When you spend your life doing what you love to do, you are nourishing your Soul. It matters not what you do, only that you love whatever you happen to do. Some of the happiest people I’ve known have been nannies, gardeners, and housekeepers. They put their hearts into their work, and they used the work itself as a vehicle to nourish their Souls. I’ve known other people with more prestigious professions who absolutely hated their jobs. What good is it to be a doctor or a professional if you do not genuinely love what you do? Working in a job you do not love does nothing to nourish your Soul.
~Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, “Soul Gifts in Disguise” in Handbook for the Soul
I’m not very good at awards, so I’ll admit that I have mixed feelings when I’m nominated for one. I’m honored that people think so well of my blog, but I’m not all that comfortable having the spotlight on me in that way.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I received two nominations for the Sunshine Award, from Cheryl at creativemuse365.wordpress.com and from Kip at kipsthoughts.wordpress.com. Cheryl and Kip are thoughtful, creative people, and I’m touched that they deemed my blog worthy of the Sunshine Award. Thanks, guys!
For the Sunshine Award, I’m supposed to nominate some of my fellow bloggers. I haven’t listed them here, but I do invite you to check out my blogroll in the column to the right—there are some wonderful, creative bloggers on that list. I’m also supposed to answer the questions below. It’s taken me two weeks to finally get them answered, but here they are: Continue reading
Joy and hope are never separate. I have never met a hopeful person who was depressed or a joyful person who had lost hope…It is important to become aware that at every moment of our life we have the opportunity to choose joy. It is in the choice that our true freedom lies, and that freedom is, in the final analysis, the freedom to love.
~ Henri Nouwen
Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
~Jack Kornfield, The Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
~Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne (E.H. Shepard, illustrator)
Do one thing every day that scares you.