Posts tagged ‘inspiration’

August 25, 2012

Stepping Stones

by Patrick Dykie

“Men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things”. – Lord Alfred Tennyson

      I was talking to a friend who had recently read some of my more serious stories. Over the past few years, I’ve written about such things as the meaning of life, finding happiness, achieving humility, and learning lessons from the world around us. I even wrote a letter to my Father who passed away a few years ago. My friend liked my stories, but he asked my why I didn’t include references to the Bible or other religious text. He said that maybe I could interest people with Bible verses or quotes from religious leaders. He said that he didn’t even see the name “Jesus” anywhere in the stories I wrote. I thought for a few moments about what he had said. I thought about why I write about general things, and don’t delve into religious beliefs. As I continued to think, two words seemed to pop into my head; “Stepping Stones.”

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August 5, 2012

Sarah

by Patrick Dykie

     This is another story that I had written for DarkJade’s One Knight blog. It has a lot of meaning for me. I try to follow a certain set of rules in living my life that were passed down to me by my Father. One of my favorite rules is the importance of learning to open yourself up, and reach out to those around you. This may be one of the hardest things any of us ever do, but it is always worth the effort.

     I would like to share a special story with you about a remarkable woman. It is a story of hope and second chances. It is a story of a woman named, Sarah, and is based on the life of a real person. Through life’s circumstances she was hurting, broken inside, afraid, and very alone. Her story reminds us that it is possible to change, to overcome adversity, to move out of the darkness into the light, and to make not only our own life better, but the lives of others as well. Sometimes all it takes is the courage to reach out to those around us. Some of you may even see a little of yourself in Sarah. I hope you enjoy the story.

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June 23, 2012

Humility

by Patrick Dykie

  

     I decided to write a post about humility, as I thought of my own life over the past few years. I’ve dealt with health problems, the loss of my job, long-term unemployment, and serious financial problems. I’m back to work, and things have gotten better, but I learned some important lessons on humility. I also found that learning humility and being humble could be two of the hardest things that any of us could ever accomplish. It seems almost impossible to be truly humble. Not only do we live in a world where instant gratification is the norm, but one in which high self-esteem and confidence along with accomplishment are things we strive for and are rewarded for.

      It seems that everything today revolves around me, myself and I. We live in a world where athletes, actors, and the rich are put up on pedestals and looked up to, and idolized. Accomplishment or success at any cost is rewarded, while failure is looked down upon. Being humble is often seen as a weakness. People believe that if we are humble others will step all over us. How can we learn humility when it seems to go against our basic human nature? Humans have a basic need to be recognized for what we accomplish.

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