There was a man on our planet who lived his life to the full by learning who he was, what his purpose was, and went forward to serve that purpose in the best way possible….loving the afflicted.
He was one of my favorite people in the world. Jean Vanier was one of the kindest, helpful, spiritual people who lived. He died on May 7th at the age of ninety years. One of his famous messages is,”It is good that you exist.” There is a beautiful interview he did on Tapestry with Mary Hynes on CBC in 2005. It was repeated yesterday in his memory and is so worth listening to. Good-bye for now, Jean Vanier; it is good that you existed.
My life is lived by faith…not blind faith, but supernatural faith. It works for me. Faith means much to many people and means nothing to others.
There are many examples of faith throughout the Bible and chapter one of Hebrews is a great example.
This came to me from the book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:
“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”
Because I believe, my life is lived by faith.
Thinking is a valuable and fun pastime. Here are a few thoughts for today:
Every moment that we are aware of the gift of simply being, with or without activity, is well lived. Catherine Ingram
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Einstein
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato
Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. Epicurus
Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Epictetus
Other things to think about: things we cannot see…air, wind, nothing.
Empty space is not really empty, it is filled with air.
In her book, Passionate Presence, Catherine Ingram quotes from the Bhagavad Gita:
If you want to be brave, look at those who forgive. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return for hatred.
If you are having a reading day, may the words you read inspire your thoughts. Happy Saturday.
Frederick Buechner, American writer, novelist, poet, autobiographer, essayist, preacher, and theologian is one of many authors who makes us sit up and take notice of what goes on around us as well as what goes on inside of us. Here is a recent quote from Facebook.
UNBELIEF IS AS MUCH OF A CHOICE as belief is. What makes it in many ways more appealing is that, whereas to believe in something requires some measure of understanding and effort, not to believe doesn’t require much of anything at all.
In my opinion, in order to believe we must choose to do so. I’m so happy I made that choice.
Jesus told him, “Is it because you’ve seen me that you have believed? How blessed are those who have never seen me and yet have believed!” International Standard Version
One of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) author of The Prophet, penned the following:
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
This is such a profound truth that it gave me almost instant relief from a sadness I was experiencing, because it made so much sense.
I believe I have posted a couple of Gibran’s quotes at one time or another and will do so again in the next day or two.
In 2014 when my memoir, “My Precious Life” was published, I was working on a book of poetry, in the works for over forty years. “The Moon is Always Full” is now about a week away from printing. This is a sample cover of the book which contains one-hundred-and-twenty-nine poems, including thirty-one in haiku form.
This is proof positive that we are never too old to start something new. Having been on this planet for eighty-one-plus years, each day continues to be an opportunity to welcome new ideas and seek new horizons. Carpe diem!
Questions and feedback are most welcome.
THE MOON IS ALWAYS FULL
Once a month…
the full moon is revealed:
but when it’s on the wane
that fullness seems concealed.
Its many phases mark the heavens,
earth’s tides reveal its pull
the naked eye may yet espy
the moon is always full.
©Patricia Ann Boyes