Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week – #56

Many of us, from childhood on, are taught that saying yes is right and saying no is wrong. We learn that acceding to demands allows us to avoid conflict and criticism, please people, earn praise, and prove that we care for the important people in our lives. Yet the right to say no is indelibly intertwined with the ability to make choices.

Madisyn Taylor

Those who are fans of Unity, Byron Katie, and the Stoics of Roman times will love Madisyn’s daily three-paragraph wisdom on living and life. Click here for her DailyOM link. 

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week – #55

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact

of attitude on my life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.

It is more important than the past, than education,

than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice

Everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace that day.

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me

And 90% how I react to it.

Charles Swindoll (b. 1934), evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher.

Dan’s End of the Year Wednesday “Quotes” of the Week – #53

Frank Bruni, Duke University professor and New York Times columnist is our guy. A recent weekly column had these gems.

An array of seemingly unrelated dog training centers around North America called Sit Happens.

A small chain of Boston-area dog care centers called Crate Escape. 

A bakery and coffee shop in Eugene, Ore., called Crumb Together.

A sandwich shop in Pismo Beach, Calif., called House of the Rising Buns.

Apparently a few coffee shops, including one in Anchorage, allude to a “Star Wars” series character with the name Java the Hut. 

A hair salon in Williamsburg, Va., called Totally Clips.

Various hair salons, including one in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., have apparently landed on the name Love Is in the Hair. 

A movie-minded auto repair shop in Oak Island, N.C., called Boys Under the Hood.

A Chicago-area store selling tennis gear and other kinds of rackets called Strings Attached. 

A garden and lawn care service in Victoria, Minn., called The Plot Thickens.

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week – #50 Sky

You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.

Pema Chodron

Pema with Oprah

Pema Chodron, born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown, July 14, 1936, is an AmericanTibetan Buddist. She is an ordained nun, has written several dozen books and audiobooks, and is principal teacher at the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, just minutes from the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

Yes, that Cabot Trail that Hannah and I biked and survived in 2014. Biking those 190 miles over four days with mountain grades up to 16% was the hardest physical test we have had in 74 years of living well. Click here for the first of four parts about that epic test of woman and man!

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week – #49

Life is in a constant state of change. And so are we. To get upset by things is to wrongly assume that they will last. To kick ourselves or blame others is grabbing at the wind. To resent change is to wrongly assume that you have a choice in the matter.

Everything is change. Embrace that. Flow with It.

Ryan Holliday and Stephen Hanselman in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.

Hannah and I read the one page meditations from the Daily Stoic each morning. We rarely miss a day.

Capital S Stoicism is different from lower case s stoicism. While stoicism is the endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint, Stoicism asserts that virtue (meaning self-control, courage, justice, and wisdom) is happiness.

By the way, the two other inspirational readings we do each morning are from the Unity’s Daily Word and Twelve Moons of the Year by Hal Borland.

Dan’s Wednesday Quote of the Week- #48

The same answer to most of life’s questions is: whatever is best for the kids.
Scott Galloway, NYU professor (who doesn’t accept a salary because of the millions he made as an entrepreneur) and author of The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning

I first learned of Scott Galloway on my favorite podcast, The Ryen Russillo Podcast.

Dan and His Mistakes – KGUA #68

For the November 22, 2021 (The day President John Kennedy was shot 58 years ago when I was a sophomore at Fair Lawn (NJ) High School.) KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour hosted by Mark Gross and Peggy Berryhill in Gualala, California, we are asked to freewrite to this prompt: Do we define people (or ourselves) by their mistakes?  See where it takes you.

“Mistakes”

Danny Boy, sit down.  We need to talk.  About your quote mistakes.  Have you done any of the following?

Judging others?  Yeah, I guess so. 

Judging yourself harshly?  Ouch. 

Too hasty in making decisions?  Definitely. 

Lacking courage when courage is called for?  You got me. 

Not wanting to bother others?  Yes, indeed. 

Worrying what others think?  Guilty as charged. 

Could have been a better parent?  Husband?  Sib? Yes, yes, and yes.

We get the picture.  You are far from perfect.  But Danny Boy, who do you think you are, the Lone Ranger!

You were a kid.  You were younger than today.  You were on a journey of a lifetime – to find out who you are.  None of these were mistakes.  They were opportunities to gain experience and develop.  For heaven’s sakes, lighten up. 

Mistakes are lessons in life, oh aged one.  No need to regret.  Learn, heal, and move forward.

Your quote mistakes do not define you.  They brought you to the beautiful place where you are today.   You might even consider thanking them.

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