“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
Right now, monsters are celebrating the monstrous things they are doing. Do not become them. You can not slay monsters by becoming one. Be kind.
People are out of their minds right now — including you. Be patient with their weirdness. Be gentle with their rage. Let your innate kindness be your guide.
Share the love and warmth you’ve stored inside. Be kind.
Some days, you just have to hold on. Your light may feel dim right now, but it will grow. You will feel better. Hold on. Be kind to you
What do these upset people want? They want you to listen, to share in their overwhelming, unbearable grief. They need your kindness, your compassion, and your empathy. Grief shared is grief diminished. Listen. Care. Be kind.
As we move into Fall, what are you ready to let go of? Maybe there’s long held grudge ready to be set down. Maybe it’s some mistake you’re ready to forgive yourself or someone else for. Maybe it’s a long held belief or a dour friend or… Be kind to you. Let it go.
Want to increase the joyous flowering in your internal field? Be kind. You’ll riotously bloom.
You can only fix what you can control.
There is so much going on in the world right now. It’s time to get back to the very basics — you can only do something about what you can control. If you are not in control of that, push it out of your mind. Focus only on what you can control.
Quotes & Memes
When we are in love, we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
I always say ‘Don’t make plans, make options.’
We cannot create compartments in life — political, economic, social, environmental. Whatever we do or don’t do affects and touches the wholeness, the homogeneity. We are forever organically related to wholeness.
We need to find our way back to love, and the forgotten garden of the soul reconnects us to love–this is a part of its mystery, its magic.
When you use a living medicine and get well, you feel that the world is alive and aware and wants to help you. People often talk about saving the Earth, but how many times have you experienced the Earth saving you?
Stephen Harrod Buhner
The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
US Supreme Court justice
“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”
“If I don’t train enough, of course I’m nervous.“
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
“She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared, but because she went on so strongly despite the fear.”
“Hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.” – Dwayne Johnson
If rioters come to your area, please remember, don’t be a litterbug.
Pick up your brass.
You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
The older you get, I have to say, the funnier you find life. That’s the only way to go.
Diana Rigg, actor
In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.
George R.R. Martin,
Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed.
Life is a train, get on board.
Don’t settle for style. Succeed in substance.
jazz musician, composer
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Be happy; without reason.
Today, may you be filled with love, peace, patience, strength, and courage to face the day. Make it GREAT!
During the Constitutional Convention, Elbridge Gerry wanted to introduce a clause limiting the standing Army to only a few thousand soldiers. Washington, from the dais, muttered that they should then write a clause limiting invading armies to that number as well.
The Angry Staff Officer
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
“If you wage war, do it energetically and with severity. This is the only way to make it shorter and consequently less inhuman.”
“I can’t see how a single man could spend his time to better advantage than in the Marines.”
Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly
“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”
General George Smith Patton, Jr.
“A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace.”
President Theodore Roosevelt
“They’ve got us surrounded — the poor bastards.”
An unnamed medic
“Relax. Nothing is under control.”
Adi Da Samraj
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.”
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
“Vulnerability is hard. And it’s scary, and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, scary, or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves, ’What if I would have shown up?’”
We lived under extreme stress for five years, up every night with our son, constantly in the hospital. I think the only thing worse than being in a war zone is being in intensive care for twelve months and seeing children die next to you.
“Wounded children have a rage, a sense of failed justice that burns in their souls. What do they do with that rage? Since they would never harm another, they turn that rage inward. They become the target of their own rage.”
“Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. Until then, breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough. You are enough.”
“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (Amazon, Bookshop)
“Each age brings with it its own light, its particular feeling for space, as a definite need.”
Henri Matisse, “The Role and Modalities of Colour”
“I shall never have the garden I have in my mind, but that for me is the joy of it; certain things can never be realized and so all the more reason to attempt them.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book): (Amazon, Bookshop)
“I became unique and I felt I was needed: my own eyes were needed in order that the copper-red of the beech could be set against the blue of the cedar and the silver of the poplars. When I went away, the landscape fell to pieces, and no longer existed for anyone; it no longer existed at all.”
Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (Amazon, Bookshop)
“So coming back from a journey, or after an illness, before habits had spun themselves across the surface, one felt that same unreality, which was so startling; felt something emerge. Life was most vivid then.”
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Amazon, Bookshop)
“When asked how to create the open-mode mental state necessary for creativity, John Cleese explained:
‘I can at least tell you how to get yourselves into the open mode. You need five things:
A 22 inch waist
Sorry, my mind was wandering. I’m getting into the open mode too quickly. Instead of a 22 inch waist, you need humor. I do beg your pardon.'”
John Cleese, “Lecture on Creativity”
“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.”
“Get out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
People think of the inventor as a screwball, but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.
Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakable.
I love those random memories that make me smile, no matter what’s going on in my life right now.
You do not have to read every word. You know what it says. Give your heart and mind a break. Be kind to you.
The leaves turn and fall — and for a moment, there is only silence. Soon the cacophony and riot of spring begins. Again. This is life’s cycle. Riotous spring, gives way to summer and fall. The silence begins a new. Wherever you are in your life cycle, know that life will fade to silence, only to begin again. Being kind will ease your passage.
Right this moment, a lot of people are doing their best to convince us of the darkness in the world. But we each have two hands. Let’s use them to create light. For light always beats the dark. Will you join me?
This week, let’s allow that intimate kindness to hold sway over our actions and our hearts.
“Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.”
David M. Burns
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
H. L. Mencken
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
George Bernard Shaw
In this game of life your family is the court and the ball is your heart. No matter how good you are, no matter how down you get, always leave your heart on the court.
Some events are in the area of the soul where words cannot penetrate.
The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams.
George R.R. Martin
Fall in love with who you are becoming.