"Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall." - Fulton J. Sheen
When do I find "the silence of contemplation"?
"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold." - Proverbs 22:1
"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
How do I live?
"...honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself."
- Matthew 19:19
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence." - Henry David Thoreau
Have I found my path?
"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise."
- Proverbs 19:20
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature." - Anne Frank
When was the last time I have been amidst the simple beauty of nature?
"Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor." - Job 11:17-19
"Life is a bridge over the sea of changes. Do not build a house on it."
- Sri Sathya Sai Baba
How do I adapt to continued change?
"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Crowfoot
What is life?
"Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route." - Charles Caleb Colton
What has been my route to happiness?
"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."
- George Santayana
What has made me smile today?
"Life is now, this day, this hour... and is probably the only experience of the kind one is to have." - Charles Malcomb Flandrau
What small thing can I do today to make a memory?
"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD." - Psalms 31:24
"Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth." - Horace
Help me to keep an open heart to accept new adventures.
"It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way." - Proverbs 19:2
"A good heart is the sun... for it shines bright and never changes..."
- William Shakespeare
Where have I shone bright today?
"To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty..."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Help me to find beauty in each moment of this day.
"Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need."
- Jerome K. Jerome
If I were to pack light today, what would it consist of?
"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." - Louisa May Alcott
What are my aspirations?
"Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them." - Psalm 96:12
"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."
- Charles Dickens
What can I do today to lighten one's load?
"Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge." - Psalm 16:1
"Friendship multiplies blessings and... soothes the soul." - Baltasar Gracián
Can I be a blessing to someone today?
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is beautiful in my life?
"You can see a lot just by observing." - Yogi Berra
What have I "seen" when I've taken the time to observe?
"Live life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls." - Melody Beattie
How has my story touched others?
"My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not slipped." - Psalm 17:5
"Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle." - Amy Bloom
How do I understand the miracle of lifetime love?
"I love you, O LORD, my strength." - Psalm 18:1
"Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure." - Jewish saying
Who are my "treasures"?