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September 29, 2008

Complete Satisfaction Does Not Exist

Realize that complete satisfaction does not exist.
Set your sights on being generally satisfied and generally happy, not expecting every aspect to be perfect. Complete satisfaction does not exist because everything can be improved upon. Those who accept this can appreciate what they have. Those who do not accept this can never appreciate what they have even as their circumstances improve. Strive to improve. Don't try to be perfect.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Realize that complete satisfaction does not exist: Number 89 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Those who believe they will fail to achieve their goals are unhappy, but so too are those who believe they will exactly meet their goals. Those who are the happiest believe they will meet some of their goals and will receive satisfaction from multiple aspects of their lives..
—Chen N. 1996. "Individual Differences in Answering the Four Questions for Happiness." Ph.D. diss., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 34-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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June 3, 2008

Focus on the World's Hope

Focus not on the world's tragedies, but on the world's hope.
Many sad things happen in our world, but rather than focusing on them, have hope for the future. Think of the world's potential. Perhaps the future holds the curing of diseases, the end of violence, the amelioration of poverty and hunger.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Focus not on the world's tragedies, but on the world's hope: Number 84 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

Over nine in ten Americans are uncomfortable or worried about aspects of the world and society. The difference between more and less happy people is what they do with that discomfort. Less happy people wallow in the problems they see, while happier people focus on potential improvements in the future.
—Garrett R. 1996. "Wisdom as the Key to a Better World." In Contemporary Issues in Behavior Therapy New York: Plenum.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: By age: 34-year-olds
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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April 8, 2008

A Friendship Blessing

May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul
   where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you.
May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them;
   may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth,
   and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.
—John O'Donohue

Source: Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue Harper Perennial 1998 & 2004 ISBN-13: 978-0-06-092943-5

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March 31, 2008

Light Within You

The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.
—Shakti Gawain

Source: Spirit window card series, by Compendium, Inc.
See also: Shakti Gawain's Web site

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January 7, 2008

Falling from High Places

A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.
—Paulo Coelho

Source: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Herter Studio. Running Press. 2006 ISBN 13: 978-0-7624-2514-3
See also:
> Official site of Paulo Coelho

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January 3, 2008

Living Our Own Life

We must all live our own lives, in our own time, and learn what is true for us, because very few truths prove valid for all people all the time.
—extract from DailyOm for Thursday, January 3, 2008

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Suffer And Sacrifice: False Beliefs published Thursday, January 3, 2008.

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January 2, 2008

Loving Ourselves

When we love ourselves, we refuse to allow others to manage our emtions from afar. Forgiveness is our means to that end.

Source: Everyday Wisdom by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer published by Hay House 1993 ISBN 1-56170-076-2
See also:
> Dr. Dyer's Official Web site

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December 29, 2007

Experience is the Bitterest

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

Source: Confucius Quote on Wisdom on BrainyQuote.com.

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December 26, 2007

Let's Dance

It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, bloodcurdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war whoop! Away with lamentation! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! Let the dead eat the dead. Let us living ones dance about the rim of the crater, a last expiring dance. But a dance!
—Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It is the birthday of Henry Miller who was born in New York City in 1891. He died June 7, 1980 in Pacific Palisades.
See also:
> Valentine Miller's Henry Miller: A Personal Collection
> Wikipedia's Henry Miller

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May 2, 2007

Religion: Man-Made

The mildest criticism of religion is also the most radical and the most devastating one. Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did. Still less can they hope to tell us the "meaning" of later discoveries and developments which were, when they began, either obstructed by their religions or denounced by them. And yet—the believers still claim to know!
—Christopher Hitchens

Source: Slate.com's blog Fighting Words: from: Christopher Hitchens Religion Poisons Everything; excerpt from Christopher Hitchens' book, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Army National Guard
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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May 1, 2007

Hijacking of Morality

The greatest tragedy in mankind's history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
—Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer (1917–

Source: Java House counter on May 1, 2007.
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925

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April 17, 2007

Oh, Such Sorrows

All sorrows can be borne, if you put them into a story.
—Isak Dinesen

It's all I have to bring today (26)

It's all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—
Be sure you count—should I forget—
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
—Emily Dickinson

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Tuesday, April 17, 2007.
See also:
⇒ Online biography of Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen.
⇒ Poets.org's Emily Dickinson.

WashingtonPost.com's Faces of the Fallen: Navy Reserves
U.S. Service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

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April 2, 2007

Teaching & Learning?

What a teacher thinks she is teaching often has little to do with what students learn.
—Susan Ohanian

Source: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right by Wlliam Martin. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2004 ISBN: 1-4022-0309-8
See also:
Susan Ohanian Speaksout.

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March 31, 2007

Seeking Truth

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

I think, therefore I am.
—René Descartes

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, March 31, 2007.
See also: René Descartes short bio

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March 27, 2007

Found My Tribe

Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.
—extract from the DailyOM for Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Your Allies On Life's Journey: Finding Your Tribe published Tuesday, March 27, 2007.
⇒ This entry is in honor of my tribe, the men of the Buffalo Gap Annual Gathering and the Men's Council of Greater Washington, see MensWork.org. Thank you, Brothers all, for being my tribe. I am honored to be included.

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March 26, 2007

Getting Even

You never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.
—Unknown

Source: Java House counter on March 26, 2007.
Java House
210 W Evergreen Blvd # 400
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 737-2925

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March 14, 2007

Let Go of Bitterness

The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.
—extract from the DailyOM for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Source: For the entire contemplation visit: DailyOM Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness published Wednesday, March 14, 2007.
⇒ This entry is in honor of my daughter, Jennifer, who seems to me to continue to hold a deep bitterness in her heart towards me. I prayer that I may release the bitterness I feel towards her, and move on in my life. I prayer that she will be able to find the strength and courage to release her bitterness, and let light and warmth touch her life. I love you so much, Jen Marie!

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February 8, 2007

Success: A Definition

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source: The Best Liberal Quotes Ever: Why the Left is Right by Wlliam Martin. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2004 ISBN: 1-4022-0309-8
See also: The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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January 25, 2007

Be Happy: Listen to Music

Music communicates to us on many different levels, and our favorite music tends to transport our mind to its favorite place.
—David Niven, Ph.D. in Listen to Music: Number 75 of The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People

A positive effect on mood was foumd for 92 percent of individuals when they listened to the music of their choice. Excitment and happiness were typical reactions to the music.
—Hakanen, R. 1995. Emotional Use of Music by African American Adolescents" Howard Journal of Communications 5:124.

Source: The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It. by David Niven, Ph.D. 2000 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251650-7
See also: Country Inns & Suites by Carlson Read & Return It program.

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January 22, 2007

Forgiveness and Understanding

When we truly forgive, we reach an understanding that allows us to forgo anger or grief. We become ready to let go of the past, despite its painful memories—but not the memories themselves. these remain though we do not dwell on them.The emotional undertow lessens and is brought under control; most of the time, at any rate. We accept, however reluctantly, that we cannot change the past, and become willing to move forward. Through forgiveness of the wrongdoer, and ourselves, we can learn to love and laugh again. We choose to embrace the present, to move on to whatever new experiences life has in store for us, and to face them strengthened by our survival.
—Gillian Stokes

Source: Forgiveness: Wisdom from Around the World by Gillian Stokes Red Wheel 2002 ISBN: 1-59003-036-2.

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July 25, 2006

A Young Man's Turning Point

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law
A Scout is:
Trustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
Friendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean
Reverent
—Boy Scouts of America

Source: Boy Scouts of America, National Council
Perhaps my nephew, Joe, will make the right moral and ethical choices to not follow a path of self destruction, but rather, a path of opportunity out of poverty.

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May 30, 2006

Book of Life

'And what is as important as knowledge?' asked the mind.
'Caring and seeing with the heart,' answered the soul.
—Flavia

Source: A greeting card entitled Book of Life given to me by my Bride of eight years, my Sweet Carol Ruth, on the occasion of our eighth Wedding Anniversary. I love her so very much. We have found a joyful chorus of love in our lives now.
See also: About Flavia

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January 13, 2006

Answer in Your Hands

A young man caught a small bird, and held it behind his back. He then asked, "Master, is the bird I hold in my hands alive or dead?" The boy thought this was a grand opportunity to play a trick on the old man. If the master answered "dead," it would be let loose into the air. If the master answered "alive," he would simply wring its neck. The master spoke, "The answer is in your hands."
—attrributed to his Holiness the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar Wednesday, January 11, 2006
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

January 8, 2006

Remember to Be Happy

The sign hangs on the wall of a bagel shop: "Don't forget to be happy."
     Sometimes we get so bogged down in dealing with feelings, issues, problems—the realities and details of our lives—we forget to be happy.
     Joy is a choice—a deliberate, conscious choice. That choice is available to us each day. Our joy isn't control by others or by outside circumstances. Joy comes from a deeper place, a place of security within ourselves. It is an attitude, not a transitory emotion:

Remember to be kind. Remember to be loving. Remember to feel all your feelings and to take care of yourself. But most of all, remember to be happy.
—Melody Beattie

Source: January 7th entry; Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody Beattie 1996 HarperCollins ISBN: 0-06-251121-1 (pbk.)
See also:
1. Melody Beattie's Home Page
2. Daily OM's Heart Beats: Drumming, January 6th 2006 entry

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January 7, 2006

Religion: Very Simple

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Insight from the Dalai Lama Daily Calendar, Wednesday, January 4th 2006 entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

October 10, 2005

Obstacles in Our Way

When our next best course of action seems unclear, any dilemmas we face can appear insurmountable. Yet there is nothing we cannot overcome with time, persistence, focused thought, help, and faith. Whatever the situation or problem, there is always a solution. And if you remember to look within, even as you search around you for the "right" course of action, you will be able to center yourself, clear your mind, and see that nothing has to be impossible.
—Daily OM for Monday, October 10, 2005

Source: DailyOm, October 10, 2005 Overcoming Obstacles: Nothing Is Insurmountable

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July 16, 2005

Need to Go Further

Sometimes we need to go further than we thought we could. We need to go past our fear, past our uncertainty, past the bend we can't see beyond. If we stay on the course, and go round the bend, we may find what we're looking for.
—Melody Beattie

Source: July 16th entry Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditation on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody BeattieHarperCollins 1996 ISBN 0-06-251121-1
See also: Melodie Beattie's Web site

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June 10, 2005

Empathize with Your Enemy

My Turn
The war in Iraq, specifically America's role of leadership in this war, is a painful invitation to ask ourselves what, if anything, we've learned from previous wars. I, like you, am revolted by the brutal killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people during any war. And, like you, I'm saddened by the apparent inability of human beings to find less violent solutions to conflict and terrorism. What can we learn from previous wars? Are there lessons from past experiences that can help reduce or minimize the likelihood of excessive and unnecessary destruction and devastation of lives and countries, and our future on Earth? I believe the answer is yes! We can learn, and there are lessons available.
—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Read the entire article

Source: My Turn Online Article by Dr. Wayne Dyer (visited Thursday, June 9, 2005)
See also an index of Dr. Dyer's Online Articles

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May 18, 2005

Moving to a New Phase

You have a right to choose to surround yourself with those people who understand you, are helpful and compassionate, and put you at ease.
—DailyOM of 18 May 2005

Source: DailyOM email subscription

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April 28, 2005

Music is Most Universal

Among the many forces in which the human spirit has tried to express its innermost yearnings and perceptions, music is perhaps the most universal. It symbolizes humanity's search for harmony, with oneself and others, with nature, and with the spiritual and sacred within and around us.
—attributed to HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Thursday, April 28th 2005 entry
See Also: The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

February 19, 2005

To Change Our World

Think of an idea to change our world
——and put it into ACTION!
—Mr. Eugene Simonet (Middle School Social Studies Teacher) played by Kevin Spacey in the movie Pay It Forward (2000)

Source: Pay It Forward DVD ISBN: 0-7907-5680-3
Mr. Simonet's Social Studies assignment to his seventh graders that inspired the character Trevor McKinney's Pay It Forward idea. Trevor was played by the young actor Haley Joel Osment.

December 26, 2004

Christmas Gifts Ideas for 2005

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
---Oren Arnold

Source: BellaOnline Quotes for December 2004

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October 19, 2004

Let Me Walk In Beauty

Native American Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me.
I am a man before you, one of your many children - I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people - the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy - myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset my spirit may come to you without shame.
- Native American Prayer
Translated by Chief Yellow Lark in 1887
Native American Missionary and Medicine Man
Lakota Tribe

Source: myDaily OM: Nurturing Mind Body and Spirit, for October 19, 2004, Let Me Walk In Beauty: Native American Prayer.

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October 12, 2004

Human Hand

I think the human hand is meant for embracing and not for hitting.
---HH the Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar: Tuesday, October 12, 2004

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October 2, 2004

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
---John Donne (1572-1631)
from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
MEDITATION XVII

Source: Wisdom of the Ages: A Modern Master Brings Eternal Truths into Everyday Life by Wayne W. Dyer
ISBN = 0-06-019231-3

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September 25, 2004

In Autumn, One Leaf Falls

In Autumn, one leaf falls, then another, then all the beautiful flowers die until we are surrounded by bare naked plants. We do not feel so joyful. Why is this?
Because deep down, we desire constructive, fruitful growth and dislike things collapsing, dying, or beingdestroyed.
---Dalai Lama

Source: Words of Wisdom Daily Calendar, Friday, September 24th entry
The Tibetan Government in Exile: About His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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September 5, 2004

History of God

A God who is in some mysterious way a person and who takes an active part in human history lays himself open to criticism. It is all too easy to make this "God" a larger-than-life tyrant or judge and make "him" fulfill our expectations. We can turn "God" into a Republican or a socialist, a racist or a revolutionary according to our personal views. The danger of this has led some to see a personal God as an unreligious idea, because it simply embeds us in our own prejudice and makes our human ideas absolute.
---Karen Armstrong, in History of God

Source: Discussions online about Karen Armstrong's History of God Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1994) ISBN: 0345384563

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July 8, 2004

The Invitation

It doesnt interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesnt interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesnt interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by lifes betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
remember the limitations of being human.

It doesnt interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
Yes.

It doesnt interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesnt interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesnt interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

---- Oriah Mountain Dreamer, from the book The Invitation published by HarperSanFrancisco, 1999

Source: Author's Official Web site Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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April 28, 2004

Do Not Believe

Do not believe what you have heard.
Do not believe in tradition because it is handed down many generations.
Do not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times.
Do not believe because the written statements come from some old sage.
Do not believe in conjecture.
Do not believe in authority or teachers or elders.
But after careful observation and anlysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it.
---Buddha (563 B.C. -- 483 B.C.)

Source: Wisdom of the Ages: A Modern Master Brings Eternal Truth into Everyday Life by Wayne W. Dyer

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April 15, 2004

Knowledge and Wisdom

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.
One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
---Sandra Carey

Source: Brilliance series window card, Compendium, Inc. Edmonds, WA

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March 21, 2004

Simply Believe

"There's no way to know what is possible for us in this world. Following the example of children, I just simply believe."
---Tiffany Loren Howe

Source: Expect a Miracle series; Compendium, Inc. Edmonds, WA

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