The following collection of quotes comes from a disparate sources. Some were gleaned from books I have read in the past few months - others were "collected" years ago. Like the fossils I find in Johnson Creek, I pick these up, meditate on them, and sometimes - carry them home. I hope you will do the same.
"Uprootedness uproots everything except the need for roots." - Christopher Lasch
"There is no greater difference between men than between grateful and ungrateful people." - R. H. Blyth
"Stewarding the many good things we have inherited is the task of a lifetime. Simply learning the art of stewardship requires, for many of us, a radical change of mind and direction. Living a life of gratitude is no easy task. Admitting the various ways that we are limited and dependent requires humility, the most shy of all virtues. Learning to appreciate the aesthetic of human scale requires a willingness to submit to standards not of our own making. Living contentedly in a place, at peace with the natural world and in community with neighbors, is not simple in a world that entices us constantly to move, to acquire more, to live for fleeting pleasures that are offered on every hand.
Nevertheless, the stakes are high. But then again, they have always been high. The burden of stewardship is a crucial task - perhaps the crucial task - of each generation." - Mark T. Mitchell from The Politics of Gratitude