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Most beautiful things

Posted in Uncategorized by donhuntington on May 31, 2012

Most beautiful things

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

Helen Keller was a world-class expert on feeling. She was both blind and deaf so her sense of touch was her only channel of communication with the world. It is remarkable that Helen Keller, of all people, should realize that things untouchable by anyone are the most beautiful things of all. The indomitable human spirit that lived within her not only gave her an implausibly complete victory over her blindness and deafness, but permitted her to become a media star and to take her place as one of the most famous figures of her day. The story of the triumph of Helen Keller is more beautiful than any of the sunsets she was unable to see.

Any comparison with the blast furnace brilliance of Helen Keller’s personality and mind would extinguish completely the flickering candle flame of my own inner life. But I can have the Spirit of Christ. The Bible says that God gives His Spirit to those that receive His grace. Of course, Helen Keller became a devout disciple of Jesus Christ. Part of the strength of her spirit (she probably would say all of her strength) must have derived from the Spirit of God, which she also had received by faith.

When I was young I never realized what a beautiful world the Spirit could create for me out of things that “cannot be seen or even touched”!


Heavenly Father, thanks for the beauty of your Spirit in my life, making real the power and presence of the Master.

Day 1 Instruction: Give Yourself the Gift of Living Well

Posted in Self-love, Uncategorized by donhuntington on October 4, 2011

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. –Voltaire

The fact is, I can’t be good for anybody without being good for myself, so when the Bible tells me to love others as I love myself, it implicitly gives me a direction to love myself. The fact is that I can only become truly good for others when I have the attitudes and actions that make me good for myself.

A distinguished rabbi and philosopher Abraham J. Heschel said, “Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” The possibility of loving myself and not criticizing my own shortcomings is made possible by the genuine love that I now have in my heart for other people.

It then becomes relatively easy to treat myself with the same positive attitude that I display towards others. If I no longer criticize them, then it becomes possible for me to forgive myself for my own shortcomings.

As I sincerely extend love and forgiveness to others, then I’m naturally in a place to love and forgive myself. The reciprocating continual movement between loving myself and loving others provides the basis for the good life that I’m living these days. So now whenever opportunity comes knocking at my door, I am unafraid to open the door and welcome with open arms whatever prospect for advancement is waiting there — glad to give myself “the gift of living well.”

Try This

  1. Identify one thing that you don’t like about yourself that you want to work on.
  2. Identify one good trait you have that helps you bless and encourage yourself. Do something with that today as a way of living well.

Read All About It

This is a digest version of the first instruction in my book, How To Put Your Whole Self In. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com.

Instruction # 3 Hold Out Your Hands For Good

Posted in Uncategorized by donhuntington on September 13, 2011

Hope is faith holding its hands out in the dark –Anonymous

I’m practicing my own version of Hope Therapy, which is a psychiatric process designed to help people embrace their lives in positive ways by identifying what they actually want from life and then planning the strategies and the motivations to reach them. The process begins with the foundational principle that resources are available to enable people to thrive — that we comply with Einstein’s desire to accept the fact that we live in a friendly universe. My wise friend, Dr. Hugh Maiocco, echoed Einstein when he noted:

    The Universe is an ultimately friendly place; we only need the faith to be able to see the goodness that always lies behind any façade of evil or pain, no matter how vivid they may seem.

Coming to embrace life at this level is intentional. Anyone can live a life filled and overflowing with the good things that the Universe offers to each of us provided we possess the skills, energy, and attitudes — the willpower and “waypower” — required to make our dreams a reality.

Try This

Hold your hands outstretched towards the heavens and receive in your spirit the positive influences that The Universe is sending your way and then go into the next hour with reinvigorated determination to live life on a new, more positive level.

Instruction #1: Run Hard

Posted in The Bible, Uncategorized, Work by donhuntington on September 6, 2011

Run Hard

Whatever your hands find to do, do with your whole heart. –The Bible

This blog will assist you in following the instructions of the Bible. Using words from The Message Translation of the Bible, I’ll encourage you to “Strip down, start running — and never quit!”

I’m respectful (sometimes in awe of) the faith of people from all religious traditions. When the subject comes up in future blogs I will be referring to the Higher Power as “The Master.” Join me in acknowledging him as Jesus, if you wish, but feel free to make whatever translation  you desire — God, Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu, The Great Spirit, or as a personification of life itself….

However you picture it, the Ultimate Power behind the universe — which is both personal and benevolent — will lead you through life as long as you maintain the connection unbroken. The Master will assist you in becoming good for yourself, good for others, and good for Heaven’s sake because, as the Bible notes (quoting an ancient philosopher named Zeno), “In Him we live and move and have our being.”

I’m a follower of Jesus Christ though not a particularly good Christian. I’ve learned that the only way to make life worth living is, by God’s help, to throw myself with complete abandon into the tasks and challenges that come to me; to put my whole self into whatever I do, moving at a full gallop down the pathways of life.

Try This

Take a running start at the next challenge or task that comes your way. Meet it with unbounded enthusiasm and see what happens.