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    The Treasure of Greatest Worth

    Long ago, there was a wise man who traveled throughout a distant land.  It was rumoured that he carried a large gem of great value in his pack.  One evening as he was making his camp, a robber accosted him and demanded the gem.  The wise man smiled calmly, saying, "Why certainly, here it is, take it with my blessing." Two nights later, the robber reappeared, gem in hand.  He passed it to the wise man and said, "I don't want THIS; what I want is whatever you have that allowed you to give it tome so easily and calmly!"

    "Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God."

    -Introduction to ACIM©

    A Matter of "Specialness"

    Years ago, three small boys were playing "six-guns" out in the back yard.  During a lull in the dodging and "shooting," one lad looked at his pistol and announced with pride, "Mine is a Lone Ranger."  The second boy examined his and smiled with satisfaction, "Mine is a Roy Rogers."  The third lad was obviously having trouble identifying his lower-priced model with these lofty ideals.  Finally, his face beamed and he called out with relief, "Mine is a PAT.  PENDING!"

    So, we all want to be "special" and will go to great lengths to prove it, or put ourselves in a position where we can be as good as, or better than, others.  Then our personal feeling of unworthiness is appeased a bit and our fear and guilt postponed until the next

    On Making A Difference

    There had been a very bad storm along the coast.  In the calm that followed, while walking along the beach, I noted all the hundreds and hundreds of starfish that had been swept ashore.  Coming toward me around the bend was a man.  He stooped, picked up one starfish after the other, throwing them back into the sea.  As we met, I said, "Why do you bother, there are so many.  What difference can you make?"  Slowly straightening, he looked me directly in the eye and said, "Made a difference to that one."

    "There is no order of difficulty in miracles.  One is not "harder" or "bigger" than another.  They are all the same.  All expressions of love are maximal."


    On Making Judgments

     Once upon a time, in a far country, there lived a man whose pride and joy was his fine white stallion.  Then one day his fine white stallion ran away.  All his neighbours said, "What a terrible thing, you have lost your fine white horse!"  The man said, "I don't know if it is terrible or not, all I know is that my horse is gone."  After several days, the horse returned, together with several other horses he had met in the hills.
     The man's neighbours all said, "What a wonderful thing, your horse has returned and brought many other horses as well!"  The man said, "I don't know if it is wonderful or not, all I know is that my horse has returned and brought me others."  Now there was so much work to do to look after all the horses, the man had to get his son to help.  Then one day one of the horses kicked his son and broke the son's leg.  All the man's neighbours came and said, "What a bad thing, your don's leg, etc. etc."
     The man said, "I don't know if it's bad or not, all I know --etc., etc."  The very next day the king sent his soldiers to gather up all the able bodied young men of the village to go away and fight in the war.  All except the man's son, who had a broken leg.  The neighbours said to the man, "How lucky you are - etc., etc."  The man replied, "I don't know if I'm lucky or not, all I know is that my son didn't have to, etc., etc."

    "I do not know what anything is for."
    "Everything is for your own best interests.  That is what it is for; that is its purpose; that is what it means."

     (Lesson 25, Workbook, ACIM©)


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