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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Look at the World in New Ways


The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

That is what learning is.
You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life,
but in a new way.
- Doris Lessing

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

I remind myself every morning:
Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.
So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.
- Larry King

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living.
Let each day be a time to learn new appreciation for life.
To learn more about ourselves and the nature of life.
To learn what brings happiness to ourselves and to those around us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Question Your Questions

Learning From History

The Nature of Learning
    

Monday, February 27, 2017

Believe in Goodness


Believe in love.
Believe in magic.
Believe in others.
Believe in yourself.
Believe in your dreams.
If you don't, who will?
- Jon Bon Jovi

Believe in the goodness of life.
Believe in the power of time to heal and to renew.
Believe in the power of forgiveness and gratitude.
Believe in the gift of rainbows and butterflies.
Believe in the laughter of children.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel


Further reading: Our Opportunity

Renewing Yourself

Natural Goodness

Believe in Humanity
    

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Radiate Kindness


It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
- Bob Proctor

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
- Jesus (Matthew 25:40)

If you treat others kindly, a few will respond with unkindness,
or even take advantage of your kindness,
but most will respond with kindness and friendliness.
However, if you treat others unkindly, you can be quite certain
that they will respond with harsh thoughts and actions.
...
Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Kindness: The Best of Being Human

Living from Your Heart

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Opportunities for Kindness

Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude
     

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Strength from Life's Storms


There is no education like adversity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.
The evening beam that smiles the clouds away,
and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
- Lord Byron


Today's Affirmation:
Today is my day to honor my being,
release each and every struggle,
gather strength from life's storms,
relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Coping with the Impossible

Let Go and Let God

Tending the Garden of Our Lives
     

Friday, February 24, 2017

Paint Your Life an Adventure


The biggest adventure you can take is
to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey

Paint Your Life an Adventure:
Paint your life in bright bold colors,
and shine your light into the darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Choose to Love Life

The Whole Leap

Be Curious - Be Adventurous
    

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Success is Measured in Lives Bettered


To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Bessie A. Stanley (commonly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pike

True success is bringing joy to yourself and to others.
Success is measured in lives bettered, not in money or power.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe in yourself,
in your vision for your future,
and in your ability to take a small step
each day toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Pay It Forward

Stand Together

Turn Crisis into Progress

March On
    

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Knowledge Evolves


I remind myself every morning:
Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.
So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening.
- Larry King

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong
process of keeping abreast of change.
And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
- Peter Drucker

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden


Further reading: Lifelong Learning

The Illusion of Knowledge

Question Your Questions

How Life Teaches

Conscious Learning
    

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We All Belong to One Human Race


We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

Fear of difference is fear of life itself.
- M. P. Follett

We must learn to live together as brothers
or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy


Further reading: Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

My Own Person

Fully Awake
   

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidents' Day 2017


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy (35th President of the United States)

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States)

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States)
[Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

Nothing is more important in our national life
than the welfare of our children.
- Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States)


Further reading: Being a Leader

Difference of Opinion

Don't Borrow Trouble

Killing Each Other's Children
    

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Debt of Kindness


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.
- Henry Van Dyke

One can pay back the loan of gold,
but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
- Malayan Proverb

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver


Further reading: True Measure of a Successful Life

Sharing Happiness

Feed the Hungry

The Power of Generosity
   

Saturday, February 18, 2017

There's a Time to Plan and a Time to Flow


A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Life is not always as it seems.
What you have wished for is not always best.
What you have feared may become a blessing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change always comes bearing gifts.
- Price Pritchett

Zig as Life Zigs and Zag as Life Zags.
Stay Adaptable, Stay Joyful
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change of any sort requires courage.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


Today's affirmation:
I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself.
I choose to be flexible in my dealings with those around me.
I understand that my way is not the only way -
that inner peace comes from respecting the ways of others,
and that, if I am open, I may gain great insights and happiness
from the ideas and traditions of others.

Further reading: Be Flexible

Go With the Flow

There is a Way

Enjoy the Journey
    

Friday, February 17, 2017

Your Inner Knowing


Your inner knowing is your only true compass.
- Joy Page

Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

Every time you don't follow your inner guidance,
you feel a loss of energy, a loss of power,
a sense of spiritual deadness.
- Shakti Gawain

Everyone who wills, can hear the inner voice.
It is within everyone.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


Further reading: Choose to Follow Your Heart

Inner Voice

The Beat of the Universe

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation
    

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Solitary Cell


Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
- Eugene O'Neill

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

The world in which we live and work,
is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.
- Earl Nightingale

A person experiences life as
something separated from the rest -
a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this self-imposed prison,
and through compassion,
to find the reality of Oneness.
- Albert Einstein

Once we are destined to live out our lives
in the prison of our mind,
our duty is to furnish it well.
- Peter Ustinov


Further reading: Are You a Prisoner?

Being a Reflection

Life is a Mirror

How We See Things
    

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Integrity is What Matters


You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
- Alan K. Simpson

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein


Further reading: Ethics Requires Respecting Others

What You Know Is Right

Social Morality

Do Good Now
     

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Find Someone Who Makes You Smile


Don't fall for looks, they can deceive.
Don't fall for wealth, in the end it fades away.
Find someone who makes you smile
because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
- Anonymous

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

A loving relationship is one in which
the loved one is free to be himself -
to laugh with me, but never at me;
to cry with me, but never because of me;
to love life, to love himself,
to love being loved.
Such a relationship is based upon freedom
and can never grow in a jealous heart.
- Leo F. Buscaglia

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand – "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra


Further reading: 7 Secrets of Happy Couples

Acceptance Makes a Great Relationship Even Better

Renewing Love

Celebrating Your Differences
   

Monday, February 13, 2017

Being an Author of Change


We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Drive Change, don't wait for change to drive you.
The nature of life is constant change.
The world is not the same today as it was yesterday,
and it will be different still tomorrow.
We can be victims of that change, or we can proactively drive change.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change is the essential process of all existence.
- The character Spock on the TV series Star Trek

He who rejects change is the architect of decay.
- Harold Wilson


Further reading: Think Big, Act Big

Only Today

Take Action - Now
    

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Abraham Lincoln Birthday 2017


When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway


Needless to say, the Lincoln/Hemingway test for whether an action is moral only applies to people who are fundamentally moral.

If you look for the bad in people
expecting to find it, you surely will.
- Abraham Lincoln

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln


Further Lincoln quotes: Power Tests Integrity

The Freedom of Others

Planting Flowers

Making Friends of Enemies
      

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Wondrous Things


I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love
that is put into them that matters.
- Mother Teresa

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

True love doesn't come to you it has to be inside you.
- Julia Roberts


Further reading: Solitude vs. Feeling Lonely

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

What is a Home?

The Power of Unconditional Love

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Living from Your Heart
   

Friday, February 10, 2017

A World Perspective


Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel
that the human race is their family circle.
- Freya Stark

Loyalty to the family must be merged into loyalty to the community,
loyalty to the community into loyalty to the nation,
and loyalty to the nation into loyalty to mankind.
The citizen of the future must be a citizen of the world.
- Thomas Cochrane

Color of skin, languages, religions, and traditions
are all part of the magnificence of humanity.
Honor diversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: We are All Brothers and Sisters

War

Natural Web

Unity with Spirit and All Creation

All things share the same breath
     

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thinking for Yourself is Heroic


To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero

To live is to choose.
But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

For those who break away from the pack,
the most intoxicating moment comes when they cease
being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White


Further reading: Fly Free

Personal Growth

How To Not Care What Others Think

There is nothing I ever need to do

How to Deal with Rejection
   

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Never Surrender Your Inner Peace


Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales

The world has always been in an uproar, and it always will be.
Choose Peace. Choose to live with Peace.
Choose to interact peacefully with everyone -
especially those whose instinct is not to be peaceful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You may not seem able to change some outer circumstances
but you can start by changing your inner experience of life and yourself.
- Joy Page


Further reading: Kick Back

Gratitude for THIS Moment

Slow Down and Focus

Focus on Peace
    

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In Quietness are All Things Answered


In quietness are all things answered,
and is every problem quietly resolved.
In con´Čéict there can BE no answer and no resolution.
- A Course In Miracles

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Your inner voice always knows what to do,
but it is a quiet voice.
You can only hear the whisperings of your inner voice -
your inner compass - when you turn down the volume
of your fears, your regrets, your resentments,
and the fear-based advice
your neighbors are so willing to give you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Find God in Silence

Stillness

The Beat of the Universe

Solitude as a Cure for Loneliness

Living in Peace
    

Monday, February 6, 2017

Never Stop Growing


Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

Become more and more innocent,
less knowledgeable and more childlike.
Take life as fun -
because that's precisely what it is!
- Osho

Unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
- Jesus (Matthew 18:3)

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
As we age, we experience disappointments,
and then develop a fear of the unfamiliar.
Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Try Something New

Childlike Wonder

Welcome Change
     

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Peace Which Passes All Understanding


May the peace which passes all understanding be among you and remain with you always.
- Paraphrase of the blessing that concludes the Episcopal communion service

There is no way to peace; peace IS the way.
- A. J. Muste

Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We all share unity with each other
and with the one Creator Spirit.
We are one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Bring Peace

Peacemakers

Supporting Each Other

Become Centered, Breathe
   

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Appreciating Family, Friends, Love, Adventure and Discovery


Most people reserve celebration for some future "special day."
I choose to celebrate each and every day as a special day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When what you see in front of you is so far outside of what you dreamed,
but you have the belief, the boldness, the courage
to call it beautiful instead of calling it wrong,
that's celebration.
- Shauna Niequist

See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and the oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
Watch existence,
listen to the existence and become part of it.
- Osho

You are here to evolve and make your consciousness high
You are here to dance, sing and celebrate life.
You are here to help others to make their life happy.
We are here not to compete, but to learn, evolve and excel.
We are not here to make divisions in the name of prophets and religions.
We are here to encompass the world with love and light.
- Amit Ray

Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.
- Joanne Harris

Choose to celebrate life.
Celebrate family, celebrate friends, celebrate love, celebrate adventure and discovery.
Celebrate and give thanks for all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Celebrating Rainbows and Butterflies - the Small Miracles of Our Life

What If Every Day Were Your Day - Celebrate Whimsey Today

Appreciate Today

CELEBRATION - An Inspired Life
   

Friday, February 3, 2017

Stop Fighting Change


We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

You hold onto religion,
you know, rules, regulations, traditions.
I think what God is interested in
is people's hearts, and that's hard enough.
- Bono

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
- Lao Tzu

The 'good old ways' are best... only until better ways are found.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tradition is neither always a good thing, nor always a bad thing.
Whatever the issue, consider the issue itself, with rational attention,
and make a considered choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading:A Better Plan

Experts and Authorities

Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

Honoring Our Roots

Don't Be So Sure

Thinking for Yourself
    

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Remembering What Matters


May you never forget what is worth remembering,
or remember what is best forgotten.
- Anonymous

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Further reading: Your Legacy

Time to Smell the Flowers

Gratitude: A Cosmic Invitation

You Can't Escape Yourself
    

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Direction of Reason


True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
- Baruch Spinoza

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

When does a belief bring out the best in you?
When does a belief hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Your Power of Reason

Let Go of False Knowledge

Take Nothing Personally
     

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