August 28      

Today's quotation:

Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Today's Meditation:

Some people keep all the curtains in their houses drawn all day long, not letting in any of the beautiful sunlight that shines outside and basically keeps us alive.  The sunlight is glorious, yet these people choose to keep it out of their daily lives.  I've seen houses with very few windows that are very small, and that don't let in much sunlight at all no matter what the time of day or season.

As we go through life, we have the choice as to whether or not we're going to allow life to shine in on our soul.  If we keep ourselves open to life and living, our spirits can benefit greatly from being exposed to the love, hope, peace, and goodwill that are all around us every day.

If we build no windows to our souls, though, they never will be beautified by the wonderful treasures that make up life.  They never will benefit from the influences of the many great things that are in this world with us.

Some people purposely block off all their windows because they don't want the negative things to touch their souls.  That's much like a person in Florida blocking off a home's windows all year long to protect against a hurricane, when they might actually be hit by a hurricane one or two days every ten years.  The home becomes a dreary place, and the protection is not needed every day.

Build some windows.  Let life in.  Let other people see your glorious spirit.  And let your soul shine in beauty, just as it was created to do.  Please don't hide away the beauty of your spirit behind a windowless facade!

Questions to consider:

What are some of the benefits of windows?

Why do some people choose to hide away from the world?

Can you name some of the glorious elements of the world?  Do you allow these glorious things to have an effect on your soul?

For further thought:

Our rushing and our busyness create a fog layer that encloses us, surrounding us with thicker and thicker layers externally and building denser and denser fog layers within.  Pretty soon, we have lost touch with that which guides our lives.  We need contact with our spirituality to be the people we would like to be.

Anne Wilson Schaef

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