of affirmations and fresh air.

I like the idea of affirmations rather than resolutions. It seems like we’re so obsessed with whatever’s new and exciting and looks like it’s going to TOTALLY FIX US and blah blah blah, but we never take stock of what’s great in our lives and what really works, and what we should keep doing.  My friend Victoria posted a list of affirmations for 2010, so here’s my own version of affirmations in pictures and quotes…many taken from this blog during the past year.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.

— Prayer of St. Francis

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
— Thomas Jefferson

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
— David Sheff, Beautiful Boy

Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
— Thomas Jefferson

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.
— A.A. Milne

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
— Henry David Thoreau

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people.
— Thomas Jefferson

I have appointed you Queen.
There are those more slender than you, more slender.
There are those purer than you, purer.
There are those fairer than you, fairer.

But you are Queen.

— from “The Queen” by Pablo Neruda

Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep- burning and unquenchable.
— Bruce Lee

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2 thoughts on “of affirmations and fresh air.

  1. That picture of you and the kids at church is one of my favorites. And there are so many more little ones to hang on your every word now!

    Thanks for loving our kids. They sure love you.

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