February 5

Reflection

Life is not meant to be dismal. Life is not an endurance test. Life is life, if we make it that. There is simply too much to enjoy. Religious traditions that refuse to enjoy life, reject life. But religion that rejects life is no religion at all. It fails to connect the sacred now with the sacred beyond. To be a contemplative we must bring ourselves to life so that all life can mediate God to us.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

May I know the goodness of life.

Action

No matter how distracting and demanding the daily routine may be, try to find the things that make life enjoyable. Take time to notice, to stop, and to take pleasure in ordinary things.

Suggested Reading

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have.
Ecclesiastes 6:9

A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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 Watterson

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Emily Dickinson

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
Stephen Vincent Benét

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
Maya Angelou

I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.
Thích Nhất Hạnh

We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
Sydney Smith

 

 

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