Some Thoughts on Life from a Recent Read

Have you ever had a book sitting on a shelf forever that you never got around to reading? That recently happened to me. After lugging books through a handful of moves, I made a point to read one when laying out and enjoying the summer weather. Before I disclose what the book is called, I wanted to share my five favorite passages from the book, that might also be relatable to you:

We celebrate life…We celebrate truth, beauty, and goodness by seeking them out wherever they are to be found and honoring them in our everyday lives. We celebrate salvation…forgiveness…education…love…We celebrate. Celebration is the genius and the fundamental orientation of our faith.

…It is better to spend time with dead people who bring you to life than with live people who lead you to death…Don’t be afraid of your loneliness.

Go through the four major areas of life: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. In each area focus one thing you can do that day to grow.

Life is about who you love and who you hurt. Life is about how you love yourself and how you hurt yourself. It’s about how you love and hurt the people in your life.

No one is born with courage. It is an acquire virtue. Courage is acquired by practicing courage. An like most qualities of character, when practiced, our courage becomes stronger and more readily accessible with every passing day…Everything in life requires courage…Courage animates us, brings us to life, and makes everything else possible…The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage.

These passages were actually from the book Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. I don’t normally talk about religion on social media, but if you’re of the same faith I recommend this read. And either way, keep sending good vibes in the world — meditate, go to SoulCycle, or share a meal with a loved one. Be your best self.

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