“Toxic people will not be changed by the alchemy of your kindness. Yes, be kind. But move on swiftly and let life be their educator.”
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Take a breath. Find some peace. Be kind.
The book about this time has not been written. Be kind. You can change the plot of this time — one kind act at a time.
Yes, it’s dark out there. Shine on. The world needs your light right now
Fear is a liar. That’s just a fact. By being kind to yourself and everyone around you, you will find the truth again. Just try it. Be kind.
Be kind. Asshole and Troll is already taken. There can never be too much kindness.
Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat after me: I see you. I know how hard you try. You matter to me. Hang in there. Things get better with time. Promise. Now, repeat it to everyone you know — you see them, they matter, you see how hard they try — and to hang in there.
The world is a large place. The universe is sharing her secrets with us. Be kind. Share the beauty within you and without.
The first sight you saw was light. So many of us only see darkness now. Ask yourself: What have I allowed to keep me from the light that is my birth right?
So many people feel as if their lives are dark right now. Be kind to someone else. Do one act of kindness. You will see the light return to your life.
You weren’t put on this planet to worry and fret. You’re here to do magic shit! Time to get some magic shit done.
We’re all opening to the light. Be kind.
Depair = Anger + Fear. If you’re feeling despair, you’re afraid somewhere. Take some time to look into your fear — and always remember fear is a liar. Let it go. Find your hope because Anger + Hope = Action.
Do one act of kindness each day of the year, and change 365 lives.
Every life is made up of moments of light and dark. What you focus on makes your life feel light or dark. Look for the light. Live in the light
My youngest son asked me how old I was.
I answered, “39 and holding.”
He thought for a moment and then asked, “But how old would you be if you let go?”
Two actuaries are duck hunting. They see a duck in the air and they both shoot.
The first actuary’s shot is 20 feet wide to the left.
The second actuary’s shot is 20 feet wide to the right.
The actuaries give each other high fives, because on average they shot it.”
The internet connection at my farm is really sketchy…
So I moved the modem to the barn.
Now I have stable WiFi!
Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging of how great their fathers are.
The first one says, “Well, my dad runs the fastest. He can fire an arrow, and start to run, I tell you, he gets there before the arrow.”
The second one says, “Ha! You think that’s fast! My dad’s a ball player. He can throw a ball and be there before the ball lands on the ground.”
The third one listens to the other two and shakes his head. He then says, “You two know nothing about fast. My dad is a civil servant. He stops working at 4:30 and he is home by 3:45.”
I’d been working on my business degree for about a year when I finally got to take a popular finance course. I went to the bookstore to buy the text and was shocked to find out that it would cost me $96. I asked how much it was worth if I sold it back at the end of the semester.
“You’ll get $24,” said the clerk.
“This is insane,” I protested as I wrote out the check.
“I know,” replied the clerk sympathetically. “I’ve always thought that a person who buys a book for $96 and then sells it back for $24 should fail the course.”
A software manager, a hardware manager, and a marketing manager are driving to a meeting when a tire blows. They get out of the car and look at the problem.
The software manager says, “I can’t do anything about this – it’s a hardware problem.”
The hardware manager says, “Maybe if we turned the car off and on again, it would fix itself.”
The marketing manager says, “Hey, 75% of it is working – let’s ship it!”
How did the girl break up with tractor salesman?
She sent him a John Deere letter.
My son thinks I set the bar too high for him as a child.
It seems like he never got over it.
I set aside a dollar every time a woman found me unattractive…
Now they are starting to find me attractive…
Doctor: “Have you been drinking fluids?”
Patient: “Jeez, Doc, that’s literally all I drink.”
Some things are just better left unsaid…
Which I usually realize right after I’ve said them.
The person sitting next to me on a flight was a woman. Ever the charmer, I used one of my pick-up lines on her.
I asked, “Does the airline charge you extra for sitting next to good-looking men?”
“Yes,” she replied, “but I wasn’t willing to pay.”
What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a tricycle and a well-dressed man on a bicycle?
Mrs. Applebee, the 6th grade teacher, posed the following problem to one of her math classes:
“A wealthy man dies and leaves ten million dollars. One-fifth is to go to his wife, one-fifth is to go to his son, one-sixth to his butler, and the rest to charity. Now, what does each get?”
After a very long silence in the classroom, little Morris raised his hand. The teacher called on Morris for his answer. With complete sincerity in his voice, little Morris answered, “A good lawyer.”
The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front door. “Lady,” he announced, “I’m the piano tuner.”
The lady exclaimed, “Why, I didn’t send for a piano tuner.”
The man replied, “I know, but your neighbors did.”
One day at a local café, a woman suddenly called out, “My daughter’s choking! She swallowed a nickel! Please, anyone, help!”
Immediately a man at a nearby table rushed up to her and said he was experienced in these situations. He calmly stepped over to the girl, then with no look of concern, wrapped his arms around her and squeezed. Out popped the nickel.
The man returned to his table as if nothing had happened.
“Thank you!” the mother cried. “Tell me, are you a doctor?”
“No,” the man replied. “I work for the IRS.”
A young banker decided to get his first tailor made suit. So he went to the finest tailor in town and got measured for a suit. A week later he went in for his first fitting. He put on the suit and he looked stunning, he felt that in this suit he can do business. As he was preening himself in front of the mirror he reached down to put his hands in the pockets and to his surprise he noticed that there were no pockets.
He mentioned this to the tailor who asked him, “Didn’t you tell me you were a banker?”
The young man answered, “Yes, I did.”
To this the tailor said, “Who ever heard of a banker with his hands in his own pockets?”
Some people wake up feeling like a million bucks…
I wake up feeling more like “Insufficient Funds”.
Bob was sitting on the plane at Cleveland waiting to fly to Chicago, when a guy took the seat beside him. The guy was an emotional wreck, pale hands shaking in fear.
“What’s the matter, afraid of flying?” Bob asked.
“No, it’s not that. I’ve been transferred to Chicago. The people are crazy there, right? Lots of shootings, gangs, race riots, drugs, poor schools, and the highest crime rate in the USA.”
Bob replied, “I’ve lived in Chicago all my life. It’s not as bad as the media says. Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business, and enroll your kids in a nice private school. I’ve worked there for 14 years and never had the slightest trouble.”
The guy relaxed and stopped shaking and said, “Oh, thank you. I’ve been worried to death, but if you’ve lived and worked there all those years and say its OK, I’ll take your word for it. What do you do for a living?”
“I’m a tail gunner on a Budweiser truck…”
Easter is one of my favorite holidays with the kids. They get to run loose, and we always have our family and loved ones all around us!
Those have a short Lent who owe money to be paid at Easter.
And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life – it lives in the constant present.
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.
Dwight L. Moody
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Schuller
“Two thousand years ago Jesus is crucified, three days later he walks out of a cave and they celebrate with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps and beautifully decorated eggs. I guess these were things Jesus loved as a child.”
“The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.”
Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.
Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune
Starting over is an acceptance of a past we can’t change, an unrelenting conviction that the future can be different, and the stubborn wisdom to use the past to make the future what the past was not.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The fasts are done; the Aves said;
The moon has filled her horn
And in the solemn night I watch
Before the Easter morn.
So pure, so still the starry heaven,
So hushed the brooding air,
I could hear the sweep of an angel’s wings
If one should earthward fare.
Edna Dean Proctor, “Easter Morning”
But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
My God shall raise me up, I trust.
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”
“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”
“The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense – the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”
William F. Buckley
“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”
In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.
[DEA Administrative Law Judge – 1988]”
“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”
“The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.”
Alex E. Jones
Perseverance is also key to success in any endeavor, but without perseverance in combat, there can be no victory.
As a combat veteran, I know the cost of war.
I’ve had some ‘riotous excursions of the human spirit’ alongside the young Sailors and Marines, and it’s time to leave the stage to the young leaders who got their rank the old-fashioned way – they earned their stripes in combat.
As a combat medic, I heard a lot of last words; I saw a lot of last breaths taken.
I was in Congress for six months, and they put me on blood pressure medication. I flew helicopters in combat and I was fine, and I survived 13 months in recovery in the hospital… I got to Congress, and six months later I’m on blood pressure medication. Fourteen months later, they doubled the dosage!
My own life changed when my father returned from his second combat tour in Vietnam. When he came home after almost a year in Army hospitals, he weighed less than half of what he did when he left. I watched the agonizing recovery, and that experience was on my mind when I was asked to come to VA.
In 1967, I signed up for the Army, where I earned an equivalency diploma, then went on to join the Special Forces. That was really was the turning point in my life. I became more disciplined and focused. I went overseas and was in combat, got wounded a couple of times, lost a lot of good friends but matured a great deal.
As an infantry officer who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, I have led men in combat and trained them on tactics and strategy. The mission of the infantry is to ‘close with, and destroy, the enemy.’ Our job, in a direct way, is to fight and win wars.
From Clara Barton’s tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women.
But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans of America continued to struggle to establish a combat badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics.
There is an essential difference between someone who harms a child on purpose and someone who harms a child by accident during combat in civilian territory.
I don’t think I would have written a combat novel if I had just had peacetime military training. I think, in fact, I probably would have remained a poet and just written a short story every now and then.
“When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.”
“We need to wake up from a thought that lasts too long.”
“He that would govern others, first should be The Master of himself.”
“It is so easy to be confrontive without being informative; indignant without being intelligent; impulsive without being insightful.”
Neal A. Maxwell
“He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king.”
“It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own.”
Samurai maxim and Chinese adage
“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”
Charles Robert Darwin
“You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself … the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment … And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses.”
“No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy – unless you let him.”
“Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure? they govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think: every effort we can make to throw off our subjection, will serve but to demonstrate and confirm it.”
“Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom’s root.”
“Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”
“Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.”
James Russell Lowell
“As long as I have you there is just one other thing I’ll always need – tremendous self control.”
“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”
“Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.”
“Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.”
“Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
“We can’t undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.”
“Finding happiness should not be seen as finding a needle in a haystack. Happiness is within. Each day is a blessing that brings an abundance of happiness. Therefore, finding happiness should be like finding a gift in a stack of gifts.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”
“The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished.”
“A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“A very small percentage of the people in this world will actually experience and live today. So many people will be stuck on another day, another time that traumatized them and caused them to spiritually stutter so they miss out on this day.”
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes gain.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
“Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.”
“Connecting with those you know you love, like and appreciate you restore the spirit and give you the energy to keep moving forward in this life.”
Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW!
“For the yesterdays and today’s, and the tomorrows I can hardly wait for – Thank you.”
Cecelia Ahern, The Book of Tomorrow
“The honey doesn’t taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much.
But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we’ll have everything – every minute of the time that we spent.”
Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
“Not having money to spend doesn’t mean we can’t have well-spent moments every day.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity
“In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted.
It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her. ”
John McCain, Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir
“Be thankful for your allotment in an imperfect world. Though better circumstances can be imagined, far worse are nearer misses than you probably care to realize.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, and Grumblings for Every Day of the Year
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
“The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out.
One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”
Appreciation can make a day—even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”
Ralph H. Blum
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.”
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
“Every morning, I wake up and think about 10 different things I’m thankful for, and I continue to spread that love throughout the day, always visualizing, meditating, and growing.”
“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.”
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
Roy T. Bennett
“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:
Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable.
Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
If you can’t do anytime about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.
Early success is a terrible teacher. You’re essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can’t do it. You don’t know how.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
Start where you are.
Start with fear.
Start with pain.
Start with doubt.
Start with hands shaking.
Start with voice trembling, but start.
Start and don’t stop.
Start where you are with what you have.
Be patient and tough; someday with pain will be useful to you.
Don’t die before you’re dead.
You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.
“Before Alice got to Wonderland, she had to fall pretty hard down a very deep hole.”
A 4 year degree attained after 7 years is still a degree.
A graduation at the age of 50 is still a graduation.
A Mercedes bought at the age of 65 is still a Mercedes.
Don’t let people bully you with their timelines of success.
And now I’ll do what’s best for me.
You have the power to change your life at any given moment.
Never forget that.
I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.
Some people will only like you if you fit inside their box. Don’t be afraid to shove that box up their ass!
Beware of the temptation to give up what you want most for what you want now.
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.
William Sloane Coffin Jr.
The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.
Louisa May Alcott
No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it.
What comes, when it comes, will be what it is.
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together.
We must recognize that our crises emerge from clinging too tightly to a single story.
I’m always pulling away from the rational. I think that maybe the unfathomable is the magnet in the world that, if we allow ourselves, we are drawn to.
Life is like carrying a message from the child you were to the old man you’ll become, without losing it along the way.
It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.
The first duty of love is to listen.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is — infinite.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Healing begins by embracing the state of not knowing in the spaciousness of the mind so that in the darkness a flicker of light can be seen.
The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.
If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.