“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
“It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.”
“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.”
“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves even when we risk disappointing others.”
“When I see people stand fully in their truth, or when I see someone fall down, get back up, and say, ‘Damn. That really hurt, but this is important to me and I’m going in again’—my gut reaction is, ‘What a badass.’”
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.”
“Talk about your failures without apologizing.”
“Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending—to rise strong, recognize our story, and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we think, Yes. This is what happened. And I will choose how the story ends.”
Quotes & Memes
“Sometimes you get what you want. Other times, you get a lesson in patience, timing, alignment, empathy, compassion, faith, perseverance, resilience, humility, trust, meaning, awareness, resistance, purpose, clarity, grief, beauty, and life. Either way, you win.”
“The only person you can now or ever change is yourself. The only person that it is your business to control is yourself.”
“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
“Don’t use a lot where a little will do.”
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
“The one thing you learn is when you can step out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, you see what you’re made of and who you are.”
“Never be afraid to try new things and make some mistakes. It’s all part of life and learning.”
“Distrust and caution are the parents of security”
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
Leonard Bernstein – 1918-1990 – Conductor-Composer-Pianist
Problem-solving is hunting; it is savage pleasure and we are born to it.
Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination.
Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.
I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realize that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.
I would like to paint the way a bird sings.
A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these.
Marjorie Allen Seiffert
I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
Placemaking shows people just how powerful collective vision can be.
Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.
We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.
There’s a thin line between losing & winning. Losing breeds winners. The main recipe to success is through failures & hardships!
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You have to be serious about what you do but you mustn’t take yourself seriously.
actor, writer, producer, director
You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.
Tina Fey – Actress-Comedian-Writer-Producer
You have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life?
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott,
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
George Bernard Shaw
“Earn more while you’re sleeping than you can spend when you’re awake.”
How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we’re just so small.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Jim Rohn – 1930-2009 – American Entrepreneur-Author
“Fear was the terrible secret of the battlefiled and could afflict the brave as well as the timid. Worse it was contagious, and could destroy a unit before a battle even began. Because of that, commanders were first and foremost in the fear suppression business.”
David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
“A military situation at its worst can inspire fighting men to perform at their best.”
Marguerite Higgins, War in Korea: The Report of a Woman Combat Correspondent
“Duty, Honor, Country” — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn…”
“A retreat to Pusan would be one of the greatest bloodbaths in American history. We must fight until the end…. If some of us must die, we will die fighting together. Any man who gives ground may be personally responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of his comrades. I want everybody to understand that we are going to hold this line. We are going to win.”
Gen. Walton Walker
“Retreat Hell! We’re just attacking in another direction.”
Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, CG of the 1st Marine Division in Korea (1950), regarding his order for Marines to move southeast to the Hamhung area from the Hagaru perimeter.
“We’ve been looking for the enemy for several days now, we’ve finally found them. We’re surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them.”
Attributed to Colonel Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller during the Chosin Reservoir campaign in Korea, November 1950. Quoted in Marine! The Life of LtGen Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller, USMC (Ret.)
“The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight. The Reds told us they were afraid to tangle with the Marines and avoided them when they could be located.”
Major General Frank E. Lowe, USA, Presidential observer on Korean War, in the Washington Daily News 26 Jan 1952.
All of my high school male teachers were WWII and/or Korean War veterans. They taught my brothers and me the value of service to our country and reinforced what our dad had shown us about the meaning of service.
“When I think of immigration, I want to think of families. I want to think of unity. I want to think of a safe place, you know, free of persecution, a place where we can welcome a child that is hungry.”
We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.
Woods and fields are a table always spread.
Henry David Thoreau
The question is not ‘Can you make a difference?’ You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet.
Julia Butterfly Hill
Rewilding is about humility, about stepping back.
If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religions is a sacred duty.
I think what art can do is give hope. Real hope.
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.
Love sacrifices all things to bless the thing it loves..
I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live.
The world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in her own wings. Always believe in yourself.
Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Harper Lee – 1926-2016 – Novelist
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
Arianna Huffington – Author-Columnist-Businesswoman
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Tolstoy wrote with the precision of the artist and the passion of the scientist.
It’s paradoxical and it’s fantastically benevolent that we can feel deeply in contact with the world around us as, and really only as, we cultivate that deep contact within ourselves.
Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.
When you change the way you see people, your experience of people changes.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Ultimately, all moments are really one, therefore now is an eternity.
Grief and joy and love — it’s all part of the same spectrum. I’m grieving because I loved someone so much.
Every day I make a choice to transcend the negative and use every moment that there is breath in this body to positively impact the world around me.
“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimise the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”
“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.”
“Shame works like the zoom lens on a camera. When we are feeling shame, the camera is zoomed in tight and all we see is our flawed selves, alone and struggling.”
“Our stories are not meant for everyone. Hearing them is a privilege, and we should always ask ourselves this before we share: “Who has earned the right to hear my story?” If we have one or two people in our lives who can sit with us and hold space for our shame stories, and love us for our strengths and struggles, we are incredibly lucky. If we have a friend, or small group of friends, or family who embraces our imperfections, vulnerabilities, and power, and fills us with a sense of belonging, we are incredibly lucky.”
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
“Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame.”
“When I look at narcissism through the vulnerability lens, I see the shame-based fear of being ordinary. I see the fear of never feeling extraordinary enough to be noticed, to be lovable, to belong, or to cultivate a sense of purpose.”
“If you can’t ask for help without self-judgment, you cannot offer help without judging others.”
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
“Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in.”
“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”
“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”
“Courage is contagious. A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture. Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.”
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”
“Until we can receive with an open heart, we’re never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.”
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”
“When we work from a place, I believe, that says ‘I’m enough,’ then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”
“A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor. They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance. The problem is, when we stop caring what people think and stop feeling hurt by cruelty, we lose our ability to connect. But when we’re defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable. Therefore, we need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.”
“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.”
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”
Of all the species that need rewilding, I think human beings come at the top of the list. I would love to see a more intense and emotional engagement of human beings with the living world.
No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
One foggy morning 30 years ago Bob Sadler was out looking for the perfect photo along a riverbank. A rowing competition was on. A homeless man happened by, looked at him and said, “I suppose the question for you is–are you an artist or are you just an observer with a camera?”
In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.
The more you study delight, the more delight there is to study…I felt my life to be more full of delight. Not without sorrow or fear or pain or loss. But more full of delight.
Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: The Book of Delights: Poet and Gardener Ross Gay’s Yearlong Experiment in Willful Gladness
If you brew your own cauldron, magic will surely happen.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.
Brene Brown – Professor-Lecturer-Author
A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
That’s all it took to solve problems — just sense.
A book is a friend. You can never have too many.
“Do your little bit of good where you are: it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
Roy T. Bennett
It’s a big world out there. Take a moment today to get out into it. Stuck at home? Look through museum collections online. Use Google VR on your smartphone to visit amazing places. Dream up somewhere knew. Be kind.
We’re into 20 months of pandemic combined with economic and political uncertainty, kids in and out of school, boosters, vaccines, and… It’s a lot. This is simply a season of our lives, a tree ring, if you will. This will pass.
You worked to get the house and the truck decorated Everyone is invited! You’ve got your costume on the dog or the cat. Remember to be kind — to yourself and to others.
Here’s your plan for the week: Wake up, move your body, kick ass, BE KIND, unwind, repeat! Happy Monday!
This is your Sunday reminder that you can handle anything the coming week throws at you.
What do you need right now? A day in bed? Time in peace and quiet? A good book? Peace in your heart and mind? Now is the time to beef up your self-care. Take that bath. Sleep an extra hour. Do something fun just because. Take care of yourself!