“To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be contented with your possessions, but not satisfied with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors — these are little guide-posts on the footpath to peace.”
– Henry Van Dyke
We took a long walk in the Grünewald forest and it reminded me of this quote I have been carrying around in my wallet. It helps me to appreciate what a privilege it is to be a part of this life in all its wonder. With much guidance, I move to a place of calm, of inner peace.
I can hear my yoga teacher, Carlos, from many moons ago quietly hum, “calmmm, calmmm, calmmm…” I didn’t understand it then, but it’s beginning to make sense now. I have always been a late bloomer so with the passage of time comes clarity.
“The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world…And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.”
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love