In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading presence of the Holy, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in good times or in tempests, I may not forget that to which my life is committed. Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve. —Howard Thurman
Such people ask, “How can I be happy?” This is the wrong question, because without the distinction between pleasure and gratification it leads all too easily to a total reliance on shortcuts, to a life of snatching up as many easy pleasures as possible…When an entire lifetime is taken up in the pursuit of the positive emotions, however, authenticity and meaning are nowhere to be found. The right question is the one Aristotle posed two thousand five hundred years ago: “What is the good life?”
When we live in fear, we focus all our attention on the point of danger and lose our capacity to find any courage, security or peace within ourselves. We become so obsessed by what threatens us that the inner strengths of the heart become inaudible. Perhaps this is why in the Christian New Testament, the phrase, “Be not afraid,” is found more than three hundred times.
—Wayne Muller, Legacy of the Heart