Friday, April 10, 2009

To Begin with the End in Mind

The 40 days of “Everyday Epiphanies” may be complete but the journey is far from over. Since the word “epiphany” means manifestation of the divine, the real challenge is to live with my eyes open and my heart attuned to the moments that hold eternal significance.

I may be peering into time, longing for the glory of God; when it's right before me. For isn’t the glory of God the reality of His presence? What if I’m looking for some supernatural fireworks and His presence was in the embrace of a friend?

One of my favorite descriptions for this attitude of living is found in Emerson’s commentary on Success, which remains my favorite quote of all time and my life’s goal (in fact it was in my very first blog post):

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of old and new friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have a post that relates to this journey that you'd like to share, Mr. Linky and I are ready.
May your weekend be filled with the splendor of love.


sara said...

love that quote. especially: to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter!

Edie said...

"manifestation of the divine". That is something worth seeking at all times.

Have an abundantly blessed celebration of the RISEN LORD!

Much love to you!

Anonymous said...

Love the Emerson quote. I should put it to heart. Happy Easter.


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Brenda Leyland said...

Bev, What a beautiful quote! And what a wonderful guidepost to live your life more beautifully and significantly!

I agree the challenge is living attuned to the moments that hold eternal significance! (I loved the way you put that!)


Brenda Leyland said...

PS. Here is the link to a post I'd like to share.