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Ordinary days

Life’s milestones often involve special outfits: a wedding dress, a graduation cap, a christening gown, a prom dress, a new interview suit. You can usually tell a Big Day by what a person is wearing.

Yet the days I spend in rumpled jeans and old pajamas are every bit as important as the ones where I’m dolled up. On these ordinary days all sorts of personal and familial milestones take place: kids learn how to share, sibling bonds are built, spouses discover new little things about one another, parents learn to give without counting the cost. These ordinary days may not make it into our photo albums, but they make us who we are.

— Ginny Kubitz Moyer, in Daily Inspiration for Women, p. 37

Faith

Doubt

isn’t the opposite

of faith;

it is an element

of faith.

— Paul Tillich

I opened the door one afternoon to find my neighbor holding a tiny, mewling calico kitten. “She’s the sweetest thing,” he said. He handed her to me and headed hoe before I could gather the wits to object.

The cat had countless ticks, sear mites, fleas, worms — all the usual ailments of a stray. My daughter and I bathed her and cared for her, and within forty-eight hours the kitten transformed from a scared sickly thing to a merciless sprite. My seven-year-old was delighted, feeling the satisfaction of loving something back to health. My three-year-old was overjoyed to find something slow enough for him to catch. And my husband’s blood pressure dropped when he finally paused long enough to hold the sleeping kitten in his lap.

— Jessica Mesman Griffith, in Daily Inspiration for Women, p. 100

Importance

There is no such thing

in anyone’s

life

as an

unimportant day.

— Alexander Woollcott

Inner light

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.

— Albert Schweitzer

 

Say thanks

It’s always gratifying when a local radio or television station takes a few minutes to highlight someone in the community who has lived a life of service for others: tutoring at-risk children or serving the homeless or sheltering stray pets. The stories are usually shoehorned in at the end of the program, with the prime airtime going to politicians and famous athletes, but they’re nonetheless a reminder of the thousands of people who, without recognition or applause, quietly do things that matter.

In our own lives, each of us could rattle off the names of ordinary people who have supported, loved, challenged, cared for, sacrificed for, and inspired us. They don’t expect awards or publicity for what they do, but we can still honor them by saying thanks.

— Ginny Kubitz Moyer, in Daily Inspiration for Women, p. 7

Continuing

If my boundary stops here
I have daughters to draw new maps of the world
They will draw the lines of my face
They will draw with my gestures my voice
They will speak my words thinking they have invented them
They will invent them they will invent me
I will be planted again and again
I will wake in the eyes of their children’s children
They will speak my words
 –Ruth Whitman
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