This is fun and comes from ginahelen.
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
I grab Markings by Dag Hammarskjold and go to page 56.
The dust settles heavily, the air becomes stale, the light dim in the room which we are not prepared to leave at any moment.
Our love becomes impoverished if we lack the courage to sacrifice its object.
Our will to live only survives so long as we will life without a thought as to whether it is our own or not.
God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
"Treat others as ends, never as means." And myself as an end only in my capacity as a means: to shift the dividing line in my being between subject and object to a position where the subject, even if it is in me, is outside and above me - so that my whole being may become an instrument for that which is greater than I.
It is now, in this very moment, that I can and must pay for all that I have received. The past and its load of debt are balanced against the present. And on the future I have no claim.
Is not beauty created at every encounter between a man and life, in which he repays his debt by focusing on the living moment all the power which life has given him as an obligation? Beauty - for the one who pays his debt. For others, too, perhaps.