Three o’clock in the morning. The soft April night is looking at my windows and caressingly winking at me with its stars. I can’t sleep, I am so happy!
– Anton Chekhov, writer
“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew.”
– Desmond Tutu, religious leader
We went to Lake Oconee (featured picture) this past weekend and I took dozens of pictures of sunrises, sunsets, and the lake. G doesn’t really understand it, but I can’t help myself from being awed by the beauty, and wanting to capture it forever.
“There are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them.”
– Henri Matisse, artist
Dear old world,” she murmured, “you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
– L.M. Montgomery, writer
Spent the weekend with someone who likely does not have many more days in this dear old world, yet he found a lot of joy simply watching his young grandson, and having a laugh with family. This really changes your perspective …
“On with the dance, let joy be unconfined is my motto, whether there’s any dance to dance, or any joy to unconfine.”
– Mark Twain, humourist
My brother-in-law was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Yesterday, his daughters threw a huge bash for him and invited the whole town. There were live bands, good homemade pot luck, wine and beer for toasts, games for the children, and a lot of love. They danced!
We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.
– Bill Waterson, cartoonist
Who can argue with the creator of Calvin and Hobbes?
The sun is still there … even if clouds drift over it. Once you have experienced the reality of sunshine you may weep, but you will never feel ice about your heart again.
Years ago I had a Buddhist teacher in Thailand who would remind all his students that there was always something to be thankful for. He’d say, “Let’s rise and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we may have learned a little. And if we didn’t learn even a little, at least we didn’t get sick. And if we did get sick, at least we didn’t die. So let us all be thankful.”
– Leo Buscaglia, professor/writer
As I write this, three family members are sick – one very sick. But I am joyful that there are here at this moment. And I say a prayer that I can say this again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next …
Last week I promised to actually set a goal and put effort into fulfilling that commitment, because as I’ve gotten older I’ve quit trying. Life has been all about going through the motions and following routines.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
– Thich Nhat Hahn, Buddhist Monk