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afraid of life.
is worth living
help create the fact.
No one has success
until he or she has the abounding life. This is made up
many-fold activity of energy,
enthusiasm and gladness. It
is to spring
to meet the day
with a thrill at being alive.
It is to go forth to meet the
in an ecstasy of
joy. It is to realize the oneness of humanity
your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness
in everyday life,
something magical happens: ordinary
life becomes extraordinary,
and the very
process of life
begins to nourish your soul! With each new
comes your way,
presents itself to nourish your soul.
to live by all means, but for
Heaven's sake do not forget to
A life spent
making mistakes is not only more honorable
but more useful than a life
spent doing nothing.
value of life lies not in the length of days,
but in the use we
make of them; a person may
live long yet live very little.
Michel de Montaigne
doctor, I studied survivors--people who got sick but
Many of those exceptional patients
had been given little time to live,
were some of
the happiest people I'd ever met. They knew,
through their illness, which became their
that if you want to be happy,
you must answer
some key questions. What are you here for? And how do you
want to spend your limited time? If your answer is that
you are here to love, to
serve others and not to be
then you already have everything you need
happy. If you wake up
in the morning, that's enough; you
are grateful for
the opportunity to contribute
in your way.
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Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is
injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so
to be consoled as to console; to be understood
as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in
giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal
St. Francis of Assissi
a school. There is something new to learn wherever
we may be, wherever we go, wherever we turn.
Walter A. Witt
days, doing "the best we can" may still fall short of what
we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect--on any
front--and doing what we can with what we have is the
most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
World According to Mr. Rogers
A Psalm of Life
WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG
MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST
Tell me not, in
Life is but an empty dream!--
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,--act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
has been designed to work, and your hidden potential
contains what you seek and all that you need in your life. It is OK
to be who you are and to choose what you have. The Quakers
call it the "still, small voice within,"
that place of full awareness
within that is in touch with
the entire universe and is the source
of wisdom. In
effect, you don't have to keep searching for
by focusing on being someone else or being
somewhere else. There is no place else to be and nothing
else to get. You
will be able to grasp the levers of change in
when you can allow yourself to be present in the
accept the world as it is, and trust that
as it was intended to be.
At end of
Love, at end of Life,
At end of Hope, at end of Strife'
At end of all we cling to so--
The sun is setting--we must go.
At dawn of Love, at dawn of Life,
At dawn of Peace that follows Strife,
At dawn of all we long for so--
The sun is rising--let us go.
Louise Chandler Moulton
It is a
glorious privilege to live, to know, to act, to listen,
to love. To look up at the blue summer sky; to
see the sun sink slowly
beyond the line of the horizon;
to watch the worlds come twinkling into
view, first one
by one, and the myriads that no man can count, and lo!
the universe is white with them; and you and I are here.
I wish there were a
book I could read each day to tell me exactly what to do
to live consciously from my heart and soul. But
part of the mystery and magic,
part of the reason I'm
here, is to try to stumble through and hear what the soul
has to say about what it needs at each moment--whether it
is to work through
an emotional block, discover what the
next lesson is, meet the next soul mate
(my children are
soul mates; my best friends are soul mates), or finish my
with the one I'm with now. Ultimately, for most
of us, the journey comes down
to the same issue: learning
to love freely. First ourselves, then other people.
is this thing called life, and why do we have so many
problems trying to get through it? Why do so many people
hate it so much, while others love it and live it fully
until they die? Part of the goal of this series of pages
is to examine life from different perspectives, looking
at different aspects of who we are. Maybe we're feeling
badly about ourselves because of how we're treating one
particular aspect of ourselves, and if we can focus on
that, we can start living more. I know that I want to
reach my death and look back and say that even though I
didn't do everything right, even though I ended up
hurting people, even though I made many mistakes, I still
did the best that I could, and I still got the most I
could out of each moment.
I try to do so, for I know I
could die tomorrow. So could you--sorry, but it's true.
And even if I live to be eighty, eighty years isn't
enough to experience everything that's available to us in
this world. Live life, don't just walk through it. This
isn't a dress rehearsal--this is the real thing. Take
advantage of it. As Maude says, "Get hurt even."
You belong here just as much as any other one of God's
creations, and God wants you to thrive, to live. He's not
going to hand life to you on a platter, though--you've
got to go out and get it.
I think we make it more difficult on ourselves by viewing life in very
general terms. We look at "life"--this vast,
all-encompassing term--rather than at "my life," a much more
specific term that we actually can get a grip on if we try hard
enough. My life is made up of my experiences and how I react to
the experiences of others, and my life is quite a fascinating
thing. My life is lovable and livable, and I can live it only in
the way that I choose to live it.
also tend to see life in the way that others see it for us.
Other people seem to think that they know better how we should live
our lives, and we cave in and obey them far too often. There's a
huge difference between doing what others tell us to do and learning
from others and putting the lessons into practice. If we do the
former, we lose our sense of self, our sense of who we are, and it's
difficult to be satisfied with ourselves. If we do the latter,
we keep our integrity (what an important word!), and our lives truly
are our lives.
is a beautiful experience. Accept that reality, and live as if
it were true, and you'll be amazed at how beautiful life actually
is. We're not here to fight, but to cooperate, and when we put
that principle into practice, we start to find the peace our hearts
The people whom I have
seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful
hopeful, who went about their business with a smile
on their faces,
the changes and chances of this
mortal life with
facing rough and smooth alike as it
Look at an animal, a cat, a dog, or a bird, or one of
in the zoo, a puma or a
giraffe. You can't help seeing
that all of them are
right. They're never in any embarrassment. They
know what to do and
how to behave themselves. They
flatter and they don't intrude. They don't
pretend. They are as they
are, like stones or
flowers or stars in the sky.
in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs.
They most live
Who think most, feel the noblest, act the best.
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The world is a looking-glass,
and gives back to everyone the reflection
of our own faces. Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly
laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.
William Makepeace Thackery
I am in
love with this world. . .
I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests,
sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts,
the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds,
and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.
were born with the right to be happy. You were born with the
right to love, to enjoy and to share your love. You are alive,
your life and enjoy it. Don't resist life passing through you,
that is God passing through you. Just your existence proves the
existence of God. Your existence proves the existence of life
We don't need to know or prove anything. Just to
be, to take a risk
and enjoy your life, is all that matters. Say no when you want
to say no,
and yes when you want to say yes. You have the right to be
a seed that you really should nurture in your mind. You don't
knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don't need the
acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being
and by loving yourself and others. It is an expression
of God to say, "Hey, I love you."
Don Miguel Ruiz
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so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands are too small,
vision which is muddled? You are the one who must
Nobody has things just as
like them. The thing to do
is to make a success with what
material I have. It is
waste of time and soul-power
what I would
do if things were different. They
are not different.
secret of success is to be in harmony with existence,
be always calm. . .
to let each wave of life
wash us a
little farther up the shore.
that are most worthwhile in life are really
those within the reach
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human being who cares to seek them out.
come into the world with nothing, and the purpose
of your life
make something out of nothing.
in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
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are thankful it's no worse than it is.
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People say that
what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think
what we're really seeking. I think that what we're
seeking is an experience
of being alive, so that our life experiences
on the purely physical plane
will have resonances within our own
innermost being and reality,
so that we actually feel the rapture of
live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury;
and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable;
and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act
to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden, and unconscious to grow up
through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
William Henry Channing
must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems,
and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.
It began in mystery,
and it will end in mystery, but what
a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
None but a good
person is really a
and the more
good any person does,
the more he or she really lives.
All the rest is death, or belongs with it.
people ask me what I have learned from all of the
experiences in my life, and I say unhesitatingly: People
are wonderful. It is true. People really are
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I like living. I
have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable,
racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly
that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Once out of all the gray days of
my life I have looked into the heart of reality;
I have witnessed the truth; I have seen life as it really
madly beautiful, and filled to overflowing with a wild joy, and a value
Margaret Prescott Montague
Life is too wonderful,
too full, too short
and strength too limited
to contain its wonder.