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15. The Principle of Beauty

The true lover of beauty will await it everywhere, will see it in the town, with its rising roofs and its bleached and blackened steeples, in the seaport with its quaint crowded shipping, in the clustered hamlet with its orchard-closes and high-roofed barns, in the...

14. The Sense of Beauty

What do you see? On my best days I sense things in the light of heaven, as if all were alive and necessary: the birdsong, the starry dome, the wind, the rain, the ocean’s roar, or the quiet moment of repose at dusk. But there are other times when I see only the...

12. Progress

Breaking down barriers: that’s what comes to mind when I think of making progress. You see, I have a terribly hard time staying focused. How about you? Do you find that sometimes it’s just easier to take care of life’s chores than to face the...

9. Faith

The outcasts of society, the sinful, the ill-regulated, would never have so congregated about our Saviour if they had felt Him to be shocked or indignant at sin. What they must rather have felt was that He understood them, loved them, desired their love, and drew out...

13. Experience

On the Edge My friend Larry and his wife recently took a “canyon trip.” Over the period of a week they visited several of this country’s natural marvels, taking time along the way to snap some photographs and enjoy the dramatic sunsets. One of their...

12. Hope

Next time Most of time there’s a next time, and thankfully so. Life would be torturous indeed if there were no opportunities to try again. The pain of disappointment is mitigated by the thought that there may be other chances for success. Day 12 Guide Remember...

28. Work

I don’t know whether it’s the lighter-fluid or the water that makes them shine up so well. I think Jerry would tell you it’s his own special mix of polish, liquids and elbow-grease that makes a pair of shoes look new again. And he ought to know....

13. Science

One of the clearly discernible laws of life is that we can both check and contract habits; and when we begin our day, we can begin it if we will by prayer and aspiration and resolution, as much as we can begin it with bath and toilet. We can say, “I will live...

1. Sympathy

I cherish the times, the places, and the circumstances when I have connected with someone in an unusual way. I often walk through the spaces of remembrance to reawaken and capture the presence of those times. And as if they are active spirits caught in the wind of...

31. Accessibility

We, most of us, are so attuned to the day-to-day that we easily lose sight of the greater within – the life inside that enables us to sense the higher things. The sweet light of a setting sun, the love between two, the pattern of absolute perfection in...
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