"The beauty of life is that it bears fruit
long after life itself has come to an end."
- Henri Nouwen
I think it's the skill of living in the present that I have mastered in the last 25 years. It is the key to enjoying your life in full. Enjoying life doesn't mean being unreasonably excited all the time. On the contrary, as I became older I realized that the first step towards finding the joy of life was to accept reality openly and sincerely, accept everything as it is. Reality is not perfect. But it is important to face the truth. This attitude works wonders. By the way, speaking about joys, after sixty I fell in love with dancing."
Let us be women to lay down our words,
our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance
and fill the earth with extravagant Love.
Let us be women who Love.
Let us be women who make room.
Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an
honest, spacious, glorious embrace.
The Opening of Eyes
That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
-- David Whyte
“If we can be mindful, thoughtful, and soulful, what would it mean to be bodyful? For me bodyfulness would mean . . . that each morning I would awaken and listen for how my body wanted to be nourished that day, through food, movement, and the pleasure of touch.” --- Christine Valters Paintner
Winnie the Pooh: "What day is it?" "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," said Pooh.
The Joy is in the Journey