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I posted a variation of the following on my website this morning, and thought I would share it here as well...
One of my favorite quotes by St. Francis de Sales is:
“Be who you are, and be that well.”
This quote is one that all students attending Visitation schools learn and I believe learn well, although it can be a tall order at times and it's not always easy to actually embody. But really? Who else can we possibly be?
All we can ever aspire to be is to be ourselves - genuinely and completely. So take a moment, and think of your own unique attributes, and what only you can contribute to any situation. There is a way we can approach and contribute to life in general that is our unique expression. We can each make this world a better place in a particular way.
If this seems to much to comprehend or bear, then just for today, be who you are, and be that well!
Yes, just one day at a time! And over a succession of moments, and days, and then months and years - you will see how the fruits of your labor blossom in tiny increments, into a thing of beauty indeed!
And check out this 90 second meditation based on this quote! Check out Meditation Pure and Simple!
I was given a gift today. It was the gift of a blue butterfly...
After a lazy morning, sleeping in and moving slowly, I went for a walk, listening to Andy Williams tunes, like the song - "Try to Remember that kind of September..."
The day was warm, and beautiful - and I thought to myself, I do live that kind of September where life is now mellow..."
Half way through my walk, a blue butterfly flew almost directly in front of me and then perched itself on the branch of a Leyland Cypress on the edge of the path. It spread its wings magnificently, and stayed there - unwavering, for what seemed to be an eternity...
I looked at it, only inches from me, and was surprised it did not move, and seemed not afraid of me in anyway. I was determined not to be the one who moved first.
Almost immediately, I felt my heart flooded with incredible love for this creature - for all creatures - as I thought of loved ones in my life. In that moment, time stood still and I felt a deep sense of one…
"Everything has its wonders,even the darkness and silence,and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."~ Helen Keller It rained a veritable deluge this week, and I thought of it as Mother Nature cleansing everything to usher in the month of May and the season of spring in a much more emphatic way.
For a couple of days it was dark, and I took a day of total silence during one of them - not speaking or listening to music, or the TV - just to the falling rain as it landed softly and more deliberately at times, on a number of different surfaces, occasionally punctuated by a bird chirping, here or there. For most of that silent day, the rain was of the deep, soaking variety.
I also chose to turn off the computer and phone, so that I could enter deeply into the day, without anything pulling me out of it. It is amazing how much of your day you reclaim when you are simply not "online" or "available." Instead, I moved slowly and mindfully througho…