"First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an accomplishment." - Aberjhani, American historian, columnist, novelist, poet, artist, and editor born in 1957 in Savannah, GA.
At first, I was thinking about the reopening of our congregation's services. We are taking the first steps toward having all members and friends come to our services on Sunday mornings. There was a lot of discussion, planning and work to get to the first service. We continue to evaluate our next steps for improving the next in-person services. Our accomplishment will be when we can all meet safely together in person.
Also, this quote has meaning in all our lives. We need to take the hard first steps to accomplishing our goals, no matter what they are. From this, we will know more personal happiness.
"The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." - William Morris, British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. (1834-1836)
I typed in the quote, and autocorrect wanted me to change "lies in the taking" to "lies in taking". I propose that "the taking a genuine interest" is very important. The more that we take possession and become aware of what we are doing and are thinking each day, the more we can enjoy the moments that make us happy. Hopefully on the other hand, we can eliminate or at least spend much less time on those moments which do not bring us the happiness we all deserve.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is putting our emotions in perspective. We all get angry from time to time. My hope is that we feel the anger, we deal with the anger, do what we need to do, and then move on to happiness. The more time we dwell on being angry, the less time we have for happiness. I think we all know happiness can cure a lot of ills, so lets hope we all feel much joy in our lives.
"Love is active, not passive. It is our love for one another, for Mother Earth, for our fellow creatures that compels us to act on their behalf." - Laurence Overmire, author of The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call To Action
On Sunday Dr. Neal Jones spoke to us about taking responsibility for our environment out of love, not out of fear. Isn't that how we should live our lives, not just for our environment but for ourselves, our families, our friends, our community, our world? I suggest we would feel better about our day-to-day life if most, or all our actions were done out of love, not out of fear. We may not succeed in achieving all of our goals, but we will know that what we did was done with love and came from a good place.