The first thing that we know about ourselves is our imperfection.
It is never too late to reform, as long as you have the sense to desire it, and the strength to execute your purpose.
An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
statesman and diplomat
Accept the fact that some people didn’t intend to let you down. Their best is just less than you expected.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
If you live for people’s acceptance, you will die from their rejection.
It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.
Everybody says they’re trying to get their piece of the pie.
They don’t realize that the world is a kitchen.
You can make your own pie.
Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.
The first thing that we know about ourselves is our imperfection.
The path to truly new, never-been-done-before things always has failure along the way. It’s supposed to be hard.
businesswoman and technology developer
We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
biologist and conservationist
I seemed to have no choice but to go for it, so with my heart in my mouth, I did, figuring that if not now, then when? if not me, then who?
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little what sparks a light in you.
Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else understood if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think.
You don’t get into something to test the waters, you go into things to make waves.
Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others.
When someone tells you it can’t be done, it’s more a reflection of their limitations, not yours.
Be proud of who you are, and not ashamed of how someone else sees you.
Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and watching it blossom into a breathtaking flower of mutual understanding; and the possibility of being wholly misunderstood, reduced to a withering weed.
Perception Is A Mirror
You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave.
Every response you make
to everything you perceive
is up to you,
because your mind determines
your perception of it.
You cannot be aware without interpretation,
for what you perceive is your interpretation.
Understand that you do not respond
to anything directly,
but to your interpretation of it.
Your interpretation thus becomes
the justification for the response.
Perception selects, and makes the world you see.
It literally picks it out as the mind directs.
The laws of size and shape and brightness
would hold, perhaps,
if other things were equal.
They are not equal.
For what you look for
you are far more likely to discover
than what you would prefer to overlook.
The world can teach no images of you
unless you want to learn them.
Reality needs no cooperation from you to be itself.
But your awareness of it needs your help.
Perception is a choice
of what you want yourself to be;
the world you want to live in,
and the state in which you think your mind
will be content and satisfied.
It chooses where you think your safety lies, at your decision.
It reveals yourself to you as you would have you be.
And always is it faithful to your purpose.
Let us be glad that you will see what you believe,
and that it has been given you to change
what you believe.
If you perceive truly
you are canceling out misperceptions
in yourself and in others simultaneously.
Because you see them as they are,
you offer them your acceptance of their truth
so they can accept it for themselves.
Let us not rest content
until the world has joined our changed perception.
Let us not be satisfied until forgiveness has been made complete.
As I share the peace of the world with my brothers,
I begin to understand
that this peace comes from deep within myself.
Excerpted from “Gifts from a Course in Miracles”. Edited by Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh.
Quotes courtesy of Daily Good
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?
In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes
The Zuni maps remind all of us that we, too, must take the time to deeply listen, to hear and share stories in which we and the land have equal voice.
Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Some people say the longest path we will ever walk is from our head to our heart. What I call the path of Heartmindfulness.
Pancho Ramos Stierle
You are an important person just the way you are.
Fred McFeely Rogers
Huh, think about the circumstances before going after this person. Your time is valuable and it might be better spent.
Go after that person who said the offensive thing. Form a relationship with them. Invest.
And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for in our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.
A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more
Rosabeth Moss Kantor
The inner work can be so much harder than the outer work and so underrated. But its so necessary.
It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
A mind that has no walls, that is not burdened with its own acquisitions, accumulations, with its own knowledge, a mind that lives timelessly, insecurely – to such a mind, life is an extraordinary thing. Such a mind is life itself, because life has no resting place.
Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel.
We’re all just walking each other home.
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
Be kind when you post. You never know who’s heart you might break.
Claudia Hall Christian
“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
“Kindness is just love with its workboots on.”
Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith
“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”
Oscar de la Renta
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
director, actor and producer
Give your mind a break from the “world’s a mess” — “Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.”
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
“The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
“If not us, who? If not now, when?”
John F. Kennedy
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
“Life offers so many great choices, all you have to do is to see them.”
“Life offers you so many doors, it is up to you which to open and which one to close.”
Don’t put limitations on yourself. Other people will do that for you.
It isn’t more light we need, it’s putting into practice what light we already have. When we do that, wonderful things will happen within our lives and within our world.
“Get out of your head and get into your body. Think less and feel more.”
“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
I’m hyperventilating a little bit. If I fall over, pick me up ‘cause I’ve got some things to say.
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
businessman and politician
We must dare to be great, and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.
26th US president
“You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.”
For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true.
poet and philosopher
On the surface: cool as a cucumber.
On the inside, squirrel in traffic.
Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of the high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision see obstacles as opportunities.
Don’t make a change to complicated. Just begin.
Another day, another opportunity to be amazing.
Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get Drunk!
In life you are either a passenger or a pilot. It’s your choice.
You’re the driver of your own life, don’t let anyone steal your seat.
Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I.”
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
“The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.”
“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. “
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.”
For the faithful, the patient, the hermetically pure, all the important things in this world — not life and death, perhaps, which are merely words, but the important things — work out rather beautifully.
The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
I am happy because I am grateful. I choose to be grateful. That gratitude allows me to be happy.
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
John Cotton Dana,
Frustration. It winds you up and can take so much out of you.
Because it not only sucks energy but also distracts you and can steal quite a bit of time.
So what can you do?
Well, sometimes that frustration can actually be a positive and can give you a new idea or angle on things. Or it can give you the power to keep going just a little bit more until you reach your goal.
But when you start going in circles, when the frustration just makes you mad or your mind foggy and the day is starting to slip through your fingers then there are steps you can take.
There are ways to turn such a state of mind or day around.
Into something better. Into something more helpful. And into something that will make you feel better again.