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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mindful Awareness - on acceptance, change, difficulty, facts, suffering, and truth


Be Grateful

"Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others' lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment. 
- Elizabeth Hailey, "A Woman of Independent Means" 

The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I'm happy about the things I've done. Not always happy about the results, but happy about the decisions, because I made them myself. And I think that's an important way to go through life.

- Kevin Costner

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.
- Thomas Moore

By learning to discover and value our ordinariness, we nurture a friendliness toward ourselves and the world that is the essence of a healthy soul.

- Thomas Moore, Irish poet (1779 - 1852)

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.
- Charles Luckman 

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

What happens when the future has come and gone?
- Robert Half  

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.  
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) 

"You can't base your life on the past or the present. You have to tell me about your future." – Chuck Palahniuk

"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." 

– Jules Renard 

"I stand in awe of my body." – Henry David Thoreau 

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

If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.

- Dick Cavett (1936 - ) 

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.
- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971) 

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)  

I like rice. Rice is great if you're hungry and want 2000 of something.
- Mitch Hedberg (1968 - 2005) 

"Even writers need relief from words." 

– Sarah Vowell 

"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." 

– Thomas Jefferson 

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings." 

– William Blake  

"One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes." 

– Friedrich Nietzsche

"The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them." 

– Lois McMaster Bujold  

 "Fidelity to commitment in the face of doubts and fears is a very spiritual thing." 
– David march


"Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One." 
– Benjamin Franklin 


"Everyone has his burden; what counts is how you carry it." 
 - Jon Smith

"The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone." 

– Thomas H. Huxley 


"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." – Anne Frank

"The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose." 

– William Cowper


"Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place." 
- Bob Davis


"Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid." 
– Publilius Syrus  

*Mindful Awareness - on acceptance, change, difficulty, facts, suffering, and truth