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The Now

At any moment the fully present mind can shatter time and burst into Now.
– David Steindl-Rast, A Listening Heart
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Wednesday of Hope . . . . It Just Makes Sense

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
– I have seen this quote attributed to several people, but I believe it is by Vaclav Havel

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Looking Within

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
– Carl Gustav Jung
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Wednesday of Hope . . . . in Stillness

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In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.
– Howard Thurman

Joys of the Unexpected

Talk about the joys of the unexpected, can they compare with the joys of the expected, of finding everything delightfully and completely what you knew it was going to be?
– Elizabeth Bibesco, Balloons
Would you ever expect a flower like this? It is Love in a Mist

Would you ever expect a flower like this? It is Love in a Mist

Wednesday of Hope . . . . 9

Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well. Hope is just a feeling that life and work have a meaning.

― Václav Havel

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Recipe for a Happy New Year

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Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.

Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish wit a smile,
serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.
You’re bound to have a happy new year.

– Author Unknown