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Insights from the staff

We ask our staff each month a question that would provide some insight into their spiritual journey.  We hope you enjoy our ponderings and find tidbits to help you along your spiritual journey.

What is your favorite inspirational or spiritual quote and why?
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Owen Howson, Media Director Resonds:

My favorite spiritual quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt, perhaps our greatest First Lady, statesman and humanitarian. She said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

Over the course of my life, I have developed a habit of comparing myself to others, especially those who are younger, smarter, and more capable than I am. This has led me to discount my own intelligence and capability, and the real-life wisdom I have accumulated over the years. This quote reminds me that when I compare myself with others, what I see are the outsides of those people. The outside is a minor aspect of anyone. Eleanor Roosevelt reminds me that a life led fully and deeply can indeed be a work of art, and that I can be beautiful just as I am.

As a take moments to breathe, I reflect on what I am grateful for in my life. I am so blessed by not taking anything for granted. I realize in these moments that I am rich beyond measure and that I am living a life beyond my wildest dreams. I can actually respond to the question “How are you feeling?” with “I am feeling happy”. My life is filled with joy and wonder and it’s pretty awesome. I am a work of art and I am grateful.