Every action, thought and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect. In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and feeling, which is to say, for our every intention.
-Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul
Nothing that once made you happy is ever lost. A golden thread of pleasure runs through your life. You just need to rediscover this thread before the joy of living completely unravels.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach, Hold That Thought
I watch how other things travel
to get an idea how I might move.
A cloud sweeps by silently,
gathering other clouds.
A doodlebug curls in his effort to get there.
A horse snorts before stepping forward.
A caterpillar inches across the kitchen floor.
When I carry him outside on a leaf,
I imagine someone doing that to me.
Would I scream?
In the heart of the day
No one is going anywhere
or coming back.
The blue grass on the table
lets light pass through.
but nothing moves.
I watch that too.
-From Come With Me: Poems for a Journey, by Naomi Shihab Nye, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Helen: Do you want to hear what a priest said?
Will: Was it a handsome priest?
Helen: Not as handsome as you.
Will: Go on…
Helen: He said that we go through times of consolation and desolation. Consolation is when things are flowing, and everything makes sense, and you feel connected, and you’re aware that God is present, and has plans for you. Maybe even likes you a little bit. You remember that?
Helen: Desolation is the other thing. When you are scared and confused and alone and out of step and your cell phone doesn’t work, and your daughter gets sick, and the cops come to the door and say there’s been an accident. God retreats, and you’re left with your own thoughts, and those thoughts are dark. There are answers there, he told me — and strength.
Will: How long does desolation last?
Helen: As long as it needs to.
-from the final episode of Joan of Arcadia season one
Appreciation takes courage and considerable resolve. It’s the high road, and not everyone is willing to take it. You are saying no to blame, to resentment, to revenge, to violence in any form — from badmouthing others, to kicking the dog, to berating a person. You are saying no to victimhood, to martyrdom, to passing the buck, to criticism, and to demeaning yourself or others.
-Noelle C. Nelson, from The Power of Appreciation
“A gift is an offering, a selfless act that adds something to someone’s life — something that they need. And only the two of you can decide the value of that.”
-Rich lady God, Joan of Arcadia
As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more.
-Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)