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Quotes September 19, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night
 
 
 
 
“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
 
 
 
 
“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.”
Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York
 
 
 
 
“Slowly wheeling, like the rays of a searchlight, the days, the weeks, the years passed one after another across the sky.”
Virginia Woolf, The Years
 
 
 
 
“Against a dark sky all flowers look like fireworks.”
G. K. Chesterton, “The Glory of Grey”
 
 
 
 
“I understand how scarlet can differ from crimson because I know that the smell of an orange is not the smell of a grape-fruit.”
Helen Keller, The World I Live In
 
 
 
 
“Many of us know the joy and excitement not so much of creating the new as of redeeming what has been neglected, and this excitement is particularly strong when the original condition is seen as holy or beautiful.”
J. B. Jackson, The Necessity for Ruins: and Other Topics
 
 
 
 
“There have been other suns that set in significance for me, but that sun! It was a book-mark in the pages of a life.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
 
 
 
 
It’s easier to change our circumstances than to change ourselves.
The most important thing is to know ourselves, and to choose the habit strategies that work for us.
GRETCHEN RUBIN
 
 
 
 

5 things making me happy

ONE
As of September 7, the Met is now open again on Tuesdays (visitors must be vaccinated and masked). Wonderful!

TWO
I love studying the five senses; I’ve learned so many odd facts. In a minor but amusing example of how others shape what tastes we choose, research shows that in a restaurant, we usually want to order an item different from what others have already ordered—even if that may mean choosing a dish that we don’t particularly want. This phenomenon explains why I feel uncomfortable ordering the salmon after my two friends have already ordered it. Do you feel this way?

THREE
I had a terrific time talking to the brilliant Kate Bowler on her Everything Happens podcast. We discuss how our senses anchor us to the present, the difference between happiness and joy, and whether happiness is a selfish endeavor. Listen here.

FOUR
I was fascinated by this study of emojis. Guess which emoji is the most popular, worldwide? Tears-of-laughter emoji—along with thumbs-up, red heart, blowing-a-kiss, and single-tear in the top five. Ninety percent of global emoji users said that emojis make it easier to express themselves.

FIVE
The Happiness Museum opens in Denmark! I can’t wait to visit. Another reason to visit Copenhagen, a city that I love.
 
 
 
 
5 things making me happy

ONE
New vocabulary alert! I recently heard myself use a word for the very first time: “zhuzh”—“to make something more interesting or attractive by changing it slightly or adding something to it.” It was strange to hear a new word come out of my mouth, but I did use it properly.

TWO
During my daily visits to the Met, when I’m anywhere nearby, I make a point to walk past Fra Fillippo Lippi’s “Portrait of a Woman with a Man at a Casement.” The sight of that man poking his head through the window makes me smile every time. Fun fact: this is the earliest surviving double portrait in Italy.

THREE
I’ve always been so curious about whole-body cryotherapy—brief exposure to very cold temperatures—and because I’m writing my book about the five senses, I wanted to push myself to try this extreme sensation. I finally booked an appointment, and I’m very glad I did. It was a sensory adventure! Read more about my experience here.

FOUR
I love getting a surprise in the mail. In episode 342 of the Happier podcast, Elizabeth and I talked about a listener’s suggestion to use “rubber duck debugging”—when you explain a problem to a rubber duck, and in the process of talking through it, figure out the answer. A few days later, Elizabeth mailed me my very own rubber duck.

FIVE
Because I love miniatures, a thoughtful reader sent me this 30-second video that shows a tiny room tucked behind an electrical outlet. So fun!
 
 
 
 
13 Tips for Sticking to Your Resolutions

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a Happiness Project. You can start at any time—the New Year, your birthday, after a big change or revelation, or right now, today—and it can last as long as you want. It’s up to you. But when it comes to being happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative, what we do every day matters more than what we do once in a while.

For sticking to your resolutions, consider these strategies:

1. Be specific. Resolutions like “Make more friends” or “Strengthen friendships” are vague, and there’s no way to measure your success. Resolutions that are concrete and measurable might be: “Start a group,” “Say hello,” “Make plans,” “Show up,” and “No gossip.”

2. Write it down.

3. Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head, it’s easier to stick to it. Keep a resolution chart or write it on a sticky note in a place you’ll see it every day.

4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution, join or form a like-minded group, use a habit tracker, think about a key identity that you want to cultivate—whatever works for you to make yourself feel accountable for success and failure.

5. Think big. Maybe you need a big change, a big adventure—a trip to a foreign place, a break-up, a move, a new job. Let yourself imagine anything, and plan from there.

6. Think small. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only radical change can make a difference. Just keeping your fridge cleared out could give you a real boost. Look close to home for ways to improve and grow.

7. Ask for help. This can be hard, but you’ll be amazed at how much easier your task becomes.

If you have an especially tough time keeping resolutions, if you have a pattern of making and breaking them, try these strategies:

8. Consider making only pleasant resolutions. We can make our lives happier in many ways. If you’re struggling to keep your resolutions, try resolving to “Watch a movie every Sunday,” “Read for an hour every day,” or whatever resolutions you’d find fun to keep. Often, having more fun in our lives makes it easier to do tough things. Seeing more movies might make it easier to keep going to the gym.

9. Consider giving up a resolution. If you keep making and breaking a resolution, consider whether you should relinquish it entirely. Put your energy toward changes that are both realistic and helpful. Don’t let an unfulfilled resolution to lose twenty pounds or to overhaul your overgrown yard block you from making other, smaller resolutions that might give you a big happiness boost.

10. Keep your resolution every day. It’s often easier to do something every day (exercise, post to a blog, deal with the mail, do laundry) than every few days.

11. Set a deadline.

12. Don’t give up if something interferes with your deadline.

13. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Thank you, Voltaire. Instead of starting your new exercise routine by training for the marathon, aim for a 20-minute walk each day. Instead of cleaning out the attic, tackle one bureau drawer. If you break your resolution today, try again tomorrow.

But the opposite of a profound truth is also true, and you might succeed by ignoring these tips! You might do better when you don’t feel accountable to anyone, or when you don’t have a deadline, or don’t follow a schedule. If a strategy doesn’t work for you, try something else.

There are many ways for us to achieve our aims, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Do what works for you. When we know ourselves better, we can make aims that we’re more likely to keep.
 
 
 
 

The 21 Strategies for Habit Change

Do you want to make a significant change in your life? Or help someone else to make an important change?

Often, this means changing a habit (get more sleep, quit sugar, exercise regularly, spend more time in nature, put down devices). Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life—research suggests that about 40% of our existence is shaped by our habits.

In her book Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin identifies the 21 strategies that we can use to make or break our habits.

1. The Four Tendencies

To change your habits, you have to know yourself, and in particular, your Tendency—that is, whether you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.

All of us face both outer expectations (meet a work deadline) and inner expectations (keep a New Year’s resolution). Your Tendency describes how you respond to those expectations.

Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations. They work hard to meet others’ expectations—and their expectations for themselves.
Questioners question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified by reason, logic, and fairness; they follow only inner expectations.
Obligers respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations. They keep their promises to others, but have difficulty keeping their promises to themselves. They respond to external accountability.
Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They choose to act from a sense of choice, identity, or freedom. They resist being told what to do; often, they don’t even like to tell themselves what to do.

When we try to form a new habit, we set an expectation for ourselves, so understanding our Tendency allows us to choose the strategies that will work for us. For instance, accountability is a crucial strategy for Obligers, but for Rebels, it can be counter-productive.

2. Distinctions

By taking into account various aspects of our nature related to habit formation, we can avoid wasting energy, time, or money. For example, are you a morning person or night person? An over-buyer or under-buyer? Do you prefer familiarity or novelty; competition or collaboration? Considering such distinctions will help you establish habits in the ways that best suit you.

3. Monitoring

We manage what we monitor. Keeping close track of our actions means we do better in categories such as eating, drinking, exercising, working, TV and Internet use, spending—and just about anything else. A key step for the Strategy of Monitoring is to identify precisely what action is monitored.

4. Foundation

First things first. Certain habits serve as the foundation for other habits, because they keep us from getting too physically taxed or mentally frazzled, and then, because we have more energy and self-control, we follow other healthy habits more easily. We can strengthen our foundation by getting enough sleep; eating and drinking right; exercising; and un-cluttering.

5. Scheduling

For many people, if it’s on the calendar, it happens. Habits grow strongest and fastest when they’re repeated in predictable ways, and for most of us, putting an activity on the schedule tends to lock us into doing it. Scheduling an activity also protects that time from interference.

6. Accountability

Many people do better when they know someone’s watching. For Obligers, most of all, external accountability is absolutely essential.

7. First Steps

It’s enough to begin; if you’re ready, begin now. And while starting is hard, starting over is often harder; once started, try not to stop. Don’t break the chain!

8. Clean Slate

When we go through a big transition, old habits get wiped away, and with that clean slate, new habits form more easily. For this reason, a great time to tackle a new habit is when starting a new job, a new relationship, or a new home. Many people also use the New Year, a birthday, or an important milestone as a clean slate. When facing a clean slate, remember that temporary becomes permanent, so we should start the way we want to continue.

9. Lightning Bolt

Once in a while, we encounter some new idea, new information, or a new role—and suddenly, effortlessly, a new habit replaces a well-established habit. This strategy is enormously powerful, but hard to invoke on command. Examples might include: a documentary or book, a diagnosis, an accident, a conversation with a stranger, parenthood.

10. Abstaining

When facing a strong temptation, “Abstainers” do better when they abstain altogether, while “Moderators” do better when they indulge in temptation sometimes, or a little. For Abstainers, it’s much more difficult to indulge in moderation than to give something up; for Moderators, it’s harder to abstain.

11. Convenience

To a truly remarkable extent, we’re more likely to do something if it’s convenient, and less likely if it’s not. The amount of effort, time, or decision-making required by an action has a huge influence on our habits. Make it easy to do right and hard to go wrong. Likewise…

12. Inconvenience

We’re less likely to take an action if it’s inconvenient. The harder it is to indulge in a bad habit, the harder it is to do it impulsively. To weaken a bad habit, make it as inconvenient as possible.

13. Safeguards

Plan to fail. Try to anticipate and minimize temptation, both in your environment and in your own mind. Use “if-then” planning to prepare for challenges that might arise: “If it’s raining, then I will exercise by following an online cardio video.”

14. Loophole-Spotting

We often seek justifications to excuse ourselves from a good habit…just this once. By identifying the loopholes we most often invoke, we can guard against them.

False choice loophole: “I can’t do this, because I’m so busy doing that.”
Moral licensing loophole: “I’ve been so good, it’s okay for me to do this.”
Tomorrow loophole: “It’s okay to skip today, because I’m going to do this tomorrow.”
Lack of control loophole: “I can’t help myself.”
Planning to fail loophole: “I’m doing this for no particular reason, but now that I’m here, I can’t resist.”
“This doesn’t count” loophole: “It’s a holiday!”
Questionable assumption loophole: “I’m so far behind, there’s no point in starting.”
Concern for others loophole: “If I don’t do this, someone will be hurt or inconvenienced”
Fake self-actualization loophole: “You only live once!”
One-coin loophole: “What difference will this one action make?”

15. Distraction

When we’re tempted to break a good habit, we deliberately shift our attention away from unwelcome thoughts by finding healthy distractions.

16. Reward

External rewards can actually undermine habit formation. The best reward for a good habit is the good habit itself.

17. Treats

Unlike a reward, which must be earned or justified, a “treat” is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves just because we want it. It’s easier to ask more of ourselves when we’re giving more to ourselves, so so it’s helpful to identify plenty of healthy treats.

18. Pairing

Only do X when you’re doing Y. Pair two activities: one that you need to or want to do, and one that you don’t particularly want to do, and always do them together.

19. Clarity

The more clearly we identify the habit we intend to follow, the more likely we are to stick to it. Frame a habit to be concrete, manageable, and measurable.

20. Identity

Our habits reflect your identity, so if you struggle to change a particular habit, re-think your identity. Every identity—athlete, artist, environmentalist, reliable parent, strong leader—carries certain habits with it.

21. Other People

Your habits rub off on other people, and their habits rub off on you. Associate with people who follow the habits you want to adopt.

Some strategies work very well for some people, and not for others, and some strategies are available to us at some times in our lives, but not at other times. There is no magic, one-size-fits-all solution to changing habits. It turns out that it’s not that hard to change your habits—when you do it in the way that’s right for you.

Quotes September 18, 2021

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness, it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author
 
 
 
 
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Angela Lee Duckworth – Psychologist-American Academic-Science Author
 
 
 
 
We envy people who are extremely old because we wish to live that long, not because we want to be that old.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
 
 
 
 
The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment.
James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
Happy weekend! Take a deep breath to look back at the ground you covered this week and reassure yourself—it is enough.
AmyAnn Cadwell
 
 
 
 
Shine brightly. See beauty. Speak kindly. Love truly. Give freely. Create joyfully. Live thankfully.
Mary Davis – Chief Executive Officer of the Special Olympics
 
 
 
 
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Annie Dillard
 
 
 
 
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Frederick Buechner,
writer, poet, preacher, theologian
 
 
 
 
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.
Carlos Santana,
guitarist, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Quotes September 17, 2021

“The consolidation of power at the federal level in the guise of public safety is a national trend and should be guarded against at all costs. This erosion of rights, however incremental, is the slow death of freedom. We have reached a point where the power of the federal government is such that they can essentially target anyone of their choosing. Recent allegations that government agencies may have targeted political opponents should alarm all Americans, regardless of party affiliation. Revisionist views of the Constitution by opportunistic politicians and unelected judges with agendas that reinterpret the Bill of Rights to take power away from the people and consolidate it at the federal level threaten the core principles of the Republic. As a free people, keeping federal power in check is something that should be of concern to us all. The fundamental value of freedom is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. We are citizens, not subjects, and we must stay ever vigilant that we remain so.”
Jack Carr, The Terminal List

Quotes September 16, 2021

What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
Maya Angelou – 1928-2014 – Poet-Singer-Memoirist-Civil Rights Activist
 
 
 
 
We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.
Marie Curie – 1867-1934 – French-Polish Physicist
 
 
 
 
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
Bill Gates
 
 
 
 
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan
 
 
 
 
Action is the antidote to despair.
Joan Baez,
singer-songwriter, musician
National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
 
 
 
 
It is necessary to be tolerant, in order to be tolerated.
The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle.
Norm Macdonald,
comedian, writer, actor
1959-2021

Quotes September 15, 2021

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog

 
 

“The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one’s life.”
Peace Pilgrim
 
 
 
 
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 
“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.”
George Michael
 
 
 
 
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”
Norman Vincent Peale
 
 
 
 
“When you do the right thing, you get the feeling of peace and serenity associated with it. Do it again and again.”
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
Marcus Aurelius
 
 
 
 
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”
Eckhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
“Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
 
 
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“If there’s no inner peace, people can’t give it to you. The husband can’t give it to you. Your children can’t give it to you. You have to give it to you.”
Linda Evans
 
 
 
 
“My heart forgives and releases. Inner peace is my goal.”
Louise Hay
 
 
 
 
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.”
Brian Tracy
 
 
 
 
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.”
Jill Bolte Taylor
 
 
 
 
“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
Robert J. Sawyer
 
 
 
 
“Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.”
Marianne Williamson
 
 
 
 
“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
Gerald Jampolsky
 
 
 
 
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
Roger Caras
 
 
 
 
“For me, success is inner peace.”
Denzel Washington
 
 
 
 
“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
John Chrysostom
 
 
 
 
“How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.”
Catherine Pulsifer
 
 
 
 
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Nothing can disturb your peace of mind unless you allow it to.”
Roy T. Bennett
 
 
 
 
“Outward peace is useless without inner peace.”
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
 
 
“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
“Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day.”
Bernie Siegel
 
 
 
 
“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.”
Marvin Gaye
 
 
 
 
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
St. Francis de Sales
 
 
 
 
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
Chinese proverb
 
 
 
 
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
Oprah
 
 
 
 
“A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefore a healthier body.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.”
Romez Sasson
 
 
 
 
“Your inner peace is the greatest and most valuable treasure that you can discover.”
Akin Olokun
 
 
 
 
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
Leo F. Buscaglia
 
 
 
 
“Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility – instead of anger and resentment.”
Unknown

Quotes September 14, 2021

And above all, remember that the meaning of life is to build a life as if it were a work of art.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel,
Jewish theologian, philosopher
 
 
 
 
Now is the time to do what you know you must and have feared to begin.
Marge Piercy,
writer, activist
 
 
 
 
We are free to change the world and start something new in it.
Hannah Arendt,
political theorist, writer
 
 
 
 
If I see an ending, I can work backward.
Arthur Miller,
playwright, essayist
 
 
 
 
Exchange the words ‘have to’ with ‘get to.’ Exchange the word ‘can’t’ with ‘unwilling.’
The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
actor, writer
 
 
 
 
One must think with the body and the soul or not think at all.
Hannah Arendt,
political theorist, writer
 
 
 
 
There is no absolute scale of size in nature, and the small may be as important, or more so than the great.
Shall I refuse my dinner because I do not fully understand the process of digestion?
Oliver Heaviside,
mathematician, physicist
 
 
 
 
“The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.”
Laurie Colwin
 
 
 
 
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor Frankl – 1905-1997 – Psychiatrist and Author
 
 
 
 
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
Alexander Graham Bell – 1847-1922 – Inventor-Scientist-Teacher
 
 
 
 
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Aristotle
 
 
 
 
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Frederick Buechner,
writer, poet, preacher, theologian

Quotes September 13, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

“We first make our habits and then our habits make us.”
John Dryden
 
 
 
 
Fall is upon us. It’s a great time to finally let go of that thing,person, place, job, or trauma you’ve been hanging so tightly to. Why are you holding on so tightly to something you’ve grown past? Let go. You don’t need it anymore.
 
 
 
 
Look deeply into the beauty of the world.

Breathe.

Be kind.

That’s all you have to do.
 
 
 
 
It seems like a good idea when you started. Now, you’re hanging off a rock in Iran a breath away from falling into the Persian Gulf. Hang on. Gather your strength. You’ve got this.
 
 
 
 
In the next six months, you’re going to hear things about yourself from other people. It’s just what happens when the structure of the world shifts. Hold an image of yourself inside when you’re happy and safe. It will remind you of who you are — even when their voices are loud.
 
 
 
 
Everything big and everything small is changing around you.

In the chaos and pressure of this time, you catch the merest glimpse of something…

“Is that really me?” you whisper to your reflection. Ask yourself the kindest thing possible — “What brings me joy?”

Keep asking until the answer comes. Be kind to you.
 
 
 
 
Whoa! It’s gale force blow hard right now! Don’t let the bombastic blow you off course. Focus on your why — your purpose — and get back on track.
 
 
 
 
Right now, there’s a quiet, safe place where a clean stream runs, where the trees grow tall, and the air is clear. This place belongs to you and you to it. No matter what you go through, this place will always be here for you.
 
 
 
 
If you start doing kind acts, you will continue to do kind acts. You’ll find yourself choosing kind people to hang out with, kind things to read and watch and listen too. It’s just how it works.

Quotes September 12, 2021

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”
William Faulkner
 
 
 
 
“My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
Bryan Stevenson
 
 
 
 
Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
Dr. Seuss – 1904-1991 – Author-Political Cartoonist-Illustrator-Poet-Animator-Filmmaker
 
 
 
 
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
No one has ever become poor by giving.
Anne Frank – 1929-1945 – German-Dutch Diarist-Jewish Holocaust Victim
 
 
 
 
Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.
Albert Einstein – 1879-1955 – Theoretical Physicist
 
 
 
 
What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.
Oscar Wilde – 1854-1900 – Irish Poet
 
 
 
 
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person’s genius is confined to a very few hours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1803-1882 – Lecturer-Poet-Essayist
 
 
 
 
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch – Greek Philosopher
 
 
 
 

Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.
Anonymous

Quotes September 11, 2021

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
Virgil’s Aeneid, which adorns the 9/11 Memorial Museum
 
 
 
 
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
 
 
 
 
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.”
Deepak Chopra
 
 
 
 
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”
Clarence Darrow
 
 
 
 
“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
David Levithan
 
 
 
 
“September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.”
Geraldine Brooks
 
 
 
 
“We will win this struggle—not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace… so help us God.”
Tom Harkin
 
 
 
 
“Numerous civilians in all stairwells, numerous burn victims are coming down. We’re trying to send them down first … We’re still heading up.”
Patrick “Paddy” Brown, New York City Fire Department Captain
 
 
 
 
“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
Jeff Parness, founder of New York Says Thank You
 
 
 
 
“On this day… 19 years (September 10th) ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.”
Unknown

Quotes September 10, 2021

“I fully understand that 9/11 is shifting into history. But this is why the veterans community is so important. Because as these things do shift into history, the veterans are often the last voice there to remind all of us what has happened, what a terrible thing war is and what we lost.”
Barbara Starr, CNN Correspondent
 
 
 
 
There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Otto von Bismarck
 
 
 
 
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
Charles Bukowski
 
 
 
 
U.S. troops sometimes refer to their escalation of force options as the five S’s, as Adam Tiffen wrote in 2015: “shout, show, shove, shoot to warn, and then finally, shoot to kill.”
 
 
 
 
Paraphrase
Life is about the choices you make. I’m not going to say there are wrong ones and rights one but there are consequences and benefits
Andy Stumpf, Ret. Navy SEAL
 
 
 
 
There is always more to learn.
Always.
What an incredible gift knowledge is.
Angry Staff Officer