Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sometimes... okay, a lot of times when I blog, I just need a place to store signifigant quotes and the thoughts that go with them... today's focus: Mother Teresa.

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones. Let it allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” Mother Teresa

My dear friend, Hannah, saw this picture and said something along the lines of how it was very true to who I am. When I first read the previous quote of Mother Teresa's this moment in time and photo were what popped into my head. All of the details she mentioned were true at this time. I can't help but believe God's creation pulls those confidences out of me. :)

Such a great truth. Ah. I think someday I shall walk around with this as my walking billboard. :)

'The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow, do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. —Mother Teresa'

How easily I forget this! How easily I am discouraged not even by someone's words of disapproval, but by a facial expression or some other body language that probably does, but might not even pertain to me in the slightest! Good grief. I really need to meditate on the fact that it's always first between me and God, and hopefully through my encounters with Him others will be blessed.

Sometimes I really struggle in life because I allow myself to become complacent. I neglect to search for the answers of questions I've always wondered. I forget to sit in awe of the magnificent things I never will understand. I forget to explore and find the unknown/unfamiliar. I stop going out of my way to be kind to strangers. But then I remember this little nugget of gold. And I remember the joy of being enlightened by truth. I remember the wonder of awesome things our Creator has made for our enjoyment. I remember the excitement of new beauty, new birth, fresh air, adrenaline, exhileration. I remember how my heart swells when people respond to kindness from a stranger... I remember how by making someone else smile, it makes me smile too... I'm getting off quote... must. re. focus.

Lately I've been dwelling on hurts of the past few weeks. I've been replaying them in my head and letting them change my demeanor and response to others... not for the better either. I need to remember that yesterday is gone and with more love there will be no hurt, right? :) Reminds me of my third grade teacher, Mrs. Loughren. She always would encourage us to 'kill our enemies with kindness'. I'm not talking about any enemies, but she's so right! Love conquers!

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