"The glory of life comes not from the things we can command but from the things that we can reverence." - Goethe
What do I reverence?
"You who wait for God
shall renew your strength,
you will take off with eagles’ wings.
you will walk and not get tired,
you will run and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
"Work is love made visible." - Kahlil Gibran
...if we are fortunate!
"In your faithful love you lead me whom
you have saved;
by your strength you guide me to
your dwelling place." - Exodus 15:13
"There is a a twilight zone in our hearts that we ourselves cannot see. Even though we know quite a lot about ourselves — our gifts and weaknesses, our ambitions and aspirations, our motives and drives — large parts of ourselves remain in the shadow of consciousness. This is a very good thing. We will always remain partially hidden to ourselves. Other people, especially those who love us, can often see our twilight zones better than we ourselves can...We will never fully know the significance of our presence in the lives of our friends. That's a grace, a grace that calls us not only to humility, but also to a deep trust in those who love us. It is in the twilight zones of our hearts where true friendships are born." - Henry Nouwen, from Bread for the Journey
Who are the people in my life who see those "twilight zones" in my heart, and whom do I trust to teach me about myself?
"There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton
Which best describes me? In what way?
How can I know when it is best for me to be genuine with my feelings or "put on a happy face"?
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth or bury my face in the pillow or raise my hands to the sky and want more than all the world your return." - Mary Jean Irion
How can I avoid taking the routine of my life for granted?
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
- Hebrews 10:24-25
"When we stop waiting for something "significant" to happen and instead begin noticing what IS happening, small miracles occur." - Sue Bender
What little things do I notice? How is that important?
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." - Corinthians 13:13
Where do I see God: at home, at work, in me?
What small deeds will I act upon today?
What do I do to unfold the mystery of me?
Where are my instincts leading me?
What is changing in my life? How have I responded to the changes?
"Our faith needs to be the North Star of our lives. Our behavior needs to match our words." - Archbishop Charles Chaput
When have I had the courage to be the first on an initiative?
What do I need to forgive myself for?
"I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business." - Michael J. Fox
In what ways do I reach for excellence?
What are my greatest abilities? How do I use my strengths to contribute to a better world?
How has your service to others come back to you in love?
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" - Matthew 6:25
"When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change." - Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
What experiences have I had that challenged me to change?
When in my life did I "stick it out through the hard times" and came out better for it?
"Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend." - James Taylor
What does it mean to me to be a friend?
"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnegie
In what ways do I let others know that you’re interested in them?
"Faith is a beam radiating from the face of God."
- St. John Eudes