verameum:

It is neither the height of the soap box we stand upon nor the words that trumpet forth, but rather the example set with our actions and choices that will echo and follow us in this life and after.

verameum:

As children we are soft, vulnerable, trusting, dependent, emotional. Over time, we learn the concept of weakness and begin to harden ourselves in an effort to convince ourselves and others of our relative strength. But we remain vulnerable yet, frail, as do all those around us. We must not wait for death to convince us to drop the charade.

verameum:

If we walk slowly away from the city, the dissonant man-made orchestra stops, the light diffuses, all seems dead, quiet, dark, and empty. As our ears and eyes adjust, we begin to perceive the forest swarming with song and action. The universe is this way; what appears to be dark empty space is in fact teeming with incalculable activity and life, waiting for us to quiet down, adjust our senses, and quietly and humbly observe.

verameum:

We are evolving into a disfigured and distracted race, shoulders hunched, heads bowed to devices and buried in a sort of technological quicksand. We must raise our heads to the horizon, set right our posture, and take another look at the world around us to which we have become gradually and alarmingly disconnected.

verameum:

A book is not always made better by its length; its value is in the quality of the story, the beauty of the language, and the moral it relates. Our lives, too, are not made better by adding more years; we flourish when each day is imbued with virtue, when our words bring comfort and support, and when our thoughts rest calmly upon the moment at hand.

verameum:

Everyone we see before us is surviving something, some loss, some anxiety, some hardship real or imagined. We should take solace in our shared predicaments, maintain solidarity in our desire to overcome them, and celebrate surviving yet another moment together.

verameum:

In
a full lifetime, we can expect to live through many chapters, ranging from
childhood, to adolescence, jobs, relationships, parenting, death, grief, changed
living situations, retirement, and so on. We must reduce our surprise and fear
of each transition, for as it often is with novels, we may look back at
chapters fondly with the understanding that we will never get another chance to
experience them as we did the first time.

verameum:

Sickness, injury, bad dreams, personal loss, mistakes, and other seemingly negative aspects of our lives all serve a district purpose, to remind us of our fragility and weakness, to provide much needed perspective, to humble the ego and its irrational delusion of invincibility.

“One of the hardest lessons you will ever have to learn is that you can’t save anyone.

Not with love, not by force.

Not even by bleeding yourself out to keep them alive.

You can only be there.

Keeping them warm while they fight and hope it is enough.”

Isabelle F.

verameum:

We cannot necessarily control our emotions, but we can certainly influence their duration and intensity. Anger, anxiety, lust, and other vices only grow when fed, when we continue to dwell upon them, when we give them an audience. Positive emotions work much the same way, happiness in large part depending upon our ability to maintain focus on all that we have to be thankful for.