Henry David Thoreau
To spend one’s whole lifetime waiting for life to come to us… thinking that if we just quiet our minds we will find peace… waiting for life to make us happy… could there be a greater waste.
That is not to say that serenity and peace are not found in fishing. They certainly are, as they are found in many other quiet hobbies and activities. And they are certainly an important part of life. But they are not what life is all about, not what we are to spend our lives looking for.
The beginning is in the quieting of the mind. That is just the beginning. As we quiet our minds our answers will come. And we will know what right action steps are to be taken.
From A Time for Joy
by Ruth Fishel
“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come. ‘Tis grace that hath brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.”
Today and always, let joy be your compass. When choosing a direction in life, choose the path of your heart. Do what you love, follow your bliss.
Fun is an underestimated emotion in our culture. We are told as children, “If you waste time having fun, you won’t get anything serious accomplished.” Yet most successful people describe their work as being incredibly joyful. An office that sings with laughter is always more productive. As one executive remarked, “The more I enjoy my work, the more efficient I become.”
Joy and laughter improve the quality of our relationships. Couples who lighten up rarely split up. Laughing at a difficult situation fosters detachment and understanding. It is only when we get too serious that trouble arises.
“The Painted Rooster”
8.5″ x 10″ Watercolor on Yes! canvas sheet