“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have…” Eckhart Tolle
Plan your hours to be productive,
Plan your weeks to be educational,
Plan your years to be purposeful,
Plan your life to be an experience of growth
Plan to change. Plan to grow. Iyanla VanZant
Remember the last time you puttered around your home reading and tossing old magazines? Or what about that lingering bubble bath you took or the time you stopped to watch some street entertainer perform a song or dance? Perhaps we savored the moment; maybe we felt a niggling pull or a critical voice in our head telling us to get back to being busy. Whether we are being productive, purposeful or playful, every moment counts…
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the lord.” Psalm of David 31:24
Do not let your fire go out,
Spark by irreplaceable spark,
In the hopeless swamps of the approximate,
The not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
[…] The world you desired can be won.
It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours. Ayn Rand
For years, I felt that if I wasn’t being fully engaged in some productive endeavor, I was wasting my time. But, the fact is that every moment we spend on this planet counts in our favor (an opportunity to learn/serve), and nothing is a waste of time. Our active and inactive days give us a chance to regroup, refresh and recalibrate our lives; our quiet times are as valuable as our hectic ones.
“A single day is enough to make us a little larger.” Paul Klee
You’re worried about
How you’re going to feel
At the end of your life?
Live. Right this minute.
That’s where the joy is at. Abigail Thomas
The last several days have been difficult and, as a way to seek clarity and comfort, I turned my attention to inspirational writings; scriptural texts and uplifting magazine articles. In O Magazine, I came across a wonderful piece offering us 11 quotes to help us make the most of the here and now. I felt a shift after reading them and the idea for this post was born. I also thought that, instead of 11 quotes, it would be helpful to have 14 great quotes to ponder for the next seven days, two per day, with beautiful images accompanying each set of quotes.
“This year I am choosing, to live beyond my wildest dreams. I wonder where it will take me.” Oprah Winfrey
Fear is the most fearful of all things,
and it, in itself, is an illusion.
The fear of death is one of its greatest
cultivations. Death can freak you out totally.
And unless you think about it, take it apart
molecule by molecule, and begin to figure it
out, it will continue to paralyze you. Ginny Brock
As I started looking for appropriate images, I came across the Chakra page in Wikipedia and realized that the vibrant colors would be perfect. I could compliment the quotes with images from the seven energy centers or chakras in the body. The Chakras are “force centers” or whorls of energy permeating, from a point on the physical body…. considered focal points for the reception and transmission of energies.” They represent points of light or energy links that enhance certain qualities or behavioral patterns in the body. You may click on the links I added and read up on each for more in-depth information. I hope you take a moment to contemplate the quotes and accompanying pictures. More below!