Welcome to Rise To Seize Each Day. Offerings here are intended to nudge and gently challenge us to see our days for what they are—ours for the taking, for sharing, giving, doing and beholding. What I enjoy most about this unique collection is the very different ways these writers see and experience their days. I hope that your day unfolds, or has unfolded, in ways that are fulfilling, too.
Rise To Seize Each Day
Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
– Mary Oliver
Morning is when I awake and there is a dawn in me.
– Henry David Thoreau
Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it. Life is about the development of self to the point of unbridled joy.
– Joan Chittister
Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.
– Rachel Naomi Remen
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.
– Etty Hillesum
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
– Annie Dillard
No story can contain you.
– Ivan M. Grainger
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
– Eleanora Duse
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
– John O’Donohue
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to “jump at the sun.” We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
– Zora Neale Hurston
We have a spiritual practice of thinking of a fire hydrant as a saint – it’s standing there waiting to be of service. It’s a way to start reframing our relation to all the everyday things around us.
– Frederic Brussat
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
– Emily Dickinson
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
– Og Mandino
There must be more to life than having everything.
– Maurice Sendak
When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself. Life begins to flow, and you never know where it will take you.
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts.
– Wendell Berry
We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.
– AnaÎs Nin
You too can fly. But that cocoon must go!
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
– Ray Bradbury
Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness;
And bearing one with another,
And forgiving one another,
And not laying accusations
One against another;
But praying one for another,
And helping one another
Up with a tender hand.
— Isaac Penington
Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition.
– Florida Scott-Maxwell
I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace.
– Diane Ackerman
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