Friend

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate” ~ Henri Nouwen

Today

“What dream would you now like to make into reality? What joy do you now wish to experience? What beauty will you behold before this day is finished? What feeling would feel best to you right now?

Breathe in the sweetness of all that is good in this bright moment. Taste the possibilities that arise from endless abundance. Though the challenges and concerns are real, so are the most magnificent of possibilities. Imagine the best of what can be, and find true delight in making it real.

Let your world be wonderful today. Let your moments be filled with life and passion and purpose. Do you see how extraordinary this day can be? See it, live it, and it is.”

~ Ralph Marston

An inside job

“More often than not, people expect to be made happy. They understand happiness as something that comes from without; something that is conditioned and depends on other people, things, or circumstances.

It is very possible that these people experience happiness. And it is possible that such happiness lasts for quite some time. Unfortunately, as soon as their circumstances change, their happiness is gone as well…

Happiness is an inside job. No one can make you happy. You are the one who is in control. Genuine happiness is unconditional. No circumstances can change that. It is true that a misfortune may change how you feel and think about things.

Misfortunes are there to test your resolve as it is always your attitude to things that sets the tone. Never forget. Never forget that happiness is always an inside job.”

~ Dominique Allmon

The Rest of Your Life

“The rest of your life is a long time and whether you know it or not, it’s being shaped right now. You can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices, or you can fight back! Things aren’t always gonna be fair in the real world, that’s just the way it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. Let me ask you one question, What’s worse? Not getting everything you wish for or getting it, but finding out it’s not enough? The rest of your life is being shaped right now, with the dreams you chase the choices you make, and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time, and the rest of your life starts right now.”  ~ Haley James Scott

River of Life

“While we may habitually tend to assume that we are separate from the world around us, we in fact are not and cannot be separate. We are totally dependent upon other organisms for harnessing energy from non-living sources and for channeling that energy into the food web. But we can’t even properly harness that energy within our own bodies without the help of other organisms. It’s both more accurate and more interesting to embrace a more expansive view of ourselves – one that sees the human body not as a disconnected object but a dynamic, incomplete, and interdependent set of living processes – a vortex of energy and matter in a river of life.” ~ Bodhipaksa, Living as river