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   Originally published 2-12-10
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Mary Manin Morrissey, Wayne Teasdale, Katherine Paterson,
John Wooden, Melody Beattie, Gilda Radner, Book of Psalms


Dear Readers,

Being human means experiencing all kinds of odd emotions. Some reactions to life
are hard-wired into us from childhood. Others are due to life's curve balls. And it's not
unusual for "humanoids" to feel a kind of discontent as we pursue our dreams. We're
impatient beings. We think we know what we want, and we know we want it now.

Me, I'm still adjusting to living with MS. My faith upholds me, but I often hit bumps of
frustration along this unexpected path - a path that winds much more slowly now.
It's a discontent that can seem negative because there is much I want to accomplish
and it's harder now, but it's that same restless desire that also keeps me motivated.
So is discontent a good or a bad thing?

There is always grace nestled inside any negative emotion/situation, discovered by
flipping it over and holding it up to the light of God. So there is no need to cower or
panic when we feel a twinge of discontentment. Instead, grasp the moment and
find the gift in it. Then use that gift of grace to propel yourself forward. The desire
to move upwards and onwards is the Divine himself impelling our hearts.

- Lisa

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Man and old door, Budapest, Hungary
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Our discontent is actually a gift of spirit. It is the backside of the
dream, the part of us that is held back at this moment... Honoring
that discontent is the doorway into the next dimension of life.

- Mary Manin Morrissey
Author of "Building Your Field of Dreams"

...(T)he positive side of frustration and discontent is the beginning
of discovering your dream. It is a sign that the deeper aspects
of who you are need to find a vehicle to actualization in your life.
Whether the frustration you feel is related to a talent you have that
lacks an outlet, a vision you have of where you want to be, or some
creative project you can't quite get started on, you have to listen to
your discontent because it is, as Mary tells us, "a gift" we give our-
selves or the Divine gives us to move us forward in realizing our
dream. We should listen to the voice of our discontent when it
arises and allow it to clarify our dreams for us...

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004


What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from
within and from it create some semblance of order.

Katherine Paterson
Children's author

Quote from "Grace,"
Edited by B. C. Aronson,
Random House, 2006


Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden (1910 - )
Legendary college basketball coach

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    Photo by Chuck Bowman       All rights reserved

...Yes, it may seem that the change has been slow.
At times, change is grueling. Yes, we've taken steps
backward. But we're right where we're supposed
to be. We're right where we need to be.

And we have come so far.

Sometimes by leaps, sometimes with tiny steps,
sometimes kicking and screaming all the while,
sometimes with sleeves rolled up and white
knuckles, we've learned. Grown. Changed.

Look how far we've come.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazelden, 1990


Life is about not knowing, having to change,
taking the moment and making the best of it
without knowing what's going to happen next.

Gilda Radner (1946-1989)
American comedian (died of ovarian cancer)

The Last Word:

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in his ways.

You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 128:1-2
The Holy Bible
New International Version






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Make it a practice to judge persons and things
in the most favorable light at all times and
under all circumstances.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)
Catholic priest dedicated to serving the poor


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