What lies before us and what lies behind us
are small matters compared to
what lies within us.
And when we bring what is within
out into our world,
~Hendy David Thoreau~
If we do not what port we’re steering for, no wind is favorable.
Around the corner there may wait a new road or a secret gate.
We meet ourselves time and again
in a thousand disguises on the paths of life.
Each of us is meant to have a character all our own,
to be what no other can exactly be,
and do what no other can exactly do.
~William Ellery Channing~
Talents are common; everyone has them.
But rare is the courage
to follow our talents where they lead.
That which we do not confront in ourselves we will meet as fate.
If I were to begin life again,
I should want it just as it was:
only I would open my eyes a little more.
Some people say they haven’t found themselves.
But the self is not something one finds:
it is something one creates.
Before we can make friends with anyone else,
we must first make friends with ourselves.
All great discoveries are made by those whose feelings run ahead of their thinking.
~C. H. Parkhurst~
If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost.
Now put foundations under them.
Acceptance is recognizing that whatever happens
and however we respond,
is precisely what we need
for our highest good and learning.
Our ability to relax into life reflects our willingness to trust.
The real measure of our wealth is our worth if we lost our money.
The great and glorious masterpiece of humanity
is to know how to live with a purpose.
We can choose to create of our lives
an accident or an adventure.
He who lives in harmony with himself
lives in harmony with the Universe.
The time has come
for us to stop tuning separate instruments
and, together, to create a symphony.
Life is a dance if you take the steps:
one step, then another.
It doesn’t matter what we do
until we accept ourselves.
Once we accept ourselves,
it doesn’t matter what we do.
To do more for the world
than the does for you –
that is success.
Eventually, everyone sits down
to a banquet of consequences.
~Robert Louis Stevenson~
The world is not to be put in order;
the world is in order, incarnate.
It is for us to harmonize with this order.
In each of us are heroes;
speak to them
and they will come forth.
We have to live and we have to die;
the rest we make up.
For peace of mind,
we need to resign
as general manager of the Universe.
If you have a great ambition,
take as big a step as possible
in the direction of fulfilling it.
The step may only be a tiny one,
but trust that
it may be the largest one possible for now.
The events of childhood do not pass
but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
We are raised on comparison;
our education is based on it;
so is our culture.
So we struggle to be someone
other than who we are.
The present moment
is a powerful goddess.
As youth fades and time brings changes,
we my change many of our present opinions.
So let us refrain from setting ourselves up
as judge of the highest matters.
Once we accept our limits,
we go beyond them.
Only by having faith in ourselves
can we be faithful to others.
Live with great expectations,
and great things happen.
Live according to your highest light
and more light will be given.
Life is this simple:
We are living in a transparent world,
and God shines through in every moment.
This is not just a fable or a nice story;
it is a living truth.
If we remember God, abandon ourselves to God,
and forget ourselves,
we may see this truth:
God manifests everywhere, in everything.
We cannot be without God.
It’s simply impossible.
I found I had less and less to say,
until finally, I became silent,
and began to listen.
I discovered in the silence,
the voice of God.
Vision isn’t enough
unless combined with venture.
It’s not enough to stare up the steps
unless we also step up the stairs.
Patience is power;
with time and patience,
the mulberry leaf becomes silk.
(These beautiful quotes are shared from the book ‘The Life You Were Born To Live’
by Dan Millman)