On impulse I purchased
a Meditation-a-Day calendar
in January from the clearance
table at Barnes & Noble.
Those of you who have been
reading along with me for a
while know that I love quotes.
Often, when I read one that
really resonates with my spirit,
I massage the words over and
over in my mind....
And often, that leads to some
deeper thoughts ~
And often, I like to share
Because I know, if we were
talking over steaming cups of
tea or coffee, frosty glasses of
iced tea or wine, we would have
a wonderful conversation sparked
by an idea that was born from
one of these quotes.
Here is one that
stayed with me:
Put your heart, mind, intellect,
and soul even to your smallest
acts. This is the secret of
~ Swami Sivananda
Do you live with this kind
of passion, where each day
you greet every task with your
I try to.
Some days are more
challenging in this regard
But still, I try.
One of my all-time favorite
quotes, from Mother Teresa,
is very similar to the Swami's:
Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with
Yes, we can fold the warm
laundry with great love ~
for the most basic of blessings
such as life, family and freedom....
Yes, we can put our hearts into
weeding the garden, thankful for
the feeling of sunshine on our
backs, fresh air in our lungs and
the joy of birdsong....
Yes, we can put our mind into
creating nourishing meals that
fuel these bodies that allow us
to do so many things, every day....
Yes, we can put our intellect
into loading the dishwasher, walking
the dog or writing a birthday card,
honoring the brain that takes care
of blinking and breathing and putting
one foot in front of the other, freeing
our minds to dream as well
as to take care of business.....
And yes, we can put our souls
into how we meet the world each
day, via the smile to the cashier,
the wave to the neighbor, the hug
we give a friend.....
It's all a matter of passion and
gratitude and how we frame
our life's work, whether that
is done behind a desk, behind
a wheel, behind a rake or
broom, camera or piano ~
or behind little ones, gently
guiding them forward.
I'll leave you with another quote
from an extraordinary woman,
Helen Keller. It has been at the
top of my blog page since I began
this adventure in 2010.
I long to accomplish a great and
noble task, but it is my chief duty
to accomplish small tasks as if
the were great and noble.
Love you all.
Thanks for inspiring my
passion, not only for writing,
but for sharing the
beauty that is this life.
all pictures: P&H