And, I read through Proverbs. . .I find Proverbs most uplifting.
Catholic radio is an excellent way to learn about the Faith and become inspired.
There is a Stations of the Cross booklet by Clarence Enzler called "Everyone's Way of the Cross." At first blush it appears to be hokey and simplistic, but it's a great reflection on the little crosses we bear as part of our everyday lives. Again, it is very practical.
My secular recommendation is Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna. I am the type of person who can find the silver-lining in any cloud and Pollyanna is my fictional heroine. Yet it is also a reminder that even the most optimistic and chipper of people can struggle and do need the help of others to stay on track.
Thanks you Margaret., I wish I was one of those people who found the silver lining. I am feeling very sad right now & trying remember God has a reason for everything. I use Laudate also on my phone. I will check out the book by Enzler, sounds like it can help me recall that we all have a cross to bear.. Thanks!
I was reflecting yesterday, for instance, that I have a particular freedom as a single teacher to be there for more of my students' events that a married teacher would be, especially a married teacher with children. I'm just more able to spend my time on their games and plays and concerts and competitions and I know it means a lot to them that I can go. So I'm taking advantage of it now, while I can, to hang out after school and "waste" my time with them, while I can. Maybe you can volunteer your time with a ministry. Maybe you're more available to your friends. And if you're not doing these things, maybe God is tugging at your heart to do it. But there's something unique to your season as a single person now that won't be there when you're not single any longer.
Just a thought!
And when I feel like complaining, I remember this:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
I hope this doesn't sound didactic...
However, if only in hopes of distracting and maybe entertaining you a little....I'll add in some reading.It's not on the same level as either the Bible or the great Christian writers, admittedly, but I'm very fond of Rudyard Kipling's poem "If"--creaky here and there, and obviously addressed to a male reader (though it applies to women as well). I especially like the lines about "Triumph and Disaster...those two imposters" and have found it true. (Sailboat racer Tom Pollack retooled the line as It's never as good as it looks and it's never as bad as it seems.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, dont deal in lies,
Or being hated, dont give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dreamand not make dreams your master;
If you can thinkand not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth youve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: Hold on!
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kingsnor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,
Andwhich is moreyoull be a Man, my son!
Two more can't-resist quotations: