“Hope is stubborn. It has the ability to accept strength and weakness. It is not arrogant; neither is it modest. Hope is daring, courageous; it has the audacity to reach a hand into darkness and come out with a handful of light.” ~Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Gardening the Soul
“Hope springs eternal because life springs eternal, and life abounds with possibility. We have within us the capacity to change things, but only if we are willing to change ourselves. We have written the human story that now unfolds in front of us, and the only way we can change the story is if we are willing to rewrite it.” ~Marianne Williamson, marianne.com
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
[Images not mine; nest source here; others from Pinterest without link to source]
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” ~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
“Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begin at the appropriate time.
This truth is difficult to learn to live with because human beings seek stability – the absence of change. Therefore becoming conscious means living fully in the present moment, knowing that no situation or person will be exactly the same tomorrow.
As change does occur, we work to interpret it as a natural part of life and strive to ‘flow with it,’ as the Tao Te Ching counsels, and not against it. Trying to make things remain the same is useless as well as impossible.
Our task is to contribute the best of our energy to every situation with the understanding that we influence, but do not control, what we will experience tomorrow.”
~Carolyn Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit, p.241
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“When we dare to see with the eyes of the soul, we begin to see sharper images, things seem closer to us, our intuitive powers grow. We develop an ability to grasp and understand the unseen or non-rational elements of the world. To see with the soul is to see with our whole self. This is an intentional, personal engagement, an act of spiritual intimacy, the most profound interaction with the world that most of us have ever known.” ~Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Gardening the Soul
“Whatever purifies you is the right path.” ~RUMI
Winter walks in below-freezing temperatures can be beautiful and invigorating, but must be respected. I’ve grown up knowing that we need to dress for the weather, not only to keep safe in icy temps but also to be able to walk securely with traction on frozen ground. One simply must have the right footwear and clothing. Stepping out in the winter in my northern climate requires preparation.
Similar to the preparation needed for a safe winter walk on a frozen forest path, we discover and embark on our life path with all our choices. When we decide to improve our lives we can see how changing habits and exploring new hobbies requires preparation, whether it’s deciding to prepare and eat a wider variety of vegetables, or learning how to knit a sweater. We prepare and step up, step into it. We prepare, and then take action and do it.
At this time of year when the freezing temps keep me indoors more than out, I remind myself that the process of taking new paths is as metaphorical as it is literal. As I prepare, I gain courage. As I step out, I gain strength. As I walk forward on my path, I continue to grow into who I am becoming. May we all find the right path, and take it. ~Namaste
“When the path reveals itself, follow it!” ~Cheryl Strayed
Photo by Mihai-ela (found on Pinterest with source)
“Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” ~Maya Angelou
“DON’T WAIT. We must generate the life we desire. We cannot base our actions on the actions of others. We cannot wait for others to be kind to us. We must offer kindness to them first. Those who wait to find someone deserving of their generosity may wait forever. Life is not a matter of deserving or not deserving. Life can only become what we dream if we become the expression of the dream we desire to live. Don’t wait. Become a transformative force for good.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
Image was on Pinterest without link but I searched the artist’s name and found Holly Madison’s beautiful painting ‘Fly me to Heaven’ in her Etsy shop.
“I’m amazed at how many people go looking for things to be offended by.” ~Wayne W. Dyer
“Complaints we know. Complaints we’re good at. Most of us have already mastered the art of the complaint in all its many variations: gripe, groan, moan, kvetch, bitch, whine.
One of the reasons we love our close friends is that they allow us to complain knowing we’ll return the favor. But if we really love them, don’t you think it’s about time we started sparing them? Some of us spend half our lives griping. It’s time to get a grip. When we bitch and moan we’re not much fun to listen to. Try new outlets to channel hostility: moan on your diary pages, shout in the shower, blow off steam as you stomp on a brisk walk.
I’m not suggesting that we suppress negative feelings. But the petty stuff we’re often foaming at the mouth about isn’t worth the breath it steals. Our words are powerful, so powerful that they can change our reality – the quality of our days and nights. Moaning rarely makes either us or those around us feel better. In fact, it often makes everyone feel worse. Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr, p.1853 [source]
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
A definition of happiness: “Happiness is the process of creating and experiencing good feelings, in your body and mind, moment by moment by moment.” ~Michael Neal, Feel Happy Now
A definition of joy: “Joy is the emotion evoked by well-being or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Delight is the expression or exhibition of such an emotion.” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Power of Joy
“Many events will transpire in which your conditioned response is to feel bad. Be aware of these outer incidents, and say the five magic words: I want to feel good. In that precise moment, ask yourself if feeling bad is going to make the situation any better. You’ll discover that the only thing feeling bad accomplishes in response to outer situations is to plummet you into anxiety, despair, depression, and of course, stress. Instead, ask yourself in that moment what thought you can have that will make you feel good.
I assure you that your decision to feel good is a way of connecting to Spirit. It isn’t an indifferent response to events. By feeling good, you become an instrument of peace, and it’s through this channel that you eradicate problems. By feeling bad, you stay in the energy field that creates resistance to positive change; and experience a stressful, anxious state as a by-product.”
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention
Images not mine. Top quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln.