Daily Archives: 22 July 2013

Conserving The Planet

“The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not a professional philanthropist, and I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” – Paul Newman

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were able to put back what they took out? If everyone only put back what they took out, and didn’t add all their litter and refuse? I remember a nice passage in Willa Cather’s Death Came for the Archbishop in which two characters discuss the Native Americans’ ability to live in a place for a while and then move on, leaving no trace that they had spent time there. They had true respect for the planet and their surroundings, and they knew how important it was to leave things as they should be for the next people who came along, and for nature itself.

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You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Khalil Gibran

Is prayer a life jacket for you, or a light that you put out for the world to see? How are we to experience the true power of prayer if we hide it away? Prayer could be the most misunderstood force in our lives. Many of us use it solely as a refuge in times of trouble, as if we keep it in reserve for when things go bad. But prayer during the good times can be one of the most important elements of our lives. Think of it in physical terms–when are we the most effective physically, when we are down and out or when we are feeling very good and things are going well? When do we have the most strength and endurance? When are we more able to help others? Likewise, prayer can be strong and effective when we are at our strongest–yet we neglect prayer at those times because we think of it as something that we have only to pull us out of holes.

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