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  • #1
    Lloyd Alexander
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    Lloyd Alexander

  • #2
    Heraclitus
    “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
    Heraclitus

  • #3
    Steve Maraboli
    “It's funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.”
    Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

  • #4
    Steve Maraboli
    “Perfectly Imperfect

    We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.
    Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind... there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.
    I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered... we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.
    Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.”
    Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

  • #5
    Vera Nazarian
    “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey.

    At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.”
    Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

  • #6
    “Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think you've lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”
    Asha Tyson

  • #7
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #8
    Jim Morrison
    “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”
    Jim Morrison

  • #9
    Laurell K. Hamilton
    “Before I knew you, I thought brave was not being afraid. You've taught me that bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.”
    Laurell K. Hamilton, Blood Noir

  • #10
    Billy Graham
    “When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
    Billy Graham

  • #11
    Tom Petty
    “Well I won't back down
    No I won't back down
    You can stand me up at the gates of hell
    But I won't back down”
    Tom Petty, Conversations with Tom Petty

  • #12
    Steve Yarbrough
    “It's a lot easier to say when something ended rather than when it began. Most of us can recognize the end from a mile away, but the beginning always slips up on us, lulling us into thinking what we're living through is yet another moment, in yet another day.”
    Steve Yarbrough, Safe from the Neighbors

  • #13
    Victoria Moran
    “To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too. (20)”
    Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

  • #14
    Brené Brown
    “I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
    Brené Brown

  • #15
    Jodi Picoult
    “When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.”
    Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

  • #16
    Ellen Bass
    “to love life, to love it even
    when you have no stomach for it
    and everything you've held dear
    crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
    your throat filled with the silt of it.
    When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
    thickening the air, heavy as water
    more fit for gills than lungs;
    when grief weights you like your own flesh
    only more of it, an obesity of grief,
    you think, How can a body withstand this?
    Then you hold life like a face
    between your palms, a plain face,
    no charming smile, no violet eyes,
    and you say, yes, I will take you
    I will love you, again.”
    Ellen Bass

  • #17
    “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
    Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

  • #18
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #19
    Anne Lamott
    “Hope is not about proving anything. It's about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

  • #20
    Alex  Harris
    “We're called to be faithful, to take those first difficult steps--and to leave the results up to God.”
    Alex Harris

  • #21
    Seneca
    “He who is brave is free”
    Seneca

  • #22
    Cherise Sinclair
    “Be brave, little rabbit. Take a chance.”
    Cherise Sinclair, Breaking Free

  • #23
    E.B. White
    “Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
    E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

  • #24
    “This is how it works. I love the people in my life, and I do for my friends whatever they need me to do for them, again and again, as many times as is necessary. For example, in your case you always forgot who you are and how much you're loved. So what I do for you as your friend is remind you who you are and tell you how much I love you. And this isn't any kind of burden for me, because I love who you are very much. Every time I remind you, I get to remember with you, which is my pleasure.”
    James Lecesne

  • #25
    Fred Rogers
    “When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
    Fred Rogers

  • #26
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.”
    Barbara Kingsolver

  • #27
    Jodi Picoult
    “A real friend isn't capable of feeling sorry for you.”
    Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

  • #28
    Toni Morrison
    “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”
    Toni Morrison, Beloved

  • #29
    “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz”
    James Baraz

  • #30
    Catherynne M. Valente
    “Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.”
    Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making



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