Michele Hartley

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Quotes on Being a Good Man

What does it take to be a good man? Most of us know what our ideal is but what is the essence of the best men? Sometimes we forget what it means to be a good man, a good husband, father, lover, friend, boss or employee. We are not talking religion here. Every religion has their own admonitions and beliefs about what a good man is and should do. But generally it boils down to the same traits; kindness, generosity, love for God and family, honesty, commitment, honor.

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. “

Theodore Roosevelt

“The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world. “

Suzanne Curchod

“The man who is deserving the name is the one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than for himself. “

Walter Scott

“He who stops being better stops being good. “

Oliver Cromwell

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. “

Marcus Aurelius

“You spend time with your family? Good. Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. “

Don Vito Corleone

“Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable. “

Seneca the Younger

“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones. “

Brandon Sanderson

“If unwilling to rise in the morning, say to thyself, ‘I awake to do the work of a man.’ “

Marcus Aurelius

“Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor. “

Benjamin Disraeli

“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors. “


“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. “

Thomas Paine

“Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth. “

Chuck Norris

“A good man will want you to shine. He wants you to be your amazing self. A good man loves to show off his happy, intelligent, amazing, powerful woman. “

Anastasia Netri

“Being a ‘good man’ is something you do, not something you are. “

Luvvie Ajayi

“A good man’s prayers will from the deepest dungeon climb heaven’s height, and bring a blessing down. “

Joanna Baillie

“It is not what he has, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. “

Henri-Frederic Amiel

“One good man, one good man, it ain’t much – it’s only everything. “

Deborah Kerr

“Adversity toughens manhood, and the characteristic of the good or the great man is not that he has been exempt from the evils of life, but that he has surmounted them. “

Patrick Henry

“A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. “


“There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’ If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble. “

Sam Keen

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. “

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure. “


“The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better. “

John Dewey

“He who Serves his fellows is, of all his fellows, greatest. “

E. Urner Goodman

“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. “

Gautama Buddha

“What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in that it leads to a performing manhood. “

Christian Nestell Bovee

“A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world. “

Marilyn Monroe

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job. “

John Wayne (see more inspirational John Wayne quotes)

“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. “

John F. Kennedy

“A man should be able to hear, and to bear, the worst that could be said of him. “

Saul Bellow

“It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything. “


“There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. “

Winston Churchill

“The way of a superior man is three-fold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear. “


“It is not the situation which makes the man, but the man who makes the situation. “

Frederick William Robertson

“A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs, and carry things. Not because she’s helpless or unable, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect. “

Charles J. Orlando

“The mark of a real man, is a man who can allow himself to fall deeply in love with a woman. “

C. JoyBell C.

“You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman. “

John Wayne

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. “

Arthur Schopenhauer

“Good men who exercise power are really the most fascinating of all people. “

John Keegan

“A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth—whether rich or poor. “

Henry Ward Beecher

“Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic: you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner. “

Jerry Seinfeld

“Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it. “

Christian Nestell Bovee

“Though in the order of nature angels rank above men, yet, by scale of justice, good men are of greater value than bad angels. “

Saint Augustine

“The first step to be a good man is this: You must deeply feel the burden of the stones some else [is] carrying. “

Mehmet Murat ildan

“A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself…But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness. “

Elisabeth Elliot

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. “

Abraham Lincoln

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. “

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man. “

Publilius Syrus

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions “

Leonardo da Vinci

“A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark. “

Marcus Aurelius

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. “

Bob Marley

“Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well. “


“Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects. “

Oscar Wilde

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather become a man of value. “

Albert Einstein

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. “

Samuel Johnson

“There is nothing wrong with being afraid – but there is nothing more wrong than allowing that to be your master. “

Bobby Darin

“A superior man is modest in his speech , but exceeds in his actions. “


“A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends. “

Joseph Hall

“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. “

Aldous Huxley

“A good man and a wise man may at times be angry with the world, at times grieved for it; but be sure no man was ever discontented with the world who did his duty in it. “

Robert Southey

“Life’s not about hard of a hit you can give….it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward. “

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

“A good man will not lie, although it be for his profit. “

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet keep looking. Don’t Settle. “

Steve Jobs

“The life of a good man is at the same time the most eloquent lesson of virtue and the most severe reproof of vice. “

Samuel Smiles

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. “

Martin Luther King Jr.

“To be a man requires that you accept everything life has to give you, beginning with your name. “

Burl Ives

“To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe “

Anatole France

“Try to live the life of the good man who is more than content with what is allocated to him. “

Marcus Aurelius

“A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains. “

Maxim Gorky

“People often tell me I could be a great man. I’d rather be a good man. “

John F. Kennedy Jr.

“It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune. “


“Life is strange. Every so often a good man wins. “

Frank Dane

“Living or dead, to a good man there can come no evil. “


“Most important is be a good man. “


“The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs. “


“No evil can happen to a good man either in life or after death. “


“It takes a great man to be a good listener. “

Calvin Coolidge

“The life of a good man was a continual warfare with his passions. “

Samuel Richardson

“You have to have a bunch of dimensions of yourself. You have to be able to adapt in this world. You can’t be a nice guy living in a world of savages. “

Mike Tyson

Life Balance – 7 Steps to Achieving Balance in Your Life

Life balance is a quest for all of us.   How do you find balance in your life when you are juggling so many things?  If you do too much of one thing and too little of another are you going to feel out of whack?  Perhaps not-because everything overlaps to some degree.  Achieving balance in life is a lifelong process.  How do you know your life is in balance?

Having a balanced life means that you have things that fulfill you in key areas:

  • Relationships
  • Love
  • Money
  • Work
  • Helping Others
  • Spiritual Fulfillment
  • Learning
  • Fun and Enjoyment
  • Health

Every one of these areas is important – focusing on one to the exclusion of all others can be life-threatening – living an imbalanced life can be harmful to your mental and physical health.  Life is messy, it cannot be compartmentalized.  Every aspect of your life is interconnected, it is how you put it all together that makes the difference.

There is no quick and easy recipe for living a balanced life but taking a look at where you are now, where you want to be and how you can get there is not as hard as it may sound.  One of the first things you need to do is decide what areas you are devoting most of your time to and what areas you have no time at all for, keeping in mind that every area overlaps.

Having a job you love provides fun and enjoyment, you learn new things, you develop relationships with others, perhaps you help others, and you are making money.  But the job cannot be the be all and end all.  Being in love with someone can be all-consuming and wonderful as well but relying on that love to fulfil your every need is a sure recipe for disappointment.  You have to make time for the people in your life, for doing things you love,  for your emotional, spiritual, and physical health, for focusing on you and growing as a person.

Questions to ask yourself to see if your life is in balance.

  1.  Are you generally happy?
  2. Do you like your job?
  3. Are you having fun in your life?
  4. Are you in good health?
  5. Are your relationships with others good?
  6. Do you love other people and feel loved back?
  7. Do you help others in some way?
  8. Are you happy with your level of knowledge?
  9. Do you feel at peace with yourself?
  10. Do you have enough money to live comfortably?

If you answered yes to all of these questions your life is remarkably balanced.  Congratulations!

Unfortunately, time is limited in life and it is easy to forget to do the things that can make you feel better on a daily or long-term basis.  If you feel like you are in a rut, if you are always tired or hate your job, your life is not in balance.

There are only so many hours in a day (last count was 24).  On the average workday, once you have worked eight hours, slept eight hours, and showered and shaved, you have approximately six hours left in the day to eat, exercise, spend time with your loved ones, get together with friends, pursue your hobbies, read a book, watch TV, whatever it is that you do in your free time.  How do you make the most of your time?  What do you do with your five or six free hours?

7 Steps to Achieving Life Balance

1.     Make sure you have a job you enjoy – if you hate your job you are going to be miserable in other areas of your life as well.  Make the most of the job you have –  if you absolutely hate your job, start planning on how you are going to get a new one.  You are spending at least 25% of your time working so you need to figure out a way to enjoy it even if it isn’t your dream job.

2.    Schedule time to be with family and friends at meals – without the television on!!  Eating together or preparing meals together is a great way to connect and share.

3.    Get into a fitness routine of some sort – even if it is going for a half-hour walk each day – as my mother used to say, “Get outside and blow some of the stink off.”  You can combine exercise and social activities – play sports or work out with friends or you can use the time to clear your mind or get back in touch with yourself.

4.    Schedule “date nights” or days out with your family, friends, significant other.  If you don’t take the time to schedule it, you are almost guaranteed to find something else to take up your time.

5.    Take time to meditate or pray, whatever brings you into better touch with your inner self or your faith-you can combine this with walking to kill two birds with one stone.

6.    Plan at least a few hours a week to pursue your favourite hobby or interest.  Take advantage of your creativity, explore it, rediscover the things you love, play!

7.    Combine, mix and match your activities to get the most out of every hour.

Life balance is one of the keys to happiness and success – it’s not a science, it’s an art and only you know what your goals are and the mix that will work for you.  Manage your time well and give yourself permission to make the most of every minute.

Think about developing a personal growth map (coming soon)  that will help provide you with the balanced life you want and help you achieve the goals and objectives you want to achieve.

Pilates Are Easier Than You Think

My physical therapist told me, “Pilates are easier than you think.” I did not believe him – I came home and looked at pilates videos – easier than you think – ha! I watched cute limber girls and women raise their legs higher in the air than I imagined possible. “Lift one vertebrae at a time…exhale…inhale…”, the instructions were complex, the moves not anything that this body could accomplish. I envy anyone that can do the various exercises in Pilates for Beginners videos – but none of them seemed viable for me. Getting down on the floor is an exercise in and of itself!

I was fortunate enough to find a great water aerobics instructor in Portugal when we were visiting a while back – George was fantastic – he was a slave driver but water aerobics made a difference – I could walk further, stay awake longer and the pain was reduced – eventually ;). But since the onset of the Coronavirus, I can’t practice water aerobics anymore at the local pool or even at the beach. I can’t see my therapist either. So back to Youtube…(needless to say there are no Pilate classes at this period in time either).

I decided to try a new search “standing pilates” – because I am not going to risk getting down on the floor and struggling to get up again. Amazingly, the first video I found on this search was Standing Pilates for Seniors from Rachel, The girl with the pilates mat…cute name isn’t it?

Rachel is easy to listen to, and easy to follow – she even does the exercises so you can follow them while watching her really easily.

Standing Pilates for Seniors

I really enjoy these videos and they actually help with the back pain – I see a difference already. They are pleasant, fun, and easy exercises – the first few days I was a little sore but doing the routine 3 or 4 times a week is has really helped. I now actually believe that pilates are easier than I thought!

Yoga For Beginners and Seniors

Yoga is not as mystical or difficult as you may think, there are plenty of videos teaching yoga for beginners as well as seniors. Suffering from back problems as well as not being the most limber or graceful person in the world, I searched for “exercises for back pain”, “yoga for back pain” and several other back pain related searches. It was rather discouraging – some of the exercises were what I call “pretzel” exercises – “Geez, I wouldn’t even be able to get in that position in the first place,” I thought. It’s true – I wouldn’t even try!

There are great yoga resources on line, beautiful settings, good instructors, Youtube is full of them. You can find instruction at all levels, for all types of bodies and all ages. I had a tough time, though, finding one that suited me. First, I am a klutz, I cannot chew gum and walk at the same time so trying to listen to someone and watch someone who is moving more than two body parts at the same time and telling me to breath in and out confuses me. So I had to find someone that made it easy as easy as possible for me to follow along. Second, I do not like instructors that are too bouncy or watching a class of people doing exercises – that also confuses and distracts me. Third, I don’t respond well to people that are too preachy or seem like they are overdoing the spiritualism. That’s just me. It’s good that I was picky, though, and kept searching.

Eureka! I found Yoga with Adriene, she offers various free 30 day yoga programs, individual videos of different lengths and she is pleasant, easy to understand, and sweet. I like her. I even enjoy listening to her. She makes it easy. My daughter, who is much more fit than me is doing one of the 30 day programs. I am working up to that, but Yoga For Seniors is easy enough even for me. I also like the chair yoga – which is great for me because there are times I don’t have the energy to get out of my chair ;).

Senior Yoga and Chair Yoga – My Favorites

I intend to start one of Adriene’s 30 day programs one day – just not yet. Do you have any recommendations? If so please leave them, along with your comments below.


Winnie the Pooh Quotes – Wisdom from Winnie

Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh, that “bear of little brain”? His wisdom has made me smile many times, and when I am feeling a little blue or need a little whimsey, tis always nice to read a little Winnie the Pooh – or anything by A.A. Milne – simple truths that apply to us no matter how old or young we are.

“A hug is always the right size.”

Winnie the Pooh

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’”

Winnie the Pooh

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Some people care too much I think it’s called love.”

Winnie the Pooh

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

Winnie the Pooh

“It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.”

Winnie the Pooh

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you You have to go to them sometimes.”

Winnie the Pooh

“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.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Rivers know this: There is no hurry We shall get there some day.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Any day spent with you is my favorite day So, today is my new favorite day.”

Winnie the Pooh

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out .into the open and has other people looking at it.”

Winnie the Pooh

“When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is to not let the bees know you’re coming.”

Winnie the Pooh

“I’m so rumbly in my tumbly.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Always watch where you are going Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”

Winnie the Pooh

“I’m not lost for I know where I am But however, where I am may be lost.”

Winnie the Pooh

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.”

Winnie the Pooh

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”

Winnie the Pooh

“It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.”

Winnie the Pooh

“What’s wrong with knowing what you know now and not knowing what you don’t know until later?”

Winnie the Pooh

“What could be more important than a little something to eat?”

Winnie the Pooh

“Yesterday, when it was tomorrow, it was too exciting a day for me.”

Winnie the Pooh

“If people are upset because you’ve forgotten something, console them by letting them know you didn’t forget—you just weren’t remembering.”

Winnie the Pooh

“If it’s not Here, that means it’s out There.”

Winnie the Pooh

“If possible, try to find a way to come downstairs that doesn’t involve going bump, bump, bump, on the back of your head.”

Winnie the Pooh

“I’m never afraid with you.”

Winnie the Pooh

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

Winnie the Pooh

“Oh, bother.”

Winnie the Pooh

“If you live to be a hundred, I hope I live to be a hundred minus one day, so that I never have to live a day without you.”

Winnie the Pooh

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

Winnie the Pooh

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh Books

When We Were Very Young (1924)
Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)
 Now We Are Six (1927)
The House at Pooh Corner (1923)
The Pooh Story Book (1965)
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh (1994)
Winnie the Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems (2004)

I Liked The Old Normal! Coping With Covid-19 Positively

Coping with Covid-19 positively is not all that easy. I like the “old normal”. Learning how to cope with isolation and social distancing in positive ways can be difficult.  There are hundreds of articles out there, and all of them have a similar theme, which is “normal” is not going to be normal anymore.  A new normal is with us, at least for a while.  The Coronavirus “normal” brings with it a lot of pitfalls but also many opportunities.

The Pros and Cons of Isolation


  • Loneliness
  • Sadness & Depression
  • A feeling of loss
  • Missing loved ones and friends
  • Fear and anger
  • Too much time with the same people
  • Too much time with yourself


  • More time to contemplate, to take time to love yourself more and know yourself better.
  • The opportunity to grow closer to the people you live with, to appreciate the relationships you have
  • Finding new ways to communicate and share with others
  • Taking up new hobbies and activities (art, writing, yoga, walking…whatever you have been putting off doing)

How to Keep Positive Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

There are actually good things about the restrictions and new “normal” imposed on us by the Coronavirus. The first and foremost of these is the opportunity it gives us to rethink things, to do things in a new way and to be grateful for what we have. This time can be a great time to grow and to really exercise mindfulness and self-care and love. It is also providing many of us with the opportunity to give back, to be more empathetic, to do things for others that perhaps we might not have thought of doing before.

I am fortunate, I live in the countryside in a country that has not been as badly hit as many other countries. I am used to not seeing anyone but my husband, our dog, Bella, and the neighboring cows and sheep or occasional cat or llama most days of the week. I have a good portion of my life alone, I work alone – so in some ways I am blessed. I am an introvert more than an extrovert. Being alone is not new but now it is different. We have to isolate. We have no opportunity to visit friends, go to the local pub or even the closest beach. Our Saturday excursions to Limerick – gone. Friday evening at the local, gone. Inviting friends for dinner, gone. The life is not all that different but the lack of options makes it feel a lot more oppressive. I miss most our Saturdays, and going for drives or to the beaches, or the knowledge that our travel dates are planned and our much loved summer visitors are coming. We can only wait and hope.

I have a few things that are keeping me positive and happy these days.

  • I do a little bit of exercise each morning – pilates or yoga – first thing when I get up or else I get caught up in doing other things.
  • I practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
  • I write in my journal every day, even if it is just a few words…I looked at one of my entries recently as I was thumbing through one of my journals – there were two words, “I think”…hmm must have been a dull day.
  • I write every day – poetry, fiction, an article, an essay – sometimes I publish it, often, it doesn’t go further than a folder on my computer.
  • I research something every day – whatever comes into my mind – maybe quotes, or the state of the world, how to paint, how to use a glue gun, how to plant sunflower seeds. Google is my friend.
  • I try to go for a walk each day, but I am not great about it. But Bert goes for really long walks so I live my walks through him. I signed up for a 10,000 steps a day Challenge…maybe that will motivate me.
  • I plan meals and cook a few new dishes each week – for this, I am grateful for Recipe Tin Eats – Nagi is my hero – and her dog is cute!
  • I started painting – I am not great, probably not even good at it – but it is fun and I like the fact that now my office can be messy because now it is my “studio”.
  • I do shell and pebble art sometimes – it is fun, easy, and brings back memories of the beaches I have visited.
  • I watch comedians and reruns of NCIS when I want to chill out mindlessly.
  • I am grateful every day for something… lots of things actually – sometimes I jot down a list but mostly, I go outside and breath and think of things I am grateful for several times a day.
  • I drink more water and eat more fruit than I did before.
  • I give myself permission to be lazy and not put on makeup or dress for anyone but myself – and sometimes just to dress up for my husband now and then.
  • I check on Facebook or Twitter, sometimes message friends, try to keep in touch a bit, but not be overwhelmed by it.
  • I walk around the front and back gardens each day, seeing what new flowers and critters there are.
  • I don’t kill bees or spiders anymore – just get them out of the house.
  • I talk to bees and spiders – birds too…hmmm

Staying positive is not easy in the best of times, but one of the gifts that lockdown or Covid-19 has given me is the ability to appreciate the little things, to give myself permission to be who I am and do what I want to do. I am trying new things, learning new things and generally staying pretty darn positive.

Staying Positive In Spite of Negative People and News

Staying positive in spite of negative people and news is a difficult one. I can’t avoid the news, my husband is a news junkie, and so am I. But it takes a lot of energy to deal with the constant barrage of negative news, outrageous tweets and decisions, conflict, and what might be defined outright evil. I get angry and sad, I want to scream and shout – I feel a weight that sometimes makes it hard to breath when hear bad advice and negativity constantly coming from people that should be leading instead of hating during these difficult times.

It seems like every day, there is another sad story, another lie, another barrage of nonsense. So, what to do? I look for the good news. I look at the people that are doing things to help others, to keep themselves strong, the creative people who are putting things out there to lighten the mood. The stories of companies and countries helping people are myriad. People are generally nice in Ireland and they remain so during the Coronavirus, everyone is pulling together, there are no protests or people carrying guns to them. There is no division here based on parties or color of skin. I am grateful for that. I try to look at the CNN Impact Your World pages on a daily basis – there is always something good there. We have instituted a policy at home – for every negative thing we hear in the news we find a positive story. It helps a lot!

The Opportunities Covid-19 Presents

Most of what we are feeling now, we have felt before, the situation today is merely a magnifying glass. Leo Babauta, of Zen Habits, presents us with some good ideas on how to take advantage of this time :

  • If you’re feeling restricted, let yourself feel the feeling of restriction. It’s probably something you’ve felt many times before but didn’t face it. Can you shift this feeling, after you’ve felt it, to see the sense of openness and freedom and gift in each moment?
  • If you’re feeling isolated, can you use this to connect to yourself more, as if you were a monk in a monastery? Can you let yourself feel the feeling of isolation, and give yourself some compassion?
  • Let yourself feel the craving for connection and meaning. And then see how you can create that for yourself, each day, without any certainty about whether you’re doing it right.
  • If you’re irritated at others, can you rise above your narrative about the other person, and see that you’re both feeling fear and pain? That you both are dealing with this with anger, irritation, frustration? That both of you are resorting to old (unhelpful) patterns? Can you practice compassion for them (and yourself) instead?
  • If you’re impatient and wanting it all to be over … can you practice patience instead? Let yourself be with the pain and frustration you’re feeling, and be willing to face it and sit in the middle of it? This is an incredibly powerful practice that will strengthen us for whatever we face in the future.
  • Can you practice this patience with everything you’re feeling: overwhelmed, irritated, frustrated, anxious, uncertain, fearful? And bring self-compassion to that as well?

So you can get a sense that we’re practicing a few things with whatever we’re facing:

  • A willingness to feel what we’re feeling
  • A willingness to face and sit in the middle of difficulty (patience)
  • Compassion for ourselves and others
  • The ability to create connection and meaning

The takeaway here is that it is possible to “make lemonade” from your lemons. Time is precious and now we have more of it, probably, than we have had before. It is a great time to explore, to learn to know ourselves better, to be grateful for what we have and to celebrate each new day with the small things. We are having a garden party tonight in our back garden, we will be playing our favourite oldies, barbequing, and enjoying one of the rare sunny days we have here in beautiful Ireland.

200 +Funny Quotes to Brighten Your Day

When the mood or sky is gray, it’s nice to have some funny quotes to perk us up. These 200 + funny quotes are both inspirational and fun. This is a mixture of fun inspirational quotes are from world leaders, wise men long gone, comedians, scientists, visionaries, and, of course, Winnie the Pooh. Hope it brightens your day a bit.

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

– A. A. Milne

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”

– Abraham Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”

– Al McGuire

“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.”

– Alan Dundes

“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

– Albert Camus

“Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.”

Albert Einstein

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

– Albert Einstein

“All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.”

– Alexander Woollcott

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”

– Ambrose Bierce

“It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.”

– Andy Borowitz

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”

– Andy Rooney

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.”

– Ann Landers

“If you want your children to listen, try talking softly to someone else.”

– Ann Landers

“Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.”

– Anton Chekhov

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.”

– Arthur C. Clarke

“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.”

– Ashleigh Brilliant

“To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.”

– Ashleigh Brilliant

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Have you noticed that all the people in favor of birth control are already born?”

– Benny Hill

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

– Bernard Baruch

“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.”

– Bertrand Russell

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

– Bertrand Russell

“Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment.”

– Betty White

“Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.”

– Bill Maher

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.”

– Bill Vaughan

“Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.”

– Bill Vaughan

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.”

– Bill Watterson

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?… He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!”

– Billy Connolly

“I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives.”

– Billy Connolly

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.”

– Billy Sunday

“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”

– Billy Wilder

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.”

– Bob Hope

“Inside me there’s a thin person struggling to get out, but I can usually sedate him with four or five cupcakes.”

– Bob Thaves

“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.”

– Bryan White

“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”

– Buddy Hackett

“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

– Carl Sagan

“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.”

– Caroline Rhea

“All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.”

– Casey Stengel

“He who laughs last didn’t get the joke.”

– Charles de Gaulle

“I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.”

– Charles Lamb

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”

– Charles M. Schulz

“By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

– Charles Wadsworth

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

– Charlie Chaplin

“Political correctness is tyranny with manners.”

– Charlton Heston

“High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.”

– Christopher Morley

“If you love something set it free, but don’t be surprised if it comes back with herpes.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.”

– Clarence Darrow

“A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, ‘At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.’”

– Claude Pepper

“They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.”

– Clint Eastwood

“I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.”

– Colonel Sanders

“A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: ‘Duh.’”

– Conan O’Brien

“Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’”

– Conan O’Brien

“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”

– Cullen Hightower

“If you can’t live without me, why aren’t you dead already?”

– Cynthia Heimel

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

– Dalai Lama

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

– Dale Carnegie

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”

– Daniel J. Boorstin

“It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from another person’s plate.”

– Dave Barry

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.”

– Dave Barry

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.”

– David Lee Roth

“Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.”

– David Letterman

“The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.”

– Demetri Martin

“A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.”

– Denis Waitley

“Biologically speaking, if something bites you it’s more likely to be female.”

– Desmond Morris

“As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.”

– Dick Cavett

“A pessimist is a person who has had to listen to too many optimists.”

– Don Marquis

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

– Dorothy Parker

“Never doubt the courage of the French. They were the ones who discovered that snails are edible.”

– Doug Larson

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.”

– Doug Larson

“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

– Douglas Adams

“I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.”

– Douglas Adams

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

– Douglas Adams

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Dr. Seuss

“I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.”

– Drake

“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.”

– Dylan Thomas

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”

– E. B. White

“If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.”

– Earl Wilson

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.”

– Edward Abbey

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

– Elbert Hubbard

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”

– Ellen DeGeneres

“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

– Emo Philips

“How many people here have telekenetic powers? Raise my hand.”

– Emo Philips

“I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”

– Emo Philips

“Leave something for someone but dont leave someone for something.”

– Enid Blyton

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

– Erma Bombeck

“Never have more children than you have car windows.”

– Erma Bombeck

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

– Ernest Hemingway

“Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You’re only as good as your last haircut.”

– Fran Lebowitz

“Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.”

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.”

– Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“I can’t understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.”

– Fred Allen

“The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.”

– Fred Allen

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.”

– George Bernard Shaw

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.”

– George Burns

“You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.”

– George Burns

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”

– George Carlin

“I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me – they’re cramming for their final exam.”

– George Carlin

“I’m in shape. Round is a shape.”

– George Carlin

“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?”

– George Carlin

“May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.”

– George Carlin

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.”

– George Carlin

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”

– George Carlin

“To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.”

– George W. Bush

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”

– Gertrude Stein

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”

– Groucho Marx

“Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.”

– Groucho Marx

“Here’s to our wives and girlfriends…may they never meet!”

– Groucho Marx

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”

– Groucho Marx

“I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”

– Groucho Marx

“If you find it hard to laugh at yourself, I would be happy to do it for you.”

– Groucho Marx

“Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.”

– Groucho Marx

“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

– H. L. Mencken

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.”

– Harlan Ellison

“It’s only when you look at an ant through a magnifying glass on a sunny day that you realize how often they burst into flames.”

– Harry Hill

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”

– Harry S. Truman

“Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his newspaper to talk to you.”

– Helen Rowland

“Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.”

– Helen Rowland

“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.”

– Henny Youngman

“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”

– Henny Youngman

“All men are equal before fish.”

– Herbert Hoover

“If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”

– Hillary Clinton

“You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is ‘never try.’”

– Homer Simpson

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”

– Indira Gandhi

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”

– Isaac Asimov

“I’d rather have 1% of the effort of 100 men than 100% of my own effort.”

– J. Paul Getty

“My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.”

– Jack Benny

“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.”

– Jackie Mason

“Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.”

– James Thurber

“When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic.”

– Jane Wagner

“Men are like shoes. Some fit better than others. And sometimes you go out shopping and there’s nothing you like. And then, as luck would have it, the next week you find two that are perfect, but you don’t have the money to buy both.”

– Janet Evanovich

“According to a new survey, 90% of men say their lover is also their best friend. Which is really kind of disturbing when you consider man’s best friend is his dog.”

– Jay Leno

“Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?”

– Jay Leno

“My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists.”

– Jean Rostand

“Haters are just confused admirers because they can’t figure out the reason why everyone loves you.”

– Jeffree Star

“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

“Laugh a lot. It burns a lot of calories.”

– Jessica Simpson

“Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat.”

– Jim Davis

“The simple act of opening a bottle of wine has brought more happiness to the human race than all the collective governments in the history of earth.”

– Jim Harrison

“Americans are incredibly inpatient. Someone once said that the shortest period of time in America is the time between when the light turns green and when you hear the first horn honk.”

– Jim Rohn

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.”

– Joan Collins

“Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?”

– John Barrymore

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

John F. Kennedy

“I’ve come to view Jesus much the way I view Elvis. I love the guy but the fan clubs really freak me out.”

– John Fugelsang

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

– John Hughes

“The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.”

– John Maynard Keynes

“Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

– John Wayne

“If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”

– Johnny Carson

“Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt, not swallowed.”

– Josh Billings

“The greatest thief this world has ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large.”

– Josh Billings

“The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.”

– Karl Kraus

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.”

– Katharine Hepburn

“The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.”

– Kin Hubbard

“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

“A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.”

– Lana Turner

“That’s the funny thing about life. We’re rarely aware of the bullets we dodge. The just-misses. The almost-never-happeneds. We spend so much time worrying about how the future is going to play out and not nearly enough time admiring the precious perfection of the present.”

– Lauren Miller

“A man doesn’t know what he knows until he knows what he doesn’t know.”

– Laurence J. Peter

“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.”

– Laurence J. Peter

“If you’re too open-minded; your brains will fall out.”

– Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

– Lily Tomlin

“The road to success is always under construction.”

– Lily Tomlin

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”

– M. Scott Peck

“Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.”

– Mae West

“I’m not for everyone. I’m barely for me.”

– Marc Maron

“Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard.”

– Margaret Culkin Banning

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

– Margaret Mead

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

– Mark Twain

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

– Mark Twain

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

– Mark Twain

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

– Mark Twain

“I am only human, although I regret it.”

– Mark Twain

“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.”

– Mark Twain

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

– Mark Twain

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

– Mark Twain

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

– Mark Twain

“Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”

– Mark Twain

“Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs.”

– Martha Scott

“Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.”

– Matt Groening

“God is at home, it’s we who have gone out for a walk.”

– Meister Eckhart

“In the past 10,000 years, humans have devised roughly 100,000 religions based on roughly 2,500 gods. So the only difference between myself and the believers is that I am skeptical of 2,500 gods whereas they are skeptical of 2,499 gods. We’re only one God away from total agreement.”

– Michael Shermer

“My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.”

– Mike Myers

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

– Miles Kington

“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.”

– Milton Berle

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

– Milton Berle

“My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already.”

– Milton Berle

“I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.”

– Mitch Hedberg

“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”

– Molly Ivins

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”

– Muhammad Ali

“God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.”

– Naguib Mahfouz

“The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby.”

– Natalie Wood

“It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.”

– Navjot Singh Sidhu

“The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.”

– Nicolas Chamfort

“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.”

– Norm Crosby

“As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.”

– Norman Wisdom

“Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies.”

– Oliver Goldsmith

“If you must make a noise, make it quietly.”

– Oliver Hardy

“A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.”

– Oliver Herford

“Man has his will, but woman has her way.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

“Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.”

– Oscar Levant

“There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”

– Oscar Levant

“What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

– Oscar Levant

“Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.”

– Oscar Wilde

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”

– Oscar Wilde

“I can resist everything except temptation.”

– Oscar Wilde

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most.”

– Ozzy Osbourne

“The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.”

– Paul Fix

“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.”

– Paul R. Ehrlich

“I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly.”

– Peter Cook

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

– Phyllis Diller

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.”

– Phyllis Diller

“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

– Prince Philip

“Life is a sexually transmitted disease.”

– R. D. Laing

“I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”

– Redd Foxx

“The less Holy Spirit we have, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going.”

– Reinhard Bonnke

“If you lived with a roommate as unstable as this economic system, you would’ve moved out or demanded that your roommate get professional help.”

– Richard D. Wolff

“When you’re in love it’s the most glorious two and a half days of your life.”

– Richard Lewis

“Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.”

– Rita Mae Brown

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”

– Rita Rudner

“When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.”

– Rita Rudner

“If you have a secret, people will sit a little bit closer.”

– Rob Cordry

“I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.”

– Robert Benchley

“The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.”

– Robert Bloch

“All my life I’ve wanted, just once, to say something clever without losing my train of thought.”

– Robert Breault

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.”

– Robert Frost

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

– Robert Frost

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.”

– Robert Fulghum

“Older people shouldn’t eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.”

– Robert Orben

“I’m sorry, if you were right, I’d agree with you.”

– Robin Williams

“Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?”

– Robin Williams

“I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“We sleep in separate rooms, we have dinner apart, we take separate vacations – we’re doing everything we can to keep our marriage together.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.”

– Ron White

“It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?”

– Ronald Reagan

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”

– Ronald Reagan

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”

– Salvador Dali

“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.”

– Sam Ewing

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”

– Samuel Goldwyn

“I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.”

– Samuel Goldwyn

“I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their job.”

– Samuel Goldwyn

“I wish I were dumber so I could be more certain about my opinions. It looks fun.”

– Scott Adams

“If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?”

– Scott Adams

“I live by my own rules (reviewed, revised, and approved by my wife).. but still my own.”

– Si Robertson

“The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.”

– Sid Caesar

“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”

– Socrates

“You cannot be anything if you want to be everything.”

– Solomon Schechter

“If any of you cry at my funeral I’ll never speak to you again.”

– Stan Laurel

“Folks, I don’t trust children. They’re here to replace us.”

– Stephen Colbert

“Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.”

– Steve Irwin

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

– Steve Martin

“It does not matter whether you win or lose, what matters is whether I win or lose!”

– Steven Weinberg

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.”

– Steven Wright

“I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”

– Steven Wright

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

– Steven Wright

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.”

– Steven Wright

“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

– Steven Wright

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

– Sydney J. Harris

“The world is a globe. The farther you sail, the closer to home you are.”

– Terry Pratchett

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

– Thomas A. Edison

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas A. Edison

“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.”

– Thomas Sowell

“Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”

– Thomas Szasz

“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!”

– Tom Lehrer

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

– Voltaire

“I hate women because they always know where things are.”

– Voltaire

“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

– W. C. Fields

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.”

– W. C. Fields

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”

– W. C. Fields

“We are all here on earth to help others. What on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”

– W. H. Auden

“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

– Walter Bagehot

“My doctor gave me six months to live, but when I couldn’t pay the bill he gave me six months more.”

– Walter Matthau

“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.”

– Wilhelm II

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

– Will Rogers

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.”

– Will Rogers

“When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”

– Will Rogers

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

– William James

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

– Winston Churchill

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

– Winston Churchill

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”

– Woody Allen

“I’m such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.”

– Woody Allen

“Marriage is like mushrooms: we notice too late if they are good or bad.”

– Woody Allen

“Everybody laughs the same in every language because laughter is a universal connection.”

– Yakov Smirnoff

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

– Yogi Berra

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

– Yogi Berra

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

– Yogi Berra

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

– Zig Ziglar

“A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he’s finished.”

– Zsa Zsa Gabor

Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation Offers Free Support During Covid-19

I was thrilled to see that the Thich Nhat Hahn Foundation is offering free support and resources during Covid-19. Thich Nhat Hanh is at the top of my list of most admired people, he has written several incredible and inspiring books and continues to be an inspiration to so many. As a result, I regularly visit the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation website. The philosophy of the organization is a noble one :

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation works to continue the mindful teachings and practice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, support our mindfulness practice centers around the world, and engage in Sangha (community) building in order to foster peace and transform suffering in all people, animals, plants, and our planet.

Mission Statement – Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation

It is not surprising, then, that the site is now offering free resources during COVID-19. Along with their usual articles and informational offerings, they are having live talks and meditation session that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.

Visit Thich Nhat Hanh Covid-19 Free Resources

Try participating in one of the guided meditations or watch some of the Dharma talks, it might just make your day a better one. 🙂

4 Easy Mindfulness Practices To Help You Through The Day

By Leo Babauta

In the middle of the chaos of the world right now, what can we do to take care of ourselves?

Let’s talk about a handful of simple mindfulness practices that can be helpful.

  1. Breathe deeply into the belly. This is one to start with, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. We get caught up in our heads, stuck in a cycle of thoughts that are rarely very helpful. So to get out of our heads and into our bodies, we can do deep breathes, into the deepest part of our bellies. Do several breaths like this, maybe for 30-60 seconds if you have time. This not only calms you down, but helps you to be more present with your body and surroundings.
  2. Check on your feelings, give yourself compassion. Turn your attention to the sensations in your body, and notice how uncertainty and fear/anxiety might feel for you right now, as a bodily experience. This, again, helps get you out of your thoughts, but also it’s important to notice how you’re feeling. Practice giving these feelings some space, letting them be (it’s OK to feel anxiety!). Then see if you can give them some compassion, to take care of yourself when you’re feeling uncertainty or frustration.
  3. Find calm in the middle of a storm. When the world is full of chaos, can we find calm? Find your breath. Let the swirl of thoughts calm down. Notice the light around you, notice sound. Notice the beauty of the moment. Widen your awareness beyond yourself, and feel the peace of a moment of stillness. You can still take action, but from a place of calmness.
  4. Send compassion out to others. Once you’ve practiced compassion for your own uncertainty and fears … once you’ve found a moment of calm and centeredness … you can open your heart to others right now. They’re afraid, they’re feeling anxious. Open your awareness beyond your home, to the others in your neighborhood and city, to others around the world, to your loved ones and strangers. Feel the worry they’re feeling. Send them compassion, from the deepest place in your heart. Let it flow out as a healing salve to everyone. Notice how this feels. Notice how it might change how you interact with others.

Let these practices help you through this troubled time, my friends.

Coronavirus Inspirational & Informational Videos

There is so much stuff out there about Coronavirus that I thought it might be helpful to assemble videos that are inspirational and educational – this is a hand selected list of videos that may be interesting or helpful.

Coronavirus – Covid-19 Resources Ireland

This is a starting list of a few of the online resources in Ireland related to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). New resources will be added as often as possible. If you have other suggestions please submit them with a bit of information and we will get them published ASAP.

HSE Resources

In This Together – Resources From gov.ie

Here you will find lots of advice and tips on how you can look after your mental wellbeing, stay active and stay connected. In This Together draws together a huge range of activities that you can pursue in your home or your locality, by yourself or with family members or with friends online. There are ideas and activities for people of all ages. ..Whatever you are going through in isolation, let’s stay connected and make it together.

gov.ie -in this together

The page includes links to information resources including:

  • Looking after our mental health
  • Coping at home
  • Leaving Cert 2020
  • Let’s Play Ireland
  • Staying active
  • Healthy eating
  • Cocooning
  • Helping in the community
  • Local resources

The Psychological Society of Ireland

The Covid-19 page from the Psychological Society of Ireland is full of great information including videos from mental health experts, recommendations on books for children, books for adults, and sections dedicated to:

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Easy Read Stories for Children
  • Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Resources for Athletes
  • Resources for Psychologists

I recommend this page highly, it is well thought out and concise, providing a ton of great information.

Mental Health Ireland Covid-19 Resources

Not surprisingly, Mental Health Ireland is a great resources for easy to read information, videos, graphics and tips on how to cope with being in isolation, parenting, and maintaining a “normal” life during these abnormal times. It is chock full of great ideas, easy to read tips and downloads that are informative and fun.

Their Five Ways for Tough Times provide a basis for what looks like an interesting and positive approach to Covid-19. Available in PDF format, it is worthwhile to download the Five Ways for a Tough Time A4 posters. I have printed them out already.

  • Connect
  • Take Notice
  • Be Active
  • Keep Learning
  • Give

Be Optimistic With These 10 Easy Steps

It is not always easy to be optimistic. It requires perserverance and foresight. Additionally it requires a mindset that is positive and dynamic. If you a “glass half empty kind of person” it is harder to be optimistic than if you are of “the glass half full” persuasion. The good news is that you can train yourself to be more optimistic.

Train yourself to be optimistic by taiking the following steps:

  1. Be grateful. Practice being grateful for the people, places, and things in your life. It is hard to be pessimistic, almost impossible, in fact, when you are being grateful.
  2. Be mindful. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis. This is a very easy way to increase your chances of being an optimistic person. The myth is that being mindful takes a lot of work. Actually, it doesn’t require any work at all. Once you have decided to be mindful, you will see that your outlook on life changes dramatically.
  3. Smile. Smiling is another easy way to increase your optimism quotient. The health and wellbeing effects of smiling are proven time and time again. Additionally, smiling makes you more beautiful. What’s to lose by smiling more?
  4. Surround yourself with positive people. It is hard to be optimistic when everyone around you is negative. If you have negative people in your life, either learn to disregard what they say or minimize your contact with them. We all have auras, positive, negative, kind, evil, good, bad…work on keeping your aura positive and protect yourself from naysayers.
  5. Believe in yourself. Realize how special you are and that you can do whatever you want to do if you set your mind to it and be persistent.
  6. Use affirmations to boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
  7. Keep a journal that includes things you are grateful for, your affirmations, goals, acts of kindness, accomplishments, prevalent thoughts, activities, general mood, progress toward life goal, people and  places, and general notes on the day.
  8. Exercise – exercise releases endorphins, contributes to your mental and physical well-being and can increase happiness and self-esteem.
  9. Do something nice for someone else, even if it is something small – every little thing counts!
  10. Do something special for yourself each day – whether it is reading, writing, drawing, giving yourself a facial, eating some fruit…try to make an effort to make each day a bit special by doing something you love for yourself.

There will always be times that it is harder to be optimistic than others. World events can have a negative impact just as personal events do. As the song says, “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders,” sometimes you just have to turn off the news and turn down the noise. You are ultimately the only person that can decide your fate and only your fate. Everyone else has to make their own choices and determine their own fate as well. Love yourself, love the people around you and be grateful for who you are and the people, places and things you have in your life. Awww, come on, give yourself a hug, give your loved ones a hug, and order a pizza with everything on it…

Captain Tom Moore Captures Hearts-Raises Millions for NHS

“We will get through this and come out of it stronger, more united and ready to face any challenge together.”


Watching Captain Tom Moore walk back and forth across the garden outside his flat, I am amazed by his resolve, his spirit, his power. He decided to begin a fundraising campaign for NHS Charities Together, a coalition of charities supporting staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. He started with a goal of 125 meters (25 yards per day) laps of his garden using his walker. He called it “Tom’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS“.

He started walking on April 6 and created a fundraiser on justgiving.com where his initial goal was to raise £5000. By April 16, he had already raised over £1 million and he achieved his initial target of 100 laps while a guard of honour for the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment who maintained social distance and stood by respectfully, saluting as he made his final laps. 

When we started off with this exercise we didn’t anticipate we’d get anything near that sort of money. It’s really amazing. All of them, from top to bottom, in the National Health Service, they deserve everything that we can possibly put in their place. They’re all so brave. Because every morning or every night they’re putting themselves into harm’s way, and I think you’ve got to give them full marks for that effort. We’re a little bit like having a war at the moment. But the doctors and the nurses, they’re all on the front line, and all of us behind, we’ve got to supply them and keep them going with everything that they need, so that they can do their jobs even better than they’re doing now.

Captain Tom Moore
After Reaching £5 million in Funds for the NHS

To celebrate his 100th lap, singer Michael Ball sang You’ll Never Walk Alone  as a tribute to him and the performance was made into a digital single featuring Captain Moore’s spoken words and the NHS Voices of Care Choir .  Released by Decca Records on April 17, the recording hit No. 1 on the UK Charts on April 24. The recording is available from this Michael Ball link with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together

99 year old Captain Tom Moore continues to inspire millions of people after raising over £29 million for the NHS. He has received thousands of award nominations for the prestigious CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and has been shortlisted for the honours list which will be presented at Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday celebration in June. He was awarded the Pride of Britain Award on April 23, and has, to date, inspired all of us in many ways.

Happy Birthday and  thank  you,  Captain Moore!! We will all be celebrating with you on April 30th!

Timeline of Captain Tom Moore’s Amazing Walk

April 6, 2020Captain Moore sets out to walk 100 laps of his garden with the goal of raising £5000 for the UK NHS
April 10, 2020£1000 target hit- a new goal was set for “Tom’s 100th birthday walk to £100k for our amazing NHS
April 11, 2020£100,000 target reached – a new goal is set at £250,000
April 12, 2020£250,000 goal reached – Goal raised to £1,000,000
April 14, 2020£1,000,000 plus achieved
April 16, 2020Captain Tom Moore reaches his goal of 100 laps of his garden with the Honour Guard standing by.
April 17, 2020Dekka records releases a digital recording of You’ll Never Walk Alone, (with proceeds going NHS Charities Together)
featuring Captain Tom, Michael Ball, and the NHS Voices of Care Choir.
April 24, 2020You’ll Never Walk Alone becomes the No. 1 hit in the UK, making Captain Moore UK Singles Chart,
making Captain Moore the oldest person to achieve the position after Tom Jones.
I am sure there will be more to follow 🙂

See Be Do in Your Life

I started my SEE BE DO adventure several years ago, first with the simple idea of SEEBEDO or see it , be it, do it. As part of the project I created an ongoing list of sees and bes and dos as guidelines for how to live a better life. The list could probably go on and on but I stopped at about sixty because that’s two months worth of seeing, being and doing if you only calculate one a day. The principles of SEEBEDO can be applied to every part of your life. I try to apply all of them to mine, but life has a tendency to get in the way so I keep the list posted and pick out one or two things each day to focus on. It works for me. I hope maybe some of these ideas might touch you as well.

Seek love.
Seek knowledge.
Seek truth.
Seek peace.
Seek joy.
See yourself and love yourself for you you are.
See that you are special and that you have unique gifts and talents.
See who you were, who you are, and who you want to be.
See all the things you have to be grateful for, small and large.
See how what you say and do affects yourself and others.
See the beauty and good in yourself and others.
See others with compassion and without judgement.
See how you can enrich your own life and the lives of others.
See your dreams and goals clearly and set the path to realize them.
See that you alone are responsible for who you are and what you do, you are the captain of your fate.
See all you can be.
Be positive.
Be mindful.
Be thoughtful.
Be aware.
Be grateful.
Be helpful and giving.
Be forgiving.
Be strong.
Be bold.
Be brave.
Be a leader.
Be happy for the success of others as well as your own.
Be committed to yourself.
Be true to yourself, your values, and dreams.
Be strong in your beliefs.
Be at peace with yourself and others.
Be self-disciplined.
Be consistent.
Be enthusiastic.
Believe in yourself and help others believe in themselves.
Believe in your dreams.
Believe that the universe is on your side.
Believe that you have the right to happiness, success, and wealth
Believe that you can achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life.
Do what you want to do with your life.
Do lead your life on purpose.
Do take responsibility for yourself.
Do celebrate life.
Do not give into worry and fear.
Do set goals.
Do take action to achieve your goals.
Do take risks.
Do develop and nurture good relationships.
Do work hard to achieve your goals and realize your dreams.
Do get the training and education you need to do what you want to do.
Do things for others.
Do things you enjoy.
Do what it takes to stay healthy and strong.
Do something nice for someone else each day.
Do something nice for yourself each day.
Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Do not be afraid to fail.
Do not let the past dictate your future.
Do not give up.

See the best, be the best, do the best in all you do.
See it! Be it! Do it!
Make a commitment, here and now.


Bohemian (Virus) Rhapsody Spreads

These Bohemian Rhapsody Coronavirus parodies have had me humming Bohemian Rhapsody for the past week. I love Queen, there is no doubt that Freddy Mercury and his band were performers in a class of their own. Of course, Bohemian Rhapsody is right up there as a favorite song. It has become the basis for many of the new genre of songs related to the Coronavirus. Just for fun, and here are a few of the renditions out there.

Whether you are a fan of Mr. Trump or not, this is a masterpiece of mixing and dubbing.

This is a really fun rendition which was recorded for fun in isolation by members of Phoenix Chamber Choir from Vancouver, BC, Canada in March of 2020.

  • Lyrics: Dana Jay Bein http://www.danajaybein.com (slightly adapted)
  • Original Music: Freddie Mercury
  • Arrangement: adapted from Rockapella by Carolyn Shiau
  • Editing: Carolyn Shiau and Vaughn Chauvin
  • Mixing: Tom Metzgers

Thank U Frontline: An Anthem of Gratitude

The Corona Virus has sparked a lot of great videos that not only showcase talent but provide for some comic relief in these days that bring headlines and news that is disturbing and depressing. We all appreciate those in the frontline, people that still have to go to work to take care of our needs and the needs of those we love. Thank U Frontline, by Chris Mann, is both entertaining and touching. It is a beautiful expression of gratitude to those that are in the trenches fighting the battle against Covid19.

Thank U Frontline

Chris Mann
(based on “Thank U” by Alanis Morissette)

How ’bout taking a moment to thank the frontline
How ’bout thinking of others who can’t stay home
How ’bout fighting to get these workers protection
How ’bout standing up for the ones we love

Thank you doctors
Thank you nurses
Thanks for working the frontline
Thank you scientists
Thank you pharmacists
Thanks for working overtime

How ’bout reigning it in for the bigger picture
How ’bout putting another before yourself
How ’bout appreciating what we took for granted (Everything)
How ’bout slow clapping those who are soldiering on, ey

Thank you Amazon
Thank you grocery clerks
Thank you all-night truck drivers
Thank you janitors
Thanks mail carriers
Thank you selfless volunteers

The moment we can all buckle down
The sooner the moment this all will be over
There’s so many ways to help out
Let us start by giving thanks

To everyone who’s sick we’re sending you love
To everyone who’s struggling, I feel you (I so do)
How ’bout governing without all the politics
How’ bout working together for the greater good

Thank you garbage men
Teachers holding class online
Thank you companies
changing strategies
To make more medical supplies

Factory workers
First responders
Civil service employees
Thank you farmers
Thank you journalists
Thank you military
Bless the unemployed
The house workers
And the work-at-home parents

Thank you, thank you

Foods To Ease Back Pain

You can actually ease your back pain by eating right.  Certain foods, vitamins, and minerals play a key role in back health. Of course, a good diet is important for the whole body and not just the back, but the vitamins, minerals and foods listed here are particularly good for bones and back health.  If you incorporate super foods into your daily diet, you will feel healthier and more energetic.

Minerals, Vitamins, and Foods to Ease Back Pain

You are what you eat.  We all know that a balanced diet is important.  But there are certain foods, vitamins and minerals that can ease your back pain and help your back stay stronger and healthier.

Calcium is essential for bone health and supplements can be necessary as we age.  It is the key mineral in bones and helps maintain bone mass.  It is found in many foods including dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and milk.  Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, bok choy and spinach, canned fishes with bones (sardines are especially good) and a variety of other foods including almonds, oranges, tofu, and blackstrap molasses.

Magnesium is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and a key mineral for bone structure. It also helps with relaxing and contracting muscles, making it necessary for strengthening the muscles that support the spine. Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon but often goes undiagnosed so a supplement is not a bad idea. The good news is magnesium is found in dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)!  It is also in green leafy vegetables, fish, beans, seeds, whole grains, nuts, avocados, bananas and yogurt.

Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen when there is a vitamin D deficiency, which is common. It is found in only a few foods fatty fish, liver and egg yolks naturally and is present in foods fortified with vitamin D.  The good news is that the primary source for vitamin D3 is the sun – so you have an excuse to take those sunny holidays and spend weekends at the beach.  The bad news is most of us don’t get enough sun in the winter months so taking a supplement is the best option.

Vitamin K2 regulates bone minerals and takes calcium from soft tissues into the bones.  It is critical for bone metabolism and often deficient in the diet. Vitamin K2 is found in fats in meats, cheeses, egg yolks and dairy products while the plant form of vitamin K, vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables and broccoli.

Vitamin C is extremely important for the whole body and for collagen formation so it impacts bones, muscles, skin and tendons, and is an important part of the process that enables cells to form into tissue. A primary antioxidant, vitamin C is vital for healing injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and keeping the vertebrae strong.  Citrus fruits, berries, and kiwi as well as tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, peppers, and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin B12 is required in the formation of bone building cells and red blood cells in bone marrow.  It is found in animal proteins and not in plants so supplements are sometimes necessary.

Proteins are critical components of bone health. Daily consumption of protein is critical for maintaining good health overall and the back is no exception.  Eggs, meat, fish, nuts, and poultry all are good sources of protein. If you want to calculate how much protein you need Verywellfit.com has an excellent calculator to help you determine your specific requirements.

Make sure your body is producing enough Collagen, Glucosamine and Chondroitin by eating correctly and getting enough of the above vitamins.  You might consider a supplement if you feel you need it or if your doctor recommends it.




10 Super Foods That Actually Taste Good

I love finding out that some of my favorite foods are actually super foods – who doesn’t like a handful of nuts or a bowl of guacamole made with fresh avocados? Blueberries are fantastic and apples are good with salt, with peanut butter, or just plain fresh off the tree. Pomegranates are exotic and turn your lips and fingers red but the fun is in the crunch of each little seed or the taste of a big gulp of pomegranate juice. Eggs are versatile and can be made at least 20 different tasty ways. Cabbage, bok choy and broccoli can be sneaked into a lot of meals without offending anyone too much. Mushrooms sauteed, grilled, baked, stuffed…with lots of garlic – yum. These are just a few power foods but very tasty ones at that!

Nuts, Particularly Almonds

1.5 ounces of most nuts per day may reduce the risk of heart disease.  Almonds are loaded with fiber and monounsaturated fat, both of which have been shown to lower cholesterol.  Despite being relatively high in fat and calories, studies show that eating almonds can actually help with weight loss.


Avocados are high in fat but it is monounsaturated fat which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  Avocados aid in blood and tissue regeneration, stabilize blood sugar and are great for the heart.   They have 11 to 17 grams of fiber per fruit and are and excellent source of Lutein which is key to eye and skin health.. They’re loaded with fiber (11 to 17 grams per fruit) and are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.


An apple a day does keep the doctor away.  Apples are are full of antioxidant, quercetin and catechin which protect your cells.  Don’t peel them though!!! The skins have more fiber then the inside and about two times more than other fruits.


Blueberries are tiny but powerful.  They pack an huge anti-aging punch and are loaded with antioxidants including anthocyans which improve vision and brain function.  Studies show that the blueberries slows the effects of aging on motor coordination and memory.  They also reduce inflammation which is part of most chronic diseases as well as having anti-cancer activity.  Time to stock up on those blueberries and a good reason to eat blueberry muffins, pancakes, cobbler, jam, heck, maybe even take a bath in it.


Pomegranate seeds are tasty and good for you, full of anti-oxidants they are also great food for anti-aging and reducing the risks of cancer and heart disease.   They also take forever to get out of the fruit so they provide their own sort of entertainment or challenge if you will.


Brassica genus includes cabbage, broccoli and bok choy to name a few.  These vegetables include indoles which have been proven to reduce the risk of cancer dramatically.  Eating cabbage more than once a week can cut chances of colon cancer, stimulate the immune system, kill bacteria and viruses, and purify your blood.  Not a problem to eat it more than once a week if you live in Ireland…

 Fish and Fish Oil

Mom always told me that eating fish would make me smart.  But it does more than that, it reduces the risk of  heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, strokes.  diabetes, and arthritis. Fatty fish may also help alleviate depression.   Eat at least two fish meals per week, especially wild salmon, herring, and sardines,  which are highest in Omega 3 fats.


Garlic is an age-old remedy for just about everything – even warding off vampires. But research shows that a few cloves of garlic a day cut the odds of subsequent heart attacks in half for heart disease patients as well as being at the top of the list for cancer-prevention foods. Garlic is detoxifying, antibacterial and anti-viral so go ahead and indulge in that Italian food you love


Mushrooms have been used in Asia for centuries to prevent and treat cancer, viruses, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.   Mushrooms are used in Asia today to help counteract the toxic effects of chemo and radiation. A nice shitake mushroom stir fry sounds perfect right about now doesn’t it?


Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids!  What’s more they are only about 80 calories a piece.  The yolks are actually very good for you as well because they contain choline which protects heart and brain function and prevents fat from accumulating in the liver.  So splurge on those Eggs Benedict!


See Beauty in Everything

See beauty in everything. I mean it, try to see a bit of beauty in everything.  I have been practicing this and having fun with it.  When I look at a spider (I hate spiders) I can now see a bit of beauty in how they spin their webs or scuttle up the wall.  I have tried the same with flies but am still working on that one. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

We don’t always appreciate what beauty is, or how much of it there is in each day.  Whether it is the weather, a person, an object, a song, a piece of art, a flower, a tree or a grain of sand, it is possible to find beauty in everything.

There is no simple definition of beauty, we all see things differently and find joy and beauty in different things.  There are many quotes on beauty that might help in the search for it.

Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic” is a lovely reminder of living in a beautiful world.  A bit melancholic but also a haunting reminder that there is beauty in the small things we often forget to acknowledge or give thanks for.

Don’t Panic
Bones sinking like stones
All that we’ve fought for
Homes, places we’ve grown
All of us are done for
We live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do
Yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world
Bones sinking like stones
All that we’ve fought for
Homes, places we’ve grown
All of us are done for
We live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do
Yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world
We live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do
Yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world
Oh all that I know
There’s nothing here to run from
‘Cause here
Everybody here’s got somebody to lean on

Songwriters: Christopher Anthony John Martin / Guy Rupert Berryman / Jonathan Mark Buckland / William Champion
Don’t Panic lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Beauty Quotes to Remember

Beauty is subjective. We all have our own definitions of what and who is beautiful.  Of course we all think our babies are beautiful.  Most of us find beauty in a sunrise or a sunset.  Generally nature is considered to be beautiful while trash is not.  Butterflies are beautiful but slugs are not.  Beauty brings us joy and pleasure.  It makes us happy to see beautiful things.  How do you define beauty, have you thought about it? Do you see beauty in everything or do you see a lot of ugly things and people?

Physical beauty is fleeting, it is internal beauty that endures.

 “The beautiful things of the earth become dearer as they elude pursuit.” – Thomas Hardy

 “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” – John Keats

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3~ 4

“You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.” – Marie Stopes

“You are not born with beauty, your beauty is created by who you are. Your inner beauty is more important than how people see you on the outside.”~  Emily Coussons

“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Where Beauty was, nothing ever ran quite straight, which, no doubt, was why so many people looked on it as immoral.” – John Galsworthy

“What’s the whole point of being pretty on the outside when you’re so ugly on the inside?” – Jess C. Scott

“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.” – Scott Westerfeld

“We see the beauty within and cannot say no.” – Dave Eggers

Beauty brings us joy

“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This is one of the beautiful things about life’s adventure – we can redirect our paths!” – Mike Burns

“There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.” – Cynthia Hand

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” – Mandy Hale

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”― Louisa May Alcott

“The mirror is the worst judge of true beauty” ― Sophia Nam

Beauty is in the heart

“The fountain of beauty is the heart and every generous thought illustrates the walls of your chamber.”~  Francis Quarles

“The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.”― P.C. Cast

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn

“That’s the thing about inner beauty: Unlike Physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding then in its embrace, making them more beautiful, too.”– Unknown

“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” – Ninon de L’Enclos

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell

“Take care of your inner, spiritual beauty. That will reflect in your face.”~  Dolores Del Rio

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” – Martin Buxbaum

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” – Martin Buxbaum

“Some of us teach ourselves and our children to love the superficial outer; our looks, hair, skin, clothes rather than the greater beauty that resides within whereas it is that inner beauty that really defines you and who you truly are.”~  Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.”― Elisabeth Kübler Ross

“Real beauty is to be true to oneself.” – Laetitia Casta

“Plainness has its peculiar temptations quite as much as beauty.”– George Eliot

“Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.” – Aristotle

“People are like stained~ glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler~ Ross

“Outer beauty pleases the EYE. Inner beauty captivates the HEART.”~  Mandy Hale

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.”  – Kate Angell

“Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.”~ George W. Russell

“Of life’s two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer’s hand.” – Khalil Gibran

“No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.” – Oscar Wilde

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” –  Louie Schwartzberg

“Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror.” – Pamela Anderson

“Moments of beauty sustain us through hours of ugliness.” ― Brent Weeks

“Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.” – Jenn Proske

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

“Let us live for the beauty of our own reality.” ― Tom Robbins

“Just because you’re beautiful and perfect, it’s made you conceited.” – William Goldman, The Princess Bride

“Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn’t mean it does not exist.” ― Margaret Cho

“Judge nothing by the appearance. The more beautiful the serpent, the more fatal its sting.” – William Scott Downey, Proverbs

“It’s [beauty] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.”~  Cameron Diaz

Beauty moves us

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault

“Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.” – Priscilla Presley

“Inner beauty radiates from within, and there’s nothing more beautiful than when a woman feels beautiful on the inside.”  –  Erin Heatherton

“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” – Christopher Morley

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

“If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“If you feel beautiful, then you are. Even if you don’t, you still are.”  –  Terri Guillemets

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” – Anatole France

“I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin~ deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want – an adorable pancreas?” – Jean Kerr

“I find beauty in unusual things, like hanging your head out the window or sitting on a fire escape.” –Scarlett Johansson

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank

“I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.” – Karl Lagerfeld

“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”  – Audrey Hepburn

“Flawed, we’re truly interesting, truly memorable, and yes, truly beautiful.” ― Justina Chen Headley

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.“  – Marcus Aurelius

“Do all the good you can and create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside. It is inner beauty which matters most.”  –  Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

“Beauty’s voice speaks gently: it creeps only into the most awakened souls.”  – Friedrich Nietsze

“Beauty? To me it is a word without sense because I do not know where its meaning comes from nor where it leads to.” – Pablo Picasso

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick~ ass lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

“Beauty when most unclothed is clothed best.” – Phineas Fletcher

“Beauty surrounds us.” ― Rumi

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”― Edgar Allan Poe

“Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty~ dollar haircut on a fifty~ cent head.” – Garrison Keillor

“Beauty isn’t about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly a beautiful soul.” – Anonymous

“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.” – Zoe Kravitz

“Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Beauty is the shadow of God on the universe.” – Gabriela Mistral, Desolacíon

“Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.” ― Amit Ray

“Beauty is the illumination of your soul.”~  John O’Donohue

“Beauty is strangely various. There is the beauty of light and joy and strength exulting; but there is also the beauty of shade, of sorrow and sadness, and of humility oppressed.” – Arnold Bennett

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly lies to the bone. Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own! Create and cultivate Inner Beauty that never fades away but grows and matures with Time!” – Deodatta V. Shenai~ Khatkhate

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” – Dorothy Parker

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Beauty is not caused. It is.” ― Emily Dickinson

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” – Miss Piggy

We each have our own definitions of  beauty

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.“~  Sophia Loren

“Beauty is certainly a soft, smooth, slippery thing, and therefore of a nature which easily slips in and permeates our souls.” – Plato, Lysis

“Beauty is but a lease from nature.” – Edward Counsel, Maxims

“Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye.” – William Shakespeare

“Beauty is an attitude.” – Anonymous

“Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.” – Janelle Monae

“Beauty in a person is never how they appear, it is how they act.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself.”  –  Kiesza

“Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it.” – Roger Scruton, Beauty

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.“  – Coco Chanel

“Beauty awakens the soul to act.” – Dante Alighieri

“Beauty and folly are generally companions.” – Baltasar Gracian

“Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.” – Simone Weil

“Beauty – in projection and perceiving – is 99.9 percent attitude.” – Grey Livingston

“Be beautiful, be stylish, and love yourself.” – Karishma Tanna

“As you awaken to your divine nature, you’ll begin to appreciate beauty in everything you see, touch, and experience.” – Wayne Dyer

“As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”– Pablo Neruda

“Above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside – to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.”– Ellen DeGeneres

“A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.” – Friedrich von Schiller

Is Low Self Esteem Holding You Back? Say No to Low!

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain

It is often not easy to squash low self-esteem. Your self-esteem stems from things that have happened to you in your life and your own feelings about whether or not you are good enough. There are many ways to improve your self esteem, but the first thing you need to do is discover where your self esteem is low. News flash – nothing is as easy as it first may seem. Low self esteem is a like cancer, it can eat away at you and immobilize you. …

How To Be Intriguing

I often feel quite uninteresting, sometimes to the point of being dull beyond belief.  I spend a lot of time writing, which, by its very nature, is alone time.  Then after I have written something, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make people interested in it.  Unfortunately, not everyone is interested in what I have to say.  In fact, most of what I have to say matters to me, but not to the rest of the world.  So I was lucky to find this video from Sam Horn that inspired and motivated me.  My catch phrase is “See Be Do – See it! Be it! Do it!” – works for me, what works for you?

Sam Horn is the author of  Got Your Attention?: How to Create Intrigue and Connect with Anyone, which provides great insights into how to be intriguing in life and business. Some of the key ideas she puts forth include: Ask  questions based on pertinent facts

Did you know…? People like to hear interesting facts – it not only provides them with information but it makes you appear well-educated and informed.

Make what you say memorable and repeatable. Do you have a catch-phrase, a favourite quote, story or fact?  Use it –make your talk viral.

Show and ask.  Don’t show and tell.  Make sure people relate.  Make a proposal, provide a solution, describe a problem and ask how the other person relates to it. A

Ask lots of questions. Engage others by asking questions – Has this ever happened to you? Did you ever…? Have you experienced..?  

Keep abreast of current trends, news, and stories New information is good information.  Be hip.  Be amusing. Be interesting.

Blueberry Girl – Prayer for Our Daughters

A lot of the greatest inspiration comes from the simplest stories, from childhood boks and stories, this short video by Neil Gaiman, is one such story. It is a beautiful reminder to all of us that have daughters or have ever been daughters, worth remembering and repeating.

See All You Have to Be Thankful For

Being grateful is not all that hard.  Simply look around at any given moment. There are hundreds, if not thousands of things to be grateful for.  I am not going to list them all here because we all have different perspectives and different lives. Here is a short list to get the wheels turning.

  • Health
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Weather
  • Beauty
  • Job
  • Fun
  • Knowledge
  • Learning
  • Food
  • Music
  • Hobbies

Because there are so many things to be thankful for it is easy to incorporate thankfulness into your days.  When you see all the things you have to be thankful for, you will feel more fulfilled and be able to lead an even richer life.

Find your place of gratitude, see what you have to be grateful for and, above all,  be grateful.

Dr. Suess Sums It Up – Oh The Places You’ll Go!

I love children’s books – especially Dr. Suess who resonants with so many of us.  He teaches optimism, tolerance, and so many wonderful lessons in his books.  This video rendition by Burning Man of Oh, the Places You’ll G0 is a great inspirational view.


Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 

Today is your day. 
You’re off to Great Places! 
You’re off and away! 

You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes 
You can steer yourself 
any direction you choose. 
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. 
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. 

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. 
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” 
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, 
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. 

And you may not find any 
you’ll want to go down. 
In that case, of course, 
you’ll head straight out of town. 

It’s opener there 
in the wide open air. 

Out there things can happen 
and frequently do 
to people as brainy 
and footsy as you. 

And when things start to happen, 
don’t worry. Don’t stew. 
Just go right along. 
You’ll start happening too. 


You’ll be on your way up! 
You’ll be seeing great sights! 
You’ll join the high fliers 
who soar to high heights. 

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. 
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. 
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best. 
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. 

Except when you don’ t 
Because, sometimes, you won’t. 

I’m sorry to say so 
but, sadly, it’s true 
and Hang-ups 
can happen to you. 

You can get all hung up 
in a prickle-ly perch. 
And your gang will fly on. 
You’ll be left in a Lurch. 

You’ll come down from the Lurch 
with an unpleasant bump. 
And the chances are, then, 
that you’ll be in a Slump. 

And when you’re in a Slump, 
you’re not in for much fun. 
Un-slumping yourself 
is not easily done. 

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. 
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. 
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin! 
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? 
How much can you lose? How much can you win? 

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right… 
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? 
Or go around back and sneak in from behind? 
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, 
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. 

You can get so confused 
that you’ll start in to race 
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace 
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, 
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. 
The Waiting Place… 

…for people just waiting. 
Waiting for a train to go 
or a bus to come, or a plane to go 
or the mail to come, or the rain to go 
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow 
or waiting around for a Yes or a No 
or waiting for their hair to grow. 
Everyone is just waiting. 

Waiting for the fish to bite 
or waiting for wind to fly a kite 
or waiting around for Friday night 
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake 
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break 
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants 
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. 
Everyone is just waiting. 

That’s not for you! 

Somehow you’ll escape 
all that waiting and staying. 
You’ll find the bright places 
where Boom Bands are playing. 

With banner flip-flapping, 
once more you’ll ride high! 
Ready for anything under the sky. 
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! 

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! 
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won. 
And the magical things you can do with that ball 
will make you the winning-est winner of all. 
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, 
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. 

Except when they don’t. 
Because, sometimes, they won’t. 

I’m afraid that some times 
you’ll play lonely games too. 
Games you can’t win 
’cause you’ll play against you. 

All Alone! 
Whether you like it or not, 
Alone will be something 
you’ll be quite a lot. 

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance 
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. 
There are some, down the road between hither and yon, 
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. 

But on you will go 
though the weather be foul 
On you will go 
though your enemies prowl 
On you will go 
though the Hakken-Kraks howl 
Onward up many 
a frightening creek, 
though your arms may get sore 
and your sneakers may leak. 

On and on you will hike 
and I know you’ll hike far 
and face up to your problems 
whatever they are. 

You’ll get mixed up, of course, 
as you already know. 
You’ll get mixed up 
with many strange birds as you go. 
So be sure when you step. 
Step with care and great tact 
and remember that Life’s 
a Great Balancing Act. 
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. 
And never mix up your right foot with your left. 

And will you succeed? 
Yes! You will, indeed! 
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.) 


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray 
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, 
you’re off to Great Places! 
Today is your day! 
Your mountain is waiting. 
So…get on your way! 

How to Make the Right Choices

Choices – we must all make countless choices each day from the time we get out of bed to the food we eat to what we will do with our lives. Making choices is not so difficult with the basics. You know what you like to eat and do on a daily basis – easy. Or is it? Personally, I find making choices for the bigger things in life sometimes much easier than some of the smaller things. I know what I want to do with my life and what my life goals are – in the bigger picture, I make my choices based on the goals I want to achieve. It is when I start thinking about whether or not to go to an event, whether or not to accept a date, whether I should eat ice cream or frozen yogurt. Those decisions seem to take an inordinate amount of time. …

50 Patience Quotes-How to be Patient

Patience is a virtue, we hear it over and over again, but how do we exercise patience in our everyday lives?  It is easy to be inpatient – life moves at a lightening fast speed these days…or does it?  Patience can be learned by practicing mindfulness, gratitude, and acceptance.  We don’t always get what we want when we want it, but sometimes the result is worth the wait.  Persistence and patience pay off in the long run.  In the short run, remember to breathe and keep your goal in mind without giving in to discouragement or despair.

If you are struggling with impatience, here are a few quotes to consider when you feel yourself wanting to scream, give up or give in:

” A weed is a plant we’ve found no use for yet. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

” All in good time. ” ~ Horace (65-8 BC)

” Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. ” ~ Publilius Syrus (c.42 B.C.)

” At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. ” ~ Kanuri Proverb

” At the gate of patience there is no crowding. ” ~ Moroccan Proverb

” Bear and forbear. ” ~ unknown

” By diligence and patience, the mouse bit in two the cable. ” ~ Ben Franklin

” Don’t cross the bridge til you come to it. ” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

” Don’t cry before you are hurt. ” ~ Scottish Proverb

” Don’t expect things to go right the first time. ” ~ unknown

” Don’t halloo until you’re out of the wood. ” ~ Ben Franklin

” Don’t let anyone get your goat. ” ~ unknown

” Don’t put the cart before the horse. ” ~ John Heywood

” Drive gently over the stones. ” ~ Jonathan Swift

” Everything comes to those who wait. ” ~ unknown

” Genius is only a great aptitude for patience. ” ~ Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

” God did not create hurry. ” ~ Finnish Proverb

” Grain by grain a loaf, stone by stone, a castle. ” ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

” Haste has no blessing. ” ~ Swahili Proverb

” Haste makes waste. ” ~ John Heywood

” Hasty climbers have sudden falls. ” ~ Robert Greene

” Never cut what can be untied. ” ~ Portuguese Proverb

” One step at a time. ” ~ unknown

” Patience is a virtue. ” ~ unknown

” Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet. ” ~ French Proverb

” Patience is the companion of wisdom. ” ~ St. Augustine (354-430)

” The continuous drip polishes the stone. ” ~ Peruvian Proverb

” The more you ask how much longer it will take, the longer the journey seems. ” ~ Maori Proverb

” Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. ” ~ Frances de Sales

” He that can have patience can have what he will. ” ~ Benjamin Franklin

” I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. ” ~ Abraham Lincoln

” I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. ” ~ Paul Coelho

” It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ” ~ Confucius

” It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward. ” ~ Louis Sachar

” Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. ” ~ Marilyn Monroe

” My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in. ” ~ Simon Cowell

” Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. ” ~ Robert H. Schuller

” Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ” ~ John Quincy Adams

” Patience and wisdom walk hand in hand, like two one-armed lovers. ” ~ Jarod Kintz

” Patience has its limits, take it too far and it’s cowardice. ” ~ George Jackson

” Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ” ~ Aristotle

” Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. ” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

” Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. ” ~ Napoleon Hill

” Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. ” ~ Criss Jami

” Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. ” ~  A. Milne

” Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ” ~  Winston S. Churchill

” The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter. ” ~ Paulo Coelho

” There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. ” ~ Lemony Snicket

” Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. ” ~ Molière

” Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. ” ~ Margaret Atwood

” Work hard. And have patience. Because no matter who you are, you’re going to get hurt in your career and you have to be patient to get through the injuries. ” ~ Randy Johnson

” You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain. ” ~ Tom Hiddleston

Famous Failures – Inspiration for Success

Excerpt from the book SEEBEDO- See it! Be it! Do it!.

Failure is not the opposite of success; it is part of success.  You only fail if you do not try.  If you try and fail, you will be in the company of some of the most successful people in history.

Winston Churchill lost every election for public office until he finally won and became Prime Minister of the UK.  Churchill, one of the most respected leaders of the 20th Century, had this advice:

Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Abraham Lincoln failed at business, politics, and in the military until he was elected President.  Henry Ford’s early businesses left him broke five times before he founded Ford.  R.H. Macy started seven failed businesses before starting Macy’s.  Soichiro Honda was turned down for a job at Toyota and was unemployed before he started making scooters at home.  Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, failed in his first business and failed with his first Sony product, a rice cooker that burned rice.  Harland Sanders’ chicken recipe was rejected by more than 1,000 restaurants before it was sold and he became the face of KFC.  Walt Disney was fired for lacking imagination.  Albert Einstein was thought to be handicapped and slow as a child.  Socrates was called an immoral corruptor of youth.  Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything and he made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

Oprah Winfrey was fired because she was “unfit for TV”.  Harry Truman went bankrupt in his own business.  Jerry Seinfeld was booed off the stage in his first performance.  MGM noted that Fred Astaire couldn’t act or sing, and that he could dance a little.   Sidney Poitier was told at his first audition, “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?”.   Charlie Chaplin’s act was originally rejected by Hollywood as impossible to sell.  Lucille Ball was regarded as a failed actress and B movie star.  Harrison Ford was told he didn’t have what it takes to be a star.  Marilyn Monroe was advised by modeling agencies to consider a career as a secretary.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his life.  Theodor  Seuss Giesel’s first book, To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers.  Steven Spielberg was rejected by the USC School of Theater, Film and Television three times and did not complete his BA until he went back to school in 2002.  Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, received 30 rejections before he was published.  J.K. Rowling was on welfare and battling depression and is now one of the richest women in the world because of Harry Potter.  Jack London received 600 rejection slips for his first story and Louisa May Alcott’s family wanted her to work as a servant.

Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”   Beethoven’s teachers thought he would amount to nothing.  Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.  Babe Ruth held the world record for strikeouts.  Tom Landry holds the record for career wins as a football coach but had one of the worst first seasons on record.

“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong”

— Benjamin Franklin

Important things to remember when you do fail at something:

  • Never give up; giving up in the face of failure will definitely insure failure in reaching your long-term goal.
  • Never take no for an answer.
  • Do not be afraid to fail on your way, but never accept failure when trying to reach your goal.
  • Review why  you failed.  Do not make the same mistake twice.

The key to success is working toward your goal, not losing sight of it and not giving into defeat or failures along the way.  If you truly believe in yourself and in your goal, you will most likely fail along the way, if you are not failing a little bit; you are not stretching yourself enough.  Embrace your failures as important steps on your way to success.


Peace and Happiness


Gratitude, love, peace, and joy are the greatest gifts in the world. The sum total of these four things is success and happiness. It starts inside and blossoms the more we love and accept ourselves. – Michele Hartley

Use a Journal to Grow as a Person – Easy Steps for Journaling

Keeping a journal is good for heart, mind and soul.  Journaling helps you explore your past and present and plan your future.  Your journal can be a tool to improve your life, discover your strengths and weaknesses and explore your creativity.

Journaling in one form or another has always been a part of my life. Recently as I was getting ready to move house,  I found more than 30 journals spanning  about ten years – the older ones are in boxes somewhere.  I keep everything in my journals, daily notes, appointments, book ideas, thoughts, poems, stories, goals, dreams, and a heck of a lot of scribbling and doodling. I used to write in my journals when I was traveling on trains or planes – I filled up quite a few pages this way. But as a matter of course, journaling for me is a way to clarify my thoughts, get my things in order for the coming days. Writing in a journal is a great practice. Rather than simply talking to oneself, once you start journaling, you are able to get a grip on feelings, see patterns, and organize your thoughts better.

There are some great benefits to writing in a journal on a regular basis :

1. Be aware of feelings and events, review experiences objectively

2. Set written goals and objectives and track whether or not they are being achieved

3. Consequently think about and write things you are grateful for, gratitude journaling is a great way to keep in the moment and uplift your spirits

4. Know the major thoughts and feelings for that day, evaluate them, instill new behaviours to reduce negative thinking and responses

5. Be in tune with yourself, know yourself better, what motivates you and what impacts you on a daily basis

6. Track productivity and results, are you achieving what you want to achieve or are you in a rut?

7. Record ideas and insights so you remember them and can use them later

8. Ask key questions about life, your own life, philosophy, your future, record them and give yourself the opportunity to answer them

9. Write down special events and things you have learned, this is particularly rewarding 10. Keep track of your affirmations

There are hundreds of different journals available, blank books, notebooks, journals with quotes.  I have created a journal in the form of a PDF that includes all the things you should think of when journaling on each page as well as a motivational quote for each day.  You are free to download it here.

  • My long term goal
  • My short term goals and objectives
  • I am grateful for
  • My positive affirmations
  • My emotions and thoughts today
  • Negative
  • Positive
  • My accomplishments today
  • Who I saw today
  • What I did today
  • My plans for tomorrow
  • My creative ideas

Keeping a journal is a great way to keep in touch with yourself, to keep growing as a person, and to track whether or not you are achieving your goals.  I highly recommend it!

Unold Yourself – Act Young, Feel Young, Be Young – 16 Easy Ways to Feel Younger

I happened to be logging in to a site and the captcha was “unold” – not a word, right? But it made me laugh, I got to thinking about ways to “unold” myself. I am not even going to research this one as I have plenty of ideas about how to feel younger, look younger, and essentially, not get caught in the trap of “I am too old for that”. You can “unold” yourself, I have. There are a few things to remember – you are only as old as you feel, youth is wasted on the young, and wrinkles are not wrinkles, they are experience lines. …

Gratitude Quotes to Inspire Gratefulness

We sometimes underestimate the power of gratitude.  Gratitude is not merely saying “thank you”; it is a state of being.  When you feel grateful, your spirits lift, your life is brighter, and you are happier.  There are hundreds of things to be grateful for each day, little things, big things, everyday events and life changing events.  Being grateful becomes easier and easier the more you live in the moment, the more mindful you are of what is around and within you.

Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving, it not only makes us happier when we are grateful but showing others you appreciate them, makes them happy.  When you are grateful for the world around you, you naturally want to protect that world.  Love is gratitude and gratitude is love, it is a never ending circle.

“A grateful mind is a mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” ~ Plato

“A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all difference.” ~ Unknown

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.” ~ Sallust

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” ~ Margaret Cousins

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.” ~ Dave Wills

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~ Camille Pissarro

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you have for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Compliment people, magnify their strengths not their weaknesses.” ~ Unknown

“Don’t dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Buddha

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault

“Enough is abundance to the wise.” ~ Euripides

“Enough is feast.” ~ Buddhist Proverb

“Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment.” ~ Bobby Hull

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Forget yesterday –it already has forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow –you haven’t even met. Instead open your eyes and your heart to truly precious gift –today.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“Forgiveness and gratitude two values that give you inner peace.” ~ Unknown

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you? ” ~ William A.Ward

“Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” ~ Unknown

“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Gratitude doesn’t changes the scenery. It merely washes the clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the color.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

“Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.” ~ Kak Sri

“Gratitude is happiness double with wonder.” ~ G.K Chesterton

“Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.” ~ Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.” ~ Raheel Farooq

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the virtues.” ~ Cicero

“Gratitude is one of the most medicinal emotions we can feel. It elevates our moods and fill us with joy.” ~ Unknown

“Gratitude is riches. Complaints is poverty.” ~ Unknown

“Gratitude is the currency that we can mint for ourselves, and we spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~ Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

“Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.” ~ Thomas Fuller

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.” ~ Jacques Maritain

“Gratitude opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” ~ Stephen Richards

“Gratitude preserves old friendships and procures new.” ~ Unknown

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Unknown

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

“Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and say thanks to God for the troubles we don’t have.” ~ Unknown

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus

“I have found that worry and irritation vanish the moment when I open my mind to the many blessing that I possess.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he’s isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” ~ Frank.A.Clark

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” ~ Frank A. Clark

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” ~ Meister Eckhart

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” ~ John Wooden

“If you can’t reward then you should thank.” ~ Arabic Proverb

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Harold Kushner

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ~ Robert Quillen

“If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” ~ Gerald Good

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” ~ David Steindl

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for special day or to celebrate each special day.” ~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that is the only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Ingratitude is monstrous.” ~ William Shakespeare

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” ~ Immanuel Kant

“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment.” ~ Naomi Williams

“It isn’t what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart.” ~ Unknown

“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” ~ Unknown

“Keep your eye open and try to catch people in you company doing something right, them praise them for it.” ~ Tom Hopkins

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Let us serve the world soulfully. The pay we will receive for our service will be in the currency of gratitude. God’s Gratitude.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” ~ Aldous Huxley

“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” ~ Unknown

“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen

“No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful that you still have one.” ~ Unknown

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~ Guillance Apollinaire

“Now is no time to think of what you don’t have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Only by giving, you are able to receive more.” ~ Unknown

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ~ G.B Stern

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” ~ Gertrude Stein

“Smile big. Laugh often. Never take this life for granted.” ~ Unknown

“Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.” ~ Charles Lamb

“Sometimes the best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.” ~ Unknown

“Sometimes we just have to stop and really appreciate all good things in life.” ~ Unknown

“Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.” ~ Bryan Robles

“Take time to be thankful for everything that you have. You can always have more, but you could also have less.” ~ Unknown

“The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.” ~ Nancy Friday

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” ~ William James

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. ” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“The grateful person, being still the most severe exacter of himself, not only confesses, but proclaims, his debts.” ~ Robert South

“The happiest people do not have the best of everything. They make the best of everything they have.” ~ Unknown

“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” ~ Eric Hoffer

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. –Robert Holden” ~

“The struggles ends when gratitude begins.” ~ Donald Walsh

“The way to develop the best that is in person is by appreciation and encouragement.” ~ Charles Schwab

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.” ~ Unknown

“There is no joy without gratitude.” ~ Unknown

“They are not poor that have little, but they that desire much. The richest man, whatever his lot, is the one who’s content with his lot.” ~ Dutch Proverb

“Things turn out to best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wodden

“Those who has given so much to me, give me one more thing…..a grateful heart.” ~ George Herbert

“To be content doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patience for what’s to come.” ~ Tony Gaskins

“To live a life fulfilled reflect on the things you have with gratitude.” ~ Jaren Davis

“We can complain because rose bushes have thrones, or rejoice because thrones bushes have roses.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“We do things in a day. Make at least one act of kindness.” ~ Unknown

“We should be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“We should certainly count our blessing but we should make our blessings count.” ~ Neal.A.Maxwell

“What you truly acknowledge truly yours. Invite your heart to be grateful and your thank you will heard even when you don’t use words.” ~ Pavithra Mehta

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” ~ Chinese Proverb

“When I started counting my blessing, my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson

“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? ” ~ George Canning

“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? ” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ~ Anthony Robbins

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive.” ~ Marcus Aurcluis

“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect towards others.” ~ Dalai Lama

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” ~ Estonian Proverb

“You cannot be grateful and bitter. You cannot be grateful and unhappy. You cannot be grateful and without hope. You cannot be grateful and unloving. So just be grateful.” ~ Unknown

“You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You don’t need a reason to help people.” ~ Unknown

“You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.” ~ Buddha

“You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got.” ~ Viki King

Stop Emotional Triggers from Stopping You

Emotional triggers play a significant role in our lives, in how we feel, how we respond, and ultimately in our successes or failures in life. Once you know what your triggers are, you can determine how you respond to them and understand your ingrained patterns and habits. Triggers result in the creation of habits and patterns, we learn to become unconsciously competent. Triggers stimulate actions and may change emotional states. …

Be Grateful

Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. When you can be grateful, you can harness the power of positivity in your life. There are hundreds of things to be grateful for in life. Simply being alive is one of them. We forget how lucky we are when we focus on the things we don’t have. When we focus on what we do have, life is much more beautiful. We see things differently, we can jump for joy at the little things.

So today, I am grateful for a sunrise with a sky full of pink and blue, spring blooms on the plants, the new mint that is growing in the garden, the fact that I finally know how to use Instagram (kind of). I am grateful for the people I love, for friends old and new, for family, and for a life partner that I can share each moment with. I’m grateful for that silly old spider that lives in the porch and keeps spinning new webs despite the fact that they get knocked down daily. I’m grateful for my health, for the birds that are singing and crows that are cawing.

If I start out each morning listing what I am grateful for, I find that I can keep up my attitude of gratitude throughout the day. By simply being aware of the gifts life gives no matter how big or small, I can feel my spirits rise.  If I need more validation, I can always refer to quotes about gratitude that provide inspiration.

A simple reminder each day to be grateful is one of the easiest steps to happiness I have found.


6 Videos for Relaxation and Renewal in Under Five Minutes

I often feel the need to get away, and watching short videos sometimes is just the cure I need for writers block or the doldrums. When faced with a problem that I can’t solve, I need to take a step back, regroup, destress, and relax a bit.  Under deadline, it is not possible to take long breaks or often even leave the office, so I have found new ways to de-stress and relax, put myself in another place for a few minutes.  Videos are a great way to do this, I have a few favorites for relaxation that give me just the little break I need to recharge and get going again. In under five minutes, you can escape into another world with these videos. 

A five minute break is not much, but it will feel like a lot more if you truly enjoy it. These short videos will give you a lovely mini break, and may just help you get that extra bit of umph you need to go on working.  Take a five minute vacation in Hawaii, journey to Havasu, swim with the dolphins, get back to nature with a simple click on your computer screen.

Swim with the dolphins for a few minutes.

There is often nothing more relaxing than sitting in front of an aquarium, here is your private 3D aquarium and just over four minutes of watching tropical fish. A Fish Lover’s Mini-Paradise Beautiful piano music, a wonderful scene, this video will transport you and make you smile. 

Uplifting, motivating, beautiful and joyful–five minutes in the woods. A great five minutes for bird lovers, listen to their songs and learn a bit about the birds that are singing them through the photos and descriptions, a very nice way to enjoy a few minutes in nature, so to speak.

For all you early birds! Take a short trip to Havasu and sit by one of the Havasupai waterfalls, accompanied by some introspective music, and the fantasy of a day in the canyons of Arizona.

If you prefer something more isoteric or want to take a short nap, try this geometric shapes meditation video.

Always a classic, listen to John Lennon’s “Imagine” on pan flute and enjoy some lovely nature scenes, it always works to inspire me.

Sometimes a five minute break is all you need to bring you a bit of peace to get you through the rest of the day.  Relax, enjoy, and let us know if you have any favorite videos or music to share for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Social Media – Love it! Hate it!

I am of mixed minds about social media. I love it – I depend on it – I communicate through it. I hate it when it takes people away from me but love it when it brings people closer. I hate it when someone is more engrossed in their phone than the people in the room.  I got hooked on the power of online information before there was an Internet and the Worldwide Web opened hundreds of doors for me.  As a child, the library was my refuge.  Today, the Internet brings a world of information to us with the touch of a few keys.  But how does it affect our lives and our relationships?  Different people have different views. …

Lessons from Kindergarten

Sometimes it’s good to remember those things we were taught as small children, they still hold true today!

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school. These are the things I learned:

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Flush.
  • Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • Take a nap every afternoon.
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  • Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. Source: “ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN” by Robert Fulghum.


See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/  ]

The Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

Gratitude is one of the greatest gifts in the world and being grateful for what you have is not always easy. Prayers are not always answered in the way we want them to be answered. In my quest to live in a state of gratitude, there is one poem that has always touched my heart. Particularly in these days when we are faced with a divisive leader, it is important to remember the words of one young man who died on an American battlefield fighting for something he may or may not have believed in.

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for
but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered,
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Motivate Yourself- Motivation Tips and Quotes

I often find it difficult to motivate myself but motivation is important and there are ways that you can motivate yourself to get things done – even things that you would rather not do.  The wonderful thing about motivation is that it is contagious.  If you are motivated, you can motivate others and vice versa.  When you are motivated, your energy levels increase and your attitude improves. There are several ways to keep yourself motivated:

Find Ways to be Passionate Be passionate about what you are doing.  If your goal is one that you set, you should already be passionate about it.  If the goal is set by someone else, like an employer, find ways to be be passionate about the goal.  Focus on the good points, on the things you will learn, the rewards you may receive and the experience you will gain.

Write Down Your Goal Writing your goals is especially helpful in the motivation process.  Establish your goals and write them down along with the steps or objectives you need to complete along the way to meet your goal.

Visualize the End Result See your goal.  Visualize your goal.  Visualization is a proven technique for achieving goals.  Write down your goals and visualize what will happen when you achieve them.  See yourself and environment as they will be once you achieve the goal.  Close your eyes and see yourself doing what you want to do or having what you want to have.  Mind movies or dream boards are especially helpful in this visualization process.

Don’t Procrastinate Set a calendar for your goal and when you will achieve it and the interim objectives.  Stick to the calendar.  If there are unpleasant parts of the project, get them out of the way first and reward yourself for doing so.

Reward Yourself and Others Reward yourself when you reach key objectives toward your goal.  If others are involved reward them too.  Go out to dinner, buy a gift, treat yourself to something you enjoy.  Make the reward commiserate with the objective, if it is a milestone, give yourself a bigger reward than if it is a small step.  Write down the rewards and make sure you give them out.

Involve Others Start a fun competition with someone else or find partners to achieve your goal.  If you are starting a fitness regime, find a fitness buddy.  If you are trying to raise money for a cause, get friends involved to see who can raise the most money.  Find a mentor if your goal is specific to your career or education.

Maintain a Positive Attitude There will be some days that you are simply not motivated.  Keep a positive attitude and remember your long term goal.  Don’t give up.

You can motivate yourself, you have your passions, things that inspire and move you…believe in yourself and your ability to motivate yourself and others.  One of the greatest keys here is your own belief- your own desire to achieve your goals!

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”~Jack Canfield

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”~Larry Winget

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”~Carl Bard

I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do.”~Lucas ( Rory Cochrane, Empire Records)

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.”~Unknown

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”~Unknown

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”~Judy Garland

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”~Henry S. Haskins

Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.”~Unknown

It is never too late to be what you might have been.”~George Eliot

All our dreams can come true”~if we have the courage to pursue them.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”~Alan Kay

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”~Napoleon Hill

An obstacle is often a stepping stone.”~William Prescott

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.”~Winston Churchill

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”~Lao Tzu

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”~Gandhi

Tough times never last, but tough people do.”~Dr. Robert Schullerscher

Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”~Helen Keller

The best way out is always through.”~Robert Frost

Make each day your masterpiece.”~John Wooden

The best dreams happen when youÂ’re awake.”~Cherie Gilderbloom

Don’t count the days, make the days count.”~Muhammad Ali

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”~Jimmy Johnson

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.”~Henry David Thoreau

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”~Will Rogers

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”~Babe Ruth

DonÂ’t wait. The time will never be just right.”~Napoleon Hill

A year from now you may wish you had started today.”~Karen Lamb

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”~Frederick Douglass

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”~Tim Ferriss

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”~Richard Bach

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”~Albert Einstein

Do what you love and the money will follow.”~Marsha Sinetar

The harder I work, the luckier I get.”~Gary Player

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”~Victor Kiam

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”~Dalai Lamacliff

The dreamers are the saviors of the world.”~James Allen

Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”~Russell Warren

Someday is not a day of the week.”~Denise Brennan-Nelson

If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”~Ben Hogan

Champions keep playing until they get it right.”~Billie Jean King

Change your thoughts and you change your world.”~Norman Vincent Peale

Action is the foundational key to all success”~Pablo Picasso

I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.”~David Livingston

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”~Joe Namath

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.”~Ted Williamsjobs

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”~Jim Rohn

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”~Howard Ruff

Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.”~Doug Ivester

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”~Henry David Thoreau

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”~Denis Waitley

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”~Aristotle

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering the attitudes of his mind.”~William James

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”~Robert Frost

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.”~Joseph Joubert

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”~T.S. Eliot

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”~Oscar Wilde

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose yours.”~Paulo Coelho

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”~John F. Kennedy

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.”~James Joyce

It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.”~Henry James

Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”~William Wallace

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Action is the foundational key to all success.”~Pablo Picasso

Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.”~H. Jackson Brown, Jr

Love! Inspirational Quotes About Love

Love – we all want it – as much as we can get…The truth is that love is within us and around us and the more we love ourselves, the more we can love others.  These quotes on love are not only great for Valentine’s Day but for the year round, whenever you want to expand your thoughts on love and what it means.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”~1 Corinthians 13:4-13

The music may have stopped but my heart beats to another tune, this rhythm called love.”~A.C. Van Cherub

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.”~Aerosmith

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.”~Albert Einstein

The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.”~Albert Ellis

I’m far from perfect, but I’ll be perfect for that imperfect person that’s perfect for me.”~Amanda Bynes

Be everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.”~Amrit Desai

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”~Anaïs Nin

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The arms of love encompass you with your present, your past, your future, the arms of love gather you together.”~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Like I’ve always said, love wouldn’t be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.”~Armistead Maupin

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”~Ben Hecht

Less is more unless it’s love.”~Ben Mittleman

In a deep moment of love, thinking stops. The moment is so intriguing, the moment is so tremendously powerful, the moment is so intensely alive, that thinking stops. You are simply in awe, a great wonder surrounds you.”~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.”~Bill Balance

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can play together all night.”~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”~Bob Marley

when you love someone / you are scared of getting hurt / and you will get hurt”~Brandon Scott Gorrell

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”~Bruce Lee

For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”~Carl Sagan

Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.”~Cathy Carlyle

In this horror of solitude, this need to lose his ego in exterior flesh, which man calls grandly the need for love.”~Charles Baudelaire

Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.”~Charles du Bos

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.”~Charles Morgan

If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.”~Cher

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.”~Christopher Paul Rubero

Love is now, is always. All that is missing is the coup de grâce ‘ which is called passion.”~Clarice Lispector

Everyone wants to be the sun that lifts up your life, but I’d rather be your moon, so I may shine on you during your darkest hour when the sun isn’t around and the ghost white moonbeams will allow you to find comfort in my arms.”~Craig D. Slovak

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”~D.H. Lawrence

And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.”~D.H. Lawrence

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify the trouble we take to have sex.”~Dan Greenburg

Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”~David Byrne

Love is staying up all night with a sick child or a healthy adult.”~David Frost

Love me and the world is mine.”~David Reed

People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.”~Douglas Yates

You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”~Dr. Seuss

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star…”~E.E. Cummings

We loved with a love that was more than love.”~Edgar Allan Poe

The simple lack of her is more to me than others’ presence.”~Edward Thomas

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”~Elinor Glyn

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”~Emily Brontë

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”~Erich Fromm

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”~Erich Segal

Love is a game that two can play and both win.”~Eva Gabor

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.”~F. Scott Fitzgerald

We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should learn to love each other so much to live outside of time… detached.”~Federico Fellini

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.”~François VI de la Rochefoucault

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.”~François VI de la Rochefoucault

A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.”~Frank A. Clark

Love makes time pass; time makes love pass.”~French Proverb

Love is not consolation. It is light.”~Friedrich Nietzsche

Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams.”~Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”~G.K. Chesterton

And now we’re apart and you’re just some stranger who knows all my secrets and all my family members and all my quirks and flaws and it doesn’t make sense.”~Gaby Dunn

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.”~George Bernard Shaw

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved.”~George Eliot

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”~George Moore


A heart that loves is always young.”~Greek Proverb

In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.”~Hans Nouwens


Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.”~Hawkeye (MASH)

Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.”~Henry David Thoreau

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.”~Henry Louis Mencken

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.”~Henry Miller

Ah me! why may not love and life be one?”~Henry Timrod

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”~Henry Van Dyke

I don’t think you can keep someone you truly love at arm’s length on purpose, they’ll always end up in your arms.”~Holly Nichole Miller

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.”~Honoré de Balzac

Love is the poetry of the senses.”~Honoré de Balzac

Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.”~Ice T

I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.”~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1945

I’m so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.”~Jaesse Tyler

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”~James Baldwin

As a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”~James Joyce

Love touches the soul and awakens a desire so powerful that even the most vigilant heart is lured by its radiance.”~Jamie Lynn Morris

I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.”~Javan

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”~Jean Anouilh

If I love you, what business is it of yours?”~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.”~John Bulwer

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.”~John Ciardi

Love is why I came here in the first place.”~John Denver

Love is my religion — I could die for it.”~John Keats

Love is real, real is love.”~John Lennon

So dear I love him, that with him all deaths I could endure, without him live no life.”~John Milton

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.”~Jonathan Carroll

Love is a friendship set to music.”~Joseph Campbell

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”~Judith Viorst

Love is not blind-it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”~Julins Gordon

What most people call loving consists of picking out a woman and marrying her. They pick her out, I swear, I’ve seen them. As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. They probably say that they pick her out because-they-love-her, I think it’s just the siteoppo. Beatrice wasn’t picked out, Juliet wasn’t picked out. You don’t pick out the rain that soaks you to a skin when you come out of a concert.”~Julio Cortázar

Love is how you earn your wings.”~Karen Goldman

Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”~Karl Menninger

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.”~Kay Knudsen

Love is not a matter of what happens in life. It’s a matter of what’s happening in your heart.”~Ken Keyes

Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”~Khalil Gibran

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”~Lao Tzu

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.”~Latin Proverb

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”~Leo Tolstoy

Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.”~Leo Tolstoy

Romance is dead-it was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”~Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

‘Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.”~Lord Byron

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses.”~Lord Dewar

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”~Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.”~Lynda Barry

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.”~Malagasy Proverb

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.”~Margaret Atwood

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.”~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

It’s often just enough to be with someone. I don’t need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You’re not alone.”~Marilyn Monroe

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.”~Mark Overby

Love is not singular except in syllable.”~Marvin Taylor

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”~Michael Leunig

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”~Michel de Montaigne

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.”~Miguel de Unamuno

To lovers! To the have-been’s, the are-now’s, and the may-be’s.”~Minna Thomas Antrim, A Book of Toasts, 1902

Love is the law of life.”~Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”~Mother Teresa

A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”~Mother Teresa

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.”~Natalie Clifford Barney

A lover is a man who tries to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be.”~Nicholas de Chamfort

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”~Oliver Wendell Holmes

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”~Orson Welles

Who, being loved, is poor?”~Oscar Wilde

Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.”~Oscar Wilde

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”~Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs.”~Ovid

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”~Pablo Neruda

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”~Pablo Picasso

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”~Paul McCartney

Love is being stupid together.”~Paul Valery

Love is like those second-rate hotels where all the luxury is in the lobby.”~Paul-Jean Toulet

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.”~Pearl Bailey

When love is not madness, it is not love.”~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Love withers under constraints: its very essence is liberty: it is compatible neither with obedience, jealousy, nor fear: it is there most pure, perfect, and unlimited where its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve.”~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”~Peter Ustinov

The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. What philosophy can calculate the vibrations of the heart before it can distinguish the colours of love?”~Pisistratus Caxton

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.”~Plato

An old man in love is like a flower in winter.”~Portuguese Proverb

Love is a sweet tyranny, because the lover endureth his torments willingly.”~Proverb

Love is metaphysical gravity.”~R. Buckminster Fuller

Only in love are unity and duality not in conflict.”~Rabindranath Tagore

While God waits for His temple to be built of love, men bring stones.”~Rabindranath Tagore

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”~Rainer Maria Rilke

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times.”~Rita Rudner

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”~Robert Browning

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”~Robert Frost

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love true love.”~Robert Fulghum

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”~Robert Heinlein

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.”~Rose Franken

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”~Rumi

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.”~Samuel Lover

Forget love-I’d rather fall in chocolate!”~Sandra J. Dykes

It is really one moment of looking love dead in the eye that takes us everywhere in a flash.”~Swami Chetanananda

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.”~Swedish Proverb

I learned the real meaning of love. Love is absolute loyalty. People fade, looks fade, but loyalty never fades. You can depend so much on certain people, you can set your watch by them. And that’s love, even if it doesn’t seem very exciting.”~Sylvester Stallone

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.”~Thich Nhat Hanh

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”~Thomas Merton

I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.”~Thomas Moore

Platonic love is love from the neck up.”~Thyra Smater Winsolow

The love game is never called off on account of darkness.”~Tom Masson

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.”~Tom Robbins

Fall not in love therefore; it will stick to your face.”~Tony Hendra, “Deteriorata”

Before you love, learn to run through the snow leaving no footprint.”~Turkish Proverb

Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.”~Ursula K. Le Guin

Men love because they are afraid of themselves, afraid of the loneliness that lives in them, and need someone in whom they can lose themselves as smoke loses itself in the sky.”~V.F. Calverton

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”~Victor Hugo

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.”~Voltaire

Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.”~W. Somerset Maugham

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”~W. Somerset Maugham

You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from.”~Werner Erhard

True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self.”~William Butler Yeats

What “love” is I don’t know if it’s not the response of our deepest natures to one another.”~William Carlos Williams

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.”~William Shakespeare

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”~William Shakespeare

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”~William Shakespeare

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.”~Zelda Fitzgerald

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”~Zora Neale Hurston

Thich Nhat Hanh Books

This list of Thich Nhat Hahn books will give you plenty of reading material.    Thich Nhat Hahn is a prolific writer and well worth reading. His collection of works provides insights into all aspects of mindfulness, meditation, life, love, peace and harmony.  If you don’t have the time to read these Thich Nhat Hahn books,  you can gain inspiration from these 99 Thich Nhat Hahn quotes.

A List of Thich Nhat Hanh Books


Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Enlightened Buddhism (1989)
The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation (1992)
Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living (1992)
Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change (1993)
Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995)
Cultivating the Mind of Love (1995)
The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation (1996)
Stepping into Freedom: An Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training (1997)
Teachings on Love (1997)
Call Me by My True Names (1999)
Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962-1966 (1999)
Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers (1999)
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (1999)
The Path of Emancipation: Talks From a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat (2000)
Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (2001)
Transformation at the Base: Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness (2001)
Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings (2001)
A Pebble for Your Pocket (2002)
Be Free Where You Are (2002)
No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life (2002)
Friends on the Path (2002)
Under the Rose Apple Tree (2002)
Thich Nhat Hahn: The Joy of Full Consciousnessby Jean-Pierre and Rachel Cartier (2002)
Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World (2003)
Joyfully Together: The Art of Building a Harmonious Community (2003)
Finding Our True Home: Living in the Pure Land Here and Now (2003)
For a Future to be Possible: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life (2003)
Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions (2004)
Peace Begins Here: Palestinians and Israelis Listening to Each Other (2004)
Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations With the Buddha (2004)
The Hermit and the Well (2004)
I Have Arrived, I Am Home: Celebrating Twenty Years of Plum Village (2004)
Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism (2005)
Keeping the Peace: Mindfulness and Public Service (2005)
The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice (2006)
The Coconut Monk (2006)
Chanting from the Heart: Buddhist Ceremonies and Daily Practices (2006)
Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindful Verses for Daily Living (2006)
Present Moment Wonderful Moment: 52 Inspirational Cards and a Companion Book (2006)
For the Future to Be Possible: Buddhist Ethics for Everyday Life (2007)
Two Treasures: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening and True Happiness (2007)
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment (2007)
The Art of Power (2007)
A Rose for Your Pocket: An Appreciation of Motherhood (2008)
Mindful Movements (2008)
Breathe, You Are Alive! The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (2008)
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (2008)
Answers from the Heart: Practical Responses to Life’s BUrning Questions (2009)
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices (2009)
The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (2009)
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live ALone (2010)
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life (2010)
Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection (2010)
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment (2010)
Fidelity: How to Create a Loving Relationship That Lasts (2011)
The Novice: A Story of True Love (2011)
Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Times (2011)
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children with the Plum Village Community (2011)
The Art of Communicating (2013)
Love Letter to the Earth (2013)
Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present (2013)
Zen Battles: Modern Commentary on the Teachings of Master Linji (2013)
The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now (2017)
Audio Books
The Ultimate Dimension: An Advanced Dharma Retreat on the Avatamsaka and Lotus Sutras (2004)
Walking Meditation (2004)

Happiness Quotes – How to be Happy

Everyone wants to be happy.  Happiness is the ultimate goal for most of us but what defines happiness is very different for every individual.  Happiness is sometimes an elusive goal though.  What does it take to make you happy?  What are the things that happy people do and say?  What makes a happy person?  There are some things that are proven to increase happiness.  We actually have “happy” chemicals in our bodies that affect our moods and can make us either happy or sad.  There are some universal truths about happiness – habits that contribute to happiness.  If you can cultivate a few of these habits, your Happiness Quotient will increase!

Happy Habits

  1. Love
  2. Gratitude
  3. Thoughtfulness
  4. Awareness
  5. Politeness
  6. Kindness
  7. Generosity
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Mindfulness
  10. Fitness
  11. Tolerance
  12. Positive Thinking
  13. Healthy Eating

“Happiness choked my throat like an anthem. It flowed through me like a river from the beginning of the column to its end ” — Aharon Megged

“Happy as a pig in clover ” — American colloquialism

“Happy as a clam ” — American colloquialism, attributed to New England

“All happiness is a chance encounter and at every moment presents itself to you like a beggar by the roadside ” — André Gide

“Happiness, like the pink and white anemones of my childhood, is a flower that must not be picked ” — Andre Maurois

“Happiness, like air, is not something you can put in a bottle ” — Anonymous

“Happy as a dog with a bone ” — Anonymous

“The vicissitudes of life touch him [a happy man] lightly, like the wind in the aspen-tree ” — Anton Chekhov

“(In the midst of happiness grows a seed of unhappiness.) Happiness consumes itself like a flame. (It cannot burn forever) ” — August Strindberg

“A gay, light happiness, like bubbles in wine held up against the sun ” — Ben Ames Williams

“Elated as though he had stumbled on a treasure ” — Brian Moore

“Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts ” — Chinese proverb

“Happiness flits from branch to twig to branch like a hummingbird ” — Delmore Schwartz

“Live together … as happily as two lobsters in a saucepan, two bugs on a muscle ” — Dylan Thomas

“Happiness struck her like a shower of rain ” — Eudora Welty

“He loved happiness like I love tea ” — Eudora Welty

“I was like a river in flood … drowning in my own happiness, and buoyed up by it at the same time ” — Eugene Ionesco

“Glowed with happiness, like a child with expectations of a birthday party ” — Frank Swinnerton

“On the brink of our happiness we stop like someone on a drunk starting to weep ” — Galway Kinnell

“Happiness is like time and space; we make and measure it ourselves ” — George Du Maurier

“The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history ” — George Eliot

“Happy and thoughtless as an apple on a tree ” — George Garrett

“Happy as a couple of cherrystone clams ” — George Garrett

“The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken ” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Looking for happiness is like clutching the shadow or chasing the wind ” — Japanese proverb

“Happy as a tick in a dog’s ear ” — Jay Parini

“The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent ” — Jean Baptiste Racine

“Happiness is falling on us out of the sky … like a blanket of snow ” — Jean Giraudoux

“Moments of happiness hang like pearls on the finest silken thread, certain to be snapped, the pearls scattered away ” — Joan Chase

“Happiness as wholesome as honey on the comb ” — John Braine

“Looks like he is a kid holding his first puppy ” — John Wainwright

“I was high as taxes ” — Loren D. Estleman

“Happy as a butterfly in a garden full of sunshine and flowers ” — Louisa May Alcott

“The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick ” — Madame Swetchine

“Happy as a couple of linebackers after winning a high school game ” — Marge Piercy

“(I am )happy as a mother whose good baby sleeps ” — May Sarton

“Happy as a swallow ” — Richard Ford

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn ” — Samuel Johnson

“Happy as trees that find a wind to sway them ” — Sara Teasdale

“Happiness … was there like light seen through moving leaves, like touching a warm stone ” — Sumner Locke Elliott

“Ecstatic as a scientist who had just discovered the key to immortality ” — Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

“Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated ” — Tryon Edwards

“Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine ” — Victor Hugo

“Happiness … descended upon her heart, like a cloud of morning dew in a dell of wild-flowers ” — Walter De La Mare

“When it [happiness] comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep ” — Willa Cather

“Happiness … filled her brain like wine ” — William Dean Howells

“Happy-looking as if he’s just heard the foreman say, “Not guilty” ” — William Slavens McNutt

“Happy as a lover ” — William Wordsworth


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Healing Powers of Solitude and Alone Time

Often we think of solitude in conjunction with loneliness and sometimes it is true.  Too much time alone can indeed lead to a feeling of loneliness.  But there is beauty in solitude, being alone can be beautiful. You can enjoy your solitude. Time alone can give you time to refresh and recharge your body and brain.  A long bath, time with a good book, time to write in your journal, to make your plans and to daydream are all things that you can benefit from.

Benefits of Solitude and Being Alone

I have traveled all over the world, generally alone, and while often it would have been lovely to share my experiences with someone else, I learned there are a lot of benefits to doing things alone:

  • You can do things on your own timeline. You can take things at your own pace, spend as much time or as little time as you like in a museum, sightseeing, or in any activity.
  • You don’t have to pretend you are interested in things you aren’t interested in.
  • You can go exactly where you want to go and do what you want to do. There is no need to discuss all the options with another person, or God forbid, several other people.
  • You can take time to really observe and absorb the world around you, experience the moments as they occur, stop to watch a street performer for as long as you like without being dragged away before you are ready to go.
  • You can meet new people, engage in conversation with people you might not otherwise talk to or meet when you are not within the safe bubble of having someone with you.
  • You can write your thoughts or perhaps a bit of poetry, take photographs, listen to music on your IPod, stroll slowly, walk briskly, or run.

After years of thinking that my love of solitude was a flaw in my nature, I realized that it solitude is a gift and my time alone is precious to me. It is only in solitude that you can really get in touch with your emotions, get to know yourself better and spend time in reflection.

Solitude increases productivity and creativity

If your life is in turmoil because of work or relationships,  alone time provides the opportunity to think things through, to get a new perspective, to calm down, and to resolve issues. When you have time alone, you can stop procrastinating, stop putting off projects and tasks that you would like to or need to get done.  You can put your energies into pursuing projects that are dear to you or getting things done you keep putting off.

There is no doubt that generally you can be more productive alone.  There are fewer distractions. You can explore your creativity.  You are not constrained by having to deal with other peoples’ desires or ideas – you can do it your way. Doing things your way when you are alone has the added benefit of making you feel more independent and self-assured when you are with others.

Alone time can enhance your relationships

Once you enjoy your time alone you will also enjoy and appreciate your relationships more.  In some respects, it is all part and parcel of loving yourself.  If you can enjoy your time alone, you automatically become a more interesting person.  You can appreciate your relationships for what they are and strengthen your relationships because you have spent time alone. The independence that comes with feeling comfortable alone contributes to a higher sense of self and a higher level of confidence.  You don’t require validation from someone else when you are alone nor do you need to apologize for doing what you want to do.  You can see, be, and do whatever you want.

I am not saying that being alone all the time is the answer.  I am not advocating becoming a monk or a hermit.  We all need people in our lives and relationships are something to nurture and be grateful for.  But being comfortable with being alone can make your life richer and happier.  Once you find the pleasures in being alone, a whole new world will open to you and you will discover new ways of seeing and doing things.

Find peace and joy in hours of solitude

When you are alone you can be mindful, be in the moment, in ways you cannot when you are with others. Be grateful for the quiet hours for in the hectic world around us moments of peace are sometimes few and far between.  We are bombarded with stimuli, we over commit to things, we get so busy with the hundreds of little things life throws at us that we lose touch with ourselves.

You may not want to go as far as Henry David Thoreau who said, “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude”.  Instead, you might want to keep in mind what Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

Solitude is a gift.  Treasure it and your love for yourself, your life and others will flourish in unexpected and wonderful ways.

Meditation and Yoga Reshape Our Brains

Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s brain scans show that yoga and meditation actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving  memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

In the documentary, The Connection, Sara Lazar reports the following findings:

 We found differences in brain volume after eight weeks in five different regions in the brains of the two groups. In the group that learned meditation, we found thickening in four regions:

1. The primary difference, we found in the posterior cingulate, which is involved in mind wandering, and self relevance.

2. The left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation.

3.  The temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.

4. An area of the brain stem called the Pons, where a lot of regulatory neurotransmitters are produced. The amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general. That area got smaller in the group that went through the mindfulness-based stress reduction program. The change in the amygdala was also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.

The 13 Step Success Program

I have been saying “See Be Do!” since 2010, when I first started on one of my many journeys to finding happiness. There are a lot of ways you can implement see be do into your life buy I created this short list to summarize it. I have since stumbled on many different ways to implement the principles of See Be Do into life, but it all comes back to the basics as does everything in life.

12 Steps to Achieving Your Vision and Attaining Success

  1. See health, prosperity and happiness in all and communicate positively.
  2. See how special you are and that you have unique gifts to give the world.
  3. Be happy for the success of others as well as your own.
  4. Be positive and optimistic always in word and deed.
  5. Be strong in your beliefs so that nothing disturbs your peace of mind.
  6. Believe in yourself and help your friends and colleagues believe in themselves.
  7. Believe that the universe is on your side.
  8. Believe that you have the right to happiness, success, and wealth, that it is your God-given right to achieve whatever you want to achieve in your life.
  9. Do all you can to improve yourself, to celebrate life and to enjoy the journey with your vision always in mind.
  10. Do forgive and forget past mistakes and see a future that is full of promise and achievement.
  11. Do not give into worry and fear.
  12. See the best, be the best, do the best in all you do.


The 13th Step and perhaps the most important step is to make a commitment, no “maybes” or “ laters”, no half-measures. As with everything in life, to really see results  you first have to commit, say yes, and …you guessed it.   See it, be it, do it!  SEEBEDO!

Great Perfection Quotes-Perfect!

I imagine we each have different definitions of perfection.  Each of us sees the world through our own filters but we can all agree on some things.  If something is broken, it is no longer perfect.  There is no such thing as a “perfect storm”.  In fact, there is no perfect nose or face or toes or place. Perfection is, by the mere definition of the word, generally undefinable and unreachable.  Everything and everyone are bound to have flaws whether they are minuscule or glaring, adorable or frustrating.

What one of us may see as a flaw, another may see as perfection.  It is all subjective.  Embrace life and the people around you and you will find some small bit of perfection in everything.

A good garden may have some weeds. ~ Thomas Fuller

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. ~ John Henry Newman

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. ~ William Faulkner

Always live up to your standards — by lowering them, if necessary. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

As any artist can tell you, it is easier to reach perfection than to stop there. ~ Robert Brault

Bachelors’ wives and old maids’ children are always perfect. ~ Sébastien-Roch Nicolas

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~ Confucius

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. ~ Goethe

Does “anal-retentive” have a hyphen? ~ Alison Bechdel

Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends. ~ Chinese Proverb

Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. ~ Chinese Proverb

Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali

He that will have a perfect brother must resign himself to remain brotherless. ~ Italian Proverb

He who hath not a dram of folly in his mixture hath pounds of much worse matter in his composition. ~ Charles Lamb

I beat myself up every day, without so much as a scratch. ~ Terri Guillemets

I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being. ~ Anatole France

I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Ideals are absolutes — they are like round holes of perfection into which the square, rough-hewn pegs of reality can never be successfully fitted. ~ Dr. Idel Dreimer

Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny. ~ Carl Schurz

It’s not that perfection cannot be achieved. It’s that it’s so hard to stop there. ~ Robert Brault

Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on. ~ Ed Howe

No one is perfect — that’s why pencils have erasers. ~ Author Unknown

Nobody’s perfect, and our fondest memories of anyone are of the amusing ways they proved it. ~ Robert Brault

Nothing that is complete breathes. ~ Antonio Porchia, Voces

Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence. ~ Rosalynn Carter

One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. ~ William Safire

Perfection does not exist; to comprehend it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it, the most dangerous of follies. Open your window, Octave; do you not see the infinite? You try to form some idea of a thing that has no limits, you who were born yesterday and who will die to-morrow?… Perfection, my friend, is no more made for us than infinity. We must seek for nothing in it, demand nothing of it, neither love nor beauty, happiness nor virtue…. ~ Alfred de Musset

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence. ~ Vince Lombardi

Sometimes… when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing. ~ Ally McBeal

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~ Harriet Braiker

Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. ~ William Shakespeare

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. ~ Stanley J. Randall

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. ~ Winston Churchill

The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can’t separate them. They’re wedded. ~ Henry Miller

The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore. ~ Author Unknown

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~ Matthew Arnold

There are no perfect men in this world, only perfect intentions. ~ Pen Densham

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds. ~ Wilt Chamberlain

To escape criticism — do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways. ~ Samuel McChord Crothers

Unless I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. ~ Hugh Prather

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~ Author unknown

When nobody around you seems to measure up, it’s time to check your yardstick. ~ Bill Lemley

When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target. ~ George Fisher

You can’t hit a home run every time. ~ C.C. Williams, 1959

When weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out. ~ Martha Graham

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