Today is January 31st, we are 31 days into the New Year. If you made resolutions, set goals, made commitments to yourself or to others this New Year, how are you tracking?
Are you exercising, eating right, saving, paying down debt, spending less than you earn, being more generous, loving, forgiving, showing compassion?
Are you spending more quality time with family and friends, being present?
Are you volunteering, mentoring, or giving back your time, efforts and talent for a greater cause?
Have you started the plans for the business you always wanted?
Are you spending more time in prayer, worship, praise to your Creator or whomever it is you choose to serve?
Or are you doing the same thing today you were doing yesterday, last month, last year or even 5 years ago?
Or are you seeing change, growth, and progress in your life?
Change begins on the inside, change begins with our thoughts, our thoughts dictate our actions and the outcomes of our lives. So if you are struggling in any area of your life, begin with your thoughts. Take the inside-out approach.
For those looking to get on and stay on the right financial track, I learned of a great site www.mint.com do check it out and determine if it is right for you.
For those looking to enhance the quality of their life and truly change from the inside-out and watch their thoughts, I recommend reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Dream Giver by Wilkinson, and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
At the end of this year, on December 31st, I believe and decree that those reading this will be healthier, wiser, wealthier, more fit, of sound mind, thinking only thoughts of life, filled with faith, hope, love, peace, joy, and abundance. I believe that those reading this will be closer to their purpose, pursuing their dreams.
Be a blessing and be blessed! Namaste! Peace! Love! Joy! Abundance
The Purpose of EducationMorehouse College, 1948
"As I engage in the so-called "bull sessions" around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the "brethren" think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.
It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life.
Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.
The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?
We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.
If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, "brethren!" Be careful, teachers" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Be a blessing and be blessed! Namaste! Peace! Love! Joy! Abundance! Faith! Kindness! Self-Control