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It is only with the heart that one
can see rightly; what is essential
is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

   

Nothing is too great or too good to be true.  Do not believe that we can imagine things better than they are.  In the long run, in the ultimate outlook, in the eye of the Creator, the possibilities of existence,  the possibilities open to us, are beyond our imagination.

Joseph Wood Krutch

      
One has not only an ability to perceive the world but an ability to alter one's perception of it; more simply, one can change things by the manner in which he or she looks at them.

Tom Robbins
  
  
When you fall in a river, you’re no longer a fisher; you’re a swimmer.

Gene Hill
  
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse.  And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Malcolm S. Forbes
   

What people most need now is to apply their conversion skills to those things that are essential for their survival.  They need to convert facts into logic, free will into purpose, conscience into decision.  They need to convert historical experience into a design for a sane world.

Norman Cousins

   

Merely looking at the world around us
is immensely different from seeing it.

Frederick Frank

  

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Today's world needs change, alteration, renewal, and corrections of errors.
It needs new ideas, new approaches, methods, plans, procedures, and new
ways of doing things.  Maybe you should think of going--literally or symbolically--
to a circus today, where you'll see stunts you never dreamed possible.  The novelty
and originality there may stimulate what you need more of in this life.  Have the
daring to take a flight for the idea you believe in!


Wilferd A. Peterson

 

Despite all the doom and gloom that constantly assaults our senses,
there is a way for us to ransom our lives and reclaim our futures:
it consists in turning away from the world to recognize what in life
makes us truly happy.  For each of us, what that is will be different.
But once we obtain this inner knowledge, we will possess the ability
to transform our outer world.  "You can live a lifetime and, at the
end of it, know more about other people than you know about
yourself," the pilot and writer Beryl Markham reminds us.
We cannot let this continue to occur.


Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

In this world there
is nothing softer
or thinner than
water.  But to compel
the hard and unyielding,
it has no equal.
That the weak
overcomes the strong,
that the hard gives
way to the gentle –
This everyone
knows, yet no one
acts accordingly.

Lao-Tzu

  

When we look for the good in others,
we discover the best in ourselves.

Martin Walsh

   

People go abroad to wonder at the heights of the mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars;
and they pass by themselves without wondering.

St. Augustine

 

Invest in the “process” rather than the product.  Process living neutralizes
the depleting and impoverishing effects of chronically living in anticipation.  Even when
impossible goals occasionally are reached, satisfactions derived from them are
invariably disappointing unless the process has given ample satisfaction along the way.

Theodore Rubin

   
  
Recently my fingers have developed a prejudice against comparatives.
They all follow this pattern:  a squirrel is smaller than a tree; a bird is
more musical than a tree.  Each of us is the strongest one in his or her
own skin.  Characteristics should take off their hats to one another,
instead of spitting in each other’s faces.

Bertolt Brecht
  

We’re all doing time.  As soon as we get born, we find
ourselves assigned to one little body, one set of desires
and fears, one family, city, state, country, and planet.
Who can ever understand exactly why or how it comes down
as it does?  The bottom line is, here we are.  Whatever,
wherever we are, this is what we’ve got.  It’s up
to us whether we do it as easy time or hard time.

Bo Lozoff

 

  
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. . . .
So why bother in the first place?  Just this:  what is above knows what is below,
but what is below does not know what is above.  One climbs, one sees.
One descends, one sees no longer but one has seen.  There is an art
to conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one
saw higher up.  When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

Rene Daumal

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We do not see things as they are.  We see them as we are.

The Talmud

We are not rich by what we possess but rather by what we can do without.

Immanuel Kant

Things don’t change, but by and by
our wishes change.

Marcel Proust

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.

St. Jerome

  

  

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upon every sort of nonsense as want of sense.

Leigh Hunt
  

The way out is through the door you came in.

R.D. Laing

   

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

So much has been given to me; I have no time
to ponder over that which has been denied.

Helen Keller

 

Live every day to fulfill your personal mission.  God has a reason for
whatever season you are living through right now.  A season of loss
or blessing?  A season of activity or hibernation?  A season of growth
or incubation?  You may think you’re on a detour, but God knows the
best way for you to reach your destination.

Barbara Johnson

  
 
I was driving north on Highway 101, just ten minutes past the Golden Gate Bridge, on my way to the Richmond Bridge in San Rafael.  I planned to cross the bay and drive on north from there to Antioch, where I had an important business meeting.  Even though it was midday, I found myself suddenly in gridlock traffic.  I thought I might miss my appointment in Antioch.  I began to feel anxious.  I became irritated at the drivers I saw joining the freeway traffic from entrance ramps without leaving any space for the cars already on the highway to move forward.  It was looking less and less likely that I'd be at my appointment on time.  I noticed that my body had become tense and I was gripping the wheel.  Then I looked out the driver's side window and saw Mount Tamalpais.  I looked out to my right and saw Richardson Bay.  I thought, "I am sitting between two major tourist attractions.  People come from all over the world to sit exactly where I am sitting right now in order to have this view."  I sat back and appreciated the view.  My hands unclenched.  My body relaxed.  My mind relaxed.  Then I had this big revelation.

This was my revelation:  "I'll get to Antioch when I get to Antioch.  Maybe today.  Maybe not today.  Maybe I'll be there for the meeting.  Maybe I won't be there for the meeting.  Whatever will be will be.  My getting aggravated is not changing the situation.  It is making it worse."

When the traffic did start up again, I didn't drive too fast, so I didn't become a menace to myself and everyone else on the highway.  That's the important part. . . . You need to keep looking for whatever perspective you can find that will transform the moment.

Art George
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When Emerson's library was burning at Concord, I went to him as he
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Louisa May Alcott

   

One evening at Sagamore Hill, President Theodore Roosevelt's home in
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said, "Now, I think we are small enough!  Let's go to bed."

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Articles and book excerpts on perspective:

Affirmations:  Creating Our Positive Outlook      Barry Bitman
You're a Beautiful Person      tom walsh

A Worn-Out Creed     Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Born with Love      Marianne Williamson

A Creed of the Open Road      Ralph Waldo Trine

Differences      Iyanla Vanzant

Do One Thing Different      Bill O'Hanlon

Forgiveness      Wayne Dyer

Good and Bad      Benjamin Hoff

Gratitude:  Why and for What?     Bernie Siegel

Gratitude Is Larger Than Life      Melody Beattie

Gratitude      Sarah Ban Breathnach

His Kind of Odds      Robert Fulghum

How Do We Deal with Setbacks?      Gary Egeberg

Being Impressive      tom walsh

Is Love an Art?      Erich Fromm

Keeping It Together      Rachel Naomi Remen

from Letters to a Young Poet      Rainer Maria Rilke

Mermaids      Robert Fulghum

Positive Expectancy      Bill O'Hanlon

Pruning a Tree      Bernie Siegel

Think of What You Have      Richard Carlson

You Control Your Attitude      Jeff Keller

The Broken Pot      author unknown

Call "Time Out" and Adjust Your Course      Jeff Keller

Change Your Pace      Hilton Gregory

The Christmas Alone      tom walsh

Dealing with Disappointment      Colin Clews

Depression Is a Spiritual Issue      Frederick Zappone

Do I Really Need This?  Wants vs. Needs      Jane Mullikin

Embracing the Everyday      Susie Michelle Cortwright

Fireworks, Barney, and Santa Claus:  An Unholy Trio      Gene Curry

How Do You Handle a Bad Day?      Robert Taylor

Happiness      Bob Williams

Living with the Heart of a Child      Joe Mazzella

How to Develop a Healthy Perspective      Jeff Keller

I Can't      tom walsh

I Just Don't See It      Gail Pursell Elliott

It's Your Life to Live      tom walsh

Re-Energize Your Journal Writing      Michael Boyter

Letting Go vs. Giving Up      Louise Morganti Kaelin

An Open Letter to Limp Bizkit      tom walsh

The Power of Goalsetting      Julie Jordan Scott

The Precious Present      Spencer Johnson

Put Joy in Your Life--You're Never Too Old!      Susana Bouquet

The Rainy Days      tom walsh

Redefining Retirement      Henry Fenwick

Regrets, I Have a Few. . . .      Robert Knowlton

Sacred or Scared?      Gail Pursell Elliott

Snowy Day Gifts      Joe Mazzella

Still Don't Know What You Want to Be?      Valerie Young

A Teaching on Heaven and Hell

I Want to Be Six      Author Unknown

A Story about Ugly      Author Unknown

What's Wrong with Grown-Ups?

What's Your View?      Ray Whiting

Where I Am      tom walsh

Whose Standards?      Robert Taylor

In the Wink of an Eye      Lewis Frost

You Never Know      Helaine Iris

Your Greatest Strength      Author Unknown