Group Reading

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” ~ Robert Frost

One: “Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.
All- Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
One- Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
All- Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ~ Yoko Ono

Quotes & Readings

“I am in a strange place. Memories flood my mind, most of them exciting and pleasurable. I visit and revisit words, reorder them, sometimes dispense with them. I have a sense of looking at life from a great distance. I remember events, mostly with pleasure, but I am no longer that man. Old friendships like most friendships are just memories. It seems nothing but memory has lasted. They conceal and sometimes parody the spiritual search that marked the wider community and, as I look back, my own life. Still, there were constancies rooted in my adolescent humanism that speak about a freedom for manhood that I have spent my life exploring. Perhaps having written this will free my mind for deeper reflection on change and possibility. My sense of self keeps me on a search for wholeness. I still long to be a man of action. Kierkegaard and Sartre and Left idealism still motivate me, but not with the intensity of earlier years. Life is more than their simplistic either-or. Catholicism still offers a history of belonging and a unity with presence in the Eucharist. A commitment to the life-story and values of the Nazarene sets the scene for my ongoing sense of self. ~ Bill Lawton

“Given the luxury of years, the elders in a society bring a perspective on life that is not possible to the young and of even less interest to the middle aged whose life is consumed with concern for security and achievement. Instead the elders look back on the twists and turns of life with a more measured gaze. Some things, they know now, which they thought had great value at one age, they see little value in later. The elders know that what lasts in life, what counts in life, what remains in life after all the work has been completed are the relationships that sustained us, not the trophies we collected on the way. The Elders are blessed with insight.” ~ Joan Chittister

Seed of Wisdom

When the heart is open to another, I am my true self and part of the great divine everlasting ‘whole’, the Ground of Being that unites our humanity. ~ Bill Lawton

Say together: I live my days with curiosity, seeking possibility in everyone and everything.