The Danger of Comparison

Why is it so dangerous to compare ourselves with others? Scroll down to below the pictures for the answer.

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

Quote attributed to Theodore Roosevelt.

Are you a prisoner?

Is there a person who you constantly and obsessively want to please? Take care. You may have become their prisoner.

Photo: Hasan Almasi

✝️ Glorious London Dawn for Her Majesty’s Funeral 19 September 2022

The dawn of a new life for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Her Majesty no doubt has experienced the truth that “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

Thanks to JD for the picture of the London dawn on 19 September 2022 at 6:43 am

Praise the Lord

The Power of Commitment

Commitment

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

Quotation attributed to WH Murray

Facts demolish unsupported opinions

This is what happens when solid facts are thrown at opinions not supported by empirical evidence.

Photo: Micah Williams – Unsplash

Aesop in Africa: The Danger of Envy

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The Dove and the Zebra

Deep in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa a Zebra heard a dove calling. It was the sweetest sound the Zebra had ever heard. He wished his voice was as beautiful. The Zebra demanded that the dove tell him what the food was she ate that gave her such a beautiful voice. The dove replied, “The only food I have is the dew on the grass in the early morning.” From that moment on the Zebra drank only dew. Not long after, the Zebra died of hunger.

The Lesson: Envy of the unattainable can be fatal.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: Use your Circumstances

The Snake and the Bat

There was once a Bat which lived in a cave in a desolate part of Africa. Early one morning when returning to the cave after a night of feeding, the Bat was caught by a Snake. The Snake hissed, “I hate you birds” and grasped the Bat very tightly.

The Bat was terrified and gasped, “No! No! I am not a bird. I am a large moth. I know you don’t eat moths.” This satisfied the Snake who let the Bat escape.

Early next morning almost the same thing happened when the Bat was caught by another Snake. This Snake hissed to the Bat, “I love eating mice. I am going to eat you!”

The Bat replied, “I am not a mouse! I am a Bat! I know you hate eating Bats .”

The Snake believed the Bat and let the Bat go free. The Bat had escaped a second time.

The Lesson: There is always a way to turn circumstances to your own advantage.

Based on an Aesop Fable

“Bear Cottage” – A Very Sacred Place – Please read this blog post

John Bartels May 2022

St. Patrick’s Estate is high on a hill overlooking Manly in Australia. On the Estate is a small green field and some buildings overlooked by a statue of the Holy Mother. You stand there. You are reduced to silence. And so you should be for the buildings are “Bear Cottage”, a children’s Hospice. The only one is New South Wales and only one of three in Australia.

Please read about “Bear Collage” here and hhttps://bearcottage.schn.health.nsw.gov.au/home.php#/lifeere and remember everyone there in your prayers.

Thank you

To God be the Glory

Aesop in Africa: A Warning against Ruthlessness

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Sorry about the tragic story but sadly the message is true.

Once, on a hot dusty day in the grasslands of Africa, a hungry lion spotted a young Buck approaching a water hole. The Lion wanted to eat the buck at once. But the Lion decided that he would first ask the Buck why he should not be eaten. The Lion said to the Buck: “Last winter at this water hole you made fun of me. Give me two good reasons why I should not eat you.”

The buck was very afraid and pleaded, “I could not have made fun of you for I was not born then.”

The Lion replied, “Well then., why are you drinking at my water hole?’

To which the Buck whispered, “I have never drunk from any water hole. The only food I have ever tasted is milk from my mother.”

The Lion snarled, “You gave me two good reasons why I should not eat you. But I don’t care. The fact is that I am hungry, so I am going the kill you and eat you.”

Which is exactly what the cruel Lion did at that lonely water hole on a hot dusty day in Africa

The Lesson: Be very careful when dealing with a powerful bullies or tyrants. They are unethical and ruthless. They will always find an excuse to get what they want.

Based on a fable by Aesop

Are the majority always right?

If, in a referendum, the majority vote that 2+2=5 this does no make 5 the correct answer.

Inspired by Socrates’s reply to Melesias in “Laches, or Courage” by Plato