|A Cottage by the Sea||
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
To defeat the clock, even for a short time, is often to feel that you’ve defeated the anxieties and constrictions of modern society.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
I carry with me a magnifying glass—nothing elaborate—one that I can put in a pocket or carry on a string around my neck. Then, whenever I can, I walk slowly and stop and look at whatever it may be, and I find a whole other world—in a leaf, in a small stone, in a twig.
Esther de Waal
If the agenda of the first half of life is social, meeting the demands and expectations our milieu asks of us, then the questions of the second half of life are spiritual, addressing the larger issue of meaning.
Integrity largely has to do with purifying our intentions and being honest about our motives. It is hard work.
Richard Rohr, www.cac.org
I am finding a need to listen a great deal more, rather than to presume that I am right and need to put others in the right.
Br. Curtis Almquist, www.ssje.org