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Yesterday I picked up one of many small notepads on which I make lists and jot down things I need to remember. It’s become almost a full-time job to keep track of everything as life seems to move so rapidly — or is it just that I’m moving more slowly? Regardless of the answer to that question, I love the “jewels” I sometimes find written on pages that I have forgotten but find impossible to let go. On the page in question I had written two brief quotes on the remaining top half of said page. I needed a clean page to note the information I was to get on a phone call already in progress but rather than discarding the previous message, I saved it for later, after my phone call. A very wise decision!

I have no memory of writing the following two quotes but am happy now that I saved them as they seem to me to speak of a wonderful way to live a balanced life encompassed by both the poetic and the mundane, namely: in beauty and discipline. See if you agree.

Beauty is that which glistens on the edges of our yearnings and lives into the depth of things. (Embracing a Beautiful God by Patricia Adams Farmer)

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments and that bridge must be crossed each day. (Brian Johnson, http://www.optimize.me)