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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

His love is deeper

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

-Corrie Ten Boom

[All images sourced from my collection on Pinterest here]

Timeless Insights on Humility

Humility. A tremendously huge lesson for us all. As a person of deep faith, I believe it’s important, essential even, to acknowledge the workings of God in our lives. Gratitude helps realign me with the bigger picture. I look in the mirror as I brush my teeth in the morning and think of so many things to be thankful for… such as running water (which I turn off when brushing my teeth), and good health, my loved ones, this day! The list grows! There is so much to be thankful for, yet we too often forget to acknowledge how gifted, how blessed, we truly are. Humility to me includes respecting this gift of life I am given every morning. As they say, never regret growing older for it is a privilege denied to many.

Of all trees, I observe God hath chosen the vine, a low plant that creeps upon the helpful wall; of all beasts, the soft and patient lamb; of all fowls, the mild and guileless dove. Christ is the rose of the field, and the lily of the valley. When God appeared to Moses, it was not in the lofty cedar nor the sturdy oak nor the spreading palm; but in a bush, a humble, slender, abject shrub; as if He would, by these elections, check the conceited arrogance of man.

~Owen Feltham (1602 – Feb 23, 1668)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my old-fashioned quotes in this brand new year of 2015. I believe humility is always timely, even if the teachers have been gone for hundreds or thousands of years, their lessons live on.

Luke 18:14 KJV ~ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Let Us Be Like A Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl sat in an oak

The more he saw the less he spoke

The less he spoke the more he heard

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

 

This old nursery rhyme was recorded as early as 1875 and is likely much older than that. It was quoted by John D. Rockefeller in 1915 and is often mis-attributed to Edward Hersey Richards. [source]

Image sources: Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, pair of Owls grooming

A Time To Rest

take a bath copyToday is a good day to relax. Let us set aside moments to relish a bit of nourishing solitude. How about spending time outdoors, reading some uplifting words, and cherishing a long, soothing soak in a tub.

old fashioned soap copyThere’s really nothing quite like laying down amidst warm water to help melt away the stresses of life.

That’s where I’m headed and I wish that for you as well.

Sometimes we just need to unplug.

May we all be refreshed and renewed for the days ahead, and grateful for the many blessings around us.

 

 

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

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“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”

~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)

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rustic clawfoot bathroom“This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying ‘thank you!’ You can do this in a church, mosque, temple or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

~ Alice Walker

Hopefulness

1childeye EarthLet us visualize what we want to have happen… imagine and see the life we want to walk into. Let’s think about what we want to have happen in our future. See it now. Notice it. Focus on it.

Kind actions are happening right here and right now, all around us. Look for the polite drivers who let in that merging car, and the courteous cashier who calls “I’m open over here.” Maybe you’ll observe a neighbor who smiles at others or a bus driver who is kind. Let’s see the good. Focus on it. And also do what we can to BE the good. Let’s lead the way, and show how it’s done. Role models matter! And helping to shine light and kindness in the world really can be as simple as a genuine smile.

nature therapyTake care of YOU so that you can bring your brightest light. Remember that what you think about, focus on, and do really makes a difference in our world, more than you may ever know. Your smiling face, good mood and congenial kindness all help raise the energy of everyone around you.

Begin within, find your faith (whatever touches and inspires your heart), take care of you, and shine your light brightly. Let’s all do what we can to fill our hearts with so much gratitude and love that our hearts can overflow into the hearts of others!

We need your light. You are beautiful. Thank you for visiting, reading, and being You! Love, Gina ~ Professions For Peace

 

1handholding Earth“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ~ Anne Frank

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” ~ John Lennon

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ~ Pablo Neruda

“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” ~ Richard Evans

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

From the SCROOGED Movie Soundtrack, here is an excellent cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1969 song, beautifully performed by Al Green and Annie Lennox.

 

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see it’s getting late
Oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by
And still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If you want the world to know
We won’t let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see, wait and see

Take a good look around
And if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart
And I hope when you decide
Kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place
For you and me
You just wait and see
Put a little love in your heart
Each and every day
Put a little love in your heart
There’s got to be a better way
Put a little love in your heart
Don’t you think it’s time we start
Put a little love in your heart