Be Willing to Do The Hard.

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

~ Chinese Proverb ~

He was in his late forties, early fifties when I met him. Almost black eyes. A crooked smile that moved all the way up to his eyes to push the skin into deep, well-worn lines. He liked to laugh. A quiet laugh that shook his body. He spoke slowly. Measured his words as carefully as the sugar was measured out at the homeless shelter where we met. Sugar is gold in a homeless shelter. He used his sugar wisely.

Determined as a dandelion

Look in the mirror. That's your competition.

~ Author Unknown ~

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How to learn anything

The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.

~ Louis E. Boone ~

When we learned to walk we were not overnight successes. We learned to crawl, then stand, then teeter, then take a step and most importantly, we learned that falling was okay and getting back up an essential part of the process.

Forgiveness creates room for more...

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

~ Paul Boese ~

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There is power in our words

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

~ Buddha ~

The hummingbird story was told by Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai in May 2006 at a conference on poverty elimination in Montreal. The story she shared is:

Pay attention. Act with intention.

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

~ Jose Ortega y Gasset ~

I have been struggling with my lower back. Struggling to sit, to walk, to feel comfortable without its aching reminder, I am out of balance.

It is getting better, but sitting is still the thing that makes it cringe.

So I have been honouring its call to be quiet, to relax, to lay low and let it heal -- with the help of my chiro and massage therapist of course!

The Love Bird and inner gifts

Your life has an inner purpose and an outer purpose. Inner purpose concerns Being and is primary. Outer purpose concerns doing and it is secondary. Your inner purpose is to awaken.

~ Eckhart Tolle ~

You are beautiful just the way you are.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

When I walk into the Choices seminar room on the Wednesday morning, I know that miraculous happenings are afoot. That wonder and awe are in the wings, waiting breathlessly for the trainees to arrive and step into their embrace.

The Victim Story

A wise woman [or man] wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman [or man] refuses to be anyone's victim.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Later, after I have climbed down from my high horse, he will tell me that he didn't like the ride either. But, while I'm on it, while I am riding high and feeling mighty, I convince myself he's lovin' it.

And it only makes me madder.

It had begun with a silly comment, an incident of not too big circumstances.

The Story of Your Life

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

~ Phillip Pullman ~

Story is a powerful force. It has come to us through the millenia. It has carried us through time. From the first cave woman who pressed her hand against a cave wall to tell the story of her presence, to the over 1750,000 blogs that are started every day, we are a story-tellling people.

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