A few words of wisdom I like for the new year:
"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."
-St. Augustine (patron saint of brewers!)
"You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds….What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can."
-St. Thomas More
(I'll be auditing a class on him this coming semester with Dr. Smith. Also, this quote made me think of "When the Ship Comes in," an excellent early Dylan song, which is always worth a listen.)
"Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
-St. Francis de Sales (patron saint of journalists and writers, as well as a particular favorite saint of mine)
"I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. For by the grace given to me I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than one ought to think, but to think soberly, each according to the measure of faith that God has apportioned. For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another."
H/T Intentional Disciples