It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 16

Take a lesson from the sunflower, stand tall and keep your face towards the sun

June 28th - the first full week of summer

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

We’ve just completed our first full week of Summer and one of the reflections I happened to read this past week week had this to say about the Summer Solstice.  

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives.

Keep your face to the sunshine.
You won’t see the shadows fall.
Trust your spirit when you hear it call.   
You can do it all.
The world is not always
As it may appear,
 For things we feel are far more real
Than what we see and hear.
Your dreams can shine like the brightest star
As long as you remember to
Believe in who you are. 

Author Unknown
The idea of Keeping the face to the sunshine is to look on the bright side of life.  The sunshine makes everything seem more possible, it allows dreams to grow, and ideas to take hold.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

Just tilt a little more!


betty said...

I like that tilting towards what is good, like tilting towards the light of the sun. That was a good comparison with our spiritual nature to gravitate towards things that are good and life giving.



The summer solstice does indeed have a message. I'm glad you mentioned it here.

Rick Watson said...

We wrote a song called The Bright Side.