re Worth It!

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”

~ Buddha

 

Buddhism is based upon the teachings of Gautama Buddha who taught in eastern India over twenty-five centuries ago. His philosophy sought a middle way between unbridled sensuality and severe self discipline that would deny oneself any sensual pleasure. His teachings were handed down by oral tradition until put into writing four centuries later. Continue reading “Love Yourself – You’re Worth It!”

Safeguard Your Word: You Have Nothing Else!

“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

 

Tune in to the RAVE WAVES BlogTalkRadio show, ASPIRE TO INSPIRE where this post is the topic of a lively discussion. This is a production of Rave Reviews Book Club.

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Don Miguel Ruiz (his pen name) is an author, teacher and shaman, born in rural Mexico in 1952, where he became a surgeon. After a near-fatal car accident, he returned to his mother who completed his training as a shaman, whereupon he moved to the United States. His role as shaman is to teach others and guide them to personal freedom using the ancient wisdom taught to him by his mother, combined with modern insights about the human mind. He is an extremely successful author as his book, The Four Agreements published in 1997, has sold over five million copies! The quote above is the first of the four agreements. Continue reading “Safeguard Your Word: You Have Nothing Else!”

Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was an English writer (1874-1936), philosopher, lay Christian theologian and poet among other things. He has been called the “prince of paradox’ – in that he was fond of making statements that contradicted themselves – yet may be true. I believe that this quote is one of his paradoxes. Whether it is true or not, its value lies in the fact that it provokes critical thought. Chesterton is defining what it is to love, to forgive, to believe, and to hope. Each of the four definitions is a paradox unto itself. Continue reading “Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?”

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