“True love begins when nothing is looked for in return.”― Antoine De Saint-Exupery
“This equation has helped many people I know identify the difference between practicing happiness and pursuing it. When my happiness feels elusive, I tend to ask myself, “What am I not being grateful for, and what am I pursuing that’s distracting me from that gratitude?”― Chip Conley, Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success
Gratitude interrupts scarcity, broadens horizons, expands perspective.
Practice over pursuit.
The daily work of attention and awe, a new math.
Acceptance and joy amidst imperfection, detours and delays.
Transforming ordinary, sometimes difficult days into perfect love, overflowing with abundance.
“So blessed are you who say this did not add up. I had hoped these choices I made. The life I tried so hard to pick would add up to something meaningful. But now I’m left without many choices at all. Left wondering, did I pick? Right. Did I waste my days? What should I have done differently? This limited life is what it means to be human in our failures and bad, bad math, in our best intentions and hardest work, in our waylaid hopes and far off dreams. In the love that is never, ever too late to give or receive. Maybe success and happiness can mean something different now. On the other side of a life changed when minutes become moments and there will never be enough sunsets or handholds or jokes shared. But there is never, ever too much love.” – Kate Bowler
“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”― Mary Oliver
“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”― Mary Oliver
May you greet this day with anticipation
Greet with abandon, be held in amazement
Attentiveness of the soul.
“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”― Mary Oliver
“Life is so urgent it necessitates living slow.”― Ann Voskamp
“When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here.”― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
May you encounter the weight of moments.
Steeped in the depth of new landscape from the same vantage point.
Silent depths revealing new light.
Swept away by the swift current of rhythm and flow.
Living slow, held in gratitude and awe.
In the now.
“Only the blindness of habit convinces us that we continue to live in the same place, that we see the same landscape. In truth, no place ever remains the same because light has no mind for repetition; it adores difference. Through its illuminations, it strives to suggest the silent depths that hide in the dark. Light”― John O’Donohue, Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“As the Irish wise word, or seanfhocal, says: “What is not worth seeking, is not worth finding.” Seek and you shall find.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
“The Celtic imagination considers sacred places to be “thin,” or places where the veil between the worlds of heaven and earth seems especially permeable, and the worlds discernibly close to each other. Thin spaces exist between the now and the not-yet.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
May you make room for thin places and spaces
The width of a petal, the depth of the ocean
The hem of heaven touching earth
Between now and not yet, standing still and in motion
Trust the journey, the heart and soul
And the Author
Master class of self unfolding and in bloom.
“Thin spaces are wild, messy places where God is at work. Time seems to stand still, there is a discernible sense of sacredness, and the world around us speaks its own story to those who are listening. The concept of a thin place is an ancient one, arising from the Celtic tradition, but it holds real meaning for each of us today as we try to make sense of the world around us and, indeed, within us.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
“The magic of each day lives in the unknown. It’s waking up as one person, and accepting that when night falls, we may be someone else entirely. So, when you ask what my story is, forgive me—-I’m not quite sure yet.”― J. Raymond
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”― Pema Chödrön
In the ordinary, may you glimpse the expanse and depth of being alive.
In the doing, may you pause to see the being behind the doing.
In the slowing, may you be surprised and delighted by what already is present.
In the lingering, may you root in the necessary and untether the rest.
Out of the nest.
Find your wings.
Flight to the sky.
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”― Pema Chödrön
“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.” – Emily Dickinson
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell
In the waiting, the delays and detours, find joy at your feet;
As all things come together in due time, hold peace in your hands;
When the time is right, when all orchestrated, the runway is cleared for landing;
In the meantime, hone your wits to find magical things in hovering and holding patterns.
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.”—Abraham Joshua Heschel
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” – Howard Thurman
May you wear a hole in the carpet of joy;
Create a path to the woods of wonder;
Cut through the layers of your being to let the light out;
A compass of joy, wonder and light.
Just to be.
“Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”― Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Beauty has no boundaries, no rules, no colors. Beauty is like a religion. You can include everything inside it.” – Alessandro Michele
“Looking back, I sense I was searching for confirmation of what I had long believed about blessings. At the core of that belief lived the conviction that a blessing conveys God’s desire for our wholeness and that it holds the ability to open us to the presence of God in any circumstance.”— Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
Bigger, deeper, stronger than circumstances.
Beneath the surface.
Above the clouds.
In your heart.
Permeating your thoughts.
May you be held by the glimpse and depth of a blessing today.
May you recognize and allow blessings in.
May you be a blessing to yourself and others.
May you invite and welcome God home to where He already resides.
Here and now.
Abiding in this moment.
“A blessing does not explain away our loss or justify devastation. It does not make light of grief or provide a simple fix for the rending. It does not compel us to “move on.” Instead, a blessing meets us in the place of our deepest loss. In that place, it offers us a glimpse of wholeness and claims that wholeness here and now. A blessing helps us to keep breathing—to abide this moment, and the next moment, and the one after that. — Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief