May you be pleasantly surprised by something or someone today. It may not be as astonishing as your kitty finding the coins you stored in your sofa but, “In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.‘ –David Steindl-Rast
“Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” –Denholm Elliott
“Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.” –Joyce Carol Oates
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”- Ashley Montagu
Have a wonder-filled day, full of lovely little surprises 🙂
Sometimes we are looking for a way out. The way out may have been presented to us, but we do not recognize it. Because, we hold a certain vision of the future. And, the presented opportunity does not appear to meet with our expectations.
Today, the opportunity for a way out, that you have been seeking, may be right in front of you. Perhaps, you are looking for a way out of a job or career. You apply and apply and an opportunity is presented to you. However it is not quite the “perfect” solution you were expecting.
But, exit “doors” rarely come in the packages that one expects. And, routes to any destination are rarely in a straight line.
“The best things in life happen unexpectedly. The best stories begin with an all of a sudden. The best adventures were never planned as they turned out to be. Free yourself from expectations. The best will come when, and from places, you least expect.” – themindsjournal.com
“I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you.”- Sandra Bullock
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” – Richard Branson
“Expect change. Analyze the landscape. Take the opportunities. Stop being the chess piece; become the player. It’s your move.” -Tony Robbins
Here in the, sort of, North West, winter has come. It is just a few flakes for now which began yesterday but, you know what is coming. I enjoy the fall and there is still the beauty of the fallen leaves to look at.
In the fallen carpet of shades of brown, I do not see dead leaves. For some reason, I see a successful life lived thus far, and the hope of things to come. Winter being one of those things to come. Winter is rest for the soil and rest for the soul. The darker days mean more rest, more sleep, bigger holiday feasting and yet another excuse for coffee treats.
“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” –Candace Bushnell
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”–Edith Sitwell
In the promise of the coming of winter there is a shift from browns to a special light. In that special light of winter – the sparkling snow on the ground, lies the hope to come; new life in a new spring. “I pray this winter be gentle and kind–a season of rest from the wheel of the mind. “–John Geddes
Everyday is a fresh start I wake up say a prayer and hustle Only minutes to savor freshly brewed classic Italian coffee. Then, as we each rush to our car, I think to myself, “we rarely enjoy the little things lately How great life would be if we lived a little bit of it everyday?”
Meditation roots you firmly so that, “you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.” – (Ephesians 6:13 NASB).
“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.”– Zen Master Hsing Yun
Meditation is not forcing yourself not to think; it is allowing the thoughts to cease to have force over you.
“Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise. Simply realize that our original mind, right from the start, is beyond thought, so that no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts. Illuminate original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.”– Zen Master Bankei Yotaku
Meditation is the stillness that accompanies the pen of the writer as the chapter is finished; it is the movement of the dancer when the music stops and before the applause thunders; it is a much deserved rest from an exhausting week.
“Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.”– Osho
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” – (Psalms 19:14).
Have a great weekend everyone.
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