It remains the dream of every life to realise itself, to reach out and lift oneself to greater heights. A life that continues to remain on the safe side of its own habits and repetitions, that never engages with the risk of its own possibility, remains an unlived life.* John O’Donohue
To the warrior, greatness is not the product of ego but of service. If you live for yourself, you can settle for less. If you live for others, it require all of who you are.** Erwin McManus
Better than fixing our weaknesses is developing our strengths.
We are told it is best to focus on what we’re not good at and what we are good at will take care of itself.
It is more likely that if we focus on what we are good at then what we are not good at will take care of itself.
Because we’re pushing our limits, From our heart outwards, Always beyond ourselves:
May you have the grace of encouragement To awaken the gift in the other’s heart, Building in them the confidence To follow the call of the gift.^
When you live a life of obligation, it steals from you your strength. Wisdom allows you to harness your strength.* Erwin McManus
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control** The Apostle Paul
In the Potawatomi language strawberries are “heart berries,” Betraying the creation myth in which the berries grow from the heart of Skywoman’s deceased daughter.
A young Robin Wall Kimmerer would gather and consume these in great numbers, An older Kimmerer ponders on more than a berry-filled tummy, how
the gift of berries was from the fields themselves^.
It got me to thinking about the fruits of our lives, How we produce these for others, How we have to and we want to because they are our heart-fruit. And whilst people don’t always find their way to them, Someone will.
Dozens of scientific studies have found that people who are led to experience brief positive emotions are more creative, expansive, generative,, synthetic, and loosened up in their thought.* Dacher Keltner
You’ll happily take the destination but the truth is, the journey is too arduous.** Seth Godin
Will our thinking soar or crash today? What we feed our minds and hearts may turn us into a victim or into an agent.
One takes more preparation than the other – Some hanging around, Taking longer with new thoughts, Reflecting on our response to these, Not only in our heads, but in our hearts at the beginning of a day – We’re uncovering treasure.
The warrior is not formed by what has been done and what can’t be done; the heart of the warrior is formed by what must be done.* Erwin McManus
May the work fit the rhythms of your soul, Enabling you to draw from the invisible New ideas and a vision that will inspire.** John O’Donohue
When it comes to getting back into running, I can only run at least every other day – Otherwise, At my age, I could break something.
But there is something else that I have been working on for many years, A gift I want to leave with the people I work with, And here there is more to be done, Every day, And this has to include who I am becoming along the way.
What is your “must be done?” I want to encourage you to keep going, Every day.
That’s why they always put two blank pages in the back of the atlas. They’re for new countries. You’re meant to fill them in yourself.* The BFG
We have misunderstood our need to adventure. It is not to conquer the world but to conquer ourselves.
I’ve been collecting a few words as I’ve been reading this morning – Strength and love, Grace and mercy, Hope and joy – Leaving me with the question, What if I were to play with these more than I do, To bring them together in some artist-palette kind of way today?
One of the best things a man can bring into the world with him is a natural humility of spirit. About the next best thing he can bring, and they usually go together, is an appreciative spirit — a loving and susceptible heart.* John Burroughs
Here is my Secret. It’s quite simple. One see clearly with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.** Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It’s not that we do or don’t see with the heart; We’re all learning.
What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.* David Whyte
A morning when you become a pure vessel For what wants to ascend from silence … To reach beyond silence And the wheel of repitition. … In order to come to birth In a clean line of form, That claims from time A rhythm not yet heard That calls space to A different shape.** John O’Donohue
I do not know this day, I have never met it before.
Perhaps, Before I imprint it with memory, I can allow it to be its own freshness and newness, Welcoming me to find my newness, too.
What will I leave in yesterday? What will begin in me today?
If you are comfortable with where you are, you will never know how far you can go. If you refuse to change, then you refuse to grow.^
Whether we like it or not, the lives we live are stories. … Stories can be edited. Stories can be fixed. Stories can go from dull to exciting, from rambling to focused, and from drudgery to read to exhilarating to live.** Donald Miller
Your job as a writer is making sentences. Your other jobs include fixing sentences, and arranging sentences. If this is the case – making, fixing, killing, arranging – how can your writing possibly flow? It can’t.^ Verlyn Klinkenborg
We can wish it weren’t so, But to make the improvements we desire to the story we are writing for ourselves we will need to look beyond the obvious, Beneath the surface:
The secret to diagnosing the problem with a broken scene lies in the subtext.^^
There we will find the things we must create, mend, get rid of and rearrange, Words before phrases, phrases before sentences … We get the idea.
Even the most broken stories can be improved with the help of others and time and small steps.
Each society and each individual usually explores only a tiny fraction of their horizon of possibility.*^
Awaken your spirit to adventure; Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; Soon you will be home i a new rhythm For you soul senses the world that awaits you.^*