In this week’s edition of our Parish Podcast during COVID19 I share some reflections that I have come across down through the years that have stayed with me and inspired me and challenged me as I try to find my way in life. I offer the text of those reflections and quotations here for those who would like to have a copy. I hope that they speak to you as much as they have to me down through the years.
On ‘The Measure of a Person’
The measure of a person is not determined by their show of outward strength, or the volume of their voice, or the thunder of their actions. It is to be seen, rather, in terms of the strength of one’s commitments, the genuineness of one’s friendships, the sincerity of one’s purpose, the quiet courage of one’s convictions, one’s capacity to suffer, and one’s willingness to continue forever ‘growing up.’
© Grady E. Poulard.
To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people
and affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life
has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
© Ralph Waldo Emerson
On ‘Taking Time’
Take time to think;
it is the source of power.
Take time to read;
it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play;
it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet;
it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware;
it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved;
it is God’s greatest gift.
Take time to laugh;
it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly;
it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream;
it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray;
it is the greatest power on earth.
On ‘Race and Difference’
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
© Martin Luther King
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
© Audre Lorde