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Sunday, October 07, 2007

From Spark People:
Look at a woman in the midst of doubt and danger and you will learn in her hour of adversity what she really is.
- Lucretius, Roman philosopher
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw, playwright
Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday.
- Sally Koch
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore, author

From Albert Einstein:
- Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It
takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the
opposite direction.
- Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything
that can be counted counts.
- We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we
used when we created them.
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything s/he
learned in school.
- Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

From Courage to Change:
p. 58: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his/her dreams, and endeavors to live the life which s/he has imagined, s/he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Thoreau
p. 163: "The great opportunity is where you are." Burroughs
p. 242: "Life can either be a burden and a chore or a challenge and a joy. One day at a time I can meet the challenges of life head-on instead of head-down." As We Understood...
p. 216: "Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you." Huxley
p. 78: "The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Schweitzer
p. 41: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." T. Roosevelt
p. 30: "Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment." Emerson
p. 332: "When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars." Beard

One Day at a Time:
p. 22: "This is prayer: not to ask for anything but guidance."

Anne Lamott:
p. 25: When I pray, I am not starting the conversation from scratch, just remembering to plug back into a conversation that's always in progress.
p. 33: When God is going to do something wonderful, s/he always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, s/he starts with an impossibility.
p. 54: Grace means you're in a different universe from where you had been stuck, when you had absolutely no way to get there on your own.
p. 73: If I study the Bible, it will put scripture on my heart. Only God can put scripture inside. Reading sacred text can put it on my heart, and then when my heart breaks, the holy words will fall inside.
p. 94: I can either practice being right or practice being kind.
p. 107: Catholics: incense survivors
p. 108: Hardships, obstacles, 'negativity,' - elaborately disguised gifts from God.
p. 109: Stay alert, because good things happen.
p. 121: In the miniature war room of my kids' heads they know exactly where my nuclear button is.
p. 129: We should try to stay on God's good side. It's not hard. God has extremely low standards. Pray, take care of people, be actively grateful for your blessings, give away your $ - your're cool. You're in.
p. 130: Your sick, worried mind can't heal your sick, worried mind.
p. 142: Take the action, and the insight follows.
p. 143: If you insist on having a destination when you go into a library, you're shortchanging yourself.
p. 143: If you want to change the way you feel about people, you have to change the way you treat them.
p. 173: Become my own loving companion.
p. 174: Rubble is the ground on which our deepest friendships are built.
p. 175: I want to learn to become the person I wish to meet.
p. 180: Main philosophical and spiritual position: Don't be an asshole.
p. 181: No one gets into heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.
p. 182: Spiritual advice: "you don't glow, you don't go."
p. 183: Jesus was soft on crime. He'd never have been elected anything.
p. 186: What A.L. advises: Pay attention, take notes, give yourself short assignments, let yourself write poor first drafts, ask people for help, and own what happens to you.
p. 195: I can get some of the most valuable things I know through osmosis.
p. 201: It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.
p. 213: Faith isn't about how we feel. It's about how we live.
p. 221: The desire to change changes you.
p. 225: Loving our enemies is non-negotiable.
p. 225: When we finally hear the truth, the Spirit has access to our hearts, and that is what changes us.
p. 250: Celebrate what works (about our bodies) and take tender care of what doesn't.
p. 261: When you're kind to people and you pay attention, you make a field of comfort around them, and you get it back.
p. 288: I am here to be me, which is taking a great deal longer than I had hoped.
p. 295: Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.
p. 307: What will ultimately matter are memories of beauty, that people loved you, and that you loved them.
p. 306: We can see Spirit made visible when people are kind to one another, especially when it's a really busy person taking care of a needy, annoying, neurotic person.

Life itself is hazardous . . . There are sharp rocks everywhere. What changes from years of practice is coming to know something you didn't know before: that there are no sharp rocks — the road is covered with diamonds— Charlotte Joko Beck in Nothing Special
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Joshua J. Marine
Choose joy. Anne Hathaway and her mother
May you live every day of your life.
Live life like the gate was left open.
Wonderful things can happen today because I welcome the thrill of participating in my own life. Courage to Change, p 70.

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