Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha
“Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel.”
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another—and ourselves.”
“When the wrong people leave your life, the right things start to happen.”
“I’d rather be honest and authentic and disappoint some people than to exhaust myself trying to keep up the façade of perfection.”
“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known…”
“There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there.”
“Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal.”
“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”
“Remember how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”
“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”
“As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter how ill or how despairing you may be feeling in a given moment.”
“Love yourself like your life depends on it. Because it does.”
“Give without remembering. Receive without forgetting.”
Quotes courtesy of Lori Deschene/Tiny Buddha
Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin
“Life is short, and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!”
Henri Frederic Amiel, Journal
“And there was, in those Ipswich years, for me at least, a raw educational component; though I used to score well in academic tests, I seemed to know very little of how the world worked and was truly grateful for instruction, whether it was how to stroke a backhand, mix a martini, use a wallpaper steamer, or do the Twist. My wife, too, seemed willing to learn. Old as we must have looked to our children, we were still taking lessons, in how to be grown-up.”
John Updike, Self-Consciousness
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”
“I’m glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears. I can remember, really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when I was seven or eight years old and thinking, ‘This is where I belong, this is it.’”
E. B. White, letter to Stanley Hart White January 1947
“Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of salvation,
My gown of glory, hope’s true gage;
And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage.”
Sir Walter Raleigh, His Pilgrimage
“When things are taking their ordinary course, it is hard to remember what matters.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.
“On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.”
“Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, is a band of noble heroes– is our Army of the Dead.”
“What I can do for my country, I am willing to do.”
“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot J. Savage
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
Adlai Stevenson II
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
James A. Garfield
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”
George S. Patton
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
Be a man of principle. Fight for what you believe in. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something back to society. Lead from the front. Conquer your fears. Be a good friend. Be humble and be self-confident. Appreciate your friends and family. Be a leader and not a follower. Be valorous on the field of battle. And take responsibility for your actions. Never forget those that were killed. And never let rest those that killed them.
Kapitulik said the creed came from the man who knew Zembiec the longest, as indicated by the Major’s written description: “Principles my father taught me.”
Killing is not wrong if it’s for a purpose, if it’s to keep your nation free or protect your buddy. One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy.
Major Douglas Alexander Zembiec (April 14, 1973 – May 11, 2007), the “Lion of Fallujah” and also referred to as the “Unapologetic Warrior” was an officer in the United States Marine Corps and member of the CIA’s Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch who was killed in action while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is best known for his actions during Operation Vigilant Resolve, which were detailed in the book No True Glory: A Front-line Account of the Battle of Fallujah by Bing West and for an article that ran in the Wall Street Journal following his death.
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
John C. Maxwell
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
“Some lean back. But those who lean forward are poised to cross the finish-line, first!”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
John Quincy Adams
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”
“The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.”
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
Men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet, perhaps, as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.
writer and cleric
The sun is a daily reminder that we too can rise again from darkness
Hope will never be silent.
Only do what your heart tells you.
If we treated ourselves as well as we treated our best friend, can you imagine?
In complete darkness, it is only knowledge and wisdom that separates us.
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.”
H. Jackson Brown
There are many things that seem impossible only so long as one does not attempt them.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
19 of the coolest military unit mottos
Just about every military unit has a motto of sorts, but some are way cooler than others.
From “get some” to “fire from the clouds,” we looked around the world for some of the military’s best mottos. Here’s what we found:
1. “Whatever It Takes”
1st Battalion, 4th Marines: Stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, 1/4 is an infantry battalion that has been fighting battles since its first combat operation in the Dominican Republic in 1916. That’s also where 1st Lt. Ernest Williams earned the Medal of Honor — the first for the battalion.
2. “Get Some”
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines: Based at the northern edge of Camp Pendleton, California, the “Dark Horse” battalion is one of the most-decorated battalions in the Marine Corps.
3. “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”
US Navy SEALs: SEAL training isn’t easy, and neither is the day-to-day job. While individual SEAL Teams, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Coronado, Calif., and Little Creek, Va., have their own mottos and phrases, the community’s feeling about hard work is summed up in this motto.
4. “Balls of the Corps”
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines: “The Thundering Third” is stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and has a notable former member in Gen. Joseph Dunford, the current commandant of the Marine Corps.
5. “Peace Through Strength”
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76): Commissioned in 2003, the Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-powered supercarrier homeported in Coronado, Calif. Named after the 40th president, the “Gipper” takes its motto from a mantra Reagan adopted while countering the Soviet Union.
6. “We Quell the Storm, and Ride the Thunder”
3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines: “The Betio Bastards” of 3/2 are based at Camp Lejeune, and have been heavily involved in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The battalion is perhaps best known for its fight on Tarawa in 1943.
7. “Retreat Hell”
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines: It was in the trenches of World War I where 2/5 got its motto. When told by a French officer that his unit should retreat from the defensive line, Capt. Lloyd Williams replied, “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” With combat service going back to 1914, 2/5 is the most decorated battalion in Marine history.
8. “Molon Labe” (Greek for “Come and take them”)
I Army Corps (Greece): This former Greek Army unit (disbanded in 2013) had the Spartans’ King Leonidas to thank for its awesome motto. When the Persians told them to lay down their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas defiantly responded in the most badass way possible.
9. “Better to die than to be a coward”
The Royal Gurkha Rifles (United Kingdom): The Gurkha Rifles are a very unique regiment of the British Army, since its members are recruited from Nepal. Known as the “bravest of the brave,” the battlefield heroics of the Gurkhas made international headlines in 2010, with the actions of Cpl. Dipprasad Pun.
While alone at a Helmand checkpoint that became surrounded by 12 to 30 Taliban fighters, Pun shot more than 400 rounds, chucked 17 grenades, set off a Claymore mine, and even threw his tripod from his machine gun at a bad guy. He received the second highest military award for his heroics, The Daily Mail reported.
10. “Facta Non Verba” (Latin for “Deeds, Not Words”)
Joint Task Force 2 (Canada): Based out of Ottawa, Canada, JTF 2 is an elite special operations force. It’s basically Canada’s version of Navy SEAL Team 6. The unit has deployed all over the world, although most of its actions remain secret.
11. “Mors Ab Alto” (Latin for “Death from Above”)
7th Bomb Wing: Stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, it’s one of only two B-1B Lancer bomber wings in the Air Force.
12. “Ready for All, Yielding to None”
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines: Stationed at Twentynine Palms, California, the battalion’s current motto is a slight variation on its Vietnam-era one: “Ready for Anything, Counting on Nothing.”
13. “Si vis pacem, para bellum” (Latin for “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”)
Royal Navy (United Kingdom): The Royal Navy’s motto is a lot like the USS Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength,” except a bit more badass. The latin phrase comes from Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, a Roman author who penned the Iron Age version of a military technical manual.
14. “Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen!” (German for “learn to suffer without complaining!”)
Kampfschwimmer (Germany): This elite unit from Germany wants its members to know they should just suck it up. Which makes sense, since the Kampfschwimmers of the German Navy are that country’s version of US Navy SEALs. Like most other special operations forces, its size and operations are classified.
15. “De Oppresso Liber” (Latin for “To liberate the oppressed”)
U.S. Army Special Forces: Created in 1952, Special Forces is known for producing elite warriors, with a primary focus on unconventional warfare and foreign internal defense. With those tasks, many soldiers have lived up to the motto, by going to both friendly and un-friendly nations to train and support militaries, rebel groups, and engaged in combat around the world.
16. “Semper Malus” (Latin for “Always Ugly”)
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362): This helicopter unit nicknamed “Ugly Angels,” is stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and holds the proud distinction of being the first aircraft unit ashore in Vietnam.
17. “Fire From The Clouds”
33rd Fighter Wing: Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the wing’s mission is to train F-35 pilots and maintainers.
18. “Swift, Silent, Deadly”
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Recon Battalions: Reconnaissance Marines are trained for special missions, raids, and you guessed it: reconnaissance. For these three battalions, stationed at Camps Lejeune, Pendleton, and Schwab, the motto pretty much sums up what they can do.
19. “Make Peace or Die”
1st Battalion, 5th Marines: Nicknamed “Geronimo,” the Camp Pendleton based 1/5 has been involved in every major U.S. engagement since World War I. Most recently, the battalion has been deployed to Darwin, Australia as the Corps tries to “pivot to the Pacific.”
Quotes courtesy of Daily Good
Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.
Henri Frederic Amiel
We must believe it is darkest before the dawn of a new world. We will see it when we believe it.
In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when everyone knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not.
Ecocide demands a response. That response is too important to be left to politicians, economists, conceptual thinkers, number crunchers; too all-pervasive to be left to activists or campaigners. Artists are needed.
Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine
Life seems to have one question it asks us over and over: will you have your heart broken with something you care about?
Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of “you’re not alone.”
“Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others. Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful.”
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
philosopher and historian
The basis of insincerity is the idealized image we hold of ourselves and wish to impose on others.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture”
“Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.”
Leigh Mitchell Hodges
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”
“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”
Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.
Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness
If you’re kind to me, I will be kind to you. If you are cruel to me and others, I shall be wish you well and let you go.
Inside of you lives a child who longs for freedom and wonder. Today, give yourself some time to day dream. Be kind to the child in you.
The Girl’s Guide to Loving Life gives us a “To Do” list: 1. Count my blessings, 2. Practice KINDNESS, 3. Let go of what I can’t control, 4. Listen to my heart, 5. Be productive yet calm, 6. Just breathe.
What if this week we follow this simply prescription: Smile on your brother, Get together, Try to love one another.
A lot of us are angry now. Rather than spread our anger, what if we spread our kindness instead?
What do you see when you look out on the landscape of your life? No kindness in sight? What are YOU going to do about it? Change your landscape. Be kind.
Let kind words fill your mouth. They will crowd out the angry, hopeless rant. You will feel better.
This week, let’s make an effort to notice the kindness that surrounds us. It’s there. We simply don’t see it. Cynicism = broken heartedness, not intelligence. Kindness is real. Kindness is there. Just notice it.
You draw your life with every action and word. Are you drawing a kind life?
You won’t remember these ridiculous people. You’ll remember being kind. Be kind.
Be kind to you. Be kind to them. You don’t have to judge or figure out or heal or fix or make better. You are simply called to be kind.
Keep track of the times you are lucky today.
Write three than you notes that simply say: “Thanks for being you.”
This is your LIFE. What will you fill it with? Make it kind.
We live in a desperately lonely time. Cruelty breeds in loneliness. Take a moment to be kind. One kind act can help break though your loneliness and that of someone else. Reach out. Be kind. Connect
Oh it’s that jerk again!! You want to slap him. If you wish to really twist his panties, be kind. He won’t know what to do with it.
In general, people are kind in their interactions with each other. Who is listening to you? Who has touched you? Who asks you ‘how are you’? Who gives you a kind word? They are there. I know this because human beings cannot survive without these things. You’re here — notice who is being kind to you.
Your path is kindness. Kindness is your path. Never forget — the kind acts of unknown others lay at your feet.
Everywhere you go, plant kindness.
The cold of winter is soon to give way to the wet of spring. What will you grow this spring? How about planting a large plot of kindness?
Life is too short to waste time. Doing nothing is an expensive choice.
It costs $0.00 to be a decent person.
What comes easy won’t last. What lasts, won’t come easy.