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Quotes September 07, 2021

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness


A house has a physical definition; a home has a spiritual one.”
Jamaica Kincaid, My Garden (Book)
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
“Every man’s spice-box seasons his own food.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.”
John Burroughs, “The Snow-Walkers,” In the Catskills
“We read books to find out who we are.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Language of the Night
“Every beginning
is only a sequel, after all,
and the book of events
is always open halfway through.”
Wislawa Szymborska, “Love at First Sight”
“In Paris a scrap of garden is more ravishing than a whole park in the country.”
Marcel Proust, Time Regained
“As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent.”
Octavia Butler, “Furor Scribendi,” Bloodchild and Other Stories
“One’s life begins on so many occasions, constructing itself out of accident derived from coincidence compounded by character.”
Donald Hall, Unpacking the Boxes
“Nothing is so simultaneously familiar and alien as that which has been present all along.”
Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing
Happy people make me happy, but I can’t make someone be happy, and no one else can make me happy.
By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.
Gretchen Rubin

Quotes September 06, 2021

“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”
Pearl S. Buck
“The miracle is not that we do the work, but that we are happy to do it.”
Mother Teresa
Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.”
Ralph Ransom
“Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.”
Theodore Roosevelt
“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.”
Arnold J. Toynbee
“A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.”
Elbert Hubbard
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.”
Donovan Bailey

Quotes September 05, 2021

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.”
Anais Nin
“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
Georgia O’Keefe
It takes courage to get through the day now. Crazy variants to a deadly virus, weird politics, chaotic people… It’s a lot. You are courageous enough. You are able enough.
There is beauty in this wild and crazy world. Give yourself a chance to see it, if only through your computer screen. Visit a famous museum. Read a books from a library. Meet someone new online. This is your life — get creative about drawing beauty into your life.
Wear your mask. Ignore the screamers like they are the head nun and your skirt is too short.
Listen, I know it’s easy to laugh at the stupidity and rage at the cruelty. Mocking and rage may feel like your strengths — but they are not. Kindness is powerful. Be kind. Stay within your own power.
This week, why not reach out to yourself with kindness? What do you need, now? What are you dreaming of? What would it take to light up hope inside you again?
In this time of peoples’ crazy antics, raging viruses, economic uncertainty, and all of the bs — share your love with someone today. Being kind is a way of sharing your love. Kindness is love in action.
Dark storm clouds in your life and on your mind? Beyond every storm is clear blue sky. Hang on. These storms will pass. You will rebuild.
The kindest thing you can do for yourself and the world is to get a Covid-19 vaccine, wear your mask, keep space between you and others, and wash your hands. Be kind to yourself and to others.
Don’t let fear steal away your goals and dreams.
Fall is coming.

This is the season of change in the form of letting go.

What are you going to let go of?

Quotes September 04, 2021

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
Daniel Webster,
lawyer, statesman
That’s most interesting. But I was no more a mind-reader then than today. I was weeping for an altogether different reason. When I watched you dancing that day, I saw something else. I saw a new world coming rapidly. More scientific, efficient, yes. More cures for the old sicknesses. Very good. But a harsh, cruel world. And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go. That is what I saw. It wasn’t really you, what you were doing, I know that. But I saw you and it broke my heart. And I’ve never forgotten.
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
I am my heart’s undertaker. Daily I go and retrieve its tattered remains, place them delicately into its little coffin, and bury it in the depths of my memory, only to have to do it all again tomorrow.
Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
Margaret J. Wheatley
The law of unintended consequences pushes us ceaselessly through the years, permitting no pause for perspective.
Richard Schickel
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
Gustave Flaubert
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein
A melancholy-looking man, he had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.
P.G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
My basic view of things is — not to have any basic view of things.
Ingmar Bergman,
film director, screenwriter, producer
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy
I now tried a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be.
Michelle Obama – Former First Lady of the United States-Author-Attorney
The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it’s not going to happen. I’m fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years.
David Bowie, New York Times, 2002
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Mahatma Gandhi – 1869-1948 – Lawyer-Nationalist

Quotes September 03, 2021

Liberty is the very last idea that seems to occur to anybody, in considering any political or social proposal. It is only necessary for anybody for any reason to allege any evidence of any evil in any human practice, for people instantly to suggest that the practice should be suppressed by the police.
Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
G.K. Chesterton
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
“It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”
General James Mattis
“Great powers don’t get angry, great powers don’t make decisions hastily in a crisis.”
General John Allen
“Clarity and simplicity are the antidotes to complexity and uncertainty.”
General George Casey
“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”
General Douglas MacArthur
“Leadership is a gift. It’s given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it.”
General Mark Welsh

Quotes September 02, 2021

In September the swallows are chattering of destination and departure like a crowd of tourists.
Saddle your dreams before you ride ’em.
Mary Webb,
writer, poet
My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them … well, I have others.
Groucho Marx,
comedian, actor, writer, radio and television personality
“There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.”
Malala Yousafzai
“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.”
Evel Knievel
The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
J.M. Barrie,
writer, playwright
If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.
Wayne Dyer – 1940-2015 – Author
I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time is chasing after all of us.
J.M. Barrie,
writer, playwright
Hold the vision, trust the process.

Quotes September 01, 2021

Courtesy of Henrik Edberg, The Positivity Blog Thoughts of Brené Brown


“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”
“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
“What we know matters but who we are matters more.”
“What’s the greater risk? Letting go of what people think – or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?”
“Everyone wants to know why customer service has gone to hell in a handbasket. I want to know why customer behavior has gone to hell in a handbasket.”
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.”
“Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.”
“We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”
“The universe is not short on wake-up calls. We’re just quick to hit the snooze button.”
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”
“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.”
“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.”

Quotes August 31, 2021

Courtesy of The Daily Good AmyAnn Cadwell

Let your grief and anger be lived, and also your joy and celebration.
Cling to the thing you know to be truest within you.
When do you feel your own divinity, when are you in touch with your own aliveness?
At the foundation of happiness and wholeness lies the courage to speak up for ourselves.
You always only need to be you.
We often don’t tell the truth about what we need because we fear our honesty will further us from love—and yet in the end, the opposite is true.
Move beyond what you believe you are “allowed” to feel and into your honest core, your sensitive center—honor yourself there.
Our attention is pulled in so many directions each day, challenging our presence. In today’s read, we explore how to build supportive habits that can help us navigate one of these sources of overwhelm—the email inbox.
Offer yourself your own loving presence, tenderness, attention, and care.
Protect your solitude, your moments of silence.

Quotes August 30, 2021

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
The stars are the landmarks of the universe.
John Herschel,
mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor
“Pioneering spirit should continue, not to conquer the planet or space, but rather to improve the quality of life.”
Bertrand Piccard
You can’t talk your way out of a prob­lem you be­haved your­self into.
Stephen Covey
“It’s your life. Be sure you’re playing to your strengths instead of simply to other people’s weaknesses.”
Kelly Rudolph

One day or day one. You decide.

Quotes August 29, 2021

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”
C.S. Lewis
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Chinese Proverb
“Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect.”
Margaret Mitchell
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln – 1809-1865 – 16th President of the United States of America
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
E.E. Cummings – 1894-1962 – Poet-Author-Playwright-Painter
Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.
Isabelle Lafleche – Writer
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
“Pioneering spirit should continue, not to conquer the planet or space, but rather to improve the quality of life.”
Bertrand Piccard
You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.