This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's Time to Change

We often hear that change is good, change is inevitable, and change is the only constant. John F. Kennedy said “The only unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”

Starting a new year is a good time to think about making some changes – desired changes, needed changes.

Why should you change?
The Savior said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) So, being now imperfect, how can you try to be perfect? Winston Churchill offered a clue when he said “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

God has granted you the great power of free will as well as the ability to envision and affect your own fate by changing yourself. You can choose to be better, to improve. A change in your life is needed for you to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances.

If there were no change, there'd be no butterflies.

How can you affect change?
The first step is to recognize that change is necessary. By focusing energy on creating a new positive situation or habit to take the place of the old and unwanted, you will be able to affect change. But, don't waste energy on fighting the negative, seeking to place blame, or focusing on the past. Move on. Your desire to move on must be stronger than your desire to hold on.

Life will change quicker as you change something you do daily. If you keep doing the same things every day, you will keep getting the same results.

What should you not change?
Is the act of changing or seeking changes necessarily good or beneficial? Not always. Some things you should try to change. Some things you should not. Change for the sake of changing may not be good. Avoid jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, or spending time beating on a wall hoping that it will change into a door. Don't be fooled into thinking that just because something is new it is better.

Make a deep, thorough and sincere examination of your life to identify those things that are valuable, worthwhile and beneficial to your happiness and ultimate improvement or perfection. Maybe the only change that is needed is your dedication to such things.

“Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

by Ken R. Young

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ziggy-isms: Life According to Ziggy

Here are some great and funny quotes on life, or “Ziggy-isms”, by Tom Wilson, creator of the cartoon character Ziggy:

It doesn't pay to live in the past ... there's no future in it.

Survival is the art of making the least of the worst and the most of the least!

We should enjoy here while we're here cause there's no here, there!

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

We should enjoy the here and now! ‘cause it’s only here now!

The only difference between the wrong way and the right way to reach your goal depends on where you’re coming from.

Many of us are more capable than some of us...but none of us is as capable as all of us!

These days an income is something you can't live without--or within.

Honesty is the best image.

If life seems like it's all uphill, you must be reaching your peak.

A smile is a facelift that's in everyone's price range!

A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose.

About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you're fighting temptation.

Happiness doesn't depend on how much you have to enjoy, but how much you enjoy what you have.

I try not to worry about the future - so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

I wouldn't mind the rat race - if the rats would lose once in a while.

If I ever had an out-of-body experience - I'd try to come back to a different one.

Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.

The best thing you can do is get very good at being you.

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think.

Try not to worry... take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

How come ''fat chance'' and ''slim chance'' mean the same thing?

Don’t measure yourself by the problems you face…measure yourself by the problems you’ve faced up to!

Flowers help make up for all the ugly in the world.

Sometimes I feel like life is a black tie affair…and all I’ve got in my wardrobe is t-shirts.
My reality check bounced!

There’s a thin person inside me screaming to get out. …But he’s outnumbered!

Basically, everything is subject to change without notice.

I don’t have a spending problem. I just have a ‘paying for it’ problem!

I just ate six happy meals and I am still depressed!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Go Ahead and Laugh! It's Good for Your Heart.

Research shows that laughter actually protects the heart.  researchers don't know exactly why, but studies show that when we're stressed, the endothelium - the protective layer in our blood vessels - decreases, thus allowing cholesterol to build up in our arteries.  Heartfelt laughter can lower the serum cortisol released during a stress response and can, therefore, lower the risk of hardening of the arteries.

It has also been linked to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes; it increases antibodies and killer cells in our bloodstreams, thus helping us fight off disease; and it increases blood flow.

So how do we use laughter in our daily lives? How do we turn the tide of negativity and stress that so often makes up the bulk of our days?  

We simply make a choice.

Decide in your head that you're going to seek out the positive - the humor - in any given situation. Granted, not all situations warrant laughter or smiling. But the next time you see another person, anywhere, smile at him or her. Not only will you feel better, they will too; and it's fun to watch people's reactions.

Flood your mind with thoughts that make you smile - a good joke, a friends you haven't seen in a while, a great trip you once took, a goal you reached or are going to conquer - anything positive that will bring a smile to your face or make you laugh. That's half the battle; the body naturally takes over from there.

When you're confronted with a stressful situation, smiling actually reverses the stress-induced chemical response in your body. And chances are that if you smile, the situation will be diffuses before you can even think about stressing out.

In every aspect of your daily life and interaction with others, a smile goes a long way in getting people to do things you may need or want. We do make a conscious choice over what emotions we allow to flood our bodies. Laughter and smiling are natural physical responses to those emotions. 

And now that you know laughter ans smiling can actually make you feel better and live a longer, healthier life, well, there's no other choice - laughter really is the best medicine.

"Laughter is an instant vacation." - Milton Berle

See more laughter quotes at:
Laughter Quotes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Storms Bring Out The Eagles by Helen Steiner Rice

When the "storms of life" gather darkly ahead,
I think of these wonderful words I once read
And I say to myself as "threatening clouds" hover
Don't "fold up your wings" and "run for cover"

But like the eagle "spread wide your wings"
and "soar far above" the trouble life brings,
For the eagle knows that the higher he flies
The more tranquil and brighter become the skies...

And there is nothing in life God ever asks us to bear
That we can't soar above "On the Wings of Prayer,"
And in looking back over the "storm you passed through"
You'll find you gained strength and new courage, too,

For in facing "life's storms" with an eagle's wings
You can fly far above earth's small, petty things.

by Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, November 3, 2014

How To Be Happy: Be Unwilling To Be Sad

Stop trying so hard. The message came to me in meditation. I was trying so hard to reach a specific goal, but fell short of my expectation. I fell into a deep sadness. I thought reaching that goal would make me happy.

But the real lesson is that happiness doesn't teach us how to be happy. Sadness does.

The pursuit of happiness focuses on only one side of the equation. It skips over sadness, grief, frustration, disappointment and failure. All of the tough emotions that shape our daily lives. Happiness is a nice thing to feel, but trying to keep it gets us into trouble.

We place this unspoken pressure on ourselves to be happy. If we have a bad day, or something unexpected happens, we feel like we have to force ourselves to cheer up and see the positive lessons in the situation.

The problem is that we don't allow ourselves to be true to who we are in each moment. We feel an enormous amount of pressure to get — and stay — happy. We see self-help mavens pumping out mantras and positive posts (myself included) that make their lives look super glossy, as if they have it all figured out.

But the thing self-help teachers and wellness experts don't seem to talk about? Our struggles. And they're a prerequisite to being human, so whether we talk about them or not, they still happen.

When those teachers and experts only show one side of the equation, the rest of us fall victim to thinking we are the ones broken, unfixable, and others have it figured out. We stay stuck, forcing a smile to exclaim we are happy, when inside we're confused, lonely and sad. Whenever you look outside of yourself for happiness, you will set yourself up for unhappiness.

Comparing yourself to others is the fastest way to stay unhappy, so do yourself a favor and just stop thinking you need to be like them or that you need to have it all figured out. The problem is not with you. The problem is in the pursuit.

When we put others on pedestals, we separate ourselves and feel disconnected. This also prevents us from feeling happy. Don't let the positive posts fool you: there's always more to the story. I have a best-selling book on happiness and I've been called the joy guru, but none of this would have been possible if I didn't embrace my shadow side.

I use to think that sharing my struggle would somehow discredit me, that I would become irrelevant, or disregarded. After all, as seekers, don't we want to learn from people who have already made it? The ones who have it all figured out?

But the more vulnerable I became with my writing, the more connected I felt to my readers.

The secret is that no one has it all figured out. We're all living the best way we can, and for today that's enough. We're all mirrors reflecting one another so we can learn more about our own selves.

If you're struggling to be happy, maybe it's your belief about happiness that's keeping you from being happy.

Here are five beliefs to break up with if you want to be happy:

1. If you're sad, you can't be happy.

Give yourself permission to be real. Be honest with yourself and express your true nature in each moment. If that means you're sad, let yourself feel it. Fully embrace the emotions in each moment. That's the true essence of a happy life.

When you can be in your life fully, moment to moment, you will rise above any challenging setback unscathed and proud of the little victories.

2. Positive thinking will make you happy.

Each second of life is an opportunity to learn, discover and embrace a piece of you yet to be nourished. You don't have to power through it with positive thoughts. Sometimes positivity can blind you from the lessons you need to learn.

Although I consider myself a happy person, I have moments of sadness, fear, depression and insecurity. I can't think my way out of those moments. I have to address the emotions and feel my feelings. Overshadowing them with positive thoughts would do us a disservice and prevent us from learning the lessons.

3. Happiness is a destination.

Life will do its part, and will present opportunities to help you grow. Your part is to show up for the lessons.

Yes, happiness is exciting and joyful, but it's not all it's cracked up to be. If we were happy all the time, we wouldn't know what we truly have. We actually need sadness, depression, tears and vulnerability to be able to appreciate the joy-filled moments.

When we can fully go into our loneliness, grief, sadness and pain, we can come out stronger, smarter, wiser and more connected to our true selves. So instead of trying to be happy, be present.

4. Rock bottom is bad.

What I've learned is sometimes we get knocked down lower than ever, so we can rise up higher than ever. I've hit rock bottom and it was the biggest blessing. It was a wake up call and opportunity for realignment to my true self.

The pain, addiction, sadness and grief we experience are nothing to be ashamed of. It is an opportunity for personal growth and self-understanding. If you're going through a difficult time right now, you are not alone. You are being groomed for greatness. Don't miss the opportunity by forcing yourself to be happy. Instead give yourself the ultimate gift of living a fulfilled life by being present in your journey.

5. Other people don't struggle as much as you.

Have you ever noticed your favorite song lyrics, the best-selling book or the memorable movie are drenched in emotion and epic battles of self-discovery? There is always pain, but there can be beauty in breakdown. And that is the real happiness.

If you're alive, you will struggle. Take comfort in knowing that part of being human is understanding and feeling all range of emotions. You can live your life fully by going into each moment and embracing it. That is real happiness and how to live a fulfilling life.

by Shannon Kaiser

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

6 Decisions You'll Never Regret Making

We have a lot of decisions to make in our lives: Where to live, what job to pursue, what flavor coffee to drink. Some are obviously more serious than others, but regardless of the frivolity of some choices, we still are constantly making selections on a daily basis. And when we're unsure, it's hard to feel confident that we've made the right one.

Research suggests that when we're always making decisions, we may suffer from what is known as decision fatigue, the New York Times reported in 2011. The more decisions you make throughout the day, the more mentally exhausted your brain becomes.

However, there are some choices that are just simply worth it. Below are six decisions you won't regret making, whether it's at the beginning of the day or the end of your evening.

Choosing to be happy.

We spend countless hours in the pursuit of happiness, whether it's chasing our dreams or chasing the latest clothing trend. But the good news is it may not be all that complicated: Studies suggest that happiness is a choice that we have control over. In other words, our joy doesn't always lie within our jobs or material possessions (in fact, research shows money doesn't buy happiness over the longterm).

Opting to unplug.

In today's world, having our phones with us is about as natural as breathing (and when we don't have them, panic sets in). But trust us on this one: You'll never regret taking a little digital timeout every now and then. When we disconnect from our screens, we're improving our well-being. Additionally, too much tech can make you feel lonely, affect your sleep and even lead to physical symptoms, like headaches.

Selecting kindness over rudeness.

It's easy to grumble at someone on a crowded train or brush off someone in need as you pass them by, but chances are you won't regret it if you extend a little compassion. You don't have to spend hours volunteering if that's not your thing (although research suggests there are serious benefits to performing charitable acts). Even just a small, generous act -- like holding the door for someone -- can make a world of difference. Research shows thatkindness makes us happy and happiness makes us kind in return. Sounds like a pretty positive (and powerful) cycle.

Deciding to treat yourself the way you treat your friends.

PSA: You are amazing. We might not always believe in ourselves, but research suggest that if we did, we'd be a whole lot better off. Accepting ourselves has been shown to make us happier and healthier, so maybe it's time to start seeing yourself the way you see your loved ones. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."

Choosing to smile at that stranger.

Admit it: There's this sense of gratification that comes when you exchange the most human of smiles with someone. According to a 2012 study, smiling at a stranger can give us a greater sense of connection. Not to mention just the simple act of smiling can lift our moods when we're feeling a little blue. You won't regret flashing those pearly whites.

Opting to say "no."

We live in a culture of perpetual busyness -- and because we're always on the go, we feel strange when we're not. However, when you look back on your life, are you going to regret the times you gave yourself a little break? Probably not. In fact, as small business coach Margalit Ward explains in a HuffPost blog, we're saying yes to life by learning to say no a little more often. "So what does learning to say no really mean? It means committing to living a more authentic and conscious life," she wrote. "A life that I create based on honoring myself, accepting myself, and saying yes to the truth of my heart."

- from The Huffington Post

Monday, October 6, 2014

Quotes from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

Here are some quotes from this wise man:

When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness. When you feel anger arising, remember to return to your breathing and follow it. The other person may see that you are practicing, and she may even apologize.

Your first love has no beginning or end. Your first love is not your first love, and it is not your last. It is just love. It is one with everything.

The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds that lie deep in our consciousness.The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation, is in the way we handle this very moment.

One included all, and all were contained in one.

The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.

Freedom from suffering is a great happiness.

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. If we really know how to live, what better way to start the day than with a smile? Our smile affirms our awareness and determination to live in peace and joy. The source of a true smile is an awakened mind.

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.

In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.

To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. A pessimistic attitude can never create the calm and serene smile which blossoms on the lips of [enlightened ones] and all those who obtain the way.

Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

It's wonderful to be alive and to walk on earth.

You are a miracle, and everything you touch could be a miracle.

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.

Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child, there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving. Many children have told me that they cannot show me anyone who does not have this capacity. Some people allow it to develop, and some do not, but everyone has it.   

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.

Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration… you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom.

Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself — if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself — it is very difficult to take care of another person.

When it is raining, we think that there is no sunshine. But if we fly high in an airplane and go through the clouds, we rediscover the sunshine again. We see that the sunshine is always there. In a time of anger or despair, our love is still there also. Our capacity to communicate, to forgive, to be compassionate is still there. You have to believe this. We are more than our anger, we are more than our suffering. We must recognize that we do have within us the capacity to love, to understand, to be compassionate. If you know this, then when it rains you won't be desperate. You know that the rain is there, but the sunshine is still there somewhere. Soon the rain will stop, and the sun will shine again. Have hope. If you can remind yourself that the positive elements are still present within you and the other person, you will know that it is possible to break through, so that the best things in both of you can come up and manifest again.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Envision Your Possibilities

Your vision should be much bigger than what you can actually see. After all, what you envision is what you get.
Look beyond your eyes to see the possibilities.
About 350 years ago, a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year, they established a town site. The next year, they elected a town government. The third year, the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness.

In the fourth year, the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward into a wilderness. Who needed to go there anyway?

These were people who had the vision to see 3,000 miles across an ocean and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years, they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision.

With a clear vision of what we can become, no ocean of difficulty is too great. Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries. I learned the power of vision from my seven year old daughter a few years ago. She loved to play catch with Dad. The object we threw--a tennis ball, football, one of those squishy balls--mattered little; but the challenge of consecutive catches mattered very much to her.

There was always the same goal, and only one goal, when we played catch--to break the existing records for consecutive catches. I remember one day my focused little daughter said, "Dad, let's try for 100 in a row." Since our best at that point was 50 I politely chuckled and said, "Sure sweetie." A few days later, we did it! So, next she said, "Dad let's go for 300 in a row."

Well, my daughter was learning to set a grand vision, but I still had a lot to learn. I thought to myself, "Gee, we just hit 100. Why not try to 125 or maybe 150 in a row? But 300?!" Of course, out loud I responded with another uneasy chuckle and a "Of course, little princess."

You guessed it. It was only a few days later that we hit 300 catches in a row. I was really impressed and quite content. My daughter was neither impressed nor content, but she was a lot smarter than I and had a bigger vision. "Dad, let's go for 500 now!" And to myself I thought, "You have GOT to be kidding me!"

Sure enough, that very same day, we caught 500 throws in a row. You'd think I would be a believer by now, but when her sparkling eyes looked at me and said, "Dad, let's go for 1,000 in a row!" I am embarrassed to admit that my internal response was the same. You guessed it. Less than 24 hours later we hit our current record--1,017 catches in a row!

Our record was more than 10 times bigger than what I could see, but it was exactly as big as my daughter's vision. It's a lesson I carry with me today--your vision should be much bigger than what you can actually see. Now I am a believer. What you envision is what you get. Look beyond your eyes to see the possibilities!  What is your vision?

by Lee J. Colan, Ph.D.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Attitude is Everything

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. - Patricia Neal

This great little video is worth a watch.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Why Bother Climbing?

 "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 of 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

Lessons from Geese (The Goose Story)

The lessons to be learned from the geese are certainly applicable to our efforts to make our communities a better place to live and work. The lessons also point out our responsibility to our family, community and to each other.
     As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range than if each bird was flying alone. 
Lesson No. 1: People who share a common direction and sense of family and community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
     Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds immediately in front. 
Lesson No. 2: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will join formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
     When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position. 
Lesson No. 3: It pays to take turns doing tasks and sharing leadership, with people as with geese, interdependent with one another.
     The geese that are in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  
Lesson No. 4: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging not something less helpful.
     When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow their fellow member down to help and provide protection. They stay with that goose until he or she is able to fly again or dies. The two geese then launch out to find another formation of geese to fly with until they find their own flock. 
Lesson No. 5: If we have as much sense as geese, we’ll stand by one another like they do. We will improve our families, our communities and ourselves by service and bonding with each other.
by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes, modified by Steven Densley

7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Happiness

I was in a nine-year relationship with a man I loved, but we fought way too much. We couldn't seem to agree on anything as a couple: how to eat, where to live, or even whose turn it was to take out the recycling. Don’t get me wrong, he was my best friend and still is, but we were WRONG for each other, romantically-speaking. Having “invested” all that time, we were convinced we’d get married. But since we weren’t all that compatible, I did what many people try to do: I tried to change him.
Sometimes we think that by controlling things we can control our happiness. Whether we do this by trying to change others, manipulating a situation, or simply denying the truth, we think that the key to happiness is having power over our environment. After all, if things were different, then we’d be happy, right?
You’re dead wrong.
In my life, and in my work with clients, I’ve seen a ga-ba-jillion attempts to gain happiness by going outward instead of in. And without fail, it backfires. Yet we keep doing it because we have more faith in our fear than our truth. Sabotaging our happiness by trying to influence our surroundings is more common than we think. In fact, for most of us, it’s part of our everyday lives:
1. Jealousy
Whether it's in relationships, work, or any other aspect of life, jealousy is less about what the other person has and more about what you perceive you do not. This misplaced anger hurts you more than it helps you to get what you want.
2. Resentment
It might seem like holding onto anger will keep you safe from getting hurt again, but it actually weakens you. Forgiveness is a much stronger and healthier “F-bomb” to drop on those who have wronged you.
3. Dependence
When we rely on others for happiness, we block our ability to give it to ourselves. Your relationships with others should mirror the happiness and self-love you already hold within you.
4. The need to “fix” people
Even if you could change others, you still wouldn’t be happy. Why? Because it’s not them you’re trying to fix. Accept others for where they are in their journey. This doesn’t mean accept all the crap that comes your way. Quite the opposite. If a toxic person is bringing you down, trying to change them would be like swimming with an anchor, you’ll only sink faster. Change what you can control: You. That means adjust your expectations or let them go.
5. Perfectionism
It’s great to strive to do your best, but if your happiness is dependent on the outcome, you’ll set yourself up for disappointment. Nothing is perfect. This symptom of black-and-white thinking is often what holds us back from taking initial action or being happy with the end result.
6. Self-doubt
If you don’t think you can do it, you won’t. Whatever limits you perceive are the ones you’ve placed on yourself. Consciously or unconsciously, it’s a choice.
7. The belief that you’re better 
The moment you think you’re above anyone or anything is the moment you prevent yourself from learning. If you think you're done learning, you’re right.
So what gives? Why do we go outward instead of inward? Cause it’s freakin’ scary as hell! Our ego has us convinced that we’re separate, that it’s all a big game of “me against the world.” The problem is that just like a muscle, every time that we address our issues externally instead of internally, we strengthen our belief in fear. The solution is simple: Change what you can, surrender what you can’t, and know the difference.
What can you surrender to start being happy today?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Jim Carrey: Wise Words From a Funny Man

Jim Carrey is a funny man. But he’s deeply profound, too — a side he revealed to graduates at Maharishi University. 

While his entire speech is great,  fast-forward to the punch to the heart at 10:18. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wise Words From Winnie The Pooh

Since first appearing in 1924, Winnie the Pooh has innocently stumbled through the Hundred Acre Wood, leading friends and readers on curious and memorable adventures. The lovable bear is the brainchild of A.A. Milne, inspired by his son, Christopher Robin, and his toys. While Pooh is often seen as a bit dopey and soft-spoken, his humbleness has lead to incredibly profound wisdom over the years. This is only a fraction of the inspiring words the story left us. Yet, it’s plenty to live by. 

 1. “How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet "You don't spell feel it." - Pooh”

4. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
5. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
6. “You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
7. “Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.”
8. “A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
10. “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
11. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
12. “A little consideration. A little thought for others. Makes all the difference.”
13. “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more… to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
14. “A day spent with you is my favourite day. So today is my new favourite day.”
Such wisdom from such a humble little bear. Thank you, Pooh!
from Mark Pygas