“If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.” What do you think about this pronouncement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge?
If you are skeptical about this angel thing, consider what George Elliot said, “The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”
OK, you may still see nothing but sand and are too busy to rise upwards to be an angel. Besides, you’ve never seen an angel and doubt if anyone else has either. Well, it’s just like James Russell Lowell said, “All God’s angels come to us disguised.”
Voltaire added, “It is not known precisely where angels dwell – whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.”
Nonetheless, “Angels descending, bring from above, echoes of mercy, whispers of love.” (Fanny J. Crosby)
It’s like Jean Paul Richter told us, “The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us.”
“O welcome, pure-eyed Faith, white-handed Hope, Thou hovering angel, girt with golden wings!” (John Milton, Comus)
I checked in from audio school to see if Paul and Tom had time to post a short episode of How To Matter. They did and it is here for you. Paul shared a couple of pointers for problem solving when you are feeling stuck. Give it a listen. The guys did good. It’s nice to be able to count on them and the rest of our friends. They are always there to make a difference with people who make a difference to them.
In this episode of How To Matter, James and friends come down on Gary pretty hard. They are not happy with the audio quality of the podcast and let Gary know how they feel in pretty clear terms. Gary responds by assuring his friends and listeners that he is taking steps to improve the audio quality of the podcast. He is currently attending audio school and hopes to be back with new and much improved episodes of How to Matter in a few weeks. There may be occasional episodes before school is done, but regular episodes are suspended until Gary gets the audio quality issues resolved. Your patience is very much appreciated.
In this episode of How to Matter, we focus first on writing and the issues related to getting started and actually moving ahead to produce an article, novel, or whatever we intend to write. We can get so stuck on getting things correct, getting everything included that we do not actually produce anything. We are so busy writing that nothing written ever shows up in print. The same issues can block us when hoping to accomplish most anything, including trying to make a difference with people who make a difference to us. Listen to consider how to get past the barrier of our own inertia.
In episode 123 of How To Matter, James and his friends are back but this time with permission. What can I say about pure silliness? It does speak for itself but what it has to say is of dubious value. The best I can say is that it gave me a smile or two and left me shaking my head. Try it for yourself and be the judge.
In episode 122 of How To Matter, the highjackers have captured the microphone. James, Kate, Allison, and Paul have taken over the podcast for a special episode of How To Matter. They share their thoughts about what makes marriage tick and what sometimes stops its ticking. It is an episode well worth a listen and a few minutes contemplation. To make a difference with people who make a difference to us often needs to start at home.
In episode 120 of How To Matter, it’s time for another trip on The Success Train. Is this a new route? Are you in for a new experience? The bad news is that success is always down the same road. The good news is that success is always down the same road. All aboard. The Success train is pulling out of the station. It’ll be great if you’re not late.