My instructor, Kat, suggested that we all keep a journal of quotes, flash-type stories, poems, song lyrics, prayers and whatnot. Being enamored of paper and notebooks, I will naturally have a Guttenburg addition, but I thought it would be nice to have cyber-version too. So I will be adding my finds here and you are welcome to share in the comment box as well.
Remember, the key is INSPIRATIONAL. Think Patanjali with a smidgeon of Hallmark.
1) Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. – Talluah Bankhead
2) Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. – Oscar Wilde
3) When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm. ~Dan Heist
4) For a New Beginning
by John O’Donohue
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue, Doubleday Religion, 2008.
5) “Never bear more than one trouble at a time,” wrote author and clergyman Edward Everett Hale. “Some people bear three kinds: all they have had, all they have now, and all the expect to have.”
6) In 2008, an obscure author named JK Rowling delivered the commencement speech at Harvard University. Part of her talk touched on her darkest times, the times she almost gave up. “So why do I talk about the benefits of failure?” Rowling said. “Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”
7) Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself. ~
8) “I think of leisure time, intimate time, solitary time, as time in which to plant seeds that will grow and flower in unknown, undiscovered parts of my life.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard, from Living a Beautiful Life