Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thus, if there are afflictions, there are also comforts: great consolations, great chastisements. There is a comforter, and there is a chastener. Every man must taste of death: every man must taste of life. It shall not be all bitter nor all sweet for any. It shall be life. The unseen ministers of a stupendous equity have their eyes and their hands about every man’s portion; ‘as it is written, he that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.’
It is the same earth for all; the same earth for the dead, great and small; dust to dust. The same earth for the living. ‘Thorns, also, and thistles shall it bring forth,’ and God provides the flowers too.(J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Wylder's Hand)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It was a routine, standard courtesy and I don't think she expected any response from me, but on the spur of the moment I decided to write this back:
"YES, I am having a great weekend really. I've been enjoying myself with my kids, spending so much fun time with them, shopping, eating well, and then having a lovely peaceful home to return to to rest and relax. I am so blessed!
I realise as I get older that it really boils down to one's attitude, doesn't it. like, you could choose to fixate on something that you think isn't right in your life and let that get you down, or you can choose to rise above it and be grateful for all the blessings you do have.
more and more I see that it is wasteful to think that you'd be happy when such and such happens.. like you'll be happy when your knee stops aching or when you've gotten or done whatever.. you have to choose to be happy NOW, whatever your circumstances, and not waste any time worrying or fretting about the future or what you cannot change.. being happy and content really has to be a conscious choice one makes".
I apologised if that was too much information, but explained that I had been contemplating life a lot lately. Now I didn't expect any response from her (except perhaps a mental rolling of the eyes at her end), but this is what she wrote back:
"You are so right. Life is way too short to get caught up in the little things. Thank you for sharing that. I needed to read that and be reminded. It really did make my day".
Honestly, I felt SO happy when I read that. You just never know when, how and to whom you can be a help and a blessing, however small.