If we look at our lives, we always can find something to be thankful for.
As always, I am grateful for you. Blessings.
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With the holiday celebrating scary things approaching, I thought it would be fun to post some quotes about fear. Enjoy!
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. (Andre Gide)
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. (Plato)
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now it the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. (Marie Curie)
From the poet Nikki Giovanni:
There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothes, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world, I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary, and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair, and disrespect.
Here's a pithy quote from Pema Chodron:
The inconceivable wish to help all sentient beings always begins with oneself. Our own experience is the only things we have to share. Other than that, we can't pretend to be more awake or more compassionate than we actually are. Much of our realizaation comes from the honest recognition of our foibles. The inability to measure up to our own standards is decidedly humbling. It allows us to empathize with other people's difficulties and mistakes.
I found some juicy quotes that speak to today:
We are like sleepwalkers, not knowing what we are doing or where we are heading. Whether we can wake up or not depends on whether we can walk mindfully on our Mother Earth. The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
No one who isn't us is going to destroy Earth, and no one who isn't us is going to save it. The most hopeless conditions can inspire the most hopeful actions. We have found ways to restore life on Earth in the event of a total collapse because we have found ways to cause a total collapse of life on Earth. We are the flood, and we are the ark. (Jonathan Safran Foer)
Let's be, for a while, true optimists, and operate on the assumption that human beings are not grossly defective. Let's assume we're capable of acting together to do remarkable things. (Bill McKibben)
Here are some pithy quotes to ponder:
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. (Thomas Carlyle)
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. (Marie Curie)
In other words, keep on keeping on!