Read an interesting book called The Quaker Book of Wisdom by Robert L Smith. I'm not a Quaker, but I must admit I found many of the topics rather appealling - so might others in these troubled times.

The chapter on Simplicity seemed particularly appropriate; can you watch all these cosmetic and fashion adverts without wincing ? All this vanity and waste when people are starving, lacking education etc. Don't get me wrong, some peole would always find a reason to be a terrorist, but there message of hate would die if there were no fertile soil in which it could grow. Let's work out how to reach out and make things better - don't just send money to charities (though that is a start), how can you use your skills and experience. How can you help closer to home as well ?

Back to the book - Chapter 1 discusses our need for silence, so we can hear the 'still small voice' within. Even if you are not religious, I still think we all have a need to regularly find piece and quiet to find something of ourselves and our real purpose. Don't just eat, work, buy .....

Other chapters deal with Concscience, Truth, Worhsip, Nonviolence ( also topical!), Service and Family.

If you are open to practical suggestions to improve your life, this is a great book whatever your religion.

No comments: