Perspective August 17, 2016

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
John Milton
Paradise Lost

“You know that feeling when you just have to go out and find someone new or the world will die on you?”
John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” Robert Holden

“You don’t let go of an unhealthy relationship because you stop caring about them. You let go because you finally start caring about you.”
Charles Orlando

Perspective August 16, 2016

It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
J.K. Rowling,

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882).

“It’s not about saying the right things. It’s about doing the right things.”

Perspective August 15, 2016

“We are a work in progress with a lifetime contract.”
Phyllis Koss

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
Charlotte Bronte, 1816-1855

“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

Tunnel Vision?
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
Swami Vivekananda,
monk and teacher

Perception August 12, 2016

People will always try to stop you doing the right thing if it is unconventional.
Warren Buffett,
businessman, investor and philanthropist

“Confidence isn’t ‘They will like me.” It’s ‘I’m perfectly fine if they don’t.’ ”

“Such as are your habitual thoughts; such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius

August 11, 2016

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh

“Your emotions are meant to fluctuate, just like your blood pressure is meant to fluctuate. It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.”
Daniel Gilbert

“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.”
Eckhart Tolle

Perception August 10, 2016

Books have the power to have us feel empathy and have us experience the thrill of a journey of someone else.
Laura Moulton

“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
Virginia Woolf

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli,
political leader and writer

All cruelty springs from weakness.

August 9, 2016

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller,
writer and political activist

“Yet occasionally we discover in the folds of an old handkerchief a shell or insignificant stone that had once embodied our happiest of afternoons.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids

“Feelings come and go like clouds in the sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.
Washington Irving,
writer, historian and diplomat

Perception August 8, 2016

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626

“All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.”
Kabir, 1440-1518

“He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost.”
Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
Dale Carnegie,
writer, lecturer and leadership consultant

“Even if it seems like it’s taking too long for what we want to arrive, it’s better to stay with the ache than abandon the desire.”
Danielle Laporte

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Samuel Johnson,

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 17:22

In all these years I’ve learned, I hope, “not to take what is not given.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast