May I reach That purest heaven, be to other souls The cup of strength in some great agony, Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, Be the sweet presence of a good diffused And in diffusion ever more intense!
So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.
I was just cleaning off my desk and my old friend Orison stopped by to remind me to tell you something he wanted you to know...
"There are a thousand evidences in us that we were intended for temples of beauty, of sweetness, of loveliness, of beautiful ideas...
"There is nothing which will pay so well as to train the finest and truest, the most beautiful qualities in us in order that we may see beauty everywhere and be able to extract sweetness from everything.
"The cultured ear will find harmony in forest and field, melody in babbling brooks, and untol pleasure in all Nature's song.
"The great majority of us are living in the basement of our beings.
"If we would all cultivate a love of the beautiful and scatter beauty seeds as we go through life, what a paradise this earth would become!"
My friend William Wordsworth was listening and said, "I bet I can say that in much fewer words:
'...with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things...'"
I just love it when they hang out with me. But I told them I really have to go grocery shopping now.
"The world is a colossal university, and no matter how far removed you may be from great institutions of learning, if you are alert and eager to learn you can always absorb something from your environment. We are all in God's great kindergarten, where everything is trying to teach us its lesson."
"The very foundation of our national life is laid in the home, and the wife and mother is the center, the mainspring of all true home life...
"Our wives and mothers have as yet hardly entered the outer chamber of the beautiful edifice of the ideal home of the future. It is the holy of holies of evolution, and in it lies the very secret of human progress...
"The highest civilizations have scarcely as yet glimpsed the possibilities of home."
--Orision Swett Marden
Art credit: And the Symbol of Welcome is Light by Normal Rockwell (artrenewal.org)
"Childhood is happiness. Every child is happy if no brutal hand is interposed between it and happiness. Air, light, liberty, a little sand and mud--in childhood we need nothing more for being happy. And God gives us these things."
"Every great is a special language of the human spirit, and he who desires to awaken his artistic nature will learn to read all these languages...
"What form of art should be studied? Every form as far as possible; for each art is a distinct language, which expresses some aspect of the human soul and realizes some truth apprehended in NO OTHER WAY."
I know we are all horrified by the massacre of Muslim worshipers in New Zealand.
One of this month's topics is the study of Islam. What impressions will you place on your children's hearts? Will they fear people of other faiths or will they seek to understand them? Remember the danger of the single story.
Like the song says in South Pacific:
You've got to be taught to hate and fear You've got to be taught from year to year It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear You've got to be carefully taught
[Verse 2] You've got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade You've got to be carefully taught
[Verse 3] You've got to be taught before it's too late Before you are six or seven or eight To hate all the people your relatives hate You've got to be carefully taught
Tomorrow's world will be shaped by what you teach your children today.