So many things to be thankful for
❝ I was born with an ability, with music in me, that is all. No specific credit was due me. The only credit we claim is for the use we make of the talent we are given. That is why I urge your musicians: Don’t be in vain because you happen to have talent. You are not responsible for it; it was not of your doing. What you do with your talent is what matters. You must cherish this gift. Do not demean or waste what you have been given. Work — work constantly and nourish it. ❞
❝ For what am I to myself without You, but a guide to my own downfall? ❞
St. Augustine of Hippo (via iamgeorgianadarcy)
❝ We Orientals find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. ❞
Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
❝ If we barter the infinite for the infinite series of finite things, with satiety in material things, if we reject healthy toil, the beauty of sacrifice that enables us to have within a free and welcoming space to receive and to strive in the desire of the Absolute, the result is nausea, apathy, and the senselessness that arouses only cynicism and desperation and even perversion of nature in the search for new emotions. ❞
Mother Maria Geltrude Arioli, O.S.B.