Food For Thought

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  1. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    The Courage To Live

    To those who have tried and seemingly failed,
    Reach out, Great White Spirit,
    Father/Mother of the whole of Creation,
    And bring them your comfort and love today;
    Those whose hopes have been dimmed,
    And whose faith has paled,
    Lift into the radiance of the light of your Divine wisdom, I pray,
    And help them to trust again.

    To all who are frightened, reach out a hand.
    To all who feel hurt and helpless, bring them a friend.
    Baffled and blind, they fail to understand the true purpose of life,
    Falsely believing that their dark and tangled earthly road is the end.

    Touch with the flame of Your Heavenly fire all hope that has burned low
    And rekindle the faith that has gone dead.
    Help us, each one, to steadfastly walk,
    Following Your guidance from deep within ourselves,
    Waiting to light the way ahead for all human souls.

    Those who are stumbling and falling by the wayside,
    Help them to get up and move amongst their fellow men,
    With love in their hearts and with faith and courage to try –
    Whenever it’s necessary, all over again.

    Grace Noll Crowell
    Edited by Aquarius

    From 'Words & Prayers Of Comfort & Healing'

  2. Aquarius123

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    Courage And Strength

    Strength And Courage

    It takes strength to be firm.
    It takes courage to be gentle.

    It takes strength to stand guard.
    It takes courage to let down your guard.

    It takes strength to conquer.
    It takes courage to surrender.

    It takes strength to be certain.
    It takes courage to have doubt.

    It takes strength to fit in.
    It takes courage to stand out.

    It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain.
    It takes courage to feel your own pain.

    It takes strength to hide your own pains.
    It takes courage to show them.

    It takes strength to endure abuse.
    It takes courage to stop it.

    It takes strength to stand alone.
    It takes courage to lean on another.

    It takes strength to love.
    It takes courage to be loved.

    It takes strength to survive.
    It takes courage to live.


    From 'Words & Prayers Of Comfort & Healing'

  3. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    You Can Do It!

    You Can Do It!
    You don’t need to be told:
    ‘Life’s not easy and some hills are harder to climb!’
    You don’t need to be told:
    ‘Have patience, it’ll all come, in time!’

    You’ve got enough determination
    To see you through,
    And if you muster the patience,
    Good luck will come, too.

    You may have to weather a storm or two,
    But don’t put your plans on the shelf.
    You’ll only get where you’re going,
    If you believe in yourself.

    So go on, give life your best shot.
    Success will not pass you by,
    If you can remember that the only failures
    Are the people who never try!


    From ‘Words & Prayers of Comfort & Healing’

    With love and light,

  4. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Launch of the New Rays of Wisdom

    Dear Friends,

    You are cordially invited to the launch of the good ship,

    The New Rays Of Wisdom,

    An Ark Of Consciousness For The Aquarian Age.

    May all who come to visit and sail on her find rest, peace and healing
    In You, O Great White Spirit, Father/Mother of all life,
    And Your only born Son, the Universal Christ. ​

    The old Rays of Wisdom has been restructured and reorganised and reborn in the new one. The far too slow loading of the old site has been completely overcome. But, don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself. I look forward to any comments you care to make. The new site has an interactive Contact Page for doing just that. I wonder which one of you will leave me the first message on it. Any questions you may wish to ask or queries you have, in future this will be the place for it. I shall respond to them as soon as possible by email.

    On This Special Day And Every Day
    May the Road rise to meet you,
    May the Wind be always at your Back,
    May the Sun shine warm upon your Face,
    The Rain fall soft upon your Fields
    And until we meet one day –
    At the latest upon our return into the world of light –

    May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

    An Irish Blessingway

    From ‘Words & Prayers of Comfort & Healing’

    With love and light,

    :hug: ​
  5. flowers

    flowers Senior Member

    Thank you Aquarius, for all the inspirational words you have put here. I am in appreciation of them and you :hugtackles:
  6. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, dear Friend, for your kind words – they are very much appreciated. There is a lot more where they came from. When you go to my new website and click on

    ‘Comfort & Healing’

    You will find that it has been divided into the following sub-sections:

    General Words & Prayers - All In One
    From The Tree Of Life - All In One
    Human Relationships - All In One
    Hope & Encouragement - All In One
    Friendship - All In One
    Christmas & New Year - All In One
    Kahlil Gibran - All In One

    I hope that this way it will be possible to find the right supportive words for all occasions.

    With love and light,

  7. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    The human soul in search of its true home...

    The Wanderer
    I come from highlands down to shore,
    The valleys steam, the oceans roar.
    I wander silent, joyless here:
    My sigh keeps asking! ‘Where? Oh, where?’
    Their Sun appears to me so cold,
    Their blossoms limp, their life so old;
    And what they speak of, empty fare:
    I am a stranger everywhere.

    Where are you, land, beloved home?
    Imagined, sought, but never known!
    The land, the land, whence hope does flow,
    The land where all my roses grow,

    Where friends shall never meet in vain,
    Where all my dead shall rise again,
    The land that speaks my language true:
    Oh land, where are you?

    I wander silent, joyless here,
    My sigh keeps asking: ‘Where? Oh where?’
    The spirits answer my distress:
    ‘Where you are not, there’s happiness.’

    Georg Phillip Schmidt
    Translated by Walter A. Aue
    Set to music by Schubert

    * * *

    Going Home
    Going home, going home – we’re all going home.
    Quiet like, some still day – we’re all going home.

    It’s not far, just close by, through an open door.
    Work all done, care laid by – fear and hurt no more.

    Mother’s there, expecting us – Father’s waiting too.
    Angel folks are gathered with guides and friends we know –
    Guides and friends we know.

    Morning Star lights the way – Earth-bound dreams all done.
    Shadows gone – break of day – real life’s just begun.
    There’s no break, there’s no end – just a moving on.
    Wide awake, with a smile – going on and on.

    Going home, going home – we’re all going home.
    It’s not far, just close by – through an open door.
    Going home, going home, I’m just going home.

    Though I have gone before you,
    I did not do so alone and neither will you,
    When your time for saying goodbye to the Earth plane has come.
    God and the Angels are forever with us,
    Keeping you and me safe.
    No matter where we may ever find ourselves,
    We shall always rest securely in God’s loving hands.

    William Arms Fisher
    Edited by Aquarius
    Sung to the well known tune from
    Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’

    From ‘Comfort for the Bereaved’

    With love and light,

  8. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Doing The Right Things

    Doing The Right Things

    People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred –
    You don’t have to like them, but love them anyway!

    They are all part of your own family;
    They are part of you and you are part of them;
    They may not yet know it, but you being wiser,
    Love them anyway!

    People may project their own ulterior motives onto you,
    And accuse you of having them.
    Rest safe in the knowledge that the Universe
    Knows their heart as well as yours –
    Do good anyway!

    If being successful means that we can only win
    False friends and real enemies –
    Succeed anyway!

    The good we do today, shall be forgotten tomorrow –
    Do it anyway!

    What may have taken years of building up,
    Could be destroyed overnight –
    Build anyway!

    People who are in need of our help,
    May attack us whilst we are trying to help them –
    Help anyway!

    Give the world the best that is within you,
    And should it be rejected, never stop giving –
    Give anyway!

    The Universal Law of Karma ensures that what we send
    Into the world, has to return to us:
    Give of your best and only the best is sure to return!

    Bishop Abel Muzorewa
    African Spiritual and Political Leader
    Edited by Aquarius

    From ‘Words & Prayers of Comfort & Healing’

    With love and light,

  9. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    ‘There are two reasons for doing things, a seemingly very good reason and the real one.’

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    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    The Mountain Of Life

    The Mountain Of Life
    We are all climbing different paths through the mountain of life,
    And we have all experienced much hardship and strife.
    There are many paths through the mountain of life,
    And some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife.

    Some paths are short and others are long,
    Who can say which path is right or wrong?
    The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song,
    And if you listen closely you will find where you belong.

    So climb your own path true and strong,
    But respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong.

    Dan Inosanto​
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    The Trout

    The Trout
    Occasionally, when a trout is rising to a fly it gets hooked on a line and can no longer swim about freely. Realising this, it begins a fight that results in struggles and splashes and sometimes an escape. Often, however, the situation turns out to be too tough and the trout gives up.

    In the same way we struggle with our environment and with the hooks that catch us. Sometimes we master our difficulties, while on other occasions they prove too much for us. Yet, our struggles are all that the world can see and therefore fails to understand. It's hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one.

    Karl. A. Menninger
    Edited by Aquarius​
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    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Who Is The True Captian Of My Soul?

    Who Is The True Captain Of My Soul?
    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever Gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeoning of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    William Ernest Henley​
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    Tell Her So!

    Sound Advice
    Amid the cares of married life,
    In spite of toil and business life,
    If you value your wife,
    Tell her so!

    When your own days are dark and deeply blue,
    Remember that she has her troubles, the same as you.
    Show her that your Love is true –
    And tell her so!

    Don’t act as if she was past her prime,
    And as if to please her was a crime.
    If ever you loved her, now’s the time –
    Tell her so!

    She’ll return for each caress
    A hundred fold in tenderness.
    Hearts like hers were made to bless –
    Tell her so!

    You know that she’s all your own,
    And that you are hers and hers alone.
    Don’t wait to carve that on a stone –
    Tell her so!

    Do not allow her heart to grow cold,
    For richer beauties for both of you will unfold.
    If you know she’s worth her weight in gold –
    Then, before it’s too late,
    For Heaven’s sake, just tell her so!


    P.S. Naturally, the above applies to wives telling their husbands, too.

    From ‘Relationship Healing’

    With love and light,
    Aquarius ​
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    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Who Is The True Captain Of My Soul?

    Who Is The True Captain Of My Soul?
    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever Gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeoning of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    William Ernest Henley

    From ‘Words Of Hope & Encouragement’

    With love and light,
  15. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    The Tale Of The Brick

    The Tale Of The Brick

    One day, a successful young business man was travelling down one of his neighbourhood streets. He was the proud owner of a new Jaguar and was going to fast. He thought he saw some children came darting out from between the cars parked on either side of the road. He slowed down, but no children could be seen anywhere. Suddenly, a brick came flying through the air and smashed into his beloved car’s side door. He slammed on the brakes and reversed to the spot from where he thought the brick had been thrown.

    Angrily, he jumped out of the car and a grabbed a boy, who was standing on the pavement. Pushing him against the car, the man shouted: ‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what do you think you are doing? This is a brand-new car and the repair of the damage your brick caused is going to cost lots of money. Why did you do it?’

    The boy was most apologetic and pleaded: ‘I’m so sorry, mister. I just didn’t know what else to do. I threw the brick because no-one would stop and help me.’ With tears rolling down his face and dripping off his chin, he pointed to a spot just beyond a parked car. ‘I did it for my brother,’ he said. ‘He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and on my own I’m not strong enough to lift him.’ Sobbing loudly by now, the boy asked the stunned businessman: ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and far too heavy for me to lift him.’

    Moved beyond words, the man swallowed the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Together they hurried to the wheelchair and lifted the handicapped boy back into it. Using his fine linen handkerchief, the man dabbed at the invalid’s cuts and bruises, but he could see that everything would be fine.

    ‘Thank you and may God bless you,’ the boy in charge of the wheelchair gratefully said to the stranger. Too shaken for words, the man could do nothing but nod his head and watch the boy pushing his brother home. Deep in thought and very slowly he walked back to his car. Although the damage was very noticeable, he never bothered to have the dent repaired. He kept it as a constant reminder of:

    ‘Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’ God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t make the time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to pay attention or not.

    Thought for the Day:

    The Universe sends us flowers each spring and a sunrise every morning. All we need to do is take possession of the and enjoy all that is on offer to us.

    God loves us all just the way we are, but also expects from us that with every passing day we make a special effort to learn from our experiences so that we may evolve and grow in wisdom and understanding of ourselves, each other and our world. Being God’s children of the Earth demands that we use all our gifts and talents to do our share of making our world into a better, more beautiful, harmonious and peaceful world.

    God doesn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, Sun without rain. What He does promise is strength for each passing day, comfort for our tears and light for our way.

    If God brings us to something, He brings us through it, too.

    Created by Anon.
    Edited by Aquarius

    From ‘Wisdom From The Tree Of Life’
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    • Just because people argue doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And if they never quarrel doesn’t mean they do.

    • There’s no need to change friends when one grasps that friends can and do change, the same as we ourselves do.

    • No matter how good a friend someone is, they’re going to hurt us every once in a while. Unless we are willing to forgive them, we are bound to lose them.

    • True friendships continue to grow, especially over the longest distances. The same goes for true love – it never goes away or dies.

    • Something can be done in an instant that will bring heartache for the rest of this lifetime.

    • It takes a long time to become the person we want to be. Take comfort from knowing that this happens to everybody. When you look back from where you are now, you may be able to recognise that the people who treated you badly were your best teachers. After all, they were the ones who showed you how you do not want to be. Give thanks to the great wisdom of the Universe for providing you with such good teachers.

    • Never forget to leave loved ones with some kind words. It may be the last time you see them.

    • It’s possible to keep going long after thinking you can’t.

    • We are responsible for every one of our thoughts, words and deeds, no matter how we feel about them.

    • Human lives can be changed in a matter of hours by people that were unknown to us before.

    • Even when we think we have no more to give, when a friend cries out to us, somehow the inner strength to help them just comes.

    • Credentials on a wall do not make people into good human beings.

    • The people we care about most in life always seem to be taken from us far too soon.

    • The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. It’s just that they are content with what the Universe puts at their disposal and they have the wisdom of making the most of it.

    • Until we take charge of our attitudes and emotions, they control us and rule our lives.

    • Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

    • Money is a lousy way of keeping score.

    • Life can be surprising. At times the people we expect to kick us when we are down, can be the ones who help us get up again.

    • Everybody has the right to feel angry at times, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to be cruel.

    • Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences we have had and what we have learned from them and less with how many birthdays we have already celebrated.

    • It isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. There are many times when we also have to forgive ourselves.

    • No matter how badly someone’s heart may be broken, the world doesn’t stop for anyone’s grief.

    • Our background and circumstances are sure to have influenced who we are, but we ourselves are responsible for who we eventually become.

    • Two people can look at exactly the same things and perceive them in totally different ways.

    • The love of families and friends is one of the most precious gifts that life can give us.

    A birth certificate shows that someone was born.
    A death certificate reveals when they died.
    Pictures are proof that they have lived.
    Yet, only the footprints in the hearts of those left behind
    Verify whether their life was conducted in keeping with their true Divine nature –

    Created by Anon.
    Edited by Aquarius

    From ‘Words & Prayers of Comfort & Healing’
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    Happy New Year!

    The Candle

    ‘There is not enough darkness in all the world, to put out the light of one candle.’ Robert Alden

    Have you ever sat in front of a burning candle and stared into its flame for any length of time? If so, did you become aware of the warmth, the comfort and the sense of wellness and feelings of being at home that radiate from it? And did you notice how the flame of one single candle can light up a whole room?

    A candle can only do all these things and giving of itself by allowing the flame to consume its substance. Reflect upon this in your moments of disenchantment, when sometimes after your daily toiling and strivings you feel as if you had given away every last ounce of strength. When, in this state of exhaustion, you are wondering about the sense, purpose and meaning of your efforts, ensure you get some quiet moments of reflection later. Make yourself as comfortable as you can, light a candle, look into it and then ask yourself: ‘Have I been a light for others by giving them signs and showing them new and better ways and directions of being? How many candles has the support I have given to those around me throughout the year lit not only them but maybe in our world?’

    Spiritually, light is knowledge and wisdom, and darkness is ignorance. It is true that when a candle gives of its light and warmth it can only do so until its own substance has been consumed by the flame’s fire and nothing is left. It is different for us because, as soon as we are attuned to the stream of consciousness of the Highest, the light and warmth we give is constantly nurtured and renewed by this source of inspiration. It is one that will never cease, dry up or leave us and the more we give of Its light, the more we receive. That is the law. The luminescence of the Highest shines through those who are acting as Its channels and It has the power of blessing and healing us and our world and all lifeforms that share it with us.

    Therefore, may the small still flame in all hearts grow ever stronger, until the entire planet is filled with nothing but love and light. Instead of asking for earth- and mind-shattering enlightenments, let us pray that every single day of the coming year and years will bring to all of us a constant flow of small rays of light that renews the hope, faith and trust of our whole race in the goodness of the life the Universal Christ so kindly provides for us, Its beloved children of the Earth.

    Edited by Aquarius

    * * *

    May raindrops fall lightly on your brow,
    May soft winds freshen your spirit,
    May sunshine brighten your heart,
    May the burdens of each day rest lightly upon you,
    And may the Universe always enfold you
    In the sheltering mantle of Its love.

    A happy and prosperous New Year 2012 to you and your loved ones.

    I have prepared a special surprise for you. To find it, please click on the word New Year Card below:

    New Year Card

    With love and special blessings to each and every one of you,
    Aquarius ​
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    The Power Of A Kind Word

    The Power Of A Kind Word​

    Drop a pebble into the water. Just a splash and it is gone,
    While half-a-hundred ripples are circling on and on and on,
    Spreading, spreading from the centre, flowing out to sea,
    There is no way of telling where the end will ever be.

    It’s the same with words of kindness. Just a flash and they are gone,
    But half-a-hundred ripples will keep circling on and on and on,
    Bringing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave,
    Till you can’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

    Drop a word of cheer and kindness. In a minute you forget,
    But the gladness and the joy you’re giving will keep on circling yet.
    You may have sent a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
    Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

    James W. Foley
    Edited by Aquarius

    From ‘Words & Prayers of Comfort & Healing’

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    Wisdom From The Tree Of Life

    Wisdom From The Tree Of Life​

    • Sometimes it is necessary to meet the wrong people before we can encounter the right ones, so that when this finally happens, we know how to appreciate them as the precious gift from the Universe, which in truth they are.
    • When one door of happiness closes, another one is ready to open. If we look to long at the one that has closed, we are in danger of being unable to see the one that is waiting to open for us.
    • Life teaches us in its own sweet way. That’s why we usually do not know how to appreciate what we have, until we have lost it. Part of the same lesson is that frequently we don't know what we have been missing until something new arrives.
    • The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. We cannot successfully move on in life until we have let go of our past mistakes, failures and heartaches.
    • Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go and be what you want to be. If you don’t succeed, it doesn’t matter too much, as there will always be another lifetime until all our learning on the Earth plane has been done.
    • There are moments in life when we miss a loved one, a parent, spouse, partner, friend or child, so much that we would like to pick them from our dreams and hug them for real, so that once they are with us again we can appreciate them all the more.
    • The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
    • Always try to put yourself in the other one’s shoes. If it feels that something could hurt you, it is likely to hurt the other person, too.
    • Do something nice for someone every single day, even if it’s nothing but leaving them alone.
    • Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect anything in return. Just love them and wait and see whether love can also grow in their heart. If not, be content that it grew in yours – that’s wisdom!
    • True happiness waits for all who are now crying because they are hurt or they have searched and tried in vain. They alone can appreciate the importance of all the people who touched their lives when they went through these phases.
    • Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don't go for wealth, it fades away. Go for those who make you smile, because it takes but a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Seek the company of those who make your heart and soul smile.
    • Hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy
    • Try to live your life to the fullest because when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling but when you die, you are going to be the one who is smiling because you are returning into your true home, while those around you who do not yet appreciate what is happening to you are crying.
    • Some think that life only evolves onto death. Wise ones appreciate that in truth there is no death and that life is eternal and constantly moving forwards and upwards on the evolutionary spiral.
    • White Eagle in the StarLink Message January 2012: ‘Your loved ones are not dead and they have not gone from you. In spirit there is no separation. Contact with your loved one is always waiting for you through the power of thought, through the power of meditation. You have to develop within yourself a consciousness of the eternity of life. You need to love God, so that you know that God, being love and having all love for you, and you having love for God. In God’s consciousness there is no death. Your loved one is living in that love and in your spirit. Your loved one is with you.’

    Created by Anon.
    Edited by Aquarius​
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    Everything Happens For A Reason

    The Guest House
    Human beings are like guest houses
    With daily new arrivals.
    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    Some momentary awareness sometimes
    Comes as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if a crowd of sorrows arrives,
    Who violently sweep your house
    Empty of its furniture.
    Still, treat each guest honourably.

    They may be clearing you out for some new delight.
    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    Because each has been sent as a teacher from beyond.


    Everything Happens For A Reason

    ‘Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, similar to locked rooms and books that have been written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would at present be unable to live them. The main point is to live everything. Live your questions, too. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live into the answer on some distant day.’ Rainer Maria Rilke

    From Words & Prayers of Hope & Encouragement’

    With love and light,