27. Emotion

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau


I believe that life is recorded by moments and that our best experience is to bridge time with a chain of great moments. The Christmas experience, especially with children, is most usually filled with such times. Isn’t it wonderful to witness the smiles, the joy and the excitement in the eyes of children, to find them feeling free and full of energy?


But even in the course of normal “business” days we have opportunities to create and witness those great moments. They result from the daily personal habit of seeking beauty, the habit that builds the Joyous Gard.


I think that quite normally people would consider hard work to hinder their search for beauty and that only in times of leisure, celebration, or while seeing the majestic corners of the earth would they think it is possible to witness such beauty. 


But think about your daily experience. Most of us engage with people throughout the day, and these contacts are ideal opportunities to open up the treasures of relationship, friendship and love. And love is an important passage that leads to great moments.


Day 27 Guide


Today, exercise the habit of concern, and ask those around you about their Christmas. For some, the holiday may have been a lonely or difficult time, and for them the community of concern offers a great restorative power.


It is a reflective time of year, which makes it easier to pick up on people’s emotions; use that as the opportunity to inquire.


© 2004, Levi Hill

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