...to set the world on fire, to move mountains, to change a life... because words taken to heart become the arms, legs, hearts, and souls who stand in solidarity, who love as required, and do what must be done.
Words have always had a very important role in my life. I like how they taste... their texture and flavour as they roll over my tongue is something of a wonder and marvel to me!
They have nurtured my spirit and my personality.
They have informed my conscience and challenged my thinking.
They inspire, conspire, confound, delight, and humble me.
They have cut me to ribbons and have stitched me back together.
They have revealed themselves to be a powerful tool in my own hands, and in so doing, they have taught me (in addition to the things still being revealed to me) temperance, judiciousness, compassion, simplicity, economy, contrition and flexibility.
Thoughts/beliefs are essentially words strung together for maximum effect and we create what we repeatedly think. The words we choose to carry in our hearts, those that echo in the corners of our minds, and with which we choose to define our 'self'... these are the affirmation or death knell to our purpose and dreams.
This is my place to honour the words that touch me as I journey. I'm recording here the words that I want to carry forward with me. I hope you find something here to feed, encourage and inspire you.
Visit often... I will keep adding to the page... and I invite you to add your own favourite words in your comments!
"Patience with others is LOVE. Patience with self is HOPE. Patience with God is FAITH." ADEL BESTAVROS
"The Decided Heart: The following could be said about many a vision or dream...
A wise man once said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Knowing this to be true, I am taking my step today. For too long my feet have been tentative, shuffling left and right, more backward , then forward as my heart gauged the direction of the wind. The power to control direction belongs to me! Today I will exercise that power. My course has been charted.
I have a decided heart.
I am passionate about my vision for the future. I will awaken every morning with an excitement about the new day and its opportunity for growth and change.
My thoughts and actions will work in a forward motion, never sliding into the dark forest of doubt or the muddy quicksand of self-pity.
I will freely give my vision for the future to others, and as they see the belief in my eyes, they will follow me…I do not procrastinate.
All my problems become smaller when I confront them. If I touch thistle with caution, it will prick me, but if I grasp it boldly, its spines crumble into dust.
I will not wait.
I am passionate about my vision for the future.
My course has been charted.
My destiny is assured.
I have a decided heart.
'The Traveler’s Gift' by ANDY ANDREWS
"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves ... Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." RAINER MARIA RILKE
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." MAHATMA GANDHI
"All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble." ADMIRAL WILLIAM S. HALSEY
"Without forgiveness life is governed by... an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation." ROBERTO ASSAGIOLI
"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.' PAUL BOESE
"You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well." LEWIS B. SMEDES
"Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness." WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
"The Church is intolerant in principle because she believes; she is tolerant in practice because she loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant in principle because they do not believe; they are intolerant in practice because they do not love." FR. REGINALD GARRIGOU-LAGRANGE, OP
"Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves." Encyclical Letter, 'Fides et Ratio' BLESSED JPII
"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." CARRIE FISHER
"Unforgiveness is the poison you drink every day hoping that the other person will die." DEBBIE FORD
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." LEWIS B. SMEDES, 'Forgiveness: The Power to Change the Past', Christianity Today, 7 January 1983
"If you can't forgive and forget, pick one." ROBERT BRAULT, www.robertbrault.com
"Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule." LEWIS B. SMEDES
"Of all the judgments you make in life, none is as important as the one you make about yourself. The difference between low self-esteem and high self-esteem is the difference between passivity and action, between failure and success." NATHANIEL BRANDEN
"I am going to live in my heart as if it is summer. Even if my head has to live in the land of school and work. I am going to find the fun, and try to say "yes". Even if it is late at night, or "mature'" people "don't" . I am going to have a good reason for things. I am not going to apologize if my reason is good. I am going to make/find time for me because that is good, for me and those I love." OMELYN
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. An opponent, tolerance. A friend, your heart. A customer, service. To all, charity. Every child, a good example. Yourself, respect." OREN ARNOLD
"Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. Even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. And if no one knows it, then there are places that do. People like you enrich the dreams of the worlds, and it is dreams that create history. People like you are unknowing transformers of things, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love.” BEN OKRI
"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born." DALE E. TURNER
"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." GHANDI
"Sails are made with cloth for a reason. When they're stiff, winds beat against them until they tear. But if the sails are relaxed and workable, the wind can take you to places you've never been before." SPARKPEOPLE HEALTHY REFLECTIONS
"Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do." MAYA ANGELOU
"Honor this time-out and stop looking outside yourself for answers. Ask your internal questions; they'll restore your instincts and your decisiveness. Intention ends all ambiguity." KARLA MCLAREN, 'The Language of Emotions'
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink , or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31
All the following stated by MARILYN MONROE
[Whatever I am or am not]... "If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
"Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you'll fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always trust yourself, because if you don't then who will?"
"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when their right."
"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle."
"If I'd observed all the rules I'd never have got anywhere."
"You never know what life is like, until you have lived it."
"Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together."
"Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are."
"I live to suceed, not to please you or anyone else."
"If you don't get out of the box you were raised in, you won't understand how much bigger the world is." ANGELINA JOLIE
"*Life begins at the end of your comfort zone* For tell me where can life be found in the normal? The unordinary? No, life – true life, begins when you step over the edge. It starts when you take a leap of faith of the mountain of certainty (into uncertainty), and doesn’t end until you’re comfortable again. Burst that safe bubble you call your comfort zone, and be uncomfortable – start living." quotes-clothing.com/NEALE DONALD WALSH
"You live one day at a time. Life is not found in life in it’s entirety, but in the days. The single days, such as today. Thus a leading a good life is not something which happens over time, but something that happens today. *Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all* Treat today as it deserves to be treated. Focus on it like nothing else matters, for in all actually nothing else actually does. If life is found in the days, then you leading as good a day as you can lead today portrays to you your life in it’s entirety. Seeing how you did today, is your life good?" quotes-clothing.com/GUBRAN KHALIL GUBRAN
"By rejecting my old foolish ways I grow into the person I want to be. By rejecting my old foolish assumptions I become who I desire to be. Without daily rejection of my old self, I would not be here. *By daily dying I have come to be*" quotes-clothing.com/THEODORE ROETHKE
"Look outside your window. Does nature not look beautiful. Does the grass not flow endlessly? And in the morning does it not make your feet sing just by touching them? Those flowers, do they not pleasure your nose in an oh so wonderful way? Does that waterfall not please you ears, and calm your mind? … I thought so. *I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God*" quotes-clothing.com/ALAN HOVANESS
"What is the function of art? To entertain? To put forth ideas? NO! The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. *The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good* The goal for all art, unless of course it is aimed at the ‘consumer’, like a saleable commodity, is to explain to the artist himself and to those around him what man lives for, what is the meaning of his existence. To explain to people the reason for their appearance on this planet; or if not to explain, at least to pose the question." quotes-clothing.com/ANDREI TARKOVSKY
"Love is a temporary madness. *It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides* And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Love is having roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from our branches we find that we are one tree and not two. Put simply, love is the beauty of the soul." quotes-clothing.com/ST. AUGUSTINE
"In reading the lives of great men, and women, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first.” HARRY S. TRUMAN
"Whenever you're about to criticize anyone, remember that not all people in this world have had the same advantages you've had." GREAT GATSBY
"Grass - Those who disappointed, betrayed, scarified! Those who would still put their hands upon me! Those who belong to the past!
How many of us have weighted the years with groaning and weeping? How many years have I done it how many nights spent panting hating grieving, oh, merciless, pitiless remembrances!
I walk over the green hillsides, I lie down on the harsh, sun-flavored blades and bundles of grass; the grass cares nothing about me, it doesn't want anything from me, it rises to its own purpose, and sweetly, following the single holy dictum: to be itself, to let the sky be the sky, to let a young girl be a young girl freely-- to let a middle-aged woman be, comfortably, a middle-aged woman.
Those bloody sharps and flats-- those endless calamities of the personal past. Bah! I disown them from the rest of my life, in which I mean to rest."
MARY OLIVER, from 'White Pine'
"I have been wounded but not yet slain. I shall lie here and bleed awhile. Then I shall rise and fight again." VINCE LOMBARDI
"When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there." UNKNOWN
"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful." BARBARA BLOOM
"When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity." JFK
"There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity." ASHINGTON IRVING, The Sketch Book, 1820
"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." ANN WIGMORE
"I am tired, beloved, of chafing my heart against the want of you; of squeezing it into little ink drops and posting it - and I scald alone, here, under the fire of the great moon." AMY LOWELL
"There is a lot of difference between tempting and leading into error. God tempts but does not lead into error. To tempt is to provide opportunities for us to do certain things if we do not love God, but putting us under no necessity to do so. To lead into error is to compel a man necessarily to conclude and follow a falsehood." BLAISE PASCAL
"Some day after we have mastered the winds, the waves and gravity, we will harness for God the energies of love; and then for a second time in the history of the world, humans will have discovered fire." TEILLARD DE CHARDIN
"Love was before the light began, when light if over, love shall be." UNKNOWN
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” FREDERICK BUECHNER
"People don’t improve or change by being told of their faults. They improve to meet the expectations of those they like, admire, and respect—those who cite their strengths and reliability. Husbands, wives, children, and friends are people." A. GUY MALIGNED
"A fall does not impair our integrity...it just skins our knees for a bit and it will heal. It only wounds our ego, nothing else....it is not a ding against our character or our fate, in any way. Because apparently, we're destined to learn the most from our falls, in the end. It's hard to learn anything when it's smooth sailing and the wind is at your back. But it's the falls that make those times that much more enjoyable." 2BMYOWN
"Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live." PEMA CHöDRöN
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach." CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
"Oh God, help me believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is. Amen." MACRINA WIEDERKEHR
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS
"Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God's various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen." 1 PETER 4:10-11
"By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you." DEEPAK CHOPRA
"The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle." MARGARET STORM JAMESON
God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
- Reinhold Niebuhr -
"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." RABINDRANATH TAGORE
"Stop looking for your flaws and see they are just part of what makes you beautiful." PLAYBLUES22
"Our journey as human beings is not about following a pre-ordained path, but about creating that path. Life rarely makes any more sense when things are done 'in order.' Life makes sense when we are centered in our hearts and we let go of resisting how our unique journey needs to unfold in its own beautifully unruly way." CHRISTINE MASON MILLER
"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance." H. JACKSON BROWN
"Why fill the heart with hopes? Leave it empty for God." ROBERT MERTENS
"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smaller right and doing it all for love." ST. THERESE OF LISIEUX
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." RALPH WALDO EMERSON
In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and, yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to
But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged
into our personal weather
They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove along the shore, through rages of fog
where we stood, saying I
“Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, But then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.” HAFIZ, Sufi poet
"Not many years ago I began to play the cello. Most people would say that what I am doing is ‘learning to play’ the cello. But these words carry into our minds the strange idea that there exists two very different processes: (1) learning to play the cello; and (2) playing the cello. They imply that I will do the first until I have completed it, at which point I will stop the first process and begin the second. In short, I will go on ‘learning to play’ until I have ‘learned to play’ and then I will begin to play. Of course, this is nonsense. There are not two processes, but one. We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way." JOHN HOLT
FEAR = False Emotions Acting Real
"Absolutes limit life you have... ALWAYS and NEVER depend on things not changing, so there really isn't much place for ALWAYS and NEVER within a lifestyle, which is, by definition, fluid... POSSIBILITIES give you the world you want."
"I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime. Just for today I will be happy. Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do – just for the exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it. Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit. Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me." ANONYMOUS
"Drawing on my fine command of the language, I said nothing." ROBERT BENCHLEY
"With swift pace, light step, unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust, go forward securely, joyfully, and swiftly, on the path of prudent happiness." ST.CLARE OF ASSISSI
"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity." ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
"Darkness deserves gratitude. It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight." JOAN CHITTISTER
"A life of gratitude accepts the bad with the good. Genuine gratitude is not a zero sum game in which thankfulness increases the more fortunate you are and decreases the more adversity you experience." DAN CLENDENIN
"Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit." MARY LOU RETTON
"I looked out and listened to the quiet beauty of nature in the springtime and realized that I, like nature, have this amazing PRESENT to fill with mindfulness, and my sense of quiet desperation diminished and I began looking at how to approach the day in grace and beauty." VALERIE MAHA
"We can't stop bad things from happening, but we can stop our relentless focus on how things were or how we want them to be, and develop a deeper appreciation for what we have now. There is no quick fix, however, when it comes to managing fear and suffering in our lives, or even for coping with the simple stresses of ordinary life." HARRIET LERNER, 'Dance of Fear'
"Sooner or later the universe sends everybody a crash course in vulnerability and a lesson in how much we need people. We can't avoid fear and suffering, but we can choose to encounter it in ways that will help us to feel connected and whole again. Fear can teach us how to keep participating in that most basic human activity of giving and receiving help." HARRIET LERNER, 'Dance of Fear'
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." AUDRE LORDE
"Keeping secrets is a foolish attempt to stay safe from the truth. We tell ourselves we are sparing another person or protecting ourselves, but all too often the secrets that we keep actually keep us. What people need from me in order to make sense of me is the truth. When I withhold that truth, I withhold myself. I am creating distance that no one can cross because the way across the divide is the way of honesty. I cannot make something better by lying, and I cannot be fully understood if I won't give the benefit of the truth. I can live my life in a web of lies without ever uttering a falsehood. The web of lies is composed of not just what I say, but the vast amount of honesty that I withhold.
There is a difference between considerate honesty and aggressive frankness. Honesty recognizes the personhood of both people and is an act of trust; but too much frankness can border on mean.
I see honesty as an act of trust.
The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number of truths that must be kept from it." ERIC HOFFER
"The older I get, the more I understand the "This too shall pass!". Time continues on. The world turns. Tomorrow is another day. I will pray. I will trust in God to help me get THROUGH this. It IS OK to "feel" the feelings. I do not have to act upon them. Feel the feelings, acknowlege them, and go on. If I choose to act, I can make wise decisions. I am capable. I am responsible for my own happiness. I can love me when I am not loveable to others. Bad days are not the end of the world. Life happens... on a daily basis! God loves me. God is good. All IS right with the world." CATHOLICCORGI
"You live in a body but you are not a body. You have talent and skill but they are not you and you are not them. You have knowledge but with all your knowledge, you are yet to know yourself. You claim to own things but in reality, they own you. You have done many things and while those things are not you, they tell us a little about you. You once had beliefs but now those beliefs have you. You protect your reputation and while you may have worked hard to build it, your reputation is nothing more than a story. And you my friend, are no story. You search for meaning but all too often, you look where meaning is not. And now, to understand who you are, you must first understand who you are not. You are the awareness that exists beyond all that you are not." CRAIG HARPER
"Better questions equal better insights, choices, actions, reactions and outcomes. "What am I prepared to try despite my doubt?" Taking action despite your fear (fear being the underlying cause of your doubt) is (1) how you begin to create shift (internal and external) (2) how you learn, grow stronger and develop new skills (3) how you tap into more of your untapped potential (4) how you grow your decision-making muscles and (5) how you begin to build belief. So, what are you prepared to try despite your doubt?" CRAIG HARPER
"When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom. Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be." HENRI NOUWEN
"I never knew the beauty I was missing....until I saw myself." UNKNOWN
"Be not miserable about what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father, who cares for you today, will care for you tomorrow." FRANCIS DE SALES
"Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition." FLORIDA SCOTT-MAXWELL
"True compassion is not just an emotional response, but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change, even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems." Dali Lama
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." Jalaluddin Rumi
"A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it -- that alone can be like waking up from a dream."DAVID STEINDL-RAST
"Gratitude is an ascending reflection of a descending grace." BEVERLY NOVAK
It seems Spark has a limit to how much will fit into one blog entry, so I must begin yet another new page! You can find my other inspirational words pages here:
Words CAN Be Enough... page 1
Words CAN Be Enough... page 3