whatever you are, be a good one

Chronically sleep deprived—in general and of late—and despairing of life's various disappointments, including my son's recent spate of focal seizures, I opened a book that Calvin's school had awarded him for being a so-called honor student.

The small book, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 inspirational quotations hand lettered by Lisa Congdon, proved therapeutic as I flipped through its pages. Below are some quotes which struck me most, particularly considering the state of things in the nation and in my mind, plus other smaller, albeit troubling, goings-on. I hope you like these and find meaning and solace in their wisdom, as did I. If so, meditate on them:

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
—Henry James

Life appears to me too short to be spent nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
—Charlotte Bronte

Unselfish and noble acts are the most radiant epochs in the biography of souls.
—David Thomas

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
—Marie Curie

Be curious, not judgmental.
—Walt Whitman

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.
—Ranier Maria Rilke

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose.
—Mary Shelley

I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all powerful and will prevail.
—Sjourner Truth

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to to come, whispering, "it will be happier ..."
—Alfred Tennyson

Photo by Michael Kolster

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