Something about this week’s space conjures warmth. Warm, calm feelings. Afternoon sunshine, coffee, tea, friends and family. It’s a simple space with small, thoughtful details, subtle accouterments, and large glass, allowing the nature to slip in seamlessly. There’s quiet here, and peace. And books. Let the daydreams commence.
It’s interesting how, despite the passage of centuries, certain sentiments don’t change. Here’s a classic from Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517-1547).
My friend, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain,
The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;
The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;
No charge of rule nor governance;
Without disease the healthy life;
The household of continuance;
The mean diet, no dainty fare;
True wisdom joined with simpleness;
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress;
The faithful wife, without debate;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night:
Content thyself with thine estate,
Neither wish death, nor fear his might.
The universe is a beautiful thing; there is great power in it. It's important to cultivate and nurture that connection…and in turn, learn more about ourselves. Thank you for reading.
We all (by now) know just how much importance I place on dreams and goals. They’re the fuel that keeps the fire burning. They keep the wheels spinning. We all have a destination that we’re trucking toward…dream big and work hard…when you give up on those dreams, a piece of you dies. Sometimes those aspirations need a little CPR and TLC…so breath some life into them and keep on moving. Best of luck.
Survival is a beautiful thing. As is endurance. This race that we’re all on is a challenging thing; it can eat us up and tear us down just as quickly as it can build us up and see us to the finish line. Our perspectives matter. Heart matters. Courage matters. These building blocks create a focus and a drive that kicks into high gear when survival mode emerges. We all have it inside of us already, this gritty determination. The instinct to not only survive, but to thrive, is already there. Let’s let it shine through.
Best of days to all!