Category Archives for "Quotes"

Planting Seeds of Intentions

Planting Seeds of Intentions

[The theme of January 2018 posts is Intention – Choice – Responsibility.  May these quotes reinforce the value of choosing your intentions for the coming year.] Happiness is not something ready-made.  It comes from your own actions. – HH the Dalai Lama The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions [and […]

Let’s Re-Make the World

Let’s Re-Make the World

[Three poems for the new year; deep heartfelt hopes for re-birth, renewal, rejoicing] A Blessing for the New Year  by Kayleen Asbo As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your heart unclench their grasp on your life As the presence of light begins […]

Traditional – and Unconventional – Prayers for the Season

Traditional - and Unconventional

[I am posting here both Fra Giovanni Giocondo’s beautiful Christmas letter (1513), my traditional offering for this season, and a new very contemporary psalm – plea for “the radiance and glory in darkness, hearts watered with light, could we but see.” Both part of the larger truths of this human journey.] [Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435–1515) […]

Prescription for the Disillusioned

Prescription for the Disillusioned

Poetry is a life-cherishing force.  For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.  Yes, indeed. – Mary Oliver In light of “how you respond to stressful times,” the timely wisdom of Rebecca del Rio: […]

True Generosity

True Generosity

In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness. – Erich Fromm Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha We make a living by what we get, but we make a life […]

Gratitude Goulash

Gratitude Goulash Cover

[apropos of the sustenance offered by gratitude in a time of loss and uncertainty, from Gratitude Goulash that figured prominently in the coping with the mis-adventures of two weeks ago [see Thanksgiving Day post: Giving Thanks – for Losses and Lessons] :] TRUE NORTH That other compass you bought in the city is no good […]

Hope While Rebuilding

[apropos of last week’s Resourcing, Reframing, and Rebuilding post, this poem arrived in my inbox within moments of completing that post.  Such synchronicity!] The Gates of Hope Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope— Not the prudent gates of Optimism, Which are somewhat narrower Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common […]

Questioning Whatever They Tell You

2 Men Reading Reports

[Apropos of the emphasis on questioning in last Thursday’s post Sleep App on Your Phone? Maybe Not a Good Idea.  Part of being resourceful and resilient is challenging what “everybody knows” and asking good questions to look for deeper answers.] [Questioning] is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. – Daniel Boorstin It […]

Gaining Perspective

[As a follow-on to last week’s resources post: “Gaining Perspectives When the World Goes Off-Kilter.”  May you take heart, stay grounded, become inspired.] When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.  My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff […]

Trust Acting from Love in the Face of the Mess

[A follow-up to How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy] One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. – E.M. Forster * * * * * Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in […]

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