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Saturday Words of Wisdom

“If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” — Emile Zola

I heard this quote today in a eulogy for a dear church friend who died way too young. She lived her life out loud.

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Sunday Words of Wisdom

Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it. –Ann Brashares

Sunday Words of Wisdom

Whether the universe is composed of an infinite number of blind atoms or one all-seeing nature, two things are clear: first, I am a part of the universe governed by nature; and second, I am related in some way to the other parts like myself… Because I am related to the other parts like myself, I will not seek my own advantage at their expense, but I will study to know what is in our common good and bend every effort to advance that good and dissuade others from acting against it. If I am successful in this, my life is bound to flow smoothly, as one would expect for the dutiful citizen who is always looking out for others.

(Marcus Aurelius, 121 – 180)

Sunday Words of Wisdon

“In the end, these things matter most:
How well did you live?
How fully did you love?
How deeply did you let go”
– Buddha

I lost a friend to cancer this weekend. She leaves her husband and son, not much older than mine. She was a truly gifted artist, a sculptor who always dressed with flair. I never once heard her complain about the hand she had been dealt, and I will miss her. She lived well, loved fully, and in the end let go on her own terms.

Sunday words of wisdom

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” — Marcus Aurelius