- Max Lucado
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
You're like the lights left on.
Agloe, New York, ifyoufinthisemail.com
Sunday, December 27, 2015
- Marshall Vandruff, Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar) (via pale-afternoon)
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
-Brene Brown, Rising Strong
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
die for it-
or the world. People
have done so,
their small bodies be bound
to the stake,
fury of light. But
climbing the familiar hills
in the familiar
fabric of down, I thought
and Europe, and I thought
how the sun
for everyone just
as it rises
under the lashes
of my own eyes, and I thought
I am so many!
What is the name
of the deep breath I would take
over and over
for all of us? Call it
whatever you want, it is
happiness, it is another one
of the ways to enter
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,
and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,
God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words
get it all wrong. We say bread and it means according
to which nation. French has no word for home,
and we have no word for strict pleasure. A people
in northern India is dying out because their ancient
tongue has no words for endearment. I dream of lost
vocabularies that might express some of what
we no longer can. Maybe the Etruscan texts would
finally explain why the couples on their tombs
are smiling. And maybe not. When the thousands
of mysterious Sumerian tablets were translated,
they seemed to be business records. But what if they
are poems or psalms? My joy is the same as twelve
Ethiopian goats standing silent in the morning light.
O Lord, thou art slabs of salt and ingots of copper,
as grand as ripe barley lithe under the wind's labor.
Her breasts are six white oxen loaded with bolts
of long-fibered Egyptian cotton. My love is a hundred
pitchers of honey. Shiploads of thuya are what
my body wants to say to your body. Giraffes are this
desire in the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script
is not language but a map. What we feel most has
no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
- Monica McGoldrick, The Genogram Jouney
I am not advocating poverty. I am advocating sobriety. But since we have invented a consumer society, the economy must constantly grow. If it fails to increase, it’s a tragedy. We have invented a mountain of superfluous needs. Shopping for new, discarding the old… That’s a waste of our lives!. When I buy something, when you buy something, you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it is pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.”
- José Mujica
- Lillian Schneider
- Daniell Koepke
President Uchtdorf, Womens Conference 2015
-Wallace Stegner, Angel of Repose
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
How many of you, when something great is happening, start dress rehearsing tragedy. Like what is going to come take this away...
That is the best barometer to measure your capacity for vulnerability...here's why...
Joy is the most vulnerable emotion you can experience, and if you can not tolerate joy, what you do is start dress rehearsing tragedy.
People who have the most profound capacity for joy, can lean into vulnerability. Those people who could soften into joy, when something really blissful is happening also got this feeling like whoaaaaaa...but instead of using it a warning to start practicing disaster, they used it as a reminder to start practicing gratitude.
When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun, and fear is the annoying backseat driver.
We struggle with perfectionism in areas we feel most vulnerable to shame.
All perfectionism is - is a way of thinking that says if I look perfect, work perfect, live perfect, I can avoid or minimize criticism, blame, and ridicule.
All perfectionism is is a 20 ton shield that we carry around hoping it will keep us from being hurt, but in truth it keeps us from being seen.
It depends if I've got a worthiness crutch going on...healthy striving is internally focused, perfectionism is not about what I want, but what will people think.
You can't ever do anything brave, if you're wearing the straightjacket of what will people think.
Monday, August 31, 2015
-Jeffrey R. Holland, The Laborers in the Vineyard
curated by The Small Seed
Saturday, August 29, 2015
You are the daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin.
Swimmer, your body is pure as the water;
cook, your blood is quick as the soil.
Everything you do is full of flowers, rich with the earth.
Your eyes go out toward the , and the waves rise;
your hands go out to the earth and the seeds swell;
you know the deep essence of water and the earth,
conjoined in you like a formula for clay.
Naiad: cut your body into turquoise pieces,
they will bloom resurrected in the kitchen.
This is how you become everything that lives.
And so at last, you sleep, in the circle of my arms
that push back the shadows so that you can rest--
vegetables, seaweed, herbs: the foam of your dreams
Sunday, August 9, 2015
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Brown Chapel Selma, AL
"...awe expands people's perception of time, alters decision-making, and enhances well-being."
-Paul Piff, PhD
― Flannery O'Connor,
“Faith comes and goes. It rises and falls like the tides of an invisible ocean. If it is presumptuous to think that faith will stay with you forever, it is just as presumptuous to think that unbelief will.”
― Flannery O'Connor,
Monday, August 3, 2015
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
- Richard Dawkins
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.”
— Richard Price
- Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Monday, June 29, 2015
-Natalie Portman, Harvard's 2015 Commencement
-Robert Green Ingersoll
Monday, May 4, 2015
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards, Neither ascent nor decline.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
- T. S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton," in Four Quartets,15-16.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
- Don Miller, Scary Close
- Alice Walker: living by the word
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
but your bones
(just a cubic inch)
can hold 19,000 lbs
once for once
they are stronger
atom for atom
you are more precious
and stars have died
so that you may live
you need to remember
these things when you
say that you are weak
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I remember wanting to scream up at God in that moment 'I don't want memories. I just want something that will always, constantly be mine. Give me something, anything, I'll always be able to hold.'
I'm terribly unoriginal in that sense. I am just one in a sea of millions of people who think the word 'mine' is the most terrifying and intoxicating word in the whole English language."
Monday, March 30, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
- teedaawg (via wnq-writers)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.
Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? … Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”
Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe … life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.”
- Relevant magazine
Sunday, March 15, 2015
- Emery Allen
Thursday, March 12, 2015
-Sir Richard Branson