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is a moment-to-moment happening;
any attempt to possess it, save it,
store it, is to lose the present moment.
Life is short.
Each year passes more quickly than the previous one. It’s easy to
deny yourself many of life’s simple
pleasures because you
want to be practical. Forget about practical and decide instead to become
collector. Always be
on the lookout for gifts without ribbons.
strewing them across your path
His gifts come tagged with a note: “Life can be wonderful.
best not to miss it!”
Enjoy what it is before
it isn’t anymore. . . . Dare to
a pair of bunny slippers once in a while! Surprise yourself! Enjoy the little
things because one day you’ll look back
and realize they were the big things!
is learning which rules to obey, which rules not to obey,
the wisdom to tell the difference between the two.
Life is. I am.
Anything might happen.
And I believe I may invest my life with meaning.
The uncertainty is a blessing in disguise.
If I were absolutely certain about all things, I
would spend my life
in anxious misery, fearful of losing my way. But since
and anything are always possible, the miraculous is always nearby
and wonders shall never, ever cease.
Life is not something to be lived
through: it is something to be lived up to. It is a privilege, not a penal servitude
of so many decades on earth.
William G. Jordan
We must cultivate and defend particularity,
individuality, and irregularity—life.
Human beings do not have a future in the collectivism of
or in the mass society created by capitalism. Every system, by virtue as much
of its abstract nature as of
its pretension to totality, is the enemy of life.
As a forgotten Spanish poet, José Moreno Villa, put it
have discovered in symmetry the root of much iniquity.”
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Two - Year Three
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To recognize your capacity to affect life is to
most intimately and deeply, to recognize your real
power, independent of any role that you may have been
to play or expertise you may have acquired.
It is possible
to strengthen or diminish the life around
you in almost any role.
of the ways in which we become dangerous to others is
that our role or our expertise has in it such an inherent
for good that we, occupying that role, can do no harm.
There is no role that absolves us of the responsibility to
to be mindful that life is all around us, touching us.
Rachel Naomi Remen
just is. You have to
with it. Give
moment. Let it happen.
is good and is always
do us a good turn
if we will
to do so.
Life is the ability to start over again.
Life is really simple,
but people insist on making it complicated.
The real trick is to stay alive
as long as you
Life was never meant to be a struggle;
just a gentle progression from one point
to another, much like walking through
a valley on a sunny day.
You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry, don't worry, and stop
to smell the flowers along the way.
like any other exciting
story, is bound to have
painful and scary parts,
boring and depressing
parts, but it's a brilliant
story, and it's up to us
how it will turn out
in the end.
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is a pity that the words "spiritual life" were ever
for they have caused so much confusion. For, in truth, there
only life--everyday life--which is simply what is at every moment.
we all living like this? Two lives, the ideal outer life and
the inner imaginative life where we keep our secrets?
difference is great between one's outside "life," the
happen to one, incidents, pains and pleasures, and one's
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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|Life begins when a person first realizes how soon
I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.
have never given very deep thought to a philosophy of life, though
a few ideas that I think are useful to me.
One is that you do whatever comes
your way as well as you can, and another is that you think as
little as possible
about yourself and as much as possible about other people and
that are interesting.
The third is that you get more joy out of giving joy to
and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you
are able to give.
fair to say that the world around you is a mirror. Therefore
you have a lot more control over the future than you might think,
because you can shape your world just by being true
to what you really care about.
great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously
to groom one's curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb
and gallop over the thick, sunstruck hills every day. . . . It
began as mystery,
and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful
country lies in between.
There is never a frozen moment.
Life flows and so must we.
Stephen C. Paul
be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not
the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk
to be alive--the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way,
that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have
a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not
having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it,
without knowing what's going to happen next.
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is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence
of a high, pure, simple, and useful life.
will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
we think, measures us by
well we've succeeded, or
miserably we have failed,"
continued. "On the
other hand, perhaps
measure us at all, at least
not in the same ways we measure
ourselves. Perhaps it doesn't expect
us to succeed or fail. Life may
want us to make the journey
in order to
add to or detract from
the whole. To
put it another way,
when we reach the end
journey that is each of our lives,
we will be examples to those who
behind us. Some of us,
necessarily, will be examples
of how not to live life. Others of us
be examples of how to live life."
M. Marshall III
Give the best you have received from the past to
the best that
you may come to know in the future. Accept life daily not as a cup
to be drained but as a chalice
to be filled with whatsoever things are
honest, pure, lovely, and
of good report. Making
a living is best
undertaken as part of the more important business
of making a life.
now and again take a good look at something not made with
hands—a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream.
There will come
to you wisdom and patience and solace, and
above all the assurance
that you are not alone in the world.
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of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark
human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning
and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we
experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.
I want a life that sizzles
and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I
don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize
life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and
dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in
with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night
laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now.
want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat
ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and
down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh,
glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the
Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
for Being Human
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or
hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in
a full-time informal school called “life.”
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth
is a process of trial, error, and experimentation.
The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the
process as the experiments that ultimately “work.”
4. Lessons are repeated until they are
learned. A lesson will be presented to you in
various forms until you have learned it. When you
have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.
5. Learning lessons does not end. There’s no
part of life that doesn’t contain its lessons. If
you’re alive, that means there are still lessons to be
6. “There” is no better a place than
“here.” When your “there” has become a
“here,” you will simply obtain another “there”
that will again look better than “here.”
7. Other people are merely mirrors of you. You
cannot love or hate something about another person unless
it reflects to you something you love or hate about
8. What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What
you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.
9. Your answers lie within you. The answers to
life’s questions lie within you. All you need to
do is look, listen, and trust.
10. You will forget all this. You can remember
it if you want by unraveling the double helix of
Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules
I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of
I was trying to say both as a novelist and a preacher, it would be
something like this: Listen to your life. See it for
mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it no
less than in the
excitement and the gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to
and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments
are key moments and life itself is grace.
Now and Then
is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile,
things such as love and duty,
work and rest, and living close to
Laura Ingalls Wilder
trouble with many of us is that we just slide along in life.
would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what
we want out of life that we give to the question of what to do
a two weeks' vacation, we would be startled at our false standards
and the aimless procession of our busy days.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
when summer gets perfect--fresh nights, soft sun, casual breezes,
crushingly full and quietly cooling trees, empty beaches, and free
it ends. Life is like that too. Just when we get it
right, it starts to change.
The job gets easy and we know just how to do it, and they tell us
retired. The children grow up and get reasonable and they
leave home, just
when it's nice to have them around. . . . That's life on the edge
And that's beautiful--if we have the humility for it.
is never quite safe to think we have done with life. When we
we have finished our story fate has a trick of turning
and showing us yet another chapter.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
|To some degree we all find life difficult, perplexing, and oppressive.
when it goes well, as it may for a time, we worry that it probably won’t
keep on that way. Depending on our personal history, we arrive at
adulthood with very mixed feelings about this life. If I were to tell you that
your life is already perfect, whole, and complete just as it is, you would
think I was crazy. Nobody believes his or her life is perfect.
And yet there
is something within each of us that basically knows we are boundless,
limitless. We are caught in the contradiction of finding life a rather perplexing
puzzle which causes us a lot of misery, and at the same time being dimly
aware of the boundless, limitless nature of life.
So we begin looking for an answer to the puzzle.
Charlotte Joko Beck
Everyday Zen: Love and Work