Thursday, December 31, 2009

If

"If, before going to bed every night, you will tear a page from the calendar, and remark, 'there goes another day of my life, never to return,' you will become time conscious."

-- A. B. Zu Tavern

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lost

"Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever."

-- Horace Mann

Monday, December 28, 2009

Advice is like snow

"Advice is like snow, the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind."

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge, British poet

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The grand essentials

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."

-- Joseph Addison

Saturday, December 26, 2009

And though you should live

And though you should live in a palace of gold, or sleep in a dried up ditch, You could never be as poor as the fairies are, and never as rich.

~Rose Fyleman

Every time a child says

Every time a child says, "I don't believe in fairies," there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

~James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan

Nothing can be truer

Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom. It is as true as sunbeams.

~Douglas Jerrold

Faeries

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

~William Butler Yeats

No child

No child but must remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

Soft moss

Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where Faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night.

~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"

Deep within

Deep within the winter forest among the snowdrift wide
You can find a magic place where all the fairies hide....

~Author Unknown

Wind chimes

Wind chimes in your yard will serenade garden creatures - squirrels, fairies and angels.

~Author Unknown

I believe in everything

I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?

~John Lennon

A rustle in the wind

A rustle in the wind reminds us a fairy is near.

~Author Unknown

Blind folk see the fairies

Blind folk see the fairies.
Oh, better far than we,
Who miss the shining of their wings
Because our eyes are filled with things
We do not wish to see.

~Rose Fyleman

This is a work of fiction

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof.

~Neil Gaiman

Each fairy breath

Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.

~Author Unknown

We the Fairies

We the Fairies, blithe and antic,
Of dimensions not gigantic,
Though the moonshine mostly keep us,
Oft in orchards frisk and peep us.

~Thomas Randolph

A lady, with whom I was riding

A lady, with whom I was riding in the forest, said to me, that the woods always seemed to her to wait, as if the genii who inhabit them suspended their deeds until the wayfarer has passed onward: a thought which poetry has celebrated in the dance of the fairies, which breaks off on the approach of human feet.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "History"

Come away

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

~William Butler Yeats, "The Stolen Child"

When the winds of March

When the winds of March are wakening the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near some budding little thickets,...
And when she sees you creeping up to get a closer peek
She tumbles through the daffodils, a playing hide and seek.

~Marjorie Barrows

Spread your wings

Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!

~Author Unknown

We call them faerie

We call them faerie. We don't believe in them. Our loss.

~Charles de Lint

The wall is silence

The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.

~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

The Realm of Fairy

The Realm of Fairy is a strange shadow land, lying just beyond the fields we know.

~Author Unknown

And as the seasons come and go

And as the seasons come and go, here's something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around - in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature's things, you might just see a fairy's wing.

~Author Unknown

If we opened our minds

If we opened our minds to enjoyment, we might find tranquil pleasures spread about us on every side. We might live with the angels that visit us on every sunbeam, and sit with the fairies who wait on every flower.

~Samuel Smiles

Garden fairies

Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they're gone.

~Author Unknown

Any man

Any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind.

~Irish Saying

There never was

There never was a merry world since the fairies left off dancing, and the Parson left conjuring.

~John Selden, "Parson," Table Talk, 1689

The fairies

The fairies break their dances
And leave the printed lawn.

~A.E. Housman

Fairies are invisible

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels. But their magic sparkles in nature.

~Lynn Holland

The fairy poet

The fairy poet takes a sheet
Of moonbeam, silver white;
His ink is dew from daisies sweet,
His pen a point of light.

~Joyce Kilmer

When I sound the fairy call

When I sound the fairy call,
Gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall,
Cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, Take a cherry
Mine are sounder, Mine are rounder
Mine are sweeter, For the eater
When the dews fall. And you'll be fairies all.

~Robert Graves, "Cherry-Time," Fairies and Fusiliers, 1918

Oh! where do fairies hide

Oh! where do fairies hide their heads,
When snow lies on the hills,
When frost has spoiled their mossy beds,
And crystallized their rills?

~Thomas Haynes Bayly

I think that people

I think that people who can't believe in fairies aren't worth knowing.

~Tori Amos

Angels

Angels, pixies, faerie dust
Treading love and living lust.

~Jaesse Tyler

Buttercups in the sunshine

Buttercups in the sunshine look like little cups of gold.
Perhaps the Faeries come to drink the raindrops that they hold.

~Elizabeth T. Dillingham, "A Faery Song"

Raindrops

Raindrops are like fairy whispers.

~Author Unknown

The little Plumpuppets

The little Plumpuppets are fairies of beds;
They have nothing to do but watch sleepyheads;
They turn down the sheets and they tuck you in tight,
And dance on your pillow to wish you good night!

~Christopher Morley

The iron tongue

The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; lovers to bed; 'tis almost fairy time.

~William Shakespeare

Deaf folk hear

Deaf folk hear the fairies
However soft their song;
'Tis we who lose the honey sound
Amid the clamor all around
That beats the whole day long.

~Rose Fyleman

I'll seek

I'll seek a four-leaved shamrock in all thy fairy dells,
And if I find the charmed leaves, oh, how I'll weave my spells!

~Samuel Lover

The fairies went

The fairies went from the world, dear,
Because men's hearts grew cold:
And only the eyes of children see
What is hidden from the old...

~Kathleen Foyle

Come cuddle close

Come cuddle close in daddy's coat
Beside the fire so bright,
And hear about the fairy folk
That wander in the night.

~Robert Bird

Are those the magic fairy wands

Are those the magic fairy wands
glistening on the tree
or only winter icicles that I see?

~Author Unknown

When the first baby

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.

~James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan

Hand in hand

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.

~William Shakespeare

It's easy to believe

It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so.

~Charles de Lint

Thursday, December 24, 2009

How we spend

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

-- Annie Dillard

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It is an important and popular fact

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars, and so on - while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversly, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reason.

~Douglas Adams, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sometimes I feel

Sometimes I feel there is a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear you could probably hear the ocean. Heh. The moon tonight, there's a circle around it, a sign of trouble not far behind. I have this dream of being whole. I'm not going to sleep each night wanting... but sometimes when the wind is warm or the crickets sing, I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I want to be seen. I don't know; maybe I've had my happiness. I don't want to belive it, but there is no man, Gilly, only that moon…

~Practical Magic, the movie.

Being normal

Being normal is not necassarily a virtue, It rather denotes a lack of courage.

~from Practical Magic

And this is what comes

And this is what comes from dabbling; I mean you can’t practice witchcraft while you look down your nose at it.

~Practical Magic, the movie.

Always throw

Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can.

~Practical Magic, the movie.

Do you ever

Do you ever put your arms out and spin and spin and spin? Well that’s what love feels like.

~Practical Magic, the movie.

Don't die on me

Don’t die on me Gilly please, ’cause we’re supposed to die together remember, at the same time, you promised me that and this is not that day!

~Practical Magic, the movie

Sunday, November 29, 2009

You cannot

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

~ Abraham Lincoln

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I'm not so good with advice

"I'm not so good with advice...can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?"

-Matthew Perry as 'Chandler', American TV character

Sunday, November 1, 2009

If I cannot give

"If I cannot give consent to my own death, then whose body is this? Who owns my life?"

~Sue Rodriguez

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This above all

"This above all:
to thine own self be true."

-William Shakespeare

One thing we can do

"One thing we can do is make the choice to view the world in a healthy way. We can choose to see the world as safe with only moments of danger rather than seeing the world as dangerous with only moments of safety."

-- Deepak Chopra

There are no guarantees

"There are no guarantees. From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough. From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary."

-- Emmanuel

Until we take

"Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective."

-- Stephen Covey

Persons and societies

"Persons and societies do not submit passively to surroundings and events. They make choices as to the places where they live and the activities in which they engage -- choices based on what they want to be, to do and to become. Furthermore, persons and societies often change their goals and ways; they can even retrace their steps and start in a new direction if they believe they are on a wrong course. Thus, whereas animal life is prisoner of biological evolution which is essentially irreversible, human life has the wonderful freedom of social evolution which is rapidly reversible and creative. Wherever human beings are concerned, trend is not destiny."

-- Rene Dubos

I like thinking of possibilities

"I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I've learned, is to be awake to the moment."

-- Doug Hall

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My initial response

"My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character."

-Charles Barkley, American basketball player

He who is not

"He who is not impressed by sound advice, lacks faith."

-Abu Bakr, Saudi Arabian statesman

Feedback

"Feedback is the breakfast of champions."

-Ken Blanchard, American author

If it's free

"If it's free, it's advice; if you pay for it, it's counseling; if you can use either one, it's a miracle."

-Jack Adams, Canadian hockey player

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

A house

A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.

~Phillip Moffitt

To keep the body

To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

~Buddha

Man is

Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.

~Montaigne

Criticism

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

~Winston Churchill

Some patients

Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.

~Zacharty Bercovitz

Thursday, October 8, 2009

the only time

"... the only time you ever have in which to learn anything or see anything or feel anything, or express any feeling or emotion, or respond to an event, or grow, or heal, is this moment, because this is the only moment any of us ever gets. You’re only here now; you’re only alive in this moment."

-- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Very few of us

"Very few of us know how much we can put into life if we use it properly, wisely, and economically. Let us economize our time -- lifetimes ebb away before we wake up, and that is why we do not realize the value of the immortal time God has given us."

-- Paramahansa Yogananda

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

If you are pained

“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”

-- Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Security is

"Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life."

-- Germaine Greer

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life Rules

Life is short!
Break the rules!
Forgive quickly!
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably..
And never regret anything that made you smile.

~anonymous

A good intention

"A good intention clothes itself with power."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are what you think

"You are what you think.
You are what you go for.
You are what you do!"

-- Bob Richards

There are three kinds of people

"There are three kinds of people and three kinds of richness:
- people who want to have, to collect
- people who want action, work and labor
- people who want to be
The real richness is in be-ness. People can take all that you have, all that you collected. People can stop your labor, or an accident can stop you. When you are, you never lose what you are."

-- Torkom Saraydarian

Every human action

"Every human action, whether it has become positive or negative, must depend on motivation."

-- Dalai Lama

Every artist

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

The people

"The people we are in relationship with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors reflecting their beliefs. So relationship is one of the most powerful tools for growth... if we look honestly at our relationships we can see so much about how we have created them."

-- Shakti Gawain

Any situation

"Any situation that you find yourself in, is an outward reflection of your inner state of beingness."

-- El Morya

Monday, September 28, 2009

You should not

"You should not do magic you do not understand!"

~~ from The Indian in the Cupboard.

Advice is

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."

-Erica Jong, American author

Positive Quitting

"Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. ‘Winners never quit,’ we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire. When you quit all the things that aren’t working for you, when you quit tolerating all the negative things that hold you back, you’ll create a positive ‘charge’ in your life as well as create the space in your life for more positive experiences."

-- Jim Allen

Adventure can be

"Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring."

-- Grace Lichtenstein

Our lives

"Our lives improve only when we take chances ... and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."

-- Walter Anderson

Getting in touch

"Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority."

-- Tom Hopkins

Two people

"Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to - you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide."

-- Sogyal Rinpoche

Everything

"Everything seeks its source."

-- a universal principle

You, yourself

"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."

-- Buddha

Unkind criticism

"Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish."

-- Barbara Sher

A critic

"A critic is a legless man who teaches running."

-- Channing Pollock

If you had a friend

"If you had a friend who talked to you like you sometimes talk to yourself, would you continue to hang around with that person?"

-- Rob Bremer

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

With the gift of listening

"With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing."

-- Catherine de Hueck Doherty

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Knowledge of the self

"Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms."

- Kahlil Gibran

The time has come

“The time has come to take stock of ourselves, to discriminate between priorities, to assess the use we are making of our power and capabilities, and above all, to recognize the limits and truth of our own nature and humanity.”

- Howard Sasportas

The greatest wisdom

"The greatest wisdom is in simplicity, love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It's not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It's encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way."

- Carlos Barrios

Three hundred years ago

"Three hundred years ago astrology was suppressed under a tide of mechanical scientific views and religious instability. Science did not want to deal with any study that utilised invisible energy fields amd religion did not want the masses to have a tool for self-realisation. Today, quantum physics has opened science to the possibility of invisible forces and people are fed up with the dogmatic, limiting structures of the religious institutions. Astrology is re-emerging just in time for the spiritual revolution."

- Kelly Lee Phipps

Dum vivimus

Dum vivimus, vivamus
- let us live while we live.

~unknown

In lak 'ech

In lak 'ech -
I am another yourself or I am you, you are me!

~unknown

Act Now

Act now - this day will never come again.

~unknown

When there is light

When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person;
When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the home, there is honour in the nation;
When there is honour in the nation, there is peace in the world.

~Old Chinese Proverb

Monday, September 14, 2009

The first duty of love

"The first duty of love is to listen."

-- Paul Tillich

The purpose of therapy

"The purpose of therapy is not to remove suffering but TO MOVE THROUGH IT to an enlarged consciousness that can sustain the polarity of painful opposites."

-- James Hollis

Often people attempt

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want."

-- Margaret Young

Who does not

"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much."

-- Estonian proverb

Even though you may want

"Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life."

-- Mary Manin Morrissey

In truth

"In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages."

-- Swami Brahmanada

This business of hozho

"This business of hozho. The way I understand it ... I’ll use an example. Terrible drought, crops dead, sheep dying. Spring dried out. No water. The Hopi, or the Christian, maybe the Moslem, they pray for rain. The Navajo has the proper ceremony done to restore himself to harmony with the drought. You see what I mean. The system is designed to recognize what’s beyond human power to change, and then to change the human’s attitude to be content with the inevitable."

~from ‘Sacred Clowns’ by Tony Hillerman

Acceptance says

"Acceptance says, True, this is my situation at the moment. I’ll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I’ll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever a loving Father sends me."

--Catherine Marshall

It is important

"It is important not to ‘need’ what you are calling to you but rather to have a certain detachment about it. Let it be all right if it doesn’t come, or if it comes in a different form than what you expect. After you have asked for something, surrender to whatever comes as being appropriate."

-- Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer

Peace is not won

Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences, but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections.

- Katherine Paterson

Peace comes

"Peace comes not from the absence of conflict, but from the ability to cope with it."

~ Unknown

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Where there is great doubt

Where there is great doubt,
there will be great awakening;
small doubt, small awakening,
no doubt, no awakening."

- Zen saying

Be patient and strong

Be patient and strong; for someday this pain will be useful to you.

~ Ovid

Don't be too timid

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world you see

The world you see is just a movie in your mind.

~Jack Kerouac

Thursday, September 3, 2009

there is no one

...there is no one in this world who is not looking for God. everyone is trudging along with as much dignity, courage and style as they possibly can.

~ Hafiz

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Men are from earth

Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

~unknown

Going to church

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

~unknown

The grass may be greener

The grass may be greener on the other side but at least you don’t have to mow it.

~unknown

Sometimes I need

Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.

~unknown

The tree of liberty

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

~Thomas Jefferson

Monday, August 31, 2009

We do survive

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.

~John Updike

God sent dogs

"God sent dogs to earth to teach humans how to love."

~Allen Griggs

Countless numbers of people

Countless numbers of people who pray for diseases to go away would be utterly baffled and stunned should this actually happen.

~Larry Dossey

Some people

Some people want to recognize God only in some pleasant enlightenment - and then they get pleasure and enlightenment, but not God.

~Meister Eckhart

If God

If God had granted all the silly prayers I've made in my life, where should I be now?

~C.S. Lewis

When the Gods

When the Gods want to punish us, they answer our prayers.

~Oscar Wilde

Wherever there are no limits

Wherever there are no limits, where Infinity and Eternity and Immortality exist, that is where God is.

~Mikhael Alvanhov

There is a type

There is a type of person in whose mind God is always mixed up with vitamins.

~Manly P. Hall

Short prayer

Short prayer penetrates heaven.

~unknown

Prayers are sometimes answered

Prayers are sometimes answered by the experience of more struggle, by our being plunged into situations where we must risk more than we ever dared before.

~Barry Ulanov

Jesus said

Jesus said, "Love your enemies," not "Don't have any."

~Larry Dossey

When we pray

When we pray in accordance with the law of love, we pray in accordance with the will of God.

~Agnes Sanford

Monday, August 24, 2009

As a holistic being

"As a holistic being you shatter the illusion of your separateness and reveal your connection to everything. This empowers you in a way that the ego-driven self could never contemplate."

-- Wayne Dyer

Beliefs separate

"Beliefs separate. Loving thoughts unite."

-- Paul Ferrini

I lived in solitude

"I lived in solitude in the country and noticed how the monotony of quiet life stimulates the creative mind."

-- Albert Einstein

I learned

"I learned... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness."

-- Brenda Ueland

If we fail

"If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning.... The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living."

-- Marion Woodman

Our prayers

"Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask, but when we are challenged to be what we can be."

-- Morris Adler

Your life

"Your life has to do with the agenda that has been set for you by you, by that part of you that we’ve come to call, in our language, your soul."

-- Neale Donald Walsch

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Everyone says

Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.

~C.S. Lewis

Forgetting is something

Forgetting is something that time takes care of, but forgiveness is an act of volition, and only the sufferer is qualified to make the decision.

~Simon Wiesenthal

Forgiveness does not mean

Forgiveness does not mean that we suppress anger; forgiveness means that we have asked for a miracle: the ability to see through mistakes that someone has made to the truth that lies in all of our hearts. Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Attack thoughts towards others are attack thoughts towards ourselves. The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.

~Marianne Williamson

Grace is

Grace is getting something that you don’t deserve; and mercy is not getting something that you do deserve.

~Francis Bacon

Forgiveness is

Forgiveness is the scent that the rose leaves on the heel that crushes it.

~John Arnott

In Him we have

In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of His grace.

~Ephesians 1:7

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

~Anonymous

Without being forgiven

Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would, as it were, be confined to a single deed from which we could never recover; we would remain the victims of its consequences forever, not unlike the sorcerer’s apprentice, who lacked the magic formula to break the spell.

~Hannah Arendt

Though justice be

Though justice be
Thy plea, consider this:
That in the course of justice
none of us should see salvation.
We do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer
doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.

~William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the heart of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.

~William Shakespeare

Seeing with better eyes

Seeing with better eyes, "We can recognize that the offender is a valuable human being who struggles with the same needs, pressures, and confusions that we struggle with. We will recognize that the incident really may not have been about us in the first place. Instead it was about the wrongdoer’s misguided attempt to meet his
or her own needs. As we regard offenders from this point of view (regardless of whether they repent and regardless of what they have done or suffered), we will be in a position to forgive them."

~Holmgren

I could

I could see peace instead of this.

~Course in Miracles©

To be wronged

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

~Course in Miracles©

I can forgive

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget" is only another way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note--torn in two and burned up so that it never can be shown against one.

~Paul Boese

It is easier

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

~William Blake

To carry a grudge

To carry a grudge is like being stung to death by one bee.

~William H. Walton

What power has love

What power has love but forgiveness? In other words by its intervention what has been done can be undone. What good is it otherwise?

~William Carlos Williams

Many promising reconciliations

Many promising reconciliations have broken down because while both parties come prepared to forgive, neither party come prepared to be forgiven.

~Charles Williams

If one by one

If one by one we counted people out
For the least sin, it wouldn't take us long
To get so we had no one left to live with.
For to be social is to be forgiving.

~Robert Frost

Resentment is

Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always.

~Dan Zadra

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.

~Isaac Friedmann

Forgiveness is better

Forgiveness is better than revenge, for forgiveness is the sign of a gentle nature, but revenge is the sign of a savage nature.

~Epictetus

Little vicious minds

Little vicious minds abound with anger and revenge and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

~Earl of Chesterfield

What is forgiven

What is forgiven is usually well remembered.

~Louis Dudek

Do you prefer

Do you prefer that you be right or happy?

~Course in Miracles©

As forgiveness allows

As forgiveness allows love to return to my awareness,
I will see a world of peace and safety and joy.

~Course in Miracles©

Never does

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when is foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.

~Confucius

Forgive yourself

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

~E. H. Chapin

God pardons

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

~Henry Ward Beecher

Forgiveness does not change

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~Les Brown

The glory of

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

~William Blake

They who forgive

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.

~William Blake

This is certain

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

~Josiah Bailey

Keeping score

Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.

~Malcolm Forbes

Reason to rule,

Reason to rule,
mercy to forgive:
The first is law,
the last prerogative.

~John Dryden

Life is

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

~Norman Cousins

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I can tell you

I can tell you that it takes great strength to surrender. You have to know that you are not going to collapse. Instead, you are going to open to a power that you don't even know, and it is going to come to meet you. In the process of healing, this is one of the huge things that I have discovered. People recognized the energy coming to meet them. When they opened to another energy, a love, a divine love, came through to meet them. That is what is known as grace. We all sing about amazing grace. It is a gift.

I think that it comes through the work that we do. For some people, it can come out of the blue, but I know that in my own situation, the grace came through incredible vigilance.

-Marion Woodman

I love cats

"I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."

-Jean Cocteau

Thousands of years ago

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.”

-Anonymous

There are many

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats."

--Anonymous

Cats are kindly masters

"Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place."

-Anonymous

With the qualities

"With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?"

-Fernand Mery

A meow

"A meow massages the heart.”

-Stuart McMillan

Kittens are born

"Kittens are born with their eyes shut. They open them in about six days, take a look around, then close them again for the better part of their lives."

-Stephen Baker

The smallest feline

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

-Leonardo da Vinci

Women and cats

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

-Robert A. Heinlein

I have studied

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."

--Hippolyte Taine

People who hate cats

"People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life."

--Faith Resnick

Cats are rather delicate

"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia."

--Joseph Wood Krutch

Dogs come

"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later."

--Mary Bly

As every

"As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat."

--Ellen Perry Berkeley

There are two

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

-Albert Schweitzer

There are no

"There are no ordinary cats."

-Unknown

There are few things

"There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat."

-Tay Hohoff

Every life

"Every life should have nine cats."

-Anonymous

I purr

"I purr, therefore I am."

-Anonymous Kitteh

There is no more

“There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten."

-Jules Champfleury

Cats are smarter

"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow."

--Jeff Valdez