The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. – Henry Ward Beecher
“There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
~ Henry David Thoreau
“I am rooted, but I flow.” – Virginia Woolf
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Watch for the people whose eyes light up when you talk about your dream. Those are the people you keep.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. – Col 1:10
“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. – Immanuel Kant
Unhappiness can be a bridge to happiness – Japanese Proverb
Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth;
without rain, there would be no life. – John Updike
The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God. – Antoni Gaudi
When you drink the water, remember the spring. – Chinese proverb
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
– Louisa May Alcott
There is something of value from each experience along the way…
Be patient… “Truth is the daughter of time.” – Ancient proverb
Where you stand is up to you.
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. – Kahlil Gibran
Small things can often bring great joy…
On this path let the heart be your guide. – Rumi
Scatter joy..There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes it can be easier to embrace sacred ground when surrounded by nature or in the midst of a spirit-filled celebration. Created in God’s image, sacred ground is anywhere we go.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, rely not on your own understanding;
In all your ways be mindful of the LORD, and the LORD will make straight your paths.
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Remember the marvels the Lord has done. – Psalm 105
In you, my God, I place my trust. – Psalm 91
Flourish… “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are in a hurry, you will never get there. – Chinese proverb
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the Master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach
Let light shine out of darkness. – 2 Cor 4:6
Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. – Chinese proverb
When you have trouble believing, remember that faith is a gift from God but love is a decision. If you can’t believe, decide to love. – Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Photo credit: A.F. Kane
A time for every thing…
Some things are hidden within, requiring us to slow down to catch a glimpse.
More Than Days… ready to be made new.
“When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.” – Lao Tzu
For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go.
— Psalm 91:11
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
The above is from the poem “For the Fallen” which was written by the British poet, Laurence Binyon, in 1914, at the beginning of WWI.
Over 100 years later, there are many throughout the world who lose their lives, in one way or another, defending, serving, and protecting others; ultimately in the name of close held values and beliefs.
Today, in the United States of America, Memorial Day is celebrated in gratitude and in honor of them. It is good to give thanks for the lives of others and their service, to remember them, and to reflect on the values and beliefs that we hold.
Faithfulness… In what ways am I faithful? To what and to whom?
The Land of the Living… we share pieces of ourselves wherever we go…
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi
In what do we take delight?
The only way to genuine freedom is through Truth.
Origin. Remember who you are… remember from where you came…
In a world that keeps urging me to sprint, my soul whispers slow down. Each time I listen, I am amazed… struck by awe and wonder… how blessed we are.
“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” – Thomas Merton