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WAY2B Session One
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Schedule: First Sunday in January, April, July & October

Reading for this session: The Way to Be, pages 31 - 62

Chapter Excerpt:

The journalist attributed nine opening statements to the speaker, each beginning with the word ‘blessed.’ Religion treats the first four as paradox. Have you ever heard someone say one or more of the following religious quips: “Blessed are the poor” or “Blessed are the downtrodden” or “Blessed are the weak” or “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst”? These religious conundrums say in essence, “Blessed are the stressed.”

The word translated blessed from Greek means happy, blissful, joyful and content. These religious quips communicate that one is, or perhaps should be, happy in such stressed states. What the journalist reported the speaker to have said throughout his first century speech supports such an assertion with one very important distinction. The speaker emphasizes that contentment derives from my attitude toward my circumstances, not from the circumstances themselves...

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