549. The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If Heaven made him —
earth can find some use for him.
~Chinese Proverb

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I watched light split the darkness on this chilly November morn, and as the sun rose higher on the horizon, I saw it initially tickle the tops of trees. Then leaf by leaf by leaf it began to lower. In the topmost branches, the squirrels, benefactors of the sun’s first fruits, sat poised in readiness for the day. Below the birds, yet reluctant to lift off, and I were on stand by waiting for the light’s kiss to brush its warmth against us as well. While I sat before the unfolding drama, it occurred to me that such as this, these primal vignettes of earth’s awakening, had played out in the same prevailing silence and expectancy since the dawn of time. It’s as if the light, and only the light, adds the vibrancy and buoyancy of sound and tempo to the day–as if there is a purpose in dim, quiet beginnings, as if first there is a need to obey holy rhythms, a foremost call to offer thanksgiving, a wisdom in opening songs of praise. Verily what I witnessed was the pregnant pause between what was, what is, and what’s yet to be, and standing in those gaps waiting to be greeted was, as always, the Giver of light, of breath, of life. At last when the light touched the ground, birds gave voice to the day’s opus and the dance of life began again! Thus I knew it was time not only to rise but also to celebrate miracles and keep them from becoming ordinary, time to prevent the mundane from stealing joy and a sense of awe and wonder. For it is ordained that we, all of us, have been anointed, have been given skill sets, and somehow, in some way have a purpose to fulfill. And if we are to accomplish that, we must cherish the light, take it with us, open life’s doors, and live in amazement.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28  ✝

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16 thoughts on “549. The man who is happy is fulfilling the purpose of existence. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  1. I too love watching earth awaken. When I was teaching I was alway at school before 7am and first light. Sitting at my desk working, looking out the window, life enveloped in silence, I marveled as the first rays of light lit the trees like lights on a Christmas tree—dazzling and soothing all rolled into one.
    Thank you for this lovely play by play of life waking up!!
    Hugs to you—Julie

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    • I had to get to work that early too, and for the last several years I drove through a rural area and I loved the early mornings along that road. I used to try to convince myself I was on a road in Provence instead of Texas. It was towards the end of my career and I was tired and it helped get me through to the end of my teaching days. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for your as always kind words about it. Hugs and love, N ❤

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    • Why thank you, Wendell, for all the lovely compliments. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts and find them meaningfull! I would love to be able to write beautiful poetry like you do, but I’m not any more of a poet than I am the artist I always wanted to be. Thanks again for you encouraging words.
      Hugs and blessings to you, N 🙂 ❤

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  2. “we must cherish the light, take it with us, open life’s doors, and live in amazement”… amazement… amazing prose Natalie! I YOU make us happy 🙂 have a nice Sunday my dearest friend ♥♥♥♥♥

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  3. Good to know a wonderful quote from Dostoyevsky. I’m a big fan of Russian literature and read a lot of Russian authors. They are wonderful. Thanks for your nice words, hope you are fine and have a wonderful Sunday, virtual hugs Mitza

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  4. Congratulations with soo many followers hun, but no suirspre with all the gorgeous work, you re always sharing inhere. It s always a pleasure to watch your stunning creations and I sure gets so much great inspiration from you as well, so thanks a lot for that too hun. Hope to see your gorgeous work for many many more years to come.

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