A World Full, A Cup Full


“…although the world is full of suffering,

it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller


Helen Keller’s words remind me of something Frederick Buechner said in his essay for Going on Faith: “All the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.” It also makes me think of some advice that Fred Rogers left us: When bad things happen, look for the helpers.

So keep your eyes open; be aware of the bad. But don’t drown in that cup.

Nurture peace. Cultivate kindness. Carry the calm.

Keep moving toward what brings life.

Look for the helpers.

And be one.


Nature of the week:

Shadow of the Week:

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What Adds Up to a Life?

“Begin at once to live,

and count each separate day as a separate life.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca –

I often find bits of wisdom tucked away in novels. Recently I was reading the novel Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan and found this: “She had made a choice and then she had made another and another after that. Taken together, the small choices anyone made added up to a life.”

May you choose peace daily. Nurture  it, cultivate loving-kindness, carry the calm, and that will be your life.

Nature of the week – poplar leaf after a rainstorm:

Shadow of the Week – a tree shadow spills into the street:

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The Very Life of Life

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!

Look to this Day!

For it is Life, the very Life of Life.

In its brief course lie all the

Verities and Realities of your Existence;

The Bliss of Growth

The Glory of Action

The Splendor of Beauty;

For Yesterday is but a Dream,

And Tomorrow is only a Vision,

But Today well lived makes every

Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and every

Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.

Look well therefore to this Day!

Such is the Salutation of the Dawn.

– from the Sanskrit –


Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.

Nature of the week:


Shadow of the Week:



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