Southern Maryland Words to live by:
If you want to live and be well, then you should be generous, calm, and virtuous.
Being generous can be difficult for those of us who have the virtues of the squirrel, storing up food for the winter by burying our acorns. It’s good to save some of what we earn, but it’s also important to be generous with what we have. It can be difficult to be calm in the noisy, jangling disarray of modern life. We live in a technological pandemonium of buzzers and bells that
seem designed to sabotage our equanimity. There are many ways to cultivate calmness, from prayer and meditation, to time management and a firm resolve to practice patience. And while we have to cultivate and practice that inner quietude of spirit in order to be truly calm, it really does help to quiet the outer bells and whistles. Turn off the television and silence the cell phone, and you will begin to understand why
“silence is golden.” Finally, the surest
and most direct route to living well and truly being well is by living virtuously. Only those who are kind, and generous, and genuinely trying to be the best that they can be are truly living well. – Christopher Simon
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
—Proverbs 11: 24-25 NIV