Antennae for droplets of received wisdom

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The third element of true love is joy. If during the time you love you cry a lot, you'll make the other person cry a lot too. That is not true love. So true love should have the element of joy. -  Thich Nhat Hahn

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”  
- Nido Qubein

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.” - Karl Lagerfield

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Everyone is special, everyone is important.  If you think of it that way then, it kind of nullifies the concept of "specialness".  It's a statistical inevitability that most of us are kind of average and there's nothing wrong with that.  That's really a big part of my point...Let's get past that. One will be judged on who you are and what you do.  And, one should not assume that every success and accolade will fall into one's lap simply because you're a good person. Life just doesn't work that way…" - David McCullough, Jr.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

From the book In The Garden of Thoughts by Dodinsky

Friday, April 25, 2014

"Do not waste the balance of life left to you in thoughts about other persons, when you are not referring to some advantage of your fellows--for why do you rob yourself of something else which you might do?"  - Marcus Aurelius

Thursday, April 24, 2014

“There is nothing more precious than laughter”  - Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

“Physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an attempt by an atom to understand itself.” - Dr. Michio Kaku

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"You cannot pick your circumstances, but do the best you can within them."

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow."  - Richard Burton

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"The coin that pays for ecstasy is always stamped despair. One cannot love empathetically until one wanders there."  ~ Jane Krainin - Dictated right before she died of ALS

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you.  Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." - Alice Walker

Friday, April 18, 2014

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." 
- Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five universally applicable lessons from David Foster Wallace's now-iconic 2005 commencement address...

  1. Ruthlessly question your own beliefs and assumptions.
  2. Growing is a movement from narcissism to connection.
  3. Stay present and open.
  4. Create your own meaning.
  5. Above all, be good to others.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Remember that if you have health, shelter, clean water and food you are luckier than most. Keep your perspective."

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Everybody can create change because you have yourself.  That's the biggest thing that anybody could have. If you can change yourself that will change the world."  - Alice Walker

Sunday, April 13, 2014

"The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." 
- Mahtma Gandhi

Friday, April 11, 2014

Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger.  - John Trudell

Thursday, April 10, 2014

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
~ William Blake  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Denial is not a dirty word; it can be a functional coping tool to gently accept a harsh reality." - Dr. Lani Leary

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Thoughts Are Not Real

"The thought appears in front of and within only you. Without the juice of your attention, it simply disappears without a trace… If you don't engage with, or entertain that thought, it will literally not exist. The thought appears only within you. Your friend knows nothing of it. And making it even stranger, you did not even have the thought that you are calling "yours." Rather, it appeared to and within your awareness, without your ever choosing it or asking it to show up! If that thought is not fueled with your attention or interest, it will already have disappeared." - Nancy Colier, LCSW, Rev

Sunday, April 6, 2014

One-Minute Mystic

  • enjoy your work and the changing seasons
  • avoid grand plans, just respond to things as they arise
  • push your own self to one side as far as you are able so you can see other people
  • instead of seeking fulfillment, seek only to be empty - this will create space for true understanding 
  • do not value power but do value peace
  • it is okay to swing between joy and sadness, glory and failure ... there's no great different between them
  • breath slowly and listen for the order in the Universe
From One-Minute Mystic by Simon Parke

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.
A Course in Miracles

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Stop asking why and just sit back and enjoy the ride." - Tony Parsons

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"This is the true joy in life - that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one - that being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish, little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." - George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


"... it is good to keep in mind that nothing stays the same, often there are trade-offs, and for most of us nothing is ever perfect.  We get settled in our ways and I think as we age adjustments become more challenging. I try to be conscious of the need to be flexible for being rigid does not serve me, just like a tree limb survives in a storm by being flexible."

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