To Instruct Myself Over and Over in Joy

I’m not sure where I found it originally as I had simply saved the link and recently found it as I was going through items to add to the blog, but Parker J. Plamer, a columnist at On Being wrote something that resonated with me.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]It requires no special talent or effort to look at our world and point out the things that numb us, or dumb us down, or depress us. In fact, it’s a no-brainer! But becoming keenly and consistently aware of what’s good, true, beautiful, and life-giving around us and within us demands a discipline: we must open our eyes, minds, and hearts. And we must keep them open.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]The reward for that discipline is great: as we open up, we start to see beauty everywhere, not only in nature, but in human nature. There’s a lot of bad news out there, but there’s a lot of good news as well. Pass the word and help keep hope alive![/perfectpullquote]

Yes. Open your eyes, hearts, and minds. Let’s keep hope alive.