“Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, and life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.” – Eugenio Montale
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13-16
When your senses dull and light dims, restore and reignite.
Bud to burst.
Winter to spring.
Cloud to color.
Flavor and flame.
Spicy, bold and on fire.
Salt and light.
“Boldness doesn’t mean rude, obnoxious, loud, or disrespectful. Being bold is being firm, sure, confident, fearless, daring, strong, resilient, and not easily intimidated. It means you’re willing to go where you’ve never been, willing to try what you’ve never tried, and willing to trust what you’ve never trusted. Boldness is quiet, not noisy.” – Mike Yaconelli
“Each of us has an inner room where we can visit to be cleansed of fear-based thoughts and feelings. This room, the holy of holies, is a sanctuary of light.” – Marianne Williamson
“It draws no attention to itself, though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us. The gift of the world is our first blessing.”— John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” – Dale Carnegie
Do not allow this day to pass without noticing it.
Start with a smile and follow it to levity and light.
Release the drag of the past and the weight of tomorrow.
Color outside the lines.
Create something of value from today alone.
Guard your joy, fueled by enthusiasm, do your soul work.
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullma
“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall
“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller
Set your sails, reset as the wind shifts
Look for good in this day
Create good in this day
Capture good in this day
In thoughts, words, actions
Spirit, soul, heart – lead with these
Kindness, gratitude, grace, joy, delight, generosity are energy and power
Harness, embrace, release them back out.
“In every moment, the Universe is whispering to you. You’re constantly surrounded by signs, coincidences, and synchronicities, all aimed at propelling you in the direction of your destiny.” – Denise Linn
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We are put in places and spaces for reasons. They often present themselves as distractions, delays and detours. While we may not know the reasons at the time does not negate the meaning and purpose woven in them. This is where patience and trust enter to carry and keep us going until the reasons are revealed, the pieces of the puzzle fit together into the whole.
In the places and spaces you are put in this day, be present and look for the blessing, the connection, the completion points of being human.
Less doing, more observing.
Less judging, more empathy.
Less complaining, more praising.
Less speed, more savoring.
Less scarcity, more abundance.
Less comparing, more gratitude.
The world shouts. God whispers.
“The universe is always speaking to us… sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” – Nancy Thayer
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
A clean, blank canvas lays before you each day.
What will you draw, paint, create?
What threads will you weave together to create the tapestry?
With your thoughts, words, actions to yourself and others, you author this day.
The pen, brush, paint is of your choosing.
Bright, bold, vibrant, outside the lines – go there.
No permission slip needed.
Begin with gratitude and move out imperfectly from there.
Stroke by stroke, fill the space with what only you can do.
Word by word, plant seeds and bring sunshine in.
Action by action, offer peace and love.
The blank canvas awaits.
“Dream, struggle, create, prevail. Be daring. Be brave. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be strong. Be brilliant. Be beautiful.” – Caterina Fake
“It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer.” – Orison Swett Marden
“Namaste means that my soul acknowledges yours –
not just your light, your wisdom, your goodness,
but also your darkness, your suffering, your imperfections.
It is a recognition and acceptance of the inexplicable
divine absurdity, the miraculous woven into the ordinary,
light and darkness intimately entwined in magical, messy humanity.
It means that I honor all that you are with all that I am.
So, namaste, my fellow travelers.
I’m so glad we’re on this trek through the universe together.” ― L.R. Knost
May you harness your thoughts to find the magic in simple moments
The depth of your soul
The expanse of your heart
The power of your intentions and attention
The energy of gratitude.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”― Richard Rohr
Sunrise and sunset
Ebb and flow
A new day, a fresh week
Enter the flow and ease
From motion to stillness
A waterfall of grace and gratitude
Do the heartwork, the soul tending.
HEARTWORK by Suzy Kassem
“Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
is your ultimate
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham
The butterflies are out in full force now.
Camouflaged when wings closed.
Exploding into a work of art when open.
Taking flight with ease, finesse and delight.
Dancing, floating, circling and embracing flowers.
Celebrating their journey from caterpillar to fruition.
Not regretting or remembering the struggle that got them to butterfly, knowing it was necessary to bring the journey to completion.
Letting go to fly lightly, widening circles.
I live my life in widening circles, Rainer Maria Rilke
“I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I will give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?”
We live linearly but life is circular, seasonal, a woven tapestry with each thread necessary to create the masterpiece. Dance with delight whether caterpillar, in the middle of metamorphosis or butterfly in flight. Widen your circle each day.
“Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.” – Francis Bacon
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl
The space between stimulus and response
See the same in a new way
Take a different route
Tilt your head to see a different angle
Detach from the old
Draw outside the lines
Throw away the box you put yourself in
Throw away the box others put you in
Wide open spaces
Venture out beyond old stories, thoughts, opinions, assumptions
Make the unknown, known
Do not settle for familiarity, complacency, and certainty over fruition and growth
We are built for more, called to better, capable for hard
Density over volume
Imperfect wholeness and completion
Energy, creativity and light
Do not play small
Listen, look, receive, release
Make the same new
Always choose to bloom
“You have to color outside the lines once in a while if you want to make your life a masterpiece.” – Einstein