Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 14 March – Looking on the Bright Side

Being and Doing – 14 March – Looking on the Bright Side

LIFE certainly may be, and ought to be, bright, interesting, and happy; and according to the Italian proverb, ‘If all cannot live on the piazza, everyone may yet feel the sun.’  If we do our best; if we do not magnify trifling troubles; if we resolutely look, I do not say at the bright side of things, but at things as they really are;  if we avail ourselves of the manifold blessings which surround us, we cannot but feel how thankful we ought to be for the ‘sacred trusts of health, strength, and time,’ for the glorious inheritance of life.  …Few of us, indeed, realise the wonderful privilege of living;  the blessings we inherit;  the glories and beauties of the universe, which is our own if we choose to have it so;  the extent to which we can make ourselves what we wish to be;  or the power we possess of securing peace, of triumphing over pain and sorrow.


THERE are nettles everywhere,

But smooth green grasses are more common still; 

The blue of heaven is larger than the cloud.



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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