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  • Amazon shared from When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
    The conventional explanation, that God sends us the burden because He knows that we are strong enough to handle it, has it all wrong. Fate, not God, sends us the problem. When we try to deal with it, we find out that we are not strong. We are weak; we get tired, we get angry, overwhelmed. We begin to wonder how we will ever make it through all the years. But when we reach the limits of our own strength and courage, something unexpected happens. We find reinforcement coming from a source outside of ourselves. And in the knowledge that we are not alone, that God is on our side, we manage to go on.
  • Amazon shared from Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan by Dave Lowry
    what mattered was to do, to experience directly — action unencumbered, undistilled. It is important for modern man and vital to the maturation of the martial artist to immerse himself periodically in this kind of activity. He needs to put aside temporarily the concepts and words and ideas, to act instead from the core of the physical self.
  • Amazon shared from Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan by Dave Lowry
    The world is full of experts in the analytical or theoretical sense of that word. They are authorities on military tactics although they have never had a shot fired at them. Childless psychologists speak endlessly and write books on the art of raising youngsters. The bugeisha respects analysis, values theory. But he recognizes that such knowledge is etic in nature, knowledge outside and untempered by actual physical experience.
  • Amazon shared from Persimmon Wind: A Martial Artist's Journey in Japan by Dave Lowry
    The mansion at Yagyu-zato did not crumble with the fall of feudalism, though. Not entirely. Its stone and mortar and beams tumbled down because its inheritors occupied themselves with matters of the moment, with politics and fame and other transitories that distract from the qualities of the timeless: courage, sincerity, gracefulness. Koyagyu, the mansion of the Yagyu, was destroyed not from forces without, but from within its walls. Those responsible for it disregarded the importance of kodomo tame ni. Their actions were not for the sake of generations to come, not for their children. They were...
    Note: And we are doing the same again.
  • Amazon shared from The Everyday Torah: Weekly Reflections and Inspirations by Bradley Artson
    God is to be found, not in the punishment, not in the suffering, not in self-righteous condemnation, but in those who reach out to help, to mitigate each other's pain, to comfort each other's sorrow, and to enhance each other's joy. Walking with God is not an investment for a better tomorrow; it is the expression of a righteous today. It is no mere tool for amassing reward; walking with God is the way to infuse whatever time we do have with profundity and purpose.