a new day

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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remember what it was like

Too many people grow up.  That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.  They forget.  They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old. – Walt Disney

 

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the poetry of music

If we were to learn to hear Dante, we should hear the ripening of the clarinet and the trombone, we should hear the viola transformed into the violin and the lengthening of the valve of the French horn. And we should see forming around the lute and the theorbo the hazy nucleus of the homophonic three-part orchestra of the future.

– Osip Mandelstam

 

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unmerited grace

At its best, the sensation of writing is that of an unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — is it handed to you. – Annie Dillard

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possibilities

My definition of possible has broadened remarkably, as has my ability to pursue those possibilities with calm assurance. In the past, I thought I could only bring one thing to the world, but now the world is welcoming me in other ways. My career is fulfilling, but so is finding a stray cat a loving home. – Stacey Grenrock-Woods, television comedy writer

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Quote of the Day

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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death is different

Death is different when it shows up early, invites itself to dinners, and keeps you company for light-night talks about paperwork and affairs and questions about whether a house or a body can ever truly be in order.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

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criticism

Criticism was always the shortest kid in the class. He learned early to use words to defend himself. As a teenager, Criticism loved to take things apart. At that time he didn’t care if they ever got put back together. He retains a strong curiosity about how things work and a deep respect for tools. Criticism is a strict father. He adores his children, but he fears their spontaneity.

Sometimes I want to write Criticism a letter and tell him to leave me alone. The problem is that when I don’t see him for a while, I start to miss him. Still, my conversations with him often make me nervous. I usually believe the bad things he says and forget about the good stuff. When we really disagree, I am upset for days and run around asking everyone I meet to reassure me. If I could trust him more, it would be different, but he changes his mind as much as I do. For all his sensitivity, it was years before he realized that other people also have feelings.

– J. Ruth Gendler, The Book of Qualities

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A God within

The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word “enthusiasm” — a God within. The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God within. – Louis Pasteur

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friends and family

Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.
– Julia Child, 1912 – 2004give thanks

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Roberta C. Bondi writes in To Love as God Loves that

Introspection means looking inside ourselves to see what it is that makes us tick or fails to make us tick in order that we may love.  It has to do with observing ourselves to see what we think or feel or do that hurts us or makes us hurt others so that we can do something about what needs to be corrected, and strengthen what needs to be strengthened. It involves acknowledging how complex we all are as we try to move in several often conflicting directions at once.  Wallowing in guilt or helplessness for its own sake is not what introspection is about, according to our literature.

. . . Being able to look into ourselves deeply takes real humility, and this does not mean acknowledging merely that we are sinners.  It is true that we are sinners, but it is equally true that each of us is vulnerable in all sorts of ways, and God who made each one of us also loves each one of us in all our fragility.  This means that we need not feel set apart from others by whatever introspection or conversation turns up within us, no matter what it is.

. . . Introspection and prayer are so integrally connected for the Christian that they are never completely separable.  This is because as we are consciously introspective, Christian introspection is done, not for its own sake, as though we are infinitely interesting in ourselves to ourselves.  Christian introspection is meant to lead to love, the love of God and the love of other people.  This kind of healing introspection is always done in the presence of God, even if we are not consciously aware of it.  it is the presence of God when we look inside ourselves that makes real introspection possible.

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