Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.
If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.
St John of the Cross
It seems to me that the good life is not any fixed state. It is not, in my estimation, a state of virtue, or contentment, or nirvana, or happiness. It is not a condition in which the individual is adjusted or fulfilled or actualized. To use psychological terms, it is not a state of drive-reduction, or tension-reduction, or homeostasis.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
On Becoming a Person, 1961. Carl Rogers