“The Lord is my shepherd, shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23
“So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can change my life by changing the way I look at it.”― Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
In memory and imagination;
In speculation and interpretation;
In thoughts and words;
In stillness and observation;
Pause and let still waters, still and fill your soul;
To feel the expanse, depth and richness of life;
To shift your view to see the same differently;
Sit still and allow stillness to take you on an adventure to yourself.
Slow. Attention. Stillness.
“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”― Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere
“The earth laughs in flowers.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude by Lucy Maud Montgomery
“I thank thee, friend, for the beautiful thought
That in words well chosen thou gavest to me,
Deep in the life of my soul it has wrought
With its own rare essence to ever imbue me,
To gleam like a star over devious ways,
To bloom like a flower on the drearest days
Better such gift from thee to me
Than gold of the hills or pearls of the sea.
For the luster of jewels and gold may depart,
And they have in them no life of the giver,
But this gracious gift from thy heart to my heart
Shall witness to me of thy love forever;
Yea, it shall always abide with me
As a part of my immortality;
For a beautiful thought is a thing divine,
So I thank thee, oh, friend, for this gift of thine.”
Choose your words well.
Plant seeds of kindness, joy and light.
Reap the harvest of good thoughts and deeds.
Flowers in bloom, laughter in color.
Gratitude and its expression, a divine thing.
“And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven.” – Adlai Stevenson II
“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” – Virginia Woolf
Extraordinary is woven into ordinary days.
Beauty, light, color.
Slow long enough to look up and take it in.
Replenish and be filled.
Carry it forward into the world to amplify, magnify, multiply.
Feed the soul, lift the spirit to choose better.
Witness the hem of heaven.
Kindness over criticism.
Understanding over judgment.
Listening over solving.
Conversation over lecture.
Empathy over arrogance.
Learning over finished.
Optimism over cynicism.
Forgiveness over resentment.
Spirit over ego.
Inquiry over answers.
Deeper over surface.
Encouragement over opinion.
Love, without condition or measure.
Witness the hem of heaven so you can be the hem of heaven now and again.
“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe