We can only live our own life based in our own history. To be transformable, to move toward our own fullness of life, we have to be willing to accept that and to live in process. The qualities of others are not our own. We can learn from them but not envy them. We need to try to live in right relationship with ourselves, not in regret, not in disappointment or guilt, or fear, but rather to allow ourselves to be renewed by the continual touch of God speaking through the persons and events in our lives. “The important thing is not that one does not change one’s state of life, but that one does change unceasingly so as to be able to grow to the fullness of life.”
We are earthenware jars that hold a treasure.
2 Corinthians 4:7
Be aware of the wisdom and compassion that comes through everyday experiences. Allow yourself to be transformable.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.”
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Philo of Alexandria
Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace, God is awake.
Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A journey may be long or short, but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself.
Each new day is a new beginning-
to learn more about ourselves
to care more about others,
to laugh more than we did,
to accomplish more than we thought we could,
and be more than we were before.
The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potential implanted in us by God.
Rabbi Samuel M. Silver
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow