The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

We often travel far and wide mental and physically and wonder at the beauty of the world, the depths of the sea, or the long courses of the rivers.We may contemplate the vastness of space, or the motions of the stars and we except it all as beautiful world perfectly made. Yet we often fail to think of ourselves in those same terms – vast, powerful, and beautiful. It is because unlike nature and space we are equipped with an additional skill – understanding.

We can grasp why things happen yet our insights are often not of understanding, but criticism. We are hard on selves and often fail to accept the natural beauty and strength we each possess. That is where our additional gift of insight can have some powerful influence on our nature of understanding.

Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience can shape us into amazing and beautiful beings. I hope we can each embrace this. May we all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. These are the qualities that make us more than beautiful, they make us human and we are all in this life together.

Peace and Love, Jim

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