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is only with the heart that one
can see rightly;
what is essential
is invisible to the eye.
is too great or too good to be true.
Do not believe that we
imagine things better than they are.
In the long run, in the
ultimate outlook, in the eye of the Creator,
the possibilities of
the possibilities open to us,
are beyond our imagination.
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.
you fall in a river, you’re no longer
a fisher; you’re a swimmer.
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
people most need now is to apply their
skills to those things that are
essential for their
to convert facts into logic, free
into purpose, conscience into decision. They need
to convert historical experience
into a design for a sane world.
looking at the world around us
is immensely different from seeing it.
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world needs change, alteration, renewal, and corrections
needs new ideas, new approaches, methods, plans,
procedures, and new
ways of doing things.
Maybe you should think of going--literally or
to a circus today, where you'll see stunts
you never dreamed possible.
and originality there may stimulate
what you need more of in this life.
daring to take a flight for the idea you
all the doom and gloom that constantly assaults our senses,
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
to transform our outer world.
"You can live a lifetime and, at the
end of it, know more
about other people than you know
yourself," the pilot and writer Beryl Markham reminds
We cannot let this continue to occur.
is no enlightenment outside of daily life.
this world there
or thinner than
water. But to compel
the hard and unyielding,
it has no equal.
That the weak
that the hard gives
way to the gentle –
knows, yet no one
we look for the good in others,
we discover the best in ourselves.
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
and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Invest in the “process” rather than the
the depleting and impoverishing effects of chronically living in
impossible goals occasionally are reached, satisfactions derived
from them are
invariably disappointing unless the process has given ample
satisfaction along the way.
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
Characteristics should take off their hats to one another,
instead of spitting in each other’s faces.
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.
wherever we are, this is what we’ve got.
to us whether we do it as easy time or hard time.
cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. .
So why bother in the first place?
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
saw higher up.
When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
2 - perspective 4
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We do not see things as they are.
We see them as we are.
We are not rich by what we possess but rather by
what we can do without.
Things don’t change, but by and by
When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of
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is no greater mistake in the world than the looking
upon every sort of nonsense as want of sense.
The way out is through
the door you came in.
A moment’s insight is sometimes
worth a life’s experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
much has been given to me; I have no time
to ponder over that which has been denied.
every day to fulfill your personal mission.
God has a reason for
whatever season you are living through right now.
A season of loss
A season of activity or hibernation?
A season of growth
You may think you’re on a detour, but God knows the
best way for you to reach your destination.
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
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."
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.
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Emerson's library was burning at Concord, I went
to him as he
stood with the firelight on his
strong, sweet face, and endeavored
to express my
sympathy for the loss of his most valued
he answered cheerily, "Never
mind, Louisa, see what a beautiful blaze
they make! We will enjoy that now." The lesson was one
and in the varied lessons that
have come to me I have learned to
something beautiful and bright.
Louisa May Alcott
evening at Sagamore Hill, President Theodore Roosevelt's home
New York, naturalist William Beebe walked outside with his
searched the star-filled night sky and, finding a small
below the corner
of the constellation Pegasus, he said, "This
is the spiral
It is as large as our Milky Way. It
one hundred billion suns. It
is one of a hundred billion
galaxies." Then Roosevelt looked at Beebe and
said, "Now, I think
we are small enough! Let's go to bed."
2 - perspective 4
5 - perspective 6
friend's son was in the first grade of school, and his teacher
asked the class, "What is the color of apples? Most of
answered red. A few said green. Kevin, my friend's
son, raised his
hand and said white. The teacher tried to explain that
be red, green, or sometimes golden, but never white. Kevin
insistent, and finally said, "Look inside."
mindfulness keeps us on the surface of things,
and we often miss other levels of reality.
Fantasy is a
necessary ingredient in living; it's a way of looking
at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what
do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
summer, midway through Seminary, I was on a weekend
vacation in a little town in New England. I decided
on Sunday to go hear a visiting preacher in the little
town's chapel. I heard the worst sermon I could have
ever imagined. I sat in the pew thinking, "He's
going against every rule they're teaching us about
preaching. What a waste of time!" That's
what I thought until the very end of the sermon when I
happened to see the person beside me with tears in her
eyes whispering, "He said exactly what I needed to
hear." It was then that I knew something very
important had happened in that service. The woman
beside me had come in need. Somehow the words of
that poorly crafted sermon had been translated into a
message that spoke to her heart. On the other hand,
I had come in judgment, and I heard nothing but the
It was a long time before I realized it, but that sermon's
effect on the person beside me turned out to be one of the
great lessons of my life. Thanks to that preacher
and listener-in-need, I now know that the space between a
person doing his or her best to deliver a message of good
news and the needy listener is holy ground.
Recognizing that seems to have allowed me to forgive
myself for being the accuser that day. In fact, that
New England Sunday experience has fueled my desire to be a
better advocate, a better "neighbor," wherever I
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