I arise this day
With love in my heart,
Through the warmth of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
Freedom of the wind,
Joy of rushing water,
Splendor of fire,
Stability of earth,
Serenity of stars, and
The wisdom of silence.
I embrace this day,
Through the grace of life to guide me
And the promise of love to inspire me.
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.
My couch buddies of an evening.
And my partner on the trail.
“Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.” – Zora Neale Hurston
Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again. No, we should not. – Julia Cameron, “The Artist’s Way”
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still and dark.
— Rabindranath Tagore
“And what does January hold? Clean account books. Bare diaries. Three hundred and sixty-five new days, neatly parceled into weeks, months, seasons. A chunk of time, of life … those few first notes like an orchestra tuning up before the play begins.”
Phyllis Nicholson, Country Bouquet (1947)
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars … and they pass by themselves without wondering. — Saint Augustine