The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Ursula Le Guin
You can’t use an old map to explore a new world.
Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think ‘My life will be upside down’ don’t worry. How do you know down is not better than upside?
Shams Of Tabriz
Be the one who, when you walk in,
Blessing shifts to the one who needs it most.
Even if you’ve not been fed,
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
Food isn’t just generic energy–it’s molecular information. In addition to fueling the mitochondrial powerhouses, food tells our cells what to do and serves as building blocks for hormones, brain chemicals, and cell membranes.
The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
My constant prayer for myself is to be used in service for the greater good.
Hope is a decisive element in any attempt to bring about social change in the direction of greater aliveness, awareness, and reason. But the nature of hope is often misunderstood and confused with attitudes that have nothing to do with hope and in fact are the very opposite.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.
Failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it means try again with experience.
Be kind with your words. They matter.
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“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
Wayne W. Dyer
“A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”
“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”
Jacob M. Braude
“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts.”
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
“There are unheralded tipping points, a certain number of times that we will unlock the front door of an apartment. At some point you were closer to the last time than you were to the first time, and you didn’t even know it. You didn’t know that each time you passed the threshold you were saying good-bye.”
“Our streets are calendars containing who we were and who we will be next.”
Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York
“What will die with me when I die, what pathetic or fragile form will the world lose? The voice of Macedonio Fernandez, the image of a red horse in the vacant lot at Serrano and Charcas, a bar of sulphur in the drawer of a mahogany desk?”
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Witness”
“Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal this life was, that you had to seize it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment.”
Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games
“Humor is the antidote to overthinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.”
Bob Mankoff, How About Never: Is Never Good For You?
“The fire had burned to embers, the company was gone. We walked in the icy darkness with the old, limping dog. Nothing on the empty road, no cars, no sound, no lights. The year turning, cold stars above. My arm around her. Feeling of courage. Great desire to live on.”
James Salter, Burning the Days
“The brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy.”
Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul
“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
Carl Jung, Psychological Types
“We can only know others by ourselves.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Lantern-Bearers and Other Essays
“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.”
Roy T. Bennett
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
“Words are powerful; if you change your words, you can change your life.”
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”
“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”
“A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships are built”
John A. Shedd
“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”
“You must welcome change as the rule, but not as your ruler.”
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”
“When in doubt, choose change.”
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
Mark Victor Hansen
“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.”
“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
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For mushers in the Iditarod dog-sled race, stopping in Takotna is a treat.
Alaska town prepares annual pies for the Iditarod
The 52 residents of Takotna, Alaska, are preparing to feed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race participants who stop at the checkpoint on their way to the finish line in Nome. The tradition of baking pies for mushers was started 50 years ago by Jan Newton and has been carried on by residents since her death in 2012.
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