Life has been BUSY (with a capital B, U, S and Y) and I’ve been writing less as I’ve been living and celebrating and sharing and working and running and listening… a good kind of busy. I scheduled in some time to write today, so I’m back with some words for you. Almost every single one of these made me want to say “this one is my favorite” and since I can’t say they are ALL my favorite, I’ll just say these words were all good for me to hear last month. Maybe one speaks to you in a specific way- I’d love to hear which one and why! However, even if you just read and move on, here’s hoping one or some of these words make your day a little more sparkly!
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery “The Little Prince”
You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that ok? Your life does not get more right by chance, but by practical CHANGE.
Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.
Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I don’t want that girl- she plays dirty”
Aiden McCann (6 yo) in reference to the Queen of hearts while playing (beating) me and Pete at “9 card stud”
Some beautiful things are more dazzling when they are still imperfect than when they have been too perfectly crafted.
No effort is required to define or even attain happiness, but enormous concentration is needed to abandon everything else.
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Jesus. (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)
Once you label me you negate me.
One can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawl of an ounce of unaccustomed pleasure.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
No effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
No one is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.
William Ralph Inge
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, and a little less than his share of the credit.
Never cut what you can untie.
The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.
Jean de la Bruyere
One does not write what has already been written. One writes out of the storehouse of fresh revelation and his own personal knowledge gained through the painful experiences of growth. Ye cannot escape the growing experience without forfeiting the other. Ye shall cease writing if you cease learning. Ye do not learn as ye write, but write as ye learn.
There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice.
Measuring sticks always become weapons of self-harm. And scales always lie. They don’t make a scale that ever told the truth about value, about worth, about significance.
There can be no success or happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Madeline Stark
A good example is far better than a good precept.
All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.
Life is 10% about what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord
Person to person, moment to moment, as we love, we change the world.
Samahria Lyte Kaufman
You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.
We brag about the things that we think give us value.
You can not change the people around you, but you can change the people that you choose to be around.
Only speak words that make souls stronger.
The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
In this world, you must be a bit too kind to be kind enough.
Pierre de Marivaux