SOBRIETY: 1. Habitual soberness
or temperance in use of spirituous liquors, 2. Freedom from
intoxication 3. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm;
inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness.
4.Gravity or seriousness, without sadness or melancholy. [ Noah Webster LL.
D. 1856] 5. Sober with Peace, the meaning the Japanese Fellowship
members give to the
English word, as it does not appear in their language.
- DESIRE: 1. The soul's
search for Joy. 2. The emotion of longing, and or reaching
towards, which can be ardent and intense, in the spiritual, intellectual
or sensual planes. El. of Criticism. 3. The Higher Power that
moves the will into action. 4. A human beings most valuable
treasure, one's own Heart's Desire.
- GRACE: 1. Appropriately ,
the free, unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source
of all the benefits men receive from God. 2. Favorable influence of
God's Divine influence or the influence of the Spirit, in renewing
the heart. 3. Favor; good-will; disposition to oblige another; as a
grant made as a act of grace. 4. A state of reconciliation to God.
6. The Courage that enters through the heart.
- GRATITUDE: 1. An
emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received. An
agreeable emotion consisting in, or accompanied with, good-will towards
a benefactor , and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits
or services, or a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy.
Gratitude is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a
feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of responsibility [ Noah Webster LL. D. 1856] 2. "The basis of reverence, and of all true
religious feeling." (Mathew Fox) 3. "The basis of all prayer." ( David
Steindl-Rast ) 4. "If your heart full of gratitude, keep it
that way. The spirit of God is praying inside you" Anon. 5."Gratitude
is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people."
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) 6."Feeling gratitude and not
expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William
Arthur Ward, 7."The essence of all beautiful art,
all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche
8."The debt immense of
endless gratitude." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted
or vexed, irritable or sore, to wonder at nothing done to me, to feel
nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and
when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself
where I can go in and shut the door and pray to my Father in secret and
be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about me
is seeming trouble." Andrew Murray, a Scottish
and had a home on Dr. R. Smith's desk in Akron, Ohio.
maturity and balance, in relation to
others, ourselves and the Holy Space between.
- PRUDENCE: 1.What we
need, in order not to lose what we have. 2. Doing the right
thing, for the right reason. 3. A cardinal virtue.
- PRAYER: 1. Relationship
with "The Higher Truth", usually called "God" in the west, "The
Way, The Path, The Tao, or a Yoga" in the East. 2. An attitude of Gratitude, one of the most
profound forms of Prayer, as in "Thank-You ! " 3. Prayer of petition, as in
HELP! . 4 Prayers of felt presence, as in a knowing, that one is
part of the Whole, and is right-sized in that relationship with the
- COURAGE: 1.Courage is from
the French for heart, Le Coeur. 2. "Courage is the heart memory" an old
French Proverb. The Heart is the channel for God's Grace,
Courage, to enter our being. 3. Language of the Heart, if one can
with the Ear of the Heart. 4. Bravery; intrepidity; that quality
of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with
firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; [Noah Webster LL. D. 1856].
- CONVICTION: 1. An
unshakable persuasion or strong belief in something. 2. A
certitude known by personal experience with or without objective proof.
3. The state of being convinced.
- TRUDGE: 1. To move forward with
purpose and direction.
- SPIRITUALITY : 1. "It is not about performance, it
is about connection" Gail H.
- TOUCH-STONE: 1. A
hard black stone, such as jasper or basalt, formerly used to test the
quality of gold or silver by comparing the streak left on the stone by
one of these metals with that of a standard alloy. 2. An excellent
quality or example that is used to test the excellence or genuineness of
others: 3. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which
other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent
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