With his writings, Dr.
Albert Schweitzer, the great humanitarian, taught me many things.
He said, "First, we all carry within us our own best hospital. We need to learn to listen to what our body is telling us."
Secondly, he said, "Just as we carry a hospital within us, we also carry a great cathedral within. He wrote, "It is
not necessary to go on a tour of great cathedrals in order to find God. Look
within. You have to sit still to do it."
All week, I've listened to other
people: My family, my friends, my clients, and my co-workers.
Everyone I know considers me a good listener. An intent
listener, I am told I have a fine ear. I believe this is so.
Here in the
mountains, I can be silent and listen to myself. So today I shall listen intently.
The conditions are
perfect. It's raining right now. Raining hard, it's coming down in
unrelenting sheets. And it's cold and windy, too. A perfect
day to be indoors, warm and dry.
Big Bear is
known for its 300+
days of sunshine, one of the many reasons why I love it so. But because
inclement weather is somewhat of a rarity here, when it does come, the
Earth welcomes it, the lake welcomes it, the plants welcome it, and
today I welcome it too.
it rains like it is, there is no ambivalence. When the skies are sunny
and clear, I often vacillate between choices. Do I go out
for a walk, a hike, a bike ride? Or should I stay inside and read a good book?
Am I wasting a perfectly good sunshiny day if I do?
I think I'll just sit still in front
of the fire today, shut up and listen to the whispers from within.
I like simple choices.
"Life is a Gift."
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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