In ordinary life we hardly realize
that we receive a great deal
more than we give,
and that it is only with gratitude
that life becomes rich.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer ~
Success is sometimes the outcome
of a whole string of failures.
~ Vincent van Gogh ~
We are all here to contribute our gifts
toward something greater than ourselves,
and will never be content unless we are.
~ Charles Eisenstein ~
Joy is the essence of human experience.
And joy can coexist with all the colors
and flavors and textures
of the human experience.
~ Terry Patten ~
It’s easy to be kind when others treat you well.
The challenge is to preserve your loving-kindness
when they treat you badly —
to preserve goodwill in the face of ill will.
~ Rick Hanson ~
The work of wakefulness
is not to drop what we do,
but to inhabit it more completely,
holding nothing back.
~ Mark Nepo ~
Never lose a holy curiosity.
~ Albert Einstein ~
Tears of joy, like summer raindrops,
are pierced by sunbeams.
~ Hosea Ballou ~
Everything flourishes in the nourishment
of our appreciation:
plants, people, the earth, moments.
When we live with that appreciation,
~ Kristi Nelson ~
Our thoughts make things beautiful,
our thoughts make things ugly.
The whole world is in our own minds.
Learn to see things in the proper light.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~
If we knew just how powerfully our thoughts,
words and actions affected the hearts
of those around us, we’d reach out
and join hands again and again.
~ Tara Brach ~
Our job is to love others
without stopping to inquire
whether or not they are worthy.
~ Thomas Merton ~
At night our fear is strong…
but in the morning,
in the light,
we find our courage again.
~ Malala Yousafzai ~
The real reward of your quest
is to fling your doors open
and let your life
become a shelter of belonging
~ Toko-pa Turner ~
Life is not the way it’s supposed to be,
it’s the way it is.
The way you cope with it
is what makes the difference.
~ Virginia Satir ~
Be pliable like a reed,
not rigid like a cedar.
~ Rabbi Simeon ben Eleazar ~
not in another place, but this place,
not for another hour, but this hour.
~ Walt Whitman ~
Remember that wherever your heart is,
that is where you’ll find your treasure.
~ Paulo Coelho ~
I avoid looking forward or backward,
and try to keep looking upward.
~ Charlotte Bronte ~
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once,
but of stretching out to mend the part of the world
that is within our reach.
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes ~