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Quotes January 17, 2022

Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha

“Understand that healing and growing can distance you from people who you once had a bond with, and it can also bring you closer to those who will heal and grow with you. The time in between can be difficult, but there is so much to learn in solitude.”
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”
Pablo Picasso
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton
“We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.”
Anais Nin
“The journey is long, but the goal is in each step.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.”
Paulo Coelho
“The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
Eckhart Tolle
“Into your darkest corner, you are safe in my love, you are protected. I am the openness you seek, I am your doorway. Come sit in the circular temple of my heart, and let yourself be calm.”
Agapi Stassinopoulos
“You keep meeting the same person in different bodies until you learn the lesson.”
Brandon Tarot
“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”
Robert H. Schuller
“The beautiful thing about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths.”
Robin S. Sharma
“When the world feels like an emotional roller coaster, steady yourself with simple rituals. Do the dishes. Fold the laundry. Water the plants. Simplicity attracts wisdom.”
“Don’t let your emotions outweigh your intelligence.”
10 Positive Things to Do for Yourself in the New Year
1. Practice mindfulness.

“When we spend too much time lost in our thinking minds—rushing from one appointment to the next—life, which is always happening now, flashes by unnoticed. The days, the weeks, the months, the years all blur into one, as the preciousness of each living moment is lost to a lack of presence. We’re left wondering where all the time has gone and why we feel so dissatisfied, unfulfilled, and disconnected. Taking time to be more attentive to each new moment as it arises is the key to experiencing more peace, connection, and aliveness, regardless of what is going on in your life or what you believe it should look like.”
Richard Paterson
2. Embrace change.

“Life is not about what happens to us but how we react to it, and some of our biggest disappointments can lead to better things in life, bringing us new beginnings, if we learn to adapt and embrace change. Expect life not to go to plan and then you won’t be so disappointed. Accept what is, look for the silver lining, and adapt. Keep looking for the good in every moment and learn from the tough ones. This is how we not only survive but thrive: by embracing each moment for what it is and choosing to make the best of it.”
Jess Stuart
3. Have faith in yourself.

“Have a little faith in your ability to handle whatever’s coming down the road. Believe that you have the strength and resourcefulness required to tackle whatever challenges come your way. And know that you always have the capacity to make the best of anything. Even if you didn’t want it or ask for it, even if it seems scary or hard or unfair, you can make something good of any loss or hardship. You can learn from it, grow from it, help others through it, and maybe even thrive because of it. The future is unknown, but you can know this for sure: Whatever’s coming, you got this.”
Lori Deschene
4. Slow down.

“It can be addictive to run yourself ragged, I know. Your heart beats faster, you feel the thrill of a rush, and your brain feels like it’s about to burst with all your ideas and plans. You’re constantly going, going, going, with no stop to it. But chasing that feeling is also damaging your health in the long run. If your head is hurting or you feel tired, take a rest. You are not lazy for needing a break. It’s your body’s way of telling you that it’s been running at full speed for far too long. Listen to your body.”
Melissa Chu
5. Commit to meeting your personal needs.

“For many of us, our needs aren’t even on the radar. Simply taking a moment to ask yourself what they are can give you answers you never knew were there. So ask yourself: What are my needs? What are my personal prerequisites for happiness? Not what the commercials or your friends are telling you. What is your soul telling you? Do you need more creativity, passion, fun? More time in nature? Less stress? Once you’ve started discovering what your needs are, check in with yourself often. Are your needs being met right now? If not, how can you make that happen?”
Kaylee Rupp
6. Focus not just on your to-do list, but also a to-be list.

“Write a to-be list instead of a to-do list, for tomorrow. It may look something like this: Tomorrow I will be: mindful, aware, peaceful, a person who seeks reasons to smile and laugh, loving, appreciative, forgiving, thoughtful, supportive, still, quiet, faithful, honest, a person who simply wants to be. The quality of your life is determined by who you are, not by what you accomplish. We are, after all, human beings not human doings. Let’s base the value of our day on that small bit of wisdom and live accordingly. Just be.”
Nancy Daley
7. Take breaks from the noise of the world.

“Give yourself permission to step away from the noise of the world. Specifically, you have permission to: Turn off the news, or reduce your intake. Reduce your time on social media if it stresses you out. Unfollow social media accounts that are too negative for you. Reduce your contact with negative individuals in your life by setting boundaries. Put yourself on time out if you need it. Take a mental health day. Say no to things you don’t want to do (even if you already said yes).”
Kelly Ramsdell
8. Accept where you are.

“It’s okay to be right where you are. Sometimes we think we need to be making progress and moving forward, that we need to be a shining ray of light all the time. But the truth is, we need times when we’re pausing. Those times are often when we feel more lost and alone. We’re figuring things out, re-evaluating what we thought we wanted. It helps to let ourselves rest in the knowledge that this time is natural and normal, rather than tell ourselves we need to be making progress and moving forward.”
Lindsey Lewis
9. Recognize that it’s okay to not feel happy all the time.

“Without a doubt, the most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. It’s okay to feel lost and unsure. It’s alright to have no idea how you’re going to hold it together sometimes. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be happy all the time. It’s okay to acknowledge when times are tough. It’s alright to feel anxious, even if it’s uncomfortable.”
Ilene S. Cohen
10. Keep things in perspective.

“Apply the asteroid scenario test. Simply put, if an asteroid hit Earth and life as we know it was about to end, you’d have a choice: Would you really spend your final days stressing and worrying about something you have absolutely no control over? Or would you be happy with your loved ones with whatever time you have left? Extreme situation, I know, but you need to decide and move forward. Learn to ascertain what you cannot control and acknowledge this with unwavering acceptance. Then focus on positive steps you can control instead.”
Perry Manzano

Quotes January 16, 2022

If you continue to think the way you’ve always thought, you’ll continue to get what you’ve always got.
Paul J. Meyer – 1928-2009 – Author
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
Audrey Hepburn,
actor, humanitarian
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
The future is not to be forecast, but created.
Arthur C. Clarke,
writer, futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, television series host
Start with a yes and see where that takes you.
Confidence is 10% hard work and 90% delusion.
Tina Fey,
actor, comedian, writer, producer
The upheavals [of artificial intelligence] can escalate quickly and become scarier and even cataclysmic. Imagine how a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans who are genetically prone to the disease.
Nick Bilton
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. And if that doesn’t work out for you, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.
Bob Saget,
comedian, actor, television host

Quotes January 15, 2022

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
Mark Caine – Writer
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine – Magician-Author-Lecturer
To see what is right and not do it is a lack of courage.
Confucius – Chinese Philosopher
“My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.”
Thornton Wilder
“Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.”
Kofi Annan
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
Audrey Hepburn
“As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -1929-1968 – Social Activist-Minister

Quotes January 14, 2022

‘That medal does not belong to you. It belongs to all the Marines who did not come home.’ He went on to say, ‘Don’t ever do anything that would tarnish that medal.’”
Commandant of the Marine Corps, Alexander Vandegrift, Medal presented President Harry Truman
They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win. We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these. I think I told every one of them that I would rather have that medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor, than to be President of the United States.
Harry S. Truman
I’ve always felt that if I am deserving of the Medal of Honor, there are many, many others who are. I felt a little bad receiving it, so I received it on behalf of the fellows, because there’s no such thing as a single-handed war. There’s always a support group, and if you didn’t have people who supported you, you couldn’t fight a war.
Daniel Inouye
Medal of Honor belongs to every man and woman who gives us the freedom today to be able to hold our flag and hold our heads up high and say we have the greatest country in the world. And that goes with the men and women in the past, and the men and women of today, and the men and women of the future. As long as Mike Thornton lives, that medal will always stand for all them. Not for me. Not for what I’ve done, but for what I was trained to do and what they have been trained to do to give us our freedom today.
This Medal of Honor does not belong to me. This medal belongs to every man and woman who has ever served their country. We were doing what we were trained to do. We were doing our job.
Michael E. Thornton
Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.
John A. Logan
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
John F. Kennedy
Throughout the battle Carney never lost possession of the flag, despite suffering multiple injuries. “Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!” he said after the battle.
Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900.
Sgt. William H. Carney, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient
William Harvey Carney was the first African-American awarded the Medal of Honor. He was born a slave in Virginia, but eventually made his way to freedom in Massachusetts.

Quotes January 12 & 13, 2022

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg The Positivity Blog

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Nelson Mandela
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Steve Jobs
“Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.”
Angela Bassett
“Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.”
Mandy Hale
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn
“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”
Maureen Dowd
“Conformity begins the moment you ignore how you feel for acceptance.”
Shannon L. Alder
“Make the most of the best and best of the worst, and keep your standards high. Never settle for anything less than you deserve or are capable of achieving.”
Roy T. Bennett
“Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.”
Wendy Wasserstein
“Once you discover your happy place where you can be you, you will never settle for just any old space ever again.”
Christine E. Szymanski
“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.”
Thomas Merton
“There is a monumental difference between being alive and living. You should never settle for the first.”
Matt Corby
“Don’t settle for less, know your value and always tell yourself you deserve better.”
Pertrice St Pierre
“Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.”
Mia Hamm
“Don’t settle for good when you were destined to be great.”
Charles F Glassman
“If you settle for what you’ve got, you deserve what you get.”
Kathie Lee Gifford
“Never settle for the lesser ambition. The job, the title, the conventional loyalties and rewards. Stay focused on the larger ambition, which is making a difference in the world.”
David Ignatius
“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.”’
Ashton Kutcher
“Don’t pass on your passions, to settle in the stale normality. Endure. Strive. Ensure.”
Anthony Liccione
“Do the math: You never settle for less than the whole if you knew the half.”
Talib Kweli
“Never settle. There is no need to rush.”
Mark Cuban
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”
John F. Kennedy
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”
Sam Levenson
“Don’t settle for style. Succeed in substance.”
Wynton Marsalis
“Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”
Charles F. Kettering
“Even if you have to walk fast for 30 mins, five days a week, by all means do so. Never make excuses to why you don’t have the time to work out. Your body deserves to enjoy the taste of a good health. Never settle for less.”
Edmond Mbiaka
“Who you are is what you settle for, you know?”
Janis Joplin
“Never settle for less than your dreams, somewhere, sometime, someday, somehow, you’ll find them.”
Danielle Steel
“Tearing up between what you deserve and what you settle for is a perpetual cause of unsettling pain.”
Nitya Prakash
“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
John Assaraf
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.”
Stuart Scott
“Be awesome. Live life to the fullest. Shoot for the stars and never settle.”
Jillian Michaels

Quotes January 11, 2022

Determination is the wake-up call to human will.
Tony Robbins – Author-Public Speaker-Life Coach
If you could stand at just a little distance in time, how fluid and shape-shifting physical reality would be, everything hurrying into some other form, even concrete, even stone.
Mark Doty
In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
Viktor Frankl
We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.
Edwin Markham
Name of names, our small identity unravels in You. You give it back as a lesson.
Neil Douglas-Klotz
Man instinctively regards himself as a wanderer and wayfarer, and it is second nature for him to go on pilgrimage in search of a privileged and holy place, a center and source of indefectible life.
Thomas Merton
It’s up to each generation. There are no guarantees.
Oren Lyons

Quotes January 10, 2022

You don’t have to become something you’re not to be better than you were.
Sidney Poitier,
actor, film director
“Corporate social responsibility is measured in terms of businesses improving conditions for their employees, shareholders, communities, and environment. But moral responsibility goes further, reflecting the need for corporations to address fundamental ethical issues such as inclusion, dignity, and equality.”
Klaus Schwab
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Leo Tolstoy
“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.”
François Fénelon
Recognition is famously a passage from ignorance to knowledge.
Amitav Ghosh
To listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, is to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty
David George Haskell
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
Desmond Tutu
When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.
Roy T. Bennett
No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.
Brene Brown

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -1929-1968 – Social Activist-Minister

Quotes January 09, 2022

Discipline is not a restriction but an aid to freedom.
Wayne Thiebaud,
Calm down, but don’t slow down.
Bob Proctor
The number one skill in life is not giving up.
Bryant McGill – Author
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive.
Hans Lelye – 1907-1982 – Endocrinologist-Founder of Stress Theory
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela – 1918-2013 – President of South Africa 1994-1999-Humanitarian-Social Activist
Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.
Ramana Maharishi

Quotes January 08, 2022

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

Passions weaken, but habits strengthen, with age, and it is the great task of youth to set the current of habit and to form the tastes which are most productive of happiness in life.
The Map of Life
We can take a wonderful vacation in spirit, even though we are obliged to stay at home, if we will only drop our burdens from our minds for a while. But no amount of travel will give us rest and recreation if we carry our work and worries with us.
“September 1919” from The Selected Letter of Laura Ingalls Wilder
It is awfully important to know what is and what is not your business.
Lectures in America
Rich colours actually look more luminous on a grey day, because they are seen against a somber background and seem to be burning with a lustre of their own. Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks.
“The Glory of Grey” from In Defense of Sanity
Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make someone else happy; one of the best ways to make someone else happy is to be happy yourself.
Now is always the best time to begin.

5 things making me happy

I love everything about candy except eating it, and one of my favorite New York City shops is Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. So much candy! M&Ms in every color, everything gummy or chocolate-covered or Star Wars, giant lollipops, gag-gift candy, and all kinds of nostalgic candy. So I was very interested to read about the history of the shop—turns out it started back in 1937.

I love reading but I also love re-reading. In the last month of #Read21in2021 I happily revisited Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi. (Amazon, Bookshop) How I love, love, love that novel.
Do you re-read? What book have you read the most times?

Sometimes, loving gestures, repeated over time, can become invisible to us. But when that loving structure is removed, we really feel it. A friend’s story was a helpful reminder to appreciate those subtle, loving acts.

I’m a huge fan of the work of Scarlett Thomas, so I was happy to learn that she has a new memoir, 41-Love (Bookshop, Amazon). I can’t wait to read it (I do love memoirs). If you want to read one of her novels, I recommend starting with PopCo or The End of Mr. Y.

My study of the five senses has made me even more enthusiastic about optical illusions, and I was mesmerized by this piece highlighting the winners of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest. What color Crocs did you see?

Quotes January 07, 2022

I’ve always felt that if I am deserving of the Medal of Honor, there are many, many others who are. I felt a little bad receiving it, so I received it on behalf of the fellows, because there’s no such thing as a single-handed war. There’s always a support group, and if you didn’t have people who supported you, you couldn’t fight a war.
Daniel Inouye
It wasn’t the Medal of Honor that changed my life.

It was being in Vietnam itself. The close situations changed my whole way of thinking about my life. It showed me that things can disappear like the snap of your fingers. As a young guy you thought you were invincible and nothing could ever hurt you, and stuff like that, and living life to the fullest.

This medal belongs to every man and woman who has ever served their country. We were doing what we were trained to do. We were doing our job.
Michael E. Thornton
I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book ‘War is a Racket.’
Jesse Ventura
They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win.

We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these. I think I told every one of them that I would rather have that medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor, than to be President of the United States.
Harry S Truman
“They [442nd Regimental Combat Team] did more than defend America. They helped define America at its best…Rarely has a nation been so well served by a people it has so ill-treated.”
President Bill Clinton, quoted in Honor Before Glory