Friday, December 26, 2014

Rumi on Potential

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi)
Lived during the 13th century

Source: The Master Shift on facebook

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright on Authenticity

Truth is Life.

Good friend, around these hearth-stones, speak no evil word of any creature.

Frank Lloyd Wright
Engravings above his Oak Park, Illinois home-studio hearth

Source: houzz.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Andre Hawkins on Justice

I was taught that justice was a right that every American should have. Also, justice should be the goal of every American. I think that's what makes this country. To me, justice means the innocent should be found innocent. It means that those who do wrong should get their due punishment. Ultimately, it means fair treatment. So a call for justice shouldn't offend or disrespect anybody.

A call to justice shouldn't warrant an apology.

Andre Hawkins
Cleveland Browns

In response to criticism for wearing a t-shirt at the Bengals @ Browns game, asking for justice for the killings of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot 2 seconds after a police officer arrived in a park for playing with an air gun and John Crawford, who was shot by police in a Walmart carrying a toy gun.

Source: foxsports.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: Someone to Watch Over Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

There's a saying old says that love is blind
Still we're often told, seek and ye shall find
So I'm going to seek a certain lad I've had in mind
 

Looking everywhere, haven't found him yet
He's the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret


I'd like to add his initial to my monogram
Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

There's a somebody I'm longing to see
I hope that he turns out to be
Someone who'll watch over me


I'm a little lamb who's lost in the wood
I know I could always be good
To one who'll watch over me

Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key


Won't you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me


Ira Gershwin and George Gershwin
Lyrics and Music
©1926 Alfred Publishing Co.


Ella Fitzgerald Sings

Source: musicnotes.com and azlyrics.com

Bob Newhart on Laughter

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. 

Bob Newhart

Source: Bob Newhart on facebook

Marianne Williamson on Outreach

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.

Marianne Williamson

Source: Tieroana Low Dog, MD on facebook

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Steve Maraboli on Healing

Let go of the people who dull your shine, poison your spirit, and bring you drama. Cancel your subscription to their issues. 

Steve Maraboli

Source: The Healing Feather, Simple Reminders, Steve Maraboli on facebook

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ken Keyes, Jr. on Empathy

I feel with loving compassion the problems of others without getting caught up emotionally in their predicaments that are offering them messages they need for their growth.

Ken Keyes, Jr.

Source: The Master Shift on facebook

Buckminster Fuller on Change

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
 

Buckminster Fuller

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cesar Millan on Natural Wisdom

Dogs celebrate life, and they’re okay with death. In fact, they are much better with death than we are. We need to look at them as our teachers in this department. Their natural wisdom can help us find comfort when we are facing our own human frailty and death.

Cesar Millan

Source: Cesar Millan/Cesar's Way

Song Lyric Wisdom: This Is Your Sword

This Is Your Sword

Now brothers and sisters listen to me
These are the few things that I leave to thee
The sword of our fathers with lessons hard taught
The shield strong and sturdy from battles well fought

Well this is your sword, this is your shield
This is the power of love revealed
Carry them with you wherever you go
And give all the love that you have in your soul

The times they are dark, darkness covers the earth
This world's filled with the beauty of God's work
Hold tight to your promise, stay righteous, stay strong
For the days of miracles will come along

Now this is your sword, this is your shield
This is the power of love revealed
Carry it with you wherever you go
And give all the love that you have in your soul

In the days of despair you can grow hard
Till you close your mind and empty your heart
If you find yourself staring in the abyss
Hold tight to your loved ones and remember this

This shield will protect your true sacred heart
The sword will defend from what comes in the dark
Should you grow weary on the battle field
Well do not despair, our love is real

This is your sword, this is your shield
This is the power of love revealed
Carry it with you wherever you go
And give all the love that you have in your soul
And give all the love that you have in your soul

Bruce Springsteen
Music and Lyrics
High Hopes, 2014
Columbia Records
Alfred Publishing, Inc.

Source: musicnotes.com and springsteenlyrics.com

Doreen Virtue on Choices

Give energy to your dreams, not to your fears.

Doreen Virtue

Source: Doreen Virtue on facebook

Jeffrey Fry on Self-awareness

The difficulty does not lie in finding new ideas, but in escaping the long outdated belief in old ones.

 Jeffrey Fry

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Phillip Sidney on Learning

Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.

Phillip Sidney (lived during the 1500s)

Source: forbes.com 

Chris Rock on Expression

Honestly, it’s not that people were offended by what I said. They get offended by how much fun I appear to be having while saying it. 

Chris Rock

Source: vulture.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Song Wisdom: Christmas Time is Here

Christmas Time is Here

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
Families drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year


Vince Guaraldi/Lee Mendelson
Music and Lyrics
for A Charlie Brown Christmas
©1965

Hal Leonard Music Publishing
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Lee Mendelson Film Prod., Inc.

Source: musicnotes.com and metrolyrics.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Brown Family on Resolve

We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen

Join us in our campaigns to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference.

Michael Brown Family Statement
November 24, 2014

In response to a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision not to indict police officer, Darren Wilson, in the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr.

Use the system to change the system. Peace.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

John F. Kennedy on Change

But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy 

"Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt (266)," June 25, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Source: The Kennedy Library online.


J.K. Rowling on Empowerment

We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already, we have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling

Source: The Master Shift on facebook

Angelica Hopes on Transcendence

There were times my heart broke into painful fragments then my soul perseveringly gathered an ocean of strength on my voyage towards renewal.

Angelica Hopes


Source: The Power of Change on facebook.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ann Landers on Self-respect

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

Ann Landers

Source: The Power of Change on facebook.

Anthony Robbins on Self-determination

No matter what happens, we all have the capacity to create meanings that empower us. Revolutionize your life by creating a new meaning for a past experience.

Anthony Robbins

Source: Anthony Robbins on facebook.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: Coming Home

Coming Home

And the blood will dry
underneath my nails
and the wind will rise up
to fill my sails
so you can doubt
and you can hate
but I know, no matter what it takes

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain wash away
all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits
and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming...

Still far away
from where I belong
but it's always darkest
before the dawn
so you can doubt
and you can hate
but I know, no matter what it takes

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain wash away
all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits
and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming...

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming home
let the rain wash away
all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits
and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the world I'm coming... home

Shawn Carter, Holly Hafermann (Skylar Grey),
Jermaine Cole, Alexander Grant
Words and Music
©2013 Universal Music Publishing Group
Lyrics ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
From the album, Skylar Grey -
The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey


YouTube Performance by Skylar Grey

Source: metrolyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Friday, November 7, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising

I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earth quakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today

Well, don't go 'round tonight
But it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear the river's over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Well, don't go 'round tonight
But it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

Hope you got your things together
I hope you are quite prepared to die
Look's like we're in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

Well, don't go 'round tonight
But it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

Well, don't go 'round tonight
But it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise

John Fogerty
Lyrics and Music
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
©1969 Hal Leonard Music Publishing


Source: metrolyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Chief Luther Standing Bear on Connection

Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept us safe among them... The animals had rights - the right of man's protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man's indebtedness. This concept of life and its relations filled us with the joy and mystery of living; it gave us reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

Chief Luther Standing Bear 

Soure: Tieroana Low Dog MD on facebook

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oliver Wendell Holmes on Home

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Source: Gander on facebook

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Deng Ming-Dao on Transformation

Transformation

You hurt me years ago,
My wounds bled for years,
Now you are back,
But I am not the same

In the past, warriors fought by striking the same point that accupuncturists use.  One famous swordsman nearly died in a duel in which his opponent attacked him in such a way. After that the swordsman became a wanderer and tried to renounce the martial life.  Years later, his enemy found him and challenged him to a duel again. They fought. In the first flurry of blows, the aggressor stepped back in surprise. The swordsman smiled and said, "I trained for twenty years to move my vulnerable spots." With that, he was finally able to triumph.

Spirituality is a process of inner healing. The wounds of the past can be the greatest obstacles for self-cultivation unless we find them all and heal them. The task can take years, but we must accomplish it.

In many cases, our wounds were inflicted by other people - enemies. This is subtle. Our enemies can be others on the street, or people much more intimate with us: parents, teachers, siblings, lovers, friends.

If we move away from such people, and succeed in our practice, they will have no chance to come back in our lives. How can they? We change whatever made us vulnerable in the first place.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao Daily Meditations
Day 290, Northern Hemisphere
©1992 Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco

Marianne Williamson on Transcendence

...something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, an nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.

Marianne Williamson

Source: The Power of Change on facebook.

Song Lyric Wisdom: I Won't Give Up

I Won't Give Up

When I look into your eyes
It's like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There's so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you've come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

Well, I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up

And when you're needing your space
to do some navigating
I'll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find

'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No! I won't give up

I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I'm here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use the tools and gifts
We got yeah we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn't break, we didn't burn
We had to learn, how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I got, and what I'm not
And who I am

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up
Still looking up

I won't give up (No I'm not) on us (Giving up)
God knows I'm tough enough (I am tough) (I am loved)
We got a lot (We're alive) to learn (We are loved)
God knows we're worth it (And we're worth it)

I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up

Jason Mraz and Michael Natter
Words and Music
©2012 Bill Silva Management
 

Source: musicnotes.com and metrolyrics.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jay Asher on Living

You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret... is to press play.
 

Jay Asher

Source: Gander on facebook.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tony Robbins on Decision

A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.

Tony Robbins

Source: Anthony Robbins on facebook.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tony Robbins on Gratitude

Cultivate the emotions of appreciation and gratitude. These are among the most spiritual emotions we can have, and they enhance our lives more than almost anything I know. Live with an attitude of gratitude!

Tony Robbins

Source: Anthony Robbins on facebook

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dr. Seuss on Imagination

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.

Dr. Seuss

Source: Elephant Journal on facebook

Anne Lamott on Life Experience

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.

 Anne Lamott

Source: Anne Lamott on facebook and Elephant Journal on facebook.

Paulo Coelho on Letting Go

Close the door, change the record, clean the house. Stop being who you were, become who you are.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Power of Change on facebook and Paulo Coelho on facebook.

Anthony J. D'Angelo on Fellowship

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Source: Gander the Service Dog on facebook.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mandy Hale on Repartee

Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.

Mandy Hale

Source: peacefuldaily.com

Respond. Don't React.

Alfred Tennyson on Resolve

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


Alfred Tennyson
From Ulysses

Source: sparknotes.com

Live to Honor. 9.11.01

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Louie Anderson on Brilliance

I think he'll be remembered as a gentle soul who traveled at the speed of light.

Louie Anderson on Robin Williams
PBS Remembers Robin Williams

Thank you, Robin, and farewell. Peace.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Robert Frost on Free Will

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth:
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 
Robert Frost
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: We Will Rock You/We are the Champions

We Will Rock You

Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo' face
You big disgrace
Kickin' your can all over the place
Singin'
 

We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
 

Buddy you're a young man hard man
Shouting in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on yo' face
You big disgrace
Wavin' your banner all over the place
 

We will we will rock you
Sing it
We will we will rock you
 

Buddy you're an old man poor man
Pleadin' with your eyes gonna make
You some peace some day
You got mud on your face
Big disgrace
Somebody betta put you back into your place
 

We will we will rock you
Sing it
We will we will rock you
Everybody
We will we will rock you
We will we will rock you
Alright


Brian May
Music and Lyrics
Queen, News of the World, 1977
EMI Music Publishing

We Are The Champions

I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I've come through

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the World


I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before
The whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the World

We are the champions - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions


Freddie Mercury
Music and Lyrics
Queen, News of the World, 1977
EMI Music Publishing

Source: musicnotes.com and queenwords.com

John Edward on Being Alive

Follow your passion and know your purpose.  Never settle and always be a student.  Keep your ego in check and leave folks better than you found them.

John Edward

Source: John Edward on facebook.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tara Brach on The Spiritual Path

The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.

Tara Brach

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Sunday, August 24, 2014

James Baldwin on Change

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

Source: MTV

Jimmy Fallon on Paradigms

Thank you, 13 year-old female pitcher Mo'ne Davis, for being the breakout star of the Little League World Series, and showing the world that throwing like a girl can actually be a good thing...RIGHT DAD?! 

Jimmy Fallon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Thank You Letters
Friday, August 22, 2014
Broadway Video

Source: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on facebook

Rehab Time on Focus

It's not the distractions that matter, it's what you choose to give your attention to that does. Guard your focus.

Rehab Time Organization

Source: Rehab Time Organization on facebook

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: All Along the Watchtower

All Along the Watchtower

“There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth”


“No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late”


All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl

Bob Dylan
Music and Lyrics
©1968 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1996 by Dwarf Music 

Source: bobdylan.com

Friday, August 22, 2014

Deng Ming-Dao on Poetry

Poetry

Anything is a subject for a poem:
A catalog of boxing equipment, a collage of other poems,
Serpentine trail of incense, raised deer fur, old shoes pointed pigeon-toed,
Glass and steel cityscape, almond eyes of a saint, weeping of tiny flowers,
Sunlight on whitewashed walls, blue shadows of stooped women,
A sprung mousetrap, a trickle of blood in the gutter,
The homing swoop of a gull, chill whitecapped bay, scent of a eucalyptus,
Green lawn of broken blades, clods of fat earth,
Anything is subject for a poem.

Even in sleep, write a poem.
When waking, write a poem.
While loving, write a poem.
Even voting, write a poem.
When angry, write a poem.
While dreaming, write a poem.

Deng Ming-Dao
365 Tao, Day 216
©1992 Deng Ming-Dao, Harper San Francisco

Wise Words: Accidental Artistry

kintsukuroi, origin: Japanese; pron. kin-tsU-kU-roy (n.) (v.phr) "to repair with gold"; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken

Source: Allegiance on facebook

Maya Angelou on Discretion

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

Maya Angelou

Source: goodreads.com

Daily Show Wisdom

Kids do have to learn that life is a humiliating charade of endless disappointment and tragedy, ultimately culminating in pain, decay, and death. My parents used to sing me to sleep with that one.

Samantha Bee
The Daily Show, June 22, 2005
Comedy Central

Source: The Daily Show

Thursday, August 21, 2014

John Muir on Mindfulness

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.


John Muir
 My First Summer in the Sierra , 1911, page 110 

Source: sierraclub.org

Friday, August 15, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Ingredients

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That's kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson
 

Twitter Wisdom

I hate it when I think I'm buying ORGANIC vegetables, but when I get home, I discover they are just REGULAR donuts.

Robin McCauley
on twitter

Source: guff.com

Song Lyric Wisdom: Woodstock

Woodstock

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to camp out on the land
I'm going to try an' get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it's the time of man
I don't know who I am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
back to the garden


Woodstock, August 15th, 16th, and 17th, 1969  

Joni Mitchell
1969, ©Siquomb Publishing Company


Source: jonimitchell.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Longmire Wisdom

Stay calm.
Have courage.
And, wait for signs.

Craig Johnson
Longmire Mysteries
As the Crow Flies
©2012, Craig Johnson

Robin Williams on Empowerment

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams.

Source: mashable.com

Thank you and farewell.

John Lubbock on Rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. 

John Lubbock

Source: Tieroana Low Dog on facebook

Kat Lehman on Being

You are not the words used to describe you. You are not the expectation of who you might be. You are not the actions of those around you. You are not the things you cannot change.

You are an energy. You exist in this moment, beautiful and complete. You are part of this planet and its atmosphere. You are a child of the stars. Take in what is good and you will release good in return. You are the truest touchstone of yourself. Cherish your center and remember who you are. 

Kat Lehman

Source: peacefuldaily.com

Sunday, August 10, 2014

John Lennon on Resonance

I'm singing about me and my life, you know? And if it's relevant for other people's lives, that's all right. 

John Lennon
Imagine, 1988
Warner Bros.

John Lennon's conversation with a homeless man living on his property who thought John was writing his songs for him. Blunt, but kind, John invited the man in for breakfast after rattling the man briefly back into reality.

Source: imdb.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thích Nhất Hạnh on Comfort Zones

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Source: The Power of Change on facebook.

Toni Morrison on Letting Go

You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.

Toni Morrison

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rudyard Kipling on Dogs

When the Man waked up he said, "What is Wild Dog doing here?" And the Woman said, "His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always." 

Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book 

Source: Tieroana Low Dog, M.D. on facebook 

For Jena, thank you and farewell.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Robert Brault on Acceptance

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.

Robert Brault

Source: In Good Faith on facebook

Ruby Dee on Legacy

We have to talk to each other and let our children know that they didn't come here suspended in midair, but that they were connected to all manner of people of substance, of ideas and history that defines and makes it easier for them to pick up the pieces and go the next step that the human race needs to go.

Ruby Dee

Source: thinkexist.com

Thank you and farewell.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou on Love

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou

Source: dogingtonpost.com

Thank you and farewell.

L. P. Jacks on Work and Play

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. 

L.P. Jacks 
(Lawrence Pearsall Jacks)

Source: Thanks to The Power of Change on facebook

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meme Wisdom

I went for a run but came back after two minutes because I forgot something. I forgot I'm out of shape and can't run more than two minutes.

Sadly, no attribute.
 
Source: someecards on facebook.

Mother Teresa on The Path to Peace

The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The fruit of Service is Peace.

Mother Teresa

Source: OMTimes and Peaceful Daily on facebook


Conchita Wurst on Self-Determination

I just wanted to be part of the game, and then I realized, well, I create the game.

Tom Neuwirth as Chonchita Wurst
Eurovision Song Contest winner
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, May 2014


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Richelle E. Goodrich on Paying Attention

Between here and there is a journey illuminated by the rising and setting of a radiant sun. Don't miss its splendor in your all-fired hurry to cross the finish line.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Source: Power of Change on facebook

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bruce Lee on Progress

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.

Bruce Lee

Source: The Power of Change on facebook

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Song Lyric Wisdom: The Inchworm Song

The Inchworm Song

Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty two

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
You and your arithmetic
Will probably go far

Inchworm, inchworm
Measuring the marigolds
Seems to me, you'd stop and see
How beautiful they are

Two and two are four
Four and four are eight
Eight and eight are sixteen
Sixteen and sixteen are thirty two

Frank Loesser
Words and Music
from the musical, Hans Christian Anderson
1951, MPL Communications, Inc. 

Source: metrolyrics.com and musicnotes.com

Meme Wisdom

Everything happens for a reason.  But sometimes the reason is that you're stupid and make bad decisions.

Sadly, no attribution available

Source: Thanks to George Takei on facebook.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rachel Naomi Remen on Service

Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul

Rachel Naomi Remen 

Source: goodreads.com

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mary Anne Radmacher on Embracing Life

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.


Mary Anne Radmacher


Source: Thanks to Power of Change on facebook.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Marianne Williamson on Epiphany

The ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace."  The spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place."

Marianne Williamson

Source: Marianne Williamson on facebook. Thanks to Peaceful Daily on facebook.

Song Lyric Wisdom: Landslide

Landslide

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older and I'm getting older too
Oh, I'm getting older too

Awh, take my love, take it down
Awh, climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide bring it down

And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well, the landslide bring it down
Oh, the landslide bring it down

Stevie Nicks
Words and Music
1975, Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Xenophon on Trusting Instinct

Anything forced or misunderstood, can never be beautiful.

Xenophon 
(lived 430 B.C. - 354 B.C.)
The Art of Horsemanship 

Thanks to National Equine Resource Network on facebook

Song Lyric Wisdom: The End of the World As We Know It

It's the End of the World As We Know It 

That's great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane
Lenny Bruce is not afraid

Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn
World serves it's own needs, don't mis-serve your own needs
Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt, no strength
No ladder structure, clatter with fear of height, down height

Wire in a fire, representing seven games in a
Government for hire and a combat site left her
Wasn't coming in a hurry with the
Furies breathing down your neck

Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered, crop
Look at that low plane, fine, then
Uh, oh, overflow, population, common group
But it'll do, save yourself, serve yourself

World serves it's own needs listen to your heart bleed
Tell me with the rapture and the revered and the right
Right you vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light
Feeling pretty psyched

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
And I feel fine

Six o'clock, TV hour, don't get caught in foreign towers
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn
Lock him in uniform and book burning, blood letting
Every motive escalate, automotive incinerate

Light a candle, light a motive, step down, step down
Watch your heel crush, crush, uh, oh, this means
No fear, cavalier, renegade, steer clear
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine, I feel fine

It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine
(It's time I had some time alone)

The other night I tripped a nice continental drift divide
Mountains sit in a line, Leonard Bernstein

Leonid Brezhnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs
Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom
You symbiotic, patriotic, slam, but neck, right? Right

It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine

It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine

It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine

It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine, fine

It's time I had some time alone
 
R.E.M.
Words and Music
Peter Buck, Michael Mills,William Berry,Michael Stipe
1989, Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
Night Garden Music

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Marcus Aurelius on Gratitude

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

Source: Go Out and Play on facebook

Rumi on Resilience

You've seen my descent. Now watch my rising.

Rumi

Source: in5d.com

Linda Foor on Learning Curves


The best part of a learning curve is when you're looking at it in the rear view mirror.

Linda Foor