Without question, the material world and your
everyday needs distract you from living meaning-
fully. This is why it is so important to connect
with your soul in the morning. Before the day
begins, you are not yet engaged in any physical
activities. And it is only physically that you
are constrained by the limits of time and place;
mentally, there are no such boundaries. So during
those first moments of the day, which are yours and
yours alone, you can circumvent these boundaries
and concentrate fully on spiritual matters.
And this gives you the opportunity to plan
the time management of your entire day.
We have been conditioned to see the passing of time as
an adversary. We are always rushing to an appointment
or trying to meet a deadline. But time is yet another
of G-d's creations, and as such it has a life of its
own. When you waste a moment, you have killed it in
sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity.
But when you use the moment properly, filling it with
purpose and productivity, it lives on forever.
Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful LIfe: The Wisdom of the
The Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
(The Rebbe, 1902-1994, was the seventh and final
spiritual leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.)
Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.
Persian poet, jurist and theologian
Then the Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said:
Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if
you have understanding. Who determined its size; do
you know? Who stretched out the measuring line for it?
Into what were its pedestals sunk, and who laid the
cornerstone, While the morning stars sang in chorus,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38: 1, 4-7
New American Bible
In the midst of your daily storms, and in this storm that has swept
over our country and even the entire world, make it a point to be
still and set your sights on him. Let God be God. Let him bathe you
in his glory so that both your breath and your troubles are sucked
from your soul. Be still. Be quiet. Be open and willing. Take a
moment to be still and know that he is God.
Excerpted from "Come Thirsty,"
by Max Lucado (Minister, Christian author)
W Publishing Group, 2004
"And which of you by being anxious
can add one cubit to his span of life?"
Matthew 6: 27
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
Psalm 23 for Busy People
The Lord is my pace-setter, I shall not rush;
he makes me stop and rest of quiet intervals,
he provides me with images of stillness,
which restore my serenity.
He leads me in the way of efficiency,
through calmness of mind,
and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things
to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance
will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal
in the midst of activity,
by anointing my mind with his oils of tranquility
my cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be
the fruits of my hours
and I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house forever.
From "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer;
and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at
the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great
tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.
Brother Lawrence (c. 1610-1691)
Lay brother and kitchen worker for Carmelite monks in Paris
And now, the Last Word:
We do not have to be swept along by
circumstances. We are not just a leaf
or a log in a rushing river. With aware-
ness, each of our daily acts takes on
new meaning ... We find that life is a
miracle, and we too are a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, activist and author
Book of Job: