“And Therein Lies Their Test / A Test of Perceptions”
“Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of a new year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year.
Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions: others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.” (What’s in a Name, Complete Speaker’s Almanac)
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” (Joseph Campbell)
“Courageous is the soul who adventures into time and space to learn of their divinity. For while they cannot lose, they can think they have, and the loss will seem intolerable. And while they cannot fail, they can think they have, and the pain will seem unbearable. And while they cannot ever be less than they truly are – powerful, eternal, and loved – they can think they are, and all hope will seem lost.
And therein lies their test. A test of perceptions: of what to focus on, of what to believe in, in spite of appearances.
YOU are divine. (signed) The Universe.” (Notes from the Universe, Mike Dooley, 12.28.15)
“I think there’s an invisible principle of living too. If we believe we’re guided through every step of our lives, we are. It’s a lovely sight, watching it work.” (Richard Bach)