Food for Thought:
“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
-Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
— Hans Hofmann
Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can’t see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees.
— Miranda July
Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.
— Maya Angelou
Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.
— Theodore Roethke
[Kindness] is a most edifying form of instant gratification.
— Krista Tippett
To make any kind of progress, we need to imagine a different reality and believe it’s possible.
— Tali Sharot
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
— Emily Dickinson
Your time belongs to you, not your stuff.
— Peter Walsh
The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
— Dan Dennett
The world ‘out there’ won’t change until the world ‘in here’ does.
— Deepak Chopra
Generosity is also an act of freedom, a casting off of the constraints of prudence and self-interest.
— Marilynne Robinson
Most dreams are also part reality (otherwise we wouldn’t believe them), and reality happens to be a condition that gives you plenty of chances through your life to rise to—no, soar through—the occasion.
— Leigh Newman
It’s in great joy that we grasp truth.
— Mark Leyner
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
— Charles William Eliot
It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.
— Steve Maraboli
There is somebody out there who gets it—it being you.
— Leigh Newman
You have to ask yourself, ‘Does this item or thought or response move me closer to my vision for my best life?’ If it does, great. If it doesn’t, what is it doing in your life?
— Peter Walsh
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
— James Baldwin
There are two types of people I will always remember at the end of my days; those who have been the kind to me and those that have been anything but kind to me.
Remember, what you focus on expands; results follow focus.
— Marcus Buckingham
Love—as grand and as great and as healing as it is—requires boundaries.
— Dr. Robin Smith
If you get, give. If you learn, teach.
— Maya Angelou
We’re the creators of our own experience—remembering this, and living our lives from this perspective, empowers us.
— Mike Robbins
There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.
— John Connolly
Money should not cost you your joy
— Laurence G. Boldt,
You have to stop ‘going’ ‘doing’ and ‘chasing’ and start spending more time ‘being’ with yourself.
— Dr. Robert Holden
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
— Golda Meir
Busy-ness is a state of mind, not a fact. No matter how much or how little we’re doing, we’re always just doing what we’re doing, simply living this one moment of our lives.
— Norman Fischer
The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.
— Jack Kornfield
Why you? Because there’s no one better. Why now? Because tomorrow isn’t soon enough.
— Donna Brazile
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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