Food for thought, 2nd edition

As after putting together the first list of words of wisdom, I discovered that in fact I have saved in various places many more. And since we navigate through this changing and challenging time we need more then ever words to lift us up. So I hope you enjoy 🙂

“There is a perfect rout of characters in every man—and every man is like an actor’s trunk, full of strange creatures, new & old. But an actor and his trunk are two different things.” – Wallace Stevens, Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self

“Grasshopper,” you may not always know what your invisible, limiting beliefs are. But you will always know the kinds of empowering beliefs you’d like to possess. And so, Adina, one decision at a time, one day at a time, you can choose to behave accordingly. And verily, worlds will be born, you shall be transformed, and the cows will come home. (Notes from the Universe newsletter)

“The things that we love tell us what we are.” – Happiness newsletter

Everyone in our lives is a mirror reflecting back the parts we love and dislike about ourselves. If we have the courage to recognize our reflections in each other, we can grow through our partnerships. A partnership that offers both acceptance of who we are and an opportunity for personal transformation can be fertile ground for growing a healthy, lasting union. When we find this kind of partnership, we are more likely to want to keep it, invest in it, and nurture it. – Daily OM newsletter

“The most daring and dangerous adventure is—other people.” – Gretchen Rubin

“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.” — Jean de La Bruyère, “Of Society and Conversation,” The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère

“But I don’t think of the future, or the past, I feast on the moment. This is the secret of happiness, but only reached now in middle age.” — Virginia Woolf, The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Vol. 3

Isn’t it a hoot? Adina, of all the people in all the world who actually “get it,” few, if any, actually give it to themselves. The trick? Baby steps. 
Give, just a little, today. Give credit, give praise, give goodies to yourself, and the Universe will give you even more.  Tallyho,  The Universe

“When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.”

“Feeling Guilty for Taking Care of Yourself Is Not Taking Care of Yourself.”

“Silence is a strange thing to us who live: we desire it, we fear it, we worship it, we hate it. There is a divinity about cats, as long as they are silent: the silence of swans gives them an air of legend.” — Keith Douglas, Alamein to Zem Zem

Adina, all you have to do is be. Be yourself. 
There’s nothing to prove. And there’s no one to please who isn’t already over the moon with joy at how well you’ve done and with who you’ve become.  Tallyho,  The Universe

“Of all the tasks which are set before man in life, the education and management of his character is the most important, and, in order that it should be successfully pursued, it is necessary that he should make a calm and careful survey of his own tendencies, unblinded either by the self-deception which conceals errors and magnifies excellences, or by the indiscriminate pessimism which refuses to recognize his powers for good. He must avoid the fatalism which would persuade him that he has no power over his nature, and he must also clearly recognize that this power is not unlimited.” William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.” — Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”
— Simone Weil, 
Gravity and Grace

Always, Adina, kindness prevails.
No matter how things appear, nor how humbling a task, nor how unkind they’ve been. 
Always,  The Universe

“Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, 
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

“It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”
— G.K. Chesterton, 
Orthodoxy

If you just start dancing, Adina, I can assure you, by the powers vested in me (more than you could ever imagine), the music will be added. As will the partners, the giant disco ball, and whatever else you like.
But I must warn you, “start” is not to be confused with “start and then stop to see if anything happens.” Nope, that’s “I’m scared, tired, and not sure what I really want.”
I mean “start” as in “never stop, never look back, because even if I make a ‘mistake,’ at least I still get to dance.”
Do your thing and I’ll do mine.  The Universe

“When things are taking their ordinary course, it is hard to remember what matters.”
— Marilynne Robinson, 
Gilead

We know what we are, but we know not what we may be

You did the best you could with the knowledge you had in that moment. It’s easier to look back and see a better choice or pathway because we already learned from our experience. Hindsight happens after the lesson, so we can’t condemn ourselves for not knowing the lesson before we learned it

Yes, they come back because your energy is amazing. They also come back because they want more free access to it. Stay awake.

If you can fall in love again and again…if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical…you’ve got it half licked (Henry Miller)

Only when the war inside becomes too big, the mind is unable to sort it. The person start to fight with the others outside. Take out time to sort your mind everyday to remain peaceful (Manita Bajaj)

Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you’d be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.

You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you, that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass. (Warren Buffet).

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