What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.
— Virginia Woolf from To the Lighthouse
The Patience Of Ordinary Things
It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?
— Pat Schneider from Another River: New and Selected Poems
Curiosity Is The Right Companion Of Change
neither in fixity
nor in change,
but in the dialectic
between the two.
— Octavio Paz
Curiosity is the right companion of change. It is an attitude that we must elect to hold. As I embrace an attitude of curiosity and wonder, change brings me growth and renewal. It is the key of curiosity which opens the gate to my greater unfolding. As I open my mind and heart, subtle blessings are revealed to me. Life gains new and unexpected graces, colors, textures and benefits. Curiosity empowers me to explore new dimensions. Curiosity brings me optimism and hope during difficult times.
— Julia Cameron from Transitions
Go Out For A Walk
Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.
— Albert Camus from Notebooks
- Seven Principles for Living with Deep Intention
- Learning to Love
- Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul
- Courageous Prayer
- A Little Of This Mystery Each Day
- All-Surrounding Grace
- God Is Everywhere