Early morning on The Porch


I was up early the other morning. OK, earlier than my normal 4am time.  As is usual, I wondered out onto the porch to see what the new day might bring.  On this morning, the stars were brilliant…perhaps more so than I can recall.  They were big, bright, and the sky was full of them.  It reminded me that the amazing light that I was seeing actually began centuries earlier and the light was just now reaching me.  Perhaps, great historical events were occurring on the night that the light I was seeing began its journey to my eyes.  Nonetheless, it was also a reminder that we may not actually see the good that comes from our efforts for years, if ever in our lifetime.  For example, individuals that plant small trees rarely live to see the day that their shade covers the yard in the hot summer sun.  Or, we may never truly witness the good that our words or deeds might have on the lives of others.  Or, the projects that consume our day today might not bear fruit for years.  We merely do what we know is right and trust that it will bring good someday.

I have run across some quotes about stars that may bring you fresh insight today. Just read each and think about what it might mean to you or how it might influence what you do today:

  • “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt 
  • “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman 
  • “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare 
  • “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino 


It is good to look and dream at the stars. It is good to ponder their origin and their meaning.  It is good to merely enjoy their beauty.  But, it is even better to allow them to inspire us to act on behalf of someone else.

Have an absolutely brilliant day!


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