"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?
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence." - Henry David Thoreau
Have I found my path?
"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
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?
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?
Help me to keep an open heart to accept new adventures.
Where have I shone bright today?
Help me to find beauty in each moment of this day.
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
What can I do today to lighten one's load?
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?
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?
"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?
"Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure." - Jewish saying
Who are my "treasures"?