Every thoughtful parent begins life with their newborn child by looking inward, by examining the life they have lived. They want for their son or daughter the things in life that were denied them.
But only by taking time to thoughtfully examine our own attitude toward the real purpose of one’s being, by questioning the reason we are alive and why we exist, can we know what to do for those we love more than life.
There are those who think it is not possible to understand our life on this earth. They assume that this existence is, perhaps, unreal. They just exist. They barely survive, and day by day. But this level of awareness is deceptive and illusory and dangerous.
It leads us to believe that life is something to just endure and that death is inevitable – that we are all doomed – that we are controlled by outside forces we do not understand and can never really know – that we have no free will. These forces we attract based on unconscious programming, attracted due to what one fears, not our conscious thoughts.
But I do not accept this blindness. For I can no longer fail to believe in the one thing that gives us sight – and that is the transcendent power of Love.
Somerset Maugham said, “Great truths are too important to be new.” And one cherished truth that has been revealed over many years is this: the real purpose of love is to escape death, to perpetuate life. Through the love of one man and one woman, life goes on. For love and life are entwined and beautifully blended together in a Sacred Act of creation, with a beauty far beyond what we can ever comprehend. Love and life are the same. They are one and the same. And knowing this can bring a kind of peace to your heart, that makes life on this earth worth living.
My friends, you can become nothing without love.
But please remember, you too are a child – a Child of God. And His Love is always within you. You know, there is no substitute for love. And the love that resides within your heart is as infinite as the love God feels for you.
If you look deeply into your own heart, you will discover an infinite capacity for compassion and for love for everyone and every living thing. Look long enough, and clearly enough, and you can see forever.
The insightful philosophy of existentialism, which stipulates that since we are all ultimately alone, isolated islands of subjectivity in an objective world, we have absolute freedom over our internal nature – that individual human beings have full responsibility for creating the meanings of their own lives. It postulates that our existence precedes our essence – that the miracle of our being, “outshines every star”. A good example of existentialism in “The Book Thief” is when the story starts with Liesel’s journey to her new foster parents, who live in a suburb of Munich, just around the corner from the Dachau concentration camp. I recommend you view the movie – and take your children with you. Our students truly enjoyed it. The tragic ending reveals another great truth – that hatred will destroy the most beautiful Gift that God will ever bestow.
My friends, you are more beautiful, more miraculous and much more than you shall ever fully realize. Our minds simply cannot comprehend the Divinity that sparked us into being. We can never fully know the depth of Pure Love that formed us into the Transcendent Spiritual Miracles that are you and I. But we can pray for the wisdom to cherish all that we have been given, all that we are, and share our bountiful Blessings of Love with others.
The lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner and music of Burton Lane may help us to clarify the paradoxes that life and love expose. The magic of this musical moment has proven to be a salvation for many seekers of wisdom. My prayer is that it opens up your mind to the hidden country of your heart. click here for song.
“On a clear day
Rise and look around you
And you’ll see who you are.
On a clear day
How it will astound you
That the glow of your being
Outshines every star.
You’ll feel part of
Every mountain, sea and shore
You can hear
From far and near
A world you’ve never heard before.
And on a clear day
On a clear day
You can see forever
And ever more.”
On Friday, March 7, 2014 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Botanic Garden & Conservatory, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard – located in the Garden Center Building, (Telephone: 817-871-7686) for the BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN EXHIBIT click here for more
scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Lunch will be at a nearby eatery at approximately 12:00 p.m. Following lunch, at 1:00 p.m. we will have a self-guided tour (you know, wander aimlessly) on the Nature Trail in the Rose Garden. Dress for the weather.
The Butterflies Exhibit is hosted by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth Garden Club, Fort Worth Botanical Society and Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
FINANCIAL: Ticket Prices
Adults 13 – 64 = $10.00 + 2.00 Service Charge/Handling Fee = $12.00
Seniors 65+ = $8.00 + 2.00 Service Charge/Handling Fee = $10.00
Children 3 -12 = $6.00 + 2.00 Service Charge/Handling Fee = $8.00
Please pay Dr. A. (He prepaid this fee)
Lunch: Please provide funds for lunch today. Parents/Guardians/Friends, etc. are encouraged to join us for the tours and/or lunch.
Pick-up will be at the entrance to the Rose Garden at 2:30 p.m. If you arrive late for pickup, we will have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please Call if you will be late.
STUDENTS are NOT to leave the Conservatory, Restaurant or Rose Garden at any time or for any reason, without the knowledge & approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Questions : 817-448-8484.
EMERGENCY NUMBER: 682-777-1908
Mar. 10-14 Spring Break Holidays
Mar. 21 Texas Indian Market and Showcase (Arlington)
April 4 Kimbell Art Museum – Japanese Samurai Armor Exhibit
April 18 & 21 (Friday & Monday) Easter Holidays
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater)
“All that is not eternal
is eternally out of date.”
– C. S. Lewis
UPDATE ON SUGAR
People will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet, under new World Health Organization guidance. The recommended sugar intake will be below 5% of total caloric intake. The suggested limits apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. click here for more
Campaigners say it is a “tragedy” that the W.H.O. has taken 10 years to think about changing its advice. The recommendation that sugar should account for no more than 10% of the calories in the diet, was passed in 2002. It works out at about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight, said the WHO. Now the recommendation is 25g per day.
Click here to see how soft drinks impact your health.