I’m just about to begin reading Yes To Life In Spite of Everything by Viktor E. Frankl and, on reading the Introduction by Daniel Goleman, I had to share this:
“There are three main ways people find fulfillment of their life meaning, in Frankl’s view. First, there is action, such as creating a work, whether art or a labor of love – something that outlasts us and continues to have an impact. Second, he says, meaning can be found in appreciating nature, works of art, or simply loving people; Frankl cites Kierkegaard, that the door to happiness always opens outward. The third lies in how a person adapts and reacts to unavoidable limits on their life possibilities, such as facing their own death or enduring a dreadful fate like the concentration camps. In short, our lives take on meaning through our actions, through loving, and through suffering.
Here I’m reminded of life advice from the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, when I wrote A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World. First, he recommended, gain some internal control over your own mind and how you react to life’s difficulties. Then, adopt an ethic of compassion and altruism, the urge to help others. Finally, act on that outlook in whatever ways your life offers.”
So many shades of gold Autumn Another miracle we take for granted Another expression of the artist’s vision The blending of the autumn hues with the setting sun Warm Comforting Perfect Thank you for autumn, Lord.
– Author Unknown
We see signs of summer’s passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. We sense its passing in rain that dampens, winds that chill, Harvest’s bounty placed on show. Creator God, who brings forth both green shoot and hoar frost, sunrise and sunset, we bring our thanks for seeds that have grown, harvests gathered, storehouses filled, mouths fed. And, as your good earth rests through winter’s cold embrace, we look forward to its re-awakening when kissed by Spring’s first touch.
– Author Unknown
For Those Whose Harvest is Poor
Creator God, for daily bread and all who work to bring your harvest home we bring our thanks today.
Forgive our ingratitude we who have so much yet waste what you have given.
For those whose harvest is poor, whose crops have withered, water tainted, children starve, help those who bring relief and bestow on us an unaccustomed generosity, that all might share from your garden and all might sing your praise.
Creator God, provider of all we bring our thanks today.
Every day is a fresh beginning, Listen my soul to the glad refrain. And, in spite of old sorrows And older sinning, Troubles forecasted And possible pain, Take heart with the day and begin again.
A Time to Believe, B.J. Morbitzer
To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning. Is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true. To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds, To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon. To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart, The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love. To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us When it’s time to pick up the pieces and begin again. To believe is to know we are not alone, That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it. To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen, And all our hopes and dreams are within reach. If only we believe.
God of Goodness, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for me. I thank you that there is no human experience that I might walk through where your love cannot reach me. If I climb the highest mountain you are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, you are there. Teach me today to love you more. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.
– Author Unknown
Bless us with Love, O Merciful God; That we may Love as you Love! That we may show patience, tolerance, Kindness, caring and love to all! Give me knowledge; O giver of Knowledge, That I may be one with my Universe and Mother Earth! O Compassionate One, grant compassion unto us; That we may help all fellow souls in need! Bless us with your Love O God. Bless us with your Love.
– Author Unknown
Prayer to an Evolutionary God
You accept us–at times of self-doubt Thank you, God of all, Co-creator of our world, For allowing us to be imperfectly made: Because it makes us, if we are wise, forgiving. Do you accept us as we are? We condemn people too quickly: We judge them for flawed thinking, disguised egotism, Unworthy acquisitiveness, or skewed opinions. But we can forgive them once we accept our own shadow, And realize how well we ourselves fit Into the ranks of a less than perfect human race. You, Holy God, accept each of us, Prophets tell us, just as we are: Provided our moral judgments of others Are reciprocally generous and compassionate. Imperfection fits this evolving reality, For the universe thrives on diversity, Including random failure, One of the very preconditions for the unfolding advances. May it be so.