Guard your descendents from [wounds + unawareness]

Inspirations to Focus and
Comfort You Along the Way
p. 1 of 10

Collected by Peter K. Gerlach, MSW

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  This 1-minute video "The Dash" is well worth watching. It's about you.

also see 

An Interview With God;  and

A walk through the forest (PowerPoint slides and music)


"God grant me the Serenity to

accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can, and...

the Wisdom to know the difference."


credited to theologian Reinhold Neibuhr, 1934

clovr-grn.gif (91 bytes)THE GESTALT PRAYER

"I do my thing, and you do your thing.

 I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

and you are not in this world to live up to mine.

 You are you, and I am me.

 If by chance we meet, it's beautiful.

 If not, it can't be helped."
                                                             - Fritz Perls. MD

clovr-blu.gif (93 bytes)"Go within, or go without" - Neale Walsch

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, worry, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, humor, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

  The Key To Mental Health

"Settle for disorder in lesser things

for the sake of order in greater things;

Therefore, be content

to be discontent in many things."

- Anonymous

  Look to This Day

Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence.

The bliss of growth, the splendor of action, the glory of power.

And yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision.

But today - well lived - makes every yesterday

a dream of happiness,

and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

- Sanskrit proverb

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clovr-red.gif (91 bytes)The Prayer For Protection

The light of God surrounds us

The love of God enfolds us

The power of God protects us

The presence of God watches over us

Wherever we are - God is!

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The Chinese symbol for crisis is composed of two characters: one for danger, and another for opportunity

cnstrct2.gif (235 bytes)  "The road to success is always under construction."

clovr-red.gif (91 bytes) "Progress, not Perfection!"

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"If you always do what you've always done
         you'll always get what you've always got."

                                     - Steve and Carol Lankton

 "Either way, it's going to hurt."  - anon.

clovr-blu.gif (93 bytes) Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are...
something to do,
something to love, and...
something to hope for.

- Joseph Addison


clovr-grn.gif (91 bytes) "Seek first to understand - then to be understood"

 - Stephen Covey

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"The Man Who Planted Trees" by Jean Giorno (30" video)

  A Credo For My Relationships

        You and I are in a relationship that is important to me, yet we are also sepa-rate persons with our own individual values and needs. So that we will better know and understand what each of us values and needs, let us always be open and honest in our communication.

        Whenever I'm prevented from meeting my needs by some action of yours, I will tell you honestly and without blame how I am affected, thus giving you the chance to modify your behavior out of respect for my needs. And I want you to be as open with me when my behavior is unacceptable to you.

        And when we experience conflict in our relationship, let us agree to resolve each conflict without using power to win at the expense of the other losing. We will always search for a solution that meets both of our needs - neither will lose, both will win.

        Whenever you are experiencing a problem in your life, I will try to listen with acceptance and understanding (empathy) , in order to help you find your own so-lutions rather than imposing mine. And I want you to be (such) a listener for me when I need to find solutions to my problems.

        Because ours will be a relationship that allows both of us to become what we are capable of being, we will want to continue relating to each other - with mutual concern, caring, and respect.

- Dr. Thomas Gordon
 Effectiveness Training, Inc.

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 Shifting one grain of sand will gradually change the course of the river.

- Peter Gerlach

  Memos from and about your living and future children.

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