...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!
"It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."
"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony." WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING
"Life is like molten glass. It flows, it's flexible, it can be molded and shaped and...what do you say? Ah, yes. It holds vast potential. You have a number of uncertainties in your melt right now. But they will always be there in one form or another. Always. Unlike molten glass, life can't be fixed or frozen into a pretty vase and placed on a shelf to gather dust." KADE, 'Storm Glass'
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." RALPH WALDO EMERSON
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." IETRICH BONHOEFFER
"Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." EARL GREY STEVENS
"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task." WILLIAM JAMES
"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." OLIN MILLER
"Procrastination usually results in sorrowful regret. Today’s duties put off until tomorrow give us a double burden to bear; the best way is to do them in their proper time." IDA SCOTT TAYLOR
"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." M. SCOTT PECK
"Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things." GENE HAYDEN
"Begin to weave and God will give you the thread." GERMAN PROVERB
"Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision." HARRY A. HOPF
"The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind -jump in." CHARLES R. SWINDOLL
"Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all." BYRON PULSIFER
"We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them." LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA
"This one makes a net, this one stands and wishes. Would you like to make a bet which one gets the fishes." CHINESE RHYME
"Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy." DENIS WAITLEY
"Procrastination is a way for us to be satisfied with second-rate results; we can always tell ourselves we’d have done a better job if only we’d had more time. If you’re good at rationalizing, you can keep yourself feeling rather satisfied this way, but it’s a cheap happy. You’re whittling your expectations of yourself down lower and lower." RICHARD O'CONNER
"Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live." M. SCOTT PECK
"I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung." RABINDRANATH TAGORE
"We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate." ERICA JONG
"Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement." HENRY MILLER
"Time wasted is existence; used is life." EWARD YOUNG
"The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it." JOHN C. MAXWELL
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit." DAWNA MARKOVA
"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see." DR. ROBERT HOLDEN
"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes." ETTY HILLESUM
"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day!" NEW-CAZ
"The quest of the human heart for meaning is the heartbeat of every religion." David Steindl-Rast
"Where you stumble, there your treasure lies." Joseph Campbell
"Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil." ST. SERAPHIM OF SAROV
"Mistakes are the portals of discovery." James Joyce
"The way you come to fully appreciate the infusion of the Spirit is to more and more come fully into the moment, where this moment is enough." RAM DAS
"Art makes life bearable. It isn't a luxury. Like our capacity for understanding, and our experience of love, it is a vitally important part of life." GILLIAN PEDERSON KRAG
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." MAYA ANGELOU
"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive." ELEANORA DUSE
"I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding." JOHN O'DONOHUE, Fluent" from Conamara Blues
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." AMELIA EARHART
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgement that something else is more important." AMBROSE REDMOON
"Evolutionary, we're always concerned with what's not right. That's what makes gratefulness delightfully subversive." DALE BIRON
"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life." SAMUEL ULLMAN
"Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others." BARBARA BUSH
"Make a gift of your life and lift all...by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. This is the greatest gift anyone can give." DAVID R. HAWKINS
"When one is able to overcome the romantic and emotional attitude, one discovers truth even in the kitchen sink." CHOGYAM TRUNGPA
"Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down. If you cannot refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven, and like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled, and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven." DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
"Beauty seen makes the one who sees it more beautiful.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." BLESSED MOTHER TERESA
"If you look at every human being as a Divine mirror, you will know yourself and understand life." SHERIF BABA
"If you have behaved badly, repent; make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no
account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean." ADLOUS HUXLEY
"A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs." JOAN WELSH
Why work? by JOAN CHITTISLTER
...Good work is our gift to the future.
It is what we leave behind--
our persistence, our precision,
our fidelity to the smallest and meanest of tasks--
that will change the mind
of generations to come
about our sacred obligation
to bear our share of
the holy-making enterprise that is work.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
"God sanctifies each day. He conducts business at all hours and all places. He uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines, cafes into convents, and nine to five workdays into spiritual adventures." MAX LUCADO
"Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition." FLORIDA SCOTT-MAXWELL, The Measure of My Days
"I will not forget how freeing it felt when I first realized that the shame I had been carrying around was THEIR shame. Not mine. I wasn't going to carry it for them any more.They are their burdens- their darkness- their pain. And while I will acknowledge how it effected me, it does not mean I want to continue dragging it through my life like a corpse." DIFROMWYOMING
"The Glory of God is a human being fully alive." ST. IRENAEUS
"Wholeheartedness is a precious gift, but no one can actually give it to you. You have to find the path that has heart and then walk it impeccably....It's like someone laughing in your ear, challenging you to figure out what to do when you don't know what to do. It humbles you. It opens your heart." PEMA CHODRON, The Wisdom of No Escape
"The next message you need is always right where you are."
"Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." MELODY BEATTIE
"The Friend of God has these three qualities: a generosity like that of the ocean, a compassion like that of the sun, and a humility like that of the earth." BAYAZID TADHKIRAT
"Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart." EKNATH EASWARAN
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." THE TALMUD
"Religion isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness." KAREN
"A spiritual person tries less to be godly than to be deeply human." REV. WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN, JR.
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." MARION WRIGHT EDELMAN
"Grant me daily the grace of gratitude, to be thankful for all my many gifts, and so be freed from artificial needs, that I might lead a joyful, simple life." EDWARD HAYS, A Book of Wonders
"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass where ever you may be." ROBERT FULGHUM
" The heart is right to cry even when the smallest drop of light, of love, is taken away....You are right to do so in any fashion until God returns to you." HAFIZ, translated by Daniel Ladinsky The Gift: Poems by Hafiz
"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"We live on the brink of disaster because we do not know how to let life alone. We do not respect the living and fruitful contradictions and paradoxes of which true life is full." THOMAS MERTON
"I used to be afraid of people thinking 'Who does she think she is?'. Now I have the courage to say, 'This is who I am'." UNKNOWN
"What if suffering isn’t a problem to solve, but a mystery to live?" ANN VOSCAMP
"God is not absent when great evil is unleashed. Whether that evil is man-made or helped along by darker forces, God is right there, saving those who respond to His urgings and trying to heal the rest." JAMES RIORDAN
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
"Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations... The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation."
"Only gratefulness, in the form of limitless openness for surprise, lays hold of the fullness of life in hope." DAVID STEINDL-RAST
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 2