“The freer step, the fuller breath,
the wide horizons grander view;
the sense of Life that knows no death,
The Life, that maketh all things new.”
– Samuel Longfellow
You may be facing a personal challenge right now. Perhaps you didn’t act in a way that is in line with your values. Or suppose someone said a sharp word to you. Maybe one of your friends is pulling away, and you just aren’t as close. Something feels as if it stopped, ended, died.
These are all circumstances that would try to take us away from the true sense and purpose of Life. Whenever we face an incident that might try to bring us down, we need to go back to Longfellow’s larger view of life.
Look at the sunrise, look at the horizon, look at the grander view of all that life is giving us today.
Perhaps it is the blue sky, or some dandelions that push up courageously in the sidewalk. Maybe it is an unexpected call from a friend. Perhaps you are fortunate to be able to go to dinner with your parents, or on a walk with your beloved beagle. If you are really grateful you know being able to eat this evening, and to choose what you like to eat is often taken for granted.
So whatever challenge you are facing…
Samuel Longfellow (1819- 1892) is the older brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and is considered to be part of the second generation of transcendentalists. He was born in Portland, Maine and attended Harvard College. He went on to study at Harvard Divinity School which was the epicenter of the transcendental movement and influenced his approach to religion. His first position as a clergyman was at West Cambridge, followed by positions in Fall River, Massachusetts and then Brooklyn, New York.
After his older brother’s death, Longfellow published a two-volume biography of him in 1886. His other publications include Final Memories of H. W. Longfellow (1887), Vespers (1859), A Book of Hymns and Tunes (1860, revised 1876) and, with Samuel Johnson, he edited A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion(1846) and Hymns of the Spirit (1864). Longfellow died in 1892 and is buried in Western Cemetery in Portland’s West End.