Live in the present. Do things that need to be done. Do all the good you can each day. The future will unfold.
Peace Pilgrim, 1908-1981
born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, vegetarian activist and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season.
BTW – The Jimmy Fund Walk is in four days (October 2, 2022). It seems Hurricane Ian will not mess with the 10K walk I will do with our grandsons, Owen (10) and Max (8). Thanks to all who donated to my walk. I raised $5020!
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
Barack Obama (b. 1961)
Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 – 1894,
a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped. He died a kid just after his 44th birthday!
My two cents about the quote and why I picked it: I think RLS meant that in the end we will all have to deal with the consequences of our actions. I liked the word “banquet.” What do you think?
Every morning, you rededicate yourself to your path in order not to go astray. Before going to sleep at night, you take a few minutes to review the day. “Did I live in the direction of my ideals today?” If you see that you took two or three steps in that direction, that is good enough. If you did not, say to yourself, “I’ll do better tomorrow.” The next morning when you wake up, resolve to take solid steps in the direction of your ideals. Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look to yourself to see whether you are going in the direction you cherish. If you want your life to be more solid each day, take refuge in things that are solid.
Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926 – 2022, Vietnamese monk
Life is imperfect. People are imperfect. Love is the perfect response.
Kristi Nelson, Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, is also the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted.
The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian guru (1897-1981)
There are seven days in the week, but one of them is not Someday.
Motivational Speaker played by Peter Gallagher in Hello, My Name is Doris (2015) starring Sally Field on Netflix
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
~ Neil Gaiman in Coraline
Coraline (2002) is a dark fantasy children’s novella by British author Neil Gaiman. He is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here… And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, 1872-1945
Click here for the entire poem. I have memorized this inspirational poem. My sister Patty at her wedding to Glenn McKenzie asked me to recite it at their 1975 ceremony. At the drop of a hat, I’ll recite it for you.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 – 1962